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Cincinnati Playhouse Brings Murder, Intrigue and Hilarity in May with MURDER FOR TWO

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Zany comedy MURDER FOR TWO runs May 5-June 10

CINCINNATI—Who killed the great American novelist Arthur Whitney? That’s what audiences will wonder when MURDER FOR TWO opens May 5 at Cincinnati Playhouse. The riotous two-person musical comedy — which The New York Times called “ingenious”— runs through June 10 (Opening Night is May 10).

When Whitney is found dead in his isolated, rural mansion on the night of his surprise birthday party, every guest has a motive. Could it be his loopy, scene-stealing widow? Or the glamorous but menacing, prima ballerina? Maybe it’s the loose-lipped, overly friendly psychiatrist? The mystery unfolds in hilarious fashion as one actor plays an overwhelmed detective and another plays a dozen suspects — and they both play piano.

Written and composed by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, MURDER FOR TWO is a comical throwback to classic whodunit novels of the 1920s and is performed with zany, vaudevillian sensibility.

“Early on we had the idea: what if the Marx Brothers performed an Agatha Christie play?” Blair explained in an interview with 5th Avenue Theatre. “The detective would be trying to take things seriously because the stakes would be so high, but inevitably things would just devolve into chaos.”

The result is a highly entertaining farce defined by its exaggerated characters, music hall entertainment and silent film-style comedy. And the results speak for themselves: when MURDER FOR TWO made its world premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in May of 2011, it was extended four times and ran for a total of six months. Its off-Broadway production at Second Stage Theatre was extended twice before it was transferred to off-Broadway’s New World Stages for a nine-month run. The musical then enjoyed an 18-month national tour and nominations from the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel awards. Kinosian and Blair also won the 2011 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical Work.

The Playhouse’s production of MURDER FOR TWO is directed by Paul Mason Barnes, who makes his Playhouse debut with the musical comedy. Directing credits across the country include the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Denver Center Theatre Company andthe Folger Shakespeare Theatre, among many others. He is a founding producing director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota, and of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre.

“Kinosian and Blair have framed a fun and delightfully intriguing story with a delectable confection of zaniness and style,” says Barnes. “My job will be to honor their story and the style with which they’ve chosen to tell their story as best as best I know how.”

CAST
Eric Shorey (The Suspects); Eric Van Tielen (Marcus Moscowicz)

PRODUCTION
Paul Mason Barnes (Director); Bill Clarke (Set Designer); Tracy Dorman (Costume Designer); Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz (Lighting Designer); Jason Sebastian (Sound Designer); Stephen Goers (Music Director); Stephanie Klapper (Casting Director); Jenifer Morrow (Production Stage Manager)

SPECIAL EVENT
Physical Comedy Workshop
May 19, at 10 a.m. at the Playhouse.

Get out of your head and into your body with physical comedy in the style of MURDER FOR TWO! Make audiences laugh while exploring the potential of space and movement for the stage with a Playhouse resident teaching artist. Adults and teens ages 16 and up with all skill levels are welcome! Cost is $50 per person and does not include a ticket to the show.

Playhouse Pride Night
June 1, pre-show party at 6 p.m., with 8 p.m. performance and post-show party

Now in its fourth year, Playhouse Pride provides an opportunity for LGBTQIA community members and allies to gather together and enjoy a performance. In partnership with ArtsWave Pride.The full Pride Night package is $90 per person and includes:

Pre-show party at 6 p.m. with live entertainment, open bar and horsd’oeuvres; Performance at 8 p.m. Post-show party with open bar and a DJ.
A portion of the proceeds benefits the Transgender Health Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, a non-profit organization that provides an accepting atmosphere and healthcare services for patients 5 to 24 years old
Regularly priced tickets to the show start at $45 and include the post-show party only with cash bar. Subscription tickets already scheduled for June 1 include the post-show party with cash bar. Subscribers may upgrade their tickets to the entire Pride Night package for $35.

PERFORMANCES
Evening performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays start at 7:30 p.m; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Matinee performance on Saturdays start at 4pm, Sundays at 2 p.m. as well as Wednesday, May 30, at 1 p.m. Meet the Artists are scheduled after matinee performances on May 13 and May 20, as well as after evening performances on May 23 and 30.

