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AN ADAM EXPERIMENT: A One-Man Play on the Life of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. | Fri., March 1 | Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater

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CINCINNATI, OH – In celebration of Black History Month, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is pleased to present  An Adam Experiment: A one-man play on the life of Adam Clayton Powell at the Aronoff Center’s intimate Jarson-Kaplan Theater on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Written by and starring New York based actor, Michael Chenevert, An Adam Experiment explores the day in the life of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., a pioneering crusader for justice and equality during the Civil Rights movement. The show is part of CAA’s 2018-19 Presenting Season.

Tickets are $25 for Adults and $15 for Students/Educators and are on sale now at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

“I always knew Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was one of our strongest leaders,” states Michael Chenevert. “As a boy, I was called ‘Little Adam’ because I looked like him. He has always given me strength.”

Produced by L.A.I. Communications, the U.S. Tour of An Adam Experiment is celebrating Black History Month with a ‘play for the people’ by presenting a comprehensive program for the communities where the play will be performed that not only entertains, but also educates and empowers audiences. On stage, An Adam Experiment educates audiences on Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., who was a Baptist Minister at the famed Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City and a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Harlem, New York, from 1945 to 1971.

By 1961, Mr. Powell was appointed to the powerful position of Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee and was one of the influential voices in the passing of significant social and civil rights legislation under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. An Adam Experiment takes this political backdrop and creatively delves into Mr. Powell’s life where he is dealing with an angry country due to integration as well as with personal challenges with his marriage. After each performance, audience members will have a chance to do a Q&A with Mr. Chenevert and discuss the play, as well as its parallels with social justice issues facing our society today.

In each local community, from high schools and universities to other service-based organizations, the ‘An Adam Experiment’ Producer-in-Residency program is complementing each performance. The Producer-in-Residency program presents a unique method of exposing young people to the “behind the scenes” and business of producing a play and teaching them how it also parallels with entrepreneurship and the skills that it takes to be an entrepreneur. In Cincinnati, five Producer-in-Residency workshops are scheduled in middle schools and high schools on February 26-27 and March 1.  In addition, CAA is presenting two daytime performances of the show at the Aronoff Center on February 28 for students as part of its SchoolTime education program.

“We are thrilled and so honored to have An Adam Experiment touring across the country for its third year in 2019 and in celebration of Black History Month. Giving reverence to the past with such an incredible play, as well as empowering young people to embrace the ‘spirit of Adam’ and pursue their passions in life, is truly a gift,” states Dr. Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren, Managing Director of L.A.I. Communications and Producer of the U.S. Tour of An Adam Experiment. “At the end of the day, we hope audiences will learn something new as well as provoke thought about being the change that they seek in their own lives.”

AN ADAM EXPERIMENT KEY PLAYERS

Michael Chenevert
Originally, from Detroit, Michigan, Michael Chenevert is a well-trained and multifaceted actor who works on stage, TV, and film. He studied at the University of Detroit Mercy where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Over the course of his career, Mr. Chenevert has worked at the New Federal Theatre, The Billie Holiday Theatre, Take Wing and Soar, The National Black Theater, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and The Public Theater. His film credits include: Syrup, Soul Mates, The Tombs, Eugenia and John, Soil, and The Breathing Room. Mr. Chenevert’s TV credits include: The Following, Boardwalk Empire, Ugly Betty, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, and Final Appeal.

Dr. Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren is an experienced Producer and Marketing Executive who has worked for Quincy Jones*David Salzman Entertainment, NBC, Creative Artists Agency, Edmonds Entertainment, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and advertising agency, UniWorld Group. She has assisted in overseeing the production of such programs as MAD TV (FOX), In the House (UPN), Lost on Earth (USA) and VIBE (syndication). She is currently producing the motion picture Tryin’ To Sleep in the Bed You Made, based on The New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. Ms. Lindsey-Warren is also on the producing team for the International Faith and Family Film Festival at MegaFest. As an entrepreneur, Ms. Lindsey-Warren heads her family’s award-winning marketing and public relations agency, L.A.I. Communications, which is “dedicated to delivering EMPOWERING communications.” The firm specializes in creating strategic marketing and communications solutions, with a focus on cross-cultural themes, for media companies, corporations, arts institutions, non-profits, and small businesses.

CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION SPONSORS

SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Honda DealersFURNITURE FAIRLOCAL12 WKRC, The  P&G FUNDof The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Courtyard Marriott & Residence Inn-Rookwood, Graphic Village, Heidelberg Distributing, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza,Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Cincinnati Downtown, Hyatt Regency-Cincinnati, Macy’s, Millennium Cincinnati, Pepsi, Skyline Chili, TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle, USI

Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.6 million students. For more information, visit www.CincinnatiArts.org.

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KSO’s Passport to Musical Adventure Continues with STOP THE WORLD — I WANT TO GET OFF!

kso_stop the world i want to get off logoSTOP THE WORLD —
I WANT TO GET OFF!
(Success vs. Happiness)

7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019
3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2019
Greaves Concert Hall, NKU

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 Passport to musical adventure continues to whisk audiences across the globe. On January 26 & 27, the KSO dusts off the 1961 musical STOP THE WORLD — I WANT TO GET OFFby the British team of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, for the first Cincinnati performances since 1978.

The KSO has produced a number of semi-staged, concert performances of Broadway musicals in Greaves Concert Hall — Kismet (1993), Jesus Christ Superstar (1997), Sweeney Todd (2002), Evita (2005) and West Side Story (2008). “While programming the orchestra’s 27th season, I was looking for a musical that was small and lesser known, and recalled this quirky little show from the ‘60s that offered three big songs, a small cast and orchestra, with a title that seems more relevant today than it did in 1961,” commented KSO music director James Cassidy.

STOP THE WORLD — I WANT TO GET OFF is a thought-provoking musical pointing out the ephemeral nature of worldly success, often achieved to the detriment of one’s personal happiness. Littlechap (played by Joshua Steele) finds himself a father before his time and agrees to marry Evie, the boss’s daughter (played by Brooke Steele). Though this helps him climb the business ladder, Littlechap (the everyman) finds himself trapped in the responsibility of a premature family. He turns to women of the world, yet finds only empty fulfillment. In the twilight of his years, he finally discovers that he has wasted his life looking for something that he actually had all the time — his wife’s true love. Hit songs include: “Gonna Build a Mountain”, “Once in a Lifetime” and “What Kind of Fool Am I.”

As with West Side Story a decade ago, the KSO again partners with NKU’s School of the Arts as faculty member and stage director Brian Robertson, along with the show’s seven-member chorus, all hail from the University’s Theatre Department. The original 14-piece orchestration will be performed by members of the KSO under the musical direction of James Cassidy.

Stop your world, and join the The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra for a rare opportunity to experience this charming, tuneful musical at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 26, and 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 27, at Greaves Concert Hall on the campus of NKU. Reserved seating tickets are $19, $27, $35 (children ages 6-18 are 50% off) and are available online at kyso.org, by phone—(859) 431-6216, or at the door.

STOP THE WORLD —
I WANT TO GET OFF!
(Success vs. Happiness)

7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019
3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2019
Greaves Concert Hall, NKU

Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Cast:

  • Joshua Steele as Littlechap
  • Brooke Steele as Evie, (Anya, Ilse, Ginnie)
  • Victoria Avery as Susan
  • Mary Mills as Jane

Chorus:

  • Victoria Avery
  • Halee Hood
  • Mary Mills
  • Courtney Mulford
  • Chloe Price
  • Danielle Ullman
  • Adria Whitfill

Stage Director: Brian Robertson
Music Director: James Cassidy
Music Preparation: Stephen Variames

Queen’s Theatre London – July 20, 1961 (485 performances)
Shubert Theatre, New York – October, 1962 (555 performances)

The KSO’s 2018-19 Subscription Series is supported in part by a generous grant from the
Louise Taft Semple Foundation

2019 KSO Subscription concerts are supported by the
Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund of the Greenacres Foundation

KSO Podium Sponsor: Macy’s
Concert Sponsor: The Party Source
Season support provided by Artswave & The Kentucky Arts Council

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Podcasting Star Travis McElroy Hosts Know Theatre’s Manic Game Show Mashup Fundraiser

ktc_the cost is accurate 2019 logoTHE COST IS ACCURATE!
Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00PM

Imagine your favorite gameshows from yesterday and today. Now put ‘em in a blender, add some of Know Theatre’s patent-pending unpredictability, and you get The Cost Is Accurate!

Hosted on the intimate Know Theatre Underground cabaret stage by podcasting star Travis McElroy (My Brother, My Brother, and Me, Adventure Zone, Shmanners, and more!) The Cost is Accurate is a wild night of games of chance, games of skill, and games we blatantly rip off from TV history—but presented live onstage, so audience members get a chance to get in on the action!

Admission to this fast-paced and funny night of friendly competition includes a better than 1-in-100 chance of winning the evening’s top prize (which we will announce shortly but is definitely worth the price of admission!)

Plus, everyone who shows up has a chance to walk away with all sorts of other great prizes from Cincinnati business, entertainment venues, and more! On top of that, attendees can bid to their heart’s content on a fabulous silent auction, featuring unique experiences, Cincy-flavored gift baskets, and more.

