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The Otterbein Theatre and Dance Department’s Act Out Reading Series empowers student theatre artists to investigate dramatic literature that explores different cultures, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, and other facets of identity. 

For more information, or to be included on announcements about Act Out performances, contact the box office: 614-823-1109 or boxoffice@otterbein.edu.

The 2018-2019 series explores the voices of Puerto Rican playwrights.

Performance Information

Adoration of the Old Woman
By Jose Rivera
Tuesday, September 18
FREE Admission                       
Towers Hall
Philomathean Room (3rd. Floor)
1 S. Grove St.
Westerville, Oh 43081 
Campus map 

Puerto Rican playwright Jose Rivera explores the debate regarding Puerto Rican independence.  Written in the mid 2000’s and set in “near-future” Puerto Rico, the play combines a fantastical exploration of the ghosts of the past with real and still timely questions regarding Puerto Rico’s self-determination.

Water by the Spoonful
By Quiara Alegria Hudes 
Tuesday, April 9                 
FREE Admission
Towers Hall
Philomathean Room (3rd. Floor)
1 S. Grove St.
Westerville, Oh 43081
Campus map

Puerto Rican playwright Quiara Alegrai Hudes explores a Puerto Rican veteran of the Iraq war who is struggling to find meaning and purpose within his family and his community.  A diverse community of strangers are struggling to do the same. 


The Department of Theatre & Dance is deeply committed to diversity in its casting and season selection.  To that end, we strive to recruit a diverse class of students.  Nonetheless, we sometimes find it challenging – within the parameters of our existing casting pool – to expose our students to the diversity of literature available to them.

Act Out gives us the chance to produce informal public readings, with no fee charged, that introduce the university and community to plays that we are not currently able to produce on our mainstage.  The series is student directed and uses student actors and dramaturges, guided by a faculty advisor.  The series also engages the audience in a student led talk-back following each reading. 

We seek permission from playwrights to produce these readings using non-traditional casting.  While some actors may embody the ethnicity, gender, or other identity markers for their roles, some may not.  In this way, we offer our students an opportunity to step into the shoes of “other” to immerse themselves in a deeper understanding of diverse cultures, communities and identities. 

Department of Theatre and Dance

Department Office
M-F: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
p/ 614.823.1657

Box Office
M-F: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
p/ 614.823.1109
e/ boxoffice@otterbein.edu

For general questions about admission and financial aid:
Office of Admission
p/ 614.823.1500
e/ uotterb@otterbein.edu

For questions about BFA Acting and Musical Theatre auditions:
e/ audition@otterbein.edu

For questions about BA, Design/Tech, and Dance Minor admission:
Eryn Kane, Administrative Assistant
p/ 614.823.1657
e/ eryn.kane@otterbein.edu

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