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Production of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Continues to Benefit Rape Crisis Center, Teach Important Lessons

The cast of UA students, faculty and staff, as well as Akron community members, on stage.

By Elizabeth Heckler, Social Media Editor

February 3, 2020

The University of Akron’s Women’s Studies program hosted a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” at E.J. Thomas Hall on Jan. 31.  The production was organized and directed by Dr. Mary Triece, director of the Women’s Studies program and professor within the School of Communication, with a cast of U...

Women’s Studies Program Presents ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at E.J. Thomas Hall

Flyers are located across campus with information on “The Vagina Monologues” performance.

By Elizabeth Heckler, Social Media Editor

January 29, 2020

The University of Akron’s Women’s Studies program will be hosting a production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. in the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.  This is the fourth year that UA’s production of the show will be directed by Dr. Mary Triece, the direc...

“Out of Silence” Coming to UA

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

April 29, 2019

The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre and Arts Administration and the New World Performance Lab are partnering to present Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign on May 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. each night at Guzzetta Hall.   According to a University webpage, Out of Silenc...

‘One Funny Mother’ Coming to E.J. Thomas Hall March 23

Blizzard’s popular Broadway show is coming soon.

By José Suárez, Reporter

March 21, 2019

Set on a tour ending in London, Dena Blizzard will be performing her one-woman comedy act at E.J. Thomas Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019.   Blizzard is a mother who shows her talent of comedy about motherhood after her time as Miss New Jersey and a host for Miss America alongside Anders...

‘Finding Neverland’ Makes Way To Broadway in Akron

‘Finding Neverland’ Makes Way To Broadway in Akron

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 19, 2019

‘Finding Neverland’ is coming to EJ Thomas Hall on March 5-6, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Broadway in Akron Series, which has brought shows like ‘Rent’, ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Rock of Ages’ to EJ Thomas Hall over the years. According to the Broadway in Akron webpage, this show has been the recipient ...

Scared Scriptless Coming to Akron

Scared Scriptless Coming to Akron

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 19, 2019

EJ Thomas Hall is hosting the Scared Scriptless show put on by Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, most known for their comedy and improv work on Whose Line is it Anyway? on April 4, at 7:30 p.m. Many famous comedians graced the stage onWhose Line is it Anyway? including Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Ke...

“The Vagina Monologues” Showcases Empowerment, Benefits Rape Crisis Center

The University of Akron raised money for The Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties with a production of The Vagina Monologues.

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 4, 2019

E.J. Thomas Performance Arts Hall hosted a production of “The Vagina Monologues” on Jan. 26 to raise money and awareness toward fighting sexual violence against all those who identify as women worldwide. The stage was set with six microphones, five music stands and one stool. Sixteen women in tota...

E.J. Thomas Hall Presents: Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues

Edwin J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall at The University of Akron.

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

January 27, 2019

The University of Akron is again hosting Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at E.J. Thomas Hall on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets for this event are on sale now on Ticketmaster. According to their website, V-Day is a global activist movement aimed at ending violence against all individuals who identify as women worldwide. V-Day activists...

Champions of Magic Set to Perform at E.J. Thomas Hall

The illusionists include Fernando Velasco (left), Richard Young (left center), Alex McAleer (front center), Kayla Drescher (right center) and Sam Strange (right).

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

December 3, 2018

The Champions of Magic, a magic show featuring five world-class illusionists, will be performing at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. as part of their 2018 international tour. Tickets for the performance must be reserved in advance and can be purchased on Ticketmaster. Prices range fro...

‘Rocky Horror Show’ Playing at Akron Civic Theatre


By Amanda Piekarz, Arts & Entertainment Editor

October 30, 2018

Presented by the LGBT Akron Arts Festival in association with the Millennial Theatre Project, "The Rocky Horror Show" is showing at the Akron Civic Theatre every night at 8 p.m. from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3 for the 25th-anniversary revival. The Akron Civic Theatre’s Millennial Theatre Project aims to “bridge the ...

“The Vagina Monologues” Returns to The University of Akron, Feb. 3, 2018

Edwin J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall at The University of Akron.

By Megan Parker, News Contributor

January 31, 2018

“The Vagina Monologues” is returning to the E.J. Thomas Performance Arts Hall Saturday, Feb. 3, to raise awareness towards violence against women and girls. Mary Triece, director of the Women’s Studies program, said this is her second year sponsoring “The Vagina Monologues” with the Wom...

