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LIFE STORY Runs June 28-30

VP_Life Story logoLIFE STORY: Six New Plays About Birth, Death and the Stuff in Between
Village Players
June 28-30
[Fort Thomas]

Plays include:

  • IN THE BEGINNING by William Lindsey
  • FIRST THINGS FIRST by Angela Klocke Forbes
  • TOASTED by Jennifer Davis
  • NERVE AND SINEW by Eric Thomas
  • DEAD, NOT GONE by Judy Kennedy Sceifres

Directed by Nathan Henegar

Casts: Stephanie Klein, Jessie Faye, Heather Abbott, Ginny Butsch, CJ Bossart, Dan Bavis, Adam Drake, Erica Helmle, Matt Wick, Peggy Mcdonald-Allen, Chris Bishop, Rachel Baker, Meredith Hoffman Conner, Mindy Baird, Bill Rinehart, Steve Myers, Angela Klocke Forbes, Gretchen Schultz & Kiya Fix

  • Fri-Sat, June 28-29 at 8pm
  • Sun, June 30 at 3pm

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TCT’s Managing Director & CEO Elected to National Board

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Kim Kern, Managing Director and CEO of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Kim Kern selected to join TYA/USA’s Board of Directors 

(Cincinnati) The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is pleased to announce that Kim Kern, TCT’s Managing Director and CEO, has been elected to the National Board of Directors of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA), a membership organization that serves and represents the national field of theatre for young audiences.

The TYA/USA board is comprised of highly skilled leaders, administrators, artists, and educators from across the country dedicated to advancing professional TYA theatre. The TYA/USA Board is responsible for supporting the vision, operations, and financial stability of the organization.

TCT’s Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice said, “Through the recent growth of one of the leading Children’s Theatres in the nation, Kim’s leadership of TCT makes her a perfect candidate for the board of TYA/USA. I am thrilled for Kim as she will carry TCT’s mission beyond Cincinnati and will impact, inspire, and ignite a love of theatre in young people throughout the entire country.” 

In just six short years, Ms. Kern has catapulted into the role of Managing Director and CEO of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) and has laid the literal foundation of the next iteration of the 100-year-old organization with the purchase and renovation of a new facility on Red Bank Road.

Scott Stubbins, current TCT Board Chair and Managing Director of STIFEL | Public Finance, said, “Ever since I met Kim she has been focused on growth.  She has grown the capabilities of our staff, grown our offerings to young audiences, grown the reach of our organization and grown the name of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati around the country.  I am excited to watch her continue to grow on the TYA/USA board.”

Incoming TCT Board Chair, Gregory L. Adams, Esq., of Croswell & Adams Co., L.P.A., said, “I’m pleased Kim is joining the TYA/USA national board of directors.  They will benefit from her involvement, just as The Children’s Theatre has profited from her leadership over the past five years.”

First, some background…Ms. Kern is a native Cincinnatian and graduate of the Cincinnati Country Day School (’87).  Kim left Cincinnati to attend Vanderbilt University (’91) where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education, and then quickly returned to Cincinnati which she and her family continue to call home.

Kim assumed the role of Managing Director of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati in September of 2013.  Her expertise spans non-profit management, fund raising, strategic planning, market media development, public relations, special events, grant acquisition, and major gift acquisition.  Her title and duties at TCT broadened to Managing Director and CEO in October of 2015.

Prior to joining The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Kim worked as the President of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National MS Society, as the Director of Major Gifts for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and prior to that as the Director of Market Development for Local 12 WKRC-TV and Clear Channel Broadcasting. She served as the Executive Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and spent time operating her own consulting company, advising both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the area of special events, board building, marketing, corporate sponsorship, public relations, fundraising and promotions.

“I am thrilled to be part of an organization as well respected as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati,” Ms. Kern said, “and to have the opportunity to learn from, and to share with other amazing such organizations through TYA/USA”

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is the oldest children’s theatre in the country and is the only professional theater in the region that devotes its entire MainStage season to children.  The organization brings almost 103,000 people downtown to the Taft Theatre annually and reaches more than 83,000 students through touring productions and workshops.  In addition, TCT Academy offers arts training to children in a variety of disciplines. The company is helping to create the arts patrons and performers of our city’s future.

In December of 2015, when The Children’s Theatre moved into the new facility on Red Bank Road, the company saw a growth of 340% in the TCT Performing Arts Academy. With the new facility, TCT is now offering expanded programming and increased ticket subsidy for schools with 50% or more of their students who participate in free or reduced lunch programs. While growing a child’s interest in and skill in performing arts, TCT looks to always to further develop the child as a whole as well. For example, a child becomes a better speaker by taking an acting class, which increases their self-esteem, allowing them to become a leader in another field.

For the first time in history, thanks to Ms. Kern’s resourceful, enthusiastic and visionary efforts, the company has a true home, is seeing incredible growth, and the future has never looked brighter.


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Activism Meets Art in THE CLINIC

MISC_The Clinic logoMAY 28, 2019, CINCINNATI – A team of local artist-activists, captained by director Lormarev Jones, will present a staged reading of Will Brumley’s THE CLINIC on Monday, June 10, as a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and the Yellowhammer Fund of Alabama in light of the current restrictive abortion laws popping up around the nation. The reading’s cast features Lauren Carr, Jen Joplin, and Kelcey Broomfield in the principal roles.

THE CLINIC follows the victories and losses of the women who staff a reproductive health clinic in Kansas. Their personal joys and sorrows intertwine with the logistical challenges of running the clinic, as they are beset by violent protesters, terrorist threats, and draconian anti-choice legislation. At the center of the storm, Bree (Kelcey Broomfield), a young clinician, doggedly pursues her dreams of becoming an abortion provider, while her predecessor in the clinic, Lorrie (Lauren Carr), weighs her commitment to her calling against anonymous violent threats made against her family. As the conflict reaches a fevered pitch, the women of the clinic must decide if protecting their patients’ safety is worth giving up their own.

This reading is one of several taking place throughout the country. After THE CLINIC placed as a semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and following the recent anti-abortion bills in several states, playwright Will Brumley graciously offered the script to theatre groups across America as a fundraising initiative in support of abortion access and reproductive rights. As of this writing, other public performances were scheduled in Nashville, St. Louis, and Kansas City, with additional private readings scheduled.

Director Lormarev Jones said of the project, “It has been glorious to watch this project come together remarkably fast.  This fantastic crew of women (and a couple of men) jumped on the opportunity to donate their time to this cause; that’s how important it is to this community.  It’s of the utmost importance to me, personally. This play is about a community of health care providers who take their work and their mission very seriously, despite different perspectives on how to achieve that mission.”

The full cast also includes Tia Seay, Shelby Becker, Liz Carman, Brandon Burton, Elizabeth Chinn Molloy, Robyn Novak, Nicole Hershey, Alexx Rouse, Ariel Shaw, Carolyn Fast, Sara Mackie, Rae Buchanan, and Stephanie Radford.

Audiences can catch this one-night-only reading on Monday, June 10 at 7:30pm at the Lincoln Grant Auditorium (824 Greenup St) in Covington. This event is pay-what-you-can with a $10 suggested donation; the doors open at 7pm. A raffle and a bake sale will accompany the reading to raise additional funds, and wine will be available. All proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and the Yellowhammer Fund, which seeks to eliminate barriers to care for women seeking medical attention at any of Alabama’s three abortion clinics. Representatives from the League of Women Voters will also be on hand to register new voters throughout the event.

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A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN | Tue., October 1 | Aronoff Center

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Starring Tony® Award-nominated Mary Bridget Davies 

October 1, 2019 | Aronoff Center

Tickets on sale Friday, June 7 at 10:00 AM

CINCINNATI, OH – The Tony® Award-nominated Broadway musical A Night With Janis Joplin rocks the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM. The much-anticipated show is part of the Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2019-20 Season. 

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 7 at 10:00 AM at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

A Night With Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, all of whom inspired Joplin to become one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends. Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Her unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made Joplin a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Audiences will enjoy Joplin favorites, including “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and many others.

The New York Times raved that A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN “rocks the house” and Variety called it “electrifying.” New York 1 cheered, “This will rock your socks off!”

A Night With Janis Joplin is created, written, and directed by Randy Johnson and stars Tony® Award-nominee Mary Bridget Davies. 

MARY BRIDGET DAVIES (Janis Joplin) is an American singer and actress who performs with her own band, The Mary Bridget Davies Group, and is also an interpreter of Janis Joplin’s music. She received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance as Janis in the Broadway production of A Night With Janis Joplin. She has toured in Europe with Janis Joplin’s original band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and tours to festivals and clubs worldwide with The Mary Bridget Davies Group, which released an album with original songs in 2012 titled Wanna Feel Somethin’.

Previously, she was nominated in 2013 for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. Davies has also performed in the First National Tour of A Night With Janis Joplin and the Broadway musical revue It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, selling out shows across the country.

Davies recent performances include SXSW and a residency in Pasadena, CA, where she was joined by The Doors’ Robby Krieger, Slash, The MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Dave & Phil Alvin of The Blasters, Bob Mothersbaugh of DEVO, Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble, Doug Pinnick of King’s X, and members of Tom Morello’s Nightwatchmen and Gnarls Barkley. 

For more information about A Night With Janis Joplin, visit

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Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.7 million students. For more information, visit

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CFF19_Diagnose ThisPortland, Oregon-based Donna Kay Yarborough may have significantly improved your health care without you even knowing it. She spends her workdays in pretending to be a patient so medical students can make their mistakes on her instead of you.

Donna works as a Standardized Patient (a.k.a. Medical Actor). In the simplest terms, a standardized patient is a person goes through situations and procedures with medical students as they train to become healthcare professionals. She might be a patient receiving a diagnosis of cancer, the mother of an injured child, or a nervous woman having a pelvic exam. A living, breathing “practice dummy” for new doctors — ones that, mind you, maybe administering the first pelvic exam of their life… and not doing it well.

Unbeknownst to these young doctors, Donna evaluates their bedside manner. She gets high hilarity out of the faux pas, missteps, and feet in mouth of these future physicians, all while pretending to be someone she’s not.

As part of the 2019 Cincy Fringe festival, Donna (formerly of “Shenatra!” and “The Famous Haydell Sisters”) will be getting on stage to tell some of the most outrageous stories from her many years in the profession. Plus, sharing her own tale of medical misdiagnosis, she hopes to inspire frank discussion of healthcare in America.

“Diagnose This! Tales of a Medical Actor” is a mixture of stand-up, storytelling, and soap-boxing that will leave you wincing, wowed, and wanting more.

All performances are in the Art Academy of Cincinnati,  room A361, as part of the 2019 Cincy Fringe festival. Showtimes are:

  • Sunday, June 2, 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 4, 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 pm
  • Friday,  June 7, 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 9, 4:45 pm
  • Tuesday, June 11, 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm
  • Friday, June 14, 6:30 pm

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