(Cincinnati, OH) Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s (ETC) first pop-up performance in its newly renovated venue will be a one-night only fundraiser featuring Cincinnati favorite Todd Almond, with Michelle Shocked. Composer/performer Todd Almond and two-time Grammy Award-nominee and folk-rock icon Michelle Shocked share an intimate evening celebrating their provocative songwriting and their recently forged theatrical collaboration. Featuring songs by both artists as well as a look at Shocked’s seminal album, Kind Hearted Woman, the evening brings together two innovators in their fields.
The duo will perform new songs and past hits to benefit the expansion of ETC’s workshop opportunities. Additionally, at the performance, ETC will make a very special announcement. The performance is Wednesday, November 1 at 9:45 pm. The show will go up shortly following the conclusion of that evening’s performance of This Random World. Tickets are $20.
About the Performers
Todd Almond is a composer, lyricist, and playwright. His Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati credits include I Am My Own Wife (subsequently reprised at Actors Theatre of Louisville), Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 2001 and 2003, and the world premiere of James and Annie. Other credits include musical director for the recent production of Suzan-Lori Park’s F**cking A (Signature Theatre); original music for the off-Broadway production of How to Transcend a Happy Marriage (Lincoln Center); original music for the Broadway production of Noises Off (Roundabout); book for Girlfriend (songs by Matthew Sweet, directed by Les Waters; CTG; and Know Theatre of Cincinnati); book, music, and lyrics for Kansas City Choir Boy (also starred alongside Courtney Love, directed by Kevin Newbury; Prototype Festival, American Repertory Theater, Center Theater Group); music, lyrics, book/adaptation for The Odyssey, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest (directed by Lear deBessonet; Delacorte, Public Theater’s Public Works Program); Iowa (a collaboration with playwright Jenny Schwartz, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll; Playwrights Horizons); score for Melancholy Play (a chamber-musical version of Sarah Ruhl’s play).
Michelle Shocked received her first international exposure in Europe with her debut album, The Texas Campfire Tapes, a bootleg recorded around a festival campfire on a cassette recorder. She signed with Mercury (PolyGram/Universal) in 1987. Her U.S. debut came with the release of her 1988 album, Short Sharp Shocked, vignettes of her early life in rural East Texas. On college radio rotations around the country, it was met with strong listener acclaim. Captain Swing, released in 1989, is a survey of swing styles from jump to hard bop. Arkansas Traveler, released in 1992, inspired by traditional bluegrass. In 1995, she contributed “Quality of Mercy” to the soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning film Dead Man Walking. In 1996, she released a studio version of an underground release, Kind Hearted Woman. In 2002, with the release of Deep Natural, Shocked established her own Mighty Sound label. A 2005 trilogy, Threesome, and a 2007 bootleg of a gospel set, ToHeavenURide, followed. In 2009, Soul of My Soul, her most recent release. Shocked continues her creative endeavors as an independent artist and currently lives in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.
This one-night-only performance is on Wednesday, November 1, at 9:45pm on ETC’s main stage. The show will start at approximately 9:45 pm, shortly following the conclusion of This Random World.
All tickets are $20 and may be purchased by phone or in person at the box office at (513) 421-3555. For more information, visit www.ensemblecincinnati.org.
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.
2017-2018 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support provided 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.