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Game On! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Presents Pulitzer Prize Finalist THE WOLVES, June 1-29, 2019

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(Cincinnati, OH) It’s time to take the field! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati presents gripping Pulitzer Prize finalist The Wolves by Sara DeLappe. In this highly anticipated regional premiere drama, a high school girls’ soccer team fights tooth and nail for a chance at the championship—and for their futures. Infused with the raw, jagged energy of youth, The Wolves offers a refreshingly complex and powerful reflection on society, sex, and soccer. Playing June 1-29, 2019. Directed by D. Lynn Meyers.

The Wolves are undefeated, and they plan to stay that way. Fiercely competitive and strikingly talented, these nine elite high school athletes gather each Saturday to battle it out at their indoor soccer league and leave it all—body and soul—on the field. But, when the world outside the game starts to creep onto their turf, will the pack be able to stick together? A ferociously funny and achingly honest portrait of the warriors that are teenage girls, The Wolves is the formidable and unexpected new play taking the theatre world by storm.

“I felt absolutely compelled to do The Wolves,” says Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers. “The writing is fiercely intelligent, articulate, contemporary. Not often have I heard nine female voices coming together and discussing the cost and need for success like this. This play is the best of what sports is about—on this field, we come face to face with young, female characters and their passionate inner lives.”

About the Cast

Maggie Cramer (#46) returns to Ensemble Theatre after completing the Professional Acting Apprenticeship last season. Some of her recent credits include Failure: A Love Story and The Dancing Princesses, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati; Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner, Know Theatre of Cincinnati; and Dry Land at Liberty Exhibition Hall, which she co-produced in partnership with Planned Parenthood. Originally from Minneapolis, she received her BA in theatre from Loyola University Chicago.

Avery Deutsch (#2) is a Manhattan-based actor and makes her Ensemble Theatre debut with this production. She was a member of the 2018-2019 Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where some of her credits include We’ve Come to Believe (part of the 43rd Humana Festival), A Christmas Carol, and The Patriot which she wrote and performed for the Solo Mio Festival. Previously, she was a member of The Bats, the resident acting company at the Flea Theater. 

Maya Farhat (#14) returns to Ensemble Theatre having last appeared in Fly By Night. She is a proud alumna of Xavier University and was a member of Ensemble Theatre’s Professional Acting Apprenticeship Program. Some of her recent credits include Dryland, Liberty Exhibition Hall; Ruthless, Know Theatre of Cincinnati; and The Bureau (2018 Audience Pick), Cincinnati Fringe Festival. She also appeared in Mariah Carey’s Hallmark movie, A Christmas Melody and has done commercial work for Hulu.

Annie Fitzpatrick (Soccer Mom) last appeared at Ensemble Theatre in This Random World. Some of her other favorite ETC credits include Luna Gale, Hands on a Hardbody, Next Fall, Rabbit Hole, and String of Pearls. Her most recent production was The Roommate at American Stage. Some of her other credits include A Prayer for Owen Meany, To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, A Christmas Carol, and Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Richard III, Death of a Salesman, Little Women, A Man for All Seasons, and Blithe Spirit, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; and Silent Sky, Pluto, and Collapse, Know Theatre. She has worked with various regional theatres including  The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Geva Theatre, Florida Stage, and Florida Studio. Her television and film credits include Chicago P.D., Those Who Kill, Army Wives, The Old Man and the Gun, Fun Size, and Milk Money.

Maliyah Gramata-Jones (#00) makes her Ensemble Theatre debut with this production. After years of touring Japan, Germany, Poland, and Canada as an Arts Ambassador, she has returned to her Cincinnati roots and immersed herself in education and local arts. While entering her second semester at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (where she studies Communication Design), Ms. Gramata-Jones took the stage in Red Bike at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati.

Victoria Hawley (#8) is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and was a member of ETC’s Professional Acting Apprentice Company. She was recently seen in A Small Fire and Frankenstein at Falcon Theatre, and wrote, produced, and performed in All We Have Borne  as part of the 2018 Cincinnati Fringe FestivalShe is proud to be an Education Associate with ETC’s Education Department.

