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You’ve Faced Your Fears. Now Get Ready for Season 22: THE FIGHT at Know Theatre

KTC_logoIn its 2018-2019 season, the Know Theatre stared down our fears with our season-long theme of “Fear Itself.” When faced with darkness, what can we do but keep up the fight? We stand together as we unveil our theme for the coming season: “The Fight.”

In the 2019-2020 season, we invite you to stand alongside us as we fight for ourselves, for our family, for our friends, for the world. We take control. We fight for the future. We find our magic, chase the light, and heal our wounds. We fight for truth. We fight to Know. 

Welcome to the Know’s twenty-second MainStage Season:

KTC_GirlInTheRedCornerPosterGIRL IN THE RED CORNER by Stephen Spotswood
Directed by Tamara Winters
July 26-August 17, 2019

Unemployed, fresh off a dead-end marriage, and searching for a way to take control of her life, Halo walks into a gym and signs up for mixed martial arts lessons. Her trainer thinks she’s a light-weight. Her mother and sister think it’s just plain weird. Very quickly the lessons she learns in the ring bleed into the rest of her life and Halo finds herself battling against everyone around her.

As she prepares for her first match, Halo realizes that life inside the cage and outside the cage are disturbingly similar. And that the only way to survive either is to fight.

10 words or less:  Warrior woman remakes herself and her world.
Rated: Probably PG-13.

KTC_AbsenteePosterTHE ABSENTEE by Julia Doolittle
Directed by TBA
September 13-October 5, 2019

Far out in the Milky Way, “Beacons” serve as lighthouses for warping spaceships around the galaxy. When a U.S. Space Forces ship explodes near Beacon 44.AR.90, its Operator finds herself alone in deep space with only her ship’s A.I. for companionship. That is, until a persistent canvasser calls, desperate to convince her to vote absentee in the 2088 election.

A semi-finalist for the Relentless award, and winner of the 2019-2020 Woodward/Newman Drama Award.

10 words or less: In space you can’t outrun grief. Or love. Or duty.
Rated: PG-13.

KTC_PuffsPosterPUFFS, OR SEVEN INCREASINGLY EVENTFUL YEARS AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL OF MAGIC AND MAGIC by Matt Cox
Directed by Andrew Hungerford
Regional Premiere!
November 22-December 21, 2019

Heroes. Made. Not Born. Except sometimes they are born.  On a gloomy night in a far away magical land called: England. Follow a trio of friends, three Puffs, as they study magic at school of female magic and male magic concurrent with a certain boy wizard and his friends.

Magic, sports, and a battle against evil in a hilarious new play for anyone who’s ever felt like they weren’t the hero of their story.

10 words or less: #ThirdOrNothing
Rated: PG-13.

KTC_NightTimePosterIN THE NIGHT TIME (BEFORE THE SUN RISES) by Nina Segal
US Premiere
Directed by TBA
January 17-February 8, 2020

A baby cries. A bottle breaks. A window smashes. In the small hours of the night, a couple try to soothe their screaming infant – but as the hours grow longer, the world becomes elastic around them, and the horrors that scar our planet threaten to crash into the baby’s room.

Should they ever have brought this child into such a wounded world?

10 words or less: How do you make it through the night?
rated: PG-13.

KTC_AlabasterPosterALABASTER by Audrey Cefaly
National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
Directed by TBA
February 28-March 21, 2020

A noted photographer sets out to explore the topography of “scars.” Her journey lands her in the mysterious realm of an undiscovered folk artist hiding away in North Alabama.

A beautiful new play that explores what it means to be truly “seen,” how we pick up the pieces, how we move forward and how we heal.  Narrated by a goat.

10 words or less: Show our scars together.
Rated: PG-13.

KTC_LassoOfTruthPosterLASSO OF TRUTH by Carson Kreitzer
Directed by Tamara Winters
April 17-May 9, 2020

Who is Wonder Woman and where did she come from? Lasso of Truth explores the knotty origin story of our preeminent female superhero, created by William Marston, inventor of the first lie-detector machine. This smart, seductive, wild ride features the two women Marston lived with in a polyamorous relationship – both of whom inspired the famous character – plus a girl in search of answers about her childhood heroine, and a guy trying to hold on to his prized first issue.