TICKETS
Prices for MURDER FOR TWO start at $35 depending on seat selection and performance day and are subject to change. Tickets for teens and students are $30. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show. Plus, Sunday is College Night, with tickets to all 7 p.m. performances just $10. In addition to calling the Box Office, tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com.

ACCESS
The Playhouse is fully accessible. Large print programs and hearing enhancement receivers are available upon request.

BOX OFFICE
513-421-3888 or 800-582-3208 toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana; or 513-345-2248 – TDD access (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).

SPONSORS
Playhouse Pride is the Artist sponsor. Production Sponsor is The Daley Family Foundation.
Huntington Bank is Design Sponsor, and Honorary Producers are Charles and Joan Mead.

The Shelterhouse Theatre Season is presented by Heidelberg Distributing Company. The Season Sponsor of New Work is The Rosenthal Family Foundation. The Shelterhouse Theatre Season Design Sponsor is Allan Berliant and Jennie Rosenthal Berliant Family Fund. The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust provided additional support.

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 and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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MURDER FOR TWO Runs May 5-June 10

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MURDER FOR TWO
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
May 5-June 10
Shelterhouse Theatre [Eden Park]

Directed by Paul Mason Barnes
Music directed by Steve Goers

Cast: Eric Shorey as The Suspects & Eric Van Tielen as Marcus Moscowicz

Who killed the great American novelist Arthur Whitney? Found dead in his isolated, rural mansion on the night of his surprise birthday party, every guest has a motive – their dirty little secrets the unwilling and barely veiled subject of the author’s bestsellers. Was the killer his loopy, scene-stealing widow? His overly curious niece? The too-friendly psychiatrist? Or the glamorous, but menacing, prima ballerina? One actor plays the overwhelmed detective while another takes on all of the suspects, creating a zany, musical comedy whodunit. Murder for Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and mystery guaranteed to keep you guessing – and laughing – until the very last note. Advisory: Appropriate for adults and teenagers. This hilarious, musical whodunit introduces a slew of whacky party guests who are suspected of committing murder, so some adult content and mild adult language ensues.

  • In preview Sat, May 5 at 8pm and Sun, May 6 at 7pm
  • In preview Tue-Wed, May 8-9 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, May 10 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, May 11 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 12 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 13 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, May 15-17 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, May 18 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 19 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 20 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, May 22-24 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, May 25 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 26 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 27 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, May 29 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, May 30 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu, May 31 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 1 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 2 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 3 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, June 5-7 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 8 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 9 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 10 at 2pm

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Costume Technician/Shop Assistant Needed at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoCincinnati Playhouse in the Park is an equal opportunity employer and encourages inquiries about this position from a broad spectrum of candidates reflecting the diversity of the community we serve.

Job Title: Costume Technician/Shop Assistant

Reports to: Costume Shop Manager

Position Responsibilities include:

  • Costume construction.
  • Assist with the organization and maintenance of costume stock, shop equipment, and inventory.
  • Aid the Cutter/Draper and First Hand (cutting, truing alteration markings, assist in fittings when needed).

Competencies include:

  • Minimum of three years professional experience in a similar position (preferred) or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fabric preparation.
  • Ability to cut basic patterns from fabric.
  • Truing of alteration markings.
  • Minor machine maintenance (rethreading, cleaning, and minor parts replacement).
  • Simple patterning (from existing garments, for simple shapes, or resizing from existing patterns).
  • Basic time management.
  • Execute fitting notes independently.
  • Basic computer skills required, including familiarity with Microsoft Office and email.
  • Familiarity with domestic cover stitch machine, preferred but not required.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The position also requires the ability to frequently stand, walk, sit, and climb a ladder. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 60 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

This is a full-time seasonal hourly position. Benefits include medical, dental, and life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid time off, and 401k and 403b pension plans. Position begins mid- late July 2018.

To Apply:
Submit your cover letter and resume with three references to:
Gordon DeVinney
Costume Shop Manager
gordon.devinney@cincyplay.com
No phone calls, please.

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Ken Ludwig’s TREASURE ISLAND Sails into Cincinnati Playhouse April 21

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Ahoy, Cincinnati! Don’t miss this adventure of a lifetime before it escapes May 19

Audiences will set sail on the journey of a lifetime, complete with cutthroat pirates, a treasure map and a courageous boy entangled in a dangerous swashbuckling expedition, when Ken Ludwig’s TREASURE ISLAND arrives at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park April 21. This epic theatrical adaptation runs through May 19 (Opening Night is April 26).

“Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel will sweep the audience up into the adventure of a lifetime,” says Blake Robison, artistic director and director of the Playhouse production. “His story is a faithful, straightforward adaptation exploring the father/son dynamic between boy and pirate, peppered with funny dialogue and awesome sword fights.”

TREASURE ISLAND features all of the memorable elements of Stevenson’s tale, considered one of literature’s best adventure novels. The beloved adventure in exotic lands with mysterious treasure is also a brilliant coming-of-age story with a hero, Jim Hawkins, and has an entertaining cast of memorable pirates and villains, including Long John Silver.

Robison directed TREASURE ISLAND about ten years ago as artistic director of Round House Theatre. Now he’s returning to it to share with Cincinnati families the story that appeals to the kid in all of us.

“It’s been a priority for me that the Playhouse offers some multigenerational fare every season, in addition to A Christmas Carol,” Robison explains.  “Bringing these stories to life on stage allows families to enjoy the theatrical experience together. When a kid is 8, 9 or 10 years old and able to sit through a full-length play, we want to provide that opportunity. And it’s a story of a young boy growing up and finding his moral beacon. These are things we want for all of our children. Jim does them under extraordinary circumstances!”

The extravagant production will include period costumes from 1774 and a set that rotates, shifts and transforms into a pirate ship, English tavern and island jungle, bringing the story to life.

Ludwig told Samuel French of his play, “What could be better? We love pirates! They’re fun. They’re crazy. They’re the first antiheroes, aren’t they? They’re bloodthirsty. They kill people. They do terrible things. They steal things. But we’re rooting for them. We’re in love with them. And Long John Silver is a great example of that.”

The Playhouse also produced Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville during its 2016-2017 season. The comedic adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series proved to be a hit with Cincinnati audiences, including families.

CAST
Em S. Grosland (Jim Hawkins); Jeffrey M. Bender (Long John Silver/Jim’s Father); Austin Reed Alleman (George Merry/Bailiff’s Son/Bristol Sailor); Rin Allen (Anne Bonny/Jim’s Mother/Assistant Fight Choreographer); Thomas Brazzle (Black Dog/Josiah Bland); Michael Broadhurst (Blind Pew/Job O’Brien); Grant Goodman (Billy Bones/Captain Smollett); Max Monnig (Israel Hands/Reverend Mainwaring/Calico Jack); Barry Mulholland (Dr. Livesey); Marco Adriel Muñoz (Justice Death/Cut Purse/Inn Guest); Andy Paterson (Squire Trelawney/The Bailiff); JT Stocks/Taha Mandviwala (Tom Morgan/Ezekiel Hazard/Boy with Barrow/Inn Guest); Michael Anthony Williams (Ben Gunn/Inn Guest/Bristol Sailor)

PRODUCTION
Blake Robison (Director); Jeffrey Modereger (Set Designer); Mathew J. LeFebvre (Costume Designer); Jaymi Lee Smith (Lighting Designer); Matthew M. Nielson (Sound Designer/Additional Music); Drew Fracher (Fight Choreographer); Stephanie Klapper (Casting Director); Andrea L. Shell (Stage Manager); Jenifer Morrow (Second Stage Manager)

SPECIAL EVENTS
Page-to-Stage Book Club
April 23 and May 14, at 7 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Norwood

This season, the Playhouse continues its partnership with Joseph-Beth Booksellers with a book club for audience members interested in better understanding the process of adapting a book from the page to the stage. For our last show of the season in the Marx Theatre, we’ll take a deep dive into TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Participants are invited to attend two special discussion events. At the first discussion on April 23, we’ll talk about the book itself: the plot and characters, the overarching themes, how you might imagine it translates to a theatrical setting and even the challenges you see in adapting the story. Our second discussion will take place on May 14, after you’ve seen the play, to discuss what excited and surprised you, and to learn from a member of the production team how they approached the show. Each event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required by calling the Box Office.

