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FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS to Venture Off the Hill This Spring

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Audiences will love the wildly entertaining show based on the children’s book playing April 5 through May 19

CINCINNATI – From shopping to baking to jumping on the bed, these five little monkey siblings are getting into some trouble! This spring, Playhouse presents its final Off the Hill touring show with Ernie Nolan’s adaptation of Eileen Chistelow’s children’s book series, FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS. Brought to life through the Bruce E. Doyle Acting Intern company, this zany production will travel to community centers throughout the Greater Cincinnati area from April 5 through May 19.

When Christelow was taught an old nursery rhyme that her daughter learned in preschool — “Five little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped her head” — she thought that it would create a nice picture book. Twelve years later, after becoming an author and illustrator, she revisited the idea for a new project. With the remarkable success of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Christelow expanded the story into a best-selling children’s book series where the treasured monkey siblings get into all kinds of mischief.

Audiences will love tagging along for the wild adventures of this adorable monkey family, including the stories: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake, Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree, and Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping.

Nolan’s script integrates plot lines from four of the ten monkey books while also preserving its witty cumulative verse. From baking cakes to sitting in trees, or going shopping and jumping on beds, Nolan gives distinct personality traits to each monkey sibling which only heightens the hilarity of their ongoing mishaps.

Under the direction of Brian Robinson, the Playhouse’s production of FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS brings the storybook to life with a whimsical set by Playhouse Scenic Artist Kenton Brett and a frenetic soundscape by Sound Designer Trey Tatum. Audiences will love the technical magic of an exploding birthday cake and snapping jaws of a crocodile. Brett designed the oven with a trick door that allows a cake to go in, and then with a simple flick, the stove bursts open to reveal an exploded cake inside.

“Thematically, FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS celebrates the innocence and discovery in the wonders of childhood,” explains Playhouse Director of Education and Community Engagement Daunielle Rasmussen. “The monkeys have a curiosity and an excitement for learning. While it gets the monkeys into trouble, there is an earnestness and beauty to their childlike spirit.”

FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS is recommended for children ages 3 and up and runs approximately 50 to 60 minutes. The Playhouse’s production will journey all over greater Cincinnati, from Oxford to Cheviot to Union to Covington and many places in between.

Click here for ticket information and Off the Hill locations.

FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS is the last production in the 2018 – 2019 Off the Hill series. Support of Off the Hill touring plays is provided The John C. Griswold Foundation and KeyBank. Seasonal support of education and outreach by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. The Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company is supported by Jerry and Betsy Shroat.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 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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This Spring Give Thanks for Great Comedy at the Playhouse

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THE THANKSGIVING PLAY offers biting satire of political correctness
beginning March 23

CINCINNATI—Spring and comedy are in the air beginning March 23 when THETHANKSGIVING PLAY, with support from the Rosenthal Family Foundation, opens in the Shelterhouse Theatre. The satirical take on political correctness run amok plays through April 21. Opening night is March 28.

Armed with good intentions and progressive lingo, three liberal theatre artists attempt to devise a culturally sensitive Thanksgiving play for local elementary schools. They realize rather quickly that honoring Indigenous people while simultaneously celebrating the peaceful Thanksgiving feast of American lore is much more difficult than they anticipated. Their well-meaning plans dissolve into an outrageous sendup of politically correct behavior as THE THANKSGIVING PLAY treads the minefields of appropriation to inject laughter into activism, apathy and all the assumptions in between.

THE THANKSGIVING PLAY made its off-Broadway premiere at Playwrights Horizons last October. Playwright Larissa FastHorse says in an interview with the theatre, “As a Native American person, I’m really fortunate in that I get commissioned to do a lot of plays on Native American history, which tends to be majority-depressing at this point. So, I really wanted to write a comedy, and I really wanted to have fun in the room.”

FastHorse is the first Native American playwright to be produced by the Playhouse. Artistic director Blake Robison says of FastHorse: “Larissa is an important and compelling voice in the American theatre. It’s an honor to host her in Cincinnati and bring her brilliant play to our audiences.”

Lisa Portes returns to the Playhouse to direct THE THANKSGIVING PLAY. She previously directed the 2016 production of Disgraced.

“If you consider yourself truly ‘woke,’ you might want to see [this] new comedy,” stated The Hollywood Reporter in its review of the off-Broadway production. “And if you’re not, you’ll still want to see The Thanksgiving Play, because it’s very, very funny.”

CAST 
Jennifer Bareilles (Logan); Nat DeWolf (Caden); Ashley Austin Morris (Alicia); Scott Parkinson (Jaxton)

PRODUCTION
Larissa FastHorse (Playwright); Lisa Portes (Director); Brian Sidney Bembridge (Set and Lighting Designer); Bill Black (Costume Designer); Pornchanok Kanchanabanca (Composer/Sound Designer); Stephanie Klapper, CSA (Casting Director); Brooke Redler (Stage Manager)

TICKETS
Prices for THE THANKSGIVING PLAY start at $35, vary depending on seat location, 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. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com or by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888 or 800-582-3208 toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. For TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) access, call 513-345-2248. The Playhouse is fully accessible.

PERFORMANCES
Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, at 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Additional matinee at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17.

SPONSORS
Production Sponsor is Linda Busken Jergens in honor of Women Writing for (a) Change. Design Sponsor is Brandon Daush. Artist Sponsor is Huntington Bank. The Shelterhouse Theatre Season presented by Heidelberg Distributing Company. The Shelterhouse Theatre Season Design Sponsor is the Allan Berliant and Jennie Rosenthal Berliant Family Fund. The Season Sponsor of New Work is the Rosenthal Family Foundation. Additional support is provided the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS
PLAYHOUSE PERSPECTIVES: A CONVERSATION WITH LARISSA FASTHORSE
Sunday, March 24 | 5:30 p.m. at the Playhouse
Join us for a conversation with THE THANKSGIVING PLAY playwright Larissa FastHorse, facilitated by the show’s director, Lisa Portes. Learn about how they are bringing this fresh, new satire to life on the Shelterhouse stage, and take a deeper dive into the story’s perspective. Portes will also engage in discussion with FastHorse about her career as an award-winning theatre artist and her experiences navigating the industry as a Native American playwright. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888 or visiting cincyplay.com. The Playhouse Perspectives series is supported by a generous grant from Roderick and Barbara Barr.

PLAYHOUSE PERSPECTIVES: WOMEN WRITING FOR (A) CHANGE WRITING CIRCLES
Monday, April 15 | 7 p.m. at the Playhouse
The Playhouse is thrilled to be teaming up with Women Writing for a Change to help you connect your own story and writing style to the themes of THE THANKSGIVING PLAY, written by Larissa FastHorse. Join us for a guided writing experience to help you merge ideas of representation and cultural identity with your personal response to FastHorse’s new satire. Whether you have never put pen to paper or you’re an experienced storyteller, come cultivate your voice and connect with a new community creatively. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888 or visiting cincyplay.com. The Playhouse Perspectives series is supported by a generous grant from Roderick and Barbara Barr.

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

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Scene Shop Administrative Assistant Sought by 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: Scene Shop Administrative Assistant

Reports to: Technical Director
Position Overview: Responsible for the coordination and execution of logistical and clerical duties necessary to the function of the Scene Shop, Props Shop, and Paint Department.

Position Responsibilities include:

  • Research, order and track materials, tools, and hardware for all shops
  • Maintain inventories of physical and digital materials for all shops
  • Maintain orderly financial filing system
  • Maintain and track petty cash
  • Maintain a list of vendors for supplies, equipment, repairs, rentals, etc.
  • Maintain balanced budgets and prepare weekly budget reports for Scenic Department Heads, Production Management, and Finance
  • Provide logistical support for all shop personnel
  • Track and process labor needs including time card management, scheduling extras/overhires, and planning for non-typical work schedules
  • Contract rentals, including forklifts, dumpsters, & trucks
  • Update safety logs
  • Coordinate building maintenance needs including safety inspections, repairs, stocking vending machines, dumpster removal, etc.
  • Schedule and track maintenance and repairs of tools, hardware, and office equipment
  • Generate workflow schedules for each production including key dates, duration of each production process, and detailed build and load-in schedules.
  • Track and report labor hours
  • Prepare memos, emails, and reports
  • Other duties as assigned

Competencies include:

  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience (BA in Theatre/Production Management preferred)
  • Self-motivated and detail oriented
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel & Outlook (proficiency with accounting software, such as QuickBooks, preferred)
  • Ability to adapt to and quickly learn new procedures
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • A valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Working knowledge of scenic construction processes is preferred.

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, climb a ladder and bend as necessary. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

This is a full-time, seasonal, non-exempt position with an expected start date of July 2019. Benefits include medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, paid time off, and 401k/403b pension plans.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

To Apply:
Submit your cover letter and resume with three references to:
Sharon Weber
Human Resources Manager
Email to: sharon.weber@cincyplay.com
No phone calls, please.
Deadline to apply: March 22, 2019

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 2019-2020 Season Includes Agatha Christie, Buddy Holly, Margaret Atwood and the Calypso-Flavored ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

PIP_logoSeason features musical sensations, gripping mysteries and bold, new comedies

CINCINNATI – Artistic Director Blake Robison announced Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 2019-20 season today, which features musical sensations, new comedies, gripping mysteries and thought-provoking contemporary plays, including productions to delight audiences of all ages.

