Full Length Play
Time Period - Present Day, 1950s
Settings Of Play - The present. Night.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Monologues, Scene work, Competition or audition material
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
Intense Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Obie, From Off-Broadway
Ohio State Murders portrays Suzanne Alexander, a fictional African American writer whose life both is, and is not, like her author's. When Suzanne enters Ohio State University in 1949, little does she know what the supposed safe haven of academia holds in store. Years later, Suzanne is invited to return to the University to talk about the violence in her writing. A dark mystery unravels. The play is an intriguing, unusual and chilling look at the destructiveness of racism in the U.S.
"Much of the pleasure of the play derives from Ms. Kennedy’s elliptical narrative form, which generates a good share of old-fashioned, nail-biting suspense." - The New York Times
"Part murder mystery, part memoir, this one-act drama leads us delicately but intrepidly into an American heart of darkness." - CurtainUp
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Ohio State Murders was commissioned by the Great Lakes Theater
Festival through a grant from the New Works Program of the Ohio Arts
Council. The play received its world premiere at the Great Lakes Theater
Festival on March 7, 1992. It was directed by Gerald Freedman. The play was subsequently presented Off Broadway by Theatre
for a New Audience at The Duke on 42nd Street in New York City on October 27,
2007. It was directed by Evan Yionoulis.