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Award-winning Choreographer Brings 'Games' to ONU

Sep 16, 2009
"Games," a production by award-wining choreographer Donald McKayle, comes to Ohio Northern University's Freed Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m.

Under the supervision of McKayle, seven ONU students will peform "Games," a production that observes city children at play and the serious business of being a child. "Games" premiered in May 1951 at the Hunter Playhouse in New York City as Donald McKayle's initial full-scale choreographic offering for his concert dance group, "Donald McKayle and Company." "Games" has since been recognized as a modern dance classic.

McKayle has received five Tony Award nominations for his works, including a Tony Award for Best Musical for "Raisin," which also earned nominations for direction and choreography. He also has been named "one of America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures" by the Dance Heritage Coalition. His productions, including "Games," "Rainbow Round My Shoulder," "District Storyville" and "Songs of the Disinherited," have been performed around the world, and he has choreographed 90 works for dance companies in the United States, Canada, Israel, Europe, and South America.

Internationally known as a teacher, director and choreographer, McKayle, along with assistant Stephanie Powell, is on Ohio Northern's campus Sept. 14-18 rehearsing with student dancers and vocalists in preparation for the opening in October.

A grant funded by three organizations, Dance/USA, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, helped bring "Games" to ONU.

Tickets are $25 and go on sale Monday, Sept. 14. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Tickets are also available online at

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