announcement

Oberlin Drama at Grafton

November 2019

Dear Friend of Oberlin Drama at Grafton (ODAG),

Phyllis Gorfain has retired from ODAG after seven successful years, and she is pleased to announce that a very promising new program will continue making theatre at the Grafton Correctional Institution. The Theatre Department at Baldwin Wallace University will begin that work in January, 2020.

To conclude our ODAG program, we celebrated our achievements on Tuesday, November 19. The ten remaining actors, together with their family members and friends and our current cadre of seven dedicated volunteers performed an impressive overview of our accomplishments. Phyllis also presented everyone a booklet of forty congratulatory letters received from supporters of ODAG. See these remarkable letters of appreciation for the actors' achievements. Despite our bittersweet mood, we ended our program with great pride in our profound discoveries and change.

Assistant Professor Anjanette Hall of the Baldwin Wallace Theatre Department will direct the new drama program at Grafton, and she will bring theatre students from Baldwin Wallace to work with men in the medium security section of the prison. We will share our audience list with her, so if you are on our email invitation list, you may be invited to their shows -- the first of which will likely be an original devised play in May 2020.