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Meals 4 Monologues: Casting Society of America Member D. Lynn Meyers to Audition Actors to Encourage Support of Local Foodstore, February 12, 15 & 16

ETC_logo(Cincinnati, OH) Dim the lights, raise the curtain! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati hosts its tenth annual Meals 4 Monologues auditions. Actors from throughout the Midwest are invited for a general audition call to perform for D. Lynn Meyers, a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA), and are encouraged to make a donation to Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank.

The event, in an effort to support local food banks while auditioning local talent, will be held virtually via Zoom on Saturday, February 12 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; and Tuesday, February 15 and Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is an open casting call to all Equity union and non-union actors for future theatre, film, TV, and/or commercial projects cast by D. Lynn Meyers, CSA. This call is for all interested without regard to previous experience and with a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

Audition time slots are 3 minutes each and must be scheduled ONLINE at www.ensemblecincinnati.org/auditions. Sign-ups will be available starting January 24, 2022 at 12:00pm and are and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To audition:

  • Upload a current HEADSHOT and RÉSUMÉ (DO NOT email them);
  • Prepare a short monologue and song (must be performed a cappella), or two prepared monologues.
  • A donation to the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank is suggested: bit.ly/Meals2022

The Freestore Foodbank is the largest emergency food and services provider to children and families in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana, distributing 33 million meals annually to low-income individuals and families. The Freestore Foodbank supports 511 community partner agencies serving 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. This includes food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, community centers, program sites, senior centers, and daycare facilities. The Freestore Foodbank is a member of Feeding America.

The Casting Society of America (CSA) is the premier organization of theatrical Casting Directors in film, television, and theatre. Although it is not a union, the CSA is a united professional society that consistently sets the level of professionalism in casting upon which the entertainment industry relies. CSA’s more than 490 members are represented not only in the United States, but also in Europe, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. “I am very proud to be a member of the Casting Society of America,” says CSA member D. Lynn Meyers. “The idea of Meals 4 Monologues came from a desire to always see new talent and to aid the community. I am delighted at the opportunity to see new faces and to spread outreach beyond the Greater Cincinnati area through this event.”

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2021-2022 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.

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ETC Hosts Fourth Annual PLAY/WRITE: The Jackie Demaline Regional Collegiate Playwriting Competition

ETC_logoSubmission Deadline of March 31, 2022

(Cincinnati, OH) Tristate area playwrights, it’s your time to shine! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati hosts the fourth annual PLAY/write: The Jackie Demaline Regional Collegiate Playwriting Competition, held in memory of writer, critic, and arts advocate, Jackie Demaline. Students currently enrolled full- or part-time at a university or college in the Cincinnati tristate region are welcome to submit their plays to the competition. Dependent upon submissions up to three winners will be chosen. Each winner will receive $2,500 from the Jackie Demaline Fund and a professionally staged reading of their script.

Demaline’s love of the arts started at a young age. Throughout her life, she continued to be a passionate believer in the arts as an entertainment writer and editor for multiple newspapers and publications. After moving to Cincinnati in 1994, she covered theatre and the arts for The Cincinnati Enquirer for 20 years and worked as an important catalyst for change and growth during a time when new theatres and companies were popping up all over Cincinnati, helping to secure their place in the community.

After a four-year battle with cancer, Demaline passed away on June 17, 2018. As her final gift to the community, she arranged for her estate to fund the PLAY/write competition. Through this, her legacy lives on—providing new voice development, kick-starting arts careers, and caring for the community through thoughtful programming.

Submission guidelines:

WHO:

  • Students currently enrolled at a university or college in the Cincinnati tristate region

WHAT:

  • Original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, adaptations, and children’s plays not accepted
  • Plays must be typed and page-numbered
  • Subject matter is open, however, the play should address some of the characteristics Jackie considered when critiquing theatre:
    • Does it tell me something I didn’t know about myself or the world in which I live?
    • Does it hold up a mirror at an angle I’ve never tried so that the things I know now suddenly possess new meaning?
    • Does it move me? Excite me? Provoke me?
    • Does it make me laugh or cry? Make me uncomfortable? Make me think?

WHEN:

  • Submission deadline: 11:59 pm EST, March 31, 2022.

HOW:

  • Submit your script electronically at ensemblecincinnati.org/playwriting-competition
  • If you have questions about the competition or submission process, please email Jared D. Doren, Programming & Events Manager, at jdoren@ensemblecincinnati.org

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2021-2022 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.

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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Postpones Dates for Remaining 2021-2022 Season

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(Cincinnati, OH) Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) will be postponing its remaining 2021-2022 productions by a few weeks out of an abundance of caution and in anticipation of an increase of local COVID cases fueled by the Omicron variant and post-holiday surges. This includes Queen, an insightful drama about scientific integrity and bees, rescheduled for February 19­–March 19, 2022; the double bill of I Shall Not Be Moved and Your Negro Tour Guide, about local Civil Rights pioneer Betty Daniels Rosemond and misguided notions of Black identity, respectively, moves to April 9–May 7, 2022; and Tiny Beautiful Things, a funny and deeply touching exploration of resilience, will play May 28–June 26, 2022.

