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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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2020-2021 Season Announced by NKU SOTA

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts is excited to announce its 2020-21 Theatre + Dance academic season. An exact schedule of performances will be released in August 2020.                                                                                                                            

NOISES OFF
By Michael Frayn
Directed by Ken Jones
Sept. 24 – Oct. 4, 2020
NKU Corbett Theatre

Called “the funniest farce ever written,” NOISES OFF takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing’s On.” Doors slamming, falling trousers, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. NOISES OFF is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

ZANNA, DON’T!
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Tim Acito
Additional Book and Lyrics by Alexander Dinelaris
Directed by Michael Hatton
Music Directed by Damon Stevens
Oct. 22 – Nov. 1, 2020
NKU Stauss Theatre

Welcome to Heartsville High, set in a world where everyone is gay–well, almost everyone! The big-man-on-campus is the chess champion, and the captain of the football team is made cool by being cast as the lead in the school musical. The students write a controversial show called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” about straight people in the military, which becomes the catalyst for a young man and woman to fall in love. Enter Zanna, a magical, musical fairy who, with a wave of his wand, brings true love to one and all! A world much like our own, and the chaos that ensues when people love who they want to, gay or straight.

FLOYD COLLINS
Book by Tina Landau
Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Additional Lyrics by Tina Landau
Directed by Jason Danieley
Assistant Directed by Corrie Danieley
Music Directed by Jamey Strawn
Nov. 13-22, 2020
NKU Corbett Theatre

In 1925, while chasing a dream of fame and fortune by turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction, Floyd Collins himself became the attraction when he got trapped 200 feet underground. Alone but for sporadic contact with the outside world, Floyd fought for his sanity and ultimately his life as the rescue effort above exploded into the first genuine media circus. Reporters and gawkers from across the country descended on the property, fueling the hysteria and manipulating the nation into holding its collective breath. This haunting musical – one of the most acclaimed in recent years – beautifully illuminates the transcendent tale of spirituality, hope and one man’s quest for glory. FLOYD COLLINS is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

NKU SOTA is excited to have Broadway actor, singer, concert performer and recording artist JASON DANIELEY as director of FLOYD COLLINS. Danieley appeared Off-Broadway in the musical Hit The Lights! in 1993, but gained recognition in 1996 in Floyd Collins. Ben Brantley of The New York Times noted that Danieley (with others) was “especially winning”. Most recently he appeared in the stage musical adaption of the film Pretty Woman which premiered at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago in March 2018 and transferred to Broadway. jasondanieley.com

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL
Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Directed by Corrie Danieley
Music Directed by Jamey Strawn
Feb. 19-28, 2021
NKU Corbett Theatre

Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss – Franklin Hart. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie.

THE Y.E.S. FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS – 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Titles to be announced in October 2020.
Shows Directed by Mike King, Nicole Perrone, Charlie Roetting, and Brian Robertson
April 8-18, 2021
NKU Corbett and Stauss Theatres & The Carnegie

Be the first to see four world-premiere plays in the 20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR END SERIES (YES) FESTIVAL, including a first-of-its-kind regional collaboration. The Carnegie and NKU School of the Arts will work together to produce a new play by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Producing Artistic Director, D. Lynn Meyers. This bold pairing of educational and creative goals will allow the students of NKU’s School of the Arts Theatre + Dance Program to work intimately with Meyers to workshop and refine the new playscript through the 20-21 school year. The Carnegie will then debut this world premier script as the closing show in its 20-21 theatre season and kick-off the 20th anniversary of the YES Festival, NKU’s new-play festival, the oldest collegiate new-play festival in the country.

For more information, call the NKU School of the Arts Box Office at (859) 572-5464 or visit nku.edu/sotatickets. Tickets will go on sale in September 2020.

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2020 Summer Season Announced by NKU Commonwealth Theatre

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NKU COMMONWEALTH THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2020 SUMMER SEASON

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Commonwealth Theatre Company at Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts is proud to present the musical comedy of BEGUILED AGAIN, and the comedy of NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS as their 2020 summer dinner theatre season. A buffet dinner will be served in the NKU SOTA Art Gallery with performances taking place in the NKU Robert & Rosemary Stauss Theatre.

BEGUILED AGAIN – The Songs of RODGERS & HART
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Conceived By J. Barry Lewis, Lynnette Barkley and Craig D. Ames
Music Arrangements by Craig D. Ames
Co-Directed by Dee Anne Bryll and Ed Cohen
Music Directed by Damon Stevens
June 4-21, 2020

The remarkable partnership of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart spanned twenty-four years, resulting in the scores for thirty stage musicals and nine films. While their songs are acknowledged as among the most sophisticated and witty of their time, they could also be stunning in their simplicity and directness. BEGUILED AGAIN illuminates the astonishing breadth of their output with a musical menu offering nearly fifty selections from the incomparable Rodgers and Hart songbook. This cleverly compiled potpourri juxtaposes the urbane and the melancholy, the sardonic and the romantic, providing ever-changing and contrasting emotional journeys that give this revue real momentum. There is no linear plot or ‘and then they wrote’ narrative. Rather, the songs are grouped thematically in ways that allow them to tell their own stories and reveal their splendor in the process. BEGUILED AGAIN is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. 

NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS
By Katherine DiSavino
Directed by Michael Hatton/Corrie Danieley
July 9-26, 2020

Bridget and her grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling handmade naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five-borough area! Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her nana get arrested – or worse – evicted? NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

Event Details

Dates: June 4-21 & July 9-26 (dark on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays)

Times:

  • Thursdays through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m., Dinner served at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday matinees at 6 p.m., Dinner served at 5 p.m.

