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Cast Announced for THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON at Alibi Playes

ALIBI_logoAlibi Players is thrilled to announce the cast for our January production of THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON by Jason Miller.

  • Tom Daley- Adam Carter
  • George Sikowski- Jeff Hartman
  • James Daley- Bob Brunner
  • Phil Romano- Gary Glass
  • Coach- Harold Murphy

Performances will be held at The Liberty Exhibition Hall in Northside opening January 7, 2022 and running through Sunday, January 16, 2022.

THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON is a story about the 25th high school reunion of the team that won the 1952 Pennsylvania State Basketball Championship and the toll it has taken as each athlete navigates their way through life. A story of success versus failure, racism and prejudice, and the high price of winning at all costs, this is a show not to be missed!

To find out more visit us at www.alibiplayers.com!

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GLASSHEART at the Know Theatre

KTC_Glassheart logo“Did you ever really like reality? This might be your only chance to leave.”

GLASSHEART
by Reina Hardy
November 19 – December 12, 2021
A tale as old as time. Mostly. 

For the holidays, we’re bringing you a fairy tale for the broken-hearted. You already know and love the characters: an enchanted beast, his devoted servant, and a kind-hearted young woman who’s been locked up … in a crappy Chicago apartment. Glassheart, running November 19 – December 12 at Know Theatre, brings you a daringly modern twist on the story of the Beauty and her Beast.

Whether you’re a young woman with her first Chicago apartment or a cursed Beast with a talking lamp who’s recently downsized, the hardest thing about moving to a big city can be making a genuine connection with people. Glassheart is a new kind of fairy tale: for the romantics, for the broken-hearted, and for everyone who’s ready to breathe a little magic back into the world.

The Know’s second show back on our Jackson Street MainStage after we were shuttered by the pandemic, Glassheart is written by Reina Hardy, who also penned the Know’s 2017 holiday show, the Victorian-lady-detective crime caper Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride. Glassheart will be presented both live onstage and as a digital streaming production.

Glassheart sets the oft-adapted tale of Beauty and the Beast firmly in the present day with the question: what if Beauty had never shown up? After centuries of waiting, the Beast and his one remaining servant, a plucky living lamp, have sold their fairy-tale European castle and decamped to Chicago, hoping that the city’s dense population holds at least one woman who can love a Beast. When Aiofe (say it “ee-fah;” it’s an Irish name that means “beautiful”) chances into their apartment in search of a runaway pet, the Beast and his Lamp think the curse’s power may soon be broken … but they may not be prepared for the sacrifices they’ll make along the way.

Tamara Winters, the Associate Artistic Director of the Know and director of this production, said of Glassheart, “After 20 months of living through a truth that is stranger than fiction, diving headfirst into a story that intentionally dances between fantasy and reality feels remarkably satisfying. It’s my favorite kind of story – one that takes what you think will be familiar and flips it on its head, asking all kinds of new questions you haven’t thought to ask before. It’s a grown-up kind of fairytale; a nice palate cleanser from predictable holiday fare. It’s a story that will keep you guessing, but ultimately one that will remind you what it takes to become human. I think, right now, we could all use that lesson.”

Adam Tran returns to the Know’s MainStage to play the Beast on the heels of this summer’s outdoor production of Mongrel, the solo show he wrote and performed. Joining him are a pair of leading ladies in their mainstage debuts: Hannah Gregory will play the Beast’s devoted Lamp, who schemes to find the true love that will break the Beast’s curse, and Julie Locker will appear as Aiofe, the young beauty who falls into imprisonment in the Beast’s home. Rounding out the cast as the Witch is Jodie Linver, who was last seen on our MainStage as the goat Bibb in 2020’s Alabaster.

Make a little magic with us this holiday season with this story of love, sacrifice, and redemption as we take a new twist on a tale as old as time.

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

CAST

  • Adam Tran as the Beast
  • Hannah Gregory as the Lamp
  • Julie Locker as Aiofe
  • Jodie Linver as the Witch

PRODUCTION TEAM

  • Director: Tamara Winters
  • Lighting & Scenic Designer: Andrew J. Hungerford
  • Costume Designer: Noelle Wedig-Johnston
  • Props Designer: Kayla Williams
  • Sound Designer: Douglas J. Borntrager
  • Technical Director: Jim Stark
  • Stage Manager: Ben Dudley

AT A GLANCE

Production: Glassheart by Reina Hardy

Dates: November 19 – December 12, 2021; Wednesday – Saturday shows are at 8 PM; Sunday matinees are at 3 PM.

Where: Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson Street in Over-the-Rhine

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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CATS Runs Nov. 23-28

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Broadway in Dayton
Nov. 23-28
Schuster Center [Dayton]

Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater — “Memory.” Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (PhantomSchool of RockSunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!

