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The Upward-Beating Heart

Friday, May 12, 2017 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Oregon State University Theatre’s 2016-2017 Season, Devising Our Dreams: Metamorphosis continues with The Upward-Beating Heart, an original devised work, developed by OSU students and based on Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. This world premiere will run May 11-13 and May 19-20 at 7:30 pm and May 21 at 2:00 pm on the Withycombe Main Stage, 30th and Campus Way, Corvallis.


The Upward-Beating Heart is a rich romantic drama set during the historic battle over the town Teruel, Spain in the winter of 1938. When Federico, a young and aimless poet and musician, befriends a ragtag group of political activists he is torn between loyalty to his brother, a Nationalist soldier, and the fight against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War. This gripping tale explores themes of passion, fear, and the role of art in political resistance. The script, written by a group of Oregon State University students, includes original music and brings to life the complexities of the intersections of love, politics, and ideals. “This has been an ambitious year-long project and demonstrates the incredible talent of our OSU students,” comments OSU Theatre Arts faculty director, Elizabeth Helman. “The story is funny, thoughtful, and ultimately extremely moving. I’m very excited to share it with our campus and Corvallis community.”


The cast features OSU students Casey Collins (Hermana Clara), Sedona Garcia (Carla/Emilia), PJ Harris (Carmen), Sydney King (Lucia), Ben Lawrence (Luís), Thomas McKean (Federico), Annie Parham (Ana), Elena Ramirez (Adelita), Alex Small (Desi), Mike Stephens (Guillermo), Kyle Stockdall (Martín), and Sarah Sutton (Maria). Corvallis community members Matt Holland (Carlos) and Rick Wallace (Rico) join the cast.

Online ticket sales for The Upward-Beating Heart begin on May 1 and can be purchased at http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/theatre/university-theatre/box-officetickets


 Tickets are $12 General Admission, $10 Senior, $8 Youth/Student, and $5 OSU Student and are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office by calling 541-737-2784. Contact the box office for DAS accommodations and/or group ticket sales.


CONTACT: Elizabeth Helman – Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu


NOTE: Dress rehearsals on May 8-10 are open to local press to watch and interview the cast and crew. Please contact Elizabeth Helman if you wish to attend or would like a submitted photo.

Withycombe Hall (campus map)
Main Stage
30th and Campus Way
$12 General Admission, $10 Senior, $8 Youth/Student, $5 OSU Student
Elizabeth Helman
1 541 737 3067
elizabeth.helman at oregonstate.edu
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