“From the enchanting Broadway musical Once on This Island and an Agatha Christie mystery to an intimate portrait of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the unmatched variety of our new season will inspire and entertain audiences,” says Robison. “Our 2019-20 season again showcases the range, scale and exceptional artistry as only the Playhouse can produce for Cincinnati.”

Robison continues, “I’m especially excited about our world premiere from the award-winning, multi-cultural performance ensemble Universes. Fusing theatre, poetry, dance, jazz, hip-hop and down-home blues, americUS will be unlike anything we’ve produced.”

The 2019-20 Season includes:

  • MUSICAL SENSATIONS: the enchanting, Tony Award-winning musical, Once on This Island; piano wizardry and laugh-out-loud humor in 2 Pianos, 4 Hands; the electrifying, rock and roll musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.
  • BOLD, NEW COMEDIES: The Lifespan of a Fact, a fast-paced, blistering new comedy straight from Broadway; and Destiny of Desire, an enormously entertaining homage to Latin American soap operas.
  • GRIPPING MYSTERIES: the thrilling, train ride whodunit of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express; and a spine-tingling mystery of the mind in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace.
  • THOUGHT-PROVOKING CONTEMPORARY PLAYS: Actually, a riveting new drama about the complexities of gender, race and consent on a college campus; and americUS, a compelling world premiere from the award-winning, multi-cultural ensemble Universes.
  • HEARTFELT HUMOR: an inspiring one-woman show about America’s favorite sex therapist, Becoming Dr. Ruth.
  • HOLIDAY FAVORITE: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will return for the 29th year.

2019-20 MARX THEATRE SEASON 
Presented by Schueler Group
Season Sponsor of New Work: The Rosenthal Family Foundation

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND 
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Based Upon the Novel, “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy
Directed by Robert Barry Fleming
Sept. 7 – Oct. 6, 2019
Sponsored by Johnson Investment Counsel and Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co.

Hearts soar in the Tony Award-winning, Calypso-flavored musical, Once On This Island. Ti Moune, a peasant girl, falls in love with a wealthy boy — but the gods have other plans. This recent Broadway hit captivates audiences with an unforgettable story of a woman who travels far and wide to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

Moe & Jack Rouse and Randolph Wadsworth present
THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT
By Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
Directed by Wendy Goldberg
Oct. 19 – Nov. 16, 2019

A critically acclaimed 2018 Broadway play, this fast-paced story explodes with blistering comedy and timely relevance. Emily Penrose, a demanding editor-in-chief, hires a determined millennial fact-checker named Jim Fingal to work on a groundbreaking essay written by the famous author John D’Agata. But the overly eager Jim takes his fact-checking way too far, creating the ultimate showdown of fact versus fiction.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Howard Dallin
Directed by Michael Evan Haney
Nov. 27 – Dec. 29, 2019
A CHRISTMAS CAROL is not part of the season subscription, but subscribers get early access and special discounts on tickets.

Faithful storytelling and spellbinding stage magic bring to life Ebenezer Scrooge’s time-traveling journey with the spirits one magical Christmas Eve. Returning for its 29th season, the heartwarming message helps to make the show one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions each season.

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BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
By Alan Janes
Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Jan. 18 – Feb. 16, 2020
Sponsored by U.S. Bank

Experience the sensational musical about the bespectacled, 1950s rock and roll icon. This non-stop rock show recounts Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame and the impact he left on the industry. Performances include over 20 of his greatest hits like “That’ll Be the Day,” “It’s So Easy to Fall in Love” and “Peggy Sue”, along with Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.”

Leading Ladies presents
DESTINY OF DESIRE
By Karen Zacarías
Directed by José Luis Valenzuela
Feb. 29 – March 28, 2020

Burning passion, cunning deception and outrageous melodrama combine in this enormously entertaining homage to Latin American soap operas. A storm brews in the small town of Bellarica, Mexico, when two baby girls are born on the same night in the same hospital. Yet the drama is bound to unfold when a former beauty queen switches the babies at birth in her lust for power.

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Risa Brainin
April 11 – May 9, 2020

Whodunit? Detective Hercule Poirot is determined to find out in Agatha Christie’s thrilling murder mystery. Ten passengers board the luxurious Orient Express. But after the train unexpectedly stops in the isolated, snow-swept mountains, only nine of them are still alive. This masterpiece from the world’s most popular mystery writer promises an exciting evening of theatre that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

2019-20 ROSENTHAL SHELTERHOUSE THEATRE SEASON
Presented by Heidelberg Distributing Co.
Season Sponsor of New Work: The Rosenthal Family Foundation

Margaret Atwood’s
ALIAS GRACE
Adapted for the stage by Jennifer Blackmer
Directed by Blake Robison
Sept. 14 – Oct. 27, 2019
Sponsored by Digi and Mike Schueler

Based on the novel by master storyteller Margaret Atwood, this spine-tingling mystery of the mind will chill you to the bone. Sixteen-year-old Grace Marks was imprisoned for life in 1843 for committing murder, but she has no memory of the events. Fifteen years later, psychologist Simon Jordan begins to gradually unlock her memories, and he soon finds himself plummeting down a frightening path of shocking revelations.

