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Broadway’s Next Hit Could Be Taylor & Oberacker’s BANDSTAND

PIP_AceWhile New Yorkers may call Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker “unknowns,” those names are a bit more familiar to local theatre audiences.

Richard Oberacker is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of UC College-Conservatory of Music.

Back in 2006, Taylor and Oberacker had their original musical, ACE, premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. It went on to receive five Helen Hayes Nominations in D.C.

In 2009 they were back, this time at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (they still had the “of” back then) with DON’T MAKE ME PULL THIS SHOW OVER: DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONTLINES OF PARENTING. They had previewed a shorter version of the musical as an entry in the 2008 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

Back to New York. A reading this week of their new musical, BANDSTAND has the NYC theater community abuzz. You can read the NY Post article here.

Wishing Robert and Richard continued success!

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PIP’s 2014-15 Off The Hill Season Blooms with ROSES AND THORNS

CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK’S 2014-15 OFF THE HILL SEASON BLOOMS WITH
ROSES & THORNS (A TALE OF BEAUTY & THE BEAST)

PIP_Roses and Thorns(CINCINNATI) – The 2014-15 season of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s popular Off the Hill series for families debuts with ROSES & THORNS (A TALE OF BEAUTY & THE BEAST), Bret Fetzer’s creative take on the classic fairy tale. Recommended for ages 7 and up, ROSES & THORNS will tour to community venues throughout the Tristate from Sept. 27 through Nov. 2.

In this twisted comedy, the beautiful Rose chooses to sacrifice her own happiness to be the servant of a hideous Beast in order to protect her father and her family. The play embraces slapstick, satire and high camp styles even as it explores the darker depths of the tale.

“It really explores the dual nature of good and evil that exists within us all, as well as the original idea that beauty is more than skin deep,” explains Playhouse Education Director Mark Lutwak, who will direct the production. Lutwak is returning to ROSES & THORNS for a second time, having been involved in its creation and premiere at Honolulu Theatre for Youth in 2001.

The ROSES & THORNS cast includes Claire Simba (Rose), Jay Hobson (Father/Wolf 2/ Door/Rabbit/Beastess), Ollie Corchado (Tulip/Sea Captain/Wolf/Beast/Prince), Christopher Richardson (Daffodil/Wolf/Sailor/Servant/Clock/Mirror) and Laurie Roberts (Mulch/Thorn/ Handsome/Moneylender), all members of the Playhouse’s 2014-15 Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company. Other production team members include John Muething (assistant director), Kenton Brett (set designer), Gordon DeVinney (costume designer), Jeremy Lee (sound designer),

Kari-Lee Sutherland (choreographer) and Tracy Hoida (stage manager).

In addition to ROSES & THORNS, the 2014-15 Off the Hill season features THEORY OF MIND by Ken LaZebnik, which tells the love story of Bill, a teenager who happens to live on the autism spectrum (performances Jan. 23-Feb. 22, 2015, recommended for children ages 11 and up); and BIRD BRAIN by Vern Thiessen, a charming and funny fable based on the story Vogelkopp by Albert Wendt about a kind-hearted woodcutter who must choose between following the rules or his heart when he finds a nest of orphaned birds (performances April 7-May 24, 2015; recommended for ages 5 and up).

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 supported by the Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, ArtsWave and the Ohio Arts Council.

The Cincinnati Playhouse 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 by the generosity of the community contributors to the ArtsWave campaign.

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.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (as of Sept. 10, 2014)

  • Saturday, Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center (Mariemont)
  • Saturday, Sept. 27, 2:30 p.m., Kenton County Library (Covington Branch)
  • Sunday, Sept. 28, 2:30 p.m., Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum
  • Saturday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m., The Drama Workshop at Glenmore Playhouse (Cheviot)
  • Saturday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center (Covington, Kentucky)
  • Sunday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m., Oxford Community Arts Center
  • Sunday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m., The Lebanon Theatre Company, Inc.
  • Saturday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center
  • Thursday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Springfield Township’s Grove Banquet Hall and Event Center
  • Saturday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m., Sunset Players at Dunham Recreation Center (Price Hill)
  • Saturday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., District A/Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute (Pleasant Ridge)

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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I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI First Course of PIP’s 2014-2015 Shelterhouse Season

I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI IS THE DELECTABLE FIRST COURSE OF CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK’S 2014-15 SHELTERHOUSE SEASON, SEPT. 27 – NOV. 2, 2014

PIP_I Loved I Lost I Made Spaghetti(CINCINNATI) – The mouth-watering new comedy I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI opens the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 2014-15 Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre season. Adapted by Jacques Lamarre from the 2009 memoir by Giulia Melucci, the show dishes up a hilarious account of good food and bad boyfriends.

For Giulia, a new date is the perfect opportunity to show off her Italian home cooking. Unfortunately, her superior tasting cuisine far surpasses her inferior taste in men. Melucci’s book, which intersperses recipes with stories drawn from her unlucky-in-love life, has been described as a foodie’s dream version of Sex in the City. The play takes this combination of food and storytelling one step further. A very limited number of people who see the production each night will enjoy a three-course, gourmet spaghetti dinner made from scratch as part of the show.

The world premiere of I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI was produced by TheaterWorks in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2012 and directed by Rob Ruggiero, TheaterWork’s producing artistic director. Ruggiero also helms the Playhouse production; his previous work at the Playhouse includes Tigers Be Still, High, Last Train to Nibroc and Ella.

