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Oberlin Drama at Grafton

chron logoThe last event in the ODAG era took place on February 15, 2020 in a theatre lobby in Oberlin. It was a reception for many of the men who had participated in ODAG while incarcerated at Grafton, but, having completed their sentences, are now restored citizens. An invited crowd of volunteers and over 70 loyal members of audiences for their plays was on hand to help celebrate and listen to their stories. You may read about this event in a front page article in the February 16, 2020, issue of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

oc logoThe celebration was also reported in the News section of the Oberlin College website on February 20, 2020. That article is reproduced here.


morn jOn July 29, 2019, the Lorain Morning Journal carried a story about the visit of Lillian White and the Burning Coal Theatre Company to the Grafton Reintegration Center, to present their play "Peter Pan and Wendy." Check it out!

Several area news sources have carried stories about the Governor's Award for Arts Administration presented to Phyllis Gorfain by the Ohio Arts Council (see ODAG NEWS).

wcpnlogoWCPN, the Cleveland National Public Radio station broadcasting on a frequency of 90.3 MHz, aired an interview with Phyllis Gorfain on February 7, 2019. She was featured on "The Sound of Applause." You may listen to the interview here!



kenOn February 8, 2019, the story appeared on Kendal at Oberlin's Facebook page. Check it out!





OC logoThe Campus News section of the Oberlin College website featured an interview with Phyllis Gorfain about ODAG and the Governor's Award on February 20, 2019. You may read it here. The Spring 2019 edition of the Oberlin Alumni Magazine also had a note about the honor.


For a sampling of stories in print:

C LogoFrom the front page of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, April 8, 2019.


ONT LogoFrom the front page of The Oberlin News-Tribune, February 22, 2019.




pbrlogThe Oberlin Review, February 8, 2019., January 31, 2019.




LJ8The Morning Journal, January 29, 2019.

Oberlin College's alternative student newspaper, The Grape, published an interview with two student directors and the founding director. They were discussing What Really Matters, the ODAG version of a Forum Theatre event that was presented in April 2018.

grapeThe Oberlin Grape, April 28, 2018.



The Elyria Chronicle Telegram carried a story about the ODAG adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream that was performed in December 2017.

C LogoThe Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, December 8, 2017.

An article about the ODAG production of Macbeth, including interviews with several actors, appeared in the Elyria Chronicle Telegram in May 2017.

Chron logoThe Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, May 24, 2017

The feature article in the fall 2016 issue of the Oberlin Alumni Magazine was about ODAG, focusing on the spring production of And Yet We'll Speak.

OAM logoOberlin Alumni Magazine, Fall 2016


The summer 2016 edition of THE REED featured ODAG as the cover story. THE REED is a publication of Kendal at Oberlin, a continuing care retirement community. Many Kendal residents have attended performances by the men at Grafton and have generously supported ODAG.

REED logoTHE REED, Summer 2016



The impact of ODAG is spreading beyond Grafton! After serving as a guest director for several sessions of ODAG, Lara Mielcarek has started another prison theater program at the Northeast Reintegration Center, a women's prison in Cleveland. Her new program was the subject of a segment on WEWS Television, Channel 5.

wews WEWS newsnet5, June 9, 2016



And Yet We'll Speak

Local papers carried a press release from Kendal at Oberlin, giving advance notice of a talk by Phyllis Gorfain about the coming new play. In the article, the play is referred to by its earlier working title, "Soul Song."

NewsT Logo The Oberlin News-Tribune, March 31, 2016.





Some history of ODAG is described in this interview in "Northeast Ohio's First Social Network:"

curlogCurrents, February 18, 2016



The ODAG production of Othello is mentioned in the third paragraph of this essay by nationally-syndicated columnist George Will.

Wash PostThe Washington Post, September 11, 2015

The essay also appeared in the September 13 issue of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, page E07.

A local newspaper carried a column about Othello.

EnterThe Wellington Enterprise, August 27, 2015





Dessa Rose

In an editorial in The Oberlin Review, the newspaper reflected on the experience of the Dessa Rose cast performing at Grafton.

Review headerThe Oberlin Review, February 13, 2015


As You Like It

The Oberlin College web site described a visit to Grafton by actors from the Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival. They presented scenes from the 2014 summer production of Shakespeare's As You Like It.

OC, July 22, 2014




The Tempest

Two local newspapers carried stories about performances of The Tempest.

Morning Journal The Lorain Morning Journal, June 9, 2014




ONTLogThe Oberlin News-Tribune, June 13, 2014




My Ghosts, My Own

The Oberlin College student newspaper interviewed students who had performed Romulus Linney plays at Grafton.

oberlin reviewThe Oberlin Review, November 22, 2013