Galesburg resident Emily Dillard directs and Dahinda resident Brent Brooks stars in Olivet student production

BOURBONNAIS, IL (03/28/2013)(readMedia)-- Emily Dillard of Galesburg, a senior at Olivet Nazarene University, is directing Olivet's student production of "The Foreigner" as this year's spring play. Brent Brooks, also a senior, of Dahinda is starring in the role of Owen Musser.

Dillard is majoring in communications at Olivet with a double concentration in corporate communications and theater. Previously on the Olivet stage, she has directed "Broadway Revue" (2011 and 2012). She was assistant director for Dear Edwina at Galesburg First Church of the Nazarene Community Theater and The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet at Churchill Junior High School in Galesburg. She has served as president of Green Room. After her graduation from Olivet this May, she plans to pursue a career in professional theater, focusing on the administrative aspects of theater production.

"The Foreigner" is an American comedy by playwright Larry Shue. Set in a resort-style fishing lodge in rural Georgia, this is the story of Charlie Baker, an Englishman, and his friend, Froggy, as they use humor to cope with some difficult situations. In the end, their humor creates even more difficulties. If you enjoy plotting and planning that threatens to backfire, this is a must-see!

Olivet's production is on stage at Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center on Olivet's campus in April. Show times are: Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.; Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, April 6, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $2.50 for students with a discount card. For more information, call 309-368-9941 or email

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 100 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet has one main campus in Bourbonnais, Ill. - just 50 miles south of Chicago; three sites: Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Ill., and Hong Kong; and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year, whether through study abroad opportunities or worldwide mission trips.


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Laura Warfel

Public Relations Specialist

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, Ill.