Monthly Archives: October 2017

CCM Studio Acting Series Presents Premiere of THE EARTH IS FLAT

CCM_The Earth is Flat promoThis work by alumnus Todd Almond is a coming-of-age tale set at UC. Admission is free but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 30.

CCM opens its Studio Acting Series with the premiere of Todd Almond’s THE EARTH IS FLAT at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2. Directed by CCM Acting Professor and Department Chair Richard Hess, the play runs through Saturday, Nov. 4 in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.

THE EARTH IS FLAT follows the story of a UC freshman named Ethan and his journey to self-discovery. Set in a UC dormitory, the play explores the universal awkwardness of the American college experience. The search for identity by those least prepared with answers resonates with unexpected comedy in this new play, which was commissioned by CCM Acting as part of the Cincinnati Playwrights Conference in 2016.

“Ethan struggles to discover what it means to step into a new life far from home as he enters college, after a personal family tragedy almost derails his life,” Hess says. “This bittersweet comedy will make your heart smile.”

“This play is important to UC and CCM because it follows a student’s journey to discover truth in a world that has fallen flat,” says CCM Acting student Olivia Passafiume, who plays the role of Jennifer in THE EARTH IS FLAT. “It explores grief, and what it means to have the rug pulled from under you during some of the most formative years of your life.”

“Most importantly, Todd Almond’s words give hope that no matter what you may believe, the power of human connection is eternal,” she adds.

Almond (BM Vocal Performance, BFA Acting 1999) is a composer, performer, lyricist and playwright. He starred alongside Courtney Love in the rock opera Kansas City Choir Boy, for which he also wrote the original book, music and lyrics. His original theatrical works include Girlfriend, Melancholy Play and musical versions of The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale, among others. Since graduating, Almond has returned to CCM to hold master classes and participate in the annual Cincinnati Playwrights Conference. Learn more about Almond on his professional website:

THE EARTH IS FLAT runs Nov. 2-4 in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 30. They often sell out quickly, so visit our guide to Studio Series tickets for tips and tricks to secure your seats.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

Cast List

  • Jack Steiner as Ethan
  • Graham Lutes as Derek
  • Carissa Cardy/Meg Olson as Shelly
  • Olivia Passafiume/Madeleine Page-Schmit as Jennifer
  • Carter LaCava as Guy Who Looks Like Jeremy
  • Graham Rogers as Man Various
  • Paige Jordan as Woman Various

Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 30. Please 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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Studio Drama Series Sponsor: Ms. Margaret L. Straub & Mr. Neil R. Artman

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Dive Into London Below at Know’s New Stage Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE

KTC_Neverwhere promoAdapted for the stage by Robert Kauzlaric
Directed by Andrew Hungerford and Daniel R. Winters

November 25 – December 17

Open the door…

Know Theatre’s landmark 20th Anniversary Season dives into the fantastical this November with a new stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s modern classic novel, Neverwhere.

Richard Mayhew is a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life. That life is changed forever when he discovers Door, a young woman bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her—and that act of kindness plunges him into another world.

Richard slips through the cracks in reality and lands in London Below—a world of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists in a labyrinth beneath our feet.

If Richard is to ever return to his normal life, he must join the journey to save Door’s world—and find a way to survive.

Originally beginning life as a BBC serial, which Gaiman adapted into his most famous novel in 1996, Neverwhere is an internationally beloved tale of adventure, heartache, and human nature (as seen through monsters, angels, and a menagerie of sinister and saintly characters, roaming beneath our feet).

Producing Artistic Director Andrew Hungerford worked for four years to secure the rights to this modern classic. Here’s what he has to say about adapting such a beloved story fort he Know MainStage…

One of the joys of novel reading is the way in which your imagination translates the world of the text to the stage in your mind. We get to work that same magic with every show that we produce, but in the case of a grand, expansive story like Neverwhere, the challenge is especially delightful. We’re thrilled to tackle this story with a theatricality that we hope will delight and surprise the audience. Our goal is to bring this magical world to life for first time visitors to London Below, and provide a new way of seeing a favorite story for long-time Neverwhere fans. It’s going to be a wild journey! 

Joining Andrew as co-director is Dan R. Winters, last seen on the Know MainStage in 2014’s Moby Dick, and making his Know directing debut in Neverwhere. A faculty member of Ohio University’s Division of Theatre and Dance, as well as Know’s resident production photographer, Daniel is no stranger to adventurous theatre, having directed the 2017 Cincinnati Fringe Festival black comedy Vapers at the Gate.

