MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s theater program, MVNU Theatre, presents “The Matchmaker” written by Thornton Wilder and directed by Keely Heyl. Wilder is best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning plays “Our Town” and “The Skin of Our Teeth.” In this comedic play that inspired the musical “Hello, Dolly!,” a wealthy merchant hires a matchmaker to help him find a wife. Hilarity ensues as she becomes entangled in mischief with two of the merchant’s clerks, several ladies, and a pair of waiters at the finest restaurant in town.

Performances will be on Friday, Nov. 3; Saturday, Nov. 4; Friday, Nov. 10; and Saturday, Nov. 11. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Thorne Performance Hall inside the R.R. Hodges Chapel on the campus of MVNU.

Heyl approaches “The Matchmaker” with innovative staging that couches the original story within a secondary story.

About the production, Heyl stated, “It’s going to be a delightful adventure from start to finish. If you have seen the play or ‘Hello, Dolly!,’ leave what you know at home. This will not be the same. While we are not the first cast to do a production this way, I think I can say we are the first ones to do this play this way. Your cheeks will be sore from smiling. There is a lot of darkness in this world, we aim to turn a few lights on and have a great time.”

Heyl, a 2013 graduate of Cedarville University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, has extensive experience working with various theatres in the central Ohio area.

The performance on Saturday, Nov. 4, will be super-titled in Spanish.

Tickets for all performances may be purchased online at, by phone at 740-397-9000, ext. 1620, or at the box office beginning one hour prior to sho time. Seating opens approximately 30 minutes prior to showtime.

“The Matchmaker” is the first production of MVNU Theatre’s 2017-18 season. Season tickets and flex passes are available. For more information, visit, email, or call the MVNU Theatre box office at 740-397-9000, ext. 1620.


Joshua Morrison: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mvn_JMorrison




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