Place: Fine Arts Center on NKU Campus – 1 Louie B. Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099

Tickets: $40 single tickets or $65 for two-show package (includes buffet dinner and show). Tickets will go on sale in March 2020.

More information: nku.edu/ctc or 859-572-5464

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Presents the Award Winning Racing, Political, Thriller ALL THE WAY by Robert Schenkkan

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Sylvester Little, Jr. as Martin Luther King Jr. in ALL THE WAY. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Experience when politics and passion helped to shape America for good in this gripping drama,on stage January 24-February 15, 2020

Cincinnati, January 10, 2020 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company welcomes the New Year and continues its 2019-2020 Season of the Woman at The Otto M. Budig Theater with Robert Schenkkan’s ALL THE WAY. The production is directed by Producing Artistic Director, Brian Isaac Phillips and features a 17 person cast with CSC returning favorites Jim Hopkins as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Sylvester Little, Jr. as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Kate Wilford as Lady Bird Johnson, Brent Vimtrup as Sen. Humphrey, and Bruce Cromer as J. Edgar Hoover. ALL THE WAY Is also the first production in The Otto M. Budig Theater to offer special on-stage seating for patrons!

ALL THE WAY tells the story beginning in the wake of an assassination that shook a nation to its core, when a larger-than-life figure is propelled into the national spotlight. Faced with civil unrest at home and an unpopular war abroad, accidental president Lyndon B. Johnson struggles at the eleventh hour to get the hotly contested Civil Rights Act across the finish line, and to keep an already divided country from tearing itself apart.

The selection of ALL THE WAY in this season was inspired by the 2020 Centennial of Women’s Suffrage. From June of 1919 to August of 1920, these United States passed and ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. However, the passage of the 19th Amendment, while worthy of celebration, did not in fact guarantee voting rights for all. The struggle for complete equality continued into the 1960’s and beyond. ALL THE WAY continues the story from inside the Oval Office with LBJ’s fight to enact the Civil Rights Act of 1964 working closely with Martin Luther King and other activists and politicians of the era.

Robert Schenkkan’s racing political thriller, ALL THE WAY, was first commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as a part of their “American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle.” The American Revolutions Project began in 2008 with the final of the 37 new plays commissioned and developed in 2019. The project showcases moments of change in the history of the United States. As stated by Oregon Shakespeare Festival, “bringing together artists and theaters and from around the country, American Revolutions works to establish a shared understanding of our nation’s past while illuminating the best paths for our nation’s future.” ALL THE WAY ran at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2012 before moving to Broadway in 2014. The
Broadway production featured Bryan Cranston as LBJ. After a staggering success, in 2016, ALL THE WAY became a biographical TV drama film for HBO with Bryan Cranston continuing as LBJ.

ALL THE WAY has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike winning the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama League Award, the Co-Recipient of the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, and the recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association for New Play Award. The TV drama has been nominated for a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials, as well as eight Primetime Emmy Awards.

The creative team transforming The Otto M. Budig Theater stage into the 1964 Oval Office and America is made up of Shannon Moore (Scenic Designer), Justen N. Locke (Lighting Designer), Douglas J. Borntrager (Sound Designer), Rainy Edwards (Costume Designer), and Darnell PierreBenjamin as Assistant Director. They are joined by Projections Designer, G. “Max” Maxin IV.

The set includes a stunning replica of the Resolute desk used by several presidents of the United States in the White House Oval Office. It was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 and was built from the English oak timbers of the British Arctic exploration ship HMS Resolute. The desk is still in use today.

For the first time ever at The Otto M. Budig Theater, there will be special on stage seating being offered for our production of ALL THE WAY. On Stage seats start at $38 and are general admission and will be assigned first come, first served. You will meet before the start of the show at thefoot of the stage to be seated. Sit on stage and join LBJ in the Oval Office for this unique theater experience.

ALL THE WAY runs January 24—February 15, 2020 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM, as well as Saturday,February 15th at 2:00 PM. Preview performances are Wednesday, January 22nd and Thursday, January 23rd at 7:30 PM and tickets are$45. 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 www.cincyshakes.com.

Content Advisory: This production contains scenes of violence and strong language.

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 http://www.otrchamber.com/pages/WheretoPark.

CSC also offers Valet Parking for every performance! Make reservations for $20 in advance when purchasing tickets or visit http://www.cincyshakes.com/parking. Purchasing in advance guarantees a spot. 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. Carscan be picked up for up to onehour following a performance. (After one hour, you will need to arrange pick up with the valetservice 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 2019-2020 Season of the Woman:
From June of 1919 to August of 1920, these United States passed and ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. In commemoration of this centennial, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will shine the spotlight on the Women of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in our “Season of the Woman,” both onstage and off, and join organizations across the city in an Arts Wave led initiative called “Power of Her” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage!

This season is also funded by ArtsWave. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, JR./U.S. Bank Foundation, The Ohio Arts Council, and The Shubert Foundation. The season’s marketing design sponsor is Grey Midwest. TheOhio 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 www.cincyshakes.com.

About POWER OF HER:
POWER OF HER is a collaboration of organizations across the Greater Cincinnati region, united to activate and amplify women’s voices in the arts. Led by ArtsWave, and inspired by the women’s suffrage movement, the initiative salutes the women who came before us, and honors female leadership and woman-centric works of all kinds.

At its core, POWER OF HER underscores creativity as a vehicle for inclusion and equality by celebrating the female voice—and the many ways it champions a more diverse and vibrant world. Learn more at https://www.artswave.org/discover/power-of-her.

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