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OJC Press Release ID: 2994

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Otero Players to Present The Stronger


The Otero Players, under the direction of OJC Theatre Director Cassidy Litle, will present The Stronger, a one act play written by August Strindberg on Feb. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre at the Otero Junior College campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

This play has been adapted for performance by OJC Student and Otero Players Club President Emily Barney. Barney, a Rocky Ford native, will also be directing the play. Because it is a short play, the Otero Players have expanded the event to include a performance by OJC's Jazz Band and will also feature a student art exhibit that guests can peruse after the performance.

There are many contributors to the event including: Art Faculty Anna Matejcek, the OJC Art Club students, Music Faculty Dr. James Lind, and the OJC's Jazz Band. In addition to directing the play, Emily Barney, will also act as the waitress. Luis Ramirez, Manzanola, plays the unnamed lead role, and Nigel Gronemeyer, La Junta, plays the unnamed supporting role.

According to Cassidy Litle, “The one act play, itself, is about the challenges of love. Strindberg was not always a faithful husband and after one affair, wrote this play for and about his wife and her strength in overcoming such moments. The play has been updated to a 1920s cafe where the two main characters meet as competitors for the love of another. As they interact in this public space, discussing the most private of matters, the audience is left questioning who "The Stronger" is and, with this adapted work, whether or not we should come to the same conclusions drawn by Strindberg's original piece from 1889.”

Doors open an hour before the performance.

For questions, please contact Cassidy Litle at 719-384-6851 or

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Pictured is Cassidy Litle, Otero Junior College faculty and theatre director. Litle and the Otero Players will be presenting, The Stronger, a one act play, as well as selections from OJC’s Jazz Band and a student art exhibit. The performance will be held in the Ed Stafford Theatre on Feb. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.