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THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE Will Tour Cincinnati This Fall

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Playhouse’s 2019-20 Off the Hill series opens Sept. 28

CINCINNATI – Children and families are invited to join Edward Tulane on a courageous adventure when Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park brings THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE to life at community centers throughout the region. The show is part of the Playhouse’s Off the Hill series and runs Sept. 28 through Nov. 1.

Based on the beloved book by Katie DiCamillo, this tale of love and loss follows the life of a conceited china rabbit, Edward Tulane, who is accidentally thrown overboard while on an ocean voyage with his owner. On a quest to get back home, Edward must learn the meaning of love during an extraordinary adventure that takes him through the hands of many owners around the world.

This theatrical tour-de-force, directed by Playhouse Director of Education and Community Engagement Daunielle Rasmussen, is performed by a small ensemble of actors from the Bruce E. Coyle Intern Company that portrays over 25 characters.

“THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE is a beautiful story about learning how to feel empathy for other people and what it means to love,” says Rasmussen. “Edward learns to appreciate and ultimately love each person that he comes in contact with throughout his journey. Just as Edward learns more about himself, we can learn from Edward how important it is to see things through other people’s point of view to better understand them.”

The production features live music played by the actors and a transformative set depicting a train boxcar during the Dust Bowl era.

“It’s going to have the feel of an old Vaudeville hall,” describes Sound Designer Trey Tatum. “Expect guitar, ukulele, washboard, plus whatever other quirky instruments we can think of to fit into an actor’s hand.”

The Playhouse’s production will journey all over greater Cincinnati, from Oxford to Cheviot, from Union to Covington and many places in between. THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE is the first of three Playhouse Off the Hill productions for the 2019-20 Season, which also will present Stuart Little and Dragons Love Tacos. For more information and a full schedule, visit cincyplay.com.

Off the Hill is sponsored by The John C. Griswold Foundation and KeyBank. Seasonal support of education and outreach programming is provided by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. The Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company is supported by Jerry and Betsy Shroat, as well as Ron Bunt and Wei Sun.

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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Spine-Tingling Margaret Atwood Thriller Coming to the Stage Sept. 14

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ALIAS GRACE adaptation to open in newly renovated Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre

CINCINNATI – Autumn wind is not the only thing bringing a chill to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as a stage adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s thriller ALIAS GRACE opens the 2019-20 Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre season. This spine-tingling production runs Sept. 14 through Oct. 27, with opening night on Sept. 19.

Adapted for the stage by playwright Jennifer Blackmer, true crime lore and psychological drama combine in ALIAS GRACE for an immersive theatrical experience of the best-selling, award-winning novel of the same title. Atwood’s provocative and mysterious story of a young woman who is accused of murdering her employer and his lover combines with haunting production elements to bring this chilling tale alive onstage.

Inspired by a real double homicide in the 1840s, this evocative mystery tells the story of the accused killer, Grace Marks — who has sworn that she has no memory of the events.  Fifteen years later, psychologist Simon Jordan begins interviewing her to gradually unlock her memories and soon finds himself plummeting down a frightening path of shocking revelations.

“The story is structured around memory, amnesia and the mysteries of the mind,” says Blake Robison, Playhouse artistic director and director of the show. “The book delves into those mysteries through language and metaphor. In the theatre, we can take advantage of our intimate stage to pry into the characters’ impulses and inner thoughts. Every little gesture or movement is meaningful when the actor and audience are so close. To me, it feels like a story that was always meant for the stage.”

Atwood is one of the foremost prolific writers of our time, having penned novels, essays, poetry and short stories throughout her illustrious career. Well-known, award-winning works include The Handmaid’s Tale, The Blind Assassin and Cat’s Eye, many of which have been adapted for the stage and screen.

For more information on ALIAS GRACE, visit cincyplay.com.

CAST 
Caroline Hewitt (Grace Marks); Damien Boykin (James McDermott); R. Ward Duffy (Jeremiah/Dr. Jerome Dupont); Annie Fitzpatrick (Mrs. Rachel Lavell); Grant Goodman (Simon Jordan); Andrea San Miguel (Mary Whitney); Nick Rose (Thomas Kinnear); Tess Talbot (Nancy Montgomery)

PRODUCTION
Blake Robison (Director); Jo Winiarski (Set Designer); Kathleen Geldard (Costume Designer); Jaymi Lee Smith (Lighting Designer); Matthew M. Nielson (Sound Designer/Composer); Casey Sams (Movement and Intimacy Coach); Stephanie Klapper, CSA (Casting Director); Andrea L. Shell (Stage Manager).

