The Know Theatre of Cincinnati Begins 23rd Season with FEAST. by Megan Gogerty

KTC_Feast promoAugust 7 – September 20, 2020
You are cordially invited to an on-line performance.

The Know kicks off their upcoming twenty-third season, “We Can Rebuild It,” with FEAST., a bespoke-online production. 

You are cordially invited to break bread, virtually, with one of the seminal monsters of literature: Grendel’s Mother, from the Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf. Share in her hard won victories and shattering griefs. Turn your collective gaze upon the wreckage of the 21st century, and find what it takes to maybe build a better world.

And have a little treat. You deserve it.

FEAST. comes from playwright/actor/comedian Megan Gogerty, whom Cincinnati audiences may remember from her solo show Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan, which nabbed the Audience Pick of the Fringe Award at the 2017 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Although a version of FEAST. existed in the pre-pandemic era, Megan has retooled the script to be an explicitly made-for-digital product.

The Know’s Associate Artistic Director, Tamara Winters, who will direct the production, offered this thought on creating this exclusively digital product:

“First off, not to disrespect Zoom theatre, but this is not that. This is a story you’ll experience from the screen of your choice, but it’s not shoehorned into the medium. Megan’s script invites you in to a specially designed experience. You’re being invited into a space designed for you, by a character who has had millennia to stew and plot and plan and rage before she opens herself up to you, in this moment. Because she needs something from you. Because she has an ancient wrong to correct. Are you brave enough to accept the invitation?

The role of Agathae will be played by local stage star Jennifer Joplin. Jennifer has lit up theatres all over the region, but Know audiences will remember her as Virginie, the woods-witch/taxidermist of The Man-Beast (2018), and as Terry, the hard-bitten mother of The Girl in the Red Corner (2019). Her autobiographical solo show, The MILF Also Rises, premiered at the 2019 Cincinnati Fringe Festival to critical acclaim and packed houses.

These online performances will begin at 8 PM on Wednesday through Saturday and 3 PM on Sunday matinees. To allow for any unexpected internet outages, dead batteries, or similar technological inconveniences audience members might potentially encounter, the footage will remain available to ticketholders for 24 hours after the beginning of the performance.

The Know has heard audiences say that they miss the interactive nature of live theatre. Although the Know isn’t quite ready to reopen its Jackson Street mainstage, the production team has devised a special at-home treat to keep that in-the-room magic alive. For a small upcharge, audiences can purchase a ticket that comes with a special “party favor” that will be delivered by mail. Agathae, as the evening’s hostess, will direct those audience members with the party favor on when and how to open the package as a part of the performance. To allow for shipping time, the Know requests that tickets that include the party favor be purchased at least one week ahead of the performance date.

A major part of the Know Theatre’s mission has been its Welcome Wednesday performances, which offer discounted and free tickets every Wednesday of a show’s run. The Know is very pleased to continue to offer Welcome Wednesday programming for this online performance. Wednesday tickets are available for advance purchase for $5, with the possible add-on of the party favor. All remaining tickets for the Wednesday performances will be available for free beginning at 7 PM the day of the performance, just like regular Welcome Wednesdays at the Know. (Please be aware that due to the necessary shipping time, the party favor is not available to purchase with the free Welcome Wednesday tickets.)

FEAST. is an uncompromisingly brash reflection on devotion, grief, and the communal responsibility to stoke the fires of revolution. It’s a bold mash-up of a classical story with bracing modernity, painting a world where mythology comes crashing into pop culture.

If your blood calls out to build a better world in the names of those you love, you’ll love FEAST., running August 7 to September 20, online from the Know Theatre. 

Tickets are available now at knowtheatre.com

CAST

  • Jennifer Joplin* as Agathae
    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association appearing under a Guest Artist contract 

PRODUCTION TEAM

  • Director: Tamara Winters
  • Scenic and Lighting Designer: Andrew J. Hungerford
  • Costume Designer: Noelle Wedig-Johnston
  • Props Designer: Kayla Williams
  • Stage Manager: Meghan Winter
  • Technical Director: Henry Bateman

CALENDAR LISTING

Production:               FEAST. by Megan Gogerty

When:                        8:00 PM August 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, September 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19.

3 PM August 16, 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20.

Where:                       Online streaming.

Tickets:

  • $20 regular price tickets (no “party favor”)
  • $30 regular ticket plus party favor
  • $35 “Living Wage” ticket supporting working artists in Cincinnati, party favor included
  • $15 rush tickets, beginning one hour before performance when available.
  • FREE tickets are available on Wednesdays one hour before the performance as part of the Know’s Welcome Wednesday experience.
  • Advance tickets to Welcome Wednesday are $5, or $15 with the party favor.

FEAST. is made possible through the support of its Production Sponsor, the Morse and Betty Johnson Foundation. 

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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