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Single Tickets for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 2019-2020 Season Now on Sale

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Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

CINCINNATI – Tickets for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 2019-2020 season are now on sale. Single tickets will be available for all of 11 the season’s productions, which features musical sensations, new comedies, gripping mysteries and thought-provoking contemporary works and plays to delight multigenerational audiences. The season will open with the enchanting Broadway musical ONCE ON THIS ISLAND on Sept. 7.

“From the Tony Award-winning 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 Blake Robison, artistic director. “Our 2019-20 season again showcases the range, scale and exceptional artistry as only the Playhouse can produce for Greater 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 performance ensemble Universes.
  • HEARTFELT HUMOR: an inspiring one-woman show about America’s favorite sex therapist, BECOMING DR. RUTH.

TICKETS
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. 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.

Individual tickets start at $35 and vary based on seat location, performance day and production. Discounted ticket prices for children and teens are available for all performances and are $30 – $50, depending on seat location. Tickets to all 7 p.m. Sunday performances are priced at just $10 for college students with a valid school ID. Student tickets are $15 on the day of the show for all other performances. Prices are subject to change.

Subscriptions to the 2019-20 Playhouse season also 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 and starts at $140 for four shows.

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.

SHORT DESCRIPTION
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.

ONE-LINER
Hearts soar in the Tony Award-winning, Calypso-flavored musical about a peasant girl who rescues a wealthy boy and falls in love with him.

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

SHORT DESCRIPTION
A critically acclaimed recent 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.

ONE-LINER
A critically acclaimed recent Broadway play, this fast-paced, blistering comedy is the ultimate showdown of fact versus fiction.

First Financial Bank presents
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.

SHORT DESCRIPTION
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.

ONE LINER
This joyous, time-honored production returns for its 29th season with a cast of nearly 30 actors, elaborate costumes and thrilling special effects.

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

SHORT DESCRIPTION
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.”

ONE-LINER
Experience the sensational musical about the bespectacled, 1950s rock and roll icon Buddy Holly and his meteoric rise to fame.

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

SHORT DESCRIPTION
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.

ONE-LINER
Burning passion, cunning deception and outrageous melodrama combine in this enormously entertaining homage to Latin American soap operas.

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

SHORT DESCRIPTION
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.

ONE-LINER
Whodunit? Detective Hercule Poirot is determined to find out in this masterpiece from the world’s most popular mystery writer.

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

SHORT DESCRIPTION
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.

ONE-LINER
Based on the novel by master storyteller Margaret Atwood, this spine-tingling mystery of the mind will chill you to the bone.

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

SHORT DESCRIPTION
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.

ONE-LINER
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.

americUS
By Universes
Feb. 1 – March 8, 2020
Sponsored by Andrea and Dr. Edward Herzig

SHORT DESCRIPTION
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.

ONE-LINER
Universes performance ensemble fuses theatre, poetry, dance and music to create a compelling portrait of contemporary America that will challenge, move and entertain you.

ACTUALLY
By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Bridget Leak
March 21 – April 26, 2020

SHORT DESCRIPTION
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.

ONE-LINER
Amber and Tom share one night together that sets off a damning chain of events that neither of them sees coming.

The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati presents
BECOMING DR. RUTH
By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
May 9 – June 21, 2020

SHORT DESCRIPTION
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.

ONE-LINER
This heartwarming portrait is a humorous and illuminating one-woman show about America’s favorite sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

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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Assistant Scenic Artist 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: Assistant Scenic Artist
Reports to: Scenic Charge Artist
Position Overview: The Assistant Scenic Artist will work directly with the Scenic Charge Artist on all productions in the 2019-20 season for the Marx and Shelterhouse theatres, as well as 3 touring productions for our educational outreach program.

Position Responsibilities include:

  • Creating highly-sophisticated textural and faux-finished scenery for all productions.
  • Producing a full range of theatrical finishes, from traditional backdrop painting to highly realized sculpture, realistic interiors to childhood fantasies.
  • Maintaining shop cleanliness, equipment and tools.
  • Documenting paint recipes, colors, and multi-step paint techniques.
  • Preparing samples for scenic treatments

Competencies include:

  • The equivalence of 5 years artistic experience in scenic painting: whether professional, academic or a combination of the two.
  • Positive attitude and a drive to produce painted scenery with skill and efficiency.
  • An artistic eye and the ability to be flexible with projects that are ever-changing and challenging.
  • Must be able to work with many different personalities and styles in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Color mixing with tints and dyes.
  • Translating Painter’s Elevations into finished scenery.
  • Image transfer techniques.
  • Faux Finishes – woodgrain, stone, bricks, marble, rust, dust, aging, etc.
  • Sculptural skills – additive and reductive sculpting, carving, mold-making, basic carpentry.
  • Stretching and sizing backdrops, scrims and other fabrics.
  • Custom stamps, stencils and appliques.
  • Knowledge of paint types, stains and sealants.
  • Knowledge of paint sprayers and air tools.
  • Knowledge of hand tools and power tools.
  • Working knowledge of scenic construction processes is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative software is preferred

Physical Demands:

  • Able to lift at least 25 lbs.
  • Able to stand for long periods of time and kneel, stoop, bend, crawl, or squat frequently.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus, and strong hand-eye coordination.
  • Able to sustain repetitive motion with hands and wrists (paint brushing and rolling, handheld sprayers).
  • Comfortable working on ladders, lifts and scaffolding.

This is a full-time, seasonal, non-exempt position with a start date of July 22, 2019. The typical work week (Monday-Friday) is 35 hours; however, overtime is possible based on the demands of a show and some flexibility with the time a workday begins or ends will be required occasionally. Benefits include medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, paid time off, and 401k/403b pension plans.