10 words or less: The intoxicating appeal of (super)power(s).
Rated: R.

Behind-the-Scenes in Season 22

Gender Parity
The Know is committed to gender parity in the playwrights we produce, as well as in the makeup of our creative teams. Season 22 is our fourth season in a row with at least 50% of the plays in the MainStage season written by women. Additionally, this season marks the third in a row where 60% or more onstage roles are specifically for female or non-binary actors.  

Nationally, only 30% of new plays produced in the 2018-19 season were written by women (up from 26% in 2017-18). We believe that it is part of our ongoing responsibility to change that statistic.

Accessibility
In our continuing efforts to make theatre accessible, regardless of economic circumstance, we are keeping our base ticket price for MainStage shows at just $25, with $15 rush tickets for anyone 10 minutes before curtain as long as seats are available. We’re also continuing our Welcome Experiment for Wednesday night performances, with $10 tickets available for advance reservation, and half of the seats available as walk up tickets, free of charge. The cost of a ticket inherently limits who is able to attend live theatre, and we believe that theatre should be for everyone.

Living Wage
Know Theatre is committed to efforts to pay all artists in our MainStage season a living wage. In order to help make that possible, we also offer a $35 living wage ticket for those patrons of higher economic means. Artist pay defines who gets to make theatre, and by continually pushing to increase wages, we help empower voices that would otherwise be silenced.

And here’s what Producing Artistic Director Andrew Hungerford has to say about Season 22:

“When we settled on the theme Fear Itself for our 21st season, we knew that we’d need to follow it up with something equally compelling, and equally drawn from the zeitgeist.

To me, The Fight is not just about the themes that we’re putting on stage, it’s about what we’re doing behind the scenes.

How do we combat economic inequality through the art we make? How do we ensure that everyone gets paid a fair wage? How do we fight for more underrepresented voices? How do we get a better quality of life for all? As a small theatre company that’s continually challenged with doing more with ever fewer resources, how do we change the world?

And how, while doing all that, do we make the best work possible for our community?

I think the plays we have in this season encompass all those thoughts in a beautiful way. So maybe we won’t change the whole world, but in this collection, I think we’ve got at least one show this season that can change your world.  And that’s the first step.

Let’s keep fighting.

See you at the Know.”

Tickets and subscriptions are on-sale now at knowtheatre.com.

About Know Theatre
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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2019-2020 Season Announced by Fairfield Footlighters

fflFairfield Footlighters is pleased to announce their 2019-20 Season starting with GEEZERS by Tommy Lee Johnston. Pathologically asocial Jack desperately needs human connection, as do the seniors in the retirement home where he’s landed his first job. But it’s the “geezers” who wind up helping Jack with his needs. Geezers, opening September 20 is a sentimental, heartwarming drama that introduces us to some beautiful and wonderful old people who are enjoying their golden years.

In November, the group takes on the true story of the 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt in SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson. When Henrietta begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories.

In February, Director Nicholas Brown is ready to offer a huge hit with YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN! This Tony and Drama Desk award-winning musical brings all your favorite PEANUTS characters to the stage.

Finally, the season ends with the hilarious romp, MAMA WON’T FLY written by Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, the writers of last season’s hit, The Savannah Sipping Society. Savannah has to get her mother, Norleen, from Alabama to California in time for her brother’s wedding. One problem. Mama won’t fly! Strap yourself in for a zany road-trip that crosses six states and includes both a family reunion and the bubbly, over-eager, bride-to-be!

Fairfield Footlighters is proud to be a former Grant Recipient of the Fairfield Community Foundation.

 

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2019-2020 Season Announced by Village Players of Fort Thomas

VP_new logoVILLAGE PLAYERS OF FORT THOMAS ANNOUNCES 2019-2020 SEASON! 

June 20, 2019, Fort Thomas, KY—Village Players of Fort Thomas is excited to announces its 2019-2020 season! All performances will be staged in Village Players’ intimate theater on the bottom level of the building the organization recently inherited from the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club at 8 N Fort Thomas Ave.

Time travel. Second chances. A musical love story told backward and forward. And also dragons. The three-show regular season can be purchased for only $45 at www.villageplayers.org. That’s 25% off the single-show ticket price! Plus there’s a family-friendly production in December for just $12, and Village will produce its annual New Works play festival in June 2020. 

Shows include:

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, October 4, 5, 6, 10, 11 & 12. This brilliant play moves smoothly between 1809 and the present at the elegant estate owned by the Coverly family and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits—the attraction Newton left out. Directed by jef brown.

Of Dragons and Dwarves, December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, & 15. An original, fantasy musical for children by local playwright Jack Williams and composer Linda Baumheckel. Directed by Steve Myers. This family-friendly production can be purchased individually or as an add-on to the season package. 

Room for Seconds, March 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, & 14 and is the debut full-length play by award-winning local playwright A.K. Forbes. When Zen brings his new, 24-and-a-half-year-old girlfriend home to meet his mother, a sauce made of strawberries sends her to the hospital. In the aftermath, his mother, his ex-girlfriend, and his father conspire to avoid legal culpability. Their effort proves to be ineffective but humorous, revealing hidden motives and secrets, ultimately ending with the status quo safely intact. Directed by Will Lindsey. 

The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown, April 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, & 25. An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically. The two characters only meet once, at their wedding, in the middle of the show. Directed by Nathan Henegar.

Village Players of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, is a vibrant community theatre that has produced plays and musicals for more than 50 years. Performing in an intimate space, you will feel like you are part of the action, sitting inches from the actors on three sides of the stage. We strive to appeal to a broad audience, producing three main-stage shows of varying styles and a children’s show each winter. Village Players is a member of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT), Association of Community Theatres Cincinnati (ACT), Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA), and the Kentucky Theatre Association (KTA).

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2019-2020 Season Announced by Tri-County Players

TCP_logoTri-County Players is excited to announce its 2019 – 2020 Season

Dec. 6-15, 2019
THE TRIAL OF EBENEZER SCROOGE by Mark Brown
Director TBA

Dates TBA
FLAMINGO COURT
 by Luigi Creatore
Directed by Greg Robertson

April 24-May 3, 2020
VINTAGE HITCHCOCK: A Live Radio Play
 by Joe Landry
Directed by Judy Berrens

Interested in directing? We are seeking a director for our Christmas show: THE TRIAL OF EBENEZER SCROOGE performance dates: Dec 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, & 15.

Please contact Judy Berrens at goddessofsplendor@yahoo.com if interested.

And keep your eyes open for the announcement of a special fundraiser production to take place this Fall.

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2020 Season Announced by La Comedia Dinner Theatre

LAC_logoNUNSENSE
January 23 – February 16, 2020
For the first time in 25 years, the (surviving) Little Sisters of Hoboken will host their hilarious talent show on the La Comedia stage! Get in the habit of laughing, because this over-the-top musical will restore your faith in the power of comedy!

THE KING AND I
February 20 – April 5, 2020
One of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s finest works returns to our stage for the first time in 21 years from February 20 – April 5, 2020. Featuring such classic songs as “Getting To Know You,” “Whistle A Happy Tune,” and “Shall We Dance,” THE KING AND I remains an American musical masterpiece that is not to be missed.

FOOTLOOSE
April 9 – May 24, 2020
“Let’s Hear It For The Boy,” “Almost Paradise,” “Holding Out For A Hero,” and “Footloose” are just some of the smash hit songs from the classic musical score and soundtrack.

THE LITTLE MERMAID
June 4 – July 26, 2020
Our stage will transform into a magical kingdom “Under The Sea” next summer! This production is sure to thrill the whole family.

WAIT UNTIL DARK
July 30 – September 13, 2020
For the first time ever on our stage comes the white-knuckle thriller that will have you sleeping with the lights on. First performed on Broadway in 1966, the 1967 film adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn is considered one of the most gripping thrillers of all time.

JEKYLL & HYDE
September 17 – November 1, 2020
The Broadway hit version of the epic struggle between good and evil makes its La Comedia debut next year.

A CHRISTMAS STORY the Musical
Nov. 5-Dec. 31
Ralphie Parker returns to our stage in the musical version of the classic 1983 movie.

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