Professors Who Went Here: Jonathan Tazewell ’84

The Thrill is pleased to introduce a new occasional feature: “Professors Who Went Here,” which features current Kenyon professors who also completed their undergraduate education on the Hill. This week we talked to Thomas S. Turgeon Professor of Drama, Jonathan Tazewell ’84. 

Professor Tazewell ’84. Via

How has Kenyon changed since your undergraduate years?

I came to Kenyon as a first-year student in the fall of 1980. I was a legacy kid because my uncle had graduated from Kenyon in 1961. My parish priest had also gone to seminary at Bexley Hall when it was a part of Kenyon.
Kenyon has changed in many ways since I was a student, but what is most significant to me is that it is a more diverse and more liberal place than it was in the early ’80s. The population of students of color was less than 3%, and there were few non-white faculty members and no African American faculty. The families of students that I knew were mostly moderate to conservative in their political views, and that political point of view dominated the the campus.

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Do It Tonight: KCDC Presents “The Seagull”


Come see The Kenyon College Dramatic Club’s adaptation of Anton Chekov’s “The Seagull”  this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm. “The Seagull” is widely regarded as the first of Chekov’s four masterpieces. The play follows the story of a famous actress, her son, and their criss-crossed lovers. “The Seagull” stars Anna Yukevich ’16, Max Pescherine ’17, Prof. Ben Viccellio, and Prof. Wendy MacLeod, features a full cast of Kenyon Students and KCDC members, and is the second main stage show of the year.  Continue reading

Do It Tonight: Kenyon College Dramatic Club Presents: Hedda Gabler

Look! It’s the faint outline of a chandelier. What could this mean? You must come see the show to find out!

Come see The Kenyon College Dramatic Club’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler,” presented this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm. “Hedda Gabler” is described as the tale of a “Nordic femme fatale” who is hiding a secret past. As the second main stage show of the year, “Hedda Gabler” features the talents of Grace Gardner as Hedda herself, and Issa Polstein and Kenny Fedorko as Tesman and Eilert Lovborg. This classic is adapted and directed by Brant Russell for the Bolton theater stage, and promises to be a must-see show.

Call (740) 427-5546 to reserve your tickets NOW, even if you’re phone-shy. Trust me, it will be worth it.

  • What: KCDC Presents Hedda Gabler
  • Where: Bolton Theater
  • When: Thursday, January 31 – Friday, February 1 – Saturday, February 2 at 8 PM

This Weekend in Kenyon Theatre: Marie Antoinette

Cast members Verity Allen ’13, Sam Whipple ’16, and Samantha Sheahan ’13 get all dolled up (with the help of Asha McAllister ’15)

“It’s kind of like a Marie Antoinette porno,” says director Madeline Jobrack ’13 of Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh, the senior thesis of Verity Allen and Samantha Sheahan which debuted last night. The show—which will also be performed at 8 p.m. tonight in the Hill Theater—tells the story of a love triangle involving the titular French queen (Samantha Sheahan), her portrait painter Elisabeth Vigée le Brun (Verity Allen), and their mutual lover Count Alexis de Ligne (Sam Whipple).

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Kenyon Theaters: What’s the Difference?

For those of us who came to Kenyon fresh off a long career as high school theater nerds (being president of the drama club remains one of my biggest life accomplishments, even though I did so little that the club assumed I’d quit and appointed a replacement), one of Kenyon’s most attractive features is its theaters: not one, not two, but three of them. Of course, there are several other acceptable performance spaces around campus — now that Brave Potato has put on a show in the graveyard, it’s only a matter of time before the Kokosing Gap Trail gets the star treatment (Ed.: Been there, done that.) — but there are only three that have the distinct honor of being called a theater. I’m talking, of course, about the Bolton, the Hill, and the Black Box. What’s the difference, you might ask? Read on, Thrill-Seekers:

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