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Gideon Productions Present THIS HOUSE WILL NEVER LET US GO as Part of Cincy Fringe Festival

CFF19_This House Will Never Let Us GoWORLD PREMIERE AS PART OF THE CINCY FRINGE FESTIVAL!
WRITTEN BY MAC ROGERS
DIRECTED BY JORDANA WILLIAMS 

JUNE 2nd – JUNE 7th @ GABRIEL’S CORNER

Gideon Productions, the company behind the Cincy Fringe hits God Of Obsidian (2017 Linda Bowen Full Frontal Pick) and Musical Chairs (2018 Critic’s Pick Award), will present the World Premiere of playwright Mac Rogers’ (The Honeycomb Trilogy; the global hit podcasts The Message, LifeAfter and Steal The Stars) horror drama THIS HOUSE WILL NEVER LET US GO, running from June 2nd to June 7th at Gabriel’s Corner as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The production will be directed by Jordana Williams (The Honeycomb Trilogy; Steal the Stars) and will feature Rebecca Comtois (Viral; Crystal Skillman’s Geek! with Vampire Cowboys), Mac Rogers (NYIT Outstanding Lead Actor Nominee for The Adventures of Nervous-Boy with Nosedive Productions), and Kristen Vaughan (Frankenstein Upstairs, The Honeycomb Trilogy, NYIT Outstanding Lead Actress Winner for Benefactors).

Joan hasn’t had a real home since she left Griffin. Instead, she’s been living off of house-sitting, maintaining the neglected homes of rich people who live far away. It looks like she just  landed the perfect summer gig – watching a lavish beach house with an absent owner – until Joan discovers there’s another woman already living there. A mysterious, ageless woman named Iris, who has plans for Joan. As Griffin worms his way back into her life and frightening forces close in, Joan realizes she’s going to have to make an agonizing choice.

This House Will Never Let Us Go will run June 2nd at 7:00pm, June 4th at 8:30pm, June 5th at 6:30pm, and June 7 at 6:30pm, as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival at Gabriel’s Corner (Sycamore & Liberty, Cincinnati, OH, 45202). Tickets ($15) may be purchased online at www.cincyfringe.com. The show will run 60 minutes with no intermission.

MAC ROGERS (Playwright and Griffin) is an award-winning playwright and audio dramatist. His sci-fi thriller podcasts THE MESSAGE, STEAL THE STARS, and LIFEAFTER were downloaded over 7 million times.  His plays God of Obsidian and Musical Chairs were both Cincy Fringe award-winners. His plays include THE HONEYCOMB TRILOGY (New York Times and Backstage Critic’s Picks and winner of the NYIT Award for Best Premiere Production), VIRAL (winner of Outstanding Play at FringeNYC 2009), and UNIVERSAL ROBOTS (nominated for four New York Innovative Theatre awards). Mac’s plays have earned acclaim from The New York Times, The Guardian, Time Out New York, The New York Post, and many others. 

JORDANA WILLIAMS (Director) has directed numerous plays by Mac Rogers, including the CityBeat Critic’s Picks God Of Obsidian, Musical Chairs, and Ligature Marks, as well as The Honeycomb Trilogy (NY Times and Time Out NY Critics’ Picks), Universal Robots and Viral. She also directed Mac’s Steal the Stars, a 2018 Audie Award finalist for Best Audio Drama. Other favorite directing work includes Kill Shakespeare at NY Comic Con, Vince Gatton’s Alexandria and The Particulars at FringeNYC.

REBECCA COMTOIS (Joan) previously worked with Mac Rogers and Jordana Williams on CityBeat Critic’s Picks God Of Obsidian, Musical Chairs, and Ligature Marks, as well as Viral (Winner of FringeNYC’s Outstanding Production of a Play) and The Honeycomb Trilogy (NY Times and Time Out NY Critics’ Picks).  Other notable roles include Minnie the Minotaur in Cystal Skillman’s Geek! (Vampire Cowboys), Jenny in James Comtios’ Infectious Opportunity (Nosedive Productions) and Mag in Taylor Mac’s The Hot Month  (Boomerang’s Legacy Reading Series).

