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Curtains Rise for The Sunset Players 2021-22 Season

SSP_Drinking Habits promo

Special Delivery from the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing (R to L) Deb Case as Mother Superior, Elaine Michael as Sister Augusta & Stephanie Junker as Sister Philamena

CINCINNATI, OH – February 8, 2022 — The Sunset Players are thrilled to announce that the curtains will finally rise next week for Drinking Habits, the first show of their 2021-2022 season.

Directed by Dan Hawkins and produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc., Drinking Habits, a farce by Tom Smith, centers on two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing who are secretly making wine to keep the convent doors open.  When two reporters, former fiancées, go undercover to investigate, accusations, mistaken identities, and romances ensue in this laugh-out-loud farce. Performances are February 18, 19, 25, 26, 27 and March 3, 4 and 5. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:00 pm, Thursday at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinee at 3:00 pm.

Tickets for Drinking Habits are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.sunsetplayers.org, or at the door. Tickets are $15 general admission and $13 for seniors, students or groups of 10 or more.

Here’s the remainder of The Sunset Players 2021-2022 season:

  • While we had to cancel our planned spring production of Two By Two, we are excited to announce that Queen City Productions will be performing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Arts Center at Dunham March 31st through April 10th. How do you spell F-U-N?! This heartfelt musical comedy will have you in stitches as a group of six ragtag adolescents (all played by adults) competes in a high-spirited Spelling Bee. Pandemonium ensues as they vie for the top spot and spell their way to nationals. This high-stakes competition puts each of the contestants at the mic and in the spotlight as we learn about their hilarious and touching stories from the heart. Season pass holders for The Sunset Players will be granted admission to this production. Please see our website closer to performance dates for details.
  • Alice in Wonderland, a treat for kids and those young at heart, brings Alice to life as a group of performers seeks out Alice to provide “her turn” in Wonderland. As her adventure unfolds, Alice encounters many unforgettable Based on the Lewis Carroll classic, this piece was dramatized by William Glennon, and is produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. Performances are June 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, 2022. Friday performances will be at 7:00 pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm.
  • Laughter on the 23rdFloor by Neil Simon. Directed by John Wesseling and produced by special arrangements from Samuel French, this play focuses on the star and writing staff of a weekly comedy-variety show circa 1953 and the writing, fighting, and wacky antics that ensue in the writers’ Based upon Mr. Simon’s days writing for Sid Caesar along with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, and Woody Allen, performances are August 19, 20, 26, 27, 28 and September 1, 2 and 3, 2022.

For more information about our 41st season, and current Covid safety guidance, visit our website at www.sunsetplayers.org . Facemasks may be required, per federal, state and/or local guidance in effect at the time of each performance.

About The Sunset Players
The Sunset Players, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 1979 as a community theatre group with the mission of bringing quality, affordable theatre to the Greater Cincinnati region. The group performs at the Arts Center at Dunham and has produced more than 148 shows since it was founded. Winner of hundreds of awards from the Association of Community Theatre (ACT) of Cincinnati, Sunset Players’ mission was significantly expanded in 2012 with the lease of the historic Dunham Arts Building from the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, saving the facility from probable demolition. Located in the heart of the Tri-State area in the historic West Side of Cincinnati, the mission of the Arts Center at Dunham, established as a dba of The Sunset Players in 2012 for management of the facility, is to make community adventures in the arts available and affordable for the entire Greater Cincinnati region. With low-cost studio rental for local artists and quality family friendly programming, often free, Sunset Players believes the arts have the power to bring communities together.

Any individuals or businesses interested in learning more about Sunset Players, including auditions for productions or volunteer opportunities, restoration of the historic facility, or renting studio or event space, please contact us at www.sunsetplayerscincy@gmail.com or 513-588-4988.

About the Arts Center at Dunham
During the COVID shutdown, the Arts Center at Dunham has been able to make several upgrades to improve the audience experience. Courtesy of a grant from the Hamilton County CARES Relief Program for assistance to arts and cultural organizations, the Arts Center has installed viral mitigation equipment within the HVAC systems and obtained an emist electrostatic disinfection system to clean the theater before/after each performance. The theater will follow local, state and federal requirements related to COVID for the health and safety of our patrons, volunteers and actors.