The one-woman show features Antoinette LaVecchia, a versatile Broadway actress who makes her Playhouse debut and who has earned raves in all previous productions of I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI. (The New York Times said LaVecchia “connects instantly with the audience, and she makes Giulia utterly irresistible.”) LaVecchia has appeared in The View from the Bridge on Broadway; other New York credits include String of Pearls, How to Be A Good Italian Daughter (in Spite of Myself), Magic Hands Freddy and The Bottle House. Melucci has nothing but praise for LaVecchia. “I have gotten to know Antoinette, and I adore her, and she me, I hope,” Melucci says. “I am amazed by what she does on stage night after night. It’s a true high wire act, and it’s a profound act of generosity.”

In addition to Ruggiero, the creative team includes associate director Nick Eilerman, set designer John Coyne, costume designer Alejo Vietti, lighting designer John Lasiter and sound designer Alexandra Wahl. Andrea L. Shell is the stage manager.

I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI is sponsored by Digi and Mike Schueler. Stable Two Financial, LLC, is the design sponsor.

Ticket prices for I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI start at $30. 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 $30 each. The show is recommended for adults and older teenage audiences.

New for the 2014-15 season is Sunday College Night, with tickets to all 7 p.m. Sunday performances (not including A Christmas Carol) priced at just $10 with a valid student ID. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show for all other performances.

Onstage dinner seating for I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI is very limited and subject to availability. Dinner includes antipasto, salad, wine and made-from-scratch spaghetti. Dinners are priced at $35 each with a Center Section show ticket. Patrons with show tickets in Side A or Side B seating will need to pay the upgrade to the Center Section in addition to the $35 dinner price. Any subsequent ticket exchanges cannot be guaranteed dinner availability on new dates.

Previews for I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI are at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27; 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. The official opening night is Thursday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays. Special events include a free Perspectives lecture and book signing at the Playhouse with author Giulia Melucci, which will follow the 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Oct. 4. Playhouse Perspectives is made possible by a gift from Roderick and Barbara Barr.

Additionally, free Meet the Artists programs that allow audiences to interact with the cast and others associated with the production will be held after the following performances: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15; and 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23.

The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs and complete wheelchair access are available. Tickets to I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI 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 http://www.cincyplay.com. Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility. The 2014-15 Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre Series is presented by the Heidelberg Distributing Company, and Humana is the Thompson Shelterhouse season design sponsor. The season sponsor of new work is The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation. The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of the community contributors to the ArtsWave campaign. 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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I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI Runs Sept. 27-Nov. 2

PIP_I Loved I Lost I Made SpaghettiI LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI
Presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Sept. 27-Nov. 2
Eden Park

Directed by Ruggiero

Cast: Antoinette LaVecchia as Giulia

Giulia Melucci’s memoir has been described as a foodie’s dream version of Sex and the City or Eat, Pray, Love with recipes. Now, the popular book becomes a hilarious play. For Giulia, a new date is the perfect opportunity to show off her Italian home cooking. While preparing a three-course dinner from scratch, she recounts stories of good food and bad boyfriends. Her superior tasting cuisine far surpasses her inferior taste in men in this mouth-watering new comedy. Appropriate for adults and older teenage audiences. It contains strong adult language, some talk associated with adult romantic relationships and several stories of very bad boyfriends.

  • In preview Sat, Sept. 27 at 8pm & Sun, Sept. 28 at 7pm. $30 seats available
  • In preview Tue-Wed, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at 7:30pm. $30 seats available.
  • Thu-Fri, Oct. 2-3 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 4 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 5 at 2pm
  • Tue-Wed, Oct. 7-8 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 9-11 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 12 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, Oct. 14-15 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, Oct. 16-17 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 18 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 19 at 7pm
  • Tue, Oct. 21 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, Oct. 22 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, Oct. 23-24 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 25 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 26 at 2pm
  • Tue-Wed, Oct. 28-29 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, Sept. 30 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 1 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 2 at 2pm & 7pm

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PIP Seeks Accounting Assistant

PIP_logoCincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Position: Accounting Assistant
Reports to: Business Manager

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is has an immediate opening for a full-time Accounting Assistant. This position is responsible for various administrative functions, including accounts payable, invoicing, accounts receivable, sales tax and city income tax remittances, posting credit memos, payments and adjustments, bank reconciliations, 1099 reporting and various other office administrative duties.

This is a high energy position that reports directly to the Business Manager. There are other duties to be assigned in the course of the normal business day.

Qualifications: An associate’s degree in accounting or certificate in accounting or business administration and three to four years of relevant work experience. Must be able to communicate (both written and oral) with staff and outside agencies in a professional, respectful and courteous manner and follow all applicable regulatory requirements (federal, state and local). Must have a strong mathematical aptitude, problem solving ability, work with figures accurately, data entry experience and organizational skills. Proficient experience with automated accounting software, spreadsheet and word processing software is required. Experience with Great Plains, FRx or Management Reporter software a plus.

This position carries a full benefit package.

Please submit your resume no later than Aug. 25 to Diane Ideker at diane.ideker@cincyplay.com or mail to:
Accounting Assistant
Attention: Diane Ideker
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
P.O. Box 6537
Cincinnati, OH 45206

No phone calls please.

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