Know Announces Encore Performances of the 2015 Audience Pick of the Fringe

from Hit The Lights! Theatre Co.

“down the tunnel, into the dark, dodge the web.”

CFF_DungeonA young man falls into the unknown to rescue something he holds dear.  Inspired by kabuki, video games, horror movies, and pixar shorts, Hit the Lights! Theater Co. build a world where the darkness speaks louder than the light.

Know Theatre is proud to welcome back the 2015 Cincinnati Fringe Festival’s Audience Pick of the Fringe, dungeon, for a two-performance Encore at the Cincinnati Actor’s Studio and Academy (Essex Studios, 2511 Essex Place, Room 282B).

Hit the Lights! is an award-winning artistic agreement based in New York City who make theater, music, and online content and are committed to telling simple stories in unconventional ways. Among their members are CCM Drama graduates Kristopher Dean, Claron Hayden, Casey Leach, and Mikayla Stanley.

Critics praised dungeon at the 2015 Cincy Fringe as an “imagination bomb” (Bart Bishop, Cincinnati CityBeat) and a “unqiue and engaging offering…” (Rob Bucher, Behind the Curtain Cincinnati). dungeon quickly caught the attention of festival-goers and after sold-out houses they went on to receive the coveted Audience Pick of the Fringe, voted on solely by festival attendees.

Associate Fringe Producer Chris Wesselman is thrilled to welcome the dungeon team back, saying “This is a young group of artists with roots right here in Cincinnati who are exciting to watch and interact with at every turn. Their passion and dedication are admirable and their artistic creativity is inspiring. We hope this is only the beginning of the work we’ll see from them.”

Hit the Lights! co-founder Casey Leach adds, “We’re overjoyed to be returning to Cincinnati, our home away from home, to invite audiences back into a more fully-formed dungeon than they last encountered.”

dungeon’s Encore will take place within the twists and turns of Essex Studios in Walnut Hills at the Cincinnati Actor’s Studio and Academy (CASA), an opportunity Chris Wesselman is very enthusiastic about. “What’s wonderful about Fringe is how it becomes a gathering of theatre artists from all across town to collaborate and celebrate our entire city’s creative force. And that’s certainly a goal we here at Know Theatre strive for, not just at Fringe but year round. We love finding these opportunities to team up with other local companies and we’re so thankful to everyone at CASA for welcoming dungeon into their space.”

dungeon runs February 26 and 27 at 8 PM. Join us for a night of Fringe theatre that you won’t soon forget…if you can escape. For more information, please visit


  • Casey Leach
  • Mikayla Stanley
  • Kristopher Dean
  • Samantha Blain
  • Claron Hayden

Calendar Listing

Production:    dungeon by Hit The Lights! Theatre Co.

When:          February 26 and 27, 2016 @ 8PM

Where:         Cincinnati Actor’s Studio and Academy, Essex Studios, 2511 Essex Place Room 282B, Cincinnati, OH 45206 (directional signage from the parking lot will be available)

Tickets:   $15 in advance or at the door

Know Theatre is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground.

The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience.

Since 1997, Know Theatre has sought to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible.

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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