Jamison Burchfield of Saint Joseph stars in spring drama production at Olivet

BOURBONNAIS, IL (03/26/2014)(readMedia)-- Jamison Burchfield of Saint Joseph stars as John Dodge in the student production of "Middletown," presented by Olivet Nazarene University's Green Room theatre group. He is a senior majoring in mathematics.

Seniors Hannah Williams of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Ron Gamache of Flint, Mich., direct the cast of Olivet students. Jerry Cohagan, theatre professor, is the group's faculty sponsor.

"Middletown" is a deeply moving and funny play exploring the universe of a small town in the United States. Playwright Will Eno captures the intersection of lives by exploring the friendship between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson. The strange and poignant journey takes them from the local library to outer space and points between.

"Middletown is about life and what we do with the time in the middle," Williams said. "We all long for the best possible life. There is beauty in how we fill the middle. Extraordinary is woven into the ordinary."

Show times are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3; Friday, April 4; and Saturday, April 5, 2014. The production will be presented on stage in Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center on Olivet's campus. Tickets are $5 ($2.50 for students with I.D.), available for purchase at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 815-928-5543 or email hewilliams@olivet.edu.

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 additional 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.


More ONU news is available at Olivet.edu, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo and Instagram. Licensed University photos and official logos available upon request.


Laura Warfel

Public Relations Specialist

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, Ill.