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Auditions Announced for THE TAMING at Village Players

VP_new logoVillage Players of Fort Thomas is holding auditions for THE TAMING by Lauren Gunderson Sunday, June 12 at 2:00pm and Monday, June 13 at 7:00pm in the street-level Judith M. Sarakatsannis Gallery at 8 N. Ft. Thomas Ave. 41075.

We are also accepting virtual auditions (see below for details). COVID-19 vaccination required.

In-person auditions: Cold readings, sides provided. Resume and headshot appreciated but not required. Bring all conflicts between August 1 and October 9.

Virtual auditions: send a 60-second comic monologue to no later than 11:59pm Monday, June 13.

Resume and headshot appreciated but not required. Send all conflicts between August 1 and October 9.

Rehearsals begin in early August. Show dates are September 30, October 1 & 2, and October 6-8.

THE TAMING is directed by Betsy Bossart and produced by Jen Fischer Davis.


  • PATRICIA: aide to Senator Peter Baxter (R-GA), so conservative. 30s. Also plays JAMES MADISON, 1787.
  • BIANCA: Southern hipster activist, so liberal. 30s. Also plays INTERN (sweet, Southern good-girl intern). Also plays CHARLES PINCKNEY, 1787.
  • KATHERINE: passionate Southern belle/pageant winner/mastermind. Also plays GEORGE and MARTHA WASHINGTON, 1787. Also plays DOLLEY MADISON, 1787.
  • VOICE ACTOR: Off-stage voice of THE STAGE MANAGER, MISS AMERICA ANNOUNCER, and VICTORIA “THE KNIFE” CASTELLIANO. Will double as crew/dresser backstage.

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Gideon Productions Presents BE MY THIEF World Premiere as Part of Cincy Fringe Festival


JUNE 14th – JUNE 17th @ ART ACADEMY ROOM 103

Gideon Productions, the company behind the Cincy Fringe hits God Of Obsidian (2017 Linda Bowen Full Frontal Pick) Musical Chairs (2018 Critic’s Pick Award), and This House Will Never Let Us Go (2019 Critic’s Pick Award) will present the World Premiere of playwright Mac Rogers’ (The Honeycomb Trilogy; the global hit podcasts The Message, LifeAfter and Steal The Stars) sci-fi-inflected psychological thriller BE MY THIEF, running from June 14th to June 17th at Art Academy Room 103 as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The production will be directed by Jordana Williams (The Honeycomb Trilogy; Steal the Stars) and will feature Rebecca Comtois (Viral; Crystal Skillman’s Geek! with Vampire Cowboys), Mac Rogers (NYIT Outstanding Lead Actor Nominee for The Adventures of Nervous-Boy with Nosedive Productions), and Kristen Vaughan (Frankenstein Upstairs, The Honeycomb Trilogy, NYIT Outstanding Lead Actress Winner for Benefactors).

Mira just came home from her first day back at work in person… but her husband Sam doesn’t think she’s really Mira at all. Sam is convinced that she’s a duplicate, created for unknown and likely nefarious reasons. Unable to persuade Sam from his apparent delusion, Mira tracks down an unconventional (and unnerving) therapist, Latham, who takes the couple down a terrifying therapeutic rabbit-hole that unearths truths none of them could have imagined. BE MY THIEF is a twisty thriller about marriage, intimacy, identity, and the fear that society may be changing faster than we can ever prepare for.

BE MY THIEF will run June 14th at 7:00pm, June 15th at 7:00pm, June 16th at 8:45pm, and June 17th at 8:45pm, as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival at Art Academy Room 103 (1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202). Tickets ($16) may be purchased online at The show will run 60 minutes with no intermission.

MAC ROGERS (Playwright and Sam) is an award-winning playwright and audio dramatist. His sci-fi thriller podcasts THE MESSAGE, STEAL THE STARS, and LIFEAFTER were downloaded over 7 million times.  His plays God of Obsidian, Musical Chairs, and This House Will Never Let Us Go were all Cincy Fringe award-winners. His plays include THE HONEYCOMB TRILOGY (New York Times and Backstage Critic’s Picks and winner of the NYIT Award for Best Premiere Production), VIRAL (winner of Outstanding Play at FringeNYC 2009), and UNIVERSAL ROBOTS (nominated for four New York Innovative Theatre awards). Mac’s plays have earned acclaim from The New York Times, The Guardian, Time Out New York, The New York Post, and many others. 

JORDANA WILLIAMS (Director) has directed numerous plays by Mac Rogers, including the CityBeat Critic’s Picks This House Will Never Let Us Go, God Of Obsidian, Musical Chairs, and Ligature Marks, as well as The Honeycomb Trilogy (NY Times and Time Out NY Critics’ Picks), Universal Robots and Viral. She also directed Mac’s podcast thrillers Steal the Stars, a 2018 Audie Award finalist for Best Audio Drama, and Give Me Away. Other favorite directing work includes Kill Shakespeare at NY Comic Con, Vince Gatton’s Alexandria and The Particulars at FringeNYC.

REBECCA COMTOIS (Mira) previously worked with Mac Rogers and Jordana Williams on the Cincy Fringe award-winners This House Will Never Let Us Go, God Of Obsidian, Musical Chairs, and Ligature Marks, as well as Viral (Winner of FringeNYC’s Outstanding Production of a Play) and The Honeycomb Trilogy (NY Times and Time Out NY Critics’ Picks).  Other notable roles include Minnie the Minotaur in Cystal Skillman’s Geek! (Vampire Cowboys), Jenny in James Comtios’ Infectious Opportunity (Nosedive Productions) and Mag in Taylor Mac’s The Hot Month  (Boomerang’s Legacy Reading Series).

KRISTEN VAUGHAN (Latham) is a three-time NYIT Awards nominee for Lead Actress, winning for Jane in Benefactors (Retro Productions).  Among Kristen’s other roles; Amelia Cooke in The Honeycomb Trilogy and Victoria Frankenstein in Frankenstein Upstairs (Gideon Productions), and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (Bleecker Company).

Critical acclaim for Gideon Productions:

“Television is where you find complicated storytelling. Film is the home of epic sci-fi trilogies. Giant aliens are expensive. Mac Rogers’s “Honeycomb Trilogy,” a titanic story about humanity in crisis wedged into a small theater in Queens, laid waste to these truisms, and provided giddy, cerebral fun along the way.” The New York Times 

“With a minimal but imaginative set, two very talented actors, and a powerful passionate script, God Of Obsidian is not to be missed.”  The Sappy Critic

“A sexy, subtle, and startling exploration of apathy versis desire.” CityBeat on This House Will Never Let Us Go 

GIDEON PRODUCTIONS crafts gripping plays that explore what’s strange about being human and what’s human about being strange, using familiar genres and cultural touchstones as a springboard to something wholly unexpected.

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Cast Announced for THIS RANDOM WORLD at Mariemont Players

MPI_logo 2020Mariemont Players and director Laura Berkemeier are excited to announce the cast of our September production, This Random World, by Steven Dietz:

The cast incudes:

  • Beth: Brieanne Sheehan
  • Tim: Jay Gossett
  • Scottie: Liz Ingram
  • Gary: Dan Maloney
  • Rhonda: Megan Carr
  • Claire: Caitlin Ingram
  • Bernadette: Candace Grissom
  • The Man: Mark Metzner

Performance dates: September 8 – 25, 2022

Synopsis: We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but is that just a myth? Mining the comedy of missed connections, This Random World asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.

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Street Stage Project Powered by ArtsWave Brings 800+ Performances to OTR & Downtown Between Now and BLINK®

AW_Street Stage Project logoCINCINNATI (May 31, 2022) – Starting May 31 and culminating with the return of BLINK, music will once again fill the streets of Downtown Cincinnati. The Street Stage Project powered by ArtsWave and produced by CMA & 3CDC, will return this summer with over 800 performances from over two-dozen local musicians across the city. This is a 20-week program that will run until October 16.

The Street Stage Project was launched in 2019 by the Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) and the Cincinnati Music Accelerator (CMA) as a way to bring vibrancy to the streets of downtown and OTR and to support local musicians. Since the program began, it’s been made possible with the support of the tens and thousands of community residents who give generously to ArtsWave, the main funder in this project. This venture enables new musicians to perform throughout key gathering places that are essential to creating and maintaining a vibrant urban core.

“ArtsWave is pleased to enliven the neighborhoods of Downtown and OTR through the Street Stage Project, where you will experience first-hand that live arts are back and ready to greet and connect us all.” said Alecia Kintner, President & CEO of ArtsWave.

Performance locations may change throughout the 20 weeks but will be split between OTR and the Central Business District. Time slots at each location will vary between lunchtime (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and early evening (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) for 20 weeks: May 31 to October 16. To find out where musicians are playing, follow The Street Stage Project on Facebook,

The Cincinnati Music Accelerator will manage and facilitate talent for the project. The current musicians that will kick off the series are alumni who have graduated from the Accelerator program. CMA will also accept new submissions from local musicians throughout the project. Interested musicians should visit for more information.

“CMA aims to make Cincinnati to be known and recognized as a music city. We do this by teaching them how to monetize their talent and learn all aspects of the business at a level that’s catered around their craft. Kick Lee, founder of CMA, said. Projects like The Street Stage Project provide exposure and an opportunity for artists to demonstrate their skills to a broader audience that they normally might not be able to reach.”


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Auditions Announced for Summer Youth Programs at Performing Arts Inc


Ages 4-11
Auditions will take place in person on June 4, 2022 – must sign up for an audition slot

Rehearsals Saturdays 9:30am-10:30am starting June 11, 2022 at PAI’s Anderson Loft located at 6740 Clough Pike, Suite 203

Show (and dress rehearsal) August 21-27, 2022 – exact times TBD;
Fee $100/participant

Online registration closes 24 hours before the audition – payment must be made online via credit card by 24 hours in advance.


Ages 4-11
Auditions will take place in person on June 23, 2022 – must sign up for an audition slot.

Rehearsals Thursdays 6pm-7pm starting June 30, 2022 at the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center located at 11165 Reading Rd

Show weekend of August 19, 2022
Fee $110/participant
Online registration closes 24 hours before the audition – payment must be made online via credit card by 24 hours in advance.


  • THE LITTLE MERMAID JR ages 4-11: rehearsals Saturdays 2pm-3pm
  • LEGALLY BLONDE JR ages 9-16; rehearsals Saturdays 3pm-4:30pm
  • SOUND OF MUSIC YOUTH EDITION ages 12-18; rehearsals Saturdays 4:30pm-6pm

Auditions will take place in person on July 9, 2022 – must sign up for an audition slot

Rehearsals Saturdays starting July 16, 2022 at EDGE Teen Center located at 7568 Wydandot Lane, Liberty Township, OH 45044

Show (and dress rehearsal) week of September 11-18, 2022

Participation Fee $110/participant due 24 hours prior to audition at

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