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MY GERIATRIC UTERUS is a Gutsy One-Woman Musical

CFF19_My Geriatric UterusThis assertive, uproarious take on one woman’s child-free 30s comes to the Cincinnati Fringe Festival

CINCINNATI, May 19, 2019 — The titular organ takes center stage in MY GERIATRIC UTERUS, coming to the Cincinnati Fringe Festival this June from Aggressive Curl Pattern Productions.

MY GERIATRIC UTERUS is a solo show by Cincinnati artist Lormarev Jones, in which she takes a deep dive into the experience of turning 35 with no husband in sight, barraged with questions from family, friends, and acquaintances about when she’s going to buckle down and have babies. Enter the uterus, Facetious Jones, who’s fed up of her empty existence – and she’s just hatched a plan. MY GERIATRIC UTERUS is a bold, brazen, and brash take on the expectations placed on women’s lives and bodies, full of hilarious storytelling, puppetry, and original music.

MY GERIATRIC UTERUS is brought to life by Lormarev Jones, an artist and educator who works throughout the Midwestern and southern states. Cincinnati audiences might have caught her in The Full Monty or Dreamgirls at The Carnegie, Oklahoma with Cincinnati Landmark Productions, or in the world premiere of Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All-Night Diner at the Know; anyone who’s a devoted Fringe-goer will recognize her from last year’s The Gospel of Barabbas, by Hugo West Theatricals. This show’s music was composed by local musician Christopher Wood, who’s one-quarter of the popular contra band the Ripples.

MY GERIATRIC UTERUS is by turns humorous, tender, and exultant, but it’s always got guts. If you have a uterus, have had a uterus, or ever loved someone with a uterus, this is a Fringe show you won’t want to miss.

There will be five performances over the Cincinnati Fringe Festival’s run: Saturday June 1 at 8:30 PM, Thursday June 6 at 8:30 PM, Saturday June 8 at 7:45 PM, Tuesday June 11 at 7 PM, and Friday June 14 at 7 PM. The performances will take place in at the Art Academy, at 1212 Jackson Street in Over-the-Rhine, in Room 103. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door; multi-ticket passes are available at a discount. Tickets are available at or by calling the Know Theatre box office at 513-300-5669.

ABOUT THE CINCINNATI FRINGE FESTIVAL: Now in its sixteenth year, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, or Cincy Fringe, functions as a means for independent artists to present original, cutting-edge work. Running from late May to mid-June, Cincy Fringe produces over 200 performances of more than 40 separate productions across a dozen different venues in OTR, and draws artists from all over the country and around the world. There’s also visual art, street performance, nightly afterparties at the Know Theatre (which functions as Cincy Fringe’s HQ), musical guests, classes from participating artists, Family-Friendly Fringe programming, and so much more. With two straight weeks of theatre, art, music, dance, and everything in between, Cincy Fringe offers entertainment suitable for all ages and tastes. Learn more at

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Dave Maher in DAVE MAHER COMA SHOW at Cincy Fringe, June 1-14

CFF19_Dave Maher Coma Show“Smartly unhinged, wildly funny comedian with a big heart and warm smile.” –Gapers Block

“I’d watch Maher do just about anything.” –Chicago Reader 

CINCINNATI, OH (May 15, 2019) – Chicago comedian Dave Maher was almost taken off life support during a monthlong diabetic coma. He was eulogized on Facebook. Then he woke up. After appearing on “This American Life,” at the Edinburgh Fringe, and at the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre, he brings “Dave Maher Coma Show,” his narrative stand-up show about the experience, to Cincy Fringe.

The festival appearance is a homecoming for Maher, who graduated from Sycamore High School and made his recovery from the coma at Good Samaritan Hospital.

“It means a lot for me to be able to share this show with people in my hometown, where I literally came back to life,” Maher says. “It’s a unique experience, and I use all of the powers I’ve gained from a decade in the Chicago comedy scene to make it funny and, hopefully, moving.”

“Dave Maher Coma Show” explores the physical and existential discomfort of waking up in a new body with a second chance at life. With his trademark combination of mischief and sincerity, Dave asks questions about life, online death, and the cost of change. He provides no easy answers but plenty of hard laughs.

This critically acclaimed one-man show sold out its initial run in Chicago, and the Kickstarter campaign to fund its Edinburgh Fringe run reached its goal in a week. Most recently, Dave performed the show in a two-night engagement at Steppenwolf, the legendary Chicago theater co-founded by Gary Sinise and home to Tracy Letts, Laurie Metcalf, and John Malkovich.

Don’t miss “Dave Maher Coma Show” at the 2019 Cincy Fringe. There won’t be another show like it. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase by calling (513) 300-5669 or online here:

  • June 1, 9:00 pm (Sat)
  • June 2, 04:00 pm (Sun)
  • June 5, 07:45 pm (Wed)
  • June 7, 07:00 pm (Fri)
  • June 8, 07:00 pm (Sat)
  • June 11, 08:30 pm (Tue)
  • June 12, 07:45 pm (Wed)
  • June 14, 07:00 pm (Fri)

All show at the Mini Microcinema, 1329 Main St.

About Dave Maher: Dave Maher is a veteran of Chicago’s comedy scene for over a decade. He has appeared live at the Steppenwolf Theatre, on television (“Chicago Med”), and you can hear his voice on “This American Life.” He tours “Dave Maher Coma Show” around the U.S. and internationally, including a run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe. His new one-man show, currently in development, is “Feed Wolf Ice Cream: A Comedy Show About Death.”

“Dave Maher II” (Chicago Reader): “Maher is that rare monologist who combines a sharp eye for the microdetail…with a keen understanding of macrostructure, making for a performance both disarmingly personal and carefully controlled… I’d watch Maher do just about anything.”

“Dave Maher, high-concept mischief-maker, revives his Coma Show this weekend” (Chicago Reader): “It’s a carefully observed, discomfitingly intimate, disarmingly funny monologue. But for all his candor, Maher finds time to let his inner imp out…”

“Dave Maher Coma Show Comes Alive at The Annoyance” (Gapers Block): “…the smartly unhinged, wildly funny comedian with a big heart and warm smile…”

“Players 2016: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago” (#40, Newcity): “…this hard-working improviser-turned-stand-up used the experience…as inspiration for a one-man show that…sold so well that it was extended several times…”

“Comedian Dave Maher: Finding the funny in his near-death experience” (Chicago Tribune)

“Dave Maher turns his coma into stand-up comedy” (Chicago Reader)

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Nancy Drew Meets Stranger Things in This Teen Sleuth Caper!

CFF19_Zoinks logo(CINCINNATI, OHIO) – From the creators of the Cincy Fringe 2018’s Full-Frontal Pick “OF MONSTER DESCENT” – Queen City Flash, presents ZOINKS! Being a teen detective may be scary work, but nothing from her case files rivals the personal mystery that sets Nolan Blackwell out at night, scouring haunted houses for familiar, masked villains.

Zoinks! features actors Jordan Trovillion and Trey Tatum with script by Tatum, directed by Bridget Leak. Queen City Flash invites you to ask: How does one town have so many monsters? And what are you doing in this haunted sawmill, where are you parents? What’s the deal with the talking dog, can you understand him or not?

Show dates and times (60 minutes)

  • Sunday, June 2 @ 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 5 @ 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, June 6 @ 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 8 @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 9 @ 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 12 @ 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, June 13 @ 9:00 pm 

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Know Theatre Box Office.

Venue: Art Academy Room 563, 1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 

Tickets: $15 | Multi-show passes available

Festival dates May 31 – June 15, 2019.  For info about Cincy Fringe visit 

Previous Cincy Fringe shows: Of Monster Descent (2018’s Full-Frontal Pick), The Disappearance of Nicole Jacobs Part 1: the sister (2017), The Midnight Express (2016), Shelter (2015), Slut Shaming (2014’s Artist Pick)

Queen City Flash is a community-centric theater company dedicated to open access to the arts. By untethering the performing arts from physical space, prohibitive costs and traditional theatrical expectations, Queen City Flash unites local artists with their communities to create new, impactful theatre.

Currently, QCF programming falls under:  Flashmobs, Community, Activism, Flash|U, and Fringe.


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Cincy Fringe’s Finest Join Marino’s DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT: Cincy Celebrity Reading Two-Night Special Event

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Photo credit: David Rodgers.

CINCINNATI, OH –  In 2007, Peter Michael Marino wrote the musical version of the Madonna movie “Desperately Seeking Susan” featuring the hit songs of Blondie. 

The mega-musical opened on London’s West End – and closed a month later. WHOOPS!
“Desperately Seeking the Exit” is Pete’s critically acclaimed true story of the making and unmaking of his notorious flop that has played everywhere from the USA, to the UK, to Australia.
At this two-night-only Cincy Fringe Special Event, the show gets a new twist as Marino’s roller coaster tale is joined by performers from Cincy’s theater and Fringe scene.

Scheduled Celebs:
  • Thursday, June 6 – Burgess Byrd, Darnell Pierre Benjamin, Sara Mackie, Peter Michael Marino, Patrick E. Phillips, and Rory Sheridan
  • Friday, June 7 –  Les Kurkendaal-Barrett, Sarah Knittel, Erika Kate MacDonald, Robert Macke, Peter Michael Marino, and Paul Strickland

“A merciless sendup of the business of art.” – NYTimes

“Hilarious!” – TimeOut London

WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7
WHERE: The Know Theatre of Cincinnati. 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes

“Brilliant! Hilarious!” – Three Weeks, Scotland

“A remarkably positive story.” – BroadwayBaby UK

“Tremendously engaging!” – BroadwayWorld UK

Peter Michael Marino (writer/performer) is a New York City-based producer, writer, performer and professor. He is the creator of SOLOCOM, which has launched over 600 world-premiere solo comedies at The People’s Improv Theater. Pete’s internationally acclaimed solo comedy “Desperately Seeking the Exit” chronicled the unmaking of his West End musical flop “Desperately Seeking Susan” and received 5-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and Adelaide Fringe, and a London transfer. His 2017-2018 improvised solo comedy “Show Up” received rave reviews everywhere from NYC to Orlando, Cincy, and Edinburgh. More info at:


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2019 Cincy Fringe Festival Hosts MEATBALL SEANCE by John Michael

CFF19_Meatball Seance full

Photo by Paul Clark.

John Michael needs your help with cooking his mom’s meatball recipe onstage to summon her from the dead so she can meet his new boyfriend in this interactive comedy. The audience plays five different roles throughout the show and “the only way to avoid participating is to cross your arms. (Pro tip: do not cross your arms. You want to be a part of this).” –  Lynn Venhaus, St. Louis Limelight.

Performance Details:

  • Jun 1, 2019 at 07:45 pm (Sat)
  • Jun 5, 2019 at 09:00 pm (Wed)
  • Jun 6, 2019 at 07:45 pm (Thu)
  • Jun 7, 2019 at 06:30 pm (Fri)
  • Jun 9, 2019 at 07:45 pm (Sun)
  • Jun 12, 2019 at 09:00 pm (Wed)
  • Jun 13, 2019 at 07:45 pm (Thu)
  • Jun 14, 2019 at 08:30 pm (Fri)

Art Academy Room 361
1212 Jackson St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Ticket are available online or by phone at 513.300.5669

Press Excerpts for MEATBALL SEANCE:

“If the mention of ‘audience participation’ makes you clench up, we’re here to tell you that John Michael’s Delightful Meatball Séance is going to change your whole theater-going world… silly, subversive and powerful.”-Jennifer Davis-Lamm, The Dallas Observer

“If a cooking segment from the Today show about his dead mother sounds morbid, John Michael sees it, rather, as intensely human…It’s not a dour show, though, but an affirming, interactive, community-building experience.” -Arnold Wayne Jones, The Dallas Voice

“John Michael’s Meatball Séance is pure comedy with a tender heart. He cleverly employs audience participation and real-life lessons while actually preparing his mother’s cherished meatball recipe… there’s something that’s simply likable and authentic in the story and performance. Perhaps it’s the universal nature of struggling to find one’s place, one’s community, one’s partner — it all rings true. John Michael is personable, genuine, and intelligent, even when he flashes his admittedly diva side.” – Tina Farmer, KDHX (St. Louis)

“Meatball Séance is a fast-paced, zany, hilarious and heartfelt look at grief, relationships and how we cope. – Anthony Morgano, Grab Magazine

“A whirlwind of happiness that must be seen.”-Plays with Wendy and John

“ Hilarious… beguiling… a goofy and heartfelt snapshot of bringing his mom back to life for those who never knew her.” Kerry Reid, Theatrejones

“By the end of the play…meatballs has been dropped on the floor.. five audience members have been rewarded with on-the-house drinks in remuneration for gigolo/gigola services rendered, the rest of us have lifted up our voices in a call-and-response incantation, and the air is rich with the savory aroma of grilled beef and the gentle harmonies of vintage Fleetwood Mac… He sends us home elated and eager for a late-night snack.- Mary Barnidge, The Windy City Times”

“In his typical fashion, the quirky, energetic Dallas-native employs high-octane comedy and silliness in order to tackle the dark and sticky sides of topics like relationships, death and what happens after you’ve reached your emotional bottom.” -Chicago Pride

NOTES FROM MONOLOGIST: MEATBALL SEANCE attempts to de-stigmatize death. The concept came from frustration with people always saying “sorry” after finding out about my mother’s untimely passing. I wanted to talk about her but I felt guilty. I felt I was bringing down the mood of the room. It was sad and ironic because my mother would light up every room she’d enter. For the longest time, I just stopped talking about her altogether to avoid having to make any awkward apologies for death. Was it my fault that the universal truth is that we are all going to die? In a way, the stigma surrounding death caused a second death. The show is a vessel to talk about my mother with a smile– the smile she gave me. Summoning my mother back from the dead through making her meatballs onstage to meet my boyfriend is such a bizarre concept that strangers/new friends laugh when they hear about it instead of saying “sorry.” Strangers/new friends want to learn more about her… they want to meet her.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is John Michael actually going to cook meatballs onstage? Yes
  • Will there be a fire extinguisher? Yes
  • Will the Audience get to eat the meatballs? No, the meatballs are offering for his Spirit Mom. According to the FDA, it is illegal for John Michael to feed you his meatballs.
  • Is this real? Yes, John Michael is real. He is excited for you to meet his mom but needs your help in summoning her.
  • Is there audience participation? Yes, but there the audience demonstrates consent..

About the Monologist: John Michael is a solo-performer who developed his voice with the aid of mentor Matthew Tomlanovich. His participation plays include: Would You Like Guys With That? A McTolerant One-Man Show; The A-Gays: Stillwater, Oklahoma; John Michael and the Order of the Penix; Like Me; and Dementia Me. His 2019 plans include the development of It’s Not All About you John Michael and a tour of Meatball Séance to Orlando, Bergen (Norway), Winnipeg and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Press excerpts:

“John Michael’s vibrant one-man shows lit up the local theater scene, injecting his trademark silliness and effervescence into topics that are anything but.”- Jennifer Davis- Lamm, Dallas Observer

“Dementia Me makes a desperate case for joy in all things—as a palliative to intense suffering, as a meaningful distraction that can help if not heal sickness, and as good theater. John Michael heartens without making light of his subject matter. “- Max Maller, Chicago Reader

“Though still a young man, John Michael dredges up some tough love, excoriating self-revelation and finally some bittersweet knowledge to send this maiden voyage in Chicago aloft.”-Kerry Reid, Theatre Jones

“His shows specialize in that weird space where something strikes you as hilarious, but you’re not sure if it’s OK to laugh. John Michael assures you that it’s totally fine.” Jennifer Davis- Lamm, Dallas Observer

“Among the many signs that Dallas has finally become a city that not only supports a variety of theater but also fosters its development is that in the past two years we’ve been able to watch the growth of an exciting solo performer—and a queer performance artist to boot. There have been several solo artists in the past 20 years here, but none as prolific as John Michael Colgin. — Mark Lowry,

“You wouldn’t think that a one-man show that so bluntly speaks on issues like HIV and death could be a laugh-riot, but Penix pulls it off. It’s brilliant.” — NOLA Defender

“Like a Peter Pan on a Bender, he comes on with the effusive, irresistible charm of a 5 year old, confiding secrets of the universe. You’re swept up in the cyclonic force of John Michael’s Psyche.” — Christopher Soden, The Dallas Examiner

“PENIX is pretty damn fearless. You will be agog at John Michael’s energy, his youthful talent. His bravery and his skill. This is a guy who’s going places.” — Arnold Wayne Jones, The Dallas Voice

“John Michael offers sparkly, crinkly, luscious live theater, whisking away his audience on a special carnival ride of the imagination.” — Alexandra Bonnifield, CriticalRant

“The 51-minute show floats like a spell. John Michael’s raucous, explicit, wildly imaginative is heightened by his witty delivery and engagement of individual audience members.” — Nancy Churnin, the Dallas Morning News

“His delivery is sharp, outrageous, and often (extremely) vulgar, leaving the audience to wonder if they are seeing someone merely pushing for shock value or actually witnessing cutting-edge comedic genius.” — The NOLA Defender

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