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Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Turns Tradition On Its Head With All-Female Production of Euripides’ MEDEA

WHHS_medea press-64“Now will men admire
our women’s ways, and give
us sway; no more will they
insult and slander us; honor
shall be our daily bread.”

Imagine a time you have loved, a time you have lost, a time you have triumphed…Join us this April for one of the most powerful, but lesser-known Greek tragedies.  Continuing where the myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece left off, Medea finds herself betrayed by her husband in a strange land.  Set on a dark path, will she be able to come back from the brink, or will madness and the need for revenge consume her and her children? Through an all-female cast and traditional Greek masks, this production explores themes of love, empowerment, and betrayal. The cast and crew strip away the hyper theatricality to present this classic in an intimate and minimalist manner, truly showcasing the beauty of the words and the prowess of the actresses. Highlighting the extraordinary in the ordinary, the unconventional within the conventional, this is an experience you do not want to miss.

Runs Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th at 2:00 pm and Saturday April 28th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students.

Show Synopsis:
In this production of the classic Greek tragedy, translated skillfully by poet Inés Azar, the story of Medea, princess of Colchis, a powerful sorceress is revealed. Medea, taken to Corinth by her former husband Jason after assisting him in the securing of the golden fleece, is forced to reckon with Jason’s betrayal, as he has left her to marry the daughter of Creon, Corinth’s king. Infuriated by Jason’s actions, Medea and her Familiar devise a plot to take revenge on those who have wronged her. Narrated by a chorus of Corinthian woman, this tale of a woman wronged unfolds as Medea encounters Jason and other mythical characters ultimately ending in the tragic outcomes of Medea’s plans. A subversion of the greek tradition of casting men in all roles, our production brings an all-female cast performing in traditional greek style, masks included, to the Rick Steiner black box.

Directed by Helen Raymond-Goers, Assistant Directed by Bettina Ernst.
Production Stage Manager: Matthew Eggers

Featuring: Charlie Patterson as Nurse/Guard, Cam Hogue as Tutor/Guard, Lily Canter as Child, Megan Graeler as Child, Grace Kelly Fulton as Medea, Kennedy Nadermann as Familiar, Talia Raider-Roth as Chorus Leader, Christina Picklo as Rational, Nina Roberto as Juror, Elle Bisheimer as Advisor, Caroline Yaeger as Zealot, Sarah Mansfield as Creon, Lily Adams as Jason, Perri Wedlock as Aegeus, Sophia Rooksberry as Messenger/Guard, and Mama Njie as Guard.

Tickets are $10 for students and staff and $12 for adults. Tickets may be purchased by visiting



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Come Have a Pint With the Cast and Crew of Falcon’s THE LION IN WINTER

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Greg Mallios, Clay Winstead, Tracy M. Schoster, Jared Earland, Allen R. Middleton, Lexi Rigsby & Dan Robertson. Photo by Claudia Hershner.

St. Paddy’s Day might have been last week, but you can still celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish (well…English, actually) by having a wee bit more than a pint this Friday with the cast and crew of Falcon’s Theatre’s production of The Lion in Winter!

Immediately following this week’s opening performance, patrons are invited to Wooden Cask Brewing Company, 629 York Street in Newport, to enjoy a beverage and to mingle with the production’s actors and crew and with fellow theatergoers. Wooden Cask is approximately a two-minute walk from Falcon’s stage door.

The Lion in Winter is playwright James Goldman’s deliciously wicked accounting of the love-hate travails between England’s King Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the accompanying power struggle to name the next heir to the English throne. Comedic in tone, darkly dramatic in action, and filled to overflowing with Goldman’s razor-sharp wit and dialogue, the play has been an audience favorite for more than fifty years.

Although the events depicted in the play took place in the Middle Ages, Falcon director Tara Williams has moved the story to 2019 to present the universal and timeless themes of marital jealousy, sibling rivalry, and the struggle for political power and control..

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch calls Lion “satisfying, well-seasoned, and wonderfully witty…perfect fare for a cold winter’s night.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says “if you like your humor with a dose of malice, there’s plenty of bite to (this play’s) bark.”

The Falcon production features Allen R. Middleton as Henry, Tracy M. Schoster as Eleanor, Greg Mallios as Richard, Jared Earland as Geoffrey, Clay Winstead as John, Lexi Rigsby as Alais, and Dan Robertson as Philip.

Performances are at 8 PM on March 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30, and on April 4, 5, and 6, 2019. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students with ID. Patrons enjoy a $5 discount for Thursday performances. Visit for tickets.

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Internationally Acclaimed Burlesque Cabaret Stars Embark on Whirlwind US/Canada Tour

MISC_Tainted Cabaret logoAward-winning neo-burlesque and comedy music are heading to Cincinnati

Uninhibited, Undressed, Unhinged!

Friday, March 22nd at 8pm

The Mockbee
2260 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati 45214

$18 General Admission, $35 VIP (Preferred Seating and Gift)

Starring: Ula Uberbusen, James & the Giant Pasty and Shirley Gnome

TAINTED CABARET is a provocative burlesque cabaret featuring stars of the renowned underground theatre scenes of New York, Toronto, and Vancouver. A sinfully funny mix of satirical song and irreverent neo-burlesque, their show is a deliciously naked evening of sexy, campy and theatrical entertainment. Smart and subversive, Tainted Cabaret celebrates sensuality, sexuality, and redefines the rigid structures of traditional femininity. The award-winning cast welcomes their audience into their uncensored and liberating world with open arms.

Out for their second national tour, Tainted Cabaret hits the open road in March and April 2019. New cast member, #1 iTunes charting cabaret comedian and ‘chanteuse provocateur’ Shirley Gnome (“Dark, sexy, over-the-top and she’ll sing songs that will make sailors blush.” -Sunday Mail, Australia) joins producer Ula Uberbusen (“An absolute delight…beautiful and touching.” -Burlesque Beat) and boylesque superstar James & The Giant Pasty (“Ridiculous fun stuffed into a sequinned jockstrap.” -Edmonton Vue). Traveling through over twenty states from New York to New Orleans, and Durham to Denver, this all-star cast is making a stop at The Mockbee on Friday, March 22nd. They hope to bring a feel-good, adults only extravaganza that Cincinnati will never forget.

“Working with a team of smart and talented artists, all at the top of their game, means that we empower each other to create entertaining and thought-provoking theater,” says Ula Uberbusen about producing Tainted Cabaret. James and the Giant Pasty adds about performing burlesque, “There is no other art form where you get to connect so viscerally with the audience. You get to look them right in the eye, acknowledge them, make them feel something, and then hear and feel their response.” Shirley Gnome says that combing her comedic songs with burlesque is a perfect fit because “my music comes from a very positive, revealing, shameless place, and I find that energy seems to compliment burlesque perfectly.”

Tainted Cabaret is on tour in March and April 2019.

For showtimes and tickets visit

To follow the show on social media, connect at

Twitter and Instagram: @TaintedCabaret

Producer: Ula Uberbusen

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to Present Shakespeare’s Infamous Tragedy, MACBETH

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Kelly Mengelkoch as Lady Macbeth. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Miranda McGee to make her mainstage directorial debut with Macbeth. Opening April 5th at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Cincinnati, March 15, 2019 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its 25th Anniversary Season at The Otto M. Budig Theater with William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The production is directed by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Associate Artist Miranda McGee and features a 21 person cast featuring CSC Resident Ensemble Members Giles Davies as Macbeth, Kelly Mengelkoch as Lady Macbeth, Grant Niezgodski as Macduff, and Justin McCombs as Banquo. Macbeth is generously sponsored by Kelley & David Downing, Judge (Ret.) Mark P. Painter & Sue Ann Painter, the Pete Strange Family, as well as PNC Bank and Taft Law.

