Professionals to Present Acclaimed ‘Yours, Isabel’

Launching OBU Theatre's 2010-11 season, guest artists and alums Christy Hall and Rex Daugherty, and special guest actor Matt Lutz, will present the award-winning play "Yours, Isabel" in an exclusive regional release at OBU Thursday, Sept. 2, and Friday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall. The community is invited to attend.

"Yours, Isabel" was last seen in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. The play, produced on Bison Hill by critically acclaimed professionals, will soon open in New York City.

"In helping to celebrate OBU's Centennial, OBU Theatre is honored and thrilled to have coming to campus this exclusive workshop production of ‘Yours, Isabel'," said Laura Byland, associate professor and director of theatre. "We hope you can join us in the theatre as we celebrate the work of our distinguished alums."

"Yours, Isabel" conveys two young lovers, Isabel and Nick, who are shaken and separated by World War II and yet retain an extraordinary closeness through a series of written letters. The play is inspired by actual letters written during the war.

The award-winning play "Yours, Isabel" will be presented at OBU in an exclusive regional release Friday, Sept. 2, and Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall. The play portrays two young lovers, Isabel and Nick, who are shaken and separated by World War II.

Hall, who graduated in 2004, will portray Isabel. She has portrayed Isabel in professional stage readings, but this will be Hall's first time to portray Isabel in a full production. Her husband, actor Matt Lutz, will portray Nick. Daugherty will direct.

As an actor, Hall has appeared in theatrical productions in New York City, San Diego, Calif., and Hollywood, Calif., as well as Oklahoma, North Carolina and Utah venues. As a writer, her work spans both stage and screen.

Lutz's film credits include movies such as "Bringing Down the House," "A Walk to Remember" and "End of the Spear." His television credits include Hallmark Channel's "McBride" series opposite John Larroquette, "Las Vegas," "Boston Public," ‘Dawson's Creek," and "7th Heaven." His theatre credits include productions in New York City and Los Angeles, among others.

Daugherty works as an actor, director and acting instructor in Washington, D.C., where he originally directed "Yours, Isabel" for the Wattage Theatre Festival. He has been seen off Broadway and in several productions as an actor, musician and music director. He is a company member with the Irish arts organization Solas Nua and a member of the musical-comedy band Silly Songs with Silly Guys. He is currently a faculty member at The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts where he teaches movement and Shakespeare.

Tickets for "Yours, Isabel" will be $6 per person. All seats will be general admission, and tickets will be available for purchase at the door or in advance through the OBU Theatre department at (405) 878-2347. The box office will open at 6:30 p.m. This production is most appreciated by audiences ages 12 and older.