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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Rings in the Holiday Season With Two Classics, LITTLE WOMEN and EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD

There is something for everyone this holiday season at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company with Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” playing Nov. 11- Dec. 3, 2022 followed by the annual holiday blockbuster comedy “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)” Dec. 8-31, 2022

Cincinnati, November 7, 2022 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is pleased to announce more details on their upcoming productions this November and December.  CSC celebrates the holiday season with two beloved holiday classics: the wintery and warm “Little Women” by Kate Hamill, adapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott, and their annual smash hit, “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” by Michael Carleton, James Fitzgerald, and John K. Alvarez.

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Cast of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2022 production of LITTLE WOMEN by Kate Hamill, adapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Kate Hamill, the same playwright behind last season’s bestseller “Pride and Prejudice,” brings “Little Woman,” another literary favorite, to the stage in a fresh and unexpected adaptation. This cherished story of sisterhood, growing up, and Christmastime, is perfect for the whole family. “Little Women” is directed by Jemma Alix Levy and stars Elizabeth Chinn Molloy as the beloved Jo March.  Jemma directed Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2019 production of “Miss Holmes” to great acclaim. She will return to direct this season’s upcoming 2023 production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Louisa May Alcott’s treasured classic, “Little Women” tells the enduring story of the March family and their four daughters; romantic Meg, shy Beth, willful Amy, and of course, fiery and independent Jo.  Through the intertwining lives of the sisters, we see the familiar hardships, heartbreak, humor, and humility of these passionate and unique young women.  “Little Women” enchants new generations with the regional premiere of this new adaptation. The design of this production is sponsored by Pete and Ginger Strange.

“Little Women” runs from November 11-December 3, 2022. Performances of “Little Women” are on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, with two Saturday matinees on November 26 and December 3, and two Sunday matinees on November 20 and 27. CSC offers performances with accessible resources, including an Audio Described performance on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 PM and a Sign Language Interpreted performance on Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 PM.

Following “Little Women,” CSC’s holiday smash hit “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” is back again for another season of holiday hilarity! What begins as another annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics” including pop culture favorites like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Rudolph,” “Charlie Brown” and more! Add in topical references that always keep this annual tradition fresh and fun as we send up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss in an evening of high octane jollity and frivolity. The design of this production is sponsored by Bartlett Wealth Management. And the Fruitcake Sponsor is Water Tower Fines Wines.

CSC_Every Christmas Story1 2021Justin McCombs, Candice Handy & Geoffrey Warren Barnes II. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)” is a show best enjoyed by adults and older teens; it is not recommended for any theatergoers young enough to believe in Santa Claus. Perfect for date nights, families with older children and teens, and outings with friends, attending the show becomes an experience. Theatergoers are encouraged to arrive with Christmas sweaters and Santa hats and enjoy festive drinks at the lobby bar before (and during) the show!

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told” runs from December 8-31, 2022. Performances are Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30 PM with one Monday performance on December 19 and two Wednesday performances on December 21 and 28. Matinees at 2:00 PM are also available on December 5, 11, 17, 18, and 31. CSC offers performances with accessible resources, including an Audio Described performance on Friday, December 16 at 7:30 PM and a Sign Language Interpreted performance on Saturday, December 31 at 2:00 PM.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company also offers the opportunity to think outside the gift box and give experiences as presents. Gift Certificates for your selected amount can be redeemed on tickets, subscriptions, classes, summer camp, and more, becoming the perfect present for everyone from students to adult theatergoers. Available for purchase online and same-day pick up in the lobby at CSC.  Learn more about holiday gifting at http://www.cincyshakes.com/gift.

Tickets are on sale now. Discounts are available for students, seniors, local residents, and community partners, as access to all is important to CSC. Each performance night has a limited number of $14 “Access” tickets in the Upper Gallery and Stage Gallery.  These can be purchased in advance by going online or calling the Box Office.  And starting 1 hour before each performance, any unreserved tickets may be available as a discounted Rush Ticket to anyone, not just students. These tickets are only $12 and could be located anywhere in the house, depending on that evening’s availability. These cannot be reserved more than 1 hour before a show and must be purchased in person in the Box Office. 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.

Audience members are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend performances at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The wearing of masks will be encouraged but optional. Please contact the Box Office by email or phone at (513) 381-2273 for assistance.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located at The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park.  Many parking spaces are 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 $25 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.) After purchasing, the valet will have your name on the list— it’s that easy!

