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FOOLSFEST Postponed at Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative

CPI_logoOur board of directors under the guidance from the CAA (Cincinnati Arts Association) has cancelled our April staged readings for FOOLSFEST.

We are looking for a date to reschedule this event later in the year. Thank you to all the playwrights, actors and directors for your understanding and support of our decision to follow the state guidelines on keeping people safe.

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FOOLSFEST on April 14

CPI_logoFOOLSFEST
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
April 14
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theatre [Downtown]

Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI) presents its spring ten-minute play festival.

  • Tue, April 14 at 7:30pm

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OUR WORLD and THE REWRITE on March 10

CPI_logoOUR WORLD and THE REWRITE
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
March 10
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theatre [Downtown]

Three related scenes — Bang, BangAisle 3, Seat 7Thoughts & Prayers — under the umbrella title OUR WORLD comprise the first part. The plays by Jim Flavin add up to tragedy emanating from our country’s besetting sin of greed.

The evening’s Part Two is Gray Shaw’s THE REWRITE, which is just what the title says it is.  A playwright constantly tinkers with his work, frustrating his characters and pushing them toward comedic rebellion.

  • Tue, March 10 at 7:30pm

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ANGELS on Feb. 25

CPI_Angels logoANGELS
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
Feb. 25
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theatre [Downtown]

The ‘angels’ who are the title characters in Michael Oppenheim’s play are hospital personnel desperately trying to keep focus on patients and their healing in the face of budget-slashing administrators who look upon the bodies of the sick as commodities, matters of profit and loss.  The health heroes come across as kind of latter-day M*A*S*H medics, battling overwork, fatigue and budgetary assault with humor and compassion.

  • Feb. 25 at 7:30pm

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Premier of LILY BLOSSOMS, OR MODERN SUBDIVISION ZONING IN THE PRESENT DAY, at the Aronoff Center, January 14

CPI_Ghost Girl and Lily Blossoms logoThe Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative New Voices series presents the premier of LILY BLOSSOMS, OR MODERN SUBDIVISION ZONING IN THE PRESENT DAY by Greg Hatfield, in a staged reading, on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, at 7:30 p.m., at the Fifth Third Bank Theater in the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut Street, in Downtown Cincinnati.

This sophisticated comedy is set in New York City in 1954.  Lily Palmer and Theodore Barkley, the star writers for Manhattan magazine, are the very best of friends.  Hating their present assignments, they decide to mix things up a bit to the consternation of their editor.  Barkley has also been moonlighting as an actor and gets an offer from a movie studio in Hollywood.  This could break up the team and his marriage.

Cincinnati community theater lovers will recognize this cast:  Cathy Jo Judge, Darren Lee, Peggy Allen and Chris Bishop, as all are very familiar faces throughout the city, working consistently on plays and musicals with every theater company.

The playwright and director, Greg Hatfield, is no slouch, either.  For years, he was a writer, actor and director in Dr. Browndog’s Monkeytime, a theatrical comedy troupe in Cincinnati.  His other plays have been performed by companies in Cincinnati, Kansas City, Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

Tickets are now on sale at https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/cpi-ghost-girl or the Aronoff Box Office.  Tickets are $10.00.  Another play, THE GHOST GIRL by Ariel Rodgers, is included in the ticket price.

For more information, go to cincinnatiarts.orgcincyplaywrights.org and greghatfield.com.

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