Kent State School of Theatre and Dance Presents “You Can’t Take It With You” | Kent State University

Kent State School of Theatre and Dance Presents “You Can’t Take It With You”

Pulitzer winning classic directed by Roe Green Visiting Director Kathleen F. Conlin

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University begins it 2014-2015 season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “You Can’t Take It With You.” As part of the school’s annual Roe Green Director Series, the School welcomes guest director Kathleen F. Conlin. The production runs Fri., Oct. 3 and runs through Sun., Oct. 12 in Wright-Curtis Theatre, located in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

For tickets call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at www.kent.edu/theatredance 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, Mon. – Fri., Noon to 5 pm.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Kent State University alumni, faculty and staff, $14 for seniors (60+) and non-Kent State students age 18 and under are $10.  Tickets for full-time, Kent campus undergraduates are free of charge.  Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $12 per person.  The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks, and cash.

Written by George S. Kauffman and Moss Hart, “You Can’t Take It With You” explores the chaos of the extended Sycamore/Vanderhof/Carmichael clan whose New York house is a jumble of candy making, ballet dancing, firework building, snake wrangling, and xylophone playing antics. “You Can't Take It With You” is a farcical comedy that examines what truly makes a happy life. 

The production is directed by 12th annual Roe Green Visiting Director Kathleen F. Conlin who has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as professional stage director, casting director, associate artistic director, university administrator and award-winning professor. She served for twenty-two seasons as Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director for the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival where she also directed Shakespearean and other classic plays, contemporary plays, and a musical.

Conlin describes “You Can’t Take It With You” as a work that “touches the heart as well as the mind…[and] celebrates an American family who open their door to the rich tapestry of ethnic diversity.” Conlin is also enjoying her time at Kent State and finds students’ “eagerness to grow and learn, while creating a satisfying theatrical production, inspiring.”  

The production and design team includes dialect coaching by assistant professor Courtney Brown, scenic design by associate professor Steve Pauna, technical direction by Ryan Patterson, lighting design by Yu (Leo) Lei, costume design by Mackenzie Malone, and sound design by assistant professor Charles J. Korecki. Hannah Graham serves as production stage manager.

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Media Contact:


Joni Koneval, jkoneval@kent.edu, 330-672-0116