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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Announces Updates to the 2020-21 Season Due to Pandemic Challenges

CSC_logoVirtual performances, audio dramas, and educational programs still planned.

CINCINNATI (Oct. 20, 2020 at 9am) – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company today announced their annual holiday production of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” has been cancelled, and the reopening of their mainstage productions postponed until fall of 2021. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will continue to deliver on its mission of bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for all through many of its established programs, like this past summer’s FREE Shakespeare in the Park Tour, and through new, innovative community outreach and educational programs.  An announcement of the 2021-22 season will come later and may include some previously announced shows from the 2020-21 season, subject to timing and availability.

Tickets for current subscribers and other ticketholders will be automatically rolled over to the 2021-22 season.  All subscribers and other ticketholders will be contacted directly with details and the process for alternate options.

Below are some of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s programming plans for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.  More programs will be announced:

The War of the Worlds: An Audio Drama: This original version, written and directed by CSC’s own Jeremy Dubin and Brian Isaac Phillips, and featuring the vocal talents of CSC’s Touring Company and current staff Sara Clark, Cal Harris, Jeremy Dubin, and Brian Isaac Phillips, will premiere in partnership with WXVU on Friday October 30 on 91.7.  It will be available for replay following the premiere broadcast.

More on “War of the Worlds”: In 1938 the legendary Mercury Theatre Company, led by Orson Welles, delivered the single most notorious broadcast in radio history- a riveting adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds.” The broadcast’s depiction of a Martian invasion was so realistic, it incited a nation-wide panic. This Halloween, CSC brings Wells’ chilling sci-fi thriller back to life in a brand new auditory experience inspired by the Mercury Theatre’s original broadcast. Learn more at https://www.cincyshakes.com/event/war-of-the-worlds/

Holiday Video TBA:  This holiday season, CSC plans to bring audiences a dose of comic (and irreverent) holiday cheer via an on-demand video in the same spirit as our beloved “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)  Additional details to be released soon.

Educational Programming: For over 25 years, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has worked with students and schools in the tri-state and beyond.  This year, CSC has adjusted programs to align with school safety protocols performing in outdoor spaces, large indoor spaces with distancing, and virtual workshops and programming.  These programs have been happening this fall and will continue January through May 2021. Cincinnati Shakespeare will all continue to offer its signature Educational Program, PROJECT38 this school year adjusting to meet the needs of the 38 local schools who participate. Learn more at https://www.cincyshakes.com/education/

FREE Shakespeare on the Radio and on Video:  After safely presenting FREE Shakespeare in the Park to 10 in person parks this summer, CSC expanded the reach of the program to continue to fulfill its mission of reaching more people with FREE Shakespeare. CSC is providing filmed and recorded audio drama versions of popular Shakespeare titles.  These will be available on a rotating basis from now through summer of 2021. Learn more at https://www.cincyshakes.com/programs/

Podcast: The Good, the Bard, and the Ugly: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, in conjunction with Travis McElroy, presents “The Good, the Bard, and the Ugly” your guide to Shakespeare in pop culture. Each week Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s own Jeremy Dubin and accomplished Shakespeare scholar Dr. Niamh O’Leary explore the wealth of Shakespeare-centric entertainment that can be enjoyed right from the comfort of your living room! Joined by a rotating panel of guests from CSC and beyond, they tuck into the wide (and occasionally weird) array of Shakespeare movies, recorded performances, adaptations and more available for your consumption.  Learn more at https://www.cincyshakes.com/podcast/

Shakes Makes: CSC announced this innovative new program a few weeks ago.  In the program, people are able to order handmade products designed and crafted by the behind-the-scenes theatrical creatives at CSC including scenic, costume, crafts, and digital artisans.  There are also ready-made items for purchase like harvest and holiday print masks that have been popular.  This program utilizes the highly specialized skills of these makers to create items for the community while they are unable to create costumes, sets, and designs for theatrical productions due to the current pandemic closure.  Items include custom woodworking projects, fabric crafts and alterations, Halloween costumes, custom-sized and fashion masks, digital Shakespearean pet portraits, a collection of zero waste products such as reusable napkins, paper towels, shopping bags, and more! Learn more at https://www.cincyshakes.com/shakesmakes/

For more information visit www.cincyshakes.com


About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics.  CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.  Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics! More information: www.cincyshakes.com.

