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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Presents the 13th Annual FREE Shakespeare in the Park Tour Starts Next Week!

CSC_Shakespeare in the Park 2019 logoThe tour of over 40 locations runs from June 21- August 31, 2019

Cincinnati, June 14, 2019- Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2019 FREE Shakespeare in the Park Tour opens next week on Friday June 21! This year’s tour has over 40 performance stops (and growing). The popular Shakespeare titles, Romeo and JulietA Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth will be presented.  These performances are FREE and open to the public.  The cast features six actors from CSC Professional Intern Company.  Following the Park Tour, these shows will travel and tour to local schools, community centers, venues and other performing arts locations through May 2020.  Last year, CSC’s FREE Shakespeare in the Park tour had over 10,000 people in attendance!

The FREE Shakespeare in the Park Tour kicks off the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2019-2020 season, which also marks their third year in their new custom-built theater (The Otto M. Budig Theater) in Over-the-Rhine.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is constantly working to expand their reach further and further into the region and has one of the largest programs for free outdoor Shakespeare in the nation, both in number of stops and the size of the region reached. For a complete list, including show titles and info on the venues, visit this page:http://cincyshakes.com/shakespeare-in-the-park/  

Admission to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare in the Park Tour is free and there is no ticket or RSVP required.  All performances are open to all and are general admission, open seating.  Arriving early is typically recommended for best seating and lawn chairs and blankets are recommended.  For questions regarding inclement weather or for details and rules regarding outside food and drink (including or excluding alcohol), please contact the individual parks and venues.

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Production Information:

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare
What happens when feuding fairies meddle in the love lives of human couples? Comical adventures, mistaken identities, and a silly play-within-a-play! The cast of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on tour with fairies, lovers and Nick Bottom and the Mechanicals as they hilariously attempt to rehearse and perform a play for the Duke’s wedding. In this whimsical forest, a happy ending is guaranteed for both sprites and mortals alike.

ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare
One of the most beloved romantic tragedies in Shakespeare’s canon, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of the Bard’s star-crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet fall instantly in love only to discover they come from feuding families. In defiance of their families, amidst the animosity of friends, and in concealment from their mentors, a young couple risk everything to be together. CSC is proud to present this modern production of Romeo and Juliet and prove its continued relevance in the lives of the young and old alike.

MACBETH by William Shakespeare
Prophecies. Ambition. Murder. Madness. In Shakespeare’s famous cursed play “Macbeth”, we see the darkness of the world overcome the light. After an encounter with three witches on a Scottish battlefield, Macbeth must make a decision that will change the course of his life.  Betrayal, love, bloodshed and tragedy adorn the path in this chilling, supernatural tale, leaving us wondering how far Macbeth will go to get what he wants. Tormented by visions and guilt when the price of his crimes take their toll, what fate awaits Macbeth? Find out in Shakespeare’s supernatural thriller.

Both shows are suitable for children and families of all ages and are approximately 90 minutes in length with an intermission.

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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 Theater 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!

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Downtown and Mason Theatre Summer Camps – Now Enrolling

CSC-Summer-Camp-June-30-2017-115-300x200Theatre Summer Camps Available Downtown Cincinnati and NEW! in Mason, OH.
Downtown Camps take place at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (1195 Elm St. Cinci, OH 45202) and next door at the School for Creative and Performing Arts (108 W. Central Parkway Cinci, OH 45202). NEW! Mason Camps take place in partnership with the Royal Theatre Company (308 W Main St, Mason, OH 45040).

Pirate, Spy, Fairy, Monster, Comedian, Actor…
Be them ALL at Theatre Summer Camp! 6 Weeks Available. New YOU Every Week.
June 10- July 26, 2019.

JUNIORS (1ST-6TH GRADE) CAMP.
For students who have completed grades 1 through 6.
Whether you’ve never stepped on a stage before, or have already been bitten by the acting bug, our introductory camps are the perfect place to learn some new skills, make some new friends, and have a whole lot of fun! From Stage Combat to Clowning, from Maskwork to Make-up, CSC Theatre Camp offers something for everyone.

SENIORS (7TH-12TH GRADE) CAMP.
For students who have completed grades 7 through 12.
For years, CSC’s Summer Camp has provided high school students with a camp experience unlike any in the Tri-State.. Student actors work with members of CSC’s professional resident ensemble, staging scenes, learning the tricks of the trade, gaining confidence, and often finding a community of friends that lasts well beyond the summer.

Learn more at www.cincyshakes.com/summercamp

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Closes the 25th Anniversary Season with the Hilarious French Sex Farce, A FLEA IN HER EAR!

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Sara Clark as Lucienne and Kelly Mengelkoch as Raymonde.

Farce at its finest with revolving beds, slamming doors, rampaging husbands, suspicious spouses, mayhem and misunderstandings! 

