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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Runs March 5-April 3

PIP_To Kill A Mockingbird promoTO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
March 5-April 3
Eden Park

Directed by Eric Ting

Share this American classic with a new generation.
One of the most treasured novels of all time returns to the Playhouse stage for the first time in more than 20 years in this sweeping adaptation! Set in Depression-era Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird follows the precocious tomboy Scout and her brother Jem during one life-changing summer. They discover the true meaning of courage when their father, Atticus, a small-town lawyer, defends a black man accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winner is a timeless and timely tale of innocence lost and honor found. Advisory: To Kill a Mockingbird is appropriate for adults and young people ages 11 and up.

  • In preview Sat, March 5 at 8pm & Sun, March 6 at 2pm
  • In preview, Tue-Wed, March 8-9 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, March 10 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, March 11 at 8pm
  • Sat, March 12 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, March 13 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue & Thu, March 15 & 17 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, March 18 at 8pm
  • Sat, March 19 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, March 20 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, March 22 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, March 23 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu, March 24 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, March 25 at 8pm
  • Sat, March 26 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Tue-Thu, March 29-31 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, April 1 at 8pm
  • Sat, April 2 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, April 3 at 2pm & 7pm

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Receives Cultural Vibrancy Grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

PIP_logo(CINCINNATI) – The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) recently awarded a $50,000 Cultural Vibrancy Grant to the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to help fund its Diverse Voices program. Diverse Voices aligns with GCF’s goal to expand citizen engagement in the arts by bringing diverse residents together around arts experiences.

In 2012, with the arrival of Artistic Director Blake Robison, the Playhouse developed a new strategic plan to set priorities for future programming and institutional growth. The Diverse Voices program, a direct result of this planning, has welcomed new, diverse faces to our audience with culturally specific programming, integrated artists of color into the organizational structure and empowered our associate artists in the decision making process of season planning.

The Playhouse has woven its associate artists — Timothy Douglas, Michael Evan Haney, KJ Sanchez and Eric Ting — and their diverse backgrounds, experiences and artistry into the fabric of the organization. The Diverse Voices program encompasses the Playhouse’s onstage programming, audience engagement work before and after performances, educational outreach programs and our role in the Cincinnati arts community.

The GCF grant will allow the theatre and its associate artists to further develop the Playhouse’s multicultural and multigenerational mainstage productions, continue to build relationships in the Greater Cincinnati community through outreach and special events and increasingly cultivate diverse audiences on and offsite through productions and events focused on multigenerational, multicultural and LGBTQ audiences.

One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places.

An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, GCF inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

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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Irreverent Comedy THE REVOLUTIONISTS Premieres in Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Thompson Shelterhouse, Feb. 5-March 6, 2016

PIP_The Revolutionists promo(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park unleashes girl-powered comedy with THE REVOLUTIONISTS, Lauren Gunderson’s irreverent world premiere about four badass femmes of the French Revolution. THE REVOLUTIONISTS debuts in the Playhouse’s Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre Feb. 5 through March 6.

At the height of the Reign of Terror, playwright Olympe De Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, activist Marianne Angelle and former queen Marie Antoinette hang out, plot murder and try to beat back extremist insanity in Paris. This world premiere fantasia by one of the country’s most exciting young playwrights considers how we actually go about changing the world.

Marie Antoinette, whose legacy has most decidedly not been positive, seems an unlikely heroine. That, precisely, is one of Gunderson’s motivations for writing about “hidden history”: to shine a light on the mythology versus the humanity of each of her characters and to lend voices to obscure but significant and historic heroines de Gouges and Corday as well as Angelle, who is an amalgam of nameless women of color who rebelled, fought and died for the cause of freedom.

“Lauren Gunderson is one of the hottest playwrights in America right now,” explains Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison about his decision to produce the world premiere of THE REVOLUTIONISTS in the Shelterhouse. “Theatres across the country are discovering her unique voice, her sense of style and comedy. Producing the premiere of her newest play is an ideal way to introduce a significant up-and-coming artist to our community.”

