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Improv Workshops at PIP on May 3 & 4

PIP_logoBring a friend, bring a date, or just come because you think you are funny.

Two Days Only! Classes taught by Tim Stoltenberg, cast member of Second City 2: Less Pride, More Pork, brought to you by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (www.cincyplay.com).

Workshop 1: Improv for Beginners – Saturday, May 3, 7:00–9:30PM – $50

This workshop will focus on making choices right away and get that scene moving. We will explore how to use environment and character to support your choices and make the scene fun for you, your partner, and the audience.

Workshop 2: Improv Master Class – Saturday, May 4, 1:00–3:30PM – $50

For experienced improvisers who have been doing this for a while, a workshop to rekindle that excitement and inspiration of doing improv. We’ll break down old habits, patterns, and get you out of your head, as well as look at scene relationships in a different way to keep every scene fresh and exciting.

Call 513-421-3888 to register.

Both classes are taught at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202 in the Marx Rehearsal Hall.

Tim Stoltenberg appeared at the Playhouse in 2012 in The Second City 2: Less Pride, More Pork. He has worked with Second City since 2008, and is a current member of Chicago’s iO (Improv Olympics) and the Improvised Shakespeare Company. He has also worked with Baby Wants Candy, Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, Laughing Matters Improvisation, and ComedyCity of Green Bay, Wisconsin. He taught several wildly successful improvisation classes for Cincinnati Playhouse in the summer of 2012.

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THE NORTH POOL Runs May 3-June 1

Presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
May 3-June 1
Eden Park

Directed by Timothy Douglas

Cast: Ted Deasy as Dr. Danielson & Eli Gelb as Khadim Asmaan

Khadim, a Middle Eastern-born transfer student, has no idea why he’s been called into the office of his high school’s vice principal in the final hours before the start of spring break. But an investigation of a minor school infraction soon leads to questions of a decidedly more dangerous nature. As secret after secret is exposed, the suspenseful revelations in this riveting psychological drama threaten to change both men forever. Advisory: THE NORTH POOL is appropriate for adult and older teenage audiences. There is some adult language and mature themes. Please contact the Box Office if you have questions or require additional information.

  • In preview Sat, May 3 at 8pm & Sun, May 4 at 7pm. $30 seats available.
  • In preview Tue-Wed, May 6-7 at 7:30pm. $30 seats available.
  • Thu-Fri, May 8-9 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 10 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 11 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, May 13-14 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, May 15-16 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 17 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 18 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, May 20-21 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, May 22-23 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 24 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 25 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, May 27 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, May 28 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, May 29-30 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 31 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 1 at 2pm

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Sexy, Electrifying VENUS IN FUR Debuts At Cincinnati Playhouse, April 19-May 17

PIP_Venus in Fur(CINCINNATI) – David Ives’ seductive play of gender politics and power VENUS IN FUR brings Broadway’s hottest date night to the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Robert S. Marx Theatre April 19 through May 17.

Thomas is the playwright/director who has seen too many actresses he deems to be unsuited for the title role of his play, which is based on a 19th-century erotic masterpiece. After a frustrating day of auditions, in walks harried and tardy actress Vanda — and immediately Thomas and Vanda’s seesawing relationship takes off in a shower of frictionally dazzling sparks.

For Playhouse Associate Artist KJ Sanchez, who is directing VENUS IN FUR, the power play is the play’s attraction. “This is a well-matched game, and we watch Vanda and Thomas exploring, exploiting and teasing out many variations on power. “Vanda and Thomas delve into some notions that might be a bit risqué — but here’s the thing: What’s so great about this play is that we see how ‘normal’ people can drift into riskier relationships when chemistry gets involved. I think each of us has secret potential that can be unlocked by the right person. And that in itself is what both delights and challenges me.”

The steamy, intellectual dark comedy, which was inspired by Leopold Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novel Venus in Furs, premiered off-Broadway in 2010. Its blockbuster Broadway run at Manhattan Theatre Club garnered a Tony nomination for best play. Its popularity is contagious — according to Theatre Communications Group, VENUS IN FUR is at the top of the list of most-produced plays by American regional theatres in the 2013-14 season (excluding Shakespeare and holiday-themed shows), with 22 productions scheduled. Ives’ plays include New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza, The School for Lies (adapted from Molière’s The Misanthrope), The Liar (adapted from Corneille),

Time Flies and Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain). He is best known for VENUS IN FUR and his evening of six one-act plays, All in the Timing, which was produced at the Playhouse in 1996. Ives collaborated with director Roman Polanski for a film version of VENUS IN FUR, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and will make its North American debut at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival in April. Heir Apparent, Ives’ adaptation of the Jean-Francois Regnard play, is slated to open off-Broadway in April for a limited engagement.

The Playhouse production of VENUS IN FUR features PJ Sosko as Thomas and Greta Wohlrabe as Vanda, both of whom are making their Playhouse debuts. The creative team includes set and costume designer Misha Kachman, lighting designer Kenton Yeager and sound designer Zach Williamson. Jenifer Morrow is the production stage manager; Andrea L. Shell is the second stage manager. Tickets for VENUS IN FUR range from $30 to $75, depending on seat location. Prices are subject to change, and patrons are encouraged to buy early for the best seats at the best prices. Teen and student tickets are $25 each. A special Date Night Package — ticket in Price Zone 2, drink and dessert — is available for $64 per person; visit www.cincyplay.com for details and use promotion code DateNight. Previews are at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 20; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23. The official opening night is Thursday, April 24, at 8 p.m. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays. Free post-show Meet the Artists programs that allow audiences to interact with cast members and others associated with the production will be offered at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11; and 8 p.m. Thursday, May 15. VENUS IN FUR will be audio described for those with visual impairments at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, and signed for persons with hearing impairments at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11. The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs and complete wheelchair access are available.