Cincinnati, April 29, 2019 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company finishes its 25th Anniversary Season at The Otto M. Budig Theater with a new version of Georges Feydeau’s farce by David Ives,A Flea in Her Ear. The production is directed by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Director of Creative Education and Outreach, Jeremy Dubin and features a 14 person cast with CSC Resident Ensemble Members Billy Chace, Kelly Mengelkoch, Sara, and Matthew Lewis Johnson. A Flea in Her Ear is generously sponsored by Murphy Landen Jones PLLC and J.P. Morgan.

Widely regarded as one of the funniest farces ever written, A Flea in Her Ear teems with suspicious spouses, hotel liaisons, crossed wires, and physical comedy galore. Set in Paris at the turn of the 20th century at Paris’ most notorious hotel, The Frisky Puss, where the bourgeoist of the bourgeoisie let their peccadilloes out to play. Propriety takes a vacation, and ribaldry rules the roost, as a colorful cast of characters runs amok through the corridors, leaving chaos and occasionally clothing in their wake!

A Flea in Her Ear tells the tale of how, after a brief bout of impotence, Victor Chandebise’s wife Raymonde suspects her husband may have a wandering eye. She has a friend, Lucienne, pen a note to him luring him into a meeting with a mysterious lady at a nearby hotel to see if he will show up. Intrigued, Victor sends someone in his stead, leading to a series of mishaps and miscommunications, conjuring strange (and multiple!) bedfellows at the naughty hotel.    Audiences who loved last season’s smash hit Noises Off will find themselves in similar (comedic) territory with A Flea in Her Ear.

A Flea in Her Ear is a play by Georges Feydeau written in 1907, at the height of the Belle Époque in Paris, a time when the arts flourished and many masterpieces of literature, music, theater, and visual art gained recognition.  This translation and adaptation is by David Ives and was commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2006 where it won that city’s prestigious Jefferson Award for Best Adaptation. It has since been performed in New York, Chicago, Washington, DC and more. Ives is best known for the Broadway hit and film of Venus in Furs, the book of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and for the adaptations of 33 musicals for New York City Center’s Encores! from 1995-2012.  Long considered one of the greatest of the French farces, the Ives version has met with critical praises since its debut. Backstage wrote, “Ives’ adaptation maintains the original’s dazzling plot while communicating Feydeau’s playful use of language to an American audience.” Time Out Chicago called the play “[a] crisp, delightfully ridiculous translation, and Chicago Critic said it is “a hilarious evening of classic comedy.”

CSC is very pleased to welcome Jeremy Dubin back to the Director’s Chair for A Flea in Her Ear. Jeremy has long been a company favorite to helm the comedic and the hilarious including his annual 14 year running, sold-out audience favorite Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!) as well as the comedic summer flings All the Great Books (Abridged) and The Complete History of America (Abridged).

The creative team transforming The Otto M. Budig Theater stage into turn of the century Paris is made up of Will Turbyne (Scenic Designer), Kristeen Willis (Lighting Designer), Kevin Semancik (Sound Designer), Abbi Howson (Costume Designer), and D’Arcy Smith (Dialect Coach). They are joined by Fight Choreographer, Gina Cerimele-Mechley.

A Flea in Her Ear runs May 17-June 2, 2019 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM, as well as Saturday May 18th, May 25th and June 1st at 2:00 PM.  Preview performances are Wednesday, May 15th and Thursday, May 16th at 7:30 PM and tickets are $30.  Advance sale single ticket prices start at $28.  Day-of Student Rush tickets are $14 and may be purchased thirty minutes before a show with a valid student ID if available. This production is a part of this season’s subscription package. Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Ticketing fees apply.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at http://www.cincyshakes.com.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located at The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park.  There are many parking spaces available on the street and in nearby lots and garages- for more information visit http://www.otrchamber.com/pages/WheretoPark.

CSC also offers Valet Parking for every performance! Make reservations for $20 in advance when purchasing tickets or visit www.cincyshakes.com/parking. Purchasing in advance guarantees a spot.  Valet is available right at the corner of 12th and Elm Street in front of the theater and begins approx. 1.5 hours before a performance. Cars can be picked up for up to one hour following a performance. (After one hour, you will need to arrange pick up with the valet service directly.) The valet will have your name on the list after you purchase- it’s that easy!

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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!

About The 2018-2019 25th Anniversary Season:
The season is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.  The 25th Anniversary sponsor is the The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, JR./U.S. Bank Foundation.  This season is funded by ArtsWave.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council, the Shubert Foundation.  The season’s marketing design sponsor is POSSIBLE. 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. Production dates and information on the season are available online at www.cincyshakes.com.

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A FLEA IN HER EAR Runs May 17-June 2

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Kelly Mengelkoch as Raymonde & Sara Clark as Lucienne.

A FLEA IN HER EAR
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
May 17-June 2
[Over-the-Rhine]

Directed by Jeremy Dubin

Come spend a hilarious evening in Paris’s most notorious hotel, The Frisky Puss, where the bourgeoist of the bourgeoisie let their peccadilloes out to play. Propriety takes a vacation, and ribaldry rules the roost, as a colorful cast of characters runs amok through the corridors, leaving chaos and occasionally clothing in their wake. David Ives fresh translation of Georges Feydeau’s classic turn-of-the-century French sex farce will have you rolling in the aisles, so make yourself a reservation and allons-y!

