(Cincinnati, OH) Grab your shopping bags! You won’t want to miss the regional premiere of BUYER AND CELLAR, the hit comedy by Jonathan Tolins. This outrageous one-man play takes us to the lavish home (well…basement) of Barbra Streisand, where we attempt to navigate this leading lady’s personal shopping mall through the eyes of her salesclerk, or the keeper of all things Barbra. BUYER AND CELLAR will star ETC veteran Nick Cearley (Next to Normal, The Great American Trailer Park Musical) and plays October 13 and runs through November 1, 2015. Directed by D. Lynn Meyers.
What’s a renowned diva to do with decades of memories? And where to put the acres of memorabilia bursting the seams of her lavish Malibu estate? If you’re Barbra Streisand, you enshrine them in a mini-mall in your basement where you can pretend to go shopping! Out-of-work actor Alex More can’t pass up an offer to play shopkeeper for one tough customer who doesn’t let anyone rain on her parade. Soon it begins to take a toll on his patience, his love life, and his view of people (who need people).
“I’m not a big fan of plays about actors talking about acting and the business, but I am a fan of plays that celebrate an actor’s life and some of the amazing journeys that they get to go on,” explains Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers. “I just love that Jonathan Tolins wrote this fantasy, and in a way a coming-of-age story, that allows an actor to embody so many great characters. From the moment I heard about BUYER AND CELLAR, all I could think of was Nick Cearley. He is someone I adore working with and it’s great to have him back to celebrate our thirtieth anniversary season.”
About the Cast
Nick Cearley (Alex More) was last seen at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati as Henry in Next to Normal, 25 The Musical, and Duke in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. As a musician, he is one-half of the “undie-rock,” comedy- pop duo known as The Skivvies, which he co-created with Lauren Molina, and has been critically acclaimed by such publications as People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Out Magazine, The Advocate, NY POST, NY Daily News, and Wall Street Journal. He was also recently honored on the prestigious OUT 100 list of most “influential and compelling LGBT actors of the year.” His credits include the first national tour of All Shook Up. He was most recently seen Off-Broadway as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pageant: The Musical (also Original Cast Album on Jay Records). His favorite regional credits include Buyer & Cellar (Sacramento’s B Street Theatre), William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (dir. Scott Schwartz) …And Then I Wrote a Song About It (Best Lead Actor in a Musical/The Star Ledger, NJ), …Spelling Bee, Altar Boyz, Plaid Tidings (dir. Gordon Greenberg), and The Rocky Horror Show (dir. Hunter Foster). His other credits include: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Luna Stage, Diversionary Theatre, Rubicon Theatre, American Stage Theatre Company, New York Stage and Film, York Theatre, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, City Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Center, Provincetown Theatre, The Smith Center, Red Barn Theatre, The Tampa Theatre, and Bucks County Playhouse. He has also shot TV pilots for Fox, WE, and A&E.
Production team includes Brian c. Mehring (Resident Scenic & Lighting Designer), Jack Murphy (Technical Director), Matthew Hollstegge (Production Manager & Master Electrician), Shannon Rae Lutz (Properties Master & Design Assistant), Matt Callahan (Sound Designer), and Reba Senske (Costume Designer). Production Stage Manager is Brandon T. Holmes. Assistant Stage Manager is Elizabeth Freyman.
Performances run Tuesday through Sunday. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm; and Sunday, 7:00 pm. A complete calendar of performances is available online at www.ensemblecincinnati.org.
Ticket prices range from $28 to $44 for adults; student tickets are $25; and children are $18. For the 2015-2016 season, ETC continues its popular $15 student and half-price rush tickets for all performances, which are available two hours prior to show time and may be purchased by phone or in person at the box office.
Military, Educator, Public Radio Perks Card, ArtsWave FunCard, AAA, Senior, and Enjoy the Arts discounts available; tickets and seating are subject to availability.
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.
The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
2015-2016 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Garfield Suites Hotel, the Shubert Foundation, and PNC.
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.