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Abby Marcus Named the New Managing Director for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

PIP_A Marcus Headshot1CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park announced today the appointment of Abby Marcus as the new Managing Director. Currently, Marcus is managing director of the Orchard Project, a multidisciplinary artist residency program in Saratoga Springs, NY. She has also served as managing director of CalArts Center for New Performance in Los Angeles and as finance director at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY, where she helped oversee their $32 million capital expansion project. She will replace Buzz Ward, who will retire after serving 29 years in leadership at the Playhouse.
“Abby is the next generation of arts leadership – creative, innovative and inclusive,” says Blake Robison, the Playhouse’s artistic director. “Her financial acumen and strategic thinking will help lead us into a new era as we emerge from the pandemic and expand our work with all parts of the greater Cincinnati community. I am excited to welcome Abby and look forward to partnering with her.”

In addition to her finance and management background, Marcus serves as a creative producer of Vampire Cowboys, an OBIE Award-winning theatre company in New York City. She has held previous leadership positions at NYC’s Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Dramatists Guild of America and the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.

Marcus arrives at a transformational moment in Playhouse history, as the company begins construction on its $49.5 million theatre complex. The new 539-seat mainstage, Moe and Jack’s Place – The Rouse Theatre, includes new rehearsal rooms, costume shop and backstage areas. It will expand what can be done on stage with state-of-the art theatre technology and joins the previously renovated Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre to create a fully modernized Playhouse for generations to come.

“Abby’s proven experience in financial and theatre management, combined with past success in building and operating a new theatrical facility, make her the ideal fit for the Playhouse at this pivotal time,” says Board President Ellen van der Horst. “We are delighted to welcome Abby to the Playhouse family.”

Marcus is scheduled to step into the role beginning in July 2021. She will work with Ward on the leadership transition until he retires on June 30 and becomes Managing Director Emeritus.

“I am thrilled to join the Playhouse and to support Blake, the Board, and the staff of this nationally regarded institution as we bring live performances back to the community and create a beautiful new home for the future,” says Marcus. “It is not every day that one has the opportunity to engage with an organization that has been so well-managed for so many years. Together, we will build on the Playhouse’s many successes and continue to grow in the years to come.”

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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Cincinnati Playhouse New Events for Spring – Online, Outdoors and in the Marx Theatre

PIP_logoOfferings include the return of in-person performances to the
 Marx Theatre and three outdoor events

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will present a slate of new events for the spring – including the first in-person performances in the Marx Theatre in over a year with two limited engagements featuring nationally recognized theatre artists. Also planned are three outdoor performance events, two new pod plays, 25 different virtual enrichment workshops and two streaming productions.

“We are thrilled to be re-opening the Marx Theatre and re-entering the realm of live, in-person performances in more than a year,” says Artistic Director Blake Robison. “The outdoor events and virtual programs provide a variety of alternatives for anyone who’s craving a theatrical experience.”

Upcoming performances and programs:

  • Schueler Group presents nationally recognized theatre artists in the Marx Theatre with socially distanced seating:

PIP_Higher and HigherHigher and Higher: A Rock ‘n Soul Party with Chester Gregory
April 30 – May 2
Broadway star and recording artist Chester Gregory honors the legends of Rock and Soul. The star of Motown: The Musical, Hairspray and Dreamgirls won acclaim for his outstanding portrayal of Jackie Wilson in The Jackie Wilson Story. In concert, Gregory offers his considerable talents to the music of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, James Brown and more. Presented by Artists Lounge Live.

PIP_The Skivvies_ShowThe Skivvies: Live and Literally In-Person!
May 26 and 27
The Skivvies are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, singer/actor/musicians performing stripped down arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals. Not only is the music stripped down – cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica – but the Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. Cearley and Molina were last seen at the Playhouse in 2019’s You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Cearley previously starred as Seymour in the 2017 production of Little Shop of Horrors.

Seating in the Marx Theatre has been reduced for proper social distancing to a maximum of 30 percent capacity. Masks are required. Tickets are $54 and $39 and are on sale now for Higher and Higher. Tickets to The Skivvies go on sale April 14.

  • Upstanders Onstage: Performances for Social Change

Outdoor events featuring an eclectic mix of scenes, monologues, spoken word and music – May 8, 16 and 23

The Playhouse is partnering with The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center and the Cincinnati Music Accelerator to present a series of live, outdoor events featuring theatre artists, musicians and poets who are using art to create dialogue and affect change in the world. The socially distanced events will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. in the parking lots of Cincinnati Union Terminal on May 8, Cincinnati Art Museum on May16 and the Mayerson JCC on May 23. Each evening will feature a different line-up of artists and content, which will be announced at a later date. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. The events are free, but an advance reservation is required to ensure appropriate social distancing. Reservations open on April 14.