Becca Howell (#11) returns to the Ensemble Theatre having last been seen in Red Velvet, The Humans, and Bloomsday. After graduating from Northern Kentucky University she completed the Ensemble Theatre Professional Acting Internship. She recently appeared in Macbeth at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Natalie Joyce (#7) was last seen at Ensemble Theatre in Luna Gale, Sleeping Beauty, Hands on a Hardbody, and Love and Information. Her Chicago credits include The Wolves (Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble), Goodman Theatre; Born Yesterday, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company; Deirdre of the Sorrows, City Lit Theatre; Mary Shelley Sees the Future, Runaways Lab Theater; and For Annie, The SoundShe has also appeared on television in Chicago P.D. on NBC. She is a proud graduate of the Penn State School of Theatre and the British American Drama Academy.

Kayla Marie Klammer (#13) is a current member of Ensemble Theatre’s Professional Acting Apprenticeship Program. She was born and raised in rural Nebraska and studied at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a double major in Theatre Performance and Dance. After graduation, she performed throughout the country with different theaters, and spent seven months in Costa Rica interning for a nonprofit organization. Ms. Klammer understudied for Fly By Night, Ripcord, and A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Ensemble Theatre.

Katie Mitchell (#25) is a Cincinnati native and attended Xavier University where she majored in Theatre Performance. She was a member of Ensemble Theatre’s Professional Acting Apprenticeship Program during the 2017-2018 season and toured with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company during the 2018-2019 season. Some of her other credits include Larry 13:2, Cincinnati Fringe Festival; In Love and Warcraft, The Carnegie; and understudy roles for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Humans, Ensemble Theatre.

Production team includes D. Lynn Meyers (Producing Artistic Director), Brian c. Mehring (Set & Lighting Designer), Jack Murphy (Technical Director), Matthew Hollstegge (Production Manager), Shannon Rae Lutz (Properties Master & Design Assistant), Matt Callahan (Sound Designer), and Stormie Mac (Costume Designer). Production Stage Manager is Brandon T. Holmes. Stage Manager is Lexi Muller.

Performance Information
Performances run Tuesday through Sunday. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm; and Sunday, 7:00 pm. A complete calendar of performances is available online at www.ensemblecincinnati.org.

Ticket Prices
Ticket prices start at $35 for adults; student tickets are $28; and children are $24. Half-Price Rush Tickets: All remaining tickets for the current day’s performance(s) are available two hours prior to each show time for half-price (discount does not apply to children’s tickets) when purchasing by phone or in person. $15 Student Rush Tickets: Students may purchase up to two $15 student rush tickets two hours prior to show time with valid student I.D. Available in person only.

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2018-2019 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support provided PNC.

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 of 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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Cast Announced for THE WOLVES at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

ETC_The Wolves logoTHE WOLVES at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati runs June 1-29.

Drive. Ambition. Endurance. Precision. We’re not talking about any high school girls’ soccer team; we’re talking about a pack of female warriors, determined to win. Infused with the raw jagged energy of youth, The Wolves offers a refreshingly complex depiction of girls navigating friendships, growing up, confronting the future—and trying to score a few goals. Immediate and timely, this ferociously contemporary coming-of-age drama explores the aggression and teamwork of sports and adolescence with an unflinching and compassionate eye. A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah DeLappe’s widely-acclaimed firecracker of a debut is a fierce and unexpected play that has been taking the theater world by storm with its powerful reflection on society, sex, and soccer.

This production contains mature language and content and may not be suitable for all audiences. Approximate running time: 90 minutes with no intermission. 

