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The Cincinnati Fringe Festival Undergoes A Temporary Makeover For 2020

CFF_Orange logo text onlyThe Cincinnati Fringe Festival introduces its all-online format for 2020

Forget Christmas. Usually, this is the most wonderful time of the year at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati: when the whole staff pulls together to work round-the-clock to bring Cincinnati its favorite arts and community event, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The annual two-week-long celebration of theatre, music, dance, and art is chock-a-block with artistic works you won’t find anywhere else and a deep sense of community, and it’s one of the highlights of the Know’s year.

May and June (or, as we call it, “the Fringemas season”) is shaping up to be a sub-optimal time to bring huge groups of people all together, but the spirit of Fringe is too beloved and too special to keep on the shelf for all of 2020. So the Know Team got together and did what we do best: we got creative, resourceful, and just a little off-the-wall.

When the smoke cleared and the fire alarms were reset, we were left with this: an all-digital, totally online, 100% at-a-safe-distance, for-2020-only Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Audiences will be able to enjoy the kinds of joyful, out-of-the-box, deeply personal, and sometimes just plain weird content they’ve come to expect from Cincy Fringe, all from the comfort and safety of their own homes. This year’s Fringe will be crammed to the brim with streaming performances, online art galleries, and digital meet-ups, and audiences will be able to access all content from their own home computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Is this a weird way to run a Fringe festival? You bet. But that’s Cincy Fringe: Kinda Weird. Like You. And let’s be real – this is a weird time, with weird needs. Fortunately, the Know Team is full of the scrappiest, most inventive, weirdest people you’ll ever meet, so let’s get weird.

The scheduled opening night for the Cincinnati Fringe Festival is May 29, which is still two whole months away. The Know Team is monitoring all recommendations about distancing and health, and working collaboratively with the Fringe artistic community to devise content that is high-quality and as safe for artists to create as it will be for audiences to enjoy.

Because one of the best parts of Fringe is the sense of community that arises between audiences, staff, and artists, the Know Team is creating ways for people to connect at a distance. Audiences will still be able to vote for Pick of the Fringe awards, via online polls instead of paper ballots, and Fringe-hosted digital hangouts and streaming segments will replace the nightly Bar Series events.

Cincy Fringe had scheduled its lineup announcement party for April 27. While a physical gathering is no longer possible, stay tuned for a lineup announcement, information on ticketing packages and pricing, and further details on 2020’s all-online Fringe Festival to come in the final week of April.

Keep up with all of our news at our website, cincyfringe.com.

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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BONNIE AND CLYDE Postponed at Dare to Defy Productions

D2D_logoWe are incredibly sad and regret to inform you that BONNIE AND CLYDE has been postponed. We are looking at new dates for June and will update everyone in the coming weeks.

For those who have purchased tickets, we will honor them for our new dates once they have been confirmed. If you cannot make the new dates, we can transfer them to any show in our upcoming season. Please feel free to message us with any questions you may have.

This is a dark time for the theatre community and we will be deeply affected by this decision. Please consider donating to arts organizations at this time. You can find our website at dare2defy.org and we will also be consistently linking other arts organizations below in the comments that you can donate to.

With love and light,
The D2D Team

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2021 Season Announced by Alibi Players

ALIBI_logoAnnouncing the 2021 Alibi Players Season!

Alibi Players is thrilled to announce that due to the success of Incident At Vichy and the generosity of second weekend ticket holders, even with the shortened run due to COVID-19, we will be expanding our 2021 season to two plays. All performances will be at Liberty Exhibition Hall.

January 15-24, 2021
THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

First up is That Championship Season by Jason Miller. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama focuses on the 20-year reunion in 1972 of a Pennsylvania State Championship High School basketball team. In one evening the audience discovers that one fleeting moment does not define who we are and that winning at all costs on the court can end up costing you in life.

September 10-19, 2021
THE MEMORY OF WATER

Then, in September of 2021, we will be presenting The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson. A heartwarming dark comedy that revolves around three sisters coming together for their mother’s funeral, this play focuses on perceptions and reminiscences that time tends to play tricks on.