Sound systems have been enhanced, and an assistive listening system obtained to enhance the experience of our hearing impaired guests, courtesy of a generous Small Arts Organizations Award from Summerfair. Finally, The Sunset Players are a recipient of an ArtsWave Catalyzing Impact Grant that will be used to fund the 2022-2023 Arts Center at Dunham FREE Family Fun Series. This is a matching grant, so attendance and support of the Sunset Players and the Arts Center at Dunham will help fully fund this opportunity for all to experience the incredible creative and performing arts that Cincinnati has to offer.

Unfortunately, the Arts Center at Dunham is not wheelchair accessible.  This is one of our many remaining funding needs. Attendees must be able to navigate 2 short flights of stairs, both with handrails. There are 3-4 steps from the outside to the Box Office/Lower Lobby and another 6 from that level to the theater level. Patrons with difficulty walking longer distances, or on uneven surfaces, can be dropped off by the walkway to the front entrance of the facility.


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Playhouse’s DRAGONS LOVES TACOS Available May 7-9 from Arts Center at Dunham

PIP_Dragons Love Tacos promoDRAGONS LOVES TACOS
A Virtual Off the Hill Production by Ernie Nolan
Adapted from the book by Adam Rubin

Do you know what dragons really love? Tacos, of course! Chicken tacos, beef tacos, big tacos and tiny tacos. As a boy and his dog watch a television show about dragons, they unexpectedly get caught up in the “Dos and Don’ts” of what to feed them. But if they accidentally eat spicy salsa, watch out!
Recommended for ages 3 and up.

This professionally filmed performance will be available virtually
in partnership with the Arts Center at Dunham.

You must register for this FREE virtual show.

​After registering, you’ll receive instructions on how to view the show two days prior to your streaming date.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does each show last?
    Each show is between approximately 45 and 60 minutes long.
  • May I take pictures of the show?
    Recording and videotaping during the performance are prohibited. If you would like to take a photo of your family streaming the production on your TV or computer screen, feel free! If you share it on social media, please tag the Playhouse and the Arts Center at Dunham in your post — we want to see!

The Arts Center at Dunham is limited to 150 viewings for our weekend.

RSVP NOW –  before all slots are taken!

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Sunset Players and the Arts Center at Dunham are monitoring federal, state and local guidelines related to the COVID-19 outbreak and group gatherings. Our top priority is to safeguard the well-being of our patrons, performers and volunteers.

At this time, all performances and community programs will continue as scheduled. While our facility is licensed for 350 attendees, our average audience size is between 40-75. To comply with Ohio’s mandate that prohibits mass gatherings of 100 or more person in a single space, the Arts Center will limit attendance to less than 75. Hand sanitizer stations are available in the facility.

If you are not able to attend a performance for which you purchased tickets, we can issue a refund or credit for attendance to a future performance or you can request your ticket purchase be used as a donation to the theater. For any refunds, credits or donations, please email us at sunset_players@yahoo.com or call us at 513-588-4988.

As the situation continues to evolve, we will keep you informed if a performance or event needs to be postponed, rescheduled or canceled.
Thanks for your ongoing support,

The Sunset Players


Sunset Players Inc.
March 6-21
The Ars Center at Dunham [West Price Hill]

Directed by Don Frimming

The Pump Boys sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Pry country, and the Dinettes run the Double Cupp diner next door. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform an evening of country and western songs on guitars, piano, bass and kitchen utensils.

  • Fri-Sat, March 6-7 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, March 13-14 at 8pm
  • Sun, March 15 at 3pm
  • Thu, March 19 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, March 20-21 at 8pm

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Family Fun Series Continues at the Arts Center at Dunham on Feb. 1

PIP_Stuart Little logoEmbark on an adventure as Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park brings its Off the Hill touring production of E.B. White’s endearing classic, STUART LITTLE, to the Arts Center at Dunham. This charming adaptation follows the marvelous maneuverings of a mouse in New York City who is trying to survive in the great, big world. The performance is Saturday, Feb.1st at 2pm.

