Here is a quick listing of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2014-2015 Season:
THE GREAT GATSBY
Sept. 5-Oct. 4
Featuring Jared Joplin and Sara Clark
It is the height of prohibition and young Nick Carraway has taken up residence in Long Island’s “West Egg”, home to the nouveau riche. He is soon befriended by his neighbor, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, and drawn into his glitzy, if garish, world of lavish parties and secret speakeasies. But as Gatsby’s secretive past is uncovered and his intentions revealed, Nick finds himself a pawn in a love triangle so scandalous, it threatens to destroy all those around him. This American classic is a poignant examination of America in the early twentieth century, exploring the notions of love, morality, identity and the corruption of the American Dream. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best known and most beloved work, The Great Gatsby finally comes to the stage in this exclusive new adaption by Simon Levy.
- THE BIRDS
Oct. 17-Nov. 8
The classic Hitchcock thriller that’s been terrifying audiences for generations is winging its way toward Cincinnati for Halloween. For reasons unknown, the birds have turned against man, attacking them maliciously and relentlessly. In a small seaside cabin, a group of strangers find themselves thrust together, each seeking sanctuary from the savage avian menace. But as the situation becomes increasingly dire and the tension between the survivors inexorably grows, it isn’t long before the atmosphere turns ugly, and they discover that the horror hovering outside is nothing compared to that which lurks within.
- THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
Nov. 21-Dec. 13
Double the antics! Double the hijinks! Double the twins! That’s right, Shakespeare’s earliest and wackiest comedy features not one, but TWO sets of identical twins, leading to twice the confusion, and twice the fun. Twin masters Antipholus and Antipholus and their twin servants Dromio and Dromio, separated at birth and each unknown to the other, just happen to end up in the same town on the same day. What ensues is an increasingly unlikely string of misunderstandings and mistaken identities as the twins unintentionally wreak havoc on each other’s lives.
- WAITING FOR GODOT
Jan. 16-Feb. 7
Featuring Bruce Cromer and Joneal Joplin
The greatest play of the Twentieth Century returns to the CSC stage for the first time in over a decade! In a vaudeville of cosmic proportions, the two loveably hapless vagrants, Gogo and Didi, grapple with the mysteries of the universe, trading barbs and banter as they await the arrival of the eternally truant Godot. A profound comedy punctuated with instants of dread.
- LITTLE WOMEN
Feb. 20-March 21
Louisa May Alcott’s treasured classic, Little Women tells the enduring story of the March family – a lively, American household living in refined poverty. With her husband away in the American Civil War, Marmee is left alone to bring up their four girls; romantic Meg, shy Beth, willful Amy and of course, fiery and independent Jo. Through the intertwining lives of the sisters we see the familiar frustrations, contradictions and duties that constitute family life and love. We share in the hardships and heartbreak, humor and humility of these passionate and unique young women.
- THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Baptista has a problem, and her name is Kate. His eldest daughter is so strong-willed, stubborn and downright shrewish that, despite her considerable family fortune, not a single man in Padua is willing to marry her. That is until the arrival of Petruchio, a brash and bumptious fortune-seeker who has come “to wive it wealthily in Padua.” Confident in his ability to “tame” the cantankerous Kate, he takes her to wife. Is he up for the challenge, or has Petruchio finally met his match? Who will end up taming who?
- HENRY V
Featuring Justin McCombs
The prodigal Prince Hal has cast off the unruly ways and unruly companions of his youth, and has ascended to the throne of England. But the civil wars that allowed his father, Henry IV, to ascend to the throne, have taken their toll. The country is bankrupt, and civil unrest bubbles just under the surface, threatening to erupt again. In order to refill the royal coffers and unify the country against a common enemy, the young King Henry sets his sights on the conquest of France. But his fervent army of nobles and commoners soon find themselves in hostile territory, surrounded and woefully outnumbered. At the center of Shakespeare’s history cycle, and featuring some of the most powerful oratory in the canon, Henry V tells the unforgettable tale of those few, those happy few, that band of brothers who stood up against overwhelming odds to fight for God, King and Country.
- ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
June 12-July 5
The Tony-award winning smash comedy that wowed audiences in London’s West End and on Broadway now comes to Cincinnati! Fast-talking Francis Henshall finds himself in a sticky predicament when, in his constant quest for a quick buck and a bite to eat, he ends up simultaneously working for two rival masters. Can he prevent his bosses from meeting face-to-face, or has Francis bitten off more than he can chew? This raucous new adaptation of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, Servant of Two Masters is filled with improvisation, audience interaction, and even a real live skiffle band. Lauded as “comic perfection” and “the funniest show in the western world”
Productions not included in subscription packages
- THE COMPLETE WORK OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
July 25-Aug. 16, 2014
- EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!)