Ulmus Ohioana

Can I tell you what’s going to happen, Hike?
Do you want to know?


Drawn from the letters of William “Hike” Currin, the first Denison student to die in WWI, and Lily Bell Sefton, one of the first women to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry in the US and his fellow student, Ulmus Ohioana is about teaching and ambition, longing and chemistry, regret and waste. It’s about the brevity of our lives, and about their simultaneous indelibility.


Ulmus Ohioana was commissioned by Denison University in 2016 through its Vail Artist in Residence Program. It was written and workshopped across 2016, and ran April 14-22, 2017 at the Ace Morgan Theatre on the Denison University Campus.

Written by Jennifer Schlueter and Mark Evans Bryan
Directed by Jennifer Schlueter
Movement Direction by Eleni Papaleonardos
Scenic Design by Brad Steinmetz and Cassie Lentz
Lighting Design by Peter Pauze
Costume Design by Joyce Merrilees
Dramaturgy and research by Sharon Kane, with Maddy Bellman, Megan Lovely, Cole Stern, and Sarah Wilson.
Featuring: Janyce Caraballo, Cameron Davis, Katy King, Logan Creasman, Evan Joslyn, and Diego Rubey


This play is a remix of a wide variety of sources. Ulmus Ohioana is built out of material from the Denison University archives, including the William J. Currin correspondence, several Adytum volumes, the Denisonian, Euterpe Society papers, as well as essays written by Catherine Dollard and Lily Bell Sefton. It also includes original work from Schlueter and Bryan.

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