A Prayer for Owen Meany

A novel by John Irving

Adapted by Simon Bent

Marx Theatre | Sept. 3 - Oct. 1, 2016

Directed by Blake Robison

Believe in miracles.
Adapted from the bestselling novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany is a sweeping saga of friendship, destiny and the miracle of faith. Set against the backdrop of societal upheaval in America during the 1960s, this heartwarming and often amusing story recounts the unbreakable bond between Owen and John, who remain forever linked by a tragic childhood accident. The aftermath propels John into a lifelong journey of questions regarding his own spiritual beliefs. At the same time, Owen surfaces with the unwavering conviction that he is an instrument of God. After capturing the imagination of generations of readers, Owen Meany has become an extraordinary and unforgettable theatrical event.

"Staged with epic flair ... Owen Meany soars." — The Washington Post

Advisory: A Prayer for Owen Meany is appropriate for adult and older teenage audiences. While a powerful story of friendship and faith, the play also contains very strong adult language and mature themes.

Running Time: The show runs approximately 2 hours and 27 minutes, including one intermission.



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Believe in Miracles

Prologue, Sept. 2016

A Prayer for Owen Meany opens the Playhouse’s 2016-17 season in a powerful, spectacularly theatrical way. 

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Making OWEN MEANY Soar

Prologue, Sept. 2016

For the first time since the 2007 production of Dracula, the Playhouse is exploring new theatrical heights.

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Finding Faith

Prologue, Sept. 2016

Sean Mellott returns to the Playhouse as the title character in A Prayer for Owen Meany.

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Preview Performances

Sept. 3, 2016, at 8 p.m.; Sept. 4, 2016, at 2 p.m.; Sept. 6, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 7, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Be among the first to see the show before opening night and save! Preview performance tickets are discounted and begin at just $35. Not valid with other discounts.

Opening Night

Sept. 8, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Share the excitement of Thursday opening nights with a lively post-show cast party with complimentary hors d'oeuvres by Vonderhaar's Catering.

Meet the Artists

Sept. 11, 2016, at 2 p.m.; Sept. 14, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 25, 2016, at 2 p.m.; Sept. 29, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Join in stimulating discussions with cast and crew following the performances.

Owen Meany Book Club

Aug. 29 and Sept. 19, 2016, at 7 p.m.
at Joseph-Beth Booksellers' Rookwood location

This season, in partnership with Joseph-Beth Booksellers, the Playhouse is launching a book club for audience members interested in better understanding the process of adapting a book from the page to the stage. Playhouse book club participants are invited to attend special discussion events. We’ll talk about the book itself: the plot and characters, the overarching themes, how you might imagine it translates to a theatrical setting and even the challenges you see in adapting the story. Discussions that take place after you’ve seen the play focus on what excited and surprised you and how members of the artistic team approached the show.

Books can be purchased or ordered through Joseph-Beth. Discussion events are free, but registration is required in advance through the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.

Wine Pairing Dinner

Thursdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Join us before Thursday evening performances of A Prayer for Owen Meany for a special wine pairing dinner. Four-course dinners start at 6 p.m. for $32 per person.

The menu features:

First Course: Antipasto skewer with olive, sundried tomato, pesto fresh mozzarella and prosciutto, paired with Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand.

Second Course: Lime crab salad with arugula, crabmeat, orange segments, hazelnuts, four-year aged smoked gouda and lime vinaigrette, paired with Canon 13 Chardonnay California.

Third Course: Brisket Wellington, a braised brisket with potato croquette, asparagus, corn, onions and mushroom cream, paired with Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon Washington.

Fourth Course: Mocha chocolate panna cotta with cherry almond brittle, paired with Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte.

Dinners are catered by Tano Bistro & Catering with wine distributed by Heidelberg Distributing Company. To reserve your dinner, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.  

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