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Josh Carroll, of Indianapolis, IN, as Angel and Kody C. Jones, of Flint, MI, as Al, rehearse a scene from the upcoming show "On the Open Road."

"On the Open Road" Oct. 16-20

October 8, 2012

MACOMB, IL - -Western Illinois University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present “On the Open Road,” by Steve Tesich at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Oct. 16-20 in Horrabin Hall.

A mentor and his pupil, with a wagon full of art and minds full of knowledge about composers and philosophers, navigate the ruined landscapes of world civil war, hoping their canon of culture will deem them worthy enough to enter the “land of the free,” only to discover freedom isn’t a place.

“The play has so many messages woven together with great pieces of classical music and philosophical questions,” said Director Brooke Edwards, a master of fine arts graduate student from Quincy. “I want people to take away from it what they need to take away from it.”

Tickets ($15 public and $13 seniors and youth, WIU students free with valid ID) are available through the WIU Hainline Box Office, (309) 298-2900, and online at

For more information, contact the WIU Department of Theatre and Dance, (309) 298-1543.

Edwards' son, Johnhenry Wirman, will play the role of “boy.”

Students performing in “On the Open Road” are (listed by county, then state):

CALEDONIA (61011)- Kaitlyn Polka, freshman, musical theatre major, playing Young Girl

VERSAILLES (62378)- Tyler Herald, sophomore, theatre major, hair and make-up design

CHICAGO (60640)- Erik Wagner, graduate, theatre, assistant director/stage manager
ROLLING MEADOWS (60008)- Cyndi Lohrmann, faculty assistant, theatre, playing Dying Woman

TUSCOLA (61953)- Michelle Ogden, senior, music theatre major, assistant stage manager

RUSHVILLE (62681)- Heather Carey, graduate, theatre, costume design

ANCHORAGE- Frank Delaney, graduate, theatre, playing Monk

MESA- Elias “Eli” Roth, freshman, music major, playing Jesus

INDIANAPOLIS- Josh Carroll, graduate, theatre, playing Angel

CEDAR RAPIDS- Raeellen Roeder, graduate, theatre, scenic design

FRANKLINTON- Will J Stacey, graduate, theatre, lighting design

FLINT- Kody C. Johns, graduate, theatre, playing Al

Posted By: Sarah Tomkinson, University Relations
Phone: (309) 298-1993 * Fax: (309) 298-1606