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Theatre Columbus State

Theatre Columbus State's 2015 – 2016   Season

Fall Semester

The Diviners
By Jim Leonard, Jr.
Directed by Frank A. Barnhart

November 4-7, 2015 at 8pm
November 5, 2015 at 3pm

Winner of the American College Theatre Festival, this play is the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. When the boy was young he almost drowned. This trauma and the loss of his mother in the same accident has left him deathly afraid of water. The preacher, set on breaking away from a long line of Kentucky family preachers, is determined not to do what he does best. The town doesn't have a preacher and the women try to persuade him to preach while he tries to persuade the child to wash. When the preacher finally gets the boy in the river and is washing him, the townspeople mistake the scene for a baptism. They descend on the event and, in the confusion, tragedy occurs.

        "A splendid drama by a playwright with poetic as well as human feeling" Variety

        "Renders the humor and horror of the hinterlands with staggering accuracy" - New York Magazine


Spring Semester

The Library
By Scott Z. Burns
Directed by Frank A. Barnhart

April 27-30, 2016 at 8pm
April 28, 2016 at 3pm

After Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly shooting at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities, and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. Inspired by the shootings at Columbine High School, renowned Hollywood screenwriter Scott Z. Burns returns to the stage with this bold and chilling play that asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us.

        "Good luck to the audience member who prefers not to be disturbed. THE LIBRARY doesn't make the mistake of trying to find clear motivations for that crime. Instead, it considers how such events warp and contaminate those who survive them." —NY Times.

        "It's rare to see a show take a step back so the audience can think." —NY Post.


Summer Semester

Night Witches (original script)
By Sonda Lewis

July 13-16, 2016 at 8pm
July 14, 2016 at 3pm

The story of the Women's Air Service Pilots (WASP) in the United States is relatively well known. Much less well known however is the story of the Night Witches, an incredible group of Soviet women who flew bombing missions during World War II. The year was 1941 and Hitler had invaded the Soviet Union. By November the German army was just 19 miles from Moscow. Leningrad was under siege and 3 million Russians had been taken prisoner. The Soviet air force was grounded. In the summer of 1941 Marina Raskova, a record-breaking aviatrix, was called upon to organize a regiment of women pilots to fly night combat missions of harassment bombing. From mechanics to navigators, pilots and officers, the 588th regiment was composed entirely of women. The 588th was so successful and deadly that the Germans came to fear them, calling them Nachthexen--night witches.


dysfunct  A scene from the 2007 production of Dysfunct


   A scene from the 2007 production of Dysfunct

  flying west
A scene from the 2003 production of Flyin West