See Know Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director in Rare Solo Performance in SAND, March 28 – 30

KTC_Sand posterSee Know Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director in a rare solo performance in
the US premiere of a devastating new play by
Nick Gill


“so you want to build a simple nuclear bomb”

Join us at Your Theatrical Playground, Know Theatre, for a rare chance to see our Producing Artistic Andrew J. Hungerford onstage in the solo performance of an unforgettable new play, in its US premiere.

It’s now the sixth of August 1945.
She is alone.
god, my head.
At 8.15 in the morning, everything is quiet.
The house is still.
Thirty one thousand and sixty feet above her, there is a single aircraft.
In forty three seconds, the bomb it has released will have fallen around twenty nine thousand feet and will detonate above the city.
In forty four seconds, seventy thousand people will be dead.

and the world turns.

            – excerpt from SAND by Nick Gill


At Know Theatre for a special limited run, March 28 – 30, SAND is a riveting new work of theatre that combines fiction, science, and history to explore the threat of nuclear weapons and the devastation of nuclear war. It’s a fractured collection of narratives that jump across the stories of a dozen women over a century-long timeline, building to an inevitable breaking point.

SAND is an intense, poetic dive into the frightening power that humanity wields against itself. A version of the play was shown at the Royal Court Theatre on June 17, 2013, directed by Vicky Featherstone and performed by Eileen Walsh & Toby Jones.

Acclaimed director and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music professor Brant Russell (The Man-Beast) helms a script-in-hand staging of the show for the US premiere of this powerful new script.

SAND also offers a rare chance to catch a performance by Producing Artistic Director Andrew Hungerford, last seen in a dramatic role on Cincinnati stages in his 2010 Cincy Fringe Show, “Of People and Not Things.”

Says Hungerford,

“I first read this script just a few weeks ago, and instantly knew we needed to produce it. For one, it’s a perfect fit for the SecondStage of our season examining fear itself.

From a personal perspective, I was plagued by nightmares and anxiety attacks about nuclear war as a kid growing up at the tail end of the cold war.

In the 90’s, it felt like the world began to come to its collective senses as disarmament began to take hold. But now as non-proliferation treaties are scrapped, as countries ramp up missile production and nuclear programs, it’s vital for us to consider the ramifications of those choices, to take a hard look at the nuclear powder keg our modern world sits atop.”

As a small but nimble professional Theatre, Know Theatre is uniquely suited to take a show from page-to-stage both rapidly and effectively – especially when a story is as relevant to this moment as Nick Gill’s SAND is.

Join us for a gripping night of hot-off-the-presses theatre, in a special limited run from March 28 – 30 – only at Your Theatrical Playground, Know Theatre of Cincinnati.


  • Starring Know Theatre Producing Artistic Director Andrew J. Hungerford

Production Team

  • Director –  Brant Russell
  • Scenic & Lighting Designer – Andrew J. Hungerford

Calendar Listing

Production:  SAND by Nick Gill – a US premiere

When: 8:00 pm March 28, 29, and 30

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


  • $15 regular price tickets
  • $25 “Living Wage” tickets, supporting working artists in Cincinnati
  • $10 Rush tickets at the door 10 minutes prior to curtain (when available)

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

Season Design sponsorship provided by Travis McElroy.

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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