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One Night, Two Fringe Encores: THE WAVE and NOTHING

KTC_The Wave and NothingOne night, two shows, one performer, two stages.

Jon Kovach will be performing two of his critically-acclaimed one man shows on the same evening at The Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Nov. 17th.

THE WAVE by Ron Jones
Mon. Nov. 17th @ 8p
The Know Theatre- Underground Stage

At 8p Jon Kovach will portray the high school teacher Ron Jones from his ’13 Cincinnati Fringe hit THE WAVE, on The Underground Stage at The Know Theatre of Cincinnati.

Based on a true story THE WAVE by Ron Jones, is a narrative about a young 1960’s California history teacher who wanted to deter his students from the allure of totalitarianism. His daring social experiment succeeded beyond his wildest expectations, creating a fascist state on campus. Replete with salutes and Gestapo-like informants, 30 students grew to 200 as this exercise in fascism spiraled out of control. The “experiment” illustrates how individual freedoms can be quickly abandoned and willfully repressed for collective goals and racism as happened in the rise of Nazi Germany and the treatment of the Jews during World War II.

NOTHING by Nic Balthazar
Mon. Nov. 17th @ 9:30p
The Know Theatre- Mainstage

At 9:30p Kovach will play the high school student Ben from his inter-regionally award-winning production NOTHING by Nic Balthazar.

Inspired by true events, NOTHING is a multi-media production featuring Ben, a young wordsmith/technology enthusiast with autism. Using poetry, music, and video, Ben shares his story of meeting “Barbie” in a divine online connection, standing up to his high school bullies, and finding ways to fit into a “normal” world.

At intermission, Jon Kovach will be shaving his beard (which has gotten quite long from his current role in The Know Theatre of Cincinnati’s MOBY DICK).

This event is being held as possibly the last time that these productions will be performed for the Cincinnati public.

Additionally, Kovach will be touring THE WAVE around as private performances around Cincinnati (National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, local high schools), and on Nov. 19th, will be performing NOTHING by Nic Balthazar in the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC.

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CCM’s Studio Series Presents the Dark Comedy SPEECH AND DEBATE Nov. 6-8

Owen Alderson, Ryan Garrett and Katie Langham. Photo by Richard E. Hess.

Owen Alderson, Ryan Garrett and Katie Langham. Photo by Richard E. Hess.

CCM’s Department of Drama presents the regional premiere of Pulitzer Prize nominee Stephen Karam’s Speech and Debate as part of this fall’s Studio Series. Directed by CCM’s A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen Chair of Dramatic Performance Richard E. Hess, the production opens Thursday, Nov. 6, and plays through Saturday, Nov. 8.

Like all Studio Series productions, admission to Speech and Debate is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Nov. 3.This production features adult themes and is recommended for mature audiences.

According to Hess, Speech and Debate is “a 90 minute intermission-less romp through high school experienced by three socially awkward misfits. The play is a cry to be noticed from students on the fringe.”

“Both gender and sexual identity play a large role in this play.  [It’s] a recipe for comedy in dark and disturbing moments of angst,” Hess explains.

Sophomore Katie Langham discusses her experience playing the irreverent Diwata, a young woman who envisions her future on Broadway but can’t seem to get a part in the school play: “She keeps me on my toes and constantly surprises me. Playing this character is delightfully freeing because she’s so experimental in her own artistic life.”

“Each rehearsal is a time to play and explore, maybe regress back to the days of high school and re-discover adolescent feelings of precociousness, uncertainty and insecurity,” says Langham. It’s this attitude of discovery that makes the characters ofSpeech and Debate so authentic and engaging.

The play will take advantage of technology to enhance the storytelling. “A crucial plot element in the play is revealed in the very first scene,” Hess explains, “A computer conversation told entirely through projections when an 18 year old high school senior begins cruising on a gay chat line. This event sets the play in motion.”

About Richard E. Hess
Richard E. Hess has been the Chair of CCM Drama for the past 20 years. Recent directing credits at CCM include The CrucibleThe Laramie ProjectCoram BoyRENTYou Can’t Take It With You (ACCLAIM Award winner Outstanding University Play), Anon(ymous) (ACCLAIM Award winner Outstanding Play), Brigadoon (Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Outstanding Musical) and Tony Kushner’s Angels in AmericaPart One: Millennium Approaches (Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Ensemble Acting).

He made his New York directing debut at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on 42nd Street directing AN EVENING OF (Mostly) TRUE SONGS (with Andrea Burns), a new incarnation of Don’t Look Down, the music and lyrics of Adam Wagner, first seen in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Favorite directing credits at the Human Race Theatre Co., where he has been a resident artist since 1996, include RaceRedDoubtProofI Am My Own Wife and A Delicate Balance. He directed Miracle on South Division Street for the Human Race in September 2014.