Open Casting Call for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

(Photo courtesy of the Theatre Guild at The University of Akron)

By Zaire Daniels, Correspondent

January 23, 2018

Everyone remembers the heartwarming tale of Quasimodo from the Disney classic, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." This semester, the Theatre Guild at The University of Akron will be putting on its own rendition performance and opening the stage to students interested in character roles, musical instrument...

Akron Symphony Orchestra to Perform Score from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

(Photo courtesy of

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

November 9, 2017

On Nov. 11, E.J. Thomas Hall will be hosting The Akron Symphony who will be performing award-winning composer and Oscar winner, John Williams’ score from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This performance will have two different showtimes, one at 1:00 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m. Warn...

Akron Symphony Performing “Video Games Live”

The Akron Symphony performs. (Photo courtesy of

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

October 27, 2017

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, music from the most popular video games will be performed by the Akron Symphony at “Video Games Live.” E.J. Thomas Hall will be hosting the event and their website describes the event as, “picture the energy and excitement of a rock concert mixed with the ...

“The Skin of Our Teeth” Opens Oct. 26

(Photo courtesy of The University of Akron’s School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration)

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

October 23, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, “The Skin of Our Teeth” written by Thornton Wilder is celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary. Professor of Theatre at The University of Akron, James Slowiak, is directing UA Theatre’s production of the popular play. “The Skin of our Teeth” is cast with 18 st...

Kinky Boots Coming to E.J. Thomas Hall

(Photo courtesy of E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall)

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

October 9, 2017

On its fifth year on Broadway, “Kinky Boots” will be making its way to Akron after being seen by over 5 million people worldwide. “Kinky Boots” has won six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Choreography. Director and choreographer, Jerry Mitchell, is a two-time Tony Awa...

Akron Symphony’s Opening Night: The Slavic Soul

Guest cellist, Tony Rymer.

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

September 22, 2017

The Akron Symphony Orchestra will open their 2017-2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8:00 p.m. at EJ Thomas Hall with a special concert titled, The Slavic Soul. The Orchestra’s opening concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s “Marche slave”, which is a famous work with folk themes from Russian and Serbian c...

Tuesday Musical: Prelude! Opens September 16

UA composer, James Wilding.

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

September 15, 2017

Tuesday Musical is an Akron arts organization that presents concerts and performances created by some of the finest classical musicians and also provides meaningful education and engagement programs for the Akron community. “In addition to marking 130 years as a core arts organization in Northeast...

“Songs for a New World” Coming to Akron in September

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

August 28, 2017

Tony award winner, Jason Robert Brown who is known for “Parade” and “Bridges of Madison County” is bringing his first musical to Akron. Brown’s “Songs for a New World” is very diverse, not only with its casting, but also with the stories the musical tells. “Songs for a New World...

“The Spirit of Christmas” concert

44th annual Christmas concert from Dec. 11 through Dec. 13.

By Paige Purtz, Writer

December 7, 2015

The Christmas story is one that the average person is very familiar with. Many people have grown up seeing it in nativity scenes, reading about it in books, or hearing about it in church. The Chapel in Akron is gathering for their  44th annual Christmas concert, “The Spirit of Christmas,” to...

‘Comedy of Errors’ shakes up UA

The cast of 'The Comedy of Errors' performs at UA's Sandefur Theatre on Thursday evening.

By Jaclyn Scarborough and Logan Lane

November 10, 2015

The University of Akron theatre department is currently performing Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” in the Sandefur Theatre at Guzzetta Hall. Opening night took place Nov. 5 and will continue until Nov. 14, with curtains rising at 7:30 p.m. each night. One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, "The ...

Coming out in the Union: UA’s second annual drag show

Malibu Peru struts across the SU Theatre stage.

By Jaclyn Scarborough, Writer

October 14, 2015

In honor of National Coming Out Day, the Zips Programming Network hosted a drag show in the student union theater Monday night for a very full and enthusiastic audience. There were more than 200 in attendance celebrating those in the LGBT community, specifically those who have recently come out t...

Blood Wedding

Stage design for the play Bloodwedding

By Elizabeth Zumbach, Writer

March 2, 2015

“Blood Wedding’s” Spanish drama provides a theatrical experience for UA students to attend. The play premiered at the Sandefur Theater in Guzzetta Hall on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Originally written by the Spanish playwright, Federico Garcia Lorca, and translated into English by Harlem Renaissance...

