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DRY LAND Coming to Liberty Exhibition Hall April 24-27

CPT_Dry Land logoWhat helps us float isn’t always what we’d expect.

APRIL 19, 2019 —Tristate audiences are invited to this powerful production of Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel. This show is being produced by Maggie Cramer and Katie Mitchell, in partnership with Clifton Performance Theatre. This show runs from April 24th- 27th at Liberty Exhibition Hall.

Two small-town Florida high school girls attempting a locker room abortion while processing the complexities of friendship, their own resiliency and a fear of the future.  

This play is directed by Erin Carr, and cast includes Maggie Cramer, Katie Mitchell, Maya Farhat, Rhys Boatwright and Aaron Whitehead. Production team includes Daniela Nenova as Property Master/Assistant Director, Olivia Lenore as Stage Manager, Piper Johnson as Asst. Stage Manager, Jared Hudson as Lighting Designer and August Dice as Sound Designer.

Performances run April 24th-27th at 8PM. All performances will take place at Liberty Exhibition Hall at 3938 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223. Tickets available at: https://dryland.brownpapertickets.com

There will be a short talk-back with a Planned Parenthood representative immediately following every show.

**CONTENT & TRIGGER WARNING. Please note that this production contains graphic images and language. Tags: abortion, medical abortion.**




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GUEST ARTIST Runs Sept. 21-Oct. 7

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Creative Asylum
Sept. 21-Oct. 7
Clifton Performance Theatre

Directed by Kate Wilford

Cast: Daniel Britt, Carter Bratton & Michael G. Bath

What is art? A bus ride from Stubenville turns into a roller-coaster ride for an aging, alcoholic playwright and the young man meeting his muse for the first time. Funny, touching and very human.

  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 21-23 at 8pm
  • Mon, Sept. 25 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 28-30 at 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 1 at 3pm
  • Thu-Sat, Oct. 4-7 at 8pm

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Cincinnati Lab Theatre Announces 2017 New Works Festival

August 3 – 12, 2017

clt_logoCINCINNATI, June 28, 2017 — Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s New Works Festival will present two fully staged workshop productions and two original play readings in a rotating festival repertoire over two weekends, August 3 – August 12, 2017. We are excited to announce that all performances will be presented in Cincinnati at Clifton Performance Theatre, 404 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH.

Cincinnati LAB Theatre is now in its fourth producing season. Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s past productions include BUCKEYE AND JUDAS by Elizabeth a. Harris, AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN CRANE by Phil Paradis, CHASE THE DRAGON by Kirk Sheppard, IS THAT ALL THERE IS? by Sara Mackie and IDENTITY: An Evening of Three Twenty-Minute Plays by Elizabeth a. Harris, Brian Griffin, and Leah Strasser.

Part of Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s mission is to provide area playwrights with opportunities to develop their work through a traditional workshop process, while utilizing some of the area’s finest professional actors. Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s New Works Festival is comprised of three different series that will present new and innovative works in various stages of development, encourage open and honest discussions, and allow audiences an inside look into the creative process.

WORKSHOP SERIES: The New Works Festival Workshop Series will present two brand-new fully staged workshop productions written by local playwrights:

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Brian Berendts, Mary Tensing & Rory Sherida in 3SOME.

3SOME by Brian Griffin. Directed by Lauren Carr. Cast: Brian Berendts, Mary Tensing, and Craig Branch. When Thomas, Claire, and Lonnie arrange a Craigslist “meet up” none of them quite expect the evening that follows. Secrets become exposed, boundaries are pushed, and expectations end up in pieces. Brian Griffin’s titillating and intense new play explores the raw landscape of human psychology while delving into the world of casual hook-ups, and the overwhelming need for those on the brink to make a connection. Performances August 4, 10, and 12, 2017, at 8pm.

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Elizabeth a. Harris, Eric Kilpatrick & Torie Pate Perdue in LED THESPIAN.