  • Two streaming productions in April and May:
    • Dragons Love Tacos will be available to stream for free on weekends as part of the virtual Off the Hill series from April 16 to May 16. As a boy and his dog watch a television show about dragons, they unexpectedly get caught up in the “Dos and Don’ts” of what to feed them. Appropriate for ages 3 and up.
    • The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, a co-production of Marin Theatre Company and Round House Theatre Company, will have its exclusive Cincinnati presentation April 26 – May 23. Cost to stream is $25.

About the play: Virologist Nathan Wolfe, named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for his work tracking Ebola and swine flu, proposed pandemic insurance years before the novel coronavirus outbreak. No one bought it. Now, in a post-COVID world, we hear his story. The Revolutionists playwright Lauren Gunderson’s time-jumping tale takes a deep dive into the profundities of scientific exploration and the harrowing realities of facing your own mortality. The Catastrophist is a critically acclaimed theatrical experience built of and for this moment in time.

  • Virtual Enrichment Workshops

The Playhouse is offering 25 different virtual enrichment workshops on Zoom for kids, teenagers and adults this spring. They are taught by professional theatre artists and include a variety of crafts, writing, design and performance activities. The workshops begin the week of April 22. Cost is $30 – $60, depending on the number of sessions in the workshop.

  • The Pod Plays Project rolls out two brand-new stories in June that make use of technology, storytelling and a unique location in Cincinnati to experience an audio play.
  • The Edge of Town by Cincinnati musician and hip-hop artist Deuces is a musical pod play about Black empowerment in a suburban neighborhood and takes place in the city of Wyoming.
  • Cincinnati playwright Carolyn Guido Clifford’s pod play (title TBD) takes place in Eden Park and tells the story of a young woman who undergoes an unexpected change and must relocate to Cincinnati to live with her aunt.

The pod plays are free. Those launched last fall – The Aviators by Trey Tatum and Richie and Blanche by Isaiah Mikel-Reaves – can be streamed now.

Tickets and information for all performances and programs, including Covid-19 safety guidelines for in-person events, can be found at cincyplay.com.

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.

The special event series in the Marx Theatre is presented by Schueler Group. Higher and Higher is sponsored by Digi and Mike Schueler.

Upstanders Onstage: Performances for Social Change is presented as part of the Playhouse Perspectives series, funded by a generous grant from Roderick and Barbara Barr.

Seasonal support of Education and Outreach programs is supported by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation and Linda and Gary Greenberg. Off the Hill is supported by KeyBank and John C. Griswold Foundation. Off the Grid is sponsored by The William Baude-Maurice Oshry Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Off the Hill Series
Feb. 12-28

Directed by Daunielle Rasmussen

Cast: Kearston Hawkins-Johnson as Peter, A.J. Baldwin as Mom/Archie/Amy & Montez Jenkins-Copeland as Dad/the boys.

The artistic world of beloved author Ezra Jack Keats unfolds onstage! Follow the adventures of Peter and his friends through heartwarming stories about the wonder of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure and the excitement of sending the perfect letter to a friend. Written with whimsical spirit, this imaginative play with music celebrates the tiny moments of joy within a child’s world. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Available for streaming:

  • Fri-Sun, Feb. 12-14
  • Fri-Sun, Feb. 19-21
  • Fri-Sun, Feb. 26-28

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Virtual Enrichment Workshop Instructors Needed by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoThe Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is now seeking instructors for Virtual Enrichment Workshops to be conducted in the late winter and spring, 2021.

The new Enrichment Workshop program is designed to provide entry-level immersive exploration of different elements of theatre-making for beginner-level adult participants.

The Playhouse seeks instructors for a variety of subjects, ranging from performance to writing and technical specialties in theatre. Instructors will be working professionals, experienced in teaching workshops with beginners.

Click here for a detailed position description.

How to Apply
Applicants should apply by Jan. 17, 2021, by submitting their resume, preferred workshop subjects and three references via this link.

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Off the Grid and Outreach Tour Auditions Announced at Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoWe are accepting video audition submissions from non-Equity actors for performance opportunities through our Off the Grid and Outreach Tour engagement programs. Performance opportunities include:

  • Rehearsal and video recording of a school outreach tour (Dragons Love Tacos), which will be presented virtually
  • Live and virtual interactive events
  • Site-specific immersive theatre performances
  • Virtual plays

Deadline to Submit Audition: Jan. 10, 2021


  • Outreach Tour: $500 per week for two weeks. Rehearsals will occur March. 8 – 18, filming on March 19. Fittings are required prior to rehearsals starting.
  • Off the Grid (Interactive, virtual and immersive performances): An hourly rate will be provided when called back for shows.

Health and Safety: The Playhouse health and safety plans are in accordance with guidelines outlined by the CDC and the State of Ohio.

Audition Process: To be considered, submit a video audition by Jan. 10, 2021. Actors will be invited to Zoom call-backs on a show-by-show basis.

General Audition Material: Please prepare two contrasting, contemporary monologues. The audition should be no longer than three minutes total. Videos, headshots and resumes should be submitted here.

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