But London Below won’t be built by just two directors – joining them are a cast of local fan-favorites from both the Know’s stage and other stages around the city!

Rory Sheridan makes his MainStage debut as Richard, the unassuming London businessman whose life takes an unexpected tumble into London Below when he meets the mysterious Door, played by Ernaisja Curry. Rory comes to us fresh from his role as Cliff in Cabaret at the Incline Theatre, while Ernaisja joins us from a smash-hit stint in Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s season opener, This Random World.

Nothing is as it seems in this sinister new realm, and soon Richard finds himself pursued by the nefarious Croup and Vandemar – played by Madcap Puppets’ own Sean P. Mette and Dylan Shelton!

Richard and Door soon enlist the help of the enigmatic Marquis de Carabas, brought to vivid life by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Jeremy Dubin*.
*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association under a Special Appearance Agreement.

Joining the fight is the unpredictable (and very, very dangerous) Hunter, played by Jordan Trovillion, while Brandon Burton returns to the Know MainStage as the impressive – and secretive – Angel Islington.

And who will bring the rest of the 30+ named characters of the teeming, sordid world of London Below? The all-star team of Maggie Lou Rader, Andrew Ian Adams, and Chris Wesselman, of course!

Neil Gaiman is an international literary star, whose works span novels, novellas, YA, and comics, and have been adapted into radio, television, and film. His fan base is uniquely dedicated to the imaginative worlds he creates – which is why Know is partnering with local artist Christina Wald for a gallery show in our Underground Bar. Everwhere: Art Inspired by the Works of Neil Gaiman will open on November 9 and be available to view through December 17.

Dive into Neil Gaiman’s spectacular imagination in a stage adaptation of his beloved novel, Neverwhere, starting November 25 – only at Your Theatrical Playground.

Cast in Alphabetical Order

  • Andrew Ian Adams – Ensemble
  • Brandon Burton – Islington
  • Ernaisja Curry – Door
  • Jeremy Dubin* – Marquis de Carabas
  • Sean P. Mette – Croup
  • Maggie Lou Rader – Ensemble
  • Dylan Shelton – Vandemar
  • Rory Sheridan – Richard
  • Jordan Trovillion – Hunter
  • Chris Wesselman – Ensemble
    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.

Production Team

  • Co-Directors – Andrew J. Hungerford and Dan R. Winters
  • Lighting Designer – Andrew J. Hungerford
  • Scenic Designer & Prop Designer – Sarah Beth Hall
  • Costume Designer – Noelle Johnston
  • Sound Designer – Douglas Borntrager

Calendar Listing

Production:   Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere adapted for the stage by Robert Kauzlaric


  • 8:00pm November 25, 29, 30, December 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • 3:00pm  November 26, December 3*, 10, 17

*A pre-show brunch is available on this date with purchase of $35 “Brunch + Show” tickets in advance. Deadline for brunch reservation is November 30. Brunch provided by Water Tower Fine Wines

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


  • $25 regular Price
  • $15 Rush tickets at the door 10 minutes prior to curtain (when available)
  • FREE walk-up tickets are available on Wednesdays, as part of Know’s Welcome Experiment initiative. Advance reservations to Welcome Experiment performances are $5.00.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling 513.300.5669 (KNOW).

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. Know Theatre seeks 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, in part, 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 Theatre 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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Auditions Announced for THE GAME’S AFOOT at Sunset Players

SSP_logoSunset Players announces auditions for its winter and spring shows: THE GAME’S AFOOT by Ken Ludwig and directed by John Wesseling.

Auditions are: Tuesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 pm at The Art Center at Dunham at 1945 Dunham Way, Cincinnati, OH 45238.

Set in December 1936, THE GAME’S AFOOT centers on Broadway star William Gillette, admired for his Sherlock Holmes portrayal, who host a weekend part for his cast members at his Connecticut castle. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It’s up to Gillette who assumes the role of Holmes, to track down the killer. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Performance dates are February 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, March 1, 2 and 3, 2018. All shows are at 8PM, except Thursday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

The cast consists of the following five female and three male roles:

  • William Gillette: Male, plays 40s
  • Martha Gillette: Female, plays mid 70s
  • Felix Geisel: Male, plays 30sto 40s
  • Madge Geisel: Female, plays 30s to 40s
  • Simon Bright: Male, plays 25
  • Aggie Wheeler: Female, plays 25
  • Inspector Goring: Female, plays 40s to 50s
  • Daria Chase: Female, plays 30s to 40s

Auditions will involve cold readings from the script.