TICKETS
To purchase tickets or for more information, 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.

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

EVENT

PAGE-TO-STAGE BOOK CLUB
Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. 
Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion
The Playhouse begins its page-to-stage book club series this season with a deep dive into Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace. Participants are invited to attend a special discussion in which we’ll talk about the book and its overarching themes, and then discuss what excited and surprised you about the story’s theatrical adaptation with a member of the artistic team.

Free. Registration is required and can be made by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 or visiting cincyplay.com.

SPONSORS

Production Sponsors are Digi and Mike Schueler, with additional support from Linda and Gary Greenburg. Season Sponsor is Heidelberg Distributing Company. Season Sponsor of New Work is the Rosenthal Family Foundation.

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.

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

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ALIAS GRACE Runs Sept. 14-Oct. 27

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ALIAS GRACE
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Sept. 14-Oct. 27
Shelterhouse Theatre [Eden Park]

Directed by Blake Robison

Cast: Caroline Hewitt as Grace Marks, Damien Boykin as James McDermott, R. Ward Duffy as Jeremiah/Dr. Jerome Dupont, Annie Fitzpatrick as Mrs. Rachel Lavell, Grant Goodman as Simon Jordan, Nick Rose as Thomas Kinnear, Andrea San Miguel as Mary Whitney & Tess Talbot as Nancy Montgomery

Based on the novel by master storyteller Margaret Atwood and inspired by real-life events, 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 one of the most notorious murders in history. Grace, however, has sworn she has no memory of the events. Fifteen years later, psychologist Simon Jordan begins interviewing Grace to gradually unlock her memories. Though inquisitive at first, he soon finds himself plummeting down a frightening path of shocking revelations. Is Grace an innocent victim? Or is she the scheming murderess everyone believes her to be? ALIAS GRACE is suitable for adult and older teenage audiences. Margaret Atwood’s haunting tale combines true crime lore with mind-bending psychological drama. In keeping with this genre, there are moments of violence and sexuality, and mild language.

  • In preview Sat, Sept. 14 at 8pm and Sun, Sept. 15 at 7pm
  • In preview, Tue-Wed, Sept. 17-18 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, Sept. 19 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Sept. 20 at 8pm
  • Sat, Sept. 21 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 22 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Sept. 24-26 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Sept. 27 at 8pm
  • Sat, Sept. 28 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 29 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Oct. 1-3 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 4 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 5 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 6 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Oct. 8-10 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 11 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 12 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 13 at 2pm
  • Tue, Oct. 15 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, Oct. 16 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu, Oct. 17 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 18 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 19 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 20 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, Oct. 22-24 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 25 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 26 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 27 at 2pm

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Tony Award-Winning ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Brings Storybook Magic to Life

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Joyous musical opens Playhouse season Sept. 7

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will begin the 2019-2020 season with the vibrant one-act musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND on Sept. 7 in the Marx Theatre. The production will run through Oct. 6, with opening night on Sept. 12.

Based on the novels My Love, My Love: or The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, this Calypso-flavored musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl in the Caribbean French Antilles, who is led on an epic adventure for love. But the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger: love or death, with the stakes being Ti Moune’s life.

Winner of the 1995 Olivier Award for Best New Musical following its original London production and 2017 Tony Award-winner for its Broadway revival, ONCE ON THIS ISLANDis directed and choreographed by Robert Barry Fleming. Fleming is the Artistic Director at the lauded Actors Theatre of Louisville and has served as Associate Artistic Director at the Cleveland Play House and Director of Artistic Programming at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage.

“The heart of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the musical’s uplifting score by songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who have garnered countless theatre accolades,” says Blake Robison, Artistic Director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. “Together with the work of Robert Barry Fleming, the story will come to life for audiences with its themes of family, community and the power of love.”

The Playhouse’s $10 Tuesdays return during ONCE ON THIS ISLAND for the first two Tuesday performances of the run – on Sept. 10 and 17. A minimum of 100 tickets will be available each evening.

“Our $10 Tuesdays during In the Heights last season helped make the biggest show of the season accessible to anyone who loves theatre,” explains Robison. “We are going offer them periodically throughout the upcoming season, starting with two evenings during our season opener.”

