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Witty, Provocative SEX WITH STRANGERS Opens Playhouse in the Park’s Shelterhouse Season, Sept. 26-Oct. 25

WITTY, PROVOCATIVE SEX WITH STRANGERS OPENS
CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK’S THOMPSON SHELTERHOUSE SEASON,
SEPT. 26 – OCT. 25, 2015

PIP_Sex with Strangers promo(CINCINNATI) – Laura Eason’s sexy, funny grown-up fling SEX WITH STRANGERS heats up the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 2015-16 season with both sexual and intellectual tensions. The provocative new play runs Sept. 26 through Oct. 25 on the Playhouse’s intimate Thompson Shelterhouse stage.

SEX WITH STRANGERS is an enticing exploration of identity and intimacy in the digital age. Little-known novelist Olivia and hyper-famous blogger Ethan could not be on farther ends of the literary spectrum. Ethan’s scandalous blog-turned-book, titled Sex with Strangers, has graced The New York Times bestseller list for three years and has a high-profile movie adaptation in the works. The blog — based on a dare to pick up women in bars in order to have one-time, casual sexual encounters — has created a persona for Ethan that he would now prefer to leave behind. In spite of his early success (he is only 27), Ethan aspires to write with the literary merit of novelists like Olivia. Her first novel, praised by her peers, never received the public attention it deserved. Now a teacher and self-proclaimed “hobbyist” author at 39, she meets Ethan when they become snowbound at a cozy bed-and-breakfast in Michigan, and their mutual passion for words sparks a heated passion for each other. As they become entwined in each other’s careers, their literary and generational differences begin to clash, and complications emerge that test their relationship.

“Ethan is cocky and confident, yet able to be vulnerable and allow himself to get hurt,” says Playhouse Associate Artist and SEX WITH STRANGERS director KJ Sanchez (Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Venus in Fur, Seven Spots on the Sun). “Olivia loves books and, although she is more reserved than Ethan, she is not prudish. She is as confident as he is, just choosing to live her life in a very different way.

“They are fully realized, multi-dimensional characters that are always surprising us. Just when we think we know who’s in control and who has the power, Laura Eason reveals other aspects to these people that surprise us all.”

Eason, who garnered acclaim writing for Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning drama House of Cards, is no stranger to writing strong characters. “The spark of the play actually came from an interest in exploring the exchange that takes place in any intimate relationship,” she told The Brooklyn Rail last year. “I heightened the situation by having both of them be writers of ambition who each want something from the other, personally and professionally.”

The SEX WITH STRANGERS cast features Nancy Lemenager (Broadway’s Chicago, Movin’ Out, Never Gonna Dance, Kiss Me Kate, Dream, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Guys and Dolls), making her Playhouse debut as Olivia, and Nicholas Carrière, who appeared in the Playhouse’s world premiere of Abigail/1702, as Ethan. The creative team, in addition to Sanchez, includes set and costume designer Misha Kachman, lighting designer Brian J. Lilienthal and sound designer Matthew M. Nielson. Andrea L. Shell is the stage manager.

SEX WITH STRANGERS is sponsored by Schueler Group.

Ticket prices for SEX WITH STRANGERS start at $35. Prices are subject to change, and patrons are encouraged to buy early for the best seats at the best prices. The show is appropriate for adult and older teenage audiences.

Returning this season is the popular 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.

Discounted ticket prices for teens and students are available in advance for all productions for $30 and $45, depending on seat location.

Previews for SEX WITH STRANGERS are at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26; 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. The official opening night is Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays.

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. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14; and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.

The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs and complete wheelchair access are available.

Tickets to SEX WITH STRANGERS 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.

The 2015-16 Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre Series is presented by the Heidelberg Distributing Company, and the Thompson Shelterhouse season design sponsor is the Allan Berliant and Jennie Rosenthal Berliant Family Fund. 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.

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SEX WITH STRANGERS Runs Sept. 26-Oct. 25

PIP_Sex with Strangers promoSEX WITH STRANGERS
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Sept. 26-Oct. 25
Eden Park

Directed by KJ Sanchez

Cast: Nancy Lemenager as Olivia & Nicholas Carrière as Ethan.

SEX WITH STRANGERS playfully explores what transpires when private lives become public domain. Famous blogger Ethan finds himself snowbound with the gifted but obscure novelist Olivia. Their passion for each other is matched by their envy of the other’s career. But when their literary futures become intimately intertwined, both writers must confront the complications of reinventing themselves when the past is just a click away.

