Senior lecturer to debut play featuring UT students, colleagues

April 25, 2018 | Arts, Events, News, UToday, Alumni, Arts and Letters
By Staff

Dr. Deborah Coulter-Harris will debut her second play, “Charmed Like a Snake, I’m Sure,” Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m. at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St.

The event is part of the Toledo Rep’s Toledo Voices staged readings series.


The play is a mysterious, farcical tragedy and black comedy set during the chaos surrounding 9/11, and involves several fictional characters and events at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). After prescient and powerful Dr. M misses the exact date of 9/11 by only four days, mayhem ensues. Dr. M tries to uncover the reason her superiors are redacting Osama Bin Laden’s location from her reports. The mystery ends with many surprises.

“This play is not so much about the CIA as it is with human nature, with its Nietzschean impulse for power and authority over others,” said Coulter-Harris, senior lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature. “The play also touches on current universal political themes of instability, mendacity and untrustworthiness. The ending of the play will leave the audience in shock.”

There are 14 actors in “Charmed Like a Snake, I’m Sure.” These actors include John Adams, associate director for dual enrollment in Admission; Teresa Boyer, an instructor in the UT Department of English Language and Literature; Hallie Dolin, a UT medical student; Sherris Anne Schwind, UT alumna who received a bachelor of arts degree in English in 2005; and Ricardo Urista, a student in the UT College of Business and Innovation.

In addition, Dr. Elliot Adams, senior lecturer in the English Department, is doing the sound for the play.

Other actors performing will be Jordan Borowski, Karen Long, Jose Melgar, John Mensing, Jeremy Natter, Brad Riker, Paul Sepeda, Michael Schmitz and Dayna Triplett.

“I feel that community outreach through the arts is key to building strong community alliances and relationships, and speaks to the diversity we value here at The University of Toledo,” Coulter-Harris said. “Theater is a valuable expression of people’s talent, and develops self-confidence and self-esteem and other qualities that strengthen and enrich a community.”

Tickets for “Charmed Like a Snake, I’m Sure” are $5 for students and $7 for adults and are available here and at the door.

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