Rabbit Run Theater and Lake Erie College present “Mass Appeal”

Photo credit:  Hannah Sandham.  Actors in photo:  Connor McCarthy (seated) and Tom Hill (standing).

Photo credit: Hannah Sandham. Actors in photo: Connor McCarthy (seated) and Tom Hill (standing).

PAINESVILLE, Ohio—Rabbit Run Community Arts Association (RRCAA) and Lake Erie College have partnered to present “The Studio Series: Class & Contemporary,” a theatrical effort funded in part by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Mass Appeal,” the first of four productions in this partnered performance season, opens October 2.

Mass_Appeal_logoWritten by Bill C. Davis and directed by Brint Learned, “Mass Appeal” is a dramatic comedy focusing on the conflict that occurs when a beloved Catholic priest who deftly avoids controversial issues encounters a passionate young seminarian who is determined to make such issues part of his preaching.

Originally produced on Broadway in 1981, the issues presented in the play are still as relevant a part of our conversation about religion as they were 35 years ago.

Playing the young seminarian is Connor McCarthy, a bachelor of fine arts candidate in his senior year at Lake Erie College. The Catholic priest is portrayed by Tom Hill.   Hill has performed in numerous theaters in Northeast Ohio including Playhouse Square, The Fine Arts Association, Chagrin Valley Little Theater and Rabbit Run Theater.

“Mass Appeal” runs Oct. 2 3, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and October 4 and 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the C.K. Rickel Theatre in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts off of Gillett St. on the Lake Erie College campus.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, guests may add on a pre-show stop at the Steele Mansion in Painesville. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served for an additional $10/person followed by a self-guided tour of the mansion. Cash bar is available. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Reservations may be made at rabbitrunonline.org.

The Steele Mansion is located at 348 Mentor Ave., directly across from Lake Erie College.

RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175Tickets for “Mass Appeal” are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at rabbitrunonline.org. All seats are general seating. Parking is free.

“Mass Appeal” is made possible in part by funding through the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lake County Visitors Bureau, the Ohio Arts Council and ideastream.

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Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, in Madison, Ohio, is a fine arts association offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts. RRCAA also operates the historic Rabbit Run Theater, one of the few barn theaters still in operation.

Rabbit Run Community Arts Association
P. O. Box 235, 49 Park St.
Madison, OH 44057
CONTACT:    Karen Ziegler, Director of Marketing


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