Monthly Archives: April 2021

Falcon Theatre to Produce BEN BUTLER As On-demand Theater For Film Project 

FT_Ben Butler logoBEN BUTLER by Richard Strand, Falcon Theatre’s third theater-for-film project of its 2020-2021 season, is currently in production and will be available for streaming May 14 through 22.

What M*A*S*H was to the Korean War, Ben Butler is to the American Civil War. It’s a story that examines the horrors of war, and in this case, of slavery. But the play uses a strong dose of humor to portray the triumph of the human spirit from the cruelest and most dire of circumstances.

An escaped slave shows up and demands asylum at union-held Fort Monroe, Virginia in the early days of the war. Major General Ben Butler, who has been in the Union army for only a few weeks and has never held a rank lower than brigadier general, is faced with a moral dilemma: To follow the letter of the law, which would almost certainly end in the killing of the slave or to create a novel interpretation of the law that would save the slave’s life but that might end his barely-begun military career.

First-time Falcon director Piper Davis says that she was drawn to the play because of its approach to the story. “It certainly isn’t often you see a funny story about slavery,” Ms. Davis says. “But the humor of the play is found in its portrayal of resilience and hope.” Ms. Davis says that one of the challenges of the production is to make sure that the audience understands that, despite such heavy subject matter, it’s OK to laugh and enjoy the story.

The New York Times describes BEN BUTLER as “part comedy, part historical drama, and part biography, often all at once…just call it splendid.” The Times raves that the story’s dialogue is “by turns sarcastic, droll, and witty…clever without being glib, meaningful without being pretentious. It’s a funny and impressive mixture.”

The production’s cast features Michael Hall, Phineas Clark, Rico Reid, and Terry Gosdin.

Details for streaming the presentation will appear soon on Falcon’s website (www.falcontheater.net) and on Falcon’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Cast Announced for THE ROOMMATE at Dayton Theatre Guild

DTGWe are pleased to announce the cast of THE ROOMMATE by Jen Silverman

  • Linda Donald as Sharon
  • Melissa Kerr Erstgaard as Robyn
CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH WOMEN!
Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. A dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life — and what happens when the wheels come off.
Directed by K.L.Storer
Produced by Heather Atkinson
The show will stream on-line through BookTix Live in six streaming events June 24-27
Thu, June 24 – 7:00 pm
Fri, June 25 – 8:00 pm
Sat, June 26 – 3:00 pm
Sat, June 26 – 8:00 pm
Sun, June 27 – 3:00 pm
Sun, June 27 – 8:00 pm
Tickets: $12.50 per stream pass
link to buy stream pass: https://dayton.booktix.com
*This show contains adult language and situations
THE ROOMMATE is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
For more information, including future auditions, see http://www.daytontheatreguild.org

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MU Theatre Presents Climate Change Theatre Action April 28-May 1

MUT_Mother Earth logoMU Theatre presents Mother Earth’s Gallery of Broken Things: Miami University Theatre’s Climate Change Theatre Action between April 28 and May 1, 2020. This series of short performances, curated by Mother Earth, calls on humans to heal the planet. Featuring the work of 9 global and local playwrights, this outdoor site-specific performance (performed with social distancing) uses dance, projections, poetry, storytelling, and comedy to create performances that spark the power of imagination and collective action.

When Miami University Theatre had to reconsider their 2021 spring production season, Dr. Ann Elizabeth Armstrong proposed an outdoor site-specific performance for a socially distant format. With student designers, dramaturgs, directors, and managers, they curated short plays from two edited collections by Chantal Bilodeau; Where is the Hope? An Anthology of Short Climate Change Plays and Lighting the Way: An Anthology of Short Plays About the Climate Crisis.  Bilodeau is the director of Climate Change Theatre Action, a global network of artists integrating activism for the planet.

The performance includes plays by globally recognized playwrights as well as Miami University students. Each piece addresses different questions such as:  Can we take action to save endangered species?  How can we listen to the environment around us?  What wisdom do our ancestors (or aliens) have to help us save the planet?  How are we connected to others through the resources we consume? How will we solve the complex puzzle and imagine new possibilities for the future? The performances begin in the courtyard behind the Center for Performing Arts. Tour guides will walk audience members to short presentations near Miami’s Center for Performing Arts and Hiestand Hall.

The Climate Change Action Project reached across Miami University to create engaging collaborations for the show, including with the Miami University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Ricardo Averbach and Dr. Roxanne Ornelas, associate professor of geography, is featured in a role. Student work includes projection designs from the Department of Emerging Technology in Business and Design, original music compositions, and more. Miami University has joined other universities in signing the President’s Climate Leadership Commitments, striving for carbon neutrality in the future.  This cultural event offers an opportunity to contemplate our personal role in our community’s commitment to the future.

For more information about free ticketing, please visit Miami University’s Box Office HERE. This is a free event but it will be ticketed to maintain safe capacity and social distancing. For more information please visit the MU Theatre website HERE.