The $75 ticket includes delectable lite bites as well as your first drink at Know Theatre’s Underground bar.

All proceeds from THE COST IS ACCURATE will support Know Theatre’s 21st MainStage season, and help us keep artists employed and theatrical adventures affordable for all!

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Production:    THE COST IS ACCURATE, hosted by Travis McElroy!

When:          7:00 pm   Tuesday, February 5th

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

Tickets:        $75 (ticket includes lite bites and your first drink)

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

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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Jeff Tweedy – WARM Tour | Wed., April 17 | Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom

JEFF TWEEDY – WARM TOUR
APRIL 17, 2019 – CINCINNATI MUSIC HALL BALLROOM

JEFF TWEEDY ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL 2019 US TOUR DATES
WATCH PERFORMANCE ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! ON JANUARY 9 

Tickets on sale Friday, January 11 at 7:00 PM

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Photo by Whitten Sabbatini.

PRAISE FOR WARM 

WARM jettisons the cryptic mystery that marked Wilco’s best work and gets down to what matters in the most direct terms: family and creativity, life and death, sadness and hope, all rendered with weary empathy.”  — Wall Street Journal 

“A moral guidebook from a songwriter who sings with such compassion that even his simplest advice (‘Don’t forget to brush your teeth’) can make your eyes well up.” — Pitchfork 

“[WARM is] proof that Jeff Tweedy’s non-Wilco detours have become more than mere side projects to fill gaps between albums but rather, precious, intimate portraits of a songwriter who’s willing to openly display more of his scars than ever before.” — Rolling Stone

PRAISE FOR LET’S GO (SO WE CAN GET BACK)

Let’s Go is especially enlightening, a rock ‘n’ roll book that quietly dismantles what we expect from rock ‘n’ roll books.” — Pitchfork 

“One of the best and most revealing memoirs in years.” — The Ringer

Let’s Go shows how Tweedy’s prolific and musically varied career is the result of a restless creative streak that helped him find meaning and a place in the world.” — The Washington Post

CINCINNATI, OH – Jeff Tweedy has just announced additional US tour dates in support of his album, WARM, released this past November via dBpm Records. His WARM Tour plays the Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:30 PM. The show is part of Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2018-19 Presenting Season.

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 11 at 7:00 PM at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center and Music Hall Ticket Offices.

Additionally, Jeff Tweedy will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on January 9, performing songs off WARM.  Jeff’s last television appearance was on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, shortly before the release of his intimate and wryly honest memoir (and New York Times Bestseller) LET’S GO (SO WE CAN GET BACK).  Since then, he’s sold out an East Coast and Midwest book tour, played four consecutive sold-out shows at Largo, and has garnered astounding praise for WARM, receiving “Best New Music” by Pitchfork and being included on many year-end lists such as Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound, Wall Street Journal, and Aquarium Drunkard.

LISTEN TO WARM –
https://linktr.ee/wilco

WATCH “I KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE” VIDEO –
https://youtu.be/zz2v2Ix7FwE

WATCH “SOME BIRDS” VIDEO –
https://youtu.be/H2nqD7kgNPA

PURCHASE LET’S GO (SO WE CAN GET BACK) –
https://bit.ly/2NRbBlW

JEFF TWEEDY TOUR DATES (new dates in bold)
Thu. Jan. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ Largo at the Coronet Theatre [SOLD OUT]
Fri. Jan. 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Largo at the Coronet Theatre [SOLD OUT]
Sun. Jan. 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Largo at the Coronet Theatre [SOLD OUT]
Mon. Jan. 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Largo at the Coronet Theatre [SOLD OUT]
Wed. Feb. 27 – Iowa City, IA @ Englert Theatre w/ Buck Meek [SOLD OUT]
Thu. Feb. 28 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant w/ Buck Meek [SOLD OUT]
Fri. March 1 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Auditorium w/ Buck Meek [SOLD OUT]
Sun. March 3 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre w/ Buck Meek
Mon. March 4 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre w/ Buck Meek [SOLD OUT]
Thu. March 7 – Germantown, TN @ Germantown Performing Arts Center w/ Buck Meek
Fri. March 8 – Birmingham, AL @ Lyric Theatre w/ Buck Meek [SOLD OUT]
Sat. March 9 – Macon, GA @ Hargray Capitol Theatre w/ Buck Meek
Mon. March 11 – Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall w/ James Elkington [SOLD
UT]
Tue. March 12 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon w/ James Elkington
Thu. March 14 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Theatre w/ James Elkington
Fri. March 15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Parker Playhouse w/ James Elkington
Sun. March 17 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live Theatre w/ James Elkington
Tue. March 19 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel w/ James Elkington [SOLD OUT]
Wed. March 20 – Nashville, TN @ James K. Polk Theater w/ James Elkington
Thu. March 21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre w/ James
Elkington
Sun. March 31 – Columbus, OH @ Davidson Theatre w/ Buck Meek
Mon. April 1 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater w/ Buck Meek
Wed. April 3 – Toronto, ON @ The Queen Elizabeth Theatre w/ Buck Meek
Thu. April 4 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Lecture Hall of Oakland w/ Buck Meek
Sat. April 6 – Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center w/ Buck Meek
Mon. April 8 – New York, NY @ The Town Hall w/ James Elkington
Tue. April 9 – New York, NY @ The Town Hall w/ James Elkington
Wed. April 10 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre w/ James Elkington
Fri. April 12 – Savannah, GA @ Lucas Theatre for the Arts
Sat. April 13 – Decatur, GA @ Amplify Decatur/Decatur Square
Sun. April 14 – Chattanooga, TN @ Walker Theatre w/ James Elkington
Tue. April 16 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall w/ James Elkington
Wed. April 17 – Cincinnati, OH @ Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom w/ James Elkington
Thu. April 18 – Champaign, IL @ Virginia Theatre w/ James Elkington

