Emmy Award-Winner Anthony Zerbe to Perform at Ohio Wesleyan University

Acclaimed Actor’s Feb. 10 One-Man Show to Feature Poetry of E.E. Cummings; Tickets Available Now

Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actor Anthony Zerbe will perform Feb. 10 at Ohio Wesleyan University. Tickets are available now. (Photo courtesy of Anthony Zerbe)

DELAWARE, OHIO Anthony Zerbe’s one-man show has been described as both “pure magic” and “an avalanche of colorful characters and dazzling word play.”

The Emmy Award-winning actor will present “It’s All Done with Mirrors … an avalanche of E.E. Cummings,” at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus. His performance concludes Ohio Wesleyan’s 2011-2012 Performing Arts Series.

Zerbe will perform in the university’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $5 for non-OWU students and senior citizens; and free for OWU students and employees. Tickets may be reserved by emailing paseries@owu.edu, visiting the Performing Arts Series website, or calling (740) 368-3629.

TV fans will recognize Zerbe from his appearances on such shows as “Gunsmoke,” “Mission Impossible,” and “Murder She Wrote.” Movie buffs will know the versatile character actor from roles in “The Matrix Reloaded” and “Matrix Revolutions” as well as “Star Trek Insurrection” and “License to Kill.” Zerbe also has spent considerable time on stage, including performing in “Othello” with James Earl Jones.

Zerbe’s “It’s All Done with Mirrors” celebrates the poetry of E.E. Cummings(1894-1962). Cummings – along with James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and William Faulkner – is considered one of the creators of the modern movement in literature.

In Fred Chappell’s “Celebrating America’s originalest poet on his 100th anniversary,” Chappell wrote of Cummings: “He was everything an American poet should be: fiercely independent, unsparingly amorous, joyfully Bohemian, dourly patriotic, engagingly eccentric. He was our kind of genius, self-taught and fearless; he was P.T. Barnum, Charles Ives, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Armstrong, Robert Goddard, Buster Keaton and Frank Zappa.”

Zerbe has performed “It’s All Done with Mirrors” at more than 100 venues including the Library of Congress. Rita Dove, former poet laureate of the United States, has said his performance “should be required viewing for students of life, ages 9-99.”

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 47 states and 57 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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