Monthly Archives: September 2022

LSC Proudly Opens Their 2022-2023 Season with PUFFS Play

LSC_Puffs logoLoveland Stage Company proudly presents PUFFS OR: SEVEN INCREASINGLY EVENTFUL YEARS AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL OF MAGIC & MAGIC by Matt Cox. Runtime is two hours including an intermission. PUFFS runs from November 4-20, 2022 at the historic Loveland Stage Company theater (111 S 2nd St, Loveland, OH 45140). This strong and delightful season opener sets the bar high for the rest of the season which includes “Company” in March and “Twelfth Night” in May, as well as various holiday performances.

“Hiiiii!!!” Calling all Braves, Snakes, Smarts and PUFFS! Sit down for a spell and join a group of students as they endeavor to survive and thrive over seven years at a certain school of magic and magic. The show reimagines a heroic story with exciting turns and loveable characters. Each of the actors bring multiple characters to life with spunk! Quick-whitted humor is guaranteed to cause the audience to erupt with laughter throughout the performance. Cast your expectations aside! This isn’t your traditional tale. This is a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

Hilarious, heartwarming, and fun – you’ll surely enjoy every moment of this adventure! By the way – Badgers are cool!
#ThirdorNothing #BadgersUnite

“Puffs (Two Act Edition)” is presented through special arrangement with Concord theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

We’re proud to offer an ASL interpretive performance on November 6th at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets go on sale October 4th, and can be purchased online at:

(Please note: Puffs contains adult language and humor.)

About LSC 
Loveland Stage Company was created in 1979 by a group of eleven individuals looking to grow arts within the community. We have been supported by our community since then. Over the years we have encouraged, nurtured, and worked with people to extend their talents into every area of live theater. Since 1980 we have continuously presented at least two major productions, and oftentimes more. We have also held many events with the Loveland community over the years. All funds realized from our shows are put into the next productions, used for the scholarship fund, and renovations of our theater building. We are currently fundraising for a new HVAC system.


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Access for All. ETC Extends Relaxed Performance Accessibility Program for the Entire 2022-2023 Season

ETC_logo(Cincinnati, OH) Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) is thrilled to offer relaxed performances for every production in their 2022-2023 Season. Relaxed performances (previously called sensory-friendly performances) are designed to create a comfortable arts experience for audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment. Although these performances are open to all patrons, they are intentionally modified to accommodate patrons with Autism, anxiety, dementia, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other sensory and vestibular sensitivities.

What to expect:

Relaxed performance modifications include:

  • lower sound level for startling or loud sounds
  • low-level house lights remain on throughout the performance
  • reduction of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience
  • relaxed attitude regarding noise and movement in the audience
  • space throughout the theater for standing and movement
  • freedom to leave and reenter the auditorium as often as needed
  • designated quiet areas within the theater facility

Relaxed performance dates:

Non-holiday productions:

  • Sweat | Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 2:00 pm
  • Grand Horizons | Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 2:00 pm
  • Morning Sun | Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 2:00 pm
  • Who All Over There? | Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 2:00 pm
  • Maytag Virgin | Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 2:00 pm

Holiday production:

  • The Dancing Princesses | Friday, November 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm
  • The Dancing Princesses | Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 7:00 pm
  • The Dancing Princesses | Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Ticket Prices
Single tickets for relaxed performances are $25 for adults and $15 for children for all non-holiday productions. Admission to the relaxed performance of our holiday production is free but requires registration.

Additional Information
For more information about ETC’s relaxed performances, visit or contact the Education Department at or (513) 421-3555 x5.


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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Perfect for Halloween, CSC Presents the World Premiere of local Playwright, Isaiah Reaves’ THE LIVING DEAD Oct. 14-29, 2022

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THE LIVING DEAD by Isaiah Reaves is the first play in Company history that was commissioned, developed, and given a world-premiere production entirely at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Cincinnati, Sep. 29, 2022 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company ventures into “spooky season” with a world premiere of Isaiah Reaves’ THE LIVING DEAD, a new play inspired by the cult horror classic film The Night of the Living Dead by George A. Romero and John A. Russo playing Oct. 14-29, 2022. This production is directed by CSC’s Producing Artistic Director, Brian Isaac Phillips, and features Darnell Pierre Benjamin and a cast of CSC Ensemble favorites. This World Premiere Commission is made possible by The McElroy Family. The production’s design is generously sponsored by President H. James Williams and First Lady Carole Campbell Williams, Mount St. Joseph University, Theatre Arts Department.

When a zombie apocalypse ravages the world, a band of strangers seek refuge in an abandoned house, forcing the group to work together to see the light of day. However, individualism, egos, and power struggles expose the horrifying nature of survival. A new vision of contemporary horror inspired by the cult classic, Isaiah Reaves’ THE LIVING DEAD makes its world premiere in time for the Halloween season.

The world premiere of THE LIVING DEAD by Isaiah Reaves marks the first time Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has commissioned, developed, and produced a play entirely within its walls. The play marks the beginning of CSC’s goal to commission new plays to elevate fresh, diverse new voices and champion the next generation of classics. Producing Artistic Director, Brian Isaac Phillips notes, “this project represents an important landmark for CSC and our strategic goals. THE LIVING DEAD is the first commission in our emerging New Works program to be fully produced in our mainstage season. We commissioned Isaiah to write this piece during the pandemic, have supported its development through virtual workshops, and now we are excited to be producing it on our mainstage.”

The playwright, Isaiah Reaves, is an emerging young playwright whose work explores a spectrum of Black and Queer experiences. A native of Cincinnati, he graduated cum laude from Northern Kentucky University in 2020.  His plays have been commissioned and staged by The Classical Theatre of Harlem at Lincoln Center, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, and many others. He is currently in pursuit of an MFA at the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

For further access, audiences will be able to listen to a streamlined 1 hour version that will play on the radio in partnership with WVXU on Halloween night, Oct. 31 at 8-9pm. The Radio Drama Adaptation Sponsor is Cincinnati Modern Realtor David G. Smith, Keller Williams Advisors Realty. This is the next of a growing collection of radio dramas produced by CSC since 2020. Access to all of CSC’s audio plays are available through the listening library on the website online here: All of these recordings are free to listen.


THE LIVING DEAD runs from October 14 – 29, 2022. Performances of THE LIVING DEAD are on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, with one Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM on October 23 and a Saturday matinee at 2:00 on October 29. CSC offers performances with accessibility resources, including an Audio Described performance on Friday, October 21, at 7:30 PM and a Sign Language Interpreted Performance on Saturday, October 29, at 2:00 PM.

The performance will be approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

Tickets are on sale now. Preview performances are on Wednesday, October 12, and Thursday, October 13, with tickets at $45. Young Professionals are invited to YP Preview Night on Wednesday, October 12, with discounted tickets at $25, including a free drink and talkback. Discounts are available for students, seniors, local residents, and community partners, as access to all is important to CSC. Each performance night has a limited number of $14 “Access” tickets in the Upper Gallery and Stage Gallery.  These can be purchased in advance by going online or calling the Box Office.  And starting 1 hour before each performance, any unreserved tickets may be available as a discounted Rush Ticket to anyone, not just students. These tickets are only $12 and could be located anywhere in the house, depending on that evening’s availability. These cannot be reserved more than 1 hour before a show and must be purchased in person in the Box Office. Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Ticketing fees apply.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at

Audience members are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend performances at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The wearing of masks will be encouraged but optional. Please contact the Box Office by email or phone at (513) 381-2273 for assistance.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located at The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park.  Many parking spaces are available on the street and in nearby lots and garages- for more information, visit

CSC also offers Valet Parking for every performance! Make reservations for $25 in advance when purchasing tickets, or visit Purchasing in advance guarantees a spot.  Valet is available right at the corner of 12th and Elm Street in front of the theater and begins approx. 1.5 hours before a performance. Cars can be picked up for up to one hour following a performance. (After one hour, you will need to arrange pick up with the valet service directly.) After purchasing, the valet will have your name on the list— it’s that easy!

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2022-23 Season is generously presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation; along with our Education Season Sponsor, Debby and Jim Mason; and our Operating Support Partners, The Ohio Arts Council, The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, Rosemary and Mark Schlachter, The National Endowment for the Arts with Arts Midwest, The Shubert Foundation, Lightborne, and the tens of thousands of people who give generously to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.


About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for all.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. CSC’s repertoire is composed of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, world premieres, and contemporary classics. CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with the Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of Theater Communications Group and Shakespeare Theatre Association. Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach more than 50,000 young people and community members by meeting audiences where they are. This includes sharing programming in schools, parks, community centers and hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions. In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the Classics!