Pirate Training Workshop
Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. prior to 4 p.m. matinee performances

Ahoy, mateys! Before you set sail with the Playhouse’s production of TREASURE ISLAND, get your sea legs and learn the finer points of swashbuckling. In this one-hour, multi-generational workshop, kids and parents alike will learn how to walk, talk and fight like a pirate by using a combination of stage combat and acting techniques. Cost is $25 per participant and does not include a ticket to the show. A parent or guardian may join their child for the workshop, but an adult is not necessary for kids to participate. Space is limited, so reserve now or WALK THE PLANK!

Beer Tasting Series
Wednesdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m., prior to the 7:30 p.m. evening performances

Join us before Wednesday evening performances of TREASURE ISLAND for beer tastings and a three-course dinner! Catered by Vonderhaar’s and featuring a four-sample flight of Rhinegeist beer, dinner will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m. Cost is $35 per person and does not include a ticket to the show. Reservations are required by the Wednesday before the tasting.

TICKETS
Prices for TREASURE ISLAND start at $35 depending on seat selection and performance day. Tickets for children and teens are $30 or $45, depending on seat location. Prices subject to change. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show. Plus, Sunday is College Night, with tickets to all 7 p.m. performances just $10. In addition to calling the Box Office, tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com.

ACCESS
The Playhouse is fully accessible. Large print programs and hearing enhancement receivers are available upon request.

BOX OFFICE
513-421-3888 or 800-582-3208 toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana; or 513-345-2248 – TDD access (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).

SPONSORS
Production Co-Sponsors are Clark Schaefer Hackett & Co. and Johnson Investment Counsel. Artist Sponsor is  Fifth Third Bank. Messer Construction is Design Sponsor. Honorary Producer is The Lemmerman Family. The Robert S. Marx Theatre Season is presented by Schueler Group. Season Sponsor of New Work is The Rosenthal Family Foundation and Season Design Sponsor is Macy’s.

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 and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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TREASURE ISLAND Runs April 21-May 19

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TREASURE ISLAND
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
April 21-May 19
Marx Theatre [Eden Park]

Directed by Blake Robison

Cast: Em S. Grosland as Jim Hawkins, Jeffrey M. Bender as Long John Silver/Jim’s Father, Austin Reed Alleman as George Merry/Bailiff’s Son/Bristol Sailor, Rin Allen as Anne Bonny/Jim’s Mother/Assistant Fight Choreographer, Thomas Brazzle as Black Dog/Josiah Bland, Michael Broadhurst as Blind Pew/Job O’Brien, Grant Goodman as Billy Bones/Captain Smollett, Taha Mandviwala as Tom Morgan/Ezekiel Hazard/Boy with Barrow/Inn Guest (May 15-19, 2018), Max Monnig as Israel Hands/Reverend Mainwaring/Calico Jack, Barry Mulholland as Dr. Livesey, Marco Adriel Muñoz as Justice Death/Cut Purse/Inn Guest, Andy Paterson as Squire Trelawney/The Bailiff, JT Stocks as Tom Morgan/Ezekiel Hazard/Boy with Barrow/Inn Guest & Michael Anthony Williams
as Ben Gunn/Inn Guest/Bristol Sailor

Set sail on the journey of a lifetime, complete with cutthroat pirates, a treasure map and a courageous boy entangled in a dangerous swashbuckling expedition. Jim Hawkins gets more than he bargained for when he embarks on a daring sea voyage to locate an island of buried riches. But with his fate sealed, he discovers not only gold and gems but also treachery and mutiny lurking around every corner. Filled with unforgettable characters including Long John Silver, the most famous pirate of them all, Treasure Island comes alive for the whole family as an epic theatrical adaptation of one of the world’s great adventure stories. Advisory: TREASURE ISLAND is appropriate for adults and children ages 10 and up. The show is an exciting adventure that contains nautical danger, action-packed fight scenes, mild language and the occasional scallywag that may not be suitable for youngest mateys.

  • In preview Sat April 21 at 8pm and Sun, April 22 at 2pm
  • In preview Tue-Wed-April 24-25 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, April 26 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, April 27 at 8pm
  • Sat, April 28 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, April 29 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, May 1-3 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, May 4 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 5 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 6 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, May 8-10 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, May 11 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 12 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 13 at 2pm
  • Tue, May 15 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, May 16 at 1pm
  • Thu, May 17 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, May 18 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 19 at 4pm & 8pm

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