CINCINNATI – Tickets for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 2019-2020 season are now on sale. Single tickets will be available for all of 11 the season’s productions, which features musical sensations, new comedies, gripping mysteries and thought-provoking contemporary works and plays to delight multigenerational audiences. The season will open with the enchanting Broadway musical ONCE ON THIS ISLAND on Sept. 7.
“From the Tony Award-winning musical ONCE ON THIS ISLAND and an Agatha Christie mystery to an intimate portrait of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the unmatched variety of our new season will inspire and entertain audiences,” says Blake Robison, artistic director. “Our 2019-20 season again showcases the range, scale and exceptional artistry as only the Playhouse can produce for Greater Cincinnati.”
Robison continues, “I’m especially excited about our world premiere from the award-winning, multi-cultural performance ensemble Universes. Fusing theatre, poetry, dance, jazz, hip-hop and down-home blues, americUS will be unlike anything we’ve produced.”
The 2019-20 Season includes:
- MUSICAL SENSATIONS: the enchanting, Tony Award-winning musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND; piano wizardry and laugh-out-loud humor in 2 PIANOS, 4 HANDS; the electrifying, rock and roll musical BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story.
- BOLD, NEW COMEDIES: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT, a fast-paced, blistering new comedy straight from Broadway; and DESTINY OF DESIRE, an enormously entertaining homage to Latin American soap operas.
- GRIPPING MYSTERIES: the thrilling, train ride whodunit of Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS; and a spine-tingling mystery of the mind in Margaret Atwood’s ALIAS GRACE.
- THOUGHT-PROVOKING CONTEMPORARY PLAYS: ACTUALLY, a riveting new drama about the complexities of gender, race and consent on a college campus; and americUS, a compelling world premiere from the award-winning, multi-cultural performance ensemble Universes.
- HEARTFELT HUMOR: an inspiring one-woman show about America’s favorite sex therapist, BECOMING DR. RUTH.
Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, at 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com or by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888 or 800-582-3208 toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. For TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) access, call 513-345-2248. The Playhouse is fully accessible.
Individual tickets start at $35 and vary based on seat location, performance day and production. Discounted ticket prices for children and teens are available for all performances and are $30 – $50, depending on seat location. Tickets to all 7 p.m. Sunday performances are priced at just $10 for college students with a valid school ID. Student tickets are $15 on the day of the show for all other performances. Prices are subject to change.
Subscriptions to the 2019-20 Playhouse season also are available now in a variety of packages. Prices range from $157.50 to $411.50 for the five-show Marx Theatre season; $157.50 to $396 for the five Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre shows; and $280 to $716.50 for the full 10-show combination series. The popular Build Your Own subscription allows patrons to create their own season of four to nine shows and starts at $140 for four shows.
2019-20 MARX THEATRE SEASON
Presented by Schueler Group
Season Sponsor of New Work: The Rosenthal Family Foundation
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Based Upon the Novel, “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy
Directed by Robert Barry Fleming
Sept. 7 – Oct. 6, 2019
Sponsored by Johnson Investment Counsel and Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co.
Hearts soar in the Tony Award-winning, Calypso-flavored musical, Once on This Island. Ti Moune, a peasant girl, falls in love with a wealthy boy — but the gods have other plans. This recent Broadway hit captivates audiences with an unforgettable story of a woman who travels far and wide to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
Hearts soar in the Tony Award-winning, Calypso-flavored musical about a peasant girl who rescues a wealthy boy and falls in love with him.
Moe & Jack Rouse and Randolph Wadsworth present
THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT
By Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
Directed by Wendy Goldberg
Oct. 19 – Nov. 16, 2019
A critically acclaimed recent Broadway play, this fast-paced story explodes with blistering comedy and timely relevance. Emily Penrose, a demanding editor-in-chief, hires a determined millennial fact-checker named Jim Fingal to work on a groundbreaking essay written by the famous author John D’Agata. But the overly eager Jim takes his fact-checking way too far, creating the ultimate showdown of fact versus fiction.
A critically acclaimed recent Broadway play, this fast-paced, blistering comedy is the ultimate showdown of fact versus fiction.
First Financial Bank presents
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Howard Dallin
Directed by Michael Evan Haney
Nov. 27 – Dec. 29, 2019
A Christmas Carol is not part of the season subscription, but subscribers get early access and special discounts on tickets.
Faithful storytelling and spellbinding stage magic bring to life Ebenezer Scrooge’s time-traveling journey with the spirits one magical Christmas Eve. Returning for its 29th season, the heartwarming message helps to make the show one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions each season.
This joyous, time-honored production returns for its 29th season with a cast of nearly 30 actors, elaborate costumes and thrilling special effects.
BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
By Alan Janes
Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Jan. 18 – Feb. 16, 2020
Sponsored by U.S. Bank
Experience the sensational musical about the bespectacled, 1950s rock and roll icon. This non-stop rock show recounts Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame and the impact he left on the industry. Performances include over 20 of his greatest hits like “That’ll Be the Day,” “It’s So Easy to Fall in Love” and “Peggy Sue”, along with Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.”
Experience the sensational musical about the bespectacled, 1950s rock and roll icon Buddy Holly and his meteoric rise to fame.
Leading Ladies presents
DESTINY OF DESIRE
By Karen Zacarías
Directed by José Luis ValenzuelaFeb. 29 – March 28, 2020
Burning passion, cunning deception and outrageous melodrama combine in this enormously entertaining homage to Latin American soap operas. A storm brews in the small town of Bellarica, Mexico, when two baby girls are born on the same night in the same hospital. Yet the drama is bound to unfold when a former beauty queen switches the babies at birth in her lust for power.
Burning passion, cunning deception and outrageous melodrama combine in this enormously entertaining homage to Latin American soap operas.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Risa Brainin
April 11 – May 9, 2020
Whodunit? Detective Hercule Poirot is determined to find out in Agatha Christie’s thrilling murder mystery. Ten passengers board the luxurious Orient Express. But after the train unexpectedly stops in the isolated, snow-swept mountains, only nine of them are still alive. This masterpiece from the world’s most popular mystery writer promises an exciting evening of theatre that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Whodunit? Detective Hercule Poirot is determined to find out in this masterpiece from the world’s most popular mystery writer.
2019-20 ROSENTHAL SHELTERHOUSE THEATRE SEASON
Presented by Heidelberg Distributing Co.
Season Sponsor of New Work: The Rosenthal Family Foundation
Adapted for the stage by Jennifer Blackmer
Directed by Blake Robison
Sept. 14 – Oct. 27, 2019
Sponsored by Digi and Mike Schueler
Based on the novel by master storyteller Margaret Atwood, this spine-tingling mystery of the mind will chill you to the bone. Sixteen-year-old Grace Marks was imprisoned for life in 1843 for committing murder, but she has no memory of the events. Fifteen years later, psychologist Simon Jordan begins to gradually unlock her memories, and he soon finds himself plummeting down a frightening path of shocking revelations.
Based on the novel by master storyteller Margaret Atwood, this spine-tingling mystery of the mind will chill you to the bone.
2 PIANOS, 4 HANDS
Nov. 9, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020
By Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt
Directed by Thomas Frey
Sponsored by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr/U.S. Bank Foundation
Piano wizardry and laugh-out-loud comedy come together to tell the story of Richard and Ted’s life-long pursuit of becoming concert pianist superstars. They work tirelessly to master legendary music from Beethoven and Bach to Billy Joel. Two performers tickle the ivories (and your funny bone) in this riotous show about Richard and Ted’s humbling quest for musical greatness.
Piano wizardry and laugh-out-loud comedy come together to tell the story of Richard and Ted’s life-long pursuit of becoming concert pianist superstars.
Feb. 1 – March 8, 2020
Sponsored by Andrea and Dr. Edward Herzig
Universes is an award-winning, multi-cultural performance ensemble that breaks traditional theatrical bounds to create its own brand of storytelling. Fusing theatre, poetry, dance, jazz, hip-hop and down-home blues, Universes will create a compelling portrait of contemporary America in this world premiere. Hailed by audiences and critics alike, Universes has performed off-Broadway, internationally and at major theatres across the country. This all-new show will challenge, move and entertain you.
Universes performance ensemble fuses theatre, poetry, dance and music to create a compelling portrait of contemporary America that will challenge, move and entertain you.
By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Bridget Leak
March 21 – April 26, 2020
Amber is charmingly neurotic and seemingly confident. Tom is a handsome and appealing go-getter. At Princeton, they drink and date to cope with mounting pressures until one shared night together sets off a damning chain of events that neither of them sees coming. This thought-provoking new play by rising playwright Anna Ziegler grapples with the deep complexities of gender, race and consent.
Amber and Tom share one night together that sets off a damning chain of events that neither of them sees coming.
The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati presents
BECOMING DR. RUTH
By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
May 9 – June 21, 2020
Many of us know Dr. Ruth Westheimer as America’s favorite sex therapist in the 1980s and ‘90s — but few of us have heard the story of this remarkable woman’s journey. In this heartwarming portrait, she narrates the harrowing and fascinating details of her life. Becoming Dr. Ruth is a humorous, affectionate and illuminating one-woman show that’s full of grit and triumph.
This heartwarming portrait is a humorous and illuminating one-woman show about America’s favorite sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation.