by David Hassler

May 4th Voices“May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970”  brings together first-person narratives about the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State University. First performed in 2010 in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the shootings, the “May 4th Voices”  play is composed of verbatim excerpts from the Kent State Shootings Oral History Project.

Weaving these voices and stories together, Hassler’s play tells the human story of May 4, 1970, and its aftermath while capturing the tragedy, which had a profound impact on the nation and is credited as a catalyst in changing Americans’ view toward U.S. involvement in Vietnam. 


2020 Performance Dates

April 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7:30 p.m.
April 19 & 26 at 2 p.m. 


Ticket Information

Adults - $10
Seniors (55 and over) - $7
Non-KSU Students (17 and under) - $7
KSU Students - Free with current ID

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  • Kent State Students: Free admission with current Kent State ID. Seats must be reserved in person at the Box Office.
  • No refunds for purchased tickets. Exchanges for the same production can be made by contacting the Box Office prior to the reserved performance date.
  • Tickets held at Will Call will be forfeited if not picked up by curtain time.

Cast

To be announced.


Production Team

Jim Weaver: Director
Jim Weaver is a director and choreographer whose body of work includes productions of Next to NormalIn the Heights, David Mamet’s Race, Spunk, Purlie, August Wilson’s Radio GolfFences, and Jitney, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Five Guys Named Moe, Guys And Dolls, Once On This Island, Saturday Night, Ain’t Misbehavin’, A Soldier’s Play and several others; including award winning productions of A Raisin in the Sun and Floyd Collins. Mr. Weaver, a Master of Fine Arts recipient from Kent State University, has had his work seen at New York’s Lincoln Center, The American Stage Festival, Maine State Music Theatre, The Weston Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Porthouse Theatre, The American Stage Company, Bay Street Theatre, and many others in addition to choreographing productions of Ragtime, The Rocky Horror Show, and Legally Blonde for Kent State. Internationally, his work has been presented in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, and Austria. In addition to his work as a director and choreographer, Mr. Weaver is an actor and singer who has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally, and across Europe. He has been seen on television, in films, and can be heard on several cast recordings and voice-overs. Mr. Weaver is a proud member of SDC with further information available at his website.  

Ron JarvisRon Jarvis: Sound Designer
You might recognize Ron Jarvis as a performer, producer, music director, and/or composer for such stalwart North East Ohio acts as The Buckeye Biscuit Band, Ital, First Light, Alex Bevan, Pat Dailey and, most recently, Macaw; the American Worldbeat Band. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Kent State where he has taught Art of the Theatre and Theatre Criticism classes as well as the three part series of Sound Design and Technology classes for the Entertainment Arts and Technologies certificates program. Ron has worked with world renowned directors Vincent Dowling (composition for The Winter’s Tale at Kent State) as well as Ping Chong (Blindness: The Irresistible Light Of Encounter at La Mama Theatre in NYC) and has served as a live mix consultant at Geauga Lake and Cedar Point Amusement Parks. Although his first sound design for Kent State Stark was for the 2002 production of Dancing at Lughnasa, since 2007 he has designed many of the Kent State Stark theatrical productions including Oklahoma!, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Into the Woods, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Mikado, Crazy for YouDating is Tough to Do...and Funny, Too!, Songs for a New World, Plumfield, Iraq, Evil Dead: The Musical and Anton in Show Business.

Stephen OstertagStephen Ostertag: Costume Designer
Stephen is excited to be a part of Kent State Stark Theatre’s creative team. Stephen earned his BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Kent State University in 2015. After graduating in the top of his class, Stephen immediately joined Kent State University Stark as their Costume Designer in residence and adjunct instructor teaching Costume Design and Makeup courses. The proud father of three, Stephen founded the Silver Star Youth Theatre Company with his wife, Tricia. For five years Silver Star provided theatrical opportunities for young performers through collaboration with Stark Parks. Stephen hopes to continue working in theatre instruction at every age level, “Theatre is about community and team work, qualities which are vital to a healthy society.” Some of his favorite design credits include: Spring Awakening, Cabaret, These Shining Lives, Almost Maine, Memphis, Silent Sky, and Sister Act.