Monthly Archives: March 2020

Directors Needed for STAY AT HOME THEATER at Equality Productions

MISC_Casting callEquality Productions announces STAY AT HOME THEATER, a recorded broadcast of some of the best comedies from the New Play Exchange. The New Play Exchange ® (NPX) is the world’s largest digital library of scripts by living writers. NPX plays are featured often at the Know Theater.

We will record 6 or more brief plays for about an hour-long production. The recording will be placed on the Equality Production’s YouTube page.

Are you interested in directing one of the plays, which runs from one to ten minutes each?

Read the plays at the link below.  Additional plays may be added through April 4th.

Send Richard Zenk ( your top 3 play choices ranked in order of the plays you would like to direct along with your director resume by April 8th.

If chosen to direct, you will use your network to choose your actors, set your rehearsal schedule and rehearse virtually. All actors are expected to attend a tech rehearsal the last week of April and a recording session on Saturday, May 4 in the afternoon via

Directors and actors are asked to make a $5 donation to compensate the playwrights for the rights. Richard will also donate funds.  All excess funds will go to the community theaters voted on by the directors and actors.

Synopses of two of the chosen plays:

/art/ – Emotions run high in the judges’ room during an art competition. Two judges implore the third judge to vote in favor of their favorites, and when the artists are invited for interviews chaos erupts. “Hilariously funny short play about judges bickering over the submissions to a third-grade art competition. Great piece for an intergenerational cast.”

RECESS: Two children (played by adults) enact on the playground how they imagine life would be like as adults. But perhaps they are merely practicing for the future, and they are destined to spend their lives together. “It’s two whole lifetimes packed into a brief yet epic story. Absolutely a must for two actors looking to feel what it’s like to be a child again, and yet there is a love here that is absolutely daunting. A very beautiful play.”  

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The Cincinnati Fringe Festival Undergoes A Temporary Makeover For 2020

CFF_Orange logo text onlyThe Cincinnati Fringe Festival introduces its all-online format for 2020

Forget Christmas. Usually, this is the most wonderful time of the year at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati: when the whole staff pulls together to work round-the-clock to bring Cincinnati its favorite arts and community event, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The annual two-week-long celebration of theatre, music, dance, and art is chock-a-block with artistic works you won’t find anywhere else and a deep sense of community, and it’s one of the highlights of the Know’s year.

May and June (or, as we call it, “the Fringemas season”) is shaping up to be a sub-optimal time to bring huge groups of people all together, but the spirit of Fringe is too beloved and too special to keep on the shelf for all of 2020. So the Know Team got together and did what we do best: we got creative, resourceful, and just a little off-the-wall.

When the smoke cleared and the fire alarms were reset, we were left with this: an all-digital, totally online, 100% at-a-safe-distance, for-2020-only Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Audiences will be able to enjoy the kinds of joyful, out-of-the-box, deeply personal, and sometimes just plain weird content they’ve come to expect from Cincy Fringe, all from the comfort and safety of their own homes. This year’s Fringe will be crammed to the brim with streaming performances, online art galleries, and digital meet-ups, and audiences will be able to access all content from their own home computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Is this a weird way to run a Fringe festival? You bet. But that’s Cincy Fringe: Kinda Weird. Like You. And let’s be real – this is a weird time, with weird needs. Fortunately, the Know Team is full of the scrappiest, most inventive, weirdest people you’ll ever meet, so let’s get weird.

The scheduled opening night for the Cincinnati Fringe Festival is May 29, which is still two whole months away. The Know Team is monitoring all recommendations about distancing and health, and working collaboratively with the Fringe artistic community to devise content that is high-quality and as safe for artists to create as it will be for audiences to enjoy.

Because one of the best parts of Fringe is the sense of community that arises between audiences, staff, and artists, the Know Team is creating ways for people to connect at a distance. Audiences will still be able to vote for Pick of the Fringe awards, via online polls instead of paper ballots, and Fringe-hosted digital hangouts and streaming segments will replace the nightly Bar Series events.

Cincy Fringe had scheduled its lineup announcement party for April 27. While a physical gathering is no longer possible, stay tuned for a lineup announcement, information on ticketing packages and pricing, and further details on 2020’s all-online Fringe Festival to come in the final week of April.

Keep up with all of our news at our website,

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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BONNIE AND CLYDE Postponed at Dare to Defy Productions

D2D_logoWe are incredibly sad and regret to inform you that BONNIE AND CLYDE has been postponed. We are looking at new dates for June and will update everyone in the coming weeks.

For those who have purchased tickets, we will honor them for our new dates once they have been confirmed. If you cannot make the new dates, we can transfer them to any show in our upcoming season. Please feel free to message us with any questions you may have.

This is a dark time for the theatre community and we will be deeply affected by this decision. Please consider donating to arts organizations at this time. You can find our website at and we will also be consistently linking other arts organizations below in the comments that you can donate to.

With love and light,
The D2D Team

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2021 Season Announced by Alibi Players

ALIBI_logoAnnouncing the 2021 Alibi Players Season!

Alibi Players is thrilled to announce that due to the success of Incident At Vichy and the generosity of second weekend ticket holders, even with the shortened run due to COVID-19, we will be expanding our 2021 season to two plays. All performances will be at Liberty Exhibition Hall.

January 15-24, 2021

First up is That Championship Season by Jason Miller. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama focuses on the 20-year reunion in 1972 of a Pennsylvania State Championship High School basketball team. In one evening the audience discovers that one fleeting moment does not define who we are and that winning at all costs on the court can end up costing you in life.

September 10-19, 2021

Then, in September of 2021, we will be presenting The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson. A heartwarming dark comedy that revolves around three sisters coming together for their mother’s funeral, this play focuses on perceptions and reminiscences that time tends to play tricks on.

​The Telegraph (London) writes “This is a lovely piece, full of humour and heart…Where the play works best is…in its satisfying mixture of sardonic humour and deep emotion. Excellent jokes give way to festering resentments, booze and dope-fuelled hilarity to sudden glimpses of buried secrets and aching pain.”

Learn more at

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PIRATES OF PENZANCE Postponed to 2021 at Voice of Indiana

VOI_logoHello all: Hope you are healthy and safe.

Due to COVID-19 situation, we have decided to postpone our PIRATES OF PENZANCE production until SUMMER of 2021. Target will be the last weekend in June. Our team determined this was the best option in this time of uncertainty.

Thank you for the care and energy each of you put into your audition video. I had mentioned before that our director was quite pleased with what he saw, and our whole team sincerely hopes EACH OF YOU will audition next Spring. We have the makings of an incredible cast…

Making an audition video was a new experience for us, and possibly for you. We learned from the process, and hope you did too. As VOICES OF INDIANA is at its heart an educational organization, our director is willing to provide constructive feedback to anyone that is interested. This is likely not the last time video auditions will be used by us or other groups, so we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

If interested in video audition feedback, please reply to this email.

Again, thank you, and we look forward to working with you next year.

Kristin Suess
Executive Director
Voices of Indiana

P.S. There are community groups who are mid-production and have had to suspend or delay their performances. Our team is offering up ourselves to assist if our time or skills would be helpful. If you know of a group that is seeking assistance, have them contact us. We are all in this together.

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