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Broadening Perceptions Within 10 Minutes, ETC Presents 10-MINUTE CONNECTIONS: JUSTICE on Feb. 10

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(Cincinnati, OH) Justice is getting served at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati as the 2019-2020 Studio Series continues with 10-minute Connections: Justice on February 10 at 7 pm. In preparation for Ensemble’s next mainstage play, Dominique Morriseau’s Pipeline, five 10-minute plays, coupled with Morriseau’s short play, Night Vision, will be presented as staged readings and center around the theme of justice.

After an open call for submissions from local playwrights, the plays were narrowed down by Joe McDonough and Ensemble staff members to the five that will be presented on February 10. Each play gives a closer look at the meaning of justice both on a national and local scale in society today.

“Understanding can only be achieved by listening to other people’s points of view,” says Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers. “Hopefully, we will hear someone else’s point of view of what is valuable to them. I want to broaden our perceptions and other people’s beliefs so that we can be a little more of a harmonious society. It’s a lofty goal, but if we can do it 10 minutes at a time, that’s awesome.” 

About the Plays

WAKE UP, CHILD!
By Isaiah Reaves
Roberta, a black mother of the 21st century, grieves a devastating loss alongside a black mother of the 20th century. But the lines of reality blur as Roberta realizes that she’s talking to the mother of Emmett Till.

WE HAVE AN OPENING FOR A FURY
By Liz Coley
Three aggrieved women answer an unusual invitation to elevate their influence to mythic proportions.

FALSEWORK
By Victoria Hawley
A lunchtime conversation on a construction site tests the rapport and egos of three men, while asking the question, “Do men talk about women like this? Why not?”

SEE ME
By Torie Wiggins
A young man in the neighborhood is rendered invisible. A random neighbor has been granted the power to see the invisible, and sees him for the first time. But it may be too late…

WIND KILL FACTOR
By Derek Snow
Most of us use “freezing to death” as a figure of speech. What happens when it becomes an everyday possibility; when the stakes are life or death? Wind Kill Factor looks into the complicated relationship between justice and vengeance.

Performance Information
This one-night-only staged reading is on Monday, February 10, at 7 pm in ETC’s rehearsal hall.

Ticket Prices
Tickets are $15 for subscribers or $20 for non-subscribers and may be purchased by phone or in person at the box office at (513) 421-3555. For more information, visit www.ensemblecincinnati.org.

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2019-2020 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support provided PNC.

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 of 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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WHHS Theatre Department Makes a Statement About Modern Corporations and Social Responsibility Through URINETOWN: The Musical

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Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

“It’s a privilege to pee”

A lovable hero, a despicable villain, a citizenry rumbling for a revolution, and… pee? This February, Walnut Hills High School tackles Urinetown, a charmingly self-aware and witty musical set in a dystopian future where a monopoly charges for the ability to use the restroom. As discontent grows among the citizenry, an unlikely hero, Bobby Strong, rises to the challenge of defending one of humanity’s most basic needs. However, as the willful optimism of the lower classes slowly begins to turn the tide of the revolution, the audience is left with one question: how far are we willing to go for our freedom? With a high-energy score and a hilarious book, join the cast and crew of URINETOWN for a satirical glance at the cogs behind modern society.

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Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Runs Thursday February 13th, Friday February 14th, and Saturday February 15th at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students.

Directed by Michael Sherman. Assistant Directed by Bettina Ernst and Kyra Krumins. Music Direction by Bret Albright. Choreography by Maggie Perrino and Matthew Eggers.
Production Stage Manager: Chloe Burwinkel

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Oliver Vockell as Bobby Strong. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Featuring: Oliver Vockell as Bobby Strong, Alex Kirk as Hope Cladwell, Molly Munn as Little Sally, Jack Giglia as Officer Lockstock, Sam Frank as Officer Barrel, Peter Godsey as Caldwell B. Cladwell, Olivia Busche as Penelope Pennywise, Derrick McHale as Senator Fipp, Louis Martini as McQueen, Matthew Eggers as Hot Blades Harry, Clare Brennan as Little Beck Two Shoes, Ella Vaughn as Soupy Sue, Gabe Donnelly as Tiny Tom, Owen Cummings as Robby the Stockfish / Boy Cop 1, Jonah Human as Billy Boy Bill / Boy Cop 3, Aiden Litmer as Joseph "Old Man" Strong / Boy Cop 2, Talia Raider-Roth as Josephine “Old Ma” Strong, Hayden Oberst as Dr. Billeaux, Grace Kelly Fulton as Cladwell’s Secretary, Elle Bisheimer as Mrs. Millenium / Girl Cop, Allison Robertson as UGC Executive 1, and Sunny Dighe as UGC Executive 2. Including Lily Jones, Annika Vockell, Sophia Rooksberry, Lucia Johns, Sophia Cotton-Riker, and Isabella Lachey as the UGC Ensemble; and Brando Donaldson, Megan Graeler, Lili Jenkins, Lily Canter, Joanna Acio-Alele, Artemis Azure, Nadyaa Betts, and Cam Hogue as The Poor Ensemble. Featuring Kathryn Daniher as the Poor Ensemble swing.

Tickets are $10 for students and staff and $12 for adults. Tickets may be purchased by visiting https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets

Photos courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

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Know Theatre’s 22nd Season Continues with the Return of the Monday Night Theatre Party SERIALS!

KTC_Serials 10Know Theatre’s 22nd Season continues with the return of the Monday night theatre party…
SERIALS! 10: THUNDERDOME
Jan 20th, Feb 8th, Feb 17th, Mar 2nd and Mar 16th
12 brand new plays enter…you vote who leaves

SERIALS!, Know Theatre’s iconic Monday night theatre party, returns for its triumphant 10th iteration this winter. Taking over our Underground performance space will be an eclectic group of familiar friends and new faces with entirely new stories to tell. Each week 5 plays take the stage with 15 minute episodes written, directed, and performed by local artists.

At the end of the night you decide which 3 plays will move on to the next week and which 2 are banished to a dystopian theatrical wasteland! But, never fear, all of the banished plays have the chance to come back at the end of Week 4, when the audience votes to resurrect two productions to perform one last time in Week 5.

We call it a theatre party because everyone gets to participate. The local artists get to make exciting, fast paced, new art and the audience decides which shows they would love to see more of. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out on all of the electric energy shared between everyone there. So, come out and use your vote to decide the winner this delightful theatrical deathmatch!

All of this is possible, because of the amazing pool of talent here in Cincinnati. We have 12 amazing teams putting together this completely original and inventive productions. Here they are:

Production Teams 

Week 1

  • POSY’S PREDICAMENT by Hannah Gregory
  • MY ROOMMATE IS A LESBIAN by Mary Beringer
  • ADVENTURES IN BEHAVIORAL THERAPY by Anonymous
  • HAVE MONSTER WILL TRAVEL by Trey Tatum
  • POSTER CHILD by Dan Winters
  • THE KINGDOM’S AT HAN, BUT THE GAME’S AFOOT by Robert Macke

Week 2

  • The three winners from Week 1 and…
  • THE ELECTION OF MISS REBECCA’S THIRD GRADE CLASS by Bradon Leatherland
  • BLOODY MARY by Kelly Collette

Week 3

  • The three winners from Week 2 and…
  • NOW STREAMING by Sawyer Shafer
  • LENNY by Sarah O’haver

Week 4

  • The three winners from Week 3 and…
  • Title TBD by John Bromles
  • PSYCH-O by Gray Shaw

Week 5

  • The three winners from Week 4 and 2 resurrected shows!

SERIALS! 10 THUNDERDOME

7:30pm – Jan 20th, Feb 3rd, Feb 17th, Mar 2nd, Mar 16th

Know Theatre of Cincinnati. 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, In historic Over-The-Rhine.