STUART LITTLE is widely recognized as a classic in children’s literature. In the Playhouse’s production, Stuart escapes from a ferocious dog, protects his friend from their devious pet cat and wins a model boat race at Central Park. Approaching every obstacle with confidence and courage, Stuart teaches us, as he says in the show, that “size has nothing to do with it. It’s temperament and ability that count and knowing what’s important.”

STUART LITTLE explores the themes of “difference, friendship, family, loyalty and adventure,” explains Director Dee Anne Bryll. “When Stuart goes in search of his friend, Margalo, he suddenly becomes aware of the challenges of his size. However, he doesn’t let that stop him…He embraces the many different experiences, people and animals that he meets along his journey.”

Recommended for grades K and up, but all ages welcome!

Before the Show: Arrive early to participate in creation of a show themed craft.
After the Show: Meet the cast and crew for an interactive discussion about the production and their work with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Note: Interpreters from Cincinnati State’s Sign Language program will provide services for hearing impaired attendees.

Click Here to RSVP
(or call 513.588.4988)

URGENT: Attendees with RSVP’s will be given priority admission.
Walk-in’s will be seated as space allows.

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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Comes to the Arts Center at Dunham on Jan. 11

SSP_The Barber of SevilleInvitation to Join the Artistic Fun at the Arts Center of Dunham
Free Family Fun Series

CINCINNATI, OH – January 1, 2020 — Courtesy of a grant from Price Hill Will and Sunset Players, the Arts Center at Dunham Free Family Fun Series kicks off the new decade with ROK Cincy’s adaptation of The Barber of Seville on Saturday, January 11 at 2 pm.

Sung in English and Italian, this show stuns with familiar music, vocal fireworks and high energy hi-jinks. Rosina has been grounded by her strict guardian, Dr. Bartolo, and isn’t allowed to enter her project into the State Science Fair. Her teachers, Mr. Figaro and Ms. Susannah, know that she can win first place if they can only get it submitted. They’ll need all their cunning and more than a few tricks to make it happen. Recommended for grades K-6, but all ages welcome!

ROKCincy is a non-profit program with a mission to introduce young people to the thrill of live, fully staged opera and to give developing professional musicians an opportunity to hone their performance skills through experience.

All Free Family Fun Series performances are on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. The remaining series includes:

  • February 1, 2020 Stuart Little by Joseph Robinette, adapted from the book by E.B. White.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Stuart Little is a lovable mouse born into an ordinary New York family. His many adventures—both big and small—vividly come to life through a series of delightful scenes. Based on E.B. White’s endearing classic and written with charm, wisdom and joy, this adaptation presents the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse who is trying to survive in the great big world. Recommended for grades kindergarten and up.

  • April 4, 2020 Dragons Love Tacos by Ernie Nolan, adapted from the book by Adam Rubin.

Do you know what dragons really love? Tacos, of course! Chicken tacos, beef tacos, big tacos and tiny tacos. As a boy and his dog watch a television show about dragons, they unexpectedly get caught up in the “Dos and Don’ts” of what to feed dragons. But if they accidentally eat spicy salsa, watch out! Performed by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Off the Hill players. Recommended for pre-k and up.

  • April 18, 2020 Cincinnati Ballet

Dancers from the prestigious Cincinnati Ballet will provide an exciting peek into the typical day in the life of professional dancers. Audience members will learn the fundamentals of the art of ballet and gain an understanding of the discipline and athleticism required for a professional career in ballet. A dance demonstration with audience participation and a question and answer discussion are included.

Reservations for performances in the ACAD FREE Family Fun Series can be made online (www.sunsetplayers.org) or by calling 513-588-4988.

The Arts Center at Dunham is an arts center for the west side of Cincinnati and its vision is to provide affordable creative and performing arts experiences for Price Hill and surrounding communities. Housed in one of the three remaining buildings of what was the first municipally owned tuberculosis sanatorium in the United States, the Arts Center includes a 350-seat performance venue as well as extensive studio and programming space. The Arts Center is located in the CRC’s Dunham Recreation Complex. See what is happening at the Arts Center at Dunham on Facebook.


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