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Cincinnati LAB Theatre Premieres New Works


August 4 – 13, 2016

FT_logoCINCINNATI, July 7, 2016 — 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 4 – August 13, 2016.  All performances will be presented at Falcon Theatre, 636 Monmouth St, Newport, KY.

Cincinnati LAB Theatre, now in its third producing season, is thrilled to find a permanent home and begin an exciting new partnership as a division of Falcon Theatre.  Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s past productions include Buckeye by Elizabeth a. Harris, An Evening with Stephen Crane by Phil Paradis, and Identity: An Evening of Three Twenty-Minute Plays.

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 worskhop productions written by local playwrights:

CHASE THE DRAGON by Kirk Sheppard.  Peter wants to make a difference; his chosen career path should allow him to do so.  But sometimes people run from their past, and other times they chase it. CHASE THE DRAGON is a brand-new play by Kirk Sheppard that explores the lives of at-risk youth and what happens when we don’t have a handle on our own history.  Directed by Jared D. Doren.  Cast:  Carter Bratton, Rupert Spraul, Bob Allen, Tess Talbot and Henry Howland.  Performances August 4, 6, and 12, 2016, at 8pm.

JUDAS by Elizabeth a. Harris.  A betrayer, an outcast, a pariah, the lowest of the low: This is Judas. Or is it? How would our views of Christianity and the Messiah change if we discovered Judas was actually Jesus’ most trusted disciple? JUDAS, a new play by Elizabeth a. Harris, based on the Gospel of Judas, examines the limits of love and self-sacrifice and asks the question: “What would you do if the person you loved most in the world asked you to perform the ultimate betrayal for the good of all humanity?”  Directed by Elizabeth a. Harris.  Cast:  Brian Berendts and Derek Snow.  Performances August 5, 11, and 13, 2016 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. 4 (CHASE THE DRAGON) and Thursday, August 11 (JUDAS) at 7pm.

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

3SOME by Brian Griffin.  Expectations are shattered and lives are changed when three strangers meet one evening and get something none of them bargained for. Saturday, August 5, 2016 at 5:30pm.

MEDUSA IN YOU by Valetta Anderson.  The murder of the innocents is something no people forget.  And the innocents are every woman’s child, whatever age and swaddled in any color of skin.  Saturday, August 12, 2016 at 5:30pm.

Single Tickets and 2016 New Works Festival All-Access Pass

Single tickets to the 2016 Cincinnati LAB Theatre New Works Festival may be purchased online in advance or at the door.

Workshop Series:

  • $15 Adult – General Admisssion 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!  2016 All-Access Passes are on sale now for $25.  2016 All-Access passes allow general admission entry for passholders into all 2016 Cincinnati LAB Theatre New Works Festival events.

To purchase Single Tickets or a 2016 ALL ACCESS Pass online please visit:

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.

Cincinnati LAB Theatre is a division of Falcon Theatre.

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Auditions Announced for TOXIC AVENGER: The Musical at Falcon Theater

FT_logoFalcon Theatre is proud to announce for TOXIC AVENGER: The Musical, directed by Charlie Russell & music direction by Jay P. Myers.

Audition dates are May 16 & 17 from 7-10pm at Falcon Theatre, 636 Monmouth St, Newport KY 41071.

The show will run September 30 through October 15.  All parts are paid. The part of the Toxic Avenger is already cast.

Available Roles:

  • Sarah, The Blind Librarian
    The classic heroine. Blind. Very sexy and sensual. Always speaks exactly what’s on her mind. An aspiring writer of graphic romance novels.
    Gender: female Age: 20’s to 30’s
    Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: G3
  • Mayor Babs Belgoody / Ma Ferd / Nun
    As the Mayor, she is corrupt and scheming. Accepts loads of cash in return for storing the toxic waste. Set on one day being the governor of New Jersey by any means necessary.  The Mayor and Ma Ferd sing a duet “together”.
    Gender: female Age: 40s to 50s
    Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: G3
  • Black Dude
    Appears as numerous supporting roles, both male and female, such as Professor Ken, Sluggo the bully, Little Old Lady, and Shinequa the friend.  Physically versatile with strong dialects.
    Gender: male Age: 20s to 40s
    Vocal range top: D6 Vocal range bottom: A3
  • White Dude
    Appears as numerous supporting roles, both male and female, such as Dr. Fishbein, Bozo the bully, Sal the cop, and Lorenzo the hairdresser.  Physically versatile with strong dialects.
    Gender: male Age: 20s to 40s
    Vocal range top: B5 Vocal range bottom: A3

For auditions please prepare:

  • 16-32 bars of a song, with sheet music, in the style of the show (rock). No a capella auditions will be permitted
  • Be prepared to participate in cold readings from the script and wear comfortable clothing for movement auditions.

Questions? Please contact Charlie Russell at directorchas@gmail.com.

