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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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THE GHOST GIRL and LILY BLOSSOMS on Jan. 14

CPI_Ghost Girl and Lily Blossoms logoTHE GHOST GIRL and LILY BLOSSOMS
Cincinnati Playwright Initiative
Jan. 14
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theater [Downtown]

THE GHOST GIRL by 18-year-old Ariel Rodgers opens Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative’s 2020.  A boy and his father move into a home that proves to be haunted by a pursued and frightened girl.  How the boy-ghost relationship plays out will surprise you.

LILY BLOSSOMS – The title says it all — by Greg Hatfield, comprises the second part of the evening:  a magazine writer covering gardening has a back-and-forth with a married colleague and ends up changing beats.

  • Tue, Jan. 14 at 7:30pm

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CASTAWAYS and 6 LITTLE LOVE STORIES on Nov. 12

CPI_Castaways logoCASTAWAYS and 6 LITTLE LOVE STORIES
Presented by Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
Nov. 12
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theater [Downtown]

Playwright Liz Coley has cast away Ginger and Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island in a far different location than they occupied during the classic TV comedy series.  And, for the second part of the evening, she gives us six very odd couples indeed in stories that are sure to amuse and bemuse.

  • Tue, Nov. 12 at 7:30pm

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THE INS AND OUTS OF LOVE on Oct. 15

CPI_Ins and Outs of Love logoTHE INS AND OUTS OF LOVE
Presented by Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
Oct. 15
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theater [Downtown]

Nine short plays, some with ‘alternative’ views of romance, will be given staged readings, courtesy of Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative.  CPI acknowledges here that a few (or more) folks regard ‘Sweetest Day’ as a commercial ploy to peddle Valentine’s Day-like commodities — candy, flowers, et al. These stories offer other-than-Hallmark-y themes.

The plays include: A BETTER PLACE by Eric Thomas; A BOY AND HIS FROG by Charles Goetz; SOME ENCHANTED EVENING by Joe Bobbit; PULLING OUT by David Hughes; SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES by Roger Brookfield; THE OLD AND THE NU by David Greenberg; WEDDING BLISSTER by Tami Brady; YES DEAR by Jon Singer & DISTRACTED BY LOVE by Alan Joziak

  • Tue, Oct. 15 at 7:30pm

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