DESCENT: A Murder Ballad to Premiere at Cincinnati Fringe Festival


Original Poster Artwork by Zach Ghaderi.

(Cincinnati, OH — April 23, 2019) –– Featured as part of the Primary Lineup in this year’s Cincinnati Fringe Festival, DESCENT: A Murder Ballad, with a book and music by Hannah Gregory and directed by Caitlin McWethy, will premiere on Sunday, June 2 at 8:30pm at Know Theatre.

The folk musical about marriage, miscarriage, and murder began development in 2015 as a concept album featuring three songs before it morphed into a musical featuring a nonlinear plotline and dialogue. Development escalated in 2018 when Gregory received an Artist Enrichment grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women to finish and produce the show. DESCENT: A Murder Ballad’s involvement in Cincinnati Fringe Festival marks its official premiere to the public.

While audiences can expect beautiful language, original music, and timeless themes like self-discovery and good versus evil, they can also prepare to explore darker themes like the effects of miscarriage, relationship deterioration, and the female vigilante. Additionally, DESCENT: A Murder Ballad seeks to move women’s experiences to the forefront of theatrical storytelling both through the script and through the artistic leadership of the show itself.

The cast features Tess Talbot in the lead role Annie with a supporting cast of Wes Carman as Paul, AJ Baldwin as Ruby, Ellyn Broderick as Mabel, Hannah Jones-Diaz as Vada, Dylan Shelton as The Butcher, Charlie Roetting as Abraham, Hannah Gregory as The Angel, and Maliyah Gramata-Jones as Swing

Fringe-goers can catch DESCENT: A Murder Ballad at Know Theatre on the following dates and times:

  • Sunday, June 2 at 8:30pm
  • Thursday, June 6 at 6:30pm
  • Saturday, June 8 at 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30pm
  • Thursday, June 13 at 6:30pm

RATED PG-13. Trigger warning: miscarriage and violence

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Original Poster Artwork by Zach Ghaderi (attached)


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