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Magic Duo Recreates the Intimacy of Vaudeville Performances

Live family entertainment comes to Newport’s Monmouth Theatre

MISC_ A Little Night Magic logoNEWPORT, KY Multi-Award winning magician Sir Pat-Trick and Special Guest Star Illusionist Mike Woodward have joined forces to create a fun family program they are humbly calling A LITTLE NIGHT MAGIC, which can be experienced in Newport on Friday February 26th, Saturday February 27th, and Sunday February 28th 2016. Show times are 8pm Friday and Saturday and a 2pm Matinee on Sunday.

A LITTLE NIGHT MAGIC showcases segments of Sir Pat-Trick’s performances at The Orleans Casino in Las Vegas, where he received two standing ovations, and parts of his recent act he performed at The World Famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles, California.

Illusionist Mike Woodward will feature portions of his College Spectacular and Major American Business show that have been featured in appearances in China, Mexico and Canada.

The program will be at the Monmouth Theatre which is located at 636 Monmouth Street Newport, Kentucky 41071. Ticket Prices are $10 dollars for children ages 12 and under, $15 dollars General Admission, and $20 dollars VIP Package (which includes admission to the show, 1 soft drink and a special gift).Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.littlenightmagic.com or day of performance at the door if still available. This fast past 90 minute performance piece is a fun filled family friendly show that uses traditional magic and side splitting comedy to transport the audience back into the time of the golden age of Magic, A time where Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harry Houdini, and Howard Thurston all reigned supreme. “We are calling this a performance piece because this is not your typical magic show.” said Sir Pat-Trick and Mike Woodward.

“Monmouth Theatre, with seating for 70 people, is a cozy venue that allows every audience member to have a great seat.” said Sir Pat-Trick.

Sir Pat-Trick is a proud hometown boy having graduated from Elder High school and also from Mount St. Joseph University. “It is a great feeling to be able to bring this new show back home to the Tri-State” said Sir Pat-Trick. Professionally He has won regional and National performances awards and also has had been featured in articles in Magic Magazine, An International Publication for Magicians, about being directed and coached by Joanie Spina, David Copperfield’s Former Lead Assistant and Artistic Director.

Mike Woodward is an Illusion builder. He has designed illusions to make the guest of honor appear; caused a CEO to vanish from the stage and re-appear driving a car up the aisle of the meeting room. “It will be great performing in A LITTLE NIGHT MAGIC and hope so see everyone at the Show.” said Woodward.

You can get more information at our website, www.LittleNightMagic.com or by E-mail at sirpat_trick@yahoo.com Performers Individual websites www.sirpat-trick.com or

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Presented by Feisty Broads Productions
Jan. 8-9

Written by and featuring Cathy Springfield & Sherry McCamley

SHE’S CRAZY is a cabaret format that uses original songs and personal stories with the goal of reducing the stigma of Mental Health. The subtitle, “Mental Health and Other Myths” speaks to the idea that we all have some sort of mental health issue throughout our lifetime. One in four people in the U.S. (62 million people) has a diagnosable mental illness and the other three know someone, either a family member, a co worker, or friend, that has a mental illness; we’re all in it together! Mental Health is a combination of support and treatment. Feisty Broads Productions aims to support open discussion and decrease the fear of talking about mental illness.

  • Fri-Sat at 8pm

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Nicole Jeannine Smith, Simon Powell, Adam Jones, Jared Earland & Becca Howell.

Nicole Jeannine Smith, Simon Powell, Adam Jones, Jared Earland & Becca Howell.

THE MYSTERY PLAYS presented by Falcon Theatre through Nov. 21. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening night performance.

The title, THE MYSTERY PLAYS, may be a bit misleading. For me, the tone of the slightly-related one-acts hearkens back to such anthology series as The Twilight Zone or Amazing Stories.

Director Lindsey Augusta Mercer gives the production a great, stylized look that I enjoyed very much. The somber color pallet of the costumes, accented at times with hoods and jackets were visually intriguing. Great work by costumer designer Tara Williams and seamstress Lisa Dirkes. Ted J. Weil’s lighting design also adds strongly to the mood.

The show boasts a strong fully-committed ensemble.

In the first act, The Filmmaker’s Mystery, Adam Jones takes the lead as horror movie-maker Joe Manning. Jones gives Manning a self-absorbed but likable personality. As potential love interest Nathan West, Simon Powell gives an honest, believable performance, which makes the truth of the character that much more surprising.

Falcon Theatre presents THE MYSTERY PLAYS, Friday-Nov. 21.

The cast.

Playwright Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa’s script is very dense, packing much information in this short story. The first act seemed to drag in places underneath that weight. There were times when the delivery of the exposition worked against the information being imparted. Nicole Jeannine Smith has a fun characterization in Joe Manning’s agent, but when the character imports crucial information near the end of the act, the delivery isn’t engaging.

For act two’s Ghost Children, Becca Howell is Abby Gilly, a lawyer returning to her hometown sixteen years after a family tragedy. I found this act to be a bit emotionally flat. In the final moments of her story, when Abby speaks her truth aloud for the first time it should be a dark revelation for the character and an emotional gut-punch to the audience. Without the memories that Abby re-lives building emotionally to this moment, the reveal lacks any true power, making the ending feel a bit anti-climatic going into the epilogue.

Overall a strong, intriguing and visually-strong production.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

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