School of Theatre and Dance Presents "Corktown, or Through the Valley of Dry Bones" October 6-12, 2022

By Justin Augustin; Directed by: Courtney Brown

The School of Theatre and Dance begins its 2022-2023 season with the production of "Corktown, or Through the Valley of Dry Bones," by Jeff Augustin running October 6-12, 2022 in Wright-Curtis Theatre. 

Directed by associate professor Courtney Brown, "Corktown, or Through the Valley of Dry Bones" tells the story of Jackee, a fabulous fourteen-year-old-boy, as he takes us on a tour of one of Detroit's oldest neighborhoods between 2007 and 2034. From the neighborhood's urban blight to the gentrified renaissance, Jeff Augustin chronicles the life cycle of a city, affected by and affecting the lives of its residents. This tale filled with gospel music, graffiti, and organic coffee shows how—even when the music gets turned down, the graffiti is painted over, and the streets become safer—there's a beating heart in a place's history that can't be erased.

The "Corktown, or Through the Valley of Dry Bones" production team includes assistant director Natalya Lindsey, costume design by Keely Rutledge, lighting design by David Bruns, scenic design by Kathalina Thorpe, sound design by Bella Brehm, props supervision by Kathalina Thorpe, and technical direction by Jack Libengood. Samantha Pamfilie is the production stage manager. School of Theatre and Dance director Tony Hardin is the producer.


The “tour” of Corktown will begin in the Roe Green Lobby and will proceed to Wright-Curtis Theatre. Should you have any accessibility needs, please contact the box office at 330-672-2787.

During the “tour”, while in the theatre, please keep the aisle and stairways clear. So that you can be fully present, please keep cell phones and other electronic devices silenced. 

Content Advisory: this play deals with themes of death, dying, and the afterlife; use of alcohol, profanity, derogatory language, including use of homophobic and ableist slurs.



Tickets to "Corktown, or Through the Valley of Dry Bones" by Jeff Augustin can be purchased through the Performing Arts Box Office by phone at 330-672-ARTS (2787) or online at the link below.

Purchase a Ticket to "Corktown, or Through the Valley of Dry Bones"

To purchase tickets in person, visit 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 Mon. – Fri., Noon to 5 pm. 

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Kent State University alumni, $14 for 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.  Flex pass subscriptions are also available. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks, and cash. 


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POSTED: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 01:24 PM
UPDATED: Friday, December 09, 2022 06:42 PM
Jen Crabtree