LED THESPIAN by Jason Podplesky, Lyrics and Music by Jason Podplesky, Eric Kilpatrick, and Aaron Almashy. Directed by Jason Podplesky, Musical Direction by Aaron Almashy. Cast: Elizabeth a. Harris, Torie Pate Perdue, Eric Kilpatrick, and Joshua Wank. Part play and part mini-concert LED THESPIAN is a new dark comedy that explores love, loss, and the power of music. Set in a bar, it tells the story of Josh, a high school band teacher, who after suddenly losing his job decides to chase his dream of being a rock musician only to find himself entangled in a web of lies, murder, and sexual depravity. Will Josh finally get to touch his musical dream or will he fall perilously short? Watch as this play takes unexpected twists and turns en route to its surprising and non-politically correct resolution. Led Thespian will keep you laughing and guessing until the very end! Performances August 3, 5, and 11, 2017 at 8pm.

DISCOVERY SERIES: The New Works Festival Discovery Series will complement our Workshop Series productions. Guest speakers and/or panelists will lead pre-show discussions that focus on social themes and current topics related to the productions. Pre-performance lectures are scheduled on Thursday, August. 3-“Why We Laugh” (LED THESPIAN) and Thursday, August 10-“Loss and Grieving” (3SOME) at 7pm.

PLAY READING SERIES: The New Works Festival Play Reading Series will present staged readings of new plays currently under development by local playwrights:

NORTH COUNTRY HOLIDAY by Phil Paradis. A young married couple leaves the city and moves to a remote Vermont farmhouse where they spend their first holiday season snowbound. When an old friend visits to talk about art and poetry, what could possibly go wrong to spoil their idyllic north country holiday? Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 5:00pm.

PARIS IS VERNON by Robert Macke. Vernon, a widower, discovers that his estranged son is on a reality show… for drag queens. Michelle, a field producer, interviews Vernon and gives him a chance to reconnect with his son. PARIS IS VERNON explores the importance of family and what it takes to mend a damaged relationship. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 5:00pm.

Single Tickets and 2017 New Works Festival All-Access Pass

Single tickets to the 2017 Cincinnati LAB Theatre New Works Festival may be purchased in CASH at the door only.

Workshop Series:

  • $15 Adult – General Admission per performance
  • $10 Student – General Admission per performance

Play Reading Series:

  • $5 – General Admission per performance

Discovery Series:

  • Pre-performance lectures are free and open to the public.

All-Access Pass
Save $15 and experience all that Cincinnati LAB Theatre has to offer this season! 2017 All-Access Passes will be available for $25. 2017 All-Access passes allow general admission entry for pass holders into all 2017 Cincinnati LAB Theatre New Works Festival events.

All tickets including Single Tickets and 2017 ALL ACCESS Pass are sold CASH at the door.
No pre-purchase or credit card purchase available.

About Cincinnati LAB Theatre
Cincinnati LAB Theatre is an organization for established and emerging playwrights and performers in the Greater Cincinnati area and is dedicated to a collaborative creative process that will present established works of drama and develop new plays through a traditional workshop model. Cincinnati LAB Theatre will provide a solid platform for artists to cultivate, strengthen, and hone their artistic crafts and talents and offer quality theatre for Cincinnati audiences.

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2017 New Works Festival Schedule

Thursday, August 3, 2017

  • 7pm – Discovery Series: “Why We Laugh”
    Guest Speaker: To Be Announced
  • 8pm – Workshop Series: LED THESPIAN by Jason Podplesky, Music and Lyrics by Jason Podplesky, Eric Kilpatrick, and Aaron Almashy.

Friday, August 4, 2017

  • 8pm – Workshop Series: 3SOME by Brian Griffin

Saturday, August 5, 2017

  • 5pm – Play Reading Series: NORTH COUNTRY HOLIDAY by Phil Paradis
  • 8pm – Workshop Series: LED THESPIAN

Thursday, August 10, 2017

  • 7pm – Discovery Series: “Loss and Grieving”
    Guest Speaker: To Be Announced
  • 8pm – Workshop Series: 3SOME

Friday, August 11, 2017

  • 8pm – Workshop Series: LED THESPIAN

Saturday, August 12, 2017

  • 5pm – Play Reading Series: PARIS IS VERNON by Robert Macke
  • 8pm – Workshop Series: 3SOME

All performances will be presented at Clifton Performance Theatre, 404 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH.

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SMALL ENGINE REPAIR presented Untethered Theatre and the Clifton Players through April 15. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening Friday performance.

