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ETC Thrilled to Share Exciting 2012-2013 Season

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is excited to share with you our electrifying 27th season of premiere theatre! As always, we are committed to bringing our audiences the very best in entertaining and imaginative contemporary theatre.

Don’t get closed out of a show next season: renew or subscribe today to lock in your place for our thrilling 2012-2013 season. Save significantly over single ticket prices while receiving exclusive subscriber benefits and access to tickets to all our shows before the general public as well as unlimited exchange privileges.

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REGIONAL PREMIERE
Good People
by David Lindsay-Abaire
September 5-23, 2012

2011 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play
Margie Walsh can’t catch a break. Laid off from her job at the dollar store, Margie is faced with the reality that South Boston is providing her the same level of opportunity it always has: none. Wry, rough around the edges and ready to make a change, she goes to seek out the one who got away-both from “Southie” and from her. Instead, she finds herself in the ‘burbs and out of her element, facing the question: is opportunity granted or earned? Good People takes an affectionate, humor-laced look at the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ through the eyes of characters who won’t be ignored.

REGIONAL PREMIERE
Mrs. Mannerly
by Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Ed Stern
October 10-28, 2012

Inspired by hilarious memories of a childhood etiquette class, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher conjures up the world of a ten-year-old studying manners. Set in 1967, Mrs. Mannerly is a demanding teacher, and no student in her thirty-six years of etiquette classes has ever achieved a perfect score. But, when he discovers her secret past, Young Jeffrey is determined to be the first to achieve this feat. This unique comic tale reveals truths about the face we present and the real selves that lie inside. A note on etiquette: this production contains strong language.

Alice in Wonderland
Book by Joseph McDonough
Lyrics & music by David Kisor
November 28-December 30, 2012

A magical musical retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic story, this sassy version is the toe-tapping tale of a lost girl, a cool cat, a wild hare, and the original “dancing queen.” The Queen of Hearts is back to dish up her special recipe for justice and all of Wonderland awaits Alice’s trial.

To Be Announced
January 23-February 10, 2013
For winter 2013, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati will present an exciting regional premiere TBA.

REGIONAL PREMIERE
Black Pearl Sings!
By Frank Higgens
March 13-31, 2013

Black Pearl Sings! is a powerful story about being a woman in a man’s world, being black in a white world, and fighting for one’s soul in a world where anyone can be a commodity. In the midst of the Great Depression, Susannah travels the country, recording lost traditional songs for the Library of Congress. Hoping to find the one song that will bring her long-awaited recognition, she discovers Pearl Johnson in a Texas prison. With a silky, soulful voice and a wealth of African-American spiritual songs, Pearl seeks information and a chance at freedom. Now each woman must decide how much of herself she is willing to give to get what she wants in return.

REGIONAL PREMIERE
Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns
By Roger Bean
May 1-19, 2013

Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns takes you to the Springfield High School graduation where we reunite with the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, and take a peek into their futures, we are treated to the girls performing classic ’50s and ’60s songs such as “River Deep, Mountain High,” “Dedicated To The One I Love,” “Rockin’ Robin” and over 20 other classic hits!

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Ten Most Viewed Blog Posts, April 23-29

  1. New Edgecliff Theatre Announces 15th Season: NEXT
  2. Jeremy Fischer & Tracy M. Schoster Earn LCT Awards for Falcon’s FROZEN
  3. MLT Announces 2012-3013 Season
  4. THUNDER KNOCKING ON THE DOOR runs April 21-May 20
  5. PS Announces Cast for STOP KISS and BARE
  6. JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT runs April 19-May 13
  7. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA runs May 10-27
    TITANIC runs May 11-19
  8. PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES runs April 13-29
  9. DTG Announces 2012-2013 Season
    THE CRUCIBLE Marks TDW Exit from Westwood
  10. CMC Seeks Marketing Outreach Specialist

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Top Ten Clicks

  1. theatreintheloop.org
  2. facebook.com/events/394535070578750 (BPI PASSION OF DRACULA audition)
  3. wright.edu/tdmp/season.html
  4. aeby@thecarnegie.com
  5. ensemblecincinnati.org
  6. playhousesouth.org
  7. cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com/ccpa/Default.aspx
  8. lovelandstagecompany.org
  9. nativityplayers.org/currentproduction.cfm
  10. facebook.com/events/234952519935769 (La Comedia SEUSSICAL audition)

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Extras Needed for Documentary Featuring Dayton Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar

I wanted to reach out to you with a request to share this invitation to be a part of a Paul Laurence Dunbar documentary in Dayton. The director has already made multiple trips to Dayton – filming interviews, reenactments, the creation of art and more. This scene will be a fun and exciting part of the film where they modernize Dunbar’s most popular poem and demonstrate its relevance for today.

Below is a call for extras – the director is hoping to get 20-30 participants. Although the shoot happens on Mother’s Day, we’re hoping it won’t be too much of a conflict since he’s limited the time needs to only 2 hours in the early evening. Please share this with your networks.

