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2013 in Review

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Cincinnati Playhouse Presents CLYBOURNE PARK

CLYBOURNE PARK, ACCLAIMED SATIRE OF RACE AND REAL ESTATE, MOVES INTO CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK JAN. 18 – FEB. 16 

PIP_Clybourne Park(CINCINNATI) – The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Broadway’s Tony Award for Best Play. London’s Olivier Award for Best New Play. There’s only one show in history that can claim all three honors. The Playhouse is proud to kick off the second half of its Marx Theatre season with Bruce Norris’ CLYBOURNE PARK, running Jan. 18 through Feb. 16.

With successful runs in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, London and Washington, D.C., among many others, CLYBOURNE PARK has become one of the most produced plays of the past two theatre seasons. It’s easy to understand why. For its biting satire of race and real estate, CLYBOURNE PARK earned accolades from critics as varied as The New Yorker (which described the show as “superb, elegantly written and hilarious”) and Entertainment Weekly (which hailed the play as “indisputably, uproariously funny”).

CLYBOURNE PARK’S two acts are set 50 years apart. The first takes place in 1959. Russ and Bev have recently sold their modest bungalow in the quaint Chicago neighborhood that provides the play’s title. But as they prepare for a move they hope will offer them a fresh start after a recent family heartbreak, they receive an unexpected visit from Karl Lindner, a representative of the local community association. Unknown to Bev and Russ, their home has been purchased by a black family, a first for the street and a point of concern for neighbors such as Lindner, who are worried about what such changes could mean for their own property values.

Fast forward to 2009. Steve and Lindsey, white suburbanites eager to start their new life as city dwellers, are deep in negotiations over proposed renovations to the same home owned 50 years earlier by Bev and Russ. They intend to raze the house in favor of new construction. That plan is met with frustration by their black neighbors Kevin and Lena, who worry about its effect on the historic character of the street and its existing homes.

Despite the separation of a half-century, the conversation in both acts takes a turn from the polite and politically correct, respectively, to the no-holds-barred, and no one is held blameless for the escalation. While the stakes have changed, the debate remains strikingly familiar as playwright Norris investigates the way we talk — or don’t — about race, class, gender and more.

CLYBOURNE PARK officially began life in 2010 at New York’s Playwrights Horizons, but its journey actually started years earlier. In 1959, first-time playwright Lorraine Hansberry made her Broadway debut with the seminal work A Raisin in the Sun. That play tells the story of the Younger family, whose matriarch uses her husband’s life insurance money to escape the projects of Chicago’s South Side. The Youngers are never mentioned by name in CLYBOURNE PARK but the one character who actually appears in both plays is: Karl Lindner, who visits the Youngers late in Raisin to try to convince them not to move to his neighborhood. Though each play stands entirely on its own, avid theatregoers who have seen A Raisin in the Sun on stage or film will enjoy the parallel stories when viewing CLYBOURNE PARK.

Associate Artist Timothy Douglas, who made his Playhouse debut with last season’s The Trip to Bountiful, will direct CLYBOURNE PARK. Douglas believes the issues raised in the play cover a lot more than race. “It’s only a play about race because it has black and white people on the stage at the same time,” he told the Salt Lake Tribune. “I prefer to think of it as a play about rhetoric and cultural sensitivities in which individuals in the audience get the chance to weigh in on themselves. Pardon the pun, but not all issues in the play are black and white.”

CLYBOURNE PARK’S cast features Deonna Bouye as Francine/Lena, Samuel Ray Gates as Albert/Kevin, Wilbur Edwin Henry as Russ/Dan, Deirdre Madigan as Bev/Kathy, Caley Milliken as Betsy/Lindsey, Michael Place as Jim/Tom, Sam Rueff as Kenneth and Rex Young as Karl/Steve. The creative team includes set designer Tony Cisek, costume designer Tracy Dorman, lighting designer Mary Louise Geiger and sound designer Matthew M. Nielson. Becky Merold is the stage manager. Jenifer Morrow and Andrea L. Shell are the second stage managers. The production is sponsored by Moe and Jack Rouse & Sallie and Randolph Wadsworth.

Prices for CLYBOURNE PARK 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. Previews are at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. The official opening night is Thursday, Jan. 23, 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.

CLYBOURNE PARK has inspired discussions about race and community in cities where the play has been performed. The Playhouse is hosting several special opportunities to join the conversation, including Playhouse Perspectives Post-Show Talk Backs after all performances (except for opening night and Meet the Artist nights). Funding for the talk backs is generously provided by Roderick and Barbara Barr.

Additionally, 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, Jan. 26; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9; and 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.

The Playhouse will also join with Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) and the University of Cincinnati’s Kunz Center for Social Research for a community-wide forum and discussion about CLYBOURNE PARK. The forum, featuring panelists Kathryne Gardette, president of the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation; Jeffrey Timberlake, urban sociologist at the University of Cincinnati; and CLYBOURNE PARK director Timothy Douglas will be held at the United Way, 2400 Reading Road. The forum is free, but advance registration is required (call 513-977-2623 or email myra.calder@homecincy.org).

