Release Date: May 27,2021

Rubber City Theatre Premiers “On the Line” at Lock 3 Park in Downtown Akron

Akron, OH (May 27, 2021) — Rubber City Theatre is thrilled to announce tickets are now on sale for the world premiere of On the Line by composers and writers Amy Burgess and Rachel Dean, which will take place on June 5, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Lock 3 in Akron.

This show is set in 1945 while the G.S. Good Rubber Factory in Akron, OH is in the throes of rubber production for World War II. With most of the men overseas, it is no time to be frail for the female workers as they navigate the new, harsh work environment of factory life and discover the freedom and agency that come with it.

In this adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the factory forewoman Helen, the factory machinist Billie, the factory owner's daughter Ellie, and a female Naval Lieutenant turned filmmaker Sandra, comprise a lovers' quartet on a collision course with their burgeoning feelings for each other and the uncertainty of a changing world. With the announcement of V-E Day, their newfound freedoms are in danger, and all four must decide how to chart their futures.

The lead actors include Tess Primack and Alexis Sims, both New York-based Equity actors with local actors Lana Sugarman and Anna Popa.

"I am delighted to be back working on a live, in-person production after this year of pause,” stated Dan Leasure, executive director of Rubber City Theatre. “We have a great team of artists coming together to bring to life this show which is three years in the making!"

The performances will take place at Lock 3 Park in Downtown Akron with a VIP ticketed area with tickets ranging from $25-35. All other areas in the park have no admission fee. Blankets or chairs are recommended for the optimal experience. Additionally, a digital ticket will be available for $20.

This world premiere musical that re-imagines Shakespeare through the lives of LGBTQ+ characters is made possible through support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. The Knight Arts Challenge funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching Akron through the arts.

Additional information on the play can be found by visiting rubbercitytheatre.com/on-the-line.html.