OU theatre scene illuminates a “Mad Forest”

By Glenda Rice Collins

Norman, Okla.–Written by Caryl Churchill, Mad Forest is a gripping account of the Romanian Revolution of 1989 as told by the young and the old, the wealthy and the working class, and by humans, animals and spirits in a mesmerizing play that illuminates the complexities of human nature during troubled times. We do indeed live in a mad, mad world, it seems, as the story unfolds with some intense surreal accounts, both subtle and overt.

Inspired performances continue tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in the A. Max Weitzenhoffer Theatre of the University of Oklahoma.

Live Stream is available for select performances at a single view price of $10.

Visit theatre.ou.edu for more information.

A diverse cast enlivens the current OU production of Churchill’s Mad Forest. Photo by Glenda Rice Collins.

The Mad Forest cast includes Helmerich School of Drama students Avery Baker, Andrea Beasley, Logan
Collins, Lucy Dinsmore, Josue Dooley, Joseph Hoffman, Sophie Losacco, Joshua Murray, Bell Reeves,
Regan Rodgers and Morgan Simon.

“Churchill is one of the most highly regarded English-speaking playwrights living today,” said Gordon.
“To be able to provide this celebrated and confounding play to our students for them to use to learn and
grow is very gratifying. I’m certain that audiences will be energized by its creativity and unique
storytelling.”
Gordon serves as director of the Helmerich School of Drama at OU.

The cast of characters in the 2021 OU production of Mad Forest is enlivened by other-worldly spirits such as in the affronted dog and vampire scene directed by Seth Gordon, director of the Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma. Photo by Glenda Rice Collins.

In-person advance purchase tickets for Mad Forest are $27 adult; $22 senior adult, OU employee and
military; and $12 student, plus processing fee. Tickets at the door are $35 for adult and $15 for student.
Tickets for Mad Forest may be purchased online at theatre.ou.edu, by calling (405) 325-4101, or visiting
the OU Fine Arts Box Office in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St. For accommodations, please
call the box office at (405) 325-4101.
Live Stream is available for select performances at a single view price is $10. Visit theatre.ou.edu for
more information.

Credits: Photos by Glenda Rice Collins.

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