If you have any questions regarding the auditions, please contact: John Wesseling at

Sunset Players, Inc. is a community theater group located on the west side of Cincinnati. Founded in 1979, the group performs at the Arts Center at Dunham and has produced more than 120 plays. Its mission is to bring a smile, and its plays include comedies, farces, dramatic comedies and musical comedies—as long as there is some “comedy” in the performance somewhere. For more information about the 38thseason, visit our website at or like us on Facebook.

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Auditions Announced for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Rotary Presents

RP_Beauty and the Beast logoPreparation
People auditioning for “Rotary Presents Beauty and the Beast” are asked to choose an audition time. Adults and children should prepare one song (1-3 minutes) in a musical theatre style. Singing a song from the show is acceptable but not required. An accompanist and CD player will be available.


  • Audition slots begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton.
  • Please sign up on the Sign Up Genius page.

All auditioners must stay until the end to learn some choreography.

Please bring a complete list of conflict dates from January through mid-March. No conflicts will be acceptable during tech week. We will have several rehearsals planned for the week of Dec. 11-15 to get started, and then we will break until the first week of January 2018.

Rehearsals will be three nights per week in January, February and March. Days of the week are still TBA.

See casting needs here:

To sign up for an audition slot go to:

The show is directed by Rodney Neal. Produced by Mandy Gambrell. Performances will be March 7-11, 2018 at Parrish Auditorium, Miami University Hamilton campus, 1601 University Blvd.

For additional information, please contact Director Rodney Neal via email at at

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Cincinnati Opera Announces Auditions for 2018 Season Young Artists

co_logoCINCINNATI—Auditions for Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 Young Artist positions will be held at the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio on November 30, December 1, 2, and 3, 2017.

Young Artist positions are specifically for young, up-and-coming singers who wish to gain professional experience and exposure in the opera industry. Young Artists will be engaged as Choristers in Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 Summer Festival productions. In addition to their chorus duties, Young Artists often perform at various donor and patron events and programs during the season, and may also be engaged to cover principal roles in rehearsals or perform comprimario roles in mainstage productions. Young Artists have the opportunity to work with distinguished professionals in the field, as well as experienced staff members, to build and enhance repertoire through private coachings. Rehearsals and performances for the 2018 Summer Festival will begin mid-May (exact start dates TBD) and run through the end of July.

Audition Process
Auditions are by invitation through an application process. Not all applicants will receive an audition. Applicants who receive an audition are also eligible for positions in the 2018 Summer Festival Chorus. Please email with any questions.

  1. Complete the online application and submit the $10 application fee at
  1. Completed applications must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  1. Auditions will be held at the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall (1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202). Singers should prepare five (5) arias in the original languages. An accompanist will be provided.

Please Note: Positions in the Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival Chorus, principal cover, and comprimario roles in season productions are under the jurisdiction of AGMA, the American Guild of Musical Artists.

2018 Season
Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 Summer Festival, which will run from June 14 to July 31, begins with a magnificent production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata in Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium, followed by the company’s first-ever production of a work by the first major opera composer, Claudio Monteverdi, with The Coronation of Poppea at the Corbett Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. The season continues with Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, on the Music Hall stage for the first time in over 20 years. The season closes with two groundbreaking new works in repertory. First, Cincinnati Opera presents the United States premiere of Another Brick in the Wall, based on the legendary Pink Floyd album The Wall, brought to full operatic realization in a stunning multimedia production that earned standing ovations at every performance of its sold-out world premiere run at Canada’s Opéra de Montréal. Finally, the chamber opera As One, the coming-of-age story of a transgender woman, will be presented in the intimate new Wilks Studio at Music Hall.

For additional 2018 season and casting information, please visit

Founded in 1920 and the second oldest opera company in the nation, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of grand opera every June and July. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary masterworks brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative teams. 

Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 Summer Festival runs June 14 through July 31, featuring Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, Claudio Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Laura Kaminsky’s As One, and the United States premiere of Another Brick in the Wall, based on the Pink Floyd album The Wall. Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 season is made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, Macy’s, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations.


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