  • Tue-Wed, Nov. 23-24 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 26 at 1:30pm & 7pm
  • Sat, Nov. 27 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 28 at 1pm & 6:30pm

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EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!) Runs Nov. 19-Dec. 26

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Miranda McGee as Santa. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography

EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!)
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Nov. 19-Dec. 26
[Over-the-Rhine]

CSC’s holiday smash hit Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) is back again for another season of holiday hilarity! What begins as another annual production of A Christmas Carol, soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics” including pop culture favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life, Rudolph, Charlie Brown and more! Add in topical references that always keep this annual tradition fresh and fun as we send up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss for 90+ minutes of high octane jollity and frivolity.

10/21/21 COVID-19 Policy

  • Fri, Nov. 19 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Nov. 20 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 21 at 2pm
  • Mon, Nov. 22 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 26 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Nov. 27 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 28 at 2pm
  • Wed-Fri, Dec. 1-3 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec. 4 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 5 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 9-10 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec. 11 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 12 at 2pm
  • Wed-Fri, Dec. 15-17 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec. 18 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 19 at 2pm
  • Mon-Thu, Dec. 20-23 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 26 at 2pm & 7:30pm

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World Premiere NEED YOUR LOVE Adds New Musical Chapters in the Life of R&B Singer Little Willie John

Follow-Up to the Hugely Popular CINCINNATI KING Begins Oct. 30

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Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park continues its season with a second world premiere: NEED YOUR LOVE by writer-director KJ Sanchez. The production, beginning Oct. 30 continues the unforgettable story of R&B singer Little Willie John, the King Records star who was first featured in the 2018 world premiere production Cincinnati King. Made possible thanks to support from the Rosenthal Family Foundation, NEED YOUR LOVE runs through Dec. 12. Official opening night is Thursday, Nov. 4.

With live performances of “Fever,” “My Love Is,” “Shakin'” and “Need Your Love So Bad,” the musical docudrama will please audiences who enjoy R&B renditions of some of music’s greatest songs as will fans of prior shows like Cincinnati King, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Million Dollar Quartet and Low Down Dirty Blues.

“From the first day of auditions for Cincinnati King, we could tell that Little Willie John was going to be an exciting character, and then our first preview proved how much the audience was connected with him — especially when he sang!” Sanchez says. “There was always a deep interest in Willie, and I always had a passion for spreading the word about his brilliance.”

Like Cincinnati King, NEED YOUR LOVE features an onstage band for John’s musical performances. Musicians Richard Livingston Huntley, Ralph Huntley and Cincinnati’s own Terrell Montgomery return for musical accompaniment along with Joel Greenberg. Richard Livingston Huntley also returns as Music Director.

“The story of Little Willie John is so powerful and compelling, and his music is so engrossing and current that I’m very excited to be able to share his music and story with more people,” says Livingston Huntley.

In addition to the music, NEED YOUR LOVE tells the story of Little Willie John’s childhood in Detroit, how he got his first record with Syd Nathan’s King Records, and much more about his time and life before his tragic death at age 30, including stories from his sister, Mable John, who Sanchez interviewed for the play.

“He was one of the finest singers to have ever lived. He could sing anything, and he should still be alive today,” says Sanchez, who noted his performances inspired the likes of James Brown.

Sanchez began writing NEED YOUR LOVE when the Black Lives Matter movement swept across social media in 2020, and she thought of his own life cut short – with songs unsung and stories untold – resulting in a production that’s relevant to our lives today.

“Each and every day we should be asking, what are we doing with our talent? What are we passionate about? How do we honor those that have fallen between the cracks? Who tells our story?” Sanchez explains.

CAST
Antonio Michael Woodard (Antonio/Little Willie John)

PRODUCTION 
KJ Sanchez (playwright/director); Richard Livingston Huntley (music director); Josafath Reynoso (set designer); Rachel Anne Healy (costume designer); Amber Whatley (lighting designer); Lindsay Jones (sound designer); Stephanie Klapper, CSA (casting director); Brooke Redler (stage manager); Suann Pollack (second stage manager)

TICKETS
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit www.cincyplay.com. Patrons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf blind or speech disabled: dial 711 to connect to the Box Office via Ohio Relay Services.

Performances on Tuesdays through Saturdays will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. There is one Wednesday matinee at 1 p.m. on Nov. 17. Individual tickets start at just $35. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show for all other performances. Discounted ticket prices for teens are available for all productions and are $30 to $45, depending on show and seat location.

ADVISORY: Recommended for adults and teenage audiences. This musical docudrama celebrates the life of a talented R&B singer, whose behind-the-scenes tales feature some mild adult language and mature themes.

HEALTH AND SAFETY
Patrons will need to be masked and fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test to attend an indoor performance. Visit the Health & Safety page for details.

SPONSORS
Production Sponsors are Digi and Mike Schueler and Jennifer and Woody Taft. Honorary Producers are Linda and Gary Greenberg and Barbara M. Weyand, with additional support from the Harold and Mimi Weinberg Charitable Trust. Rosenthal Shelterhouse Season Sponsor is Heidelberg Distributing Company. Season Sponsor of New Work is the Rosenthal Family Foundation.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation.

ACCESS
The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs, and complete wheelchair access are available.

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