visiting ensembles

Visiting Ensembles Appearing At Grafton Reintegration Center

Peter Pan and Wendy, Lillian White

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peter panMembers of the Burning Coal Theatre Company, professional actors from Raleigh, North Carolina, came to the Grafton Reintegration Center on July 25, 2019, to present a version of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan story for ODAG actors, their families and friends. The play was adapted and directed by Lillian White, former ODAG Associate Director, who paid a return visit to Grafton with the group. This production was the subject of a story in the Lorain Morning Journal newspaper. Her play was subsequently performed in Cleveland at the BorderLight International Theatre and Fringe Festival.

The Miracle Worker, William Gibson

MiracleLlewellyn Nuñez and Minor Cline, two actors from the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, visited Grafton on July 24, 2017 to present four scenes from The Miracle Worker. The story follows Annie Sullivan, a once-blind young woman from an impoverished background who - as governess and teacher - opens the world of language for the young Helen Keller, who is deaf, blind, mute, and completely out-of-control. Following the performance, actors from ODAG engaged in a lively discussion with Llewellyn and Minor about diverse acting challenges. The full play enjoyed a six-week run in Oberlin where it was directed by Katy Early, a former assistant director of ODAG.

Reaching Back; Y-Haven Theatre Project

YHavenY-Haven, a branch of the Greater Cleveland YMCA, is a transitional housing facility for homeless men recovering from substance abuse and mental health challenges. Each year, in collaboration with Cleveland Public Theatre, the men create and perform an original theatre production based on their personal experiences. This is the Y-Haven Theatre Project. Sponsored by ODAG, the group brought their 2016 play Reaching Back to a very appreciative audience at Grafton on November 8, 2016.

Wedding Band, Alice Childress

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wedding prog(Photo from The Oberlin Review)

On October 15, 2015, Director Justin Emeka brought members of the Oberlin College student cast to perform scenes from the play Wedding Band for the General Population of the Grafton Reintegration Center. ODAG Assistant Director Katy Early was a member of the cast. The play deals with an interracial romance set in South Carolina in 1918, with themes of prejudice, dignity and race relations. Following the play was a wide-ranging discussion of the issues with the director, actors, and audience.



Truthworker Theatre Company

truthworkerOn October 10, 2015, the Truthworker Theatre Company presented scenes from their devised plays plus a creative workshop for the actors of ODAG. The group is a social justice based hip-hop theatre company for high school and college aged youth in Brooklyn, New York. While concerned about the school to prison pipeline, this was the first time they had performed for a group in prison.

Dessa Rose, Ahrens and Flaherty

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program(Photo from The Oberlin Review)

On February 11, 2015, Director Caroline Jackson-Smith brought members of the cast to perform songs from the musical Dessa Rose for the General Population of the Grafton Reintegration Center. ODAG Associate Director Lillian White served as Dramaturge for the Oberlin student production, and ODAG Assistant Director Katy Early (in the picture above, at right) played a leading role. An editorial in The Oberlin Review referred to this performance.



As You Like It, William Shakespeare

In the summer of 2014, actors from the Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival presented scenes from As You Like It, directed by Oberlin College Professor of Theater Paul Moser.

Nolie Min Tangible, Arif Silverman

Arif Silverman, now an Assistant Director of ODAG, presented his imaginative one-man show at Grafton in May, 2014. Nolie Min Tangible delighted GRC audiences by its inventive and provocative ideas performed with fluid grace by Arif as an other-worldly spirit who inhabits all our dreams.  This character, we soon learn from his apparently intimate knowledge of our dreams, can lovingly recall all our dreams—but of course we don't recognize the dreams he tries to remind us of.  However, as we learn that he is compelled, by others more powerful than he, to make sure we forget him as well as our dreams on waking, we understand why we don't recognize the dream stories he tells us.  But we also realize that these oppressive forces, through their coercion of him, cruelly deprive us of our creativity, freedom, whimsy, and imaginations by suppressing our recollection and cherishing of dreams. The show, replete with song and dance-like movement, encourages us all to take our dreams seriously and to allow the irrationality of our dreams to restore wonder and freedom to our lives.

My Ghosts, My Own, Romulus Linney

On November 17, 2013 a group of actors from Oberlin College presented four one-act plays at Grafton, under the auspices of ODAG. This group of plays, all by Romulus Linney, had been performed under a student director at Oberlin earlier in the fall, in a celebration of the work of Linney who is a graduate of Oberlin. The cast included four Directors of ODAG: Katy Early, Phyllis Gorfain, Amy Jackson-Smith, and Arif Silverman. Members of ODAG prepared the program for this event.

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Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare

In the summer of 2013, actors from the Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival presented scenes from this production, directed by Oberlin College Professor of Theater Paul Moser.

The Winter's Tale, William Shakespeare

In the spring of 2013, students from Oberlin College performed the first act of The Winter's Tale for the general population at Grafton, under the direction of Carter Sligh, a College senior.