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TDW Home View Theatre Presents DENISE’S DO-OVER

TDW_Denises Do-Over promoDenise’s Do-Over by Susan Decatur is available for viewing on December 4 as the fifth installment of The Drama Workshop’s Home View Theatre series.

Ms. Decatur’s comedy about a divorcee entering the world of online dating was a natural choice for this series explains TDW Production Vice President Dennis Murphy, “When discussing Home Brew plays that would make good Home View choices, we were struck by the idea that with a few minor alterations, Denise’s Do-Over could be re-envisioned as a play about singles meeting thru a video conferencing site rather than on the phone.  An extra bonus was that the actors could all perform from the comfort and safety of their homes. Add in that the show’s director, Amanda Emmons-Shumate, was already familiar with this technology and it was a win-win-win situation!”

Peggy Allen plays Denise, a role that she played in the premiere of the stage version of the play.  Kristy Rucker plays Denise’s friend who convinces her to try online dating.  Chris Bishop, Rob Bucher, Jim Swarthout and Jim Waldfogle play Denise’s video dates.

Tickets for any of the Home View Theatre productions can be purchased at or by calling the box office at (513) 598-8303. Single videos are $5 or you can subscribe to the whole series for only $25.

Other Home View Theatre titles include:
Stranded Traveler, written and directed by Eric Thomas, a play about someone asking for money at a bus stop who is challenged to be honest about the request. It features Chris Bishop and Stephanie Klein.

Local Legends was directed by Alexa Justice and features seven local storytellers relaying their favorite ghostly tales. Some of the stories are related to Cincinnati history. The storytellers are Adrianna Marie Boris, Jeb Brack, Greg Hand, Kat Jones, Kat Klockow, Carolmarie Stock and Bill Stringer.

A Paranormal Investigation into The Raven, written and directed by Dennis Murphy, features Besty Bossart and CJ Bossart. Ms. Bossart plays the host of a paranormal investigation show, who is trying to get to the bottom of why a lovelorn man (Mr. Bossart) is being tortured by a phantom raven.

A Better Place, written by Eric Thomas and directed by Scott Unes, featuring Scott and Susan Unes. A man who’s having trouble getting over a breakup, asks for a ride from a rideshare driver. She agrees to take him on a voyage of the heart to get him to a better place, emotionally.

The Gift of the Magi adapted for the screen and directed by Dennis Murphy and starring Ray Lebowski, Anna Hazzard and D’Waughn Hazzard. A young couple discover the true meaning of love while celebrating their first Christmas together.

All of the Home View Theatre videos are presently available for viewing except for The Gift of the Magi which is expected to be released by December 23.

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Mason Community Players Present GENDER BENDER 4

MCP_Gender Bender 4First imagined and performed in 2016, the Mason Community Player’s Gender Bender Revue is Cincinnati’s original “miscast” cabaret! From timeless classics to modern marvels, this revue prides itself on having a diverse and fun set list that is sure to keep you guessing. The production team also strives to create unique performances that can only be found in this show: where else will you hear a Soprano sing “Music of the Night” or hear grown men take on a duet from Wicked? Although we cannot perform on a traditional stage, this year’s virtual performance still strives to create the same magic.

Directed by Bonnie Emmer, KB Scheiding & Jacqlyn Schott
Produced by Peyton Hahn

The cast includes: Chris Ball, David Bice, Issiah Current, Kevin Dunaway, Alisha Flaherty, Landon Flaherty, Tosha Gibson, Lara Gonzalez, John Hamilton, Justin Hanks, Davi Hutchins, Spencer Jones, Louisa Joy, Zach Julian, Carrie Knauer, Holly Kothe, Jennifer Lisa, Emily Lloyd, Matt Lovell, Terry Neack, Lacey Prewitt, Lora Pateras, Mike Pateras, Julie Poux, Ella Predmore, Mary Puetz, Megan Rademacher, Alex Ross, Molly Sexton, Erin Speno, Brandon Stout, Samantha Toberman, Mary Vosseberg & Maddy Weinkam


  • Friday, December 4th 8PM
  • Saturday, December 5th 8PM
  • Sunday, December 6th 2PM

Performances will be held via livestream

Tickets: $10

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Mason Community Players, Inc., founded in 1973, is the oldest continuously operating community theater in Warren County, OH. We are community; we serve the community; we stress community. We strive to present quality theatre balanced with a welcoming atmosphere that allows everyone in the community an opportunity to experience theatre.

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Walterhoope Presents 13TH & REPUBLIC, an Interactive, Operatic, Radical Dance Film ⎼ Free For All

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Poster art by Nytaya Babbitt

Walterhoope, a Cincinnati performing arts company, will produce 13TH & REPUBLIC, a dance film that addresses excessive police force against Black communities and the mental health of the country.

The film can be streamed for free starting Monday, December 28th at 6:00pm at In addition to the release, there will also be a live-stream discussion panel at 8:00pm following the film. Go to today and enter your email to receive a reminder about the premiere (you will not be added to any other lists).

Directed and choreographed by Darnell Pierre Benjamin, 13TH & REPUBLIC takes a conceptual approach to its story through music, dance, and poetry. The piece is simultaneously a reflection and a call to action. 13TH & REPUBLIC features original poetry by Cincinnati poet Tyrone Williams, and an original score by composer Kaleel Skeirik that weaves together Contemporary Symphonic, Jazz, Renaissance, and Appalachian folk song, for voices and instruments. It also features original Gospel music by composer Dan Larkin. Its Director of Photography is Simion Collins of RiverSky Films.