Tickets: $15

Tickets can be purchased by visiting knowtheatre.com or calling 513.300.5669

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./U.S. Bank 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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LTC’s MY FAVORITE THINGS Fundraiser on Jan. 17 & 18

LTC_My Favorite Things logoMy Favorite Things is the theme for this year’s Lebanon Theatre Company annual Fundraiser and musical revue. With lovely performances by our talented cast and music direction by the great Jay Mills, you are in for a delightful evening.

Unlike our past “gala” events, this fundraiser is a non-dinner even, enabling us to significantly lower the ticket price. However, there will be a cash bar and snacks available for purchase.

As this is the yearly fundraising event for the Lebanon Theatre Company, feel free to bring your wallets, purses, checkbooks and credit/debit cards, in case you are in a charitable mood during the event! We greatly appreciate your generous donations!

Performances are Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18 at 7pm.

Tickets are $35 and available online at https://lebanontheatrecompany.thundertix.com/events/162821.

Visit www.ltcplays.com for additional information.

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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Comes to the Arts Center at Dunham on Jan. 11

SSP_The Barber of SevilleInvitation to Join the Artistic Fun at the Arts Center of Dunham
Free Family Fun Series

CINCINNATI, OH – January 1, 2020 — Courtesy of a grant from Price Hill Will and Sunset Players, the Arts Center at Dunham Free Family Fun Series kicks off the new decade with ROK Cincy’s adaptation of The Barber of Seville on Saturday, January 11 at 2 pm.

Sung in English and Italian, this show stuns with familiar music, vocal fireworks and high energy hi-jinks. Rosina has been grounded by her strict guardian, Dr. Bartolo, and isn’t allowed to enter her project into the State Science Fair. Her teachers, Mr. Figaro and Ms. Susannah, know that she can win first place if they can only get it submitted. They’ll need all their cunning and more than a few tricks to make it happen. Recommended for grades K-6, but all ages welcome!

ROKCincy is a non-profit program with a mission to introduce young people to the thrill of live, fully staged opera and to give developing professional musicians an opportunity to hone their performance skills through experience.

All Free Family Fun Series performances are on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. The remaining series includes:

  • February 1, 2020 Stuart Little by Joseph Robinette, adapted from the book by E.B. White.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Stuart Little is a lovable mouse born into an ordinary New York family. His many adventures—both big and small—vividly come to life through a series of delightful scenes. Based on E.B. White’s endearing classic and written with charm, wisdom and joy, this adaptation presents the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse who is trying to survive in the great big world. Recommended for grades kindergarten and up.

  • April 4, 2020 Dragons Love Tacos by Ernie Nolan, adapted from the book by Adam Rubin.

Do you know what dragons really love? Tacos, of course! Chicken tacos, beef tacos, big tacos and tiny tacos. As a boy and his dog watch a television show about dragons, they unexpectedly get caught up in the “Dos and Don’ts” of what to feed dragons. But if they accidentally eat spicy salsa, watch out! Performed by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Off the Hill players. Recommended for pre-k and up.

  • April 18, 2020 Cincinnati Ballet

Dancers from the prestigious Cincinnati Ballet will provide an exciting peek into the typical day in the life of professional dancers. Audience members will learn the fundamentals of the art of ballet and gain an understanding of the discipline and athleticism required for a professional career in ballet. A dance demonstration with audience participation and a question and answer discussion are included.

Reservations for performances in the ACAD FREE Family Fun Series can be made online (www.sunsetplayers.org) or by calling 513-588-4988.

The Arts Center at Dunham is an arts center for the west side of Cincinnati and its vision is to provide affordable creative and performing arts experiences for Price Hill and surrounding communities. Housed in one of the three remaining buildings of what was the first municipally owned tuberculosis sanatorium in the United States, the Arts Center includes a 350-seat performance venue as well as extensive studio and programming space. The Arts Center is located in the CRC’s Dunham Recreation Complex. See what is happening at the Arts Center at Dunham on Facebook.

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