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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Announces Its Plan for the 2021-22 Season

Featuring Three World Premieres, Two Fresh Comedies and the return of the Full Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park today announced the restart of its mainstage season for October 2021. The 2021-22 season will be comprised of eight shows and features world premieres by Keith Josef Adkins, Deborah Zoe Laufer and KJ Sanchez, who brings a spin-off story from her hit Cincinnati King to the Rosenthal Shelterhouse. The season also features two fresh comedies; a well-known story celebrating female friendships; a one-woman show about Dr. Ruth Westheimer; and the joyous return of the full production of the Playhouse’s annual holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol.

“Our community showed immense generosity and support of the Playhouse throughout the pandemic,” says Artistic Director Blake Robison. “I’m especially proud to restart our mainstage series with two world premieres that tell authentic Cincinnati stories.”

  • A major American playwright and a Cincinnati native, Adkins was commissioned by the Playhouse to write about historical Cincinnati. His play, The West End, is set in 1941 and shines a light on a transformative chapter in local history.
  • Sanchez is a former associate artist for the Playhouse and a nationally known playwright and director. Her play Cincinnati King had its world premiere in the Rosenthal Shelterhouse in 2018. It was the culmination of years of interviews and research about Cincinnati’s historic King Records. Need Your Love expands on the story of Little Willie John and features hits from the King Records music catalog.
  • The third world premiere in the season, Rooted by Laufer, was also commissioned by the Playhouse. In this quirky comedy, a reclusive amateur botanist unwittingly becomes a new-age, YouTube messiah. “Our audiences loved Deb’s last world premiere at the Playhouse, Be Here Now, and Rooted rekindles some of the same characters and themes,” says Robison.
  • A Christmas Carol will return with its cast of nearly 30 actors, elaborate costumes and thrilling special effects. The other four shows planned for the 2021-22 season are:
  • Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a new comedy by Katie Forgette about an Irish-Catholic family in 1973.
  • School Girls: Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh, a biting comedy about teenage girlhood.
  • Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, the beloved story celebrating female friendships.
  • Becoming Dr. Ruth by Mark St. Germain, a one-woman show about sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

“The new season showcases the range and diversity of the Playhouse, and we can’t wait to get back to producing a full schedule of live theatre for Cincinnati,” adds Robison.

A full listing of the season with dates, directors, sponsors and descriptions is included below. All the 2021-22 productions, except Need Your Love, were previously announced as part of the cancelled 2020-21 season. The Playhouse usually produces a total of 11 shows per season. The smaller, eight-show lineup is to accommodate a later start for COVID-19 safety and an early end to begin the final phase of construction on the new mainstage theatre complex.

Since COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for the fall are still unknown, subscriptions and tickets to the 2021-22 Playhouse season will go on sale later. Current subscribers will receive renewal statements in the summer. Individual tickets are expected to go on sale later in the summer or in early fall.

For more information, visit or call the Box Office at 513-421-3888 or 800-582-3208 toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Patrons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or speech disabled dial 711 to connect to the Box Office via Ohio Relay Services. The Playhouse is fully accessible.

Presented by Schueler Group
Season Sponsor of New Work: The Rosenthal Family Foundation
Season Design Sponsor: U.S. Bank


Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

By Keith Josef Adkins
Directed by Playhouse Associate Artist Nicole A. Watson
Oct. 9 – Nov. 7, 2021
It’s 1941 in Cincinnati’s West End, and African Americans migrate from the Deep South to forge new lives. At the same time, German residents face growing hostility on the brink of World War II, and Grace houses people of both backgrounds in her row house. But when a stranger arrives, she must confront her secretive past. This world-premiere drama by Cincinnati native Keith Josef Adkins shines a light on a transformative chapter of our city’s history.
ONE-LINER: Set in 1941 in Cincinnati’s West End, this world premiere drama shines a light on a transformative chapter of local history.


