November 10, 2010

Owens Presents The Black Jew Dialogues Performance, Nov. 16

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents are invited to gain insight into prejudices and racism prevalent within today’s society with a comedic twist as Owens Community College presents the internationally acclaimed comedy act The Black Jew Dialogues on the Findlay-area and Toledo-area campuses Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Presented by the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Office of Student Activities, The Black Jew Dialogues performance was created with the overall goal of examining prejudice and multiculturalism by combining sketch comedy, improvisation, interactive video and audience participation. Admission to the performances on both the Findlay-area and Toledo-area campuses is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The Black Jew Dialogues’ performance will take place from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Conference Center Room 111 on the Findlay-area Campus, while the two-person group will appear from 2-3:30 p.m. in the College’s Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125-128 on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens’ Findlay-area Campus is located on Bright Road in Findlay and the Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

Written and performed by Larry Jay Tish and Emmy Award-winning Ron Jones, the comedy performance takes the audience on a hysterical and poignant ride through three days the two actors spent together in a cheap hotel room discussing their own experiences, the history of blacks and Jews and why there has been a growing dissention between the two groups since the early 1970s. Through their dialogue, audience attendees gain insight into the true nature of prejudice and how society’s own inability to face biases separate people in ways that are unimaginable. The comic journey begins in the Egypt of the Pharaohs and travels through Africa and Colonial times to present-day America.

The show premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August 2006. Since that time, both Tish and Jones have entertained and educated audiences about racism and prejudices at colleges and universities, high schools, synagogues and theatres throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. In September 2007, Tish and Jones earned the honor of being selected as the only American production to perform at the Leeds Jewish Performing Arts Festival in England.

For more information about the performance, call (567) 661-7583 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7583.

Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit