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Poster by Eric Kilpatrick.

Part of the Cincinnati Lab Theatre Remote New Works Festival
Aug. 7

Written by Ron Burch
Directed by Derek Snow

Cast: R. DeAndre Smith as Thompson, Jeffrey K. Miller as Davis, Alexa Glaser as Lee, Natasha Boeckmann as Flores, Jazz McMullen as Miller, Stage directions by Aliyah Motley

Set in a claustrophobic room, the five heads of the American military-Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard meet after one of them, Thompson, was approached by the President of the United States who wants them to join him in a coup of our government. They also find out that the president has dirt on each of them and is willing to use it if they don’t. While trying to come up with a unanimous decision, they discover that one of them has betrayed them to the president. Thompson figures out who betrays them and decides, using the confession of the culprit, that, despite the possibly catastrophic personal risk, to stop the coup.

  • Fri, Aug. 7 at 7pm

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The Carnegie’s 13th Annual SUITS THAT ROCK Goes Viral

Suits That Rock logoMonthlong campaign, “Rock On for the Carnegie Kids,” highlights past performances, founder interviews and more 

Covington, KY – The Carnegie’s Suits That Rock is back – and this year, the rock and roll good times are going virtual. Replacing its original in-person performance dates of Aug. 28 and Sept. 4, Suits That Rock and its previous twelve years of performances will be celebrated exclusively online over the month of August.

Suits That Rock, is a local music tradition that sees local executives leave the boardroom in favor of the stage – and beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, the 13th edition of the annual fundraising event will move online to continue its support of arts education programming at The Carnegie as well as at more than 60 regional schools. To date, Suits That Rock has raised $1,059,000!

“The importance of continuing to support The Carnegie’s arts education programming necessitates that Suits That Rock continues. The fact that this event has raised more than $1 million over the past 12 years is testament to the one-of-a-kind experience the Suits offer,” said Kim Best, Executive Director of The Carnegie. “While we have shifted online due to the ongoing pandemic, the programming for this year’s Suits That Rock pays homage to the events of the past while ensuring the tradition continues well into the future.”

The “Rock On for the Carnegie Kids” online campaign will feature intimate interviews with founding Suits Paul Bromwell, Kevin Canafax, John Domaschko and Greg Shumate, in addition to performance recaps, Guest Suit interviews, and more. A Suits Fireside Chat featuring the Founding Suits will round out the festivities on Monday, Aug. 31.

Each year Suits That Rock features a select lineup of Guest Suits – and 2020 is no different. Joining this year are: Dan Cahill, Managing Principal and CEO at HSD Metrics; Katie Chadwell, Director of Operations at KnowledgeWorks; Meghan Cummings, Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation; Chrissy Dunn Dutton, Litigation Partner at Buechner Haffer Meyers & Koenig Co., LPA; Brian Kaeppner, Manager of Enterprise Application Engineering at General Electric; Louis Kelly, Commonwealth’s Attorney for 54th Judicial Circuit and Shari Lauter, Director of Qualitative Operations for Campos.

“As it became clear that we could not safely rehearse or put on a show in 2020, we desperately wanted to recreate at least a little taste of the joy of a Suits That Rock show for our audience, for the kids who benefit from The Carnegie’s arts education programming, and for ourselves,” said John Domaschko. “This series of online interviews and retrospective show clips is a great reminder of the fun we’ve had and the great cause we’ve supported. It makes us even more excited to ‘get the band back together’ in 2021.”

All Suits That Rock virtual programming will be available on the Suits That Rock official Facebook page; donations to support “Rock On for the Carnegie Kids” can be made by clicking here. With previous events selling out in minutes, The Carnegie invites the public to enjoy these select highlights this year in anticipation of returning to a more traditional live Suits That Rock celebration in 2021. 

2020 Suits That Rock Line Up

  • Cliff Adams, Retired professor of music, active performer, producer and composer
  • Sheila Baker, Team Leader for Keller Williams Associates
  • Ramona Blaine, Regional Staffing Manager with Interim HealthCare
  • Gary Bockelman, Chief Operating Officer at Wood & Lamping LLP
  • Tom Bosse, Principal at Bosse Law, PLLC
  • Paul Bromwell, Retired Chief Information Officer at Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Steve Brunner, CFO of Rizzo Brothers Painting Contractors, Inc and owner of VG Valuation Group
  • Sarah Cameron, Commercial Litigation Partner at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
  • Kevin Canafax, Midwest Vice President Public Affairs at Fidelity Investments
  • John Caulfield, Chief Financial Officer for Phillips Edison and Company
  • Rick Dews, Commodity Manager for Siemens
  • Elaine Diehl, Announcer/Producer for Cincinnati Public Radio, 90.9 WGUC / 91.7 WVXU
  • Jan Diehl, Retired Director of Bands and Music Teacher at Guardian Angels School
  • John Domaschko, Retired CPA and current board member of various organizations
  • Steve Eklund, Real Estate Investor, Business Consultant, Executive Life Coach
  • David Ellis, Managing Director and Private Wealth Advisor with UBS Financial Services
  • Mickey Foellger, Retired Family Court Circuit Judge, Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Gregg Fusaro, Regional Development Partner for Capital Investment Group
  • Matt Godsted, Director of Enterprise Security at 84.51°
  • Ed Hughes, President of the Hughes Group and Partner in Star Educational Programming, LLC
  • Kathy Laverde, Financial Advisor at Fidant Wealth Partners
  • Dave Miller, President of Buddy Roger’s Music
  • Bob Mitchell, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Cintas
  • Susan Morgan, Vice President at American Mortgage Service Co.
  • Graeme Murray, Independent Consultant and Mission Worker
  • Ken Poleyeff, Application Architect for Cornerstone Brands
  • Mills Rouse, Attorney with Rouse & Rouse, P.S.C.
  • Tim Schigel, Founding Partner of Refinery Ventures
  • Brent Seelmeyer, Director, Organizational Development – Metro Services at Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Greg Shumate, Member-in-charge and corporate and commercial lawyer at Frost Brown Todd, LLC
  • Mark Tipton, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer at Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home
  • Gary Wright, Senior Managing Director of Integra Realty Resources

2020 Guest Suits       

  • Dan Cahill, Managing Principal and CEO at HSD Metrics
  • Katie Chadwell, Director of Operations at KnowledgeWorks
  • Meghan Cummings, Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Chrissy Dunn Dutton, Litigation Partner at Buechner Haffer Meyers & Koenig Co., LPA
  • Brian Kaeppner, Manager of Enterprise Application Engineering at GE
  • Louis Kelly, Commonwealth’s Attorney for 54th Judicial Circuit
  • Shari Lauter, Director of Qualitative Operations for Campos

2020 Suits That Rock Sponsors

Gold Sponsors: Fidelity Investments, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Qual IT Resources, Union Savings Bank

Silver Sponsors: Baird, The Tapke Dusing Group, Frost Brown Todd, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Mariner Wealth Advisors, Rumpke, Scooter Media, Spotted Yeti

Bronze Sponsors: 84.51°, American Mortgage, Chris & Valerie Bopp, C-Forward, Encore Technologies, Fifth Third Bank, HSD Metrics, Jan & Tim Timmel, Sara & Michelle Vance Waddell

Host: Citizens Deposit Bank, Rizzo Painting Contractors, Sara & Richard Behrman, Third Rock Music 

For more information, visit The Carnegie online at


About The Carnegie: The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at or by calling (859) 491-2030. 

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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Zoom Auditions Announced for 2020-2021 Cincinnati Boychoir

MISC_Cincinnati Boychoir logAug. 3, Sept. 3, Nov. 12, Dec. 7 & Jan. 25 from 6-9pm

Even while we’re staying at home, we’re planning for a wonderful 2020-2021 season with excellent music education and exciting performances, all in a tight knit community of boys and their families. The most important part of all this are the talented and dedicated boys who sing in our choirs!

Who’s eligible for an audition?

  • Boys who will be in grade 3-12 in the 2020-2021 school year
  • Boys who love to sing
  • Boys who want to sing with other boys who love to sing

To learn more or to register for an audition, visit

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Sinclair Theatre’s Black Lives Matter Project: WE WEAR THE MASK: BREATHE

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Sinclair Theatre will stream online a series of monologues WE WEAR THE MASK: BREATHE, free of charge beginning August 7th and available through August 9th. This compilation of Black Voices is a collaboration between Sinclair Theatre, Wilberforce University and Sinclair’s Office of Diversity. Monologues were written by Black authors and are being performed by current and former Sinclair actors in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The project was aptly titled by its director Edward Hill, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at Wilberforce University.

According to Hill, “The poem We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar refers to people hiding their true feelings and emotions from everyone else behind a “mask.” In the poem he refers to the cheerful facial expression that people think is necessary so that others don’t see how they truly feel.”

Authors range from the well-known Dominique Morisseau, to emerging artists like, Keith A. Wallace, Kia Corthron, Christine Toy Johnson, Dave Harris, and Sinclair Alumnus Amber Smith.

Gina Neuerer, Chair of Music, Theatre and Dance, developed the project because “Engaging our students and continuing their education during the pandemic is a challenge, but now our students are feeling the anger of the injustice of our country’s systemic racism, and I want to help them to find multiple paths for their rage and fear and activism, with one of those paths being involvement in theatre performance.”

Actors lending their voices to this project include:

  • Stephen Powell, We Wear the Mask, by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Amber Smith, Character Jasmine from Pipeline, by Dominique Morisseau
  • Mackenzie Moore, Jazelle the Gazelle, by Dominique Morisseau
  • Amber Smith, Character Mya from Tired, by Amber Smith
  • Kasaahn Johnson, Character Omari from Pipeline, by Dominique Morisseau
  • Bryana Bentley, You Think You Know Us, by Christine Toy Johnson
  • Shaun Diggs, Press-Ure, from Blood at the Root, by Dominique Morisseau
  • Mari Pullings, Wake, Child, by Dave Harris
  • Stephen Powell and Deangelo Powell, Survival Code, from Blood at the Root, by Dominique Morisseau (Choreographed by Rodney Veal)
  • Bryana Bentley, For Black Women Who Experienced Genocide When the Police Murders of Their Sons Was Too Much, by Keith A. Wallace

The monologues will be compiled into one production package by Dan Brunk, professor of Sinclair Theatre’s technology classes. In order to view this free production, you need to visit Sinclair’s ticketing site at and register for an attendee number which will allow you admission to the site during the streaming period of August 7-9th.


We Wear The Mask

We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!

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Edward L. Hill

Director’s Biography:
Director Edward L. Hill made his debut at the Dayton Theater Guild in the February 2020 production of Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting.  His portrayal of Paul Robeson earned him the credit of  Breakthrough Male Performance in a Play for the 2020 Dayton Theater Season.

Hill recently moved to the area from Atlanta, Georgia. and currently serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at Wilberforce University.

He has theater and musical theater credits as an actor, director, and performance coach. Hill is a newly-minted board member of the Dayton Theatre Guild. His most recent credits include company member of Trustus Theater in Columbia, South Carolina. Roles include Troy, in August Wilson’s Fences, Mr. West, in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, and the Warden in Kiss of the Spider Woman. Hill also has television and film credits including small supporting roles in The Contingent, Survivor’s Remorse, and Six.

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The Carnegie Creative Disruption Committee Announces Digital Auditions for GODSPELL

TC_Creative Disruption Committee logo(COVINGTON, KY) – The Carnegie Creative Disruption Committee (The Carnegie CDC) is pleased to announce that they will be hosting auditions by digital submissions for their first production, GODSPELL. This uplifting musical will be presented in an innovative format across Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park’s 3-acre campus. Featuring physically distant staging and small group audience tours through the production, this will be like no production of GODSPELL you’ve experienced before!

A Musical Based Upon The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Music and Additional Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Conceived by John-Michael Tebelak

Performance dates will be September 12 and 13, 2020 at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.
Rehearsals will take place digitally on evenings and weekends August 10- September 9.
Outdoor, in-person rehearsals at Pyramid Hill on September 10 and 11 (these will be daytime rehearsals, but we will do our best to work with people’s work schedules where needed.) 


  • A sample of your singing. Anything you already have recorded or 32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show.
  • Your best joke, funny story, or anecdote. We’re looking for an ability to tell stories engagingly. Feel free to improvise. Or send a recorded monologue that you already have ready to go.
  • If you play an instrument, send a little snippet of you playing!
  • A note indicating what roles you are willing to accept from the list at the bottom of this notice as well as if you play an instrument!

Please note audition videos due by July 31st. This is a tight turnaround. Please don’t worry too much about video quality. Send whatever you have to be considered. Please send a video with a resume and headshot attached to Maggie Perrino, by July 31st. Links preferred to video files, but either is acceptable. Links to personal websites that offer digital copies of headshot and resume and/or singing and acting reels will be accepted.  


  • You will be asked to turn in a full list of conflicts for dates August 10-September 13 if being considered for a role. Please have that prepared if asked to provide this info.
  • No performance conflicts will be accepted.
  • All roles open to any race, gender identity, age, or body type. The Carnegie CDC is committed to a culture of equity that welcomes and respects diverse artistic voices.


  • The Carnegie CDC defines paid roles in each of its projects that charge admission. Those roles are supported by the volunteer work of others who recognize the need to create revenue for their fellow theatre-makers who are out-of-work at this time.
  • GODSPELL will offer 8 paid performance roles. It will also offer community performance opportunities in the ensemble. The ensemble roles are not paid.
  • The 8 performance roles will be paid as part of a profit-sharing program at the end of the show. The amount paid out will directly depend on how many tickets are sold.
  • The Carnegie CDC takes 25% of profits for ongoing work, while 75% of profits will be equally split among the defined paid roles (8 actors and 2 production roles.)

All cast members must feel comfortable rehearsing outside, walking significant distances, complying with temperature and symptom checks as well as wearing masks as part of rehearsal and performance protocols. 


  • Jesus – High Tenor G#; the driving force of the show. The one with the most energy, humor, and will-power. Gentle but with strength. The type of person others naturally follow.
  • Judas/John the Baptist – Baritone E. Must portray attributes of both biblical characters; he is Jesus’ “right-hand man” and most devoted disciple and then doubter and – ultimately – the betrayer. Charismatic, like Jesus, but in a revolutionary way. The most “serious” of the group, but must still possess a good sense of physical comedy.6 Philosophers/Apostles – Listed below are the vocal ranges of the musical numbers. Please use this as a type of “character breakdown” since all philosophers/apostles will be addressed by their actual names. Must have experience with harmony and improv. Any special “tricks,” ability to play musical instruments, or overall personal quirks are encouraged!
  • “Day by Day” – Mezzo-Soprano
  • “Learn Your Lessons Well” – Mezzo-Soprano
  • “Bless the Lord” – Soprano, High A
  • “All Good Gifts” – Tenor, High A
  • “Light of the World” – Baritone, E
  • “Turn Back, O Man” – Alto, D below Middle C
  • “By My Side” – Alto
  • “We Beseech Thee” – Tenor, High D

16 Community Ensemble Roles: Strong singers/actors with capable movement ability; strong storytelling and physical comedy skills also desired.

GODSPELL presented through special arrangement with Theatre Maximus, 1650 BROADWAY, SUITE 606, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10019. For more information about GODSPELL or to find out how you can become part of The Carnegie CDC or for more information, email or visit


About The Carnegie
The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at or by calling (859) 491-2030.

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati International Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the City of Covington. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

About The Carnegie Creative Disruption Committee
COVID-19 has significantly impacted the live performance industry, leaving many people within it fighting for their livelihoods at a time when the need for respite from the realities of today increases daily. The Carnegie has launched a new committee to address both concerns in hopes of being a beacon for change and comfort to the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky arts community – The Carnegie Creative Disruption Committee (The Carnegie CDC).

A volunteer consortium of artists, educators, business and social service professionals, The Carnegie CDC will act as a creative engine and rapid response team to the current struggles of the entertainment industry. It will also provide a new community-based structure for performing arts programming. Learn more by visiting or by calling (859) 491-2030.

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