Thanks!
Megan Cooper

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Get involved in a documentary featuring local poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Ohio-based director Frederick Lewis continues his scholarship on Dunbar with a reenactment of the popular poem “We Wear the Mask.” He needs your help!

A courtroom scene will be shot in the historic Old Courthouse in Downtown Dayton on Sunday, May 13 from 5-7 PM. He needs 20-30 extras – a good cross-section of males and females in contemporary clothing suitable for attending a trial (business).

Interested in being a part of this film highlighting Dayton’s important history with Paul Laurence Dunbar? Contact the director at lewisf@ohio.edu.

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Megan Cooper
Executive Director
FilmDayton
www.filmdayton.com

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New Edgecliff Theatre Announces 15th Season: NEXT

In 1998, building on a concept of locally-produced professional theater that he first experienced at Edgecliff College in the 1970’s, Executive Director Michael Shooner established New Edgecliff Theatre. “I wanted to create a theatre company where the connection between actor and audience was the essential element,” says Shooner. Now entering its 15th season, NET continues to present works featuring local talent that focuses on the actor’s craft. Over the years, Cincinnati audiences have enjoyed such shows as “I Stand Before You Naked”, “Master Harold and the Boys”, “American Buffalo”, “Equus” and “Title of Show” and has collaborated with such organizations as The Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Xavier University and The Freedom Center.

“As we approach our fifteenth season, I’ve been thinking about what’s next for our audiences,” says Artistic Director Jim Stump. “Audiences have come to know us as a theatre where the audience is drawn into the story by quality actors performing excellent scripts, and they frequently ask, “What’s next?” This sense of anticipation inspired the theme for our fifteenth anniversary season: “Next”. Whether it’s the excitement of plans for the future, the monotony of endless days of routine or the uncertainty of the unknown – there is always the exquisite sense of discovery as a story unfolds.”

“We’re also making changes to our performance schedule,” adds Managing Director Devon Campailla. “Each of our main stage shows will run four weeks, opening with a Saturday performance. The second weekend will have performances on Friday and Saturday and the subsequent weekends will run Thursday through Saturday. This will give audiences a wider selection of weekends to choose from to attend our shows.”

Tickets and NET/FLEX Subscriptions go on sale in June and will be available through their website: www.newedgecliff.com. New Edgecliff’s popular NET/FLEX Subscriptions allow patrons to purchase 4 tickets for the price of 3 or 8 for the price of 6 and can be used in any combination.

Season Schedule

September 22nd-October 13th, 2012 – “Talk Radio” by Eric Bogosian

Directed by Buz Davis, “Talk Radio” opens our 15th anniversary season, commemorating NET’s inaugural, CEA-nominated production of Bogosian’s “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll” in 1998.

Rush Limbaugh doesn’t hold a candle to Cleveland’s WTLK radio host, Barry Champlain. On the eve that Barry’s show is to go national, he shows no loss for words with his callers, who range from a desperate, soon-to-be-teen-mom, a man knowledgeable in nuclear power and those who just want to hear their voice on the radio. Fueled by coffee, Jack Daniels, cocaine and the voice on the other end of the phone line, he puts on his finest performance yet. Immersed once again in the pool of boring, emotionless, uneducated voices that feed his career, he is left to question his ability to maintain his role. With every passing minute of airtime, not even Barry knows if it’s a performance for the new syndicate or perhaps a final show for just himself.

“The most lacerating portrait of a human meltdown this side of a Francis Bacon painting…”—Ben Brantley, The New York Times

October 20th, 2012 – “The Canterville Ghost” by Oscar Wilde, adapted for the stage by Catie O’Keefe

NET’s annual Sweet Suspense Radio Drama returns with a family friendly radio style adaptation of the Oscar Wilde classic. This one night only event includes a recreation of an early radio studio complete with live sound effects by Mike Martini. Intermission will feature an assortment of desserts and sweets from some of Cincinnati’s finest bakeries, restaurants and caterers.

Where others have run screaming in terror, the Otis family seems quite comfortable in their new haunted house. After moving to England and into Canterville Chase, this family of Americans finds nothing frightening about the famous Canterville ghost. In fact, his attempt to replenish an old blood stain is nothing but annoying and his efforts to scare the family members usually end in the ghost hiding in fear. It’s not until the young daughter, Virginia, takes an interest in helping the murderous spirit, that the family and the ghost find peace and quiet. The production will once again be under the direction of Bob Allen.

December 1st-22nd, 2012 – “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris (adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello) and “The 12 Dates of Christmas” by Ginna Hoben

Everyone’s favorite elf Crumpet, the elf fixated on spastic children, obnoxious parents, nutty co-workers and, oh yeah … “One Life to Live,” is back in this alter native holiday favorite.