​The Telegraph (London) writes “This is a lovely piece, full of humour and heart…Where the play works best is…in its satisfying mixture of sardonic humour and deep emotion. Excellent jokes give way to festering resentments, booze and dope-fuelled hilarity to sudden glimpses of buried secrets and aching pain.”

Learn more at www.alibiplayers.com

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PIRATES OF PENZANCE Postponed to 2021 at Voice of Indiana

VOI_logoHello all: Hope you are healthy and safe.

Due to COVID-19 situation, we have decided to postpone our PIRATES OF PENZANCE production until SUMMER of 2021. Target will be the last weekend in June. Our team determined this was the best option in this time of uncertainty.

Thank you for the care and energy each of you put into your audition video. I had mentioned before that our director was quite pleased with what he saw, and our whole team sincerely hopes EACH OF YOU will audition next Spring. We have the makings of an incredible cast…

Making an audition video was a new experience for us, and possibly for you. We learned from the process, and hope you did too. As VOICES OF INDIANA is at its heart an educational organization, our director is willing to provide constructive feedback to anyone that is interested. This is likely not the last time video auditions will be used by us or other groups, so we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

If interested in video audition feedback, please reply to this email.

Again, thank you, and we look forward to working with you next year.

Kristin Suess
Executive Director
Voices of Indiana

P.S. There are community groups who are mid-production and have had to suspend or delay their performances. Our team is offering up ourselves to assist if our time or skills would be helpful. If you know of a group that is seeking assistance, have them contact us. We are all in this together.

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COVID-19 Update from trueTHEATRE

TRUE_logoWe are all journeying through strange and uncharted times, yet some things haven’t changed, including the importance of Community. Our mission at True Theatre has always been to build Community through the sharing of personal stories, but you may explore a myriad of ways to grow and strengthen your personal Community right now. We encourage you to remember that distance does not equal disconnectedness. We are individuals but all in this together. Things like self-care, hope, and generosity will not be canceled. We encourage you to take this time to “Be True” to yourself and others by:

Reconnecting – We hope you can take this time to reconnect with family, friends, and neighbors. Call them on the phone and once you’ve inquired about their health and needs, if you feel it’s appropriate to do so, ask them a question that you’ve never asked them before and feel the bond that is strengthened as the stories spill forth!

Finding inspiration – The buds are returning to the trees! Give yourself a (well-earned) break from whatever you’re doing and sit or take a walk outside, maybe ride a bike, and enjoy the signs of spring. Try that new recipe, pick up that book, or binge that TV show that everyone has been talking about. Surf the Internet and marvel at the number of creative ways people are finding to stay connected. Now is a good time, too, to start journaling… maybe capture the stories from your life that you haven’t thought about in a long time. We all have a storyteller in us. Feed it and it will bloom.

Sharing – What do you have that others might need? What can you share right now? We believe that sharing stories builds Community, but it is not the only thing you can share and not the only thing people need right now. On the other hand, people won’t always tell you what they need, but if you listen to their stories, you might hear it, after all.

Meanwhile, we at True Theatre are investigating ways to do our part. The fate of our May 7th storytelling show, trueFAKES, is currently in limbo, but we are exploring ways to live-stream it if a live gathering is impossible or impractical. We’ll know more after April 6 (the current end-date of the Ohio order to “shelter in place”). Also, the fundraiser that Fluidity (a “Creative Choral Community for a Cause”) was holding for us at the end of April has been postponed until June 7. We’ll be sharing more details about these and other events on our website, through our mailing list, and on our social media streams, as they are available.

As a Board, we are also meeting (online) to discuss other ways for people to share their stories right now. If you have some ideas or have any questions or are technically “live-stream savvy” and would like to help, start the conversation by writing us at info@truetheatre.org.

Thank you for your continued support of Community-building through the sharing of true, personal stories and True Theatre.

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