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Kent State Brings the Fight for the American Dream to the Stage in “The Cradle Will Rock”

Production of Marc Blitzstein’s legendary musical is collaboration with the Musical Theater Project

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance opens its 2016-2017 season with a concert version of The Cradle Will Rock, the legendary 1937 play in music by Marc Blitzstein. The production is in collaboration with the Musical Theater Project and will be performed Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, on the Kent Campus.

For tickets, call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive. The box office is open Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for Kent State alumni, faculty and staff, $14 for seniors (60+) and $10 for non-Kent State students age 18 and under. Tickets are free for full-time, Kent Campus undergraduate students. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $12 per person. Flex pass subscriptions also are available. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and cash.

Directed by Terri Kent, Kent State professor and musical theatre coordinator, The Cradle Will Rock chronicles the efforts to unionize the fictional town of “Steeltown, USA” and combat the corporate greed that dominates the town’s businesses and society.

Rarely produced, The Cradle Will Rock is a masterwork of American theatre that was controversial from the moment it hit the stage. Originally a project of the Federal Theatre Project and directed by the famed Orson Welles, the production was temporarily shut down shortly before its Broadway debut. The Musical Theater Project and Kent State’s production of The Cradle Will Rock is a timely piece as relevant for today’s audiences as it was in 1937.

The Cradle Will Rock features Joe Monaghan as Larry Foreman with members of Kent State’s musical theatre program rounding out the cast. Music direction is by the Musical Theater Project’s Associate Artistic Director Nancy Maier. Lighting design is by Jaime Benjamin, sound design is by Assistant Professor Nicholas Drashner, accompanist is Assistant Professor Jennifer Korecki and stage management is by M. Massey.

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