Then, in “12 Dates of Christmas”…what happens when Mary sees her fiancé making out with his co-worker on national TV at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? She dumps him and then spends the next year being set up, hooked up, strung up, and fed up as she navigates her life “alone” as a New York actor in her thirties.

“Hoben has created a woman’s show to join the annual, male-dominated Christmas lineup, but like “The Santaland Diaries”, it is a tale of real life and holiday hope touching us all.” — Eric Minton, Shakespeareances.com

February 9th-March 2nd, 2013 – An original play by Resident Playwright Catie O’Keefe

We bring resident playwright Catie O’Keefe and director Ed Cohen together for our winter show with the world premiere of a new full-length play. NET produced “Darker” in the Fringe Festival last year to rave reviews and she has adapted the last two Radio Dramas. We are making final decisions between two of her plays and will announce our choice in our season brochure this summer.

April 13th-May 4th, 2013 – “Miss Witherspoon” by Christopher Durang

In the wonderfully delightful and strange world of Christopher Durang, Veronica finds herself flung between different lives as she is reincarnated again and again. She emerges as a new baby and even as a dog – reliving different lives to clear her aura. Miss Witherspoon is the name given Veronica by her spiritual guide Maryamma, and it seems to follow her through every life she enters into. But there is more than just a name that connects Veronica to her many reincarnations. Her life, her experiences and those around her all seem to be connected. As she ventures from one life to another looking, she searches for many of the same things that all people search for… answers to life’s biggest questions…like, “What come next?” NET brings back Mark Seamon who directed their recent production of Neil LaBute’s “reasons to be pretty.”

“This is Durang at the top of his metaphysical, apocalyptic, high-and-pop cultural game…thoroughly lovable. And funny.” —NY Newsday.

“A delightful eighty-minute crazy-quilt fantasy.” — Associated Press.

Artistic Director’s Notes:

As New Edgecliff Theatre approaches our fifteenth anniversary season, I’ve been thinking about what’s next for our audiences. We’ve come to be known as a theatre where the audience is drawn into the story by quality actors performing excellent scripts, and they frequently ask, “What’s next?” This sense of anticipation inspired the theme for our fifteenth season, “Next”. Whether it’s the excitement of plans for the future, the monotony of endless days of routine, or the uncertainty of the unknown – there is always the exquisite sense of discovery as a story unfolds.

We start off with Eric Bogosian’s “Talk Radio”, which features one of contemporary theatre’s most selfconfident, if not most egotistical, characters. Poised on the brink of stardom, radio talk show host Barry Champlain is on the air with his last broadcast before going national. It’s all go until one caller disrupts Barry’s show and could destroy everything Barry’s worked for.

Catie O’Keefe’s new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost” is a story about the power of hope…illustrating how, in the face of utter futility, it can change everything.

When I read “The 12 Dates of Christmas” it seemed like a great pairing for “The Santaland Diaries”. Both characters are thrown a curveball which makes them approach the holidays differently. It was great fun discovering what was next for each of them.

Catie O’Keefe’s work with us has been fantastic. Her ability to keep the audience guessing has been truly wonderful. I felt the next logical step for us was to mount a production of one of her full length plays.

I enjoy Christopher Durang’s sense of humor and it really comes through in the Pulitzer Prize-nominated comedy “Miss Witherspoon”. I love the irony of a woman trying to avoid what’s next by ending her life, only to find the last thing she expected: reincarnation – over and over – until she learns the importance of engaging in life instead of avoiding it.

– Jim Stump, Artistic Director, New Edgecliff Theatre

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Jeremy Fischer & Tracy M. Schoster Earn LCT Awards for Falcon’s FROZEN

Tracy M. Schoster & Jeremy Fischer. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

(CINCINNATI, APRIL 24, 2012)– The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) has awarded Jeremy Fischer and Tracy M. Schoster with awards for leading actor and actress in a play for their performances in Falcon Theatre’s production of FROZEN. The drama by Bryony Lavery was a 2004 Tony Award nominee.

FROZEN is the story of three people whose lives are tied together by a single crime — the murder of a 10-year-old girl. The girl’s mother (Schoster), her killer (Fischer) and a psychiatrist studying the case are all emotionally frozen by it. But as their lives become intertwined through the repercussions of this horrible event, they also begin to experience the thawing effect of forgiveness.

According to one LCT panelist, “Falcon Theatre has gathered an amazingly talented ensemble for its chilling production of the play FROZEN. The two main characters played by Tracy M. Schoster and Jeremy Fischer are thoroughly developed and nuanced, giving the audience a great sense of empathy and emotional connection. It’s not often that audience members react to actors’ performances in such a physical and emotional way as I witnessed at the theatre.”

Fischer is making his Cincinnati theatrical debut. He holds an MFA from the Clarence Brown Theatre Conservatory at the University of Tennessee. Schoster is a Falcon veteran, who has appeared previously in the theatre’s productions of “Down the Road” and “Hamlet,” among others.

FROZEN continues through May 5. Details and ticket information can be found at falcontheater.net.

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.info.

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