KRISTEN VAUGHAN (Iris) is a three-time NYIT Awards nominee for Lead Actress, winning for Jane in Benefactors (Retro Productions).  Among Kristen’s other roles; Amelia Cooke in The Honeycomb Trilogy and Victoria Frankenstein in Frankenstein Upstairs (Gideon Productions), and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (Bleecker Company).  www.kristenvaughan.com

Critical acclaim for Gideon Productions:

“Television is where you find complicated storytelling. Film is the home of epic sci-fi trilogies. Giant aliens are expensive. Mac Rogers’s “Honeycomb Trilogy,” a titanic story about humanity in crisis wedged into a small theater in Queens, laid waste to these truisms, and provided giddy, cerebral fun along the way.” The New York Times 

“Mac Rogers—genre playwright extraordinaire—can rant like Sorkin, plot like Mamet, banter like Whedon and sting like a bee.”  Time Out New York

“One of the most intelligent and complex theatrical events of the year.” Flavorpill 

GIDEON PRODUCTIONS crafts gripping plays that explore what’s strange about being human and what’s human about being strange, using familiar genres and cultural touchstones as a springboard to something wholly unexpected.

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www.gideonth.com

www.cincyfringe.com

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CFF18: MUSICAL CHAIRS

CFF18_Musical Chairs logoMUSICAL CHAIRS
Part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’18
MEMO Studio
[Over-the-Rhine]

Written by Mac Rogers
Directed by Jordana Williams

Cast: Mac Rogers as Owen, Rebecca Comtois as Jess & Kristen Vaughan as Ruth

A three-person relationship wouldn’t be most people’s cup of tea, but for Jess, Owen, and Ruth, it seems to work. So they decide to make it official: Ruth moves in. They figure out how to make it legal. It’s only then that the three spouses learn that marriage – especially in a scarily changing world – isn’t any easier for three than for two.

  • Sun, June 3 at 4pm
  • Mon, June 4 at 7:45pm
  • Wed, June 6 at 8:30pm
  • Fri, June 8 at 6:30pm
  • Sat, June 9 at 8:30pm

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Gideon Productions Presents World Premiere of MUSICAL CHAIRS at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival

 

 

CFF18_Musical Chairs logoWRITTEN BY MAC ROGERS
DIRECTED BY JORDANA WILLIAMS 

JUNE 3rd – JUNE 9th @ MEMORIAL HALL STUDIO

Gideon Productions, the company behind the Cincy Fringe hits God Of Obsidian (winner of last year’s Linda Bowen Full Frontal Pick) and Ligature Marks (a CityBeat Critic’s Pick), will present the World Premiere of playwright Mac Rogers’ (The Honeycomb Trilogy; the global hit podcasts The Message and Steal The Stars) poly-amorous drama MUSICAL CHAIRS, running from June 3rd to June 9th at the Memo Studio at Memorial Hall as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The production will be directed by Jordana Williams (Steal the Stars; The Honeycomb Trilogy) and will feature Rebecca Comtois (Viral; Steal the Stars), Mac Rogers (NYIT Outstanding Lead Actor Nominee for The Adventures of Nervous-Boy with Nosedive Productions), and Kristen Vaughan (Frankenstein Upstairs, The Honeycomb Trilogy, NYIT Outstanding Lead Actress Winner for Benefactors).

A three-person relationship wouldn’t be most people’s cup of tea, but for Jess, Owen, and Ruth, it seems to work. So they decide to make it official: Ruth moves in. They figure out how to make it legal. It’s only then that the three spouses learn that marriage – especially in a scarily changing world – isn’t any easier with three.

Musical Chairs will run June 3 at 4pm, June 4 at 7:45pm, June 6 at 8:30pm, June 8 at 6:30pm and June 9 at 8:30pm, as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival at the Memorial Hall Studio (1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202). Tickets ($15) may be purchased online at www.cincyfringe.com. The show will run 60 minutes with no intermission.

MAC ROGERS (Playwright and Owen) is an award-winning playwright and audio dramatist. His sci-fi thriller podcasts The Message, Steal the Stars, and LifeAfter were downloaded over 7 million times.  His plays include The Honeycomb Trilogy (New York Times and Backstage Critic’s Picks and winner of the NYIT Award for Best Premiere Production), Viral (winner of Outstanding Play at FringeNYC 2009), and Universal Robots (nominated for four New York Innovative Theatre awards). Mac’s plays have earned acclaim from The New York Times, The Guardian, Time Out New York, The New York Post, and many others. 