To Apply:
Submit your cover letter, resume, three (3) work references, and five (5) sample work images (or a link to your website) to:
Sharon Weber
Human Resources Manager
sharon.weber@cincyplay.com
No phone calls, please.
Deadline to apply: July 3, 2019

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Appoints New Association Artists

PIP_logoCINCINNATI (May 20,2019)–Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Artistic Director Blake Robison announced today the appointment of Karen Zacarías and Nicole A. Watson as new Associate Artists for the theatre. They will join Wendy C. Goldberg on the Playhouse artistic team, working closely with Robison on season planning, new play development and community engagement.

“During my first season, I announced the Associate Artist model to bring a diversity of background, experience and viewpoint to the Playhouse,” says Robison. “I’m excited about the perspectives that Wendy, Karen and Nicole will bring to our artistic team.”

The Playhouse’s Associate Artist program broadens the scope of its artistry by inviting diverse, nationally recognized artists to participate fully in the life of the institution. Previous Associate Artists include Timothy Douglas, KJ Sanchez, Eric Ting and Michael Evan Haney.

“The program has been a success at every level. Our community is much richer for the contributions of these talented artists,” says Robison. “I can’t wait for Cincinnati to get to know Wendy, Nicole and Karen even better throughout the 2019-20 season.”

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Wendy Goldberg.

Goldberg has spent 20 years leading the foremost programs in the development, direction and the production of new works for the American theatre. As Artistic Director of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for 15 seasons, under Goldberg’s tenure, the O’Neill was awarded the 2010 Regional Tony Award. Her directing credits include multiple productions at Goodman Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Denver Center, Center Stage and Arena Stage among others. During the 2019-20 Playhouse season, Goldberg will direct The Lifespan of a Fact, running in the Marx Theatre Oct. 19 – Nov. 16, 2019. Previously for the Playhouse, she directed the world premiere production of Leveling Up in 2013, Circle Mirror Transformation in 2015, and Doubt and Durango in 2008.

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Nicole Watson.

Watson is the Associate Artistic Director at Round House Theatre. For the Playhouse, Watson directed the acclaimed 2017 production of Mr. Joy and recently directed a New York City workshop of The West End by Keith Josef Adkins, which was commissioned by the theatre. Other credits include Sweat by Lynn Nottage (Asolo Repertory Theatre), Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew (Baltimore Center Stage) and Colman Domingo’s Dot (Playmakers Repertory Company). She has worked with organizations such as the Lark Play Development Center, The Playwrights Center, The Tribeca Film Institute, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Fire This Time Festival, New Dramatists and the Public Theater.

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Karen Zacarias.

Zacarías was recently hailed by American Theatre as one of the 10 most produced playwrights in the United States. Her play Native Gardens was commissioned by and had its world premiere at the Playhouse in 2016 and went on to become one of American Theatre’s Top 10 Most Produced Plays of the 2018-19 season. The Playhouse also produced her work The Book Club Play in 2013. Zacarías will be in residence in Cincinnati during the 2019-20 season during the production of her play Destiny of Desire, running in the Marx Theatre Feb. 29 – March 28, 2020. Her award-winning plays also include The Copper Children, Legacy of Light, Mariela in the Desert and The Sins of Sor Juana.

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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Children Auditions Announced for A CHRISTMAS CAROL and ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoCINCINNATI (May 13, 2019)—Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will hold auditions for children interested in performing in the theatre’s 2019 production of the annual holiday favorite, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and the season opener, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. The auditions take place June 29 and 30 at the Cincinnati Playhouse in Mt. Adams.

For A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 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, 2019. Children of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

For ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, the Playhouse will audition girls for Little Ti Moune. The role calls for a young actress of Black/African descent, who is 9 to 12 years old and is energetic, confident, funny and sweet. She must have a strong vocal range of E Flat above C to D Flat 2 above C.

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 https://cincyplay.com/employment.

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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Education Associate Producer Sought by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoCincinnati Playhouse in the Park (CPIP) 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: Education Associate Producer

Reports to: Director of Education and Community Engagement

Position Overview
The Education Associate Producer is responsible for managing the production, technical and logistical components of the education department’s artistic programming at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. They will work collaboratively with the production department as the education department liaison.. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Act as the Education Department liaison to Company Management, Stage Management and Production Departments
  • Oversee department scheduling and internal communications
  • Serve as Associate Producer and Stage Manager for:
    • Off the Grid performances and events
    • Outreach Tour
    • Summer Performance Academies and camps
    • Community Events
  • Support department programs and projects as assigned
  • Serve as the Program and Road Manager for the Outreach Tour program

This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits. The position requires touring approximately 16 weeks in the season. Evening and weekend hours are regularly required.

Competencies

  • Demonstrated experience as a producer
  • Minimum three years of experience as a Stage Manager
  • Experience with casting preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully manage and build relationships with individuals, partners, community members, patrons, Board leadership, and Playhouse staff.
  • Energetic, flexible and adaptable, and able to multi-task and work independently in an environment with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to work as an effective and collaborative team member in a fast-paced environment.
  • A strong ethical character and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion.
  • Proficient with project and event management
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Experience with Tessitura a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience teaching and directing youth, event planning and post show discussion facilitation is a plus.

Physical Demands:

  • The employee must be able to lift and/or move 15-20 pounds.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

To Apply:
Submit your cover letter and resume with three references to:
Daunielle Rasmussen
Director of Education and Community Engagement Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202
daunielle.rasmussen@cincyplay.com

No phone calls, please.
Deadline to Apply: May 23, 2019

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