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For Immediate Release – 03/16/2017

Contact: Matt Lentz: 419-214-4809

Toledo’s Paul Causman to Reprise An Iliad at The Valentine’s Intimate Studio A April 7-9

A storm of violence is brewing, a roaring thunder of revenge and destruction. It’s a tragedy thousands of years old— soon to come to life through vocal lightning strikes, uttered by a single actor. 

This violence, which started with Homer’s epic, will be remembered through The Valentine Theatre’s upcoming Studio A reading of Denis O’Hare, Lisa Peterson and Robert Fagle’s 2012 staged translation of An Iliad, performed and directed by Paul Causman

The man most of Toledo knows as Scrooge— in his yearly persona with The Toledo Rep’s “A Christmas Carol” staged on The Valentines main stage— is currently preparing to take on a markedly different role. Causman will have no chorus, no props, no dialogue— he will be the single actor, a storyteller, with a script based on a story that has stood the test of time. 

“It’s a lot of play,” said Causman, laughing. “The poem is about war. It’s not so much anti-war, but it’s about the humanity of war, the human condition, and our being in war all the time. It’s about violence, our addiction to rage and destruction… It is still so incredibly relevant to things going on in the world today.”

Using parts from Homer’s original epic, translated and woven with modern concerns— like someone cutting you off on the highway— “An Iliad” exposes revenge, vengeance, and violence to be nothing more than part of our humanity. Exhibiting the same illustrious metaphor, “An Iliad” is weighted by its own hidden meanings: the nameless man Causman will portray is all of us. 

Additions of multi-media components and a new take on Homer’s tale will be reflected in this Studio A presentation at 410 Adams Street, Friday & Saturday , April 7 & 8 at 8 PM and Sunday, April 9 at 2 PM, adjacent to the Valentine Theatre. Tickets priced at $20 (student tickets are available for $10 with valid student ID), are available now at valentinetheatre.com, by calling 419/242-2787 or visiting The Valentine Theatre box office.


For Immediate Release – 03/14/2017

Contact: Matt Lentz: 419-377-7918

The Phantom’s Leading Ladies Perform at The Valentine Theatre Thursday. April 6 at 7:30 PM!

April 6 at 7:30 p.m. The Valentine Theatre will feature Phantom’s Leading Ladies, a trio of Broadway veterans who have all performed the role of “Christine” from The Phantom of the Opera (the longest-running Broadway show and the most financially successful theatrical show in history). The women will sing everything from Broadway classics to the Beatles as solo artists and in their distinctively-intricate three-part harmony. The evening will be full of surprises and flirtatious fun with exquisite musicianship, humor and class. Tickets for this show are $38 to $68. Tickets can be purchased at valentinetheatre.com or by calling the theater Box Office at 419/242-2787.

The women that comprise The Phantom’s Leading Ladies have collectively starred in hundreds of musicals across the country, including Broadway shows such as Show Boat, Singin’ In The Rain, Sunday In The Park With George and She Loves Me, plus more than 4,000 performances as “Christine Daaé” in The Phantom of the Opera. Together and/or individually they have sung with the New York Pops, the City of London Philharmonic, the California Philharmonic, and various symphonies; performing in such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Library of Congress and London's Royal Albert Hall. Since their debut in 2001, the Ladies have appeared in numerous galas and concerts and have shared the stage with Michael Feinstein, Lucie Arnaz, Tony Danza, Jack Jones and many others along the way.

The Phantom’s Leading Ladies are: Teri Bibb played “Christine Daaé” in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and with the national tour, during which she sang for both former President Clinton and for former President Bush at a command performance at the White House, and earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination and a Carbonell Award. Karen Culliver played “Christine Daaé” in The Phantom of the Opera, and performed in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, Meet Me In St. Louis, and Show Boat on Broadway. Off-Broadway she appeared in The Fantasticks (filmed for Lincoln Center) and has toured in productions of Singin’ In The Rain, Annie, The Most Happy Fella, The Secret Garden, A Little Night Music and The Music Man Mary D’Arcy starred as “Christine Daaé” opposite both Michael Crawford and Colm Wilkinson in Los Angeles, Toronto, and on Broadway. Ms. D’Arcy also starred on Broadway in Singin’ In The Rain and originated the roles of “Celeste II / Elaine” in Sunday In The Park With George, and “Cinderella” in the Playwright’s Horizon workshop of Into The Woods. She starred opposite James Woods and Drew Barrymore in Steven King’s cult classic film Cat’s Eye and performed songs on Sondheim, a recorded tribute to the composer.


For Immediate Release – 03/14/2017

Contact: Matt Lentz: 419-377-7918

Jungle Jack Hanna Brings Into the Wild LIVE! to Toledo’s Valentine Theatre on Saturday, April 8, 2017
- Tickets are on sale now!

America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award-winning television series to the live stage with Into the Wild Live! at The Valentine on Saturday, April 8 at 7 PM Tickets $28 $38 $48 are on sale now and can be purchased at valentinetheatre.com, The Valentine box office or by phoning 419/242-2787.

In this live show, prepare to be fascinated as Jungle Jack takes you into the wild with a spectacular array of incredible animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing footage from his adventures all around the world from Africa, to the Amazon, to Antarctica and beyond. He will also inspire with his passion and dedication to wildlife conservation.

Audiences can expect to see approximately fifteen animals in the live experience. The exact animals to appear aren’t confirmed until soon before the show since each animal must receive medical clearance, however, fans can expect to see animals such as a baby cheetah, kangaroo, baby tiger, two-toed sloth, penguin and much more.

Recognized around the country as America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack has made countless television appearances on shows such as Good Morning America, Ellen, and The Late Show with David Letterman where he has made over 100 appearances and appeared as one of the featured guests for David Letterman’s final episodes in 2015.

In 2013, Jack celebrated his 35th “Hanna-versary” as Director Emeritus with the Columbus Zoo and Good Morning America celebrated their 30 year relationship with Jack with a series of special segments. In 1993, Jack became the host of Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures, a nationally syndicated television series which ran for over ten years. In October 2007, his current tv series, Jack Hanna's Into the Wild, was born. This unscripted and action-packed series shows Jack and his family as they explore the corners of the globe and discover amazing animals and cultures. Jack Hanna's Into the Wild is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, winning in the category of Outstanding Children's Series.

His second and newest TV show, Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, airs on Saturday mornings around the country on ABC. Wild Countdown features some of Jack’s favorite experiences with the world's rarest, most endearing, and fascinating animals. You'll even get to see his base camp at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Both television series exist because of Jack’s longstanding partnerships with Nationwide Insurance and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium whom Jack has worked with for decades to protect and spread the word about wildlife conservation. www.jackhanna.com. Jack Hanna’s Toledo appearance has been generously underwritten by Medical Mutual and the late Dorothy McKenzie Price.