The cast includes:

  • Maggie Cramer as #46
  • Avery Deutsch as #2
  • Maya Farhat as #14
  • Annie Fitzpatrick as Soccer Mom
  • Maliyah Gramata-Jones as #00
  • Victoria Hawley as #8
  • Becca Howell as #11
  • Katie Mitchell as #25
  • Kayla Marie Klammer as #13
  • Natalie Joyce as #7

For more information visit www.ensemblecincinnati.org/shows/the-wolves

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THE WOLVES Runs June 1-29

ETC_The Wolves logoTHE WOLVES
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
June 1-29
[Over-the-Rhine]

Drive. Ambition. Endurance. Precision. We’re not talking about any high school girls’ soccer team; we’re talking about a pack of female warriors, determined to win. Infused with the raw jagged energy of youth, The Wolves offers a refreshingly complex depiction of girls navigating friendships, growing up, confronting the future—and trying to score a few goals. Immediate and timely, this ferociously contemporary coming-of-age drama explores the aggression and teamwork of sports and adolescence with an unflinching and compassionate eye. A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah DeLappe’s widely-acclaimed firecracker of a debut is a fierce and unexpected play that has been taking the theater world by storm with its powerful reflection on society, sex, and soccer. This production contains mature language and content and may not be suitable for all audiences.

  • In preview Sat, June 1 at 7pm
  • In preview Tue, June 4 at 7pm
  • Wed-Thu, June 5-6 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 7 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 8 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 9 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, June 11-13 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 14 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 15 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 16 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, June 18-20 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 21 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 22 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 23 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, June 25-27 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 28 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 29 at 2pm & 8pm

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IN CELEBRATION OF SCOT WOOLLEY on April 22

ETC_In Celebration of Scot Woolley logoOn April 22, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati will host an evening celebrating the life of Scot Woolley, longtime music director, artistic collaborator, and beloved friend of ETC.

Scot appeared onstage at ETC in His Eye is on the Sparrow, 33 Variations, Gray Gardens, and Souvenir. His other numerous ETC credits included favorites such as 25 the Musical, Cinderella, and Violet. His work on Broadway, national tours, and regionally has touched lives across the globe, and made an enormous difference in our Cincinnati community.

This event will include a reception followed by stories and songs presented in Scot’s memory.

Space is very limited. To reserve seating, please contact Programming & Events Manager Jared Doren: jdoren@ensemblecincinnati.org.

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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Announces 2019-2020 Otto M. Budig Family Foundation Season

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(Cincinnati, OH) Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC), the region’s premiere theatre, is delighted to announce its 2019-2020 Season, which features a five-time Tony Award-winning musical, a raucous rom-com with a sweet sixth-sense, an urgent and gripping drama about breaking a sinister cycle, a snapshot of an unsung scientific heroine, and a close-up of a forty-year, age-defying friendship. Along with this compelling lineup, next season also features the return of ETC’s very first original holiday musical, plus a seventh (and explicit) show offering for those who are looking for some not-so-family-friendly entertainment.

“I always choose a season for Ensemble that specifically addresses the needs of our community, our neighborhood, our nation. In looking at the state of our world right now, I believe reconciliation and kindness are two elements that are needed and those themes resonate throughout each of our 2019-2020 selections. I am particularly thrilled to welcome Fun Home to our stage finally, as it’s an essential piece of theatre and sets the tone for the rest of the plays that follow in our season,” explains Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers.

“Additionally, six of the seven plays this season are coincidentally written by women. These are fierce, bold, and empowering voices that I am honored to present on our stage and which represent not only the very best in contemporary theatre, but also appeal to the breadth and depth of the universal human experience. I am equally pleased to have The Frog Princess on our stage again after a 12-year hiatus and to continue our long-standing relationship with local writing team Joe McDonough and David Kisor,” she adds.

About the Plays
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati opens its 34th year with a regional premiere hailed as one of Broadway’s most original musicals. Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Fun Home (music by Jeanine Tesori, book & lyrics by Lisa Kron, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel) is the groundbreaking story inspired by the best-selling graphic memoir, August 31–September 28, 2019. Alison’s father, Bruce, was an enigmatic, brilliant man whose secrets defined her family and her life. Bruce taught high school English, ran the family’s funeral home business, and was obsessed with restoring their old house. When he dies unexpectedly, Alison digs deeply into her memories to explore and unravel the mysteries of her childhood and the surprising secrets that shaped her life.