Gunderson’s play I and You was awarded the prestigious 2014 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and was also a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. It debuts off-Broadway this month at 59E59 Theaters. Her additional plays include Silent Sky, Bauer, By and By, Toil and Trouble and Exit, Pursued by a Bear.

Eleanor Holdridge is directing THE REVOLUTIONISTS and has been involved with the project since its early stages. “I love that Lauren’s language is both super-contemporary and heightened at the same time, filled with humor, beauty and wit,” says Holdridge. “She channels a sense of history while writing for the present. In I and You, she interwove the words of Walt Whitman; in THE REVOLUTIONISTS, she takes the fervent dreams of four dynamic historical women and creates a stunning voice for them.”

Robison worked with Holdridge when he was producing artistic director of Round House Theatre in Washington, D.C. “She is a fixture in the theatre community there,” he says. “Her work is always daring and thoughtful. Last year, I invited her to submit some ideas for the season, and she sent me an early draft of THE REVOLUTIONISTS, which she’s been developing with the playwright. Her relationship with Lauren and her history with the script will bring our premiere to life in an exciting way.”

THE REVOLUTIONISTS’ cast includes Lise Bruneau as Olympe de Gouges, Jessica Lynn Carroll as Marie Antoinette/Fraternité, Keira Keeley as Charlotte Corday/Fraternité and Kenita R. Miller as Marianne Angelle.

The creative team for THE REVOLUTIONISTS, in addition to Holdridge, includes set and costume designer Marion Williams, lighting designer Mark Barton and sound designer Scott Killian. Andrea L. Shell is the stage manager.

THE REVOLUTIONISTS is sponsored by Sallie and Randolph Wadsworth. The design sponsor is Stable Two Financial. Additional support is provided by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. THE REVOLUTIONISTS is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Ticket prices for THE REVOLUTIONISTS 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.

Continuing this season is the popular Sunday College Night, with tickets to all 7 p.m. Sunday performances 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 THE REVOLUTIONISTS are at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6; 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10. The official opening night is Thursday, Feb. 11, 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, Feb. 14; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24; and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3.

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

Tickets to THE REVOLUTIONISTS 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 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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THE REVOLUTIONISTS Runs Feb. 5-March 6

PIP_The Revolutionists promoTHE REVOLUTIONISTS
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Feb. 5-March 6
Eden Park

Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

Cast: Lise Bruneau as Olympede Gouges, Jessica Lynn Carroll as Marie Antoinette/ Fraternite, Keira Keeley as Charlotte Corday/Fraternite & Kenita R. Miller as Marianne Angelle

True story? Total fiction? You’ll have so much fun deciding.
Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution. At the height of the Reign of Terror, playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, activist Angelle Ogé and former queen Marie Antoinette hang out, plot murder and try to beat back extremist insanity in Paris. This world premiere fantasia by one of the country’s most exciting young playwrights considers how we actually go about changing the world. Advisory: The Revolutionists is appropriate for adults and older teenage audiences. These four women may wear corsets and wigs, but they have a distinctly modern (and hilarious) sensibility when it comes to very strong adult language and ousting political tyrants.

  • In preview Fri-Sat, Feb. 5-6 at 8pm & Sun, Feb. 7 at 7pm. $30 seats available.
  • In preview, Tue-Wed, Feb. 9-10 at 7:30pm. $30 seats available.
  • Thu, Feb. 11 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Feb. 12 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 13 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 14 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Feb. 16-18 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Feb. 19 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 20 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 21 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Feb. 23-25 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Feb. 26 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 27 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 27 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, March 1 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, March 2 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu, March 3 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, March 4 – no performance
  • Sat, March 5 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, March 6 at 2pm

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 2015-16 Off the Hill Season Continues with World Premiere Adaptation of ANTIGONE

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Renika Williams as Antigone.

(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s popular Off the Hill series for families continues its 2015-16 season with ANTIGONE, John Yearley’s world premiere adaptation about a brave young woman who must choose between obeying the laws of men and honoring her loyalty to her family. ANTIGONE is an inventive retelling of the timeless Greek legend. Recommended for ages 11 and up, ANTIGONE will tour to Tristate community venues from Jan. 24 through Feb. 21.

 

New to the Off the Hill schedule this season, each production will debut “on the hill” at the Playhouse. ANTIGONE will be presented at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23; tickets for the Playhouse performance may be purchased through the Box Office for $5.

With a terrible war behind them, Antigone and Prince Haemon are resolved to bring peace and stability to their city through their marriage. But Antigone remains tortured by the king’s edict forbidding the burial of her traitorous brother, and she must determine which she values most: a peaceful, safe and secure future alongside those who remain or an uncertain one defending the honor and respect of the deceased.

“This adaptation of ANTIGONE is inspired,” says director Cristina Alicea of the script by Yearley, who also wrote Fake Flowers Don’t Die, a popular Off the Hill touring production from the 2013-14 season, and Leap, which was a Shelterhouse world premiere in 2005. “The story captures the important elements of the original while having it told from the perspective of the young people in the play. Creon the King is spoken of but is not a featured character. Instead, the onus is put on his son Haemon to weigh the critical issues in the play and make decisions about them. This reframing is a great way to refresh the story beyond just contemporizing the language. These changes make the story relatable to modern adult audiences and also for the students who will be experiencing it as it tours the Tristate.”

The cast and creative team will work in tandem to create a retelling of this classic tale that will engage and resonate with today’s audiences. “Like all great Greek tragedy, this story has already happened,” explains Alicea. “Try as you might, the end is inevitable. All we can do as an audience is bear witness to the events and learn from them. It is my aim to tread the line between feeling very modern (slick and cool) while still paying homage to the original Greek style.”

Alicea, who is also artistic director at Vermont Stage, is no stranger to world premiere projects. Her credits include regional and world premieres by rising stars Johnna Adams, Jacqueline Goldfinger and Greg Pierce, as well as works by established artists such as Sarah Ruhl and Christopher Durang.

The ANTIGONE cast includes Renika Williams as Antigone, Serena Ryen as Ismene, Robert Carlton Stimmel as Haemon and Law Dunford as Cyrus, all members of the Playhouse’s 2015-16 Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company. Other production team members include set designer Christopher Boone, costume designer Gordon DeVinney, sound designer Jeremy J. Lee and stage manager Tracy Hoida.

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, PNC Bank, the John C. Griswold 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.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (as of Jan. 4, 2016)

  • Saturday, Jan. 23, 4 p.m., Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Tickets available through the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.)
  • Sunday, Jan. 24, 2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club – The Barn (Mariemont)
  • Friday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., Oxford Community Arts Center
  • Saturday, Jan. 30, 2 p.m., Sunset Players at Arts Center at Dunham (Price Hill)
  • Saturday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m., Evendale Cultural Arts Center
  • Sunday, Jan. 31, 2 p.m., Ft. Wright Civic Center
  • Friday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Springfield Township at the Grove
  • Saturday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m., Mount St. Joseph University (Recital Hall, Delhi)
  • Saturday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center
  • Friday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., Prospect House (Price Hill)
  • Saturday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m., Hyde Park Health Center
  • Friday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., Boone County Library Main Branch (Burlington, Kentucky)
  • Saturday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., District A at Nativity School (Pleasant Ridge)
  • Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m., Cedar Village Retirement Community (Mason)

Note: Details vary by location. Contact the individual sites for tickets and prices. Contact information is available on the Playhouse website at http://www.cincyplay.com/index.php?option=com_production&view=production&id=105&Itemid=522.

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