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LOVEFEST: Romantic Shorts from the Heart On Feb. 12

cpi_lovefest logoLOVEFEST: Romantic Shorts from the Heart
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
Feb. 12
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theater [Downtown]

An evening of original 10-minute short plays. Benefits The American Heart Association “Go Red for Women

  • Tue, Feb. 12 at 7:30pm

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FACE TO FACE On Jan. 8

CPI_Face to Face logoFACE TO FACE
Cincinnati Playwright Initiative
Jan. 8
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theater [Downtown]

Written by David Greenburg

Staged reading of Greenberg’s no-holds-barred script, about a father with dark secrets and his self-loathing gay son in an extended slash-and- burn confrontation. Distorted Old Testament echoes and controversial contemporary Israeli issues color the decidedly disturbing proceedings.

  • Tue, Jan. 8 at 7:30pm

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I’M WEARING MY OWN CLOTHES on Nov. 13

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Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
Nov. 13
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theatre [Downtown]

Written by Nancy Gall-Clayton
Directed by Kathi E. B. Ellis

Cast: Ted Lesley, Andrew Maloney, Erica McClure, Tess Talbot & Traci Taylor

Civil War-era physician, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Union army surgeon, wife, divorcee, abolitionist, spy, prisoner, Medal of Honor-winner, “suffragist” and famous “dress-reformer” is the subject of Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative’s November staged reading of Nancy Gall Clayton’s I’m “Wearing My Own Clothes! During her service, Dr. Walker wore men’s clothes because they were more comfortable, practical and sanitary. Her wardrobe choice exacerbated the resistance she faced because she was a woman in a world of men, both ordinary and authoritative. Her determination enabled her to conquer an array of obstacles, any one of which would have defeated anyone lacking her steely resolve to help and to heal the combatants in the bloodiest conflict in U. S. history. The playwright frames Dr. Walker’s story with an interview conducted when she was 84 years old. Between the beginning and ending segments, come episodes of high drama as Dr. Walker encounters and overcomes a variety of daunting challenges.

Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI) is a grassroots, non-profit arts organization of Tri-State playwrights, directors, actors, and theater supporters dedicated to developing new plays written by local playwrights. CPI strives to provide a forum for playwrights to explore the possibilities contained within their work by providing a community of playwrights within which individual initiative can seek its fullest expression.

  • Tue, Nov. 13 at 7:30pm

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CUTTING UP on Oct. 9

CPI_logoCUTTING UP
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
Oct. 9
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theatre [Downtown]

Written by Jon Singer

Barbers used to offer some medical services, so maybe it’s just turnabout that playwright Jon Singer, MD (Waitlisted) uses a barber shop in a changing neighborhood as the setting for Cutting Up, his latest Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative staged reading.  Dom the barber’s clientele arrives straight out of a Great Gildersleeve-era (Google it, Youngsters) episode.  But after some lively sitcom-style dialogue, a dark deed ensues, and it becomes clear that the customers and their way of life have come under siege as diversity strikes their Grant Wood locale.

Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI) is a grassroots, non-profit arts organization of Tri-State playwrights, directors, actors, and theater supporters dedicated to developing new plays written by local playwrights. CPI strives to provide a forum for playwrights to explore the possibilities contained within their work by providing a community of playwrights within which individual initiative can seek its fullest expression.

  • Tue, Oct. 9 at 7:30pm

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BLEACHERS On Sept. 11

CPI_Bleachers logoBLEACHERS
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
Sept. 11
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theatre [Downtown]

Written by Leo Bradley

Bleachers is a romp back into some local and national history of “America’s Pastime,” enhanced by some very sing-able tunes—as if Roger Miller had had season tickets to Crosley Field. Baseball’s uniqueness has given it a special place in the life of our nation. Just about every other major sport—football, basketball, soccer, tennis—is played “horizontally,” from side to side. Baseball alone features circular patterns that keep it interesting despite its more leisurely pace than the aforementioned. That’s why a visit to the ballpark is as much social occasion as a spectators’ event.

Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI) is a grassroots, non-profit arts organization of Tri-State playwrights, directors, actors, and theater supporters dedicated to developing new plays written by local playwrights. CPI strives to provide a forum for playwrights to explore the possibilities contained within their work by providing a community of playwrights within which individual initiative can seek its fullest expression.

  • Tue, Sept. 11 at 7:30pm

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