  • In preview Sat, Sept. 26 at 8pm and Sun, Sept. 27 at 7pm. $30 seats available.
  • In preview, Tue-Wed, Sept. 29-30 at 7:30pm. $30 seats available.
  • Thu, Oct. 1 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 2 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 3 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 4 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Oct. 6-8 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 9 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 10 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 17 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Oct. 13-15 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 16 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 17 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 18 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, Oct. 20 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, Oct. 21 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu, Oct. 22 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 23 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 24 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 25 at 2pm

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THE SECRET GARDEN Opens Playhouse in the Park’s 2015-2016 Season, Sept. 5-Oct. 3

THE SECRET GARDEN OPENS CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK’S 2015-16 SEASON, SEPT. 5 – OCT. 3, 2015

PIP_The Secret Garden promo(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park opens its 2015-16 season with the heartwarming, soaring musical THE SECRET GARDEN, based on the enduring family classic penned more than a century ago by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Winner of three Tony Awards on Broadway, with book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, THE SECRET GARDEN runs Sept. 5-Oct. 3 in the Playhouse’s Robert S. Marx Theatre.

When 10-year-old Mary Lennox loses her parents to a devastating cholera outbreak in India, she is sent 6,000 miles away to live with her inattentive uncle at his foreboding English manor. Like Mary, Archibald Craven knows suffering, having never recovered from the death of his wife, Mary’s Aunt Lily, a decade earlier.

Selfish and spoiled, left mostly on her own, Mary has a difficult time adjusting to the peculiarities of her new home, where it seems as though the spirits of those who’ve come before her are always just out of sight. That is until she is befriended by the plucky housemaid Martha and her brother Dickon, who introduces Mary to the wonders of nature all around her. When Mary discovers the locked-away secrets of an abandoned garden, she coaxes far more than its flowers back to life.

“THE SECRET GARDEN is one of my favorite musicals,” said Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison. “It’s emotionally rich, musically lush and the book is fantastic. So many stories with child protagonists are cutesy and saccharine. Not so in THE SECRET GARDEN. Mary’s journey is complex. She navigates a very adult world of loneliness and isolation, only to restore love and light to herself and those around her.

“THE SECRET GARDEN is a beloved literary classic,” Robison continued. “The musical brings it to life in a uniquely human way.”

“Frances Hodgson Burnett’s timeless story, Lucy Simon’s richly beautiful music and Marsha Norman’s Tony Award-winning book all combine to make THE SECRET GARDEN a piece of great musical theatre,” said Marcia Milgrom Dodge, the Tony Award-nominated director and choreographer who will helm the production (she previously directed Cabaret at the Playhouse). “I love how the characters convey their innermost feelings and fears though the haunting melodies of Lucy Simon’s music combined with the delicate dialogue and highly charged lyrics of Marsha Norman.”

THE SECRET GARDEN is sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Barbara and Bill Weyand are the show’s orchestra sponsors, and Rosemary and Mark Schlachter are the artist sponsors for Mary Lennox. The production honors the support of The Lemmerman Family.

The cast of THE SECRET GARDEN features Cameron Bartell (Dickon), Dan Beckmann (Captain Albert Lennox/Ensemble), Brandi Burkhardt (Lily), Caitlin Cohn (Mary Lennox), Carlyn Connolly (Claire Holmes/Ensemble), Kevin Earley (Archibald Craven), Anthony Frederickson (Colin Craven), Charlotte Maltby (Martha), Timothy McDevitt (Lieutenant Peter Wright/Ensemble), Adam Monley (Dr. Neville Craven), Gayton Scott (Mrs. Medlock), Vishal Vaidya (Fakir/Ensemble), Jessica Van Kipp (Rose Lennox), Anita Vasan (Ayah/Ensemble), Dathan B. Williams (Ben Weatherstaff), Michael Yeshion (Major Holmes/Ensemble) and Talia Noelle Zoll (Alice/Ensemble).

In addition to Dodge, the creative team features Sariva Goetz (music director/orchestral arranger), Michael Sebastian (associate music director/conductor), Narelle Sissons (set designer), Leon Wiebers (costume designer), Matthew Richards (lighting designer), David Bullard (sound designer) and Puppet Kitchen Productions Inc. (puppet designer/construction). Jenifer Morrow is the production stage manager, and Brooke Redler is second stage manager.

icket prices for THE SECRET GARDEN start at $35. Prices are subject to change, and patrons are encouraged to buy early for the best seats at the best prices. The show is appropriate for general audiences, including children ages 8 and up.

Returning this season is the popular 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.

Discounted ticket prices for children, teens and students are available in advance for all productions — $30 and $45, depending on seat location.

