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VOICESCAPES: A Storytelling Festival on Oct. 3

MISC_VoiceScapes logoTrue Theatre, Tri-Health, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, and Clifton Town Meeting have partnered for VOICESCAPES: A Storytelling Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3 on the lawn of the new location of the Clifton Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library, 3400 Brookline Avenue.

At 1pm & 3pm, children ages 5-10 will be entertained by April Eight.

At 7pm, three local storytellers from past TrueTheatre events will be revising/reprising their stories for a family-friendly, family-themed good time.

At 8pm, nationally-known storytellers Tommy Nugent and Irene Evens will be sharing their family-friendly/family-themed stories.

All performances are free.

In the event of rain, the event moves to E.T. Carson Masonic Lodge Auditorium at 218 Ludlow Ave.

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CHICAGO Runs Oct. 29-Nov. 15

WSU_Chicago logoCHICAGO
Wright State University
Oct. 29-Nov. 15
Festival Playhosue [Dayton]

Directed by Joe Deer
Music directed by Scot Woolley
Choreographed by Teressa Wylie McWilliams

Cast includes: Bailey Rose as Roxie Hart, Caroline Chisholm as Velma Kelly, Jordan Adams as Billy Flynn, Katie Momenee as Mama Morton, Tyler Simms as Amos Hart & Cody Westbrook as Mary Sunshine

Sassy, brassy, haughty, naughty – this electrifying musical continues our ‘20’s theme with the sensational trials of Roxie and Velma, featuring the hit songs “Cell Block Tango”, “All That Jazz”, “Mr. Cellophane” and “Razzle Dazzle.” Directed by Joe Deer, and choreographed by Teressa McWilliams, CHICAGO will dazzle you with fabulous dances and thrilling music.

  • Thu, Oct. 29 at 7pm
  • Fri-Sat, Oct. 30-31 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 1 at 2pm
  • Wed-Thu, Nov. 4-5 at 7pm
  • Fri, Nov. 6 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 7 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 8 at 2pm
  • Thu, Nov. 12 at 7pm
  • Fri, Nov. 13 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 14 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov, 15 at 2pm

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Know Theatre’s 18th Season Continues With a Flippant Trip Back in Time, THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE



by ​Charise Castro Smith
directed by ​Brant Russell
a co­production with the ​University of Cincinnati College­Conservatory of Music  

An irreverent comedy about what it takes to rule the world. Almost. 

KTC_Hunchback of Seville logoThe year is 1504. It’s a freakishly cold day in Spain, and the hunchbacked, adopted sister of the dying queen Isabella has to use her formidable intellect to contend with colonial genocide, a forbidden lover, a hellion of an heir, and the mess that is politics in a changing world. An irreverent comedy that turns historical atrocities on their heads in a Tarantino­esque romp, it’s a collaboration that brings CCM drama students to Know Theatre’s stage for a twisted history you never learned in school.

Know Theatre ​continues its 18th season (“We’re Adults Now!”) by heading back to college and joining forces with ​UC’s College-­Conservatory of Music (CCM)​ for the regional premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE, a play that will make you think about and laugh at 16th Century Spanish monarchical politics and European colonialism like never before…especially if you never have at all (honestly, we hadn’t either.)

This production marks CCM Associate Professor of Drama and ​Hunchback director Brant Russell’s Know Theatre debut, along with the Know debut of 8 CCM Drama students. About playwright Charise Castro Smith, Russell says,

“​[She] artfully weaves history and anachronism. The subtle variances of tone, the frequently less­-subtle humor, and the savoring of the language all speak to me. In terms of content, this play is very much about anyone who’s ever been marginalized. This is the story of a woman who is denied so many privileges that others enjoy because she was born in a body different from those around her. And ultimately it’s a story about privilege, ethics, power, and the way we tell the story of our shared history.”

