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MFA Acting Outreach and Engagement Project

A New Work by the actors in the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program
Supervised by Kevin McClatchy

Hollywood heartthrob Andy Stark has skyrocketed to fame in a new hit television show. Back home in Ohio, his sister Denise is struggling to readjust after military service. Beyond All Recognition is a devised new play about brothers- and sisters-in-arms who have to negotiate the military/civilian divide as the bonds of friendship and honor are tested.

Since January 2017, the nine actors in the department's Master of Fine Arts program have been creating this piece, inspired by their experiences working with local veterans, active military personnel and their family members, and professional caregivers. During the development and creative process they have explored the experiences of war and its aftermath through individual research and by facilitating Shakespeare-based acting workshops for community partners.

Performance times are as follows:
Wednesday, Nov. 8 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 9 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12 - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14 - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 16 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 - 7:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets by either calling the Ohio State Theatre Office at  (614) 292-2295 or visiting 


There will be a Post Performance Discussion immediately following the Friday, Nov. 17 show.

Join the cast and invited guests for discussion that centers on the Shakespeare and Veterans initiative.

  • Heather Seymour, Creative Arts Director/Counselor, Columbus Veterans Administration
  • Zack Star, founder, VetConnect
  • Mike Carrell, Assistant Vice Provost, Ohio State Office of Military and Veterans Services
  • Kevin McClatchy, Project Supervisor, MFA Outreach and Engagement Project

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