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The Otterbein University Department of Theatre and Dance is now showing "Hay Fever" at Fritsche Theatre in Cowan Hall.

"Hay Fever", a British farce-style comedy written by Noël Coward, was first produced in 1925. Set in England in the 1920s, the play introduces the Bliss family, whose eccentric behavior at a house party sends each of their guests running for the hills.

“This style takes a lot of getting used to, because everything is so much bigger and exaggerated," said lead actress Payton Tevis, who stars as Judith Bliss. "A lot of things happen very fast, and it's kind of crazy but fun.” 

Otterbein’s production of "Hay Fever" is directed by Lenny Leibowitz. The play was last performed at Otterbein in 1979 and was then directed by Donald Streibig.

          

Lead actors include Tevis as Judith Bliss, Daniel Kunkel as David Bliss, Grace Rucci as Sorel Bliss and Kenneth Remaklus as Simon Bliss.

Additional cast members include Mathieu Wiesner as Richard Greatham, Shelby McSwords as Jackie Coryton, Desmond Hernandez as Sandy Tyrell and Emma Lou Andrews as Clara.  

“Everyone is working so hard on this play," said Tevis. "The costumes are beautiful and aesthetic. It’s a whirlwind of a show.” 

          

The last showing of "Hay Fever" will be on Saturday Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available for sale at the box office or on Otterbein's website.