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When we are married 2A NICE FAMILY GATHERING
Beechmont Players Inc.
July 26-Aug. 3
Anderson Center

Directed by Jeff Carter
Produced by Cathy Roesener

Cast: Nicholas Dunker as Carl, Bryce Willson as Michael, Sophia Janidlo as Jill, Katherine Anderson as Stacy, Amy Sullivan as Mom, Jim Waldfogle as Dad & Frederick Gorney as Jerry

It’s the first family gathering since Dad died, and he’s come back as a ghost on a mission; to tell his wife he loved her (something he failed to do during their 41 year marriage. The problem is, she can’t hear or see him–and she has a date for dinner!

  • Fri-Sat, July 26-27 at 8pm
  • Sun, July 28 at 3pm
  • Fri, Aug. 2 at 8pm
  • Sat, Aug. 3 at 3pm

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MATILDA Runs July 26-28

D2D_Matilda logoMATILDA
Dare to Defy Productions Summer Youth Program
July 26-28
Oakwood High School [Dayton]

A stage musical based on the children’s novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. The story centers on Matilda, a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school, and helps her teacher to reclaim her life.

  • Fri, July 26 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, July 27 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, July 28 at 2pm

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Auditions Announced for SEUSSICAL JR at Encore Youth Theatre

EYT_logoEncore Youth Theatre presents SEUSSICAL JR!

Auditions are open to all actors in grades 3 through 6. The audition dates are Aug. 15 at 6:30 and Aug. 17 at 10 am.

The location is Parrish Auditorium at Miami University’s Hamilton campus.

Come prepared to sing a 1 minute cut of your favorite song. Bring a karaoke track if you have it.

The performances will take place Nov. 8-10 at Parrish Auditorium.

Visit our Facebook page at Encore Youth Theatre for more information about us!

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Step Into the Cage Alongside the GIRL IN THE RED CORNER at Know Theatre

by Stephen Spotswood

July 26 – August 17

A warrior woman finds her fire and fights for her future.

Unemployed, fresh off a dead-end marriage, and searching for a way to take control of her life, Halo walks into a gym and signs up for mixed martial arts lessons. As she prepares for her first match, Halo realizes that life inside the cage and outside the cage are disturbingly similar. And that the only way to survive either is to fight.

Heart-pounding action meets tense family drama in the Know’s Season 22 opener, GIRL IN THE RED CORNER, by Stephen Spotswood.

Directed by Know Associate Artistic Director Tamara Winters, GIRL IN THE RED CORNER is an unflinching look at the grit and guts of female MMA fighters, as well as the collateral damage of life in working-class America.

Halo’s life is chaos. She’s lost her job, her marriage, and her sense of direction. With nothing left to lose, she walks into a mixed martial arts gym and asks for lessons.

Halo’s trainer thinks she’s a lightweight. Her mom and her sister think she’s lost her mind. But as she trains, Halo gets a glimpse of a way out of a dead-end life.

Yet as the date of her first big fight draws nearer, Halo discovers you can’t just walk away from where you come from. Sometimes, the world outside the ring bleeds through. And when that happens, you just have to stand and fight.

Associate Artistic Director Tamara Winters returns to the director’s chair for this visceral and personal regional premiere. Stories about women who fight their way through to a better future are becoming Tamara’s stock-in-trade – from 2015’s Hearts Like Fists to 2016’s Silent Sky, as well as last season’s swashbuckling Susan Swayne & The Bewildered Bride and the upcoming Lasso of Truth in 2020, about the complicated creation and lasting legacy of Wonder Woman.

When asked what it was about this story that demands to be told, right now, she said:

This is a story for anyone who has had enough. Enough of people making them feel small. Enough being made to believe that they should settle for the hand they’ve been dealt. Enough believing that where you were has to determine where you’re headed.

But it’s also a story that lays bare the lie that everyone starts from an even playing field. This play exposes the forces that keep us down and keep us fighting each other instead of fighting against those who would hold us back: the forces of addiction, generational poverty, gender barriers, forgotten communities.

And it’s also a story about what it takes to become whole again. About what happens when you rekindle the fire inside, put order to the chaos, and discover not just what’s worth fighting for, but who you need in your corner to survive.

GIRL IN THE RED CORNER features a cast of actors every bit as fierce as the show’s characters.

Starring as Halo, local favorite Tess Talbot makes a triumphant return to the Know stage. Audiences who loved her as feisty occultist Alicia in last season’s Mercury, as the titular genius Ada Lovelace in Ada & the Engine, and as Joseph Smith’s rebellious child-bride Lula in Listen for the Light won’t want to miss what happens when she steps into the cage.

The spellbinding Jen Joplin appears as Terry, Halo’s embattled mother, following her memorable appearance as Virginie, the “witch in the woods,” in 2018’s The Man-Beast on the Know’s Mainstage and as herself in her own one-woman show, The MILF Also Rises, at the 2019 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

Know newcomer Abi Esmena comes out swinging as Halo’s tough-as-nails MMA trainer, Gina.

Longtime friend of Know Mindy Heithaus returns to the MainStage for the first time since 2016 as Brinn, Halo’s long-suffering big sister and mother to a 12-year-old whom she believes is becoming much too like her wildhearted aunt.

And rounding out the cast is Adam Tran as Brinn’s husband Warren and Gina’s trainer Kyle. Adam was last seen at the Know in our Season 21 opening Duncan Sheik/Kyle Jarrow musical Whisper House as the lovelorn-yet-stalwart Yasuhiro.

The incomparable k. Jenny Jones joins the fray as Fight Director to shape the physical world of this play, where the boundaries between the ring and the real world blur and the emotional arcs hit as hard and fast as the fists will fly. A Master Teacher of stage combat, k. Jenny Jones is internationally known for her contemporary unarmed fighting style, and is the only woman in the U.S. inducted into the College of Fight Masters by the Society of American Fight Directors.

Some things are worth bleeding for. GIRL IN THE RED CORNER runs July 26 – August 17 – only at Your Theatrical Playground.

Cast in Alphabetical Order

  • Abi Esmena – Gina
  • Mindy Heithaus – Brinn
  • Jennifer Joplin* – Terry/Nancy/Opponent
  • Tess Talbot – Halo
  • Adam Tran – Warren/Kyle

*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

  • Director – Tamara Winters
  • Scenic & Lighting Designer – Andrew J. Hungerford
  • Costume Designer – Noelle Johnston
  • Sound Designer – Douglas Borntrager
  • Fight Director – k. Jenny Jones
  • Fight Consultant – Allyson West

Calendar Listing

Production:  GIRL IN THE RED CORNER by Stephen Spotswood


  • 8:00 pm   July 26, 27, 31; August 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • 3:00 pm   July 28; August 4, 7

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


  • $25 regular price tickets
  • $35 “Living Wage” tickets, supporting working artists in Cincinnati
  • $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. Advance reservations to Welcome Experiment performances are $10.00.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling 513.300.5669

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 IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY at The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTThe Drama Workshop will hold open auditions for its holiday production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16 at The Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave., Cheviot, Ohio, 45211. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Adam Drake will direct the play by Joe Landry and which employs a cast of 3 men and 2 women to play over 50 characters through use of their voices.  Two additional performers will support the actors with sound effects in the style of Foley artists from the 1940s.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Actors are welcome to bring a resume and headshot, if they have those available, but it is not required. Actors are welcome to bring a resume and headshot, if they have those available, but it is not required.

Performances for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will be December 6 – 22 at the Glenmore Playhouse.

For more information, consult the TDW website

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