CSC’s is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and The John Bridgeland, Crilley, Long, and Mason Families Honoring James R. Bridgeland Jr., The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. Foundation, The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts with Arts Midwest, Lightborne, The Shubert Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and ArtsWave.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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CATCH ME IF YOU CANON Round 2: Findlay Market Scavenger Hunt Now Available From Cincy Shakes

CSC_CatchMeCanon LogoEach clue [on this page] will lead you to a QR CODE hidden somewhere in or near Findlay Market! All codes will be outside- you will never need to enter a shop or restaurant.

To scan a QR Code, simply point your phone’s camera at it, and a link should pop right up on the screen. Try it with the code below! The link will take you to a video featuring a CSC Ensemble Member performing a brief snippet from a Shakespeare play. Then, on the screen, the name of a character from that play will appear. Write down all those character names as you go. At the last clue, you will also receive instructions of what to do with those names to be entered into this week’s prize drawing.

To be entered into a special bonus prize drawing (oooh!), take a pic of yourself in front of Findlay Market. Post it to your Facebook or Instagram, tag @cincyshakes and add #catchmeifyoucanon.


  • Google is your friend! If you get stuck on a clue, some creative Googling can often help you.
  • All codes will be outdoors and clearly visible, so you will not need to enter any buildings or move anything to find them.
  • You’re free to choose your own route, but following the clues in the order below will take you, more or less, in a big circle, finishing close to where you started.
  • You can print off the clues to take with you and jot down numbers as you go or you can just access this page from your phone and keep track of numbers on your own.

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CATCH ME IF YOU CANON Scavenger Hunt Available Through Sept. 25 from Cincy Shakes

CSC_CatchMeCanon LogoIntroducing CATCH ME IF YOU CANON, Cincinnati Shakespeare’s interactive, outdoor scavenger hunt adventure!

What are you hunting? All the plays in Shakespeare’s canon!

Follow hints to find QR Codes hidden around downtown in shop windows, murals, and other Cincy landmarks. Each code links to a short video of a snippet of a Shakespeare play, performed by some of your favorite CSC ensemble members!

It is designed to be completely walkable, take about an hour to complete, and require nothing more than your phone and some brainpower. The hunt remain active all week, so this can be completed on your own schedule and at your own pace. Each person/team that competes the hunt will be entered into a drawing to win exciting CSC prizes! Enjoy this fun and engaging activity for family and friends that gets you outside exploring some of Cincy’s greatest spots- and delivers the canon like you’ve never seen it before!

This week’s hunt is in OTR! The clues are live on the website now until next week on Sep. 25. Happy hunting!

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Announce Reset 2020-2021 Seasons Due to Covid-19 Challenges

Seasons to start later with a smaller slate of shows

PIP_logoCINCINNATI – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati today issued a joint announcement that they will delay the start of their 2020-21 seasons due to the complex challenges around continuing live performances. All three theatres plan to kick off their revised seasons this winter with a smaller slate of rearranged, rescheduled or new shows.

In addition to the current ban on mass gatherings in Ohio, the nonprofit theatres must finalize viable plans to play to lower audience capacities for social distancing, communicate with theatre’s professional unions (such as Actors Equity) about performing safely and put numerous, new safety protocols in place.

With so many of the same challenges and the cross-over between audiences, the artistic leaders of the three organizations – Blake Robison (Playhouse), Brian Isaac Phillips (CSC) and D. Lynn Meyers (ETC) – indicated that they are working together to present consistent opening plans and safety guidelines.

The three leaders also announced that COVID-19 safety measures – including intense cleaning, longer runs to accommodate social distancing and other protocols – will be in place when the theatres open, but specifics will be announced closer to opening dates since the overall situation and guidelines from the state of Ohio and the CDC could change. They noted that further adjustments to their schedules could become necessary to ensure the safety of patrons, artists and staff, which is of the utmost importance.

All three organizations will reach out directly to their own patrons regarding procedures and options for 2020-21 tickets already purchased.  Additional tickets will go on sale later in the fall.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park brings a new, smaller version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL to celebrate the holidays, followed by seven productions in 2021.

The Playhouse will open its revised season on December 1 with a new, one-person adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Two actors will share the role and alternate performances on the existing set, which audiences will recognize, with new lighting and costuming. This would have been the 30th anniversary of the Playhouse’s annual holiday favorite. Artistic Director Blake Robison directs the one-person show.

