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HARPERS FERRY 2019 at the Know Theatre

KTC_Harpers Ferry 2019 promo“I can’t join any crusades right now, I just can’t!”

by Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin

March 4 – 20, 2022
NOW Livestreaming Through March 19

What happens when history threatens to repeat itself?

When three young park rangers clash over a work assignment, sparks of romance and revolution fly up in Harpers Ferry 2019, running March 4 – 20 at Know Theatre of Cincinnati.

In sleepy West Virginia, a love triangle of National Park rangers train for a living history reenactment about John Brown’s ill-fated raid on Harpers Ferry one hundred sixty years after the event while a reality tv documentary crew looks on. When race and politics enter the equation, the realities of American life collide explosively with the narratives of our history.

This production is presented simultaneously live onstage and livestreaming. Livestreamed performances are Wednesday through Saturday, at 8 PM. The base ticket price for livestreaming is $10; we also offer a $20 livestream ticket option for audiences who would like to support our Living Wage initiative.

The Know’s third show back on our Jackson Street MainStage after we were shuttered by the pandemic, Harpers Ferry 2019 is a world premiere. This dark comedy by Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin had a workshop reading at The Alliance in Atlanta and will be fully staged for the first time for Cincinnati audiences.

Abolitionist John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, on the banks of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, was a flashpoint leading up to the Civil War. Brown’s attempt to seize the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry did not, as he hoped, incite an uprising among the enslaved people in America, and Brown was convicted and hanged for treason, but Harpers Ferry has become a national historic park serving as a monument for the struggle for freedom and civil rights. 

Now, on the 75th anniversary of that park and the 160th anniversary of Brown’s ill-fated raid, three young park rangers prepare for a celebration and re-enactment, under the watchful eyes of a reality TV crew, documenting it all. But this isn’t “Real World: Harpers Ferry,”  and the sparks of interpersonal drama have the potential to light a metaphorical powder keg.

Tamara Winters, the Associate Artistic Director of the Know and director of Harpers Ferry 2019, shared her excitement for this world premiere:

“Playwright Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin is asking tough questions about whose perspective gets canonized when history gets recorded, and how the lens through which you view your history can wildly distort your view.

Is this a story a dark comedy about three young park rangers whose personal lives get increasingly tangled, a story about a reality tv crew trying to capture the drama of a complicated workplace, or an evisceration of our complicity in how we perpetuate cycles of violence?

The answer is YES to all three… plus it’s funny as hell.”


Samuel Fisher, Veronica Dang* & Ryan-Chavez Richmond.

Ryan-Chavez Richmond plays Jay, the ambitious park ranger who’s tasked with directing a living-history reenactment of John Brown’s raid. Veronica Dang* plays Celia, whose bright and polished demeanor hides a host of secrets. Samuel Fisher appears as wannabe-revolutionary Paul, who struggles to set aside his past with Celia even as he dreams of a bright future. The Know is pleased to welcome all three of these actors to their Know Theatre MainStage debuts.

Join us, in-person or livestreaming, for this brand-new play about the histories we re-tell – and the histories we repeat.

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


  • Veronica Dang* as Celia
  • Samuel Fisher as Paul
  • Ryan-Chavez Richmond as Jay
    *member of Actors’ Equity Association


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

Production: Harpers Ferry 2019 by Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin

Dates: March 4 -20, 2022; 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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Directors Sought for 2022-2023 Season at Cincinnati Music Theatre

CMT_logoCincinnati Music Theatre is seeking director submissions for our 2022-2023 Mainstage and Studio Series seasons.

We are looking for directors and artists from diverse backgrounds who are interested in amplifying marginalized voices and bringing fresh perspectives to timely stories. CMT is committed to diverse casting and production teams.

CMT Mainstage Series
CMT Mainstage shows are large- or medium-scale, fully-produced musicals, presented in the Jarson-Kaplan Theatre at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. In 2022-23, we will present two Mainstage shows (November 2022 and May 2023).

CMT Studio Series
The Studio Series is performed in a cabaret setting in the Aronoff’s Fifth Third Bank Theatre. We plan to present three shows in this series in the 2022-23 season (September 2022, February 2023 and June 2023). The September slot is filled, with our postponed production of Between the Lines, Outside the Margins. We are accepting applications for the February and June slots.

Our Studio Series has primarily consisted of small-cast book musicals and original cabarets. However, we would love to see your pitches of music-oriented pieces of any variety. For example:

  • original small-cast musicals
  • original cabaret shows
  • musical revues
  • concert editions of full musicals
  • storytelling pieces that include dance, poetry, instrumental music, etc.

Cincinnati Music Theatre encourages the creation of original art. If an original revue or show is submitted for the Studio Series, an arranger may be hired and paid a flat rate at the producer’s discretion, in lieu of paying grand rights.

The Studio Series is intended for cabaret, revue, and small-scale musicals with little or no costume, set or tech requirements, as there is no budget for sets or costumes. Performances should lend themselves to piano accompaniment or a small combo.