With the academic year in full swing, ETC takes lousy language to school with a limited 2-week engagement, Sex and Education by Lissa Levin, October 15-26, 2019. Meet Joe Marks, a graduating basketball star whose college scholarship is suddenly in jeopardy when his poorly-written, sexually explicit note to his girlfriend is confiscated during a final exam. Meet Miss Edwards, his jaded public high school English teacher on her last day of teaching. With nothing to lose and resentment from years of disinterested students, she assigns him the task of turning the purloined letter into a polished, persuasive essay. A scintillating romp and hilarious lesson for all in life, sex, sports, and grammar, this special performance event also offers an alternative to the holiday production for subscribers or may be added on to full season subscriptions. Recommended for mature audiences.

Jumping into the holiday season, ETC revives the very first of its unique holiday musicals, The Frog Princess, with book by Joseph McDonough and music and lyrics by David Kisor, December 4–January 4, 2020. Prince Ivan’s father has declared that it is time for his sons to marry, but when Ivan discovers his bride-to-be is actually a frog, he is toad-ally disappointed. Vasilisa is more than your typical hoppy-go- lucky frog, though…she’s a kindhearted princess under a curse! When the villainous Old Bones takes Vasilisa to a far-away land, Ivan sets out to save her, discovering along his journey that love sees beyond outside appearances. With a revitalized script and score, this modern, musical spin on the famous Russian fairy tale celebrates the beauty within each of us. The Frog Princess is suitable for all ages.

For those wishing for a little luck (and even a little romance) in the new year, ETC presents the regional premiere comedy Fortune by Deborah Zoe Laufer, January 18–February 15, 2020. Maude, aka Madame Rosa, is not your average fortune teller. A true clairvoyant with a bluntness that won’t quit, she often scares her customers away with the truth of what their futures hold. However, when love-hungry accountant Jeremy stumbles into her parlor with death in his imminent future, Maude tells a little white lie triggering supernatural consequences and changing both their destinies. In hilarious rom-com style, Fortune sweetly affirms the benefits of the unpredictability of life.

Next, the work of MacArthur Fellow (aka Genius Grant recipient) Dominique Morisseau (Detroit ’67, Skeleton Crew) returns to the ETC stage. Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities they’ll never have. But when an explosive incident at his prestigious private school threatens to get him expelled, will all her efforts be lost? A compelling, must-see portrait of parenthood, education, and the experience of young black men in America, Pipeline, March 7–April 4, 2020, brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the forefront. This is the deeply moving story of a mother’s fight to give her son a future—without turning her back on the community that made him who he is.

In the spring, ETC travels to London, 1952. Pioneering British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin’s DNA discovery leads to the Nobel Prize—not for her, but for three men: Francis Crick, James Dewey Watson, and Maurice Wilkins. Masterfully weaving the thriller-like twists and tension in the competitive chase to map the DNA molecule and based on the true story, Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, April 18–May 16, 2020, is a riveting and moving portrait of one of the great female scientists and the pivotal—yet often-overlooked—role she played in the biggest breakthrough of the 20th century.

ETC’s 2019-2020 Season closes with a snapshot in 20th Century Blues by Susan Miller, May 30–June 27, 2020. An impromptu behind-bars snapshot taken during a 1970s protest lockup sparks an eccentric, four-decade friendship. Every year, photographer Danny and her friends reunite to take a new photo showcasing their changing (and aging) selves. When Danny is offered a TED Talk career retrospective at MoMA, the ritual that has been the glue holding the women together for 40 years is now also what may tear them apart. The images unearth secrets and force the women to question who they are in this close-up on art, aging, and audacious friendship by two-time Obie Award winner Susan Miller.

Subscriptions On Sale Now
Subscriptions to the 2019-2020 Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati season are on sale now. 5-Show Preview subscriptions are $164 (excludes holiday production); Regular and FlexPass subscriptions range from $220 to $266.

Student Subscription Options
ETC will continue its deeply discounted subscription options for students, with packages just $100 for Teen Scene subscribers (exclusively for ages 13-19 on the second Sunday matinee, includes meal) and just $125 for Student subscriptions (available any day of the week with valid student I.D.). 

Single Tickets On Sale July 22, 2019
All single tickets for the 2019-2020 Season go on sale to the general public starting at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 22, 2019. Subscribers, however, may start making exchanges, purchasing additional tickets, or reserving their FlexPass dates during Subscriber-Only Days, July 15-21, 2019.

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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 of 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.

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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