Adds Know Artistic Director Andrew Hungerford, about the co­production aspect,

“We’re thrilled to enter into this partnership with CCM, the school where 50% of Know’s full time staff received our training. It’s a great way for us to reconnect with our alma mater, to offer students a chance to step outside of academia and into small professional theatre, and to continue to build connections across Cincinnati’s artistic scene. We’re so excited to get to play with this cast, this creative team, and this great script.”

CCM senior ​Colleen Ladrick​ plays the titular role of ​Maxima Terriblé Segunda, The Hunchback of Seville, a brilliant, agoraphobic atheist faced with some difficult decisions. Joining Colleen on stage are fellow CCM students​ ​Sydney Ashe​, ​Rachel Baumgarten​, ​Andrew ​Iannacci​, ​Julia Netzer​, ​Meg Olsen​, ​Alice Skok​, and ​Emily Walton​.​ ​Rounding out the cast are another Know newcomer, ​Brandon St. Clair Saunders​,​ ​an ensemble member of Strawdog Theatre Company in Chicago who just finished his sixth summer season with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, and ​Derek Snow​, who has appeared on numerous stages across the city for over 20 years, including Know Theatre, Performance Gallery, and Falcon Theatre.

Opening October 9th, ​THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE re-imagines history in the irreverent style you’ve come to expect at Know Theatre, Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. Come in and play!


  • Sydney Ashe ​as 1
  • Rachel Baumgarten​ as ​HRH, Queen Isabella of Spain
  • Andrew ​Iannacci​ as Christopher ​Columbus/Deputy Governor
  • Brandon St. Clair Saunders​ as ​Talib Furozh
  • Colleen Ladrick ​as ​Maxima Terriblé Segunda (The Hunchback)
  • Julia Netzer ​as Innocenzia
  • Meg Olsen​ as 2
  • Alice Skok​ as ​Espanta
  • Derek Snow​ as Abdul Haseem
  • Emily Walton​ as Infanta Juana

Production Team 

  • Director — Brant Russell
  • Stage Manager — Andi ​Radujkovic
  • Scenic & Lighting Design — Andrew Hungerford
  • Costume Design — Noelle Wedig
  • Sound Design — Jason Sebastian
  • Scenic Charge, Associate Scenic Designer​ — Sarah Beth Hall
  • Technical Director — Nick Koehlke Fight Choreographer — K. Jenny Jones

Calendar Listing 

Production: THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE by Charise Castro Smith a co-production with UC’s College-­Conservatory of Music

When: ​October 9th ­ October 24th, 2015
Wednesdays ­ Saturdays @ 8PM, Sundays @ 3PM

Where: Know Theatre of Cincinnati. 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. In historic Over-­the-­Rhine.


  • $20 in advance
  • $10 Rush tickets​ at the door 10 minutes prior to curtain (when available)
  • FREE​ ​performances​ on Wednesdays​, ​as part of Know Theatre’s ​Welcome Experiment. (Subject to availability; reserved Welcome Experiment tickets must be claimed 15 minutes before the performance or be subject to redistribution.)
  • 6 Ticket Flex­Passes​ are available for ​$100​ and can be used in any combination of patrons and shows for all MainStage and SecondStage programming at Know Theatre.

Since 1997, Know Theatre has been dedicated to creating explosive and evocative live entertainment. We value a playful artistic community where artists can collaborate and grow.  

Know Theatre’s work is made possible by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Know is also supported by The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving. 

Know Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group and an Associate Member of the National New Play Network. 