CSC is very pleased to have Miranda McGee as our director for Macbeth. Ms. McGee is originally from Australia and credits her love of all things horror, including her favorite of Shakespeare’s plays,Macbeth, to her favorite author, Stephen King. Ms. McGee has worked regionally with The Howmet Playhouse, PMD Productions, Essential Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Locally, she has worked with Know Theatre, The Carnegie, The Covedale, Clifton Performance Theatre, Madcap Puppets, OTRImprov, and as adjunct faculty at Xavier University. Ms. McGee is celebrating a decade with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company this year, and some of her favorite CSC roles include Emilia (Othello), Lucy (Dracula), Beatrice (Much Ado), The Gaoler’s Daughter (Two Noble Kinsmen) and her teaching roles with Cincy Shakes’ Education Programs PROJECT38 and Groundlings Junior. Macbeth will be her mainstage directorial debut after successfully directing FREE Shakespeare in the Park productions over the past few summers.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of Macbeth is set in Scotland between the years 1644 and 1645 with timeless elements of horror and supernatural when the witches are present. When the noble Scottish Lord Macbeth sees a path to power open up before him, he is determined to trod that path to its bloody end, consequences (and maybe himself) be damned. With his ruthless wife at his side, the two plot a Machiavellian course to put and to keep Macbeth on the Scottish throne. Shakespeare’s heart-pounding thrill ride of a play is a harrowing exploration of ambition, morality, tyranny and corruption.

The creative team is made up of Justen Locke (Scenic and Lighting Designer), Douglas J. Borntrager (Sound and Video Designer), Cal Harris (Video Content Creator), Darnell Pierre Benjamin (Movement Coach), and Rainy Edwards (Costume Designer). They are joined by Fight Choreographer, Gina Cerimele-Mechley.

Macbeth runs April 5-May 4, 2019 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM, as well as Saturday April 20th, and May 4th at 2:00 PM.  Preview performances are Wednesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 4th at 7:30 PM and tickets are $30.  Advance sale single ticket prices start at $28.  Day-of Student Rush tickets are $14 and may be purchased thirty minutes before a show with a valid student ID if available. This production is a part of this season’s subscription package. 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 

On Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 bring your younger kids (4+) for artist-led childcare DURING the performance! The “Playdate” program is only $15 and free for subscribers. The option to add this program will be available as you are buying tickets for either of these show dates. Activities will range from storytime to theatre games and crafts. Share the great benefits of CSC’s programming with your children: Playdate will style activities to correspond with each production, so even your youngest can join in the discussion on the ride home!

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located at The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park.  There are many parking spaces 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 $15 in advance when purchasing tickets or visit Purchasing in advance guarantees a spot at the discounted rate of $15 (vs. $20+ at the curb).  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.) The valet will have your name on the list after you purchase- it’s that easy!


About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics.  CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.  Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by 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!

About The 2018-2019 25th Anniversary Season:
The season is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.  The 25th Anniversary sponsor is the The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, JR./U.S. Bank Foundation.  This season is funded by ArtsWave.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council, the Shubert Foundation.  The season’s marketing design sponsor is POSSIBLE. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Production dates and information on the season are available online at

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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers Receives The Sachs Fund Prize

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D. Lynn Meyers, Artistic Director.

(Cincinnati, OH) Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers is being honored by ArtsWave with the 2018 Rosa F. and Samuel B. Sachs Fund Prize for her regional arts impact and leadership. The Rosa F. and Samuel B. Sachs Fund Prize recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Cincinnati, bringing distinction to themselves and the region through their work.

First awarded in 1929, this prestigious award was endowed to ArtsWave by the late Samuel B. Sachs to honor outstanding accomplishments in the arts — inclusive of visual arts, music, theatre, dance, literature, sculpture and architecture. Previous recipients include Zaha Hadid, Leah Stewart, Phyllis Weston, Stephen Sondheim, Shepard Fairey, James Conlon, Kathy Wilson, Jim Borgman and Jay Chatterjee.

The Sachs Fund Prize Committee, led by ArtsWave Life Trustee Richard Rosenthal, decided early on not to make this a competitive process with a call for nominations and/or applications. Rather, using the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grants” as a model, ArtsWave assembles a group of this region’s most knowledgeable leaders in the areas of theater, music, dance, architecture, visual arts, photography, and literature to select the individual who, in their combined estimation, best meets the criteria for this award.

“It’s something I never would have thought possible,” says D. Lynn Meyers. “I received a voicemail from Dick Rosenthal telling me that I’d won and I was so stunned that I listened to it three times! I am beyond humbled, honored, and extremely grateful.”


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.

2018-2019 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support provided by PNC. 

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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