Issues highlighted in Black History Month play

Director and cast members from the play, Or Does it Explode?

By Sofia Syed, Arts & Life Editor

February 18, 2015

In honor of Black History month, “...Or Does it Explode?” premiered at UA’s Daum Theater on Thursday, Feb. 12 for the Rethinking Race series. This play is based off of the Langston Hughes poem called “What happens to a dream deferred?” Told in segments, each part represents an important...

Classic Broadway musical revamped

Classic Broadway musical revamped

By Sofia Syed, Arts & Life Editor

February 12, 2015

The four-time Tony award winning musical, “Camelot,” was held at EJ Thomas Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 10 and Feb. 11. This famous Broadway musical first premiered in the 1960s and the production continues to perform all over the country. “Camelot” centers around a mythical town called Camelot...

Theater department hosting auditions for “Blood Wedding”

By Dianna Lu, Arts & Life Writer

December 3, 2014

The University of Akron is searching for cast members for their upcoming play, “Blood Wedding.” “Blood Wedding” is a tragedy by Federico Garcia Lorca, a Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director. Fate, deception and nature are key elements in the play. The director is using the translation...

MEN hosts poetry slam

Hosts Taveon Brown and Tyese Kipler make introductions

By Grant Morgan, News Writer

November 11, 2014

Poetry resonated throughout the Student Union on Nov. 5, 2014 as the Male Excellence Network hosted their annual “Battle for the Soul: The Redemption.” MEN’s poetry jams have been gaining popularity. They are different from poetry slams in that the poets are not competing—they are sharing...

The Midtown Men bring back 60s rock

Midtown Men singing to a full house.

By Aubrey Barto, Video Editor

November 3, 2014

The Midtown Men, made of 4 original cast members from Jersey Boys: Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer visit Akron for the first time to put on an energized, nostalgic performance bringing 1960s rock and roll back to life....

Grabowski gives students a laugh

Adam Grabowski performing in the Student Union ballrooms

By Nicholas Summers, Arts & Life Editor

October 23, 2014

Over 400 students filled the Student Union Ballrooms  to see comedian Adam Grabowski. Grabowski has been highest-rated comedian and the youngest to win 2013 Comedian of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine. His set lasted well over an hour and was a mix of improvised and written material. The performance...

Michael C. Anthony Amazes Students at E.J. Thomas

Michael C. Anthony Amazes Students at E.J. Thomas

By Ashlee Fields, Page Editor

September 8, 2014

“Focus on the center of my hand” was the command that placed 30 UA students into a hypnotic trance from Michael C. Anthony. This event every year has students at the edge of their seats ready for one word: volunteer. Students rushed onto the stage to be a part of the act. From jumping the stairs...

Shakespeare Company performs at UA campus

Juliet played by Allison Good and Romeo played by Matthew J. Wheeler  in Romeo&Juliet.

By Elizabeth Fleagle, Writer

August 4, 2014

The University of Akron’s Shrank Hall was put to great use this summer, as it has become home to Akron’s own Rubber City Shakespeare Company. In its second season, Rubber City Shakespeare Company performed two classic Shakespeare plays. Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet were performed by...

Play continues despite recent drama

By Alicia Finch

December 5, 2013

Despite the recent drama in the UA Theatre Program, an entirely student-run program will be taking the stage for one last production of the semester on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. at Sandefur Theatre in Guzzetta Hall. The production “PlayTime” was produced by the university’s Theatre Guild organization...

Local theater group brings Shakespeare to UA campus

By Alicia Finch

October 22, 2013

Rubber City Shakespeare Company is bringing classical theater alive around the UA campus this fall, led by UA alumnus and Producing Artistic Director Dane Leasure. Shakespeare’s classic shipwrecked comedy, “Twelfth Night,” took the stage in Leigh Hall from Oct. 17 to Oct. 20, being the second...

None Too Fragile’s ‘Nerve’ departs

By Paula Ramsey

October 1, 2013

The feelings of a first date are unmistakable — nerves are at an all-time high and the butterflies in a person’s stomach are hard at work, searching for a way to escape. Getting to spend time with someone of importance is all too exciting. However, what if the two have technically never met before? Adam...