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2022-23 Season is generously presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation; along with our Education Season Sponsor, Debby and Jim Mason; and our Operating Support Partners, The Ohio Arts Council, The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, Rosemary and Mark Schlachter, The National Endowment for the Arts with Arts Midwest, The Shubert Foundation, Lightborne, and the tens of thousands of people who give generously to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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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 all.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. CSC’s repertoire is composed of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, world premieres, and contemporary classics. CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with the Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of Theater Communications Group and Shakespeare Theatre Association. Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach more than 50,000 young people and community members by meeting audiences where they are. This includes sharing programming in schools, parks, community centers and 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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EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!) Runs Dec. 8-31

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Geoffrey Warren Barnes II. Directed by Jeremy Dubin. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!)
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Dec. 8-31
[Over-the-Rhine]

Directed by Jeremy Dubin

Cast: Geoffrey Warren Barnes II as Geoff, Colleen Dougherty as Santa, Candice Handy as Candice & Justin McCombs as Justin

CSC’s holiday smash hit Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) is back again for another season of holiday hilarity! What begins as another annual production of A Christmas Carol, soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics” including pop culture favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life, Rudolph, Charlie Brown and more! Add in topical references that always keep this annual tradition fresh and fun as we send up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss  in an evening of high octane jollity and frivolity. Content Advisory: Not recommended for any theatergoer who still believes in Santa.

  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 8-9 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec. 10 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 11 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 15-16 at 7:30pm
  • Sat-Sun, Dec. 17-18 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Mon-Fri, Dec. 19-23 at 7:30pm
  • Tue-Fri, Dec. 27-30 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec. 31 at 2pm

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LITTLE WOMEN Runs Nov. 11-Dec. 3

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Nov. 11-Dec. 3
[Over-the-Rhine]

Directed by Jemma Alix Levy

Cast: Angelique Archer as Beth; Geoffrey Warren Barnes II* as Mr. Laurence/Robert March/Mr. Dashwood, Shelley Delaney* as Hannah/Mrs. Mingott /Messenger, Justin McCombs* as John Brooke/Doctor/Parrot, Elizabeth Chinn Molloy as Jo, Emelie O’Hara* as Amy, Patrick Earl Phillips* as Laurie, Maggie Lou Rader* as Meg & Torie Wiggins* as Marmie/Aunt March

Louisa May Alcott’s treasured classic, Little Women tells the enduring story of the March family and their four daughters; romantic Meg, shy Beth, willful Amy, and of course, fiery and independent Jo.  Through the intertwining lives of the sisters, we see the familiar hardships, heartbreak, humor, and humility of these passionate and unique young women.  Little Women enchants new generations with the regional premiere of this new adaptation.

  • In preview Wed-Thu, Nov. 9-10 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 11-12 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Sat, Nov. 17-19 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 20 at 2pm
  • Fri, Nov. 25 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Nov. 26 at 2p & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 27 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 1-2 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec. 3 at 2pm & 7:30pm

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Perfect for Halloween, CSC Presents the World Premiere of local Playwright, Isaiah Reaves’ THE LIVING DEAD Oct. 14-29, 2022

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Darnell Pierre Benjamin

THE LIVING DEAD by Isaiah Reaves is the first play in Company history that was commissioned, developed, and given a world-premiere production entirely at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Cincinnati, Sep. 29, 2022 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company ventures into “spooky season” with a world premiere of Isaiah Reaves’ THE LIVING DEAD, a new play inspired by the cult horror classic film The Night of the Living Dead by George A. Romero and John A. Russo playing Oct. 14-29, 2022. This production is directed by CSC’s Producing Artistic Director, Brian Isaac Phillips, and features Darnell Pierre Benjamin and a cast of CSC Ensemble favorites. This World Premiere Commission is made possible by The McElroy Family. The production’s design is generously sponsored by President H. James Williams and First Lady Carole Campbell Williams, Mount St. Joseph University, Theatre Arts Department.

When a zombie apocalypse ravages the world, a band of strangers seek refuge in an abandoned house, forcing the group to work together to see the light of day. However, individualism, egos, and power struggles expose the horrifying nature of survival. A new vision of contemporary horror inspired by the cult classic, Isaiah Reaves’ THE LIVING DEAD makes its world premiere in time for the Halloween season.

The world premiere of THE LIVING DEAD by Isaiah Reaves marks the first time Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has commissioned, developed, and produced a play entirely within its walls. The play marks the beginning of CSC’s goal to commission new plays to elevate fresh, diverse new voices and champion the next generation of classics. Producing Artistic Director, Brian Isaac Phillips notes, “this project represents an important landmark for CSC and our strategic goals. THE LIVING DEAD is the first commission in our emerging New Works program to be fully produced in our mainstage season. We commissioned Isaiah to write this piece during the pandemic, have supported its development through virtual workshops, and now we are excited to be producing it on our mainstage.”