Application information
Interested directors should submit the following information:

  1. Name and contact information
  2. Theatrical experience and/or resume
  3. For each production you are interested in directing, please give the following:
    • Is the Application for the Mainstage or Studio Series?
    • A title and summary for your show, particularly for original works
    • Logistical requirements for cast size, tech needs, musician needs
    • The names of anyone you may have in mind to fill out your production staff
    • The artistic vision you have for your show, and ideas about how you might incorporate conscious casting, dramaturgical work, unconventional staging, and other creative elements to tell a story that speaks to today’s audiences
    • What challenges do you see with this show? How do you plan to meet them?
    • Why is this show a good choice for CMT’s 2022-23 season?

Please send your pitches by February 14, 2022 to Questions? Ask VP Creative Kendra Struthers at the above email address, or call 513.652.2826.

We look forward to hearing from you!
CMT Creative Committee

Please note that CMT is an all-volunteer group, and there is no compensation for artistic staff, actors, technical staff, crew, or musicians.

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DRINKING HABITS Runs Feb. 18-March 5

SSP_Drinking Habits logoDRINKING HABITS
Sunset Players
Feb. 18-March 5
The Arts Center at Dunham [West Price Hill]

Directed by Dan Hawkins

Cast: Elaine Michael as Sister Augusta, Stephanie Junker as Sister Philamena, Alex Soldano as George, Deb Case as Mother Superior, Austin Newsted as Paul, Kayla Theis as Sally, Katherine Anderson as Sister Mary Catherine,
and Keith Minnery as Father Chenille

Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing are secretly making wine to keep the convents doors open.  When two reporters and former fiancees go undercover to investigate, accusations, mistaken identities, and romances ensue in this laugh-out-loud farce.

  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 18-19 at 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 19 at 3pm
  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 25-26 at 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 27 at 3pm
  • Thu, March 3 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, March 4-5 at 8pm

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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Presents ETC Summer Camps 2022

ETC_logo(Cincinnati, OH) Embrace your spark and run with it! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) presents a summer of fun, active camps, which feature a variety of exciting opportunities for kids and teens to connect with and learn from world-class theater professionals. Our camps and classes ignite students’ imaginations through the collaborative process of theatre, empower them as creative thinkers, and support their development as artists and young adults. No audition is necessary; however, space is limited.

Currently, all 2022 camps are scheduled to be in-person from 9:00am-5:00pm, and campers will be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as defined by the CDC.

Junior Summer Camp
Ages 7-15
July 11-22, 2022 (Mon-Fri only)
Tuition: $675

Unleash your child’s creativity with this fun two-week camp that focuses on acting fundamentals and promotes self-confidence, communication, and teamwork. Camp culminates in a production shared with family and friends. Workshops and topics include performance techniques, improv and acting, movement and stage combat, audition skills, and more! 

Technical Theatre Summer Intensive
Ages 13-18
July 18-22, 2022
Tuition: $295

This one-week intensive with technical theatre professionals takes a deep dive backstage as participants develop resourcefulness, teamwork, and creative problem-solving while exploring props, lighting, sound, set design, stage management, and more!

High School Summer Intensive
Ages 13-18
July 25-29, 2022
Tuition: $295

This one-week intensive includes five exciting, fun-packed days aimed at refining young artists’ acting skills and is appropriate for actors working to take their craft to the next level. Participants delve into more advanced performance topics including improv, acting, audition techniques, character development, script analysis, and more. This summer camp culminates in a showcase performance for family and friends. 

For more information or to register online, visit or call (513) 421-3555. Save $25 on all registrations before March 31, 2022.


2021-2022 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.

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Cast Announced for SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Clark State University

CST_logoIt’s been over two years since we’ve performed in our home theatres at the Clark State Performing Arts Center. We are excited to be back with the musical SOMETING ROTTEN!

Mark your calendars! Performances will be on April 8, 9, and 10 at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, Kuss Auditorium.

Announcing the SOMETING ROTTEN! Cast:

  • Nick Bottom – Jimmy Straley
  • Brother Jeremiah – Cory Mitchell
  • Beatrice Bottom – Ellie Donnelly
  • Portia – Natalie Berry
  • William Shakespeare – TJ Montgomery
  • Nigel Bottom – Ian Williams
  • Thomas Nostradamus – Ted Froats
  • Shylock – Steve Morgenstern
  • Minstrel – Anthony Reed
  • Lord Clapham / Master of Justice – Ryan Hester


  • Robin – Chris Hazel
  • Peter Quince – David Snyder
  • Snug – Lucas Sansom
  • Tom Snout – Windom Mesure
  • Francis Flute – Anthony Reed
  • Horatio – Aiden Sutter


  • Tiffany Adams, Kara Bragg, Dawn Chance, Emma Francis, Abbie Hawke, Rachel Hill (Parker), Amy Jaskowiak, Chelsea Jenkins, Sasha Kozlova, Annie Nereng, Abbie Stamper, Lindsey Tomlin
    Thank you to all who auditioned!

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