Tickets to VENUS IN FUR are on sale now. For more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit www.cincyplay.com. Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility. VENUS IN FUR is sponsored by Tony Alper. The 2013-14 Robert S. Marx Theatre season is sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation, and Macy’s is the Robert S. Marx Theatre season design sponsor. The season sponsor of new work is The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation. The Playhouse is supported, in part, by the generosity of the tens of thousands of individuals and businesses that give to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Playhouse’s A DELICATE SHIP Recognized by LCT

Janie Brookshire, Ben Diskant & Karl Miller. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

Janie Brookshire, Ben Diskant & Karl Miller. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the three actor ensemble of Playhouse’ in the Park’s A DELICATE SHIP, for their performances.

In A DELICATE SHIP, a haunting love triangle triggers an unexpected chain of events in this poetic world premiere play by playwright Anna Ziegler. In the early stages of a new relationship, Sarah and Sam are lovers happily discovering each other. Sarah and Nate know everything about each other, best of friends since childhood and maybe something more. But when Nate shows up unannounced on Sarah’s doorstep, she’s left questioning what and who she wants in this humorous and heartbreaking look at love, memory and the decisions that alter the course of our lives.

Panelists praised the ensemble performance of all three actors, Janie Brookshire, Ben Diskant, and Karl Miller as “sharp and connected…wonderfully acted.”

A DELICATE SHIP continues through April 20th. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.cincyplay.com.

League of Cincinnati Theatre panelists evaluate productions on a 5 star scale and recommend shows at either a 4 star or 5 star level. Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT gala in the spring.

The League of Cincinnati Theatres was founded in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote Cincinnati’s theatre community. LCT provides its member companies and individual members with education, resources and services to enhance the quality and exposure of the theatre community in Cincinnati and increase community awareness, attendance and involvement. More information about the League can be found at www.leagueofcincytheatres.com.

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PIP_The Short Tree and(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill series for families concludes with THE SHORT TREE AND THE BIRD THAT COULD NOT SING, which will tour to community venues throughout the Tristate from April 8 through May 24. Recommended for ages 5 and up, the show is a wacky fable of an unlikely friendship between a tree that resents its roots and a spunky, unflappable bird with a horrible singing voice.

Adapted by Dennis Foon from his picture book of the same name, the play follows the bird and tree’s relationship as it builds around the joys of music, storytelling, the weather and the stars. The two friends must navigate the ups and downs of getting to know one another, growing closer and suddenly finding themselves apart.

Playhouse Education Director Mark Lutwak, who will direct the production, calls THE SHORT TREE AND THE BIRD THAT COULD NOT SING “a charming and funny play about building friendship and separation — two processes with which young kids are familiar. For kids, it’s an epic and entertaining journey with a full roller coaster of emotions.”

The cast includes Meggy Hai Trang (Ensemble), Chelsea D. Harrison (Ensemble), Rico Reid (Short Tree), Sam Rueff (Ensemble), Shayna Schmidt (Bird) and Britian Seibert (Ensemble), all members of the Playhouse’s Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company. Other production team members include Melanie Burgess (Set/Props/Costume Designer), Katherine Stromberger (Set/Props/Costume Design Associate), Sherry Tippey (Puppet Construction), Kendra Struthers (Music Director), Aly Michaud (Choreographer) and Tracy Hoida (Stage Manager).

For more information about the Playhouse’s education and outreach programs, contact the Education Department at 513-345-2242 or visit www.cincyplay.com.

Off the Hill is made possible by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation and the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee. This production is supported by the Charles H. Dater Foundation. The season is presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and Heidelberg Distributing Company. The season sponsor of new work is The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation.

The Playhouse is supported, in part, by the generosity of the tens of thousands of individuals and businesses that give to ArtsWave.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


  • Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 p.m., Murphy Theatre (Wilmington)
  • Friday, April 11, 7:00 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center
  • Saturday, April 12, 3:00 p.m., Circus Mojo (Ludlow, KY)
  • Saturday, April 12, 7:00 p.m., The Drama Workshop (Cheviot)
  • Sunday, April 13, 2:00 p.m., Oxford Community Arts Center
  • Friday, April 18, 7:00 p.m., Grove Banquet Hall (Springfield Township)
  • Saturday, April 19, 2:00 p.m., Sunset Players at Dunham Recreation Center (Price Hill)
  • Friday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., Dramakinetics/North Presbyterian (Northside)
  • Saturday, April 26, 2:00 p.m., Sharonville Fine Arts Council
  • Saturday, April 26, 7:00 p.m., Evendale Cultural Arts Center
  • Friday, May 9, 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Miami University Middletown
  • Saturday, May 10, 2:00 p.m., Tall Institute (Oakley)
  • Saturday, May 10, 7:00 p.m., District A (Kennedy Heights at The Character Building)
  • Sunday, May 11, 2:00 p.m., Clifton Cultural Arts Center
  • Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 p.m., Silverton Paideia Academy
  • Saturday, May 17, 11:00 a.m., Woman’s Art Club (Mariemont)
  • Saturday, May 17, 7:00 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center (Covington, KY)
  • Sunday, May 18, 2:30 p.m., The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum
  • Saturday, May 24, 10:30 a.m., Boone County Library
  • Saturday, May 24, 3:00 p.m., Hosted by Sweet Sistah Splash at Carl H. Lindner YMCA (West End) 

Note: Details vary by location. Contact the individual sites for tickets and prices. Contact information is available on the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com.

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