April 23, 2020
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Release Date: Jan. 28, 2020
GAMBIER, Ohio — Kenyon College students present Sarah Treem’s “When We Were Young and Unafraid” on Thursday, Jan. 30, Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park Street.
Set in 1972, the play tells the story of Agnes, a single mother of a teenage daughter, who owns and operates a boarding house on an island in the Pacific Northwest. The house also functions as an underground refuge for victims of domestic violence, whose experiences remind audience members of an era when women especially struggled to be heard.
The play is directed by Jonathan Tazewell, the Thomas S. Turgeon Professor of Drama, and contributes to the College’s yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of women at Kenyon.
“This was a logical show for the yearlong celebration. It is set in the midst of a time when a number of private institutions — Princeton, Harvard, Kenyon — decided to go co-ed,” Tazewell said. “I also was struck by how poignant the play is in addressing issues of sexual assault and violence, and how relevant that is to our current national conversation. It addresses social and political circumstances that are contemporary but also very much of that era.”
Tickets are $7.50 for general admission, and for groups of 10 or more, $5. Tickets are $4 for seniors, non-Kenyon students and children under 12, and $2 for Kenyon students. To reserve tickets, contact the box office at 740-427-5546.
For more information, contact the Department of Dance, Drama and Film at 740-427-5531.