Ohio Wesleyan to Present ‘My Secrets on Beauty’

Ensemble-Created Work Draws Upon Pygmalion Myth
Pygmalion (senior Brian Brockman) helps his Galatea (sophomore Haewon ‘Haenny’ Park) learn to walk in Ohio Wesleyan’s upcoming production of ‘My Secrets on Beauty.’ The play was written by the ensemble. (Photo by Elizabeth Bartz ’13)

Pygmalion (senior Brian Brockman) helps his Galatea (sophomore Haewon ‘Haenny’ Park) learn to walk in Ohio Wesleyan’s upcoming production of ‘My Secrets on Beauty.’ The play was written by the ensemble. (Photo by Elizabeth Bartz ’13)

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Theatre & Dance will present “My Secrets on Beauty,” an original work conceived and written by the ensemble, for five performances April 5 through April 14.

Drawing upon the myth of the sculptor Pygmalion who falls for Galatea, his “exquisitely beautiful” statue-come-to-life, the play explores themes of beauty, transformation, gender, objectification, and love. It contains adult themes and language.

“My Secrets on Beauty” will be performed at 8 p.m. April 5, 6, 12, and 13, and at 2 p.m. April 14 in the Studio Theatre inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

The play is directed by Ed Kahn, Ph.D., associate professor of theatre and dance, who calls the production an “imaginative and provocative experimental journey.”

“Both elements of the myth itself and the issues it raises for our modern society are examined in different stylistic ways,” said Kahn, a member of Ohio Wesleyan’s faculty since 2004.  “It has been exciting to watch the ensemble create theatrical responses to their own questions and observations.”

The ensemble involves 19 students who have been meeting regularly since January. Together, they have been handling all facets of the production.

Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for Ohio Wesleyan employees, non-OWU students, and senior citizens. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid ID. To reserve tickets, call the Department of Theatre & Dance at (740) 368-3855 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations are strongly recommended as seating for this production is limited.

For more information about “My Secrets on Beauty” and other 2012-2013 Ohio Wesleyan productions, visit http://theatre.owu.edu.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and 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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