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THE STANDS and AT THE EDGE OF THE LIGHT On Oct. 12

CPI_logoTHE STANDS and AT THE EDGE OF THE LIGHT
Cincinnati Playwright Initiative
Sept. 14
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theatre [Downtown]

THE STANDS by Eric Thomas
Two sets of parents meet at their sons’ first high school baseball game. Marcus wants his son to love baseball as much as he did. Alex wants her son to be on track toward a scholarship. Pamela wants to protect her son from ridicule. Blair wants to make a friend. All relationships and expectations are challenged when the parents are confronted with a series of surprises, both on the field and in the stands.

AT THE EDGE OF THE LIGHT by Chris Bishop
Three men from different backgrounds share a common secret. Each one must navigate the familial, religious and societal pressures forcing him to hide his true identity from the world and even himself. Each man struggles to find and reveal his true self on the border between the darkness of shame and fear, and the light of honesty and self-love.

Casts include: Burgess Byrd, Jessie Faye, Jeff Weinkam, Elizabeth Hickerson & Derek Snow

9/10/21 Covid-19 PolicyDue to the high levels of COVID-19 transmission in Hamilton County and the surrounding area, all guests, staff, and volunteers are required to wear masks at all times in our venues, regardless of vaccination status. This policy is effective immediately and until further notice.  In addition, beginning September 13, 2021, ticket holders 12 years of age and older will be required to show a proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry into the Aronoff Center and Music Hall. Requirements for children under 12 years old will be determined by each of our venue’s resident companies.
Note: Always verify the latest policy changes before attendance.

  • Tue, Oct. 12 at 7:30pm

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS on Sept. 14

CPI_Unfinished Business logoUNFINISHED BUSINESS
Cincinnati Playwright Initiative
Sept. 14
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theatre [Downtown]

Written by Susan and Doug Decatur

Gary Douglas is a dejected, recently-divorced, sixty-year-old man. He joins a men’s basketball league thinking he can return to something else he loved before. After joining the Shooting Stars basketball team, he learns that their goal becomes his: to get to the Final Four of the Senior Olympics. During this quest, Gary unexpectedly meets Susie Weston, a frustrated writer pursuing her own dreams and aspirations. Susie and Gary’s fun and poignant journey together with Gary’s teammates, and their spouses and friends, bring them all to a realization that it’s never too late to triumph in life and love.

  • Tue, Sept. 14 at 7:30pm

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2021-2022 Season Announced by Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative

CPI_logoMore fun than a Focus Group! Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI) is delighted to announce its 2021-2022 New Voices Season of Staged Readings, which will be performed at the Fifth Third Theater on Tuesday Nights at 7 p.m. starting in September. Because of the COVID theater shutdown an extra show was added in December this year! Come give our playwrights your feedback after the show to help them develop their plays into staged productions!

The selected playwrights and their works are:

  • September 14, 2021
    UNFINISHED BUSINESS
    A full-length play written by Susan and Doug Decatur
  • October 12, 2021
    THE STANDS and AT THE EDGE OF THE LIGHT
    Two One Act Plays written by Eric Thomas and Chris Bishop     
  • November 9, 2021
    PLANTING GRAMDA
    A full-length play written by Liz Coley
  • December 7, 2021
    A WITNESS
    A full-length play written by Jordan Henry
  • January 11, 2022
    THE CIRCLE
    A full-length play written by Michael DiFrancesco
  • February 22, 2022
    A COUPLE WALKS INTO A BAR…
    A full-length play written Gray Shaw
  • March 22, 2022
    THE RESET
    A full-length play written by Ed Clark
  • April 12, 2022
    FOOLSFEST
    A night of eight 10-minute plays just in time for April Foolery! Names and plays TBA.

Tickets are just $10 each and can be purchased online at www.cincinnatiarts.org or by calling the box office at 513.721.3344.

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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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