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Live Theatre Returns to Cincinnati Playhouse with the World Premiere of THE WEST END

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THE WEST END shines a light on Cincinnati history beginning Oct. 9

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park returns for the 2021-22 season with a renewed commitment to enriching the community with stories that reflect the multi-faceted world we live in and the people within it. Beginning Oct. 9, THE WEST END, a world-premiere drama from Keith Josef Adkins, will transport audiences to a transformative chapter in the city’s history, thanks to support from the Rosenthal Family Foundation. The show runs through Nov. 7. Opening night is Oct. 14.

“Our theatre is a community gathering place where we seek to illuminate the human experience,” explains Blake Robison, producing artistic director. “In doing so, we celebrate differences and lift up our shared humanity. The connections we make through live theatre and artistic engagement are unmatched, and we are excited to bring this story about the lives and legacies of people who have shaped the history of Cincinnati.”

Keith Josef Adkins is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who was raised in Cincinnati. His 2014 historical drama, Safe House, made its world premiere at the Playhouse. His plays have been produced off-Broadway, in Los Angeles and Chicago, and around the country.

THE WEST END is a personal continuation of the playwright’s interest in his ancestry. His previous drama Safe House was inspired by his matriarchal forebearers — a free Black family of shoemakers in Cynthiana, Kentucky, before the Civil War. This time, he set out to honor his patriarchal roots.

“My mother’s family has been in the Cincinnati area since the late 1700s,” Adkins says. “They were considered free people of color, and I honored them and their lives with my play Safe House. My father’s family moved to Cincinnati’s West End from Georgia during the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s. They were part of the Great Migration, and I wanted to honor their experience.”

In 1941, Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood was home to African Americans who recently migrated there in search of new opportunities as well as German settlers who faced new hostilities as the U.S. was on the brink of entering World War II. That’s where THE WEST END begins, with Grace, who also fled the South and whose row house hosts people of both backgrounds.

“I love that THE WEST END is one slice of life that celebrates and honors all of those who had to find new homes during the Great Migration and looks at Cincinnati as a crossroads or meeting point between so many different people. I love that the play is an examination of found family. THE WEST END is one such play that has deep roots to Black life in Cincinnati. I can’t think of a better home for THE WEST END than Cincinnati Playhouse,” says Nicole A. Watson, Playhouse associate artist and director of the production, who helmed the Playhouse’s critically acclaimed production of Mr. Joy in 2016.

CAST
(in speaking order) Brian D. Coats (Peek); LaTonya Borsay (Grace); Shanelle Leonard (Chloe); Kevin Cristaldi (Zieglar); Amara James Aja (Heath)

PRODUCTION
Keith Josef Adkins (playwright); Nicole A. Watson (director); Lawrence E. Moten III (set designer); Sarita Fellows (costume designer); Porsche McGovern (lighting designer); Paul James Prendergast (composer/sound designer); Stephanie Klapper, CSA (casting director); Brandon T. Holmes, (stage manager); Andrea L. Shell, (second stage manager); Brooke Redler, (second stage manager)

TICKETS
To purchase tickets or 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. Patrons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf blind or speech disabled: dial 711 to connect to the Box Office via Ohio Relay Services.

Performances on Tuesdays through Saturdays will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. There is one Wednesday matinee at 1 p.m. Individual tickets start at just $35. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show for all other performances. Discounted ticket prices for teens are available for all productions and are $30 to $45, depending on show and seat location.

ADVISORY: Recommended for ages 13 and up. This historical drama finds characters wrestling with mature topics like racism, war, xenophobia and adult relationships. They discuss these with in-depth wisdom and stoicism, though not without occasional adult language and a few acts of violence.

HEALTH AND SAFETY
Patrons will need to be masked and fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test to attend an indoor performance. Visit the Health & Safety page for details.

SPONSORS
Production Sponsor is the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation. Honorary producers are John and Jennifer Stein. Additional support was provided by The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation and Greater Cincinnati Foundation. THE WEST END was commissioned through the Jerome Fey endowment. Season Sponsor is the Schueler Group. Season Design Sponsor is US Bank. Season Sponsor of New Work is The Rosenthal Family 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.

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

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THE WEST END Runs Oct. 9-Nov. 7

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THE WEST END
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Oct. 9-Nov. 7
Marx Theatre [Eden Park]

Directed by Nicole A. Watson

Cast: Brian D. Coats as Peek, LaTonya Borsay as Grace, Shanelle Leonard as Chloe, Kevin Cristaldi as Zieglar & Amara James Aja as Heath

It’s 1941 in Cincinnati’s historic West End. Every day, the region grows as Black Americans migrate from the Deep South and forge new lives in northern cities. At the same time, German residents face growing hostility as the U.S. teeters on the brink of World War II. Grace, who has fled the South and settled in the West End, houses people of both backgrounds in her row house. When a stranger arrives in the middle of the night in her backyard, Grace must confront the secrets of her past and the irrevocable ripples they have made on her present. This world premiere drama by Cincinnati native Keith Josef Adkins shines a light on a transformative chapter of our city’s history. Recommended for ages 13 and up. This historical drama finds characters wrestling with mature topics like racism, war, xenophobia and adult relationships. They discuss these with in-depth wisdom and stoicism, though not without occasional adult language and a few acts of violence.

9/9/21 Covid-19 Policy.

  • In preview Sat, Oct. 9 at 7:30pm
  • In preview Tue-Wed, Oct. 12-13 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, Oct. 14-15 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Oct. 16 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Oct. 17 at 2pm
  • Tue, Oct. 19 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, Oct. 20 at 1pm
  • Thu-Fri, Oct. 21-22 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Oct. 23 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Oct. 24 at 2pm
  • Tue-Fri, Oct. 26-29 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Oct. 30 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Oct. 31 at 2pm
  • Tue-Fri, Nov. 2-5 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Nov. 6 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 7 at 2pm

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Front of House Staff Sought at Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoCincinnati Playhouse in the Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO) and is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion in all areas of its work, both on and offstage. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and life experiences to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.

Position:  Front of House Staff

Pay Rates:  $13.50 – $15.00/hour

Start date:  October/November 2021

Position Overview:
Front of House Staff are self-motivated individuals who enjoy working in an exciting entertainment environment by providing a positive patron experience for all patrons while working collaboratively with volunteers, ticketing and production staff.

Position Responsibilities

  • Responsible for providing excellent customer service to all Playhouse guests.
  • House Manager is the front of house staff lead for mainstage and secondary performances at Playhouse.  House Assistants work with Managers primarily in the mainstage theatre but periodically in the secondary stage.
  • Responsible for coordinating the pre-show set up which includes checking house management and hearing enhancement equipment in lobbies and theatres as needed.
  • Supervising volunteer ushers and presenting clear usher instructions for each performance.
  • Resolves patron and volunteer issues as they arise.
  • Coordinates with stage management curtain time/intermissions while monitoring and helping to provide a smooth transition for our patrons from the lobbies to the theatres.
  • On call during performances for late arrivals, exiting patrons and emergency situations. Provides leadership in emergency situations, including fire alarm evacuations and inclement weather warnings.
  • Will receive safety training including but not limited to First Aid, CPR/AED, BBP and Fire Extinguisher.
  • Managers will be responsible for submitting house counts and reports to appropriate departments.  Additionally, reporting any physical plant concerns or issues to Playhouse’s Facility department.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Previous hospitality and/or customer service experience is a plus.

Required Skills:

  • An ideal candidate has excellent people skills with strong organizational skills, solid interpersonal/communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software: Excel, Word, Outlook and Sharepoint. Experience with Tessitura ticking system a plus.
  • Must be able to manage competing patron and performance needs while handling the stress of customer service with a positive demeanor.
  • An appreciation for the performing arts and theatre in particular is preferred. 

Physical Requirements:

  • The employee is frequently required to stand and walk, and occasionally stoop or kneel.
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • The employee will be required to be mobile for the majority of their shifts, and is required to regularly see, talk and hear.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park continues to monitor the pandemic situation. Qualified candidates will be expected to comply with Playhouse’s health and safety plan – while at work and outside work – that continues to be updated per latest state and federal guidelines.

The physical demands and safe working expectations described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

While this description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current position, it is not necessarily exhaustive of all responsibilities, duties, requirements or expectations of this position. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park reserves the right to revise or amend this description based on business needs or changes to the work environment.

To Apply:
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and references to Joellyn Goos, House Staff Supervisor at Joellyn.goos@cincyplay.com, and cc Amy Stier at amy.stier@cincyplay.com.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and positions will be filled on an ongoing basis.

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Annual Auditions Announced at Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoAnnual Local Equity Principal Auditions
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will be holding our Equity Principal Auditions for the 2021-22 Season via electronic submissions.  Equity members and Equity Membership Candidates who reside within a 60-mile radius of Cincinnati, OH may submit a photo, resume and audition materials by CLICKING HERE.   

Please submit 1 or 2 (contrasting) monologue(s) not to exceed three minutes.  If submitting a song, please include it in the three-minute time limit.  Your resume should be in PDF format and your headshot should be saved as a JPEG file. Deadline for submission is July 26, 2021. Callbacks will be scheduled virtually.

Annual Non-Equity General Auditions
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will be holding their Non- Equity General auditions for their 2021-22 Season via electronic submissions.  Non-Equity actors must reside within a 60-mile radius of Cincinnati, OH to be considered. Actors may submit a photo, resume and audition materials by CLICKING HERE.   

Please submit 2 (contrasting) monologues, not to exceed three minutes.  If submitting a song, please include it in the three-minute time limit.  Your resume should be in PDF format and your headshot should be saved as a JPEG file. Deadline for submission is July 26, 2021. Callbacks will be scheduled virtually.

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Local Artist Database Available at Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoThe Education and Engagement department of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is creating a local artists database to facilitate better communication. It is hoped that this database of local artists will increase our ability to share tickets, audition and hiring information with you on a more regular basis.

There is also an option on the form to select other companies in town that you are comfortable with your information being shared with so that they may also be in contact with you.

If you are interested in receiving more direct communication from CPIP, please submit your information to the Local Artist Database.

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