Northwestern theatre senior to debut original play Feb. 19-21, Kennedy Center Critics to attend

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Northwestern theatre senior to debut original play Feb. 19-21, Kennedy Center Critics to attend

 Blow Me Up, Jesus set

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s theatre program will present “Blow Me Up, Jesus” in Herod Hall Auditorium Thursday through Saturday. Rehearsing a scene are Tom Pantera, instructor of mass communication; Dr. Karen Linstrum, assistant professor of psychology; Hansen Long, Waynoka senior; and Justin Regier, Forgan junior.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University senior Jordan Lyles will debut her original play, “Blow Me Up, Jesus,” Feb. 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. in Herod Hall Auditorium.  Doors open 30 minutes before each showing, and admission costs are $3 with a student ID, $5 for faculty and staff, and $7 general admission.

Joining the audience on opening night will be two respondents from the Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theatre (KCACTF) to critique the show in all aspects.  The show will be a participatory entry for next year’s festival, so any awards the show receives will be announced closer to the 2016 festival, Lyles said.

Not only did Lyles write the play, she is the director as well. This play serves as her Senior Capstone production, which is a requirement for a degree in speech and theatre at Northwestern.

“This show is the culmination of all my experiences as a student in Northwestern's theatre program,” Lyles said. “Not only from an education standpoint -- applying all of the knowledge gained from my theatre classes -- but my full college experiences as well. I've heard people say that the senior show capstone is like a eulogy -- your one lasting mark on the program that can be examined after you graduate, good or bad.  But, I like to think of it as a swan song. It's my love letter to all the people I've gotten to know and work with over the past four years -- a final word to the dedication, all the coffee-fueled late nights building sets, the paint fights and more that it takes to make a show a success.”

Originally, Lyles set her play up to have certain actors playing multiple roles, but split them after auditions when more people showed up than she expected.  Lyles’ show features current students, faculty members, and her little sister, in a dark comedy that ends in a positive takeaway. The play is recommended for mature audiences.      

For more information about the Northwestern theatre program, contact Kimberly Weast, MFA, at or (580)327-8462.