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ohio’s only two-time Tony Award-winning theatre, boasts productions that are both nationally recognized and locally crafted. The 2019-2020 season includes productions featuring actors, directors, and designers who regularly work on and off Broadway and at other leading professional theatres across the country. All productions are presented at the Playhouse’s iconic Eden Park setting.

CAST 
(in speaking order)

Rheaume Crenshaw (Mama Euralie); Kenneth Robinson (Tonton Julian); Lauren Chanel (Ti Moune); Colin Carswell (Daniel Beauxhomme); Ken Early (Armand); Alexis Louise Young (Andrea); Sharon Catherine Brown (Papa Ge); Christina Booker (Storyteller); Alfie Dale Jones (Storyteller); Bre Jackson (Asaka); Allan K. Washington (Agwe); Christina Acosta Robinson (Erzulie); Asada Austin and Morgan O. Reynolds (Little Girl).

PRODUCTION
Robert Barry Fleming (Director and Choreographer); Brandon Adams (Music Director); Jason Ardizzone-West (Set Designer); Lex Liang (Costume Designer); Alan Edwards (Lighting Designer); Daniel Perelstein (Sound Designer); Stephanie Klapper, CSA (Casting Director); Brooke Redler (Stage Manager); Jenifer Morrow (Second Stage Manager)

TICKETS
To purchase tickets or for more information, 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.

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

$10 Tuesdays
The $10 tickets may only be purchased in-person at the Playhouse Box Office beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and Tuesday, Sept. 17. Limit two per person. No advance reservations or choice of seating.

EVENTS

Wine Tastings
Fridays, Sept. 13, 20, 27, and Oct. 4 | 6:30 p.m. at the Playhouse | Cost: $42 per person
Join us before Friday evening performances of Once on This Island for a special wine tasting and a three-course meal, catered by Chef’s Choice Catering! Reservations are required by the Monday before the tasting and can be made through the Box Office at 513-421-3888 or online at cincyplay.com/events. Cost of dinner does not include a ticket to the show.

SPONSORS

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is sponsored by Johnson Investment Counsel and Clark Schaefer Hackett. Design Sponsor is Messer Construction Co. Artist sponsors are BHDP and Key Bank. Orchestra Sponsor is Barbara Weyand. The Marx Theatre season is presented by Schueler Group. The Season Sponsor of New Work is The Rosenthal Family Foundation.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of 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.

ACCESS

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

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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Runs Sept. 7-Oct. 6

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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Sept. 7-Oct. 6
Marx Theatre [Eden Park]

Directed & choreographed by Robert Barry Fleming

Cast: Asada Austin as Little Ti Moune/Little Girl, Christina Booker as Storyteller, Sharon Catherine Brown as Papa Ge, Colin Carswell as Daniel Beauxhomme, Lauren Chanel as Ti Moune, Rheaume Crenshaw as Mama Euralie, Ken Early as Armand, Bre Jackson as Asake, Alfie Dale Jones, Jr. as Storyteller/Movement Associate/Dance Captain, Morgan O. Reynolds as Little Ti Moune/Little Girl, Christina Acosta Robinson as Erzulie, Kenneth Robinson as Tonton Julian, Allan K. Washington as Agwe & Alexis Louise Young as Andrea

Hearts soar in the Tony Award-winning, Calypso-flavored musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy, Daniel, from the other side of the island and falls in love with him. But the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger: love or death, with the stakes being Ti Moune’s life. This recent Broadway hit captivates audiences with a vibrant and unforgettable story of a woman who travels far and wide to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is suitable for ages 10 and up. This enchanting story about a girl who tempts the gods of nature will flood your senses with its thunderous musical score. There is also a sprinkle of onstage violence and some mature themes.

  • In preview Sat, Sept. 7 at 8pm and Sun, Sept. 8 at 2pm
  • In preview Tue-Wed, Sept. 10-11 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, Sept. 12 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Sept. 13 at 8pm
  • Sat, Sept. 14 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 15 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Sept. 17-19 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Sept. 20 at 8pm
  • Sat, Sept. 21 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 22 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Sept. 24-26 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Sept. 27 at 8pm
  • Sat, Sept. 28 at 4pm &  8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 29 at 2pm 
  • Tue, Oct. 1 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, Oct. 2 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu, Oct. 3 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 4 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 5 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 6 at 2pm

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