New for the 2015-16 season is the Playhouse’s Tasting Series, which begins with afternoon teas by the BonBonerie before all Saturday and Sunday matinee performances of THE SECRET GARDEN. Each afternoon tea will include an English scone and freshly brewed teas from Elmwood Inn, as well as a selection of tea sandwiches and BonBonerie sweets. Afternoon tea begins at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. on Sundays; all tastings are $22 per person. For reservations, call the Box Office at 513-421-3888.

Previews for THE SECRET GARDEN are at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. The official opening night is Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays.

Free Meet the Artists programs that allow audiences to interact with the cast and others associated with THE SECRET GARDEN will be held after the following performances: 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27; and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.

THE SECRET GARDEN will be audio described for those with visual impairments at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, and signed for persons with hearing impairments at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27.

The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs and complete wheelchair access are available. Tickets to THE SECRET GARDEN 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. (more)

The 2015-16 Robert S. Marx Theatre season is presented 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 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.# #

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THE SECRET GARDEN Runs Sept. 5-Oct. 3

PIP_The Secret Garden promoTHE SECRET GARDEN
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Sept. 5-Oct. 3
Eden Park

Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge

This soaring musical version of the beloved family classic won three Tony Awards on Broadway. Ten-year-old Mary Lennox is alone in the world until she is sent to live with her inattentive uncle in his foreboding English manor. When she discovers the locked-away secrets of an abandoned garden, Mary coaxes far more than its flowers back to life. With a gorgeous score, The Secret Garden comes alive on the intimate Playhouse stage for a new generation, perfect for fans of the novel, lovers of grand-scale musicals or those discovering its delightful story for the very first time. Ages 8 and up.

  • In preview Sat, Sept. 5 at 8pm and Sun, Sept. 6 at 2pm. $30 seats available.
  • In preview, Tue-Wed, Sept. 8-9 at 7:30pm. $30 seats available.
  • Thu, Sept. 10 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Sept. 11 at 8pm
  • Sat, Sept. 12 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 13 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Sept. 15-17 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Sept. 18 at 8pm
  • Sat, Sept. 19 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 20 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Sept. 22-24 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Sept. 25 at 8pm
  • Sat, Sept. 26 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 27 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, Sept. 29 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, Sept. 30 at 1pm
  • Thu, Oct. 1 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 2 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 3 at 4pm & 8pm

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Single Tickets on Sale Aug. 3 for 2015-2016 Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Season

TICKETS ON SALE AUG. 3 FOR SOARING, CAPTIVATING 2015-16 SEASON
AT CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK

PIP(CINCINNATI) – Single tickets for all of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 2015-16 season productions will go on sale Monday, Aug. 3. This includes tickets for the Playhouse’s beloved annual holiday classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL, presented by U.S. Bank, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Ohio’s only two-time Tony Award-winning theatre boasts a national reputation for excellence, bringing the same actors, directors and designers seen on Broadway, off-Broadway and at other leading professional theatres across the country to Cincinnati’s beautiful Eden Park. A Playhouse season offers something for everyone, from world premieres and classics to musicals, contemporary theatre and Broadway hits. The 56th season features:

  • The soaring, heartwarming season-opener THE SECRET GARDEN, based on one of literature’s most popular family classics by Frances Hodgson Burnett, won three Tony Awards on Broadway. The enchanting musical, with book and lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, appeals to audiences of all ages.
  • Christopher Sergel’s sweeping adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, timeless tale of innocence lost and honor found, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
  • Two world premiere comedies – NATIVE GARDENS, a tale of neighbors clashing over gardens and cultures by Karen Zacarías, author ofThe Book Club Play; and Lauren Gunderson’s THE REVOLUTIONISTS, set during the French Revolution and featuring four beautiful, badass women who attempt to change the world.
  • MAD RIVER RISING by Dana Yeaton, a captivating and poignant drama that explores the themes of family responsibility and legacy through the eyes of 85-year-old patriarch Angus Stewart.
  • SATCHEL PAIGE AND THE KANSAS CITY SWING, from Fly! creators Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, a jazz-infused drama of America on the brink of great change on and off the baseball diamond.
  • Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman’s LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES, a celebratory tribute to America’s great blues music tradition.
  • Three provocative contemporary plays in the Thompson Shelterhouse, including the return of Theresa Rebeck’s wildly popular comedy BAD DATES.

All Marx Theatre price zones are available in the lower level, with individual tickets starting at just $35. Returning this season is the popular 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.

Discounted ticket prices for children and teens are available for all productions — $30 and $45, depending on seat location. Visit our website for content and age advisories for each show.

Patrons also can subscribe to all five Marx Theatre or five Thompson Shelterhouse productions for as little as $157.50 or build their own series of four or more shows from either theatre.

To purchase tickets or 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.

The 2015-16 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 fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs and complete wheelchair access are available.

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.

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