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Carter Bratton as Swaino, Nathan Neorr as Frank & Charlie Roetting as Packie. Photo by Kirk Sheppard.

The more I enjoy a show, the less I have to talk about in my review. This review for SMALL ENGINE REPAIR should be pretty brief.

The script is very well-written with believable characters and many laugh-out-loud moments. I enjoyed how the story unfolded, how it kept me guessing on where events were heading, and how it ended with a satisfying conclusion.

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Rupert Spraul as Chad. Photo by Kirk Sheppard.

Director Jared Doren has assembled a strong ensemble. The pacing is spot on. The blocking is natural, uses all available space, and offers good sight lines (especially considering the limitations of the venue).

I wouldn’t have pegged Nathan Neorr as a “father of the year” type, but he is completely believable as Frank and gives a strong, layered performance. Charlie Roetting gives Packie a lovable misfit quality and has great comic timing. As womanizing Swaino, Carter Bratton finds a perfect balance between the swagger and the heart hidden beneath. The three easily click as childhood friends. Rupert Spraul is equally strong as silver-spooned, college jock Chad.

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Nathan Neorr as Frank, Rupert Spraul as Chad, Carter Bratton as Swaino & Charlie Roetting as Packie. Photo by Kirk Sheppard.

Overall a well-written, dark comedy gem, very smartly directed and performed. Not only did the script take me to a place I didn’t expect, it was a hell of a ride getting there.

My rating: 5 out of 5

I would enjoy hearing what you think about the show or my review. All I ask is that you express your opinion without attacking someone else’s opinion. You can post your comments below.

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Clifton Players and Untethered Theater Brings Manly Comedy to Clifton

SMALL ENGINE REPAIR Opens March 30 at Clifton Performance Theatre

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CINCINNATI OHIO–MARCH 23, 2017– Opening March 30, 2017 a comedy, SMALL ENGINE REPAIR will run at Clifton Performance Theatre through April 16, 2017.

Producer and Actor Carter Bratton says about, SMALL ENGINE REPAIR: “It’s about life-long friendship and loyalty. What ultimately made me need to produce it is the question it raises about the difference between men and boys and how their actions butterfly effect this modern world… and it’s the funniest most thrilling piece of theatre I’ve read in a long time.”

“What begins as an impromptu reunion of three childhood friends quickly changes gears into a high-octane, edge of your seat roller-coaster of a play with an ending you have to see to believe!” said director, Jared Doren. “SMALL ENGINE REPAIR by John Pollono, is a hilariously crude and irreverent comedy-thriller about middle-aged men living in a fast-paced, social media world they don’t quite understand anymore.”

Featuring: Nathan Neorr, Charlie Roetting, Carter Bratton and Rupert Spraul. Directed by: Jared Doren. Produced by: Carter Bratton, Untethered Theatre, & Clifton Players.

Synopsis: Former high school buddies Frank, Swaino and Packie—now past their prime—meet off-hours one night in Frank’s out-of-the-way repair shop under cloudy circumstances that only Frank seems to have a handle on. Enter Chad, a plugged-in, preppy college jock, whose arrival ignites a long-simmering resentment that sets this taut, twisty, comic thriller on its breathless course.

Show runs March 30 – April 16, 2017 at Clifton Performance Theatre, 404 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220. Performances Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm: March 30, 31, April 1, 3 (Industry Night), 6, 7 , 8, 13, 14, 15 with Sunday Matinees at 2pm: April 2, 9 & 15.

Tickets are $25. Seniors are $20, and students with ID are $15. There is also a special buy-one-get-one offer upon request via phone. Tickets are available via phone at: 513.813.7469 or online on the Clifton Performance Theatre’s website at: www.cliftonperformancetheatre.com.


About the Clifton Players:
The Clifton Players, founded in 2007, are a collective of actors committed to presenting the best local talent performing the funniest, most challenging and irreverent material they can find. The Clifton Players is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

About the Clifton Performance Theatre:
The Clifton Performance Theatre opened its doors in 2007, as the home for the Clifton Players, and other theatre groups. The theatre also hosts youth camps, workshops, classes, as well as rentals for parties, and for like-minded group performances.

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