Cast of 2019’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

First Financial Bank presents
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Howard Dallin
Directed by Michael Evan Haney
Nov. 24 – Dec. 30, 2021
A Christmas Carol is not part of the season subscription, but subscribers get early access and special discounts on tickets.
Faithful storytelling and spellbinding stage magic bring to life Ebenezer Scrooge’s time-traveling journey with the spirits one magical Christmas Eve. The heartwarming message helps to make the show one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions each season.
ONE LINER: This joyous, time-honored production returns with a cast of nearly 30 actors, elaborate costumes and thrilling special effects.


Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

By Katie Forgette
Directed by Blake Robison
Jan. 29 – Feb. 27, 2022
The O’Sheas are just like any other family in their town in 1973: middle-class, Irish, Catholic and determined to avoid public ridicule. With dry yet affectionate humor, 19-year-old Linda O’Shea narrates the most turbulent day of her life when a series of hilarious mishaps jeopardizes the family’s reputation. Whether you’ve grown up Catholic or you simply can relate to the craziness of family, this new comedy will leave you in stitches.
ONE-LINER: It’s 1973, and the Irish-Catholic O’Shea family muddles through a series of hilarious mishaps that jeopardizes their reputation — and their souls.


Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

Leading Ladies presents
By Roger Harling
Directed by Laura Gordon
March 19 – April 17, 2022
A tight-knit group of six Louisiana women gather regularly to bond, dish and offer advice on everything from motherhood and marriage to tragedy and loss. As they find their lives and relationships tested, their bonds with one another only strengthen. Written with heartwarming dialogue and snappy repartee, Steel Magnolias revels in the power and grace of female friendship.
ONE-LINER: With beloved characters, heartwarming dialogue and snappy repartee, Steel Magnolias revels in the power and grace of female friendship.

By Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Candis C. Jones
April 30 – May 22, 2022
Beauty, ambition and biting comedy combine in this off-Broadway hit! Paulina is the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school. She’s got the trendiest clothes and the command of her loyal hive of friends.  When new girl Ericka transfers from America, Paulina’s carefully controlled world is thrown into chaos. Called “ferociously entertaining” by The Hollywood Reporter, School Girls fearlessly explores the universal challenges of teenage girlhood and all the drama that comes with it.
ONE-LINER: This biting comedy explores the universal challenges of teenage girlhood and all the drama that comes with it.

Presented by Heidelberg Distributing Co.
Season Sponsor of New Work: The Rosenthal Family Foundation

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Richard Crandle as Little Willie John in CINCINNATI KING. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Written and Directed by KJ Sanchez
Oct. 30 – Dec. 12, 2021
From the creator of Cincinnati King comes the life and times of King Records star Little Wille John. You love the music, now hear his personal story. This intimate and captivating world premiere features hits from the King Records catalog – including “Fever,” “Shakin’” “My Love Is” and, of course, “Need Your Love So Bad.” An extraordinary portrait of one of the most talented, influential and underrated R&B singers of all time.
ONE-LINER: From the creator of Cincinnati King comes a world premiere musical portrait of King Records star Little Wille John.


Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

By Deborah Zoe Laufer
Directed by Noah Himmelstein
Feb. 12 – March 20, 2022
People can be so weird, which is why Emery Harris has lived alone in a treehouse for over a decade. Her only connection to the outside world is through her YouTube channel where she documents research on plants and has garnered several thousand followers. When strangers begin gathering near her home, she learns she’s been unwittingly elected as her followers’ new-age messiah. This quirky world premiere comedy studies the power of plants and the idiosyncrasies of people.
ONE-LINER: In this quirky world premiere comedy, a reclusive amateur botanist unwittingly becomes a new-age, YouTube messiah.

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Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati presents
By Mark St. Germain
April 9 – May 15, 2022
Many of us know Dr. Ruth Westheimer as America’s favorite sex therapist in the 1980s and ‘90s — but few of us have heard the story of this remarkable woman’s journey. In this heartwarming portrait, she narrates the harrowing and fascinating details of her life. Becoming Dr. Ruth is a humorous, affectionate and illuminating one-woman show that’s full of grit and triumph.
ONE-LINER: This heartwarming portrait is a humorous and illuminating one-woman show about America’s favorite sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

Thank you to our 2021-22 Season Production Sponsors: Clark Schaefer Hackett; Geiler Company; Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation; Johnson Investment Counsel; Roto-Rooter; Moe and Jack Rouse; Digi and Mike Schueler; The Seven Hills Group at Morgan Stanley; Woody and Jennifer Taft; Duck Wadsworth.

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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2021-2022 Season Announced by Dare to Defy Productions


July 2021
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Sam and Bella Spewack
The battle of the sexes takes center stage as former spouses feud onstage and off during a musical presentation of The Taming of the Shrew. Join us under the stars for this sophisticated, romantic and delightfully hilarious musical tale.

Sept 2021
Written by Neil Gooding, Additional Material by Stuart Smith
Revised Orchestrations and Arrangements by Brett Foster
Original Musical Adaptation by Scott Copeman

From the era that brought the world the Rubik’s Cube, Max Headroom and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes the “totally awesome” musical Back to the 80’s. In the style of movies such as Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Karate Kid, Back to the 80’s is a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade.


Oct 2021
Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and Storied by Christopher Isherwood
Presenting Sponsor – Square One Salon, Production Partner – The Rubi Girls
Daring, provocative and exuberantly entertaining, Cabaret explores the dark and heady life of Bohemian Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

Jan 2022
Music and Lyrics by Philip Drennen and Skyler McNeely
Book by Skyler McNeely
World Premiere! An original, seafaring musical adventure, Charlie and Doggy follows two unlikely friends, Charlie, a
lonely boy from a harbor town and Doggy, a washed up old sailor, as they embark on the journey of a lifetime to seek out an ancient myth: The Song at the Edge of the World.

Mar 2022
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
On the night of his birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

May 2022
Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
Conceived by Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick
Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten! Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of sixteenth-century Shakespeare and twenty-first-century Broadway.

KISS ME, KATE and CABARET are presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Whitmark LLC.

BACK TO THE ’80S, COMPANY and SOMETHING ROTTEN! are presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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2021-2022 Season Announced by Beavercreek Community Theatre

bctThe 2021-2022 Season includes:

Aug. 27-Sept. 5, 2021

Oct. 22-31, 2021

Dec. 3-10, 2021

Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2022

March 5-14, 2022

April 22-May 21, 2022

June 17-26, 2022

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NKU SOTA to Premiere LIGHTNING THIEF in 2022

nku_2021-22 Season logoNorthern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts will be adding a regional premiere of a new musical in 2022. THE LIGHTNING THIEF: The Percy Jackson Musical, directed by Jamey Strawn, is slated to run Feb. 17-27, 2022.

As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control and mythological monsters and Greek gods on his trail. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. Now he and his friends must embark on an epic quest to find Zeus’ missing lightning bolt and prevent a war among the gods. This dynamic musical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s bestselling book is an action-packed, mythical adventure that will thrill everyone in the family.

For the full lineup and additional information on SOTA’s offerings, visit


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2021 Season Update from Merit Theatre Company

MTC_logoMerit Theatre Company & Orchestra plans to present the play 12 ANGRY MEN August 2021 and the concert “A Christmas Celebration” December 2021.

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and mandates for the performing arts, we will release further details in coming weeks. We can’t wait to see you again!

Auditions for 12 ANGRY MEN, the play based on Reginald Rose’s award-winning film, will be held in June. Look for an audition announcement soon.

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men. How they reach their final verdict will keep you on the edge of your seat. “This is a remarkable thing about democracy,” says one juror, “that we are notified by mail to come down to this place—and decide on the guilt or innocence of a person; of a man or woman we have not known before.”

12 ANGRY MEN produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

“A Christmas Celebration” returns December 2021! Featuring songs of the season & traditional favorites with our dazzling orchestra, the Merit Company Chorale, and children’s choir. Join us for this festive, heartwarming event to sing in the season with beautiful and beloved songs and carols like “O Holy Night,” “Christmas Time is Here,” music by Michael W. Smith & Kenny G, and much more.

License for “A Christmas Celebration” granted by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers located at 2 Music Square W; Nashville, TN 37203.

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