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THE OTHER RHINE: A Lovecraftian Horror Runs Oct. 21-31

ktc_the-other-rhine-logoTHE OTHER RHINE: A Lovecraftian Horror
Know Theatre of Cincinnati Created by Hit the Lights! Theatre Company
Oct. 21-31
The Mockbee [Over-the-Rhine]

Cast: Samantha Blain, Kristopher Dean, Claron Hayden, Casey Leach, Carli Rhoades, Mikayla Stanley, Sarah Durham, Ryan Garret, Spencer Lackey, Marissa Mishi, Julia Netzer, Josh Reiter & Michaela Tropeano

Part walking tour, part haunted house, and part theatre, The Other Rhine takes you through The Mockbee and Reliance Metal buildings in Cincinnati’s Brewery District, in an immersive story that blends truth and fiction, revealing the horror that lurks beneath the streets of Cincinnati.

NOTE: The Other Rhine is a site specific show that includes about 45 minutes of walking through dimly lit areas and the navigation of stairs. The nature of the Mockbee means that the show is not handicapped accessible, and it is not recommended for patrons with mobiity issues or visual impairments. Audience members under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and audience members will be required to sign waivers before the show begins. Rated PG-13.

  • Fri-Sun, Oct. 21-23 at 7pm, 8pm & 9pm
  • Mon-Tue, Oct. 24-25 at 7pm, 8pm& 9pm
  • Sat-Sun, Oct. 29-30 at 7pm, 8pm & 9pm
  • Mon, Oct. 31 at 7pm, 8pm & 9pm

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Know Announces Encore Performances of the 2015 Audience Pick of the Fringe

from Hit The Lights! Theatre Co.

“down the tunnel, into the dark, dodge the web.”

CFF_DungeonA young man falls into the unknown to rescue something he holds dear.  Inspired by kabuki, video games, horror movies, and pixar shorts, Hit the Lights! Theater Co. build a world where the darkness speaks louder than the light.

Know Theatre is proud to welcome back the 2015 Cincinnati Fringe Festival’s Audience Pick of the Fringe, dungeon, for a two-performance Encore at the Cincinnati Actor’s Studio and Academy (Essex Studios, 2511 Essex Place, Room 282B).

Hit the Lights! is an award-winning artistic agreement based in New York City who make theater, music, and online content and are committed to telling simple stories in unconventional ways. Among their members are CCM Drama graduates Kristopher Dean, Claron Hayden, Casey Leach, and Mikayla Stanley.

Critics praised dungeon at the 2015 Cincy Fringe as an “imagination bomb” (Bart Bishop, Cincinnati CityBeat) and a “unqiue and engaging offering…” (Rob Bucher, Behind the Curtain Cincinnati). dungeon quickly caught the attention of festival-goers and after sold-out houses they went on to receive the coveted Audience Pick of the Fringe, voted on solely by festival attendees.

Associate Fringe Producer Chris Wesselman is thrilled to welcome the dungeon team back, saying “This is a young group of artists with roots right here in Cincinnati who are exciting to watch and interact with at every turn. Their passion and dedication are admirable and their artistic creativity is inspiring. We hope this is only the beginning of the work we’ll see from them.”

Hit the Lights! co-founder Casey Leach adds, “We’re overjoyed to be returning to Cincinnati, our home away from home, to invite audiences back into a more fully-formed dungeon than they last encountered.”

dungeon’s Encore will take place within the twists and turns of Essex Studios in Walnut Hills at the Cincinnati Actor’s Studio and Academy (CASA), an opportunity Chris Wesselman is very enthusiastic about. “What’s wonderful about Fringe is how it becomes a gathering of theatre artists from all across town to collaborate and celebrate our entire city’s creative force. And that’s certainly a goal we here at Know Theatre strive for, not just at Fringe but year round. We love finding these opportunities to team up with other local companies and we’re so thankful to everyone at CASA for welcoming dungeon into their space.”

dungeon runs February 26 and 27 at 8 PM. Join us for a night of Fringe theatre that you won’t soon forget…if you can escape. For more information, please visit knowtheatre.com.


  • Casey Leach
  • Mikayla Stanley
  • Kristopher Dean
  • Samantha Blain
  • