Overview

Ohio State Murders
By Adrienne Kennedy 
Streaming on demand beginning DEC 5, 2020 

When asked by Ohio State University to speak about the violent imagery in her work, Suzanne Alexander answers with her own story of brutality and betrayal. The accomplished writer attended Ohio State in the 1950s, but instead of academic sanctuary and self-discovery, Suzanne experienced a dark landscape of pain—not only exploitation, kidnapping, and murder, but also the insidious violence of segregation, ostracization, and misogynoir. Blending captivating monologue with haunting memories, Ohio State Murders is a poignant reminder of human cruelty, past and present.

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Ohio State Murders runs approximately 70 minutes.
Content Warning: Ohio State Murders features mature themes and violent imagery, including discussion of racial violence and murder. 

Ohio State Murders is part of The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration & Influence play festival produced in association with McCarter Theatre Center.

Round House Theatre’s 2020-2021 Reimagined Virtual Season is sponsored by Mitch & Heidi Dupler, Linda Ravdin & Don Shapero, and The Zickler Family.
The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration and Influence  festival is underwritten by The RPM Fund.
Ohio State Murders is sponsored by Bruce & Ann Lane.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
Hailed as “American theatre’s greatest and least compromising experimentalist” (New York Times), Adrienne Kennedy is one of the most prolific and widely studied living playwrights. Since bursting onto the scene in 1964 with Funnyhouse of a Negro, Kennedy’s enthralling lyrical dramas have influenced generations of storytellers, from Suzan-Lori Parks to Robert O’Hara, Shonda Rhimes to Jeremy O. Harris. Despite her outsized influence, three Obie Awards, and induction into the Theater Hall of Fame, Adrienne Kennedy is not a household name. This festival is a celebration of why she should be. Round House shines a light on four deeply personal stories from Kennedy’s astonishing body of work with four weeks of virtual theatrical experiences and dynamic conversations, offering audiences the opportunity to discover Kennedy’s singular voice—a startling mix of the surreal with the all too real. 

NOTE: Plays will be released weekly and will be available on demand through February 2021. Patrons may purchase a full festival pass or choose individual plays.
 

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Behind the Scenes Photos
Actors Billie Krishawn and Andrea-Harris Smith on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Actors Billie Krishawn and Andrea-Harris Smith on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Behind the Scenes Photos
Actors Andrea-Harris Smith and Billie Krishawn on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Actors Andrea-Harris Smith and Billie Krishawn on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Behind the Scenes Photos
Artistic Director Ryan Rilette, Director Valerie Curtis-Newton, and the production team on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Artistic Director Ryan Rilette, Director Valerie Curtis-Newton, and the production team on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Behind the Scenes Photos
Director Valerie Curtis-Newton on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Director Valerie Curtis-Newton on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Behind the Scenes Photos
Actor Billie Krishawn and the production team on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Actor Billie Krishawn and the production team on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Behind the Scenes Photos
Artistic Director Ryan Rilette and the production team on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Artistic Director Ryan Rilette and the production team on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Behind the Scenes Photos
Sound Designer Matthew Nielson on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Sound Designer Matthew Nielson on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Behind the Scenes Photos
Actors Andrea Harris-Smith and Billie Krishawn on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
Actors Andrea Harris-Smith and Billie Krishawn on the set of OHIO STATE MURDERS. Photo by Jesse Aasheim.
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