BROKE-OLOGY opens for two weekend run


The cast of University Theater’s production of “BROKE-LOGY” includes visiting artist Mike Traylor, left; Breylon Stubbs, right; and Timothy Thomas, standing.

University Theater presents BROKE-OLOGY, a drama by Nathan Louis Jackson, opening Thursday, Feb. 21 in Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The show will run two weekends, February 21, 22, 23 and 24 and March 1, 2 and 3. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday matinee performances are at 3 p.m. Matthew Mazuroski, assistant professor in the Department of Theater and Dance, is the director.

BROKE-OLOGY revolves around the King family whose members have weathered life’s hardships, surviving with their love for each other intact. William King lives in the house his two sons grew up in. He’s alone, but he maintains his allegiance with their mother in his own way. When the brothers are called home to take care of him, they find themselves strangely at odds.

An audience advisory has been issued for adult language and situations.

Visiting artist Mike Traylor will perform the role of William King in all performances of the show’s run. He also will also conduct a series of workshops and master classes. His appearance is partially underwritten through the Earle and Ida Cliffe Fund, and Jack Scott and Julie Michael Smith. Traylor hails from Phoenix and has been with the Black Theatre Troupe there for the past 30 years as an actor and director. Favorite shows as an actor at BTT Include: Two Trains Running, Fences, Arsenic and Old Lace, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which he also directed. He has also directed such shows as The Amen Corner and The Wiz. At I Theatre Collaborative, he has appeared in Top Dog Underdog, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, and Race. Shows directed there include Bug, The Maids, and The Gruesome Playground Injuries.

The cast also includes Nikita Jones, BFA Theater, senior, Youngstown, Ohio, as Sonia King; Breylon L. Stubbs, BFA Theater, sophomore, Youngstown, Ohio, as Malcolm King; Timothy Thomas, BA Theater Studies, senior, Farrell, Pa., as Ennis King.

A special event for opening night, Thursday, Feb. 21 includes a pre-show buffet at Charlie Staples Bar-B-Q, 372 W. Rayen Avenue. The package price is $40 per person for the buffet and show and includes a shuttle service from Staples to YSU. Advance tickets are necessary; no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets may be purchased by calling 330-941-3105 or online at keyword BROKE-OLOGY

Show tickets may be purchased by calling the University Theater Box Office at 330-941-3105.  Tickets are free for YSU students with ID; $10 for adults; $5 for senior citizens, YSU faculty and staff and high school and college students from other universities, Penguin Club members and YSU alumni.  Parking is available in the M1 Wick Avenue deck for all shows for a nominal fee.