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QCP_Young Frankenstein logoYOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Queen City Productions
Oct. 29-Nov. 1
Thomas More College Theatre [Crestview Hills]

Cast: Kevin Dunaway as Frederick, Brandon Stout as Igor, Mary Vosseberg  as Inga, Clare Gray as Frau Blücher. Jodi Zerbe as Elizabeth, Aimee Zimmer as Inspector Kemp, Gary Robinson as Monster, Roxanne Romero as Hermit, Brady Reilly as Victor, Abby Palen as Ziggy/Bob, CJ Zimmer as Steward/Shoeshine Boy, Michelle Nie as Telegraph Girl, Brady Reilly as Dracula, Anne Schneider as Herald & Brady Reilly as Mr. Hilltop
Quartet/Posse: Bethany Simpson, Willow Davis, Grace Yearout & Madeleine Rogg
Horses: Rachel Cleary & Michelle Nie
Villagers: Madeleine Rogg, Rachel Cleary, Willow Davis, Bethany Simpson, Brady Reilly, Roxanne Romero, Grace Yearout, CJ Zimmer, Michelle Nie & Anne Schneider
Students: Grace Yearout, Aimee Zimmer, Roxanne Romero, Bethany Simpson, Willow Davis, Madeleine Rogg & Anne Schneider
Passengers: Madeleine Rogg, Rachel Cleary, Willow Davis, Bethany Simpson, Brady Reilly, Abby Palen, Roxanne Romero, Aimee Zimmer, Grace Yearout, Michelle Nie & Anne Schneider
Ancestors: Grace Yearout, Aimee Zimmer, Roxanne Romero, Willow Davis, Bethany Simpson, Madeline Rogg & Anne Schneider
Tap Ensemble: Anne Schneider, Bethany Simpson, Willow Davis, Rachel Cleary & Madeline Rogg

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

  • Thu, Oct. 29 at 8pm
  • Fri, Oct. 30 at 7:30pm
  • Sat-Sun, Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at 1pm

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CAROUSEL Runs Oct. 29-Nov. 1

CCM_Carousel promo2CAROUSEL
UC College-Conservatory of Music
Oct. 29-Nov. 1
CCM Corbett Auditorium [University Heights]

Directed and choreographed by Diane Lala
Musical direction by Roger Grodsky

Cast: Casey Wenger-Schulman as Carrie Pipperidge, Samantha Pollino as Julie Jordan, Raven Thomas as Mrs. Mullin, Ben Biggers as Billy Bigelow, Louis Griffin as Policeman, Alex Stone as David Bascombe, Brianna Barnes as Nettie Fowler, Chris Collins-Pisano as Enoch Snow, John Battagliese as Jigger Craigin, Cameron Anika Hill as Arminy, Hamilton Moore as Captain, Tyler Jent as Heavenly Friend, Tom Meglio as Starkeeper, Areo Keller as Louise, Alec Cohen, Daniel Marhelko & Chris Kelley as Louise’s friends, Joel Flynn as Carnival Boy, Kyle Ivey as Enoch Snow Jr., Dan Gettler as Principal, Tom Meglio as Dr. Seidon
Snow Children: Austin Vaughan, Esther Medlin, Jonah Sorscher & Gabrielle Tollefsen
Ensemble: Taylor Alexander, Kyra Christopher, Michelle Coben, Clara Cox, Emily Celeste Fink, Marissa Hecker, Areo Keller, Cameron Anika Hill, Brianna Latrash, Emily Kristin Morris, Kimberly Pine, Emily Royer, Keaton Whittaker, Kimberly Pine, Emily Royer, Keaton Whittaker, Alec Cohen, Gary Cooper, Joel Flynn, Dan Gettler, Louis Griffin, Kyle Ivey, Tyler Jent, Chris Kelley, Stavros Koumbaros, Daniel Marhelko, Hamilton Moore, Nathanial Riccio, Matthew Salvatore, Paul Schwensen & Frankie Thams

Set in a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, Carousel is the story of carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow and his reckless adventures with women, gambling and the wrong side of the law. Billy loses his job just as he learns that his wife is pregnant and, desperate to provide a decent life for his family, is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent “up there.” 15 years later, Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day and encounters the daughter he never knew. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love.

  • Thu-Fri, Oct. 29-30 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 31 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 1 at 2pm

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