‘You Got Older’ opens at BGSU


Bowling Green State University’s Department of Theatre and Film will present “You Got Older,” a play by Clare Barron Oct. 18-27.

“You Got Older,” which won the Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, tells the story of Mae, who returns home to care for her ill father in Washington State just as her own life has come crashing down around her. Living in her childhood home, Mae must nurse her father back to health, while tending to emotional wounds of her own. Engaging in surreal fantasies, the heartbreaking particulars of caretaking, and reconnecting with her siblings, Mae struggles to come to terms with the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes devastating, and often wildly unpredictable events that populate the human experience.

At turns humorous and reflective, Barron’s play is a poignant account of the way we must sometimes deal simultaneously with standing still and moving on.

BGSU Instructor Sara Lipinski Chambers directs “You Got Older,” assisted by Libby Zamiska and Lorna Patterson. The play includes scenic and lighting design by Steve Boone, costume design by Margaret McCubbin, and properties by Kelly Mangan. The cast is led by BGSU senior musical theatre student Kelly Dunn as Mae and Bowling Green resident and theatre business operations manager Jim Dachik as Dad.  Additional cast members include Hope Elizabeth Eller, Tyler Fugitt, Adam Hensley, Missy Snyder and Caleb Wise. Dramaturgical research is performed by Mohamadreza Babaee, choreography by Alec Batton, and fight choreography by Macaela Carder. Stage manager Jillian Fournier is assisted by Kate Tayler.

Performances, in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts on the BGSU campus, are Oct. 18-20 and 25-27 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 20, 21 and 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $5 for students, $10 for seniors, and $15 for adults. All tickets are $20 if purchased on the day of performance. Tickets can be purchased through the BGSU Arts Box Office in the Wolfe Center, online at bgsu.edu/arts, or by calling 419-372-8171.

Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at access@bgsu.edu or Theatre and Film, 419-372-8495, prior to the event.