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SHAME BOMB on April 16

CPI_Shame Bomb logoSHAME BOMB
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
April 16
Aronoff Center Fifth-Third Bank Theater [Downtown]

By Ed Clark

A President whose wife has been assassinated; an energetic Chief of Staff, and an attractive Congresswoman are desperately seeking to pass some sensible gun legislation. But they can’t get it done without the aid of a contemporary Deus ex Machina.

  • Tue, April 16 at 7:30pm

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ALL DECKED OUT and A ROAD TRIP FROM DENVER TO LAS VEGAS On March 19

CPI_Two One Acts logoALL DECKED OUT and A ROAD TRIP FROM DENVER TO LAS VEGAS
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
March 19
Aronoff Center Fifth-Third Bank Theater [Downtown]

Two one-acts by Barb Timmins

In ALL DECKED OUT, a woman in her PJs frantically seeks help when she finds herself locked out of her new home, unable to get off her elevated deck.  In A ROAD TRIP FROM DENVER TO LAS VEGAS, two BFFs (best female friends) and a niece, sustained by a quantity of pot,  head west through a desert in an ill-equipped van.  The comfort of friendship gives one of the women the strength to get on with her life after she discloses that her long-time marriage has fractured.

  • Tue, March 19 at 7:30pm

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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 Jarson-Kaplan 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

CPI_I'm Wearing My Own Clothes promoI’M WEARING MY OWN CLOTHES
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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