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Playhouse Pride Night at MURDER FOR TWO June 1

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Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

Proceeds Benefit Transgender Health Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

What:
Now in its fourth year, Playhouse Pride provides an opportunity for LGBTQIA community members and allies to gather together and enjoy live theatre along with hors d’oeuvres, open bar and an after party. In partnership with ArtsWave Pride, this year’s event takes place with a performance of MURDER FOR TWO, a  zany, musical comedy whodunit that The New York Times called “Ingenious… a snazzy, vaudevillian double act.”

The full Pride Night package is $90 per person and includes:

  • Pre-show party with live entertainment, open bar and hors d’oeuvres
  • MURDER FOR TWO performance at 8 p.m.
  • Post-show party with open bar and a DJ

Or attend the pre-show and post-show parties only for $25 per person.

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Transgender Health Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a non-profit organization that provides an accepting atmosphere and healthcare services for patients 5 to 24 years old.

When:
Friday, June 1, 6 p.m.

Who:
Playhouse Pride Committee: Jim Conway, Co-Chair, Julia Wesselkamper, Co-Chair, John P. Bruggen, Christopher Carter, Dean Clevenger, Freeman Durham, John Harrison, Julian Johnson, Alek Lucke, Kathy Nardiello, Lisa Phair, Nicholas W. Puncer, Rick Robertson, Dale L. Shafer, Daniel Tonozzi,and Steve Wanamaker

Where:
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt Adams Cir, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tickets & Info:
The Playhouse PRIDE night package is $90 per person. Party-only packages are $25 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit this link or 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.

Sponsors:
Playhouse Pride Artist Sponsorship Partners: Mr. Darrick Beekman and Dr. Victor Abler; Jim Conway and Rick Robertson; Freeman Durham and Dean Clevenger;Nick Puncer and Chris Carter; Julia Wesselkamper and Julian Johnson; John and Nancy Silverman; Lisa Phair & Associates

Contributing Sponsor: Jeff Thomas Catering
Playhouse Pride Event Partners: ArtsWave Connects Pride and PNC
The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of the community contributors to the ArtsWave campaign.

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL Auditions for Children on June 23 & 24 at Playhouse

PIP_logoA CHRISTMAS CAROL AUDITIONS FOR CHILDREN
ON JUNE 23 AND 24

Local children can be a part of Cincinnati Playhouse’s classic production

CINCINNATI (May 08, 2018)—Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will hold auditions for children interested in performing in the theatre’s 2018 production of the annual holiday favorite, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The auditions take place June 23 and 24 at the Cincinnati Playhouse in Mt. Adams.

Nine area children will be cast to fill speaking and non-speaking parts in the show. Roles are available for boys and girls 8 to 13 years old. Additionally, a boy aged 6 to 8 years old will be cast as Tiny Tim. To be eligible, children must not turn 14 before Dec. 31, 2018. Children of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

“We’ve had a strong and committed group of young actors for a number of years, and the majority have aged-out. As a result, we have more open positions for young actors in the coming season and are excited to discover new talent,” says A CHRISTMAS CAROL director Michael Evan Haney.

Interested children must be available for all rehearsals of the production, most of which are scheduled around school hours. Children must also be available for all performances, which are scheduled Tuesdays through Sundays and include some weekday student and public matinees. Performance dates are available on the Playhouse website. All roles receive compensation.

All auditions will be held at the Playhouse, located in Eden Park at the edge of Mt. Adams, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202.

For full information about the production, as well as details about audition scheduling and submitting, visit the Employment section on the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park website at www.cincyplay.com/employment.

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RAPUNZEL Lets Down Her Hair for the Free Family Fun Series at the Arts Center at Dunham

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Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

CINCINNATI, OH – May 1, 2018 — The Free Family Fun Series at the Arts Center at Dunham wraps up with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill Rapunzel on Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m.

Courtesy of a grant from Price Hill Will Arts CAT, Rapunzel lives in tower with her loving, yet very overprotective Nan after her mother left across the big sea. Year after year, Nan builds their tower higher and higher to protect them from the disgraceful, scary world. Every year, Rapunzel’s hair grows longer and so does her curiosity about the outside. It isn’t until she meets a local boy, Rafi, who finally gives her the courage to be free. Recommended for all ages.

With a script from award-winning playwright Mike Kenny, Rapunzel stays faithful to its fairytale setting that fans of the Brothers Grimm adaptation have come to know and love, while offering a nuanced perspective of independence, friendship and family relationships. The production will feature magical design elements from Playhouse artisans and is directed by Playhouse Director of Education and Community Engagement Daunielle Rasmussen.

“One of the things I love about this version is that it’s not about a boy saving a girl,” says Rasmussen, who emphasizes that the show celebrates both male and female empowerment. “Their friendship brings meaning to the girl. She finds her own life and she finds her own destiny that’s different from his.”

The story also explores how the relationship between Rapunzel and Nana changes as Rapunzel matures. Nana must learn that she cannot keep her granddaughter safe from the world no matter how scary it is. It is a theme that Rasmussen hopes will resonate with parents today.

“It’s really a story about growing up. It’s about becoming your own person as a child, and as a parent, it’s about letting your child become their own person while still providing a sanctuary where they can become who they’re meant to be,” adds Rasmussen.

Rapunzel is appropriate for ages 4 and up. The show is free. Reservations for can be made online (www.sunsetplayers.org) or by calling 513-588-4988.

Off the Hill is supported by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, The Charles H. Dater Foundation, John C. Griswold and KeyBank.

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.

The Arts Center at Dunham is a fine arts center for the west side of Cincinnati and its vision is to provide affordable creative and performing arts 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 Dunham Recreation Complex. See what is happening at the Arts Center at Dunham on Facebook.

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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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