About the Plays
ETC presents the new play that’s created quite a buzz, Queen by award-winning playwright Madhuri Shekar, for February 19­–March 19, 2022. PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. Just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon an error in their calculations, which could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and friendship. Now, Sanam is confronted with an impossible choice: look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences?

ETC is thrilled to present two one-act productions with the newly commissioned world premiere of I Shall Not Be Moved followed by the return of Your Negro Tour Guide, playing back-to-back April 9–May 7, 2022. The riveting play I Shall Not Be Moved is by Cincinnati native and emerging young playwright Isaiah Reaves. This one-woman show thrillingly recounts the story of Reaves’s grandmother, nationally recognized Civil Rights pioneer Betty Daniels Rosemond and her beautiful, horrifying, and trailblazing journey through the American South as one of the first Freedom Riders during the 1960s. Audiences far and wide will experience the internal conflicts and joys of a dark-skinned Black woman’s fearless battle for equity and equality.

The revised one-woman stage adaptation of Your Negro Tour Guide draws heavily from columns and National Public Radio commentaries collected in Kathy Y. Wilson’s book, Your Negro Tour Guide: Truths in Black & White based on her former CityBeat column. Throwing a glaring light on misguided notions of natural Black beauty, Black homophobia, intra-racial bigotry, and other cultural stereotypes, this play allows us, once and for all, to laugh at every secret we’ve held against and sideways glance we’ve cast at “The Other,” whoever she happens to be.

Based on the acclaimed book by Cheryl Strayed (author of the best-selling Wild), Tiny Beautiful Things, May 28–June 26, 2022, is a funny and deeply touching exploration of resilience following the then-struggling writer as she took over the unpaid, anonymous position of an advice columnist named Sugar. At first unsure of herself, she finds a way to weave her own life experiences together to help those seeking guidance for obstacles large and small. Brilliantly adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, the Academy Award-nominated writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this enrapturing and uplifting play surges with emotion and was described by Variety as “a theatrical hug in turbulent times.” Closing ETC’s 36th Season, Tiny Beautiful Things is about reaching out when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer.

Ticket Information
All tickets will be transferable to the new production dates and ticket holders will receive their updated tickets via email. Patrons may call the box office at (513) 421-3555 or email us at concierge@ensemblecincinnati.org with questions or concerns.

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2021-2022 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.

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Changes to 2021-2022 Season Announced by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

ETC_logoOut of an abundance of caution and in anticipation of an increase of local COVID cases fueled by the Omicron variant and post-holiday surges, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati will be postponing its remaining 2021-2022 productions by a few weeks:

  • QUEEN, the insightful drama about scientific integrity and bees, is rescheduled for Feb. 19­–Mar. 19, 2022;
  • The double bill of I SHALL NOT BE MOVED and YOUR NEGRO TOUR GUIDE, about local Civil Rights pioneer Betty Daniels Rosemond and misguided notions of Black identity, respectively, moves to Apr. 9–May 7, 2022; and
  • TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, a funny and deeply touching exploration of resilience, will play May 28–Jun. 25, 2022.

All tickets will be transferable to the new production dates and subscribers will receive their updated tickets via email within the week.

Patrons may call the box office at (513) 421-3555 or email us at concierge@ensemblecincinnati.org with questions or concerns.

Please understand our response may be delayed as we anticipate processing many requests during this time. We appreciate your patience and your continued support!

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QUEEN Runs Jan. 26-Feb. 26

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1/4/22 – Out of an abundance of caution and in anticipation of an increase of local COVID cases fueled by the Omicron variant and post-holiday surges ETC has postponed QUEEN to Feb. 19-March 19.

QUEEN
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
Jan. 26-Feb. 26
[Over-the-Rhine]

Directed by Bridget Leak

PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. Just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon an error in their calculations, which could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and friendship. Now, Sanam is confronted with an impossible choice: look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences? This production contains mature language and may not be suitable for all audiences.

12/23/21 – Health and Safety

  • In preview Sat, Jan. 22 at 7pm
  • In preview Tue, Jan. 25 at 7pm
  • Wed-Thu, Jan. 26-27 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Jan. 28 at 8pm
  • Sat, Jan. 29 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Jan. 30 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, Feb. 1-3 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Feb. 4 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 5 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 6 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, Feb. 8-10 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Feb. 11 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 12 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 13 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, Feb. 15-17 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Feb. 18 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 19 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 20 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, Feb. 22-24 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Feb. 25 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 26 at 2pm & 8pm

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