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Auditions Announced for FABULATION, OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE at Footlighters

FLI_logoThe Footlighters, Inc. announces auditions for FABULATION, OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE By Lynn Nottage

Director: Derek Snow
Producers: Chad Brinkman and George Fee


  • Sunday, October 16, 2022, from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM.
  • Monday, October 17, 2022, from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

Callbacks (if needed)

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022, from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

This production staff is committed to bringing together a diverse group of people dedicated to bringing this story to life. We encourage performers of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, body types, and ages to audition. We hope to unite a group of people looking to enhance the arts in our community. No roles have been precast.

Performances: February 9, 2023 – February 26, 2023

Location: The Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York Street, Newport, KY 41071.

What to Prepare
Please sign-up for an audition time below. Walk-ins are welcomed but will be assigned to the first available audition slot. Video submissions will be accepted before October 17 at 5:00 PM ET. Please email video submissions to

We are committed to the safety of all members of this production. Please bring proof of your COVID-19 Vaccination. We do require that the cast, crew, and production team be fully vaccinated. Masks will be required during rehearsals when not actively engaged on stage.

Auditionees are asked to prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue. You will also be asked to read sections from the script. Audition packets and sides will be made available before the audition dates so that auditionees will have time to fill out audition forms and prepare sides for the roles for which they are interested in being considered.

Rehearsals begin in early January but will include some meetings in mid-December for table work and early blocking concepts.

To sign up for an audition slot, go to our Sign Up Genius page: Footlighters’ Auditions for FABULATION, OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE!

Or for more information, visit our website at:

Undine has it all – success, love, and a fabulous wardrobe. When her life unravels in one hilarious reversal after another, she is forced to return to a life she had long left behind. In this satirical comedy, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage asks Undine – and all of us – whether you can really ever go home again.

Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine, is rated PG-13 and contains adult themes.


  • Undine – A high-powered executive at a PR firm who loses everything but gains a sense of perspective in the process; a self-made woman who endures with humor and honesty.
  • Grandma – Diabetic and a wheelchair user, Undine’s grandmother, has a warm demeanor but laments having lived a “perpetually gray life.”
  • Father – Undine’s father resents the way Undine left her family behind.
  • Hervé – Undine’s suave but dishonest husband.
  • Guy – Undine’s romantic interest, whom she meets when she accidentally ends up in rehab, Guy, is an optimist and an aspiring firefighter.
  • Stephie – Undine’s assistant at the PR firm.
  • Flow – Undine’s brother works as a security guard and writes free-flowing hip-hop rhymes that look at the struggles of black existence and are inspired by the Brer Rabbit fable.
  • Accountant – Undine’s financial advisor shares the news of her bankruptcy with her.
  • Mother – Undine’s mother works as a security guard and is more willing to welcome Undine back into the family.
  • Ensemble – Various additional characters weave in and out of the narrative.

Please send questions or video submissions to the following:

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Cincinnati Playhouse Goes Off the Grid to Burger Farm for CHILDREN OF THE CORN MAZE Weekends in October Beginning Oct. 7

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Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith and Associates.

CINCINNATI — The October chill will get a bit colder when CHILDREN OF THE CORN MAZE: IN SEARCH OF THE GREENVILLE GHOST brings chilling stories to Burger Farm in Newtown beginning Oct. 7. The immersive experience, part of the Playhouse’s Off the Grid series, takes place Fridays and Saturdays in October.

The Burger Farm and Garden Center fields still have many spooky tales to tell in this follow-up to 2020’s Children of the Corn Maze. In this all-new play by Brant Russell, teenagers keep disappearing after dark, leaving hardly any evidence in their wake. Could it be the Greenville Ghost, a monstrous menace of local lore? The Greenville City Council isn’t taking the matter seriously, so it’s up to the audience to form a search party! With touches of humor and mind-boggling twists, this real-time mystery unfolds as participants explore the farm’s spooky fields, searching for clues in this immersive, outdoor experience.

The outdoor corn maze performances coincide with Burger Farm’s annual Fall Fun Festival and occur on Friday and Saturday nights: Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. In addition to the interactive experience in the corn maze, guests can enjoy a hot drink station, a bonfire pit and hay bales as part of Burger Farm’s Annual Farm Fun festival.

The Playhouse’s Off the Grid series creates immersive theatre experiences. The interactive performances take place in site-specific or social settings that reimagine the nature of theatrical storytelling.

Tickets are available on Four performances will take place daily on Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 7-29 at Burger Farm and Garden Center in Newtown, 7849 Main Street (45244). Performances are at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. Each performance runs approximately 45-55 minutes.

For ages 12 and up.

Sponsored by First Financial Bank. The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 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.


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