Department Chair:
Caroline Jackson Smith

Phone: (440) 775-8151

Warner Center 100
30 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Mainstage 11|12

Mainstage 11|12

Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?

by Terrence McNally

Director: Paul Moser, Professor of Theater
Dates: December 8-10, 2011
Location: Hall Auditorium

      Tommy Flowers wants to blow up America. Why? “So we can start all over again. Now we can blow it up nice, or we can blow it up tough. What some of my friends are doing is tough. I’d prefer nice. Wouldn’t you?" Blowing it up “nice” means igniting the fuse of a one-man rebellion fueled by fun. The show is a quick-paced tour de force in which the main character, Tommy Flowers – a child of the fifties, takes the audience on a wild roller-coaster ride of comic sketches, dramatic scenes, anti-authoritarian diatribes and fantasy sequences which collectively portray his life, personality, and politics.


The Compromise

by Gabriel Emeka

Director: Justin Emeka, Associate. Professor of Theater and Africana Studies
Dates: April 19-21, 2012
Location: Hall Auditorium

      "A historical fiction, The Compromise is set at Tuskegee in 1895 and based on the relationship between W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T. Washington. The production not only helps commemorate Oberlin’s 175th year of admitting African American students, but it also highlights the importance of continuing the discussion about the commitment to African American education in the new millennium" (Oberlin Office of Communication).


Unexpected Journey/ Why I Had To Dance

by Oberlin Students/Ntozake Shange

Director: Caroline Jackson Smith/Diane McIntyre
Dates: February 9-11 and February 17-18, 2012
Location: Hall Auditorium, PlayhouseSquare

     "Unexpected Journeys , directed by Jackson Smith and choreographed by McIntyre, is an exploration of movement and identity. Using McIntyre’s distinctive storytelling method, a diverse group of Oberlin students have crafted an interdisciplinary ode to the struggles and triumphs of coming of age in the 21st century."

      "Why I Had to Dance propels the audience into the world of dance through Shange’s experiences. A barrier-breaking poet, playwright, and novelist, Shange describes her new choreopoem as “the story of black dance herself … the connectedness of black dance from one generation to another generation and from one region to another region, moving all around the dance world from my childhood on.”