Other credits include the Los Angeles staging of the one-woman show Besame MuchoO.K. That’s Enough (with Diana Maria Riva) and the smash hits The Pages of My Diary I’d Rather Not Read and The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity, both of which enjoyed sold out runs at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles. For five years Hess was the artistic director of Hot Summer Nights in Cincinnati, where he directed Violet (with Ashley Brown), Hello, Dolly! (with Pamela Myers), Godspell (with Shoshana Bean and Leslie Kritzer) and the premiere of We Tell The Story: The Songs of Ahrens and Flaherty, in collaboration with Stephen Flaherty.

He studied with the internationally acclaimed director Anne Bogart and members of the Saratoga International Theatre Institute (SITI Co.) in New York and Los Angeles for the past decade. He has worked with the KNOW Theatre, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Chautauqua Institution, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops and Cincinnati Opera Education. He is proud of fostering the new work of playwrights and has directed first productions of Richard Oberacker and Rob Taylor’s Don’t Make Me Pull This Show Over: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Parenting, Mark Halpin’s The Kid in the Dark, Ben Magnuson’s Four Minutes and Tom Korbee’s Will It Ever Stop Raining?

He made his debut as a playwright/creator in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival with (UN)Natural Disaster created with 13 actors and performed in an abandoned building in Over-the-Rhine. (UN)Natural Disaster was named the Producer’s Pick of the Fringe and subsequently re-mounted on the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival.

In June of 2011, Hess directed The Collapsible Space Between Us with the Dadaab Theater Project, comprised of five CCM Drama students, which was presented with eight refugees from the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya for World Refugee Day sponsored by the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya. He returned to Kenya as a Fulbright Scholar in 2014 and taught acting and directing at Kenyatta University in Nairobi and researched the creation of original works by creating KUMI NA MBILI (12), a stage show and a short film.

Hess was named Ernest Glover Outstanding Teacher at UC in 1999 and again in 2012 and was also named the ACCLAIM Award Theatre Trailblazer in 2009. He is an associate member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC).

Cast List

Ryan Garrett as Howie
Owen Alderson as Solomon
Katie Langham as Diwata
Sarah Davenport as Teacher and others
Colleen Ladrick as Reporter and others

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7
  • 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Reserving Tickets

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, November 3. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit

Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots. For directions to CCM Village, visit

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub

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TDW_VERT(Cheviot, OH) The Drama Workshop presents the classic drama ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey, at The Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Avenue, Cheviot. Performances run Nov. 7 through Nov. 23.

With an insane asylum standing in for everyday society, this play is a comically sharp indictment of the Establishment urge to conform. Playing crazy to avoid prison work detail, manic free spirit Randle P. McMurphy is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation. There he encounters a motley crew of mostly voluntary inmates, including cowed mama’s boy Billy and silent Native American Chief Bromden.

The ward is presided over by the icy Nurse Ratched, and Ratched and McMurphy quickly recognize that each is the other’s worst enemy: an authority figure who equates sanity with correct behavior, and a misfit who is charismatic enough to dismantle the system simply by living as he pleases. Also adapted to an Academy Award winning movie starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST runs the range from hysterical to poignant.

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST is directed by Joe Penno, produced by Ray Persing, and features Chris Bishop, Clint Bramkamp, Gretchen Gantner, Jody Hart, Julia Hedges, Geoffrey Hill, Bill Keeton, Ray Lebowski, Amy Mirlisena, Kevin Noll, Ron Samad, Kent Smith, Doug Tumeo, Scott Unes, Jim Waldfogle, and Steffen Whorton.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 7, Nov. 8, Nov. 14, Nov. 15, Nov. 21, and Nov. 22, and 2 p.m. on Nov. 9, Nov. 16, and Nov. 23.

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST features adult language and themes, and is not suitable for all audiences.

For more information or to order tickets, please call TDW’s 24/7 ticket line at 513-598-8303 or order on line at Advanced reservation seats are $15 each, and $16 at the box office the day of the show.

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Video: Bruce Cromer Reads DEATH IN THE WOODS

Bruce Cromer* as The Poet. Photo by Ryan Kurtz.

Bruce Cromer* as The Poet. Photo by Ryan Kurtz.

Bruce Cromer, who is closing his acclaimed one-man show AN ILIAD at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati this week, shares his reading of DEATH IN THE WOODS by Sherwood Anderson. A ThinkTV PBS film for schools, with the short story about a country woman’s lonely existence and death.

ETC is offering AN ILIAD Spooktacular Flash Sale! $25 adult tickets to performances on Fri, Oct 31 at 8:00 pm and Sat, Nov 1 at 2:00 pm with coupon code: SPOOKY. Limited quantity available, so don’t delay! Buy now at (513) 421-3555 or online.


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Falcon Seeks Baritone/Tenor for STRIKING 12

FT_logoFalcon Theatre is looking for an actor to fill a role in our upcoming production of STRIKING 12

The role is a male age 25-40. Vocal range: Baritone/Tenor.

Performance dates are December 18, 19, 20, 26 & 27 (all evening shows). Rehearsal schedule is to be determined but is flexible to some point.

There is a paid stipend for this position.

For more information on the production, see Falcon’s website at

If interested, contact the director, Ted Weil at

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