The Ohio State Murders
A.R.T. Season
March 31, 2000

From Obie-winning dramatist Adrienne Kennedy comes a deeply personal, searing fable of self-discovery and loss. When a young student arrives at Ohio State University, she little suspects that the academic sanctuary harbors dark forces of hatred, even death. The Ohio State Murders is a haunting study of lost innocence and the birth of racial awareness from one of our greatest living playwrights.

SYNOPSIS

Ohio State University invites alumna Suzanne Alexander to speak about the violent imagery in her writing. To explain her work, Alexander relates her experiences at the university in the 1950s. The narrator's meditation on the past sets horrific scenes of racial discrimination, self-torture, and murder against the chilling backdrop of '50s academia. A playwright inspired by the work of Federico García Lorca, Tennessee Williams, and Alfred Hitchcock, Adrienne Kennedy combines striking imagery with suspenseful interior monologue.

Creative team
by Adrienne Kennedy
Directed by Marcus Stern
Set design by Molly Hughes
Costume design by Viola Mackenthun
Lighting design by John Ambrosone
Sound design by Christopher Walker
Suzanne Alexander (present) Denise Nicholas
Suzanne Alexander (past) Malinda Walford
David Alexander/Iris Ann's Uncle John Douglas Thompson
Robert Hampshire William Church
Aunt Louise Lou Connolly Coleman
Iris Ann Kibi Anderson
   

 

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Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting new American plays at the A.R.T.