The playwright, Isaiah Reaves, is an emerging young playwright whose work explores a spectrum of Black and Queer experiences. A native of Cincinnati, he graduated cum laude from Northern Kentucky University in 2020.  His plays have been commissioned and staged by The Classical Theatre of Harlem at Lincoln Center, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, and many others. He is currently in pursuit of an MFA at the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

For further access, audiences will be able to listen to a streamlined 1 hour version that will play on the radio in partnership with WVXU on Halloween night, Oct. 31 at 8-9pm. The Radio Drama Adaptation Sponsor is Cincinnati Modern Realtor David G. Smith, Keller Williams Advisors Realty. This is the next of a growing collection of radio dramas produced by CSC since 2020. Access to all of CSC’s audio plays are available through the listening library on the website online here: cincyshakes.com/WVXU. All of these recordings are free to listen.

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THE LIVING DEAD runs from October 14 – 29, 2022. Performances of THE LIVING DEAD are on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, with one Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM on October 23 and a Saturday matinee at 2:00 on October 29. CSC offers performances with accessibility resources, including an Audio Described performance on Friday, October 21, at 7:30 PM and a Sign Language Interpreted Performance on Saturday, October 29, at 2:00 PM.

The performance will be approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

Tickets are on sale now. Preview performances are on Wednesday, October 12, and Thursday, October 13, with tickets at $45. Young Professionals are invited to YP Preview Night on Wednesday, October 12, with discounted tickets at $25, including a free drink and talkback. Discounts are available for students, seniors, local residents, and community partners, as access to all is important to CSC. Each performance night has a limited number of $14 “Access” tickets in the Upper Gallery and Stage Gallery.  These can be purchased in advance by going online or calling the Box Office.  And starting 1 hour before each performance, any unreserved tickets may be available as a discounted Rush Ticket to anyone, not just students. These tickets are only $12 and could be located anywhere in the house, depending on that evening’s availability. These cannot be reserved more than 1 hour before a show and must be purchased in person in the Box Office. 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 www.cincyshakes.com.

Audience members are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend performances at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The wearing of masks will be encouraged but optional. Please contact the Box Office by email or phone at (513) 381-2273 for assistance.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located at The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park.  Many parking spaces are 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 $25 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.) After purchasing, the valet will have your name on the list— it’s that easy!

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2022-23 Season is generously presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation; along with our Education Season Sponsor, Debby and Jim Mason; and our Operating Support Partners, The Ohio Arts Council, The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, Rosemary and Mark Schlachter, The National Endowment for the Arts with Arts Midwest, The Shubert Foundation, Lightborne, and the tens of thousands of people who give generously to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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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 all.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. CSC’s repertoire is composed of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, world premieres, and contemporary classics. CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with the Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of Theater Communications Group and Shakespeare Theatre Association. Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach more than 50,000 young people and community members by meeting audiences where they are. This includes sharing programming in schools, parks, community centers and 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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THE LIVING DEAD Runs Oct. 14-29

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Darnell Pierre Benjamin as Ben.

Performance added, Wed, Oct. 26 at 7:30pm.

THE LIVING DEAD by Isaiah Reaves
Inspired by the film by George A. Romero and John A. Russo
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Oct. 14-29
[Over-the-Rhine]

Directed by Brian Isaac Phillips

Cast: Darnell Pierre Benjamin* as Ben, Burgess Byrd* as Nana/Zombie/Ensemble, Cary Davenport* as Sheriff/ TV Newscaster/Ensemble, Jared Earland as Zombie, Charles Gidney as Tommy, Jim Hopkins* as Harold, Courtney Lucien* as Barbara, Kelly Mengelkoch* as Helen, Brianna Miller as Governor/Zombie/Ensemble, Annabel Phillips as Ava & Adrian Devaughn Summers as Duane/Zombie/Reverend/Ensemble

When a zombie apocalypse ravages the world, a band of strangers seek refuge in an abandoned house, forcing the group to work together to see the light of day. However, individualism, egos, and power struggles expose the horrifying nature of survival. A new vision of contemporary horror inspired by the cult classic, Isaiah Reaves’ The Living Dead makes its world premiere in time for the Halloween season. Production contains adult situations and themes including acts of violence.

  • In preview Wed-Thu, Oct. 12-13 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Oct. 14-15 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Sat, Oct. 20-22* at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Oct. 23 at 2pm
  • Wed-Fri, Oct. 26-28 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Oct. 29 at 2pm** & 7:30pm
    *Oct. 21 performance is audio described.
    **Oct. 29 2pm performance is Sign language interpreted.

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