JORDANA WILLIAMS (Director) directed Mac Rogers’ hit audio drama Steal the Stars, as well as many of his plays, including God of Obsidian (Full Frontal Pick), Ligature Marks (CityBeat Critic’s Pick), The Honeycomb Trilogy (NY Times and Time Out NY Critics’ Picks), Universal Robots and Viral. Other favorite directing work includes Kill Shakespeare at NY Comic Con and The Particulars with The Bridge Theater Company, FringeNYC.

REBECCA COMTOIS (Jess) previously appeared at the Cincy Fringe in God of Obsidian (Full Frontal Pick) and Ligature Marks (CityBeat Critic’s Pick). She also work with Mac Rogers and Jordana Williams on the hit podcast Steal The Stars as well as on the plays Viral (Winner of FringeNYC’s Outstanding Production of a Play) and The Honeycomb Trilogy (NY Times and Time Out NY Critics’ Picks).  Other notable roles include Jenny in James Comtios’ Infectious Opportunity (Nosedive Productions) and Mag in Taylor Mac’s The Hot Month with Carol Kane (Boomerang’s Legacy Reading Series).

KRISTEN VAUGHAN (Ruth) is a three-time NYIT Awards nominee for Lead Actress, winning for Jane in Benefactors (Retro Productions).  Among Kristen’s other roles; Amelia Cooke in The Honeycomb Trilogy and Victoria Frankenstein in Frankenstein Upstairs (Gideon Productions), and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (Bleecker Company).  www.kristenvaughan.com

Critical acclaim for Gideon Productions:

“Television is where you find complicated storytelling. Film is the home of epic sci-fi trilogies. Giant aliens are expensive. Mac Rogers’s “Honeycomb Trilogy,” a titanic story about humanity in crisis wedged into a small theater in Queens, laid waste to these truisms, and provided giddy, cerebral fun along the way.” The New York Times 

“Mac Rogers—genre playwright extraordinaire—can rant like Sorkin, plot like Mamet, banter like Whedon and sting like a bee.”  Time Out New York

“This is full-on, unapologetic science fiction with a galactic-scale backdrop involving interstellar trips and an insectoid race.” New York Post

“One of the most intelligent and complex theatrical events of the year.” Flavorpill

GIDEON PRODUCTIONS crafts gripping plays that explore what’s strange about being human and what’s human about being strange, using familiar genres and cultural touchstones as a springboard to something wholly unexpected.

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www.gideonth.com

www.cincyfringe.com

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CFF17: Pick of the Fringe Winners

CFF17 logoPICKS OF THE FRINGE ARE IN!

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CFF17: GOD OF OBSIDIAN Review

GOD OF OBSIDIAN presented by Gideon Productions as part of the 2017 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here

Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a group, hoping to make targets question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the target and delegitimize the target’s belief. –Wikipedia

CFF_God of Obsidian

Mac Rogers as Nathan & Rebecca Comtois as Alice.

Gideon Productions ups the creep factor with a strong, engaging script from playwright Mac Rogers. I enjoyed the Brothers Grimm undertones to the story.

As Alice, Rebecca Comtois is fascinating to watch as her new and happy relationship descends into one of mental abuse and manipulation. Emotionally, her performance rings true and believable as she struggles to remember who she is and reassert her independence.

Mac Rogers is equally strong as congenial and earnest Nathan. Even though the character doesn’t change much superficially, the machinations under the surface are there and fascinating to watch. He pretty much embodies that “he was quiet and kept to himself, but always seemed so nice” serial killer quality.

Director Jordana Williams keeps the pacing strong and uses the play space effectively. The upstage use of the bridge worked very well. There was one point near the middle of the performance where I felt it was starting to lose momentum but the show quickly rebounded.

At the performance I attended, part of the “fun” of the performance was the audience’s physical and verbal reactions as the story unfolded. Very interesting, well-written and strongly performed, but I felt like I needed a shower after it was over. The final performance is tonight, June 5th.

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