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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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Auditions Announced for Staged Readings at Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative

CPI_logoThere are 3 ten-minute plays for CPI (https://cincyplaywrights.org/) for a single performance: Tuesday, April 12 from 7:30-9:30P at the Aronoff downtown with Richard Zenk as the director. There are 9 ten-minute plays in total being performed that evening.

Multiple roles for men and women are available.

The plays will be performed with basic blocking and with or without scripts.

There will 2 or 3 one hour Zoom rehearsals in early April (TBD) and a rehearsal before the performance at about 5:30P for each play.

Please read the 3 plays: https://tinyurl.com/32jjkksn

Email richardjoseph@gmail.com with the following information no later than 3/27: 

  1. your acting resume
  2. a recent photo – does not have to be a headshot
  3. the roles are you interested in
  4. any conflicts Monday through Thursday evenings starting at 7pm and weekends starting between 1-5pm between April 1 and the performance date
  5. your bio (50 words or less)

The director will contact you after your email with the next steps.

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FOOLSFEST: An Evening of Eight 10-Minute Plays On April 12

CPI_logoFOOLSFEST: An Evening of Eight 10-Minute Plays
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
April 12
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theater [Downtown]

New Voices Series presents its Spring festival of ten-minute play readings.

  • APRIL IS NOT FOOL by Eric Thomas
    Four suspects. Three weapons. Two languages. One corpse… but who is it?
  • HUMANOID TRAFFIC STOP by Roger Collins
    A routine traffic stop turns into anything but routine as two passengers, two police officers and their humanoid-assistant find themselves on a fantastical road to one foreseeable future.
  • I AM NOT A SHOE by David Hughes
    You clean your toenails with a salad fork.
    When a Shakespearean Fool shows up at an employment agency, the Office Manager has trouble finding him a job until he learns of his skill set.
  • MISFIT MANSION by Traci Taylor
    Where it Pays to Be Weird
  • SELF RESPECT: A BURIAL by Roger Brookfield
    Two gravediggers have the unusual but well-paid assignment of burying individual self-respects before they can cause environmental harm.
  • THE FOOL by Sanjay Puligadda
    An absurd comedy examines the travails of human existence through the eyes of the audience
  • THE TASTE TEST by Liz Coley
    For a single winery owner, finding the perfect man is a matter of taste.

3/11/22 – Health and Safety Guidelines

  • Tue, April 12 at 7:30pm

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Actress Fluent in Spanish Sought for FOOLSFEST at Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative

MISC_Casting call2Director Jessie Faye is seeking a female actress who is fluent in Spanish for a staged reading as part of CPI’s FOOLSFEST.

As this is a staged reading, the role will not need to be memorized. Rehearsal time is minimal and scheduled with the actors involved.

The performance is on Tuesday April 12th in Cincinnati. If interested please email makethedarksmall.faye@gmail.com.

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Auditions for HERE’S TO LIVING at Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative

CPI_logoCincinnati Playwright Institute (CPI) announces auditions for a new play, “Here’s to Living”. Please email the director, Richard Zenk at richardjoseph@gmail.com, with your resume and headshot by February 5.

There will be 2-3 Zoom rehearsals in February and a live performance at the Aronoff on February 22 at 7pm. As the event is a reading, there is no memorization or blocking for the performance.

You can read the play online: https://tinyurl.com/2p9fcp7p

Available Roles:

  1. Clyde Butts: Juliana’s husband, who considers himself an entrepreneur, but has not yet found success
  2. Edgar Montgomery: the Dean of the former college where Jesse was a full professor
  3. Julieanna Kincaid: Jesse’s daughter, caught between the love of her father and her husband
  4. Narrator: Reads stage directions
  5. Stormy Cooper (Jesse’s estate attorney) and the Pharmacy Clerk

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