If you go:

Mother Earth’s Gallery of Broken Things: Miami University Theatre’s Climate Change Theatre Action, Directed by Ann Elizabeth Armstrong

April 28, 29, 30 & May 1, 7:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts Plaza
Rain Dates: May 2 & 3

Short Performances:

  • “Failed Experiment” by Vitor Jatoba
  • “The Butterfly that Persisted” by Lana I. Nasser
  • “Blood on the Leaves” by Madeline Sayet
  • “About that Chocolate Bar” by Joan Lipkin
  • “The Blue Puzzle” by Clare Duffy
  • “When they Twinkle” by Tyler Creech
  • “Brackendale” by Elaine Avila
  • “Letter to the Ocean” by Caridad Svich
  • “It begins with Me” by Chantal Bilodeau

The team designing the production experience includes: students Tyler Creech (scene design); Kelsi Moore, Lily Rose, Annie Watson, Qiuyang Xiong (dramaturgs); Emily Stowers (assistant choreographer); Kevin Woeste (composer and sound designer); Jenna Wrona (lighting design); Taylor Yaeck (costume designer); Miami University faculty and staff members Gion DeFrancesco (production manager and designer); Ashley Goos (choreographer) Meggan Peters (costume) Curtis Mortimore (lighting/technical direction); and guest artists Jaclyn Schott (director) and Jason Sebasian (sound design).

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AN INSPECTOR CALLS Runs May 7-23

TCP_An Inspector Calls logoAN INSPECTOR CALLS
Tri-County Players
May 7-23
Bell Tower Arts Pavilion [Evendale]

Directed by Gregg Robertson
Produced by Gregory Carl Smith

Cast: Stephen Beck, Bonnie Emmer, Rick Enriquez, Susan Gordy, Michael Hughes, Tom Keating, Monika Rudolph & Beth Smith

On an early April evening, 1912, the celebration dinner of a prosperous and prominent British family is interrupted when an Inspector calls, investigating the grisly suicide of a young working girl. One by one, the Inspector tears the family members out of their arrogance and complacency showing how each of them, in turn, is responsible for the girl’s death. What begins as a drawing room mystery turns to bombastic confrontations, and, in the end, a terrifying twist.

  • Fri-Sat, May 7-8 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 9 at 3pm
  • Fri-Sat, May 14-15 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 16 at 3pm
  • Fri-Sat, May 21-22 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 23 at 3pm

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Emerge from the Darkness in CRYPSIS, a Devised, Immersive Audio Walking Tour

KTC_Crypsis logoAvailable Beginning April 28

It’s been over a year since we’ve shared space. Life as we know it isn’t back, just yet – but there are signs. Things emerging. Stories calling to be told.

The Know team invites you to walk with us – literally – as a new story about emerging from the darkness unfolds around you.

Join us at your convenience, beginning April 28, for an immersive audio tale designed to follow the path you choose – towards reunion, or toward revenge.

Designed to be experienced in Cincinnati’s spectacular Eden Park, CRYPSIS is a new audio play with a bonus: We’re using geolocation technology to advance the story with new scenes as you walk past certain landmarks — iconic locations that, as you listen, perhaps become something more.

This pay-what-you-can mashup of an audio drama and interactive walking tour takes inspiration from two legendary myths – Persephone from the Greek tradition, and Inanna from Mesopotamian lore.

Two women wronged. Two paths to the underworld. Two very different journeys back to the surface – and two paths for you to choose, as well.

How does it work? 

Once CRYPSIS becomes available at knowtheatre.com starting April 28, you’ll be able to pay whatever you choose, and we’ll send you the link you need to download the Echoes app on your smartphone or tablet.  Then, when you are ready to walk your path in Eden Park, you’ll open the app on your digital device, load up our story and its associated map, and follow your heart – either to redemption, or revenge.

As you walk along some of Cincinnati’s most scenic pathways and celebrated landmarks, you’ll be given prompts to see certain things in new ways, make choices of which way to go, and discover what it means to re-emerge.

After the year we’ve had, who couldn’t use an excuse to get out of the house, stretch your wings, and explore? 

Created and conceived entirely by the Know Theatre staff, with voice talents including beloved local actor Jordan Trovillion, CRYPSIS is for anyone who is hungry to scratch their way out of isolation and back into the light. (And if you’re not ready or able to join us in Eden Park, we’ll have a version of the show that you can experience from home).

We’ve missed you, Cincinnati. Come walk with us as this new story unfolds.

PRODUCTION TEAM

  • Devising Team: Henry Bateman,Doug Borntrager, Liz Carman, Andrew Hungerford, Zach Robinson, Kayla Williams, Meghan Winter, Tamara Winters
  • Sound Designer: Douglas J. Borntrager
  • Cast: Jordan Trovillion, additional voices TBD

AT A GLANCE

Production: CRYPSIS

Dates: available for download April 28 – June 30, 2021

Where: Online, to be enjoyed while walking Eden Park. An online version with video and audio will also be available.

Tickets: This production is pay-what-you-can, and all proceeds support the ongoing mission and artists of Know Theatre. Make your purchase at knowtheatre.com, and once you do, you’ll get a link to download the Echoes app (echoes.xyz) on your mobile device, where you will be able to access the audio and map for your walking tour.


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. 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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