“Creating a community and revising its history nightly”
Know Theatre and dog & pony dc are pleased to announce that on March 19, we will be offering an American Sign Language and Spoken English Interpreted performance of Beertown.
Part theatrical pageant, part civic ceremony, part Choose Your Own Adventure – Beertown is a thoroughly unique theatrical experience.
Beertown, entering its second week of performances this week, is already garnering critical acclaim.
CityBeat’s Rick Pender says Beertown is “both thoughtful and entertaining” and “sneaks up on you with profound messages when you least expect them.”
Grace Eichler of the League of Cincinnati Theatres says “I heartily enjoyed opening night, and I’m sure that audiences will continue to do so, as each night brings a new bout of opinions and rationales,” while Abby Rowald declared that “Once again, The Know is staying true to its mission of being “Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground,” and this is an exciting direction for Cincinnati theatre to be moving towards.”
In keeping with the missions of both companies, Know Theatre and dog & pony dc are proud to make the experience of Beertown accessible to more of the Cincinnati community by providing ASL and Spoken English interpretation at our March 19th performance at 8PM.
About the show: Cincinnati is the latest stop of Beertown Takes America, a national touring project where dog & pony dc artists collaborate with local artists and the greater communities of cities across the country to craft new and locally-relevant versions of the company’s signature show Beertown.
dog & pony dc’s ensemble-devised Beertown is an interactive exploration of history, civic ritual, identity, community, and memory incorporating live music, dance, group song…and it all starts with a dessert potluck.
At Beertown, audiences join the 20th Quinquennial Beertown Time Capsule Day celebration, where every five years the imagined American town unearths its beloved Time Capsule and decides what stays, what goes, and what new symbols of Beertown should be interred this time.
Which tells the story of our town better: A campaign button or a family bible? A license plate or a movie projector? You, the audience, help them decide each night!
Visit a place where remembering is a communal act, and everyone’s voice is counted: Beertown.
ABOUT dog & pony dc
dog & pony dc (dpdc) is an ensemble of artists who devise performances that incorporate new ways for audiences to experience theatre. We create (“devise”) new plays as a collective (“ensemble”). dpdc shows playfully extend the elastic relationship between artist and audience while asking big, sometimes strenuous, questions about the world in which we live.
Since 2008, dpdc has devised ten shows that span a wide stylistic range: from PUNCH!, an ultra-violent live-action version of the Punch and Judy puppet show, to TOAST, the convening of a 200 year old secret society of inventors trying to save the world through technology (starting with the electric toaster).
We currently work in two languages, English and American Sign Language.
BEERTOWN was the first ensemble-devised show to receive a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding New Play (2011) and made top 10 shops list in DC (Washington Post, 2012) and Omaha (World-Herald, 2015). A KILLING GAME won “Dr. Robert J. Thierauf Producers’ Pick of the Fringe Award” at Cincinnati Fringe Festival (2013) and Best Production 2013 (DC Metro Theatre Arts). In 2015, we were 1 of 15 recipients of DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Innovate DC grants. www.dogandponydc.com
ABOUT Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Know Theatre is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground.
The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience.
Since 1997, Know Theatre has sought to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible.
Know Theatre’s work is made possible by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.
The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
Know is also supported by The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving.
Know Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group and an Associate Member of the National New Play Network.