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August Wilson’s JITNEY Runs Oct. 15-Nov. 12

PIP_Jitney promoAugust Wilson’s JITNEY
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Oct. 15-Nov. 12
Eden Park

Directed by Timothy Douglas

Cast: Stori Ayers as Rena, Doug Brown as Fielding, Michael Kevin Darnall as Youngblood, Kenneth Early as Philmore, Dion Graham as Turnbo, Jefferson A. Russell as Shealy, Shane Taylor as Booster, Raymond Anthony Thomas as Becker & Michael Anthony Williams as Doub

The first script in August Wilson’s trailblazing 10-play cycle about the 20th-century African-American experience, JITNEY follows a group of men who operate an unlicensed car service in Pittsburgh’s Hill District during the 1970s. As they hustle to survive, they’re forced to confront the potential destruction of their community when the city threatens to close their station and board up the block in the name of urban renewal. Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Olivier Award for best play, JITNEY showcases Wilson’s unequaled talent for celebrating the quiet dignity that can be found in the everyday struggles of life. Advisory: JITNEY is appropriate for adult and older teenage audiences. The play contains strong adult language, discussions of racial justice and other mature themes.

  • In preview, Sat Oct. 15 at 8pm & Sun, Oct. 16 at 2pm
  • In preview, Tue-Wed, Oct. 18-19 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, Oct. 20 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 21 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 22 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 23 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Oct. 25-27 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 28 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 29 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 30 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Nov. 1-3 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 4 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 5 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 6 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, Nov. 8 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, Nov. 9 at 1pm
  • Thu, Nov. 10 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 11 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 12 at 4pm & 8pm

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Goes Interactive with Off the Grid Bar Series

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The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s new Off the Grid Bar Series brings a variety of entertaining and immersive arts events to the Mount Adams Pavilion. Off the Grid’s inaugural season, geared to Greater Cincinnati’s young professionals and college students, launches Oct. 5 and will continue through March 2017. PHOTO: Mikki Schaffner, Sept. 2016

(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is reaching out to Greater Cincinnati’s young professionals and college students with its new Off the Grid Bar Series. The series brings a varied slate of entertaining and immersive arts events to neighborhood hotspot the Mount Adams Pavilion. The Off the Grid inaugural season launches Oct. 5 and will continue through March 2017.

“Our new Off the Grid programming is a fun, interactive addition to the community,” says Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison. “We want to bring live performance to young professionals where they work, live and socialize. We hope that these events catch on and become a regular part of Cincinnati nightlife.”

First up is So This One Time: Story Slam. Storytellers share a personal five-minute-or-less story pegged to each session’s theme. Topics include Adventures in Adulting, My First Time, Holiday Realness, Technical Difficulties and Squad Goals. So This One Time kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 5, with subsequent story slams on Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1 and March 1.

Battle Ground: Lip Sync Contest, beginning Oct. 12, will pit contestants against each other at each session, with the crowd-pleasing champion moving forward to the next lip sync battle with new competitors. Backup dancers and props are not only suggested, but encouraged. Additional dates are Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 18, Feb. 8 and March 8.

Next up is Live Action!: Role Play Your Favorite Sci-Fi Shows on Oct. 26, which will sweep the audience into live reenactments of favorite science fiction television shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Who, Star Trek, Firefly and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Live Action! will continue Nov. 16, Jan. 25, Feb. 22 and March 15.

All Wednesday night events start at 8 p.m. Audiences are welcome simply to watch the fun, or they can sign up to perform.

Finally, #SelfiethePlay returns Oct. 22 with an all-new interactive reality theatre experience. Audience members are integral to influencing the direction of the story for each episode with additional live events on Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 18 and March 25. A webisode will be released online for participants to view and share. All live events begin at 10 p.m.

The Playhouse’s Off the Grid series adds a lively new brand of revelry to the Mount Adams bar scene this season. For more information, visit the Playhouse’s website at www.cincyplay.com.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 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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Cincinnati Playhouse Brings August Wilson’s JITNEY to Vibrant Life on the Robert S. Marx Theatre Stage

PIP_Jitney promo(CINCINNATI) — JITNEY, the first script that August Wilson wrote for what would become his trailblazing American Century Cycle of 10 plays, will run in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Robert S. Marx Theatre Oct. 15 through Nov. 12. JITNEY beautifully explores Wilson’s recurring themes of love, honor, duty and betrayal as it follows a group of men who operate an unlicensed car service in 1970s Pittsburgh.

As they hustle to survive, the men are forced to confront the destruction of their community when the city threatens to close their station and board up the block in the name of urban renewal. Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Olivier Award for best play, JITNEY showcases Wilson’s unequaled talent for celebrating the voices of people who might otherwise be left unheard and of capturing the nobility in everyday struggles of life.

“With all of August Wilson’s plays I’m finding that, as with Shakespeare, whatever is happening in the world in terms of politics and social shifts, the plays are so comprehensive that they’re able to reveal modern-day relevancy,” says Playhouse Associate Artist Timothy Douglas, who has vast experience with the work of Wilson, including directing JITNEY three previous times and helming the world premiere of Wilson’s Radio Golf. “At once, August Wilson’s plays are very specific to the black American experience in the 20th century. But equally they are often described as being universal because they are so human at the core.”

In JITNEY, Wilson creates a cast of unforgettable characters — from Becker, the well-respected boss of the gypsy cab station, to drivers Turnbo, Youngblood, Fielding and Doub, who represent several generations of this tight-knit neighborhood. The story also pivots around a momentous day: the homecoming of Becker’s son Booster, who has recently been released from prison. His arrival is not welcomed by his father, who has never forgiven his son for the actions that resulted in his incarceration or the ripple effect on their family.

In some ways JITNEY continues a conversation about the intertwined subjects of gentrification and disenfranchisement that was started with Clybourne Park and Buzzer, previous Playhouse productions directed by Douglas. “What August Wilson and JITNEY do is present a much wider perspective and horizon about the lives of black men in America,” Douglas says. “Because of its brilliance and relevance, the play relates directly to what’s happening across the country and specifically in Cincinnati in terms of the shifting black culture and white culture’s perceptions about black culture. It spreads a much wider canvas and paints a lot more intricacies that at once are specific to the culture but also universal.”

A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner (for Fences and The Piano Lesson), August Wilson is frequently mentioned in the same breath as William Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill as among the most significant and accomplished dramatists of all time. JITNEY premiered in 1982 at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Repertory Theatre before being expanded and remounted at Pittsburgh Public Theatre in 1996. It’s the only Century Cycle play never to reach Broadway, an oversight that will be corrected this winter with a production at Manhattan Theatre Club.

Douglas has assembled what he calls an “outrageously gifted” cast of other Wilson veterans. All of them have worked with Douglas before, and many have appeared in his previous productions of JITNEY, though in different roles.

The cast of JITNEY includes Stori Ayers (Rena), Doug Brown (Fielding), Michael Kevin Darnall (Youngblood), Kenneth Early (Philmore), Dion Graham (Turnbo), Jefferson A. Russell (Shealy), Shane Taylor (Booster), Raymond Anthony Thomas (Becker) and Michael Anthony Williams (Doub).

In addition to Douglas, the creative team features Tony Cisek (set designer), Tracy Dorman (costume designer), Andrew Cissna (lighting designer) and Vincent Olivieri (sound designer). Brooke Redler is the stage manager, and Jenifer Morrow and Andrea L. Shell are the second stage managers.

JITNEY is sponsored by Sallie and Randolph Wadsworth and Moe and Jack Rouse. The artist sponsors for the role of Becker are Betsy and Paul Sittenfeld; artist sponsors for the role of Youngblood are Rosemary and Mark Schlachter. This production honors the support of David C. Herriman.

Tickets for JITNEY start at $35. Prices are subject to change, and patrons are encouraged to buy early for the best seats at the best prices. The show is appropriate for adult and older teenage audiences.

Tickets to 7 p.m. Sunday College Night performances are priced at just $10 for college students with a valid school ID. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show for all other performances.

Discounted ticket prices for teens and students are always available for $30.

Previews for JITNEY are at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. The official opening night is Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays.

The Playhouse will celebrate August Wilson with a special night dedicated to his work at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. Douglas will discuss Wilson’s legacy and his own extensive experience with Wilson’s American Century Cycle while local actors perform monologues from several of Wilson’s plays. The event will be held at Walnut Hills High School’s Black Box Theatre. It’s free and open to the public, but reservations are required and may be made by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.

Free Meet the Artists programs that allow audiences to interact with the cast and others associated with JITNEY will be held after the following performances: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6; and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10.

JITNEY will be audio described for those with visual impairments at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, and signed for persons with hearing impairments at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs and complete wheelchair access are available.

Tickets to JITNEY are on sale now. For more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit www.cincyplay.com. Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility.

The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs and complete wheelchair access are available.

The 2016-17 Robert S. Marx Theatre season is presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation, and Macy’s is the Robert S. Marx Theatre season design sponsor. The season sponsor of new work is the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 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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Prop Run Crew Member Needed for DISGRACED at Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoCincinnati Playhouse in the Park has an immediate opening for an extra props run crew position on DISGRACED in the Shelterhouse Theatre. This individual must be available for a combination of daytime and evening hours for the entire tech period and run of the show, beginning Friday, 9/16/2016, through Sunday, 10/23/2016. You must be comfortable working in very low light conditions and able to lift and carry at least 50 pounds. Backstage theatre experience is a plus. A solid work ethic is essential.

Detailed tech schedule and performance schedule are available upon request. Interested applicants should contact Amanda Powell, Associate Production Manager, at amanda.powell@cincyplay.com. No phone calls.

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Launches Adventure-Filled Off the Hill Season with Legendary Tale ROBIN HOOD

pip_robin-hood-promo(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park breathes life into three classic stories from literature in fun, innovative and fresh ways for this season’s Off the Hill Series. ROBIN HOOD, which chronicles the exploits of the legendary outlaw, will launch the popular family-friendly series this fall, touring to community centers throughout Greater Cincinnati from Sept. 24 through Oct. 30.

Good and evil take center stage as Robin Hood and his merry band of underground heroes rally to support those who cannot fight for themselves. Full of fights and swordplay, Greg Banks’ ROBIN HOOD is a high-powered, action-packed adventure geared to ages 8 and up.

“Being a movement-based director, I loved this script because of the potential for physicality, including a large amount of stage combat and visual storytelling,” says Director of Education and Community Engagement Daunielle Rasmussen, who is directing ROBIN HOOD. “I also love that our Maid Marian can hold her own with a bow against Robin Hood. She’s no one’s damsel in distress, and I’m excited for the effect that will have on our version of the story.”

Rasmussen hopes to spark discussion with this decidedly modern adaptation. “Robin Hood isn’t just a famous outlaw,” she explains. “He is a character who asks us what we are willing to do in the face of injustice. Will you stand by and do nothing? Or will you defend, feed and care for your community? What do we do when it feels as though we are powerless and have no recourse? We are living in a time in which these questions are being asked. What do we learn from ROBIN HOOD that we can exemplify in our own neighborhoods?”

The ROBIN HOOD cast includes Richard Buchanan (Sheriff/King Richard/Soldier 3), George Bull (Prince John/Will Scarlett/Soldier 1/Little John/Friar Tuck), Candice Handy (Much/Maid Marian) and Taha Mandviwala (Robin Hood/Marian’s Dad/Soldier 2), all members of the Playhouse’s 2016-17 Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company. Along with Rasmussen, the production team includes set designer Kenton Brett, costume designer Melanie Mortimore, sound designer Trey Tatum and stage manager Tracy Hoida.

In addition to ROBIN HOOD, the Playhouse’s 2016-17 Off the Hill season features AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, adapted by Toby Hulse from the Jules Verne classic, and THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, based on the story by C.S. Lewis and dramatized by Le Clanché du Rand.

“What I love about these adaptations is how accessible they are for a wide array of ages,” says Rasmussen. “I am constantly looking for scripts that have something for everyone who might be watching, from toddlers to older siblings and parents.”

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS embarks with Phileas Fogg this winter on the world’s most amazing race by rail, boat — and even elephant — featuring just three actors portraying 19 characters to create a spirited, highly imaginative and hilariously entertaining comedy. Recommended for ages 8 and up, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS travels off the hill from Jan. 21 through Feb. 12, 2017.

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE will close the Off the Hill season in the spring, transporting audiences through the wardrobe to the magical realm of Narnia — a land of talking animals, mythical creatures and eternal winter where the White Witch holds power over all. The tour-de-force, two-actor adaptation, recommended for ages 5 and up, will tour Greater Cincinnati from April 8 through May 21, 2017.

For more information about the Playhouse’s education and outreach programs, contact the Education Department at 513-345-2242 or visit www.cincyplay.com.

Off the Hill is supported by the Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, ArtsWave and the Ohio Arts Council.

The Cincinnati Playhouse season is presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and Heidelberg Distributing Co. The season sponsor of new work is The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 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. 

ROBIN HOOD PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (as of Sept. 6, 2016)

  • Saturday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m., Artsville (Madisonville)
  • Saturday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Ft. Wright Civic Club
  • Saturday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m., Campbell County Library (Carrico-Ft. Thomas Branch)
  • Sunday, Oct. 9, 2 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center
  • Sunday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., Cedar Village Retirement Community (Mason)
  • Sunday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m., Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum
  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m., Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati (Mariemont)
  • Sunday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m., Oxford Community Arts Center
  • Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Springfield Township at Grove Banquet Hall
  • Saturday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m. Sunset Players at Dunham Recreation Center
  • Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. District A at Woodford Paideia

Note: Details vary by location. Contact the individual sites for tickets and prices. Contact information is available on the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com. Click on the SCHEDULE tab.

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