“This is the most viable way for us to provide cheer and hope this holiday season,” said Mr. Robison. “For safety, we are starting off with the smallest cast shows and building up from there through the spring. The acting, sets, costumes and overall artistry will be at the same level that Playhouse audiences always enjoy.”

The beloved version of the Playhouse’s annual holiday production will return in 2021 if it is safe to do a large-cast show by that time.

A seven-show season will follow A CHRISTMAS CAROL, beginning in January. The Marx Theatre season features four productions: the previously announced world premiere of THE WEST END by Keith Josef Adkins, STEEL MAGNOLIAS and Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Newly added to the season is SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY by Jocelyn Bioh, a biting comedy that explores the universal challenges of teenage girlhood and all the drama that comes with it. The Rosenthal Shelterhouse Season consists of BECOMING DR. RUTH, LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL and INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP.

A detailed line-up of the 2020-21 season is included below and available at cincyplay.com. In addition, the Playhouse is planning both virtual and outdoor interactive theatrical experiences for late summer/early fall as part of its Off the Grid series and is working on virtual education and outreach programs for schools. Details on these programs will be announced later.

CSC_logoCincinnati Shakespeare Company hopes to reopen with the annual holiday favorite EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD followed by a spring filled with beloved Shakespeare titles, and to close the season with the return of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE!

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will return in late November with the much-loved holiday tradition EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!). “This show, which has run at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for over a decade, will be a wonderful way to welcome back our patrons, who we have greatly missed during this time,” said Brian Isaac Phillips, CSC Producing Artistic Director.

Then, beginning in 2021, CSC will present a rearranged slate of Shakespeare titles back to back to return the company to its roots.  First up in January will be the much-awaited production of HAMLET featuring Sara Clark portraying a reverse gendered Hamlet. This will be followed by a romantic and traditional production of ROMEO AND JULIET opening in March and a slapstick production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS inspired by vintage Las Vegas opening in April.

And then, to close the season, CSC will reprise the production that was halted only weeks into the performance of Kate Hamill’s adaptation of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.  “This show had already become the most popular production in Cincinnati Shakespeare Company history before the unfortunate closure. We think it will be very fitting for us to close this triumphant new season with the return of this much loved and very jubilant production” said Mr. Phillips.

A detailed line-up of the 2020-21 season is included below and available at cincyshakes.com. In addition, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will continue to present its robust Education and Outreach programs in person and online in the schools and communities of the tri-state including FREE Shakespeare in the Park this summer.

ETC_new_logo_bannerEnsemble Theatre Cincinnati will continue annual community partnerships this winter and plans to open its 2020-21 Season in January with four productions.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati will start a four-show season in January, reprising its production of the 2018 Obie Award-winning play PIPELINE by Dominique Morisseau, acclaimed MacArthur “Genius” Grant playwright. Having played a few performances to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, the show was abruptly suspended the day after it opened this past March as a result of the ban on mass gatherings.

Due to safety precautions for audiences and performers alike, ETC’s previously announced holiday production, SLEEPING BEAUTY, will no longer be included in the upcoming season given its large cast size and singing format. ETC plans to return to its non-traditional fairy tale musicals in 2021 provided large-cast shows are possible by that time.

ETC had been preparing to share the remainder of its 2020-2021 Season this past spring, an announcement which was also delayed in the wake of the pandemic. In the coming weeks, ETC hopes to share the other three productions that will comprise its rearranged upcoming season and which will embrace the spirit of social consciousness that is the organization’s hallmark.

In addition, ETC will continue to adapt its programming wherever possible to be available online, including offering digital versions of its celebrated annual special event Expectations of Christmas along with its general audition call, Meals 4 Monologues, both in December.

All three organizations are supported by the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund them with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.


Presented by Schueler Group and Heidelberg Distributing Co.
Season Sponsor of New Work: Rosenthal Family Foundation


First Financial Bank presents
By Charles Dickens
December 1 – 27, 2020

In an intimate tour de force, one actor takes the stage to tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge.

By Keith Josef Adkins
January 16 – February 14, 2021

Set in 1941 in Cincinnati’s West End, this world premiere drama shines a light on a transformative chapter of local history.

Leading Ladies present
By Robert Harling
February 27 – March 28, 2021

With beloved characters, heartwarming dialogue and snappy repartee, Steel Magnolias revels in the power and grace of female friendship.

Moe & Jack Rouse and Randolph Wadsworth present
By Jocelyn Bioh
April 10 – May 9, 2021

This biting comedy explores the universal challenges of teenage girlhood and all the drama that comes with it.

Agatha Christie’s
Adapted by Ken Ludwig
May 22 – June 20, 2021

Whodunit? Detective Hercule Poirot is determined to find out in this masterpiece from the world’s most popular mystery writer.


The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati presents
By Mark St. Germain
January 9 – March 9, 2021

This heartwarming portrait is a humorous and illuminating one-woman show about America’s favorite sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

By Lanie Robertson
March 20 – May 16, 2021

Featuring over a dozen jazz standards, Billie Holiday tells the story of her life through music with honesty and a touch of salty humor.

Johnson Investment Counsel & Clark Schaefer Hackett present

By Katie Forgette
May 29 – July 25, 2021

It’s 1973, and the Irish-Catholic O’Shea family muddles through a series of hilarious mishaps that jeopardizes their reputation — and their souls.


Season Sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and The John Bridgeland, Crilley, Long, and Mason Families Honoring James R. Bridgeland Jr.

by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald, and John K. Alvarez
November 19 – December 27, 2020

CSC’s holiday smash hit is back again for another season of holiday hilarity as we send up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss for 90+ minutes of high-octane jollity and frivolity.

William Shakespeare’s
January 15 – February 21, 2021

This much awaited production of the greatest play in the English language finally opens at CSC.  Featuring Sara Clark in the title role.

William Shakespeare’s
March 5 – April 11, 2021

William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of two star-crossed lovers and the feuding families who tear them apart, on stage in all of its everlasting grandeur.

William Shakespeare’s
April 23 – May 23, 2021

Shakespeare’s silliest, screwiest, and slapstickiest comedy! Inspired by golden era Las Vegas, this music filled production will be packed with cool cats, rat packs, showgirls, wise guys, and more.

By Kate Hamill, adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
June 4 – July 3, 2021

One of the single most beloved stories of all time returns in a fresh new adaptation which critics are calling “delightfully different,” “fizzy and festive,” and “unlike any adaptation of Jane Austen one has seen before.”

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Ohio Performer Candice Handy in International Live Shakespeare

TSMGO_Handy promoHandy joins THE SHOW MUST GO ONLINE’S production of HENRY IV Part II

Candice Handy, a Cincinnati-based actor will be playing Earl of Westmorland in Henry IV Part II with The Show Must Go Online at 2pm this Wednesday. Candice Handy will be joining an international cast on Rob Myles’ Youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/OvDqG4sncrM.

Candice is a professional actor and teaching artist, originally from Birmingham, AL, currently based in Cincinnati, OH. She is a resident ensemble member of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

The Show Must Go Online, created by actor-writer-director Rob Myles and producing partner Sarah Peachey, brings together a global cast to perform Shakespeare’s plays live and online every week in the order they were believed to have been written, for free. The first show went live on 19th March, and was the first online Shakespeare performance produced in response to COVID-19.

Casting, led by Sydney Aldridge, aims for 50/50 male/female, and actively seeks to maximise inclusion for underrepresented groups in theatre. Anyone, whether an experienced professional, amateur or recent grad, can apply. The cast is truly global, with actors coming from 5 of the 7 continents.

Each show is cast, produced and rehearsed in under a week. Since launching, over 300 actors and creatives have volunteered their time to bring 21 shows to life. All shows are performed on Zoom and streamed live to audiences around the world on YouTube, who participate in a live chat throughout the show, playing games, exchanging insights and reactions, and engaging in a wonderful shared experience. Many audience members say they’ve found a new community with The Show Must Go Online during quarantine.

The show has driven the innovation of Zoom-theatre, and creative solutions to staging problems have been a highlight of the shows for audiences. Props, action, costume and set-pieces are created using found items, ingenuity, and inventiveness.

The Show Must Go Online will complete the entire cannon by November 18, with all performances staying online for free as a stunning collection of Shakespeare’s plays for the 21st century available for all to enjoy, forever.

Henry IV Part II promises to continue The Show Must Go Online’s innovation and creativity in the exciting new field of live-streamed theatre.

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