Student’s Show to Run at JFK in December


Senior English major Scott Riner will present his original play, “A Star Over Bethlehem, Ohio,” over Christmas break.

“A Star Over Bethlehem, Ohio” is a Great Depression retelling of the Nativity story. The play follows Mary Levinson and her child as the fictional Gov. Herod takes action to use her child to end the Depression.

“I am very excited for people to see this play,” said Riner. “I have been sitting with it for six years.”

Sophomore Business Analytics major Miranda Weiland is the costume designer for the show and also plays the role of Gabrielle, the narrator of the production.

“A Star Over Bethlehem, Ohio” is Riner’s second play. The first one he wrote was titled “Happily Ever After.” This show was performed twice for the University community – once for Alpha Psi Omega and another during Alumni Weekend in July.

“The Nativity story is one that everyone knows, but we present it in a way that is relatable to modern audiences,” said Riner. “It appeals to people of all faiths because it is a story about faith in humanity.”

“A Star Over Bethlehem, Ohio” will be showing in JFK Auditorium from Dec. 9-11.