2 PIANOS, 4 HANDS
Nov. 9, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020
By Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt
Directed by Thomas Frey
Sponsored by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr/U.S. Bank Foundation

Piano wizardry and laugh-out-loud comedy come together to tell the story of Richard and Ted’s life-long pursuit of becoming concert pianist superstars. They work tirelessly to master legendary music from Beethoven and Bach to Billy Joel. Two performers tickle the ivories (and your funny bone) in this riotous show about Richard and Ted’s humbling quest for musical greatness.

americUS 
By Universes
Feb. 1 – March 8, 2020

Universes is an award-winning, multi-cultural performance ensemble that breaks traditional theatrical bounds to create its own brand of storytelling. Fusing theatre, poetry, dance, jazz, hip-hop and down-home blues, Universes will create a compelling portrait of contemporary America in this world premiere. Hailed by audiences and critics alike, Universes has performed off-Broadway, internationally and at major theatres across the country. This all-new show will challenge, move and entertain you.

ACTUALLY
By Anna Ziegler
March 21 – April 26, 2020

Amber is charmingly neurotic and seemingly confident. Tom is a handsome and appealing go-getter. At Princeton, they drink and date to cope with mounting pressures until one shared night together sets off a damning chain of events that neither of them sees coming. This thought-provoking new play by rising playwright Anna Ziegler grapples with the deep complexities of gender, race and consent.

BECOMING DR. RUTH
By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
May 9 – June 21, 2020

Many of us know Dr. Ruth Westheimer as America’s favorite sex therapist in the 1980s and ‘90s — but few of us have heard the story of this remarkable woman’s journey. In this heartwarming portrait, she narrates the harrowing and fascinating details of her life. Becoming Dr. Ruth is a humorous, affectionate and illuminating one-woman show that’s full of grit and triumph.

2019-20 SEASON SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION:
Subscriptions to the 2019-20 Playhouse season are available now in a variety of packages.
Prices range from $157.50 to $411.50 for the five-show Marx Theatre season; $157.50 to $396 for the five Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre shows; and $280 to $716.50 for the full 10-show combination series.

The popular Build Your Own subscription allows patrons to create their own season of four to nine shows. Once again this season, all price options are available in the lower level of the Marx Theatre. The Playhouse offers two-, three-, six- and nine-month payment plans for subscribers. Some restrictions apply.

A student Build Your Own package allows full-time students to pick as few as four shows and as many as all 10 for just $15 per show. The Babysitter Rebate Series allows a couple purchasing two subscriptions in the Marx Theatre to attend any performance and receive up to $100 at the end of the season to help cover the cost of babysitters for children under the age of 12.

Subscriptions can be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com or by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888 or 800-582-3208 toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. For TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) access, call 513-345-2248. The Playhouse is fully accessible.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 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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THE THANKSGIVING PLAY Runs March 23-April 21

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THE THANKSGIVING PLAY
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
March 23-April 21
Shelterhouse Theater [Eden Park]

Directed by Lisa Portes

Cast: Jennifer Bareilles as Logan, Nat DeWolf as Caden, Ashley Austin Morris as Alicia & Scott Parkinson as Jaxton

Watch as a group of liberal artists walk the fine line of political correctness in this fresh, satirical comedy. Armed with progressive lingo and questionably good intentions, they attempt to devise a culturally sensitive Thanksgiving play for local elementary schools. Slowly but surely, the well-meaning plans dissolve into an outrageous sendup of PC behavior. THE THANKSGIVING PLAY treads the minefields of appropriation to inject some laughter into activism, apathy and all the assumptions in between. Advisory: THE THANKSGIVING PLAY is suitable for adults and teenage audiences. This biting satire contains mature themes and mild adult language about America’s sometimes troubling history. It also contains some questionable Thanksgiving reenactments. Be advised: no turkeys will be harmed in the making of this play.

  • In preview Sat, March 23 at 8pm and Sun, March 24 at 2pm
  • In preview, Tue-Wed, March 26-27 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, March 28 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, March 29 at 8pm
  • Sat, March 30 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, March 31 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, April 2-4 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, April 5 at 8pm
  • Sat, April 6 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, April 7 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, April 9-11 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, April 12 at 8pm
  • Sat, April 13 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, April 14 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, April 16 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, April 17 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu, April 18 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, April 19 at 8pm
  • Sat, April 20 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, April 21 at 2pm

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