If you’ve never been to a show produced by student group Off The Lake Productions (OTL), you’re seriously missing out. With four ticketed performances a year and three of them happening in the spring semester, you’re just in time to join the fandom.
This weekend, the organization is performing a Night of One Acts, an annual performance they added to their yearly setlist just last year.
“The three One Acts we put on are different from the other shows OTL does because instead of focusing on the sole purpose of entertainment, we hope to create an atmosphere conducive to healthy dialogue,” Noel Wallace, one of the co-peer theatre directors, said. “We chose shows specifically because they contained themes (media influence, healthy relationships, and gun violence) we considered to be starting points for critical thought and facilitated dialogue.”
Peer Theatre is a dialogue-based facet of the organization that spends the year writing and performing skits to perform in residence halls. These skits invite students to talk about difficult or uncomfortable topics in a new and approachable way. When it comes to the One Acts, performers trade in self-written scripts for nationally recognized mini-plays.
“I’m most excited to show off Lockdown,” Terry Wheeler, the other co-peer theatre director, shared. “It’s a show that is highly topical in current American culture. It places both the actors and the audience in a cramped and stressful environment where they confront the paranoia of the unknown during a lockdown situation. While OTL and Peer Theatre are not taking a political stance about gun control in this show, it harkens back to Peer Theatre’s purpose, which is to expose individuals to sensitive topics in order to create dialogues about the issues that may come to play in their day-to-day lives. This show is extremely powerful as no harm is depicted on stage or even assumed.”
Don’t expect every one act to be heavy, though. Out of the three shows, two are comedies.
“While we have covered topics about healthy relationships before, we also are presenting a parody of The Bachelor, which delves into the fantasy of ‘reality’ TV,” Wheeler said.
With around 40 students coming together to cast, direct, and produce the shows, there’s something for everyone in this performance that only costs $1 or a canned food item to attend. All proceeds will benefit Transit Arts and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
The shows are Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1 in the Baker West Performance Space starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door. For more information, check out their website involvedliving.osu.edu/otl or social media, @OffTheLakeOSU on Instagram and Twitter or Facebook.