13TH & REPUBLIC stars Montez Jenkins-Copeland with Donald Burns, Brandon Burton, Ernaisja Curry, and Ashley Morton. It features the vocal talents of Griff Bludworth, Anyeé Farrar, Ellen Graham, and Miles Wilson-Toliver.

“I see the piece being inspired heavily by the shooting of Timothy Thomas in 2001, but then taking that and applying to it what we’ve learned since then. From where does this hate stem? What’s at the core of it? And from what I can see, at its core is a mental health crisis,” says Director Darnell Pierre Benjamin. “Cincinnati, as well as the whole of this country, is still suffering from the symptoms of its troubled history. It impacts all of us. It’s not just Black people, it’s not just police officers, it’s the mental health of the country.”

Walterhoope is a professional performing arts company in Cincinnati, OH that creates world-class artistic productions. They are committed to telling stories that matter in the most interesting ways possible. They embrace different art forms to create surprising experiences that challenge, inspire, and create authentic connections with their audience.

For more information visit or contact them at Connect with them on Facebook at and Instagram @walterhoope.


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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Announce Update on 2020-21 Seasons

PIP_logoCINCINNATI – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company today issued a joint announcement that they are unfortunately cancelling their upcoming holiday productions and postponing the re-opening of their mainstage seasons of plays until fall of 2021. Instead, both theatres are planning to bring the community a slate of virtual performances, socially distanced special events and educational programming.

CSC_logoThis decision helps ensure a healthy return in the fall of 2021. The safety and well-being of patrons, artists and staff is of the utmost importance. Additionally, the plays and musicals produced for their mainstage seasons take substantial resources and represent much greater financial risk if forced to cancel due to a COVID-19 spike or positive case.

News releases from each theatre with additional details on their individual plans can be found at the following links:

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Both theatres previously announced a delayed season, which was to kick-off with a holiday show and feature a line-up of plays to run January – July 2021.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company are supported by the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps funds them with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.


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CCM Presents New Series of Free Digital Concerts and Performing Arts Presentations

CCM_logoCCM’s ‘stars of tomorrow’ are back on stage, and you get the best seats in the house!

Join the viewing party for the debut episode of ‘CCMONSTAGE Online’ on Friday, Dec. 11, featuring the CCM Philharmonia. 

CINCINNATI, OH—The University of Cincinnati’s nationally ranked and internationally renowned College-Conservatory of Music invites arts lovers from around the world to join in the viewing party for the debut episode of CCMONSTAGE Online at 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. The premiere will stream simultaneously on CCM’s homepage and YouTube channel.

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This dynamic new series of digital concerts and performing arts presentations will allow audiences near and far to experience the unparalleled artistry and expertise of CCM’s students, faculty and staff.

“The performing arts help to build and sustain a sense of community,” says CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein, PhD. “Now more than ever, we crave the sense of fellowship that comes through shared cultural experiences. While we may not yet be able to welcome audiences back to the CCM Village for live performances, we are excited to help you stay connected to the arts and to each other through our new CCMONSTAGE Online performance series.”

Recorded live at CCM while adhering to strict health and safety precautions, each installment of this new performance video series spotlights a different CCM program or ensemble.

The debut installment features the CCM Philharmonia performing a program of Virtual Virtuosity that includes works by Claude Debussy, Ottorino Respighi, Julia Perry and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Each episode also features insight into the repertoire and commentary on the process of rehearsing and performing during the era of COVID-19.

Download the concert program.

Future episodes will showcase performances by the CCM Ballet Ensemble, the CCM Chamber Choir, and a collaborative concert with CCM string quartet-in-residence the Ariel Quartet and members of the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program. The performances by the CCM Ballet Ensemble and CCM Chamber Choir are further augmented by the cutting-edge artistry of students and faculty from CCM’s Theatre Design and Production programs. CCM will announce the premiere dates for these subsequent episodes later this fall.

CCM turned to the considerable expertise of its E-Media faculty and alumni to help produce this new series. Video production services for CCMONSTAGE Online are provided by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. “Our goal was to capture the world-renowned talent that CCM has to offer through multiple cameras, providing CCM with professionally-produced videos to share with their fans virtually,” says CCM alumnus John Massey (BFA E-Media, ‘03), who directs each installment in this new series.

Massey explains, “Our team is made up of videographers with decades of experience from news, sports and entertainment industries. We were excited to be able to shoot in CCM’s beautiful facilities. We recruited E-Media grad John Tapogna (BFA Broadcasting, 1988), who has over 25 years’ experience as a sports videographer, to tackle providing tight shots. We sought to capture the energy and emotion of the performance up close while showing off the performers’ technical skill.”

All episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online will be digitally streamed for free. After the premiere broadcast, each installment in this ongoing series will remain available for on-demand viewing on CCM’s website and YouTube channel.

“Whether you’re a longtime CCM performance patron or a first-timer, we hope you’ll join us for one of our upcoming viewing parties to get a front row seat to see tomorrow’s stars today,” says Romanstein.

This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.

Receive broadcast reminders and information on future episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online by subscribing to CCM’s YouTube channel and email newsletter.


CCMONSTAGE Online Presents
Featuring the CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

Streaming Premiere
7:30 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 11, 2020

Performance Details

  • Claude Debussy, orch. Maurice Ravel: Danse(1890)
  • Ottorino Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano(1927)
  • Julia Perry: Short Piece for Orchestra(1952)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 (1774)


A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers nearly 120 possible majors, along with a wide variety of pre-collegiate and post-graduate programs.

The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world stage.

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