WILCO TOUR DATES
Wed. June 12 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
Thu. June 13 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
Sat. June 15 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Sun. June 16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso [SOLD OUT]
Tue. June 18 – Lille, FR @ Aeronef Club
Wed. June 19 – Rouen, FR @ Le 106
Thu. June 20 – La Rochelle, FR @ La Sirene
Sat. June 22 – Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES @ Azkena Rock Festival
Fri. June 28 – Sun. June 30 – North Adams, MA @ Solid Sound Festival 

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CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION SPONSORS 

SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), CINCINNATI-NORTHERN KENTUCKY HONDA DEALERSFURNITURE FAIRLOCAL12 WKRC, The  P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Courtyard Marriott & Residence Inn-Rookwood, Heidelberg Distributing, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Hyatt Regency-Cincinnati, Macy’sPepsi, Prosource, Skyline Chili, TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle, USI

Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.6 million students. For more information, visit www.CincinnatiArts.org.

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CYRANO Will Bring Romance, Comedy and Sword Fighting to Community Centers This Winter

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Promotional photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

Off the Hill series production based on Cyrano de Bergerac runs Jan. 18 – Feb. 17, 2019

(CINCINNATI)—CINCINNATI – The Playhouse’s family-friendly, Off the Hill series tours its second production of the season this January and February to community centers in Greater Cincinnati with CYRANO, a youth-oriented adaptation that’s based on the 1897 classic play Cyrano de Bergerac. The production runs Jan. 19 to Feb. 17, 2019.

“This play has endured more than a century because of its beloved, noble hero and the tragicomedy of the story’s love triangle,” explains Daunielle Rasmussen, director of education and community engagement for the Playhouse. “Its themes of virtue, conviction and the conflict between inner and outer beauty make it ideal for younger audiences. It has clever wordplay, exciting swordplay and a really big nose, all of which will keep kids’ and parents’ attention.”

The Playhouse’s Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern company performs the show, which takes place in France in the 1640s during the Thirty Years War. Cyrano believes having a “Mount Everest of a nose” means he’ll never have his love returned by the beautiful Roxane, and so he hides his feelings for her. A handsome soldier named Christian also has feelings for Roxane but battles insecurities about his cleverness. Cyrano selflessly chooses to help Christian woo Roxane with Cyrano’s own clever words, in an effort to ensure Roxane’s happiness.

“As a parent, I am always hopeful that our plays will open the door to deeper conversations about things that concern children that they don’t always have the words to express,” Rasmussen states. “This story can help children give voice to their own internal struggles.”

Rasmussen says that while the full-length version of this play is traditionally told on “a grand scale,” this adaptation simplifies the story into a production that’s a perfect fit for an Off the Hill show.

“Through this condensed version, we can focus on the relationships between Cyrano, Roxane and Christian as they each yearn to be loved. In this way, the story is about so much more than just inner beauty versus outer beauty,” says Rasmussen.

Playhouse Directing Fellow Katie Baskerville, who is directing the production, says she is most interested in exploring the characters more fully by examining their primary flaws:

“They have such pride in their positive attributes, values and convictions; and yet this same pride holds them back from true happiness due to incredibly human doubts, insecurities and misconceptions.”

This amusing and thought-provoking production is recommended for children ages 8 and up.

For the full list of performances and community centers, visit cincyplay.com.

Off the Hill is sponsored by The John C. Griswold Foundation and KeyBank. Seasonal support of education and outreach by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation and The Charles H. Dater Foundation. The Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company is supported by Jerry and Betsy Shroat.

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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