Will Eno’s “Oh, the Humanity” is a series of short vignettes that help to shed light on the complexity of the human experience through the various perspectives of different individuals. The characters are everyday people dealing with the sorts of situations, challenges and conflicts that occur in anyone’s life. “Oh, the Humanity” is poignant, sometimes humorous, and leaves the members of the audience with room to come to their own conclusions about what it means to be human.
“‘Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions’ is a great opportunity to experience live theatre,” said Michelle Bombe, director of theatre at Hope. “Will Eno, the playwright, is delving into some of the basic questions that we face as humans that walk this earth. We hope to see many new faces at the theatre with this contemporary play about everyday situations.”
The production team includes faculty members John Tammi, director; Michelle Bombe, costume design mentor; Richard Smith, props and scenic designer; and Perry Landes, lighting and sound designer. Staff members include Paul Anderson, technical director; and Darlene Veenstra, costume shop manager.
The students involved in the production team are: assistant stage manager, sophomore Amanda Scott of McMillan; stage manager, junior Emily Svendson of Crystal Lake, Ill.; and costume designer, junior Mary Elizabeth Winther of Canton.
The cast includes sophomore Mollie Murk of Crystal Lake, Ill.; sophomore Nicholas Richardson of Ann Arbor; sophomore Theo Zucker of Lake Orion; junior Austen Boer of Holland; junior John Haga of Rochester Hills; junior Taylor Ann Krahn of Mishawaka, Ind.; junior Alexander Sloan of Ann Arbor; and junior Jori Sportel of Kalamazoo.
Tickets for “Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions” are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and Hope College faculty and staff, $5 for children 18 and under and Hope students, and are available at the ticket offices in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse (222 Fairbanks Ave.) and the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). Both offices are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are also available online at https://tickets.hope.edu/ticketing/  or by calling (616) 395-7890.
The studio theatre is near the southeast corner of the lower level of the DeWitt Center, which is located at 141 E. 12th St., on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.