CLYBOURNE PARK will be audio described for those with visual impairments at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, and signed for persons with hearing impairments at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs and complete wheelchair access are available.

Tickets to CLYBOURNE PARK 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 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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Actors Needed for FFL’s FANTASTICKS

fflThree MALE roles still needed for THE FANTASTICKS; one of the fathers, Henry, and the Mute.

Auditions will be Thursday, Jan 2, at 6:30pm in the theatre at the Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, 45014. Call 513-867-5348 for more information. THE FANTASTICKS is the third season production of Fairfield Footlighters, Fairfield’s own community theatre.

Director Tom Hansen. Music Director Darin Newcomer.Vocol Director Mark Durbin. Prepared song – bring your music! Cold readings from script. ** Please note that Henry and the Mute do not need to sing.

Rehearsals start in Jan. Production dates Feb 21-23, 28-Mar 2.

Roles:

  • Hucklebee (the Boy’s father)
  • Bellomy (the Girl’s father)
  • Henry (the Old Actor) – DOES NOT SING
  • The Mute (the Wall) – DOES NOT SING OR SPEAK

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AMERICAN IDIOT On Sale

NATIONAL TOUR OF GREEN DAY’S “GROUNDBREAKING MUSICAL EVENT”
MAKES CINCINNATI PREMIERE AT THE ARONOFF CENTER,
APRIL 11-12, 2014.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Andrew Humann and the company of AMERICAN IDIOT.  Photo by  Jeremy Daniel.

Andrew Humann and the company of AMERICAN IDIOT. Photo by
Jeremy Daniel.

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati announced today that single tickets for the national tour of the explosive Broadway hit AMERICAN IDIOT, called “wonderfully raucous” and “emotionally charged” by The New York Times and “flat-out electrifying” by the Boston Globe are now on sale. Ticket prices start at $25 and are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office, by visiting CincinnatiArts.org, or by calling 513.621.ARTS(2787). Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 513.369.4363.

AMERICAN IDIOT, a 2010 Tony Award®-nominated Best Musical and 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is byTony Award®-winner Mayer (“Spring Awakening”).

The acclaimed creative team also includes choreography by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett (“Black Watch”) and orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”).TheTony Award®-winning scenic design by Christine Jones and the Tony Award®-winning lighting design by Kevin Adams will also be featured in the tour.

Winner of two Tony Awards®, AMERICAN IDIOT is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Through incredible spectacle, thrilling performances and with the hope embodied by a new generation, AMERICAN IDIOT has given audiences the time of their lives night after night since its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre (March 2010 – April 2011) and its subsequent national tour, which launched December 2011 in Toronto.

“Since its inception, audiences have been surprised by the emotional journey the show takes them on, told almost exclusively through Green Day’s songs, including many they are already familiar with and love,” said Tom Hulce, producer. “This is such a potent time for our country and the search of our characters for what to believe in is gorgeously celebrated through Billie Joe and Green Day’s wonderfully lush score,” he added.

The musical features the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”

AMERICAN IDIOT premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and played through November of that year. In April 2010, the musical opened on Broadway where reviews were unanimously positive with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times calling the show “the most adventurous musical to brave Broadway in the past decade” and the Toronto Star naming it “the first great musical of the 21st century!”

AMERICAN IDIOT will play the Aronoff Center April 11-12, 2014: Friday at 8:00PM and Saturday at 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Tickets for AMERICAN IDIOT start at $25. They are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org, or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information visit http://www.BroadwayInCincinnati.com. For more information on AMERICAN IDIOT, visit www.americanidiotthemusical.com.

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati is committed to bringing the very best of Broadway to the Tri-State, presenting touring Broadway plays and musicals in Cincinnati since 1987. Broadway in Cincinnati is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and The Broadway League. Fifth Third Bank is the sponsor of the Cincinnati 12/13 Season. LOCAL 12 is the official television station of the 12/13 Cincinnati Season.

Broadway Across America
A leading Broadway producer and the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America. BAA operates in 40 cities, bringing first-class touring musicals and plays to audiences across the US and Canada in markets such as Costa Mesa, Fort Lauderdale, Tempe, Boston, Minneapolis and New Orleans. As a producer, current and upcoming productions include Million Dollar Quartet, Pippin, Big Fish, Betrayal, Bullets Over Broadway, Little Miss Sunshine and Bull Durham. BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com

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THE MAGIC FIRE Runs Jan. 30-Feb. 9

WSU_The Magic FluteTHE MAGIC FIRE
Presented by Wright State University
Jan. 30-Feb. 9
Dayton

  • Thu, Jan. 30 at 7pm
  • Fri-Sat, Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 2 at 2pm
  • Wed-Thu, Feb. 5-6 at 7pm
  • Fri, Feb. 7 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 8 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 9 at 2pm

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