MONGREL From the Know Theatre Opens August 26

KTC_Mongrel logoFace off against a legend in:

by Adam Tran

August 26 – September 14, 2021

The Great Khan requests an audience. 

The world is more vast than we imagine. Know Theatre invites you on a journey back through time with Mongrel, by Adam Tran, a site-specific immersive world premiere experience. Step directly into the inner circle of the Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, where we draw back the curtain on one of the greatest figures of military history … if you’ve got the courage to face him.

In the 12th and 13th centuries, the Mongols swept across the world, led by a charismatic and powerful leader, crushing all resistance in their path, folding the conquered peoples into their empire. Now you, the audience, with your town under siege, have the opportunity to plead your case before the Khan himself.  But first you’ll need some advice from the Khan’s most trusted adviser.

After the success of All’s Faire, the touring musical that opened our MainStage season, we’re once again returning to the great outdoors. Mongrel will take place around a campfire at a park location in the Cincinnati area. Stay tuned for more information on that: we aren’t quite ready to announce our venue yet, but we will be very soon!

Mongrel is written and performed by Indianapolis-based actor/playwright Adam Tran. Adam is a familiar face to regular Know-goers after appearing in the 2018 ghost story musical Whisper House as the Japanese-American lighthouse worker Yasuhiro, and the 2019 mixed-martial-arts drama Girl in the Red Corner as Warren, a man struggling to keep his family together. 

Mongrel will be directed by Rebecca Wear; we’re delighted to welcome her to her Know directing debut with this production. Rebecca has previously directed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Public, and Arena Stage; and she is a resident director at Hero Theatre in Los Angeles. Mongrel will also feature new original music by Alex Williamson and two-time Grammy winner Christopher Tin.

Mongrel is the second show in our twenty-fourth MainStage season, themed as “Myth-Breakers and Story-Makers.” Producing Artistic Director Andrew J. Hungerford had this to say about the show: “The road of a new play from conception to production can be a marathon, particularly when a pandemic interrupts! After two years of working with Adam to develop this show, I am thrilled that we get to bring Mongrel to audiences with such a brilliant creative team, in a uniquely theatrical environment.”

If you know there’s more to history than what you were taught, or if you’re longing for a close encounter with a legend, join us this month for Mongrel. See what happens when a little boy refuses to be bound by the destiny of his birth – and instead builds himself an empire. Are you brave enough to face the Khan?

Tickets are available on our website,, or by calling our box office at 513-300-5669.


  • Adam Tran as Temujin


  • Director: Rebecca Wear
  • Scenic & Lighting Designer: Andrew J. Hungerford
  • Resident Costume Designer: Noelle Wedig-Johnston
  • Costume Designer: Alix Frisch
  • Sound Designer: Douglas J. Borntrager
  • Props Designer: Kayla Williams
  • Original Music: Christopher Tin and Alex Williamson
  • Stage Manager: Emi Suarez
  • Technical Director: Henry Bateman


Production: MONGREL, by Adam Tran

Dates: August 26 – September 14, 2021; all shows begin at 8 PM.

Where: TBD

Tickets: The standard ticket price is $25. Audiences may opt to support the Know’s initiative to pay all artists and employees a living wage by selecting the $35 Living Wage Ticket. Low-cost admission available for $15. On Wednesdays, as part of our Welcome Experiment, tickets are $5 in advance or FREE beginning one hour prior to the show. The Welcome Experiment is bright to you this season by Judge Mark P. Painter (Ret).

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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