  • In preview Wed-Thu, May 15-16 at 7:30pm. All seats $43.
  • Fri, May 17 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, May 18 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, May 23-24 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, May 25 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, May 26 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, May 30-31 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, June 1 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, June 2 at 2pm

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to Present Shakespeare’s Infamous Tragedy, MACBETH

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Kelly Mengelkoch as Lady Macbeth. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Miranda McGee to make her mainstage directorial debut with Macbeth. Opening April 5th at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Cincinnati, March 15, 2019 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its 25th Anniversary Season at The Otto M. Budig Theater with William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The production is directed by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Associate Artist Miranda McGee and features a 21 person cast featuring CSC Resident Ensemble Members Giles Davies as Macbeth, Kelly Mengelkoch as Lady Macbeth, Grant Niezgodski as Macduff, and Justin McCombs as Banquo. Macbeth is generously sponsored by Kelley & David Downing, Judge (Ret.) Mark P. Painter & Sue Ann Painter, the Pete Strange Family, as well as PNC Bank and Taft Law.

CSC is very pleased to have Miranda McGee as our director for Macbeth. Ms. McGee is originally from Australia and credits her love of all things horror, including her favorite of Shakespeare’s plays,Macbeth, to her favorite author, Stephen King. Ms. McGee has worked regionally with The Howmet Playhouse, PMD Productions, Essential Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Locally, she has worked with Know Theatre, The Carnegie, The Covedale, Clifton Performance Theatre, Madcap Puppets, OTRImprov, and as adjunct faculty at Xavier University. Ms. McGee is celebrating a decade with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company this year, and some of her favorite CSC roles include Emilia (Othello), Lucy (Dracula), Beatrice (Much Ado), The Gaoler’s Daughter (Two Noble Kinsmen) and her teaching roles with Cincy Shakes’ Education Programs PROJECT38 and Groundlings Junior. Macbeth will be her mainstage directorial debut after successfully directing FREE Shakespeare in the Park productions over the past few summers.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of Macbeth is set in Scotland between the years 1644 and 1645 with timeless elements of horror and supernatural when the witches are present. When the noble Scottish Lord Macbeth sees a path to power open up before him, he is determined to trod that path to its bloody end, consequences (and maybe himself) be damned. With his ruthless wife at his side, the two plot a Machiavellian course to put and to keep Macbeth on the Scottish throne. Shakespeare’s heart-pounding thrill ride of a play is a harrowing exploration of ambition, morality, tyranny and corruption.

The creative team is made up of Justen Locke (Scenic and Lighting Designer), Douglas J. Borntrager (Sound and Video Designer), Cal Harris (Video Content Creator), Darnell Pierre Benjamin (Movement Coach), and Rainy Edwards (Costume Designer). They are joined by Fight Choreographer, Gina Cerimele-Mechley.

Macbeth runs April 5-May 4, 2019 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM, as well as Saturday April 20th, and May 4th at 2:00 PM.  Preview performances are Wednesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 4th at 7:30 PM and tickets are $30.  Advance sale single ticket prices start at $28.  Day-of Student Rush tickets are $14 and may be purchased thirty minutes before a show with a valid student ID if available. This production is a part of this season’s subscription package. Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Ticketing fees apply.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at http://www.cincyshakes.com. 

On Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 bring your younger kids (4+) for artist-led childcare DURING the performance! The “Playdate” program is only $15 and free for subscribers. The option to add this program will be available as you are buying tickets for either of these show dates. Activities will range from storytime to theatre games and crafts. Share the great benefits of CSC’s programming with your children: Playdate will style activities to correspond with each production, so even your youngest can join in the discussion on the ride home!

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located at The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park.  There are many parking spaces available on the street and in nearby lots and garages- for more information visit http://www.otrchamber.com/pages/WheretoPark.

CSC also offers Valet Parking for every performance! Make reservations for $15 in advance when purchasing tickets or visit www.cincyshakes.com/parking. Purchasing in advance guarantees a spot at the discounted rate of $15 (vs. $20+ at the curb).  Valet is available right at the corner of 12th and Elm Street in front of the theater and begins approx. 1.5 hours before a performance. Cars can be picked up for up to one hour following a performance. (After one hour, you will need to arrange pick up with the valet service directly.) The valet will have your name on the list after you purchase- it’s that easy!

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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!

About The 2018-2019 25th Anniversary Season:
The season is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.  The 25th Anniversary sponsor is the The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, JR./U.S. Bank Foundation.  This season is funded by ArtsWave.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council, the Shubert Foundation.  The season’s marketing design sponsor is POSSIBLE. 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. Production dates and information on the season are available online at www.cincyshakes.com.

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