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CPI_The Cost of Living logoTHE COST OF LIVING 
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiatve
Jan. 10
Aronoff Center Fifth-Third Bank Theater [Downtown]

An exotic dancer and a drug dealer try to forge a “normal” relationship as the city where they live collapses with protests and looting after a police officer shoots an unarmed man. Based on the true story of Timothy Thomas’s death in Cincinnati in 2001.

Playwright Bio:
David Hughes has had a life in the theatre for 45 years. David’s full-length play, Acapulco was one of two plays in Ohio selected by OCTA for the Regional American Association of Community Theatre Festival 2017. David’s ten-minute play, I Am Not A Shoe, was selected for a staged reading at CPI’s recent Foolsfest playwriting competition this past April. He has a B.A. in Theatre Arts, U.C.  He is chairperson of CPI’s Writer’s Workshop.

  • Tue, Jan. 10 at 7:30pm

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CPI_Not Just Cousins logoNOT JUST COUSINS
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
Nov. 15
Aronoff Center Fifth-Third Bank Theatre

Written by Susan Medure Decatur

A fictionalized memoir inspired by the lives of two small-town, teenage girls in the “sexy seventies.” As these close-knit cousins grapple with how to break out of their working class lives, we watch them grow into fearless females navigating the balance between career and family while remaining true to themselves and each other until fate steps in. Staged reading.

  • Tue, Nov. 15 at 7:30pm

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CPI_The Car Ride logoTHE CAR RIDE By Michael Defrancesco
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
Oct. 11
Aronoff Center Fifth-Third Bank Theater [Downtown]

The Car Ride is about a couple taking a trip when suddenly a woman jumps into the back seat of the car. The ensuing journey will have an indelible impact on their lives.

About the Author: 
Michael Defrancesco grew up in Cincinnati and attended a Catholic seminary. Having had a keen interest in theater and after attending a summer drama program at UC, he sought and was awarded a Rockefeller grant to the University of Cincinnati’s Theater Arts program, where he earned an M.A. in Theater Arts. He became more interested in writing than acting, and engaged in that off and on over a number of years. In the past dozen years, he has written four plays: three full length and two as one-acts. His first CPI staged reading was a full-length play, The Circle, held last January. He is married with three children.

  • Tue, Oct. 11 at 7:30pm

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2022-2023 Season Announced by Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative

CPI_logoCPI Announces 2022/2023 Season

Local Playwriting Group Selects Scripts for Staged Readings

Cincinnati— August 1, 2022 — At its July board meeting, the CPI Board of Directors received the following selections from its Playwriting Selection Committee of scripts to be performed for its 2022/2023 season.

The following members of the Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI) will have their plays performed as staged readings at the Fifth Third Theater in downtown Cincinnati.

  • October 11, 2022
    THE CAR RIDE by Michael Defrancesco
  • November 15, 2022
    NOT JUST COUSINS by Susan Medure Decatur
  • January 10, 2023
    THE COST OF LIVING by David Hughes
  • February 14, 2023
    LOVEFEST 2: An Evening of 10-Minute Love Stories in celebration of the American Heart Association’s Centennial fundraiser.
    Playwrights to be announced in mid-August
  • March 14, 2023
    SYNAPSE by Mary Beringer
  • April 4, 2023
    SYMONE WITH A Y by Roger Collins

Season Tickets are available for $50 for all 6 shows and can be purchased online at www.cincinnatiarts.org or in person or by calling the Aronoff box office at 513-621-2787.

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Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
June 7
Aronoff Center Fifth-Third Bank Theatre [Downtown]

CPI New Voices Series presents a reading of ROADS LESS TRAVELED by local playwright Fred Rothzeid.

Four plays about love, longing, friendship and revenge

  • WAITING ROOM – He believes he’s waiting to die.  She believes he’s waiting to live.
  • LOVERS ARCH – There are said to be 50 ways to leave your lover.  Now there are 51.
  • CASSIE – What does the future hold?  Sometimes just the opposite of what you expect.
  • ONCE AND FOREVER – How long can love last?  Maybe longer than you think.

About the Author: Fred has been exploring life’s journey in poems, songs, liturgy and plays most of his adult life. ROADS LESS TRAVELED is Fred’s eighth staged play reading with CPI.  When not trying to figure out the universe Fred enjoys working out, gardening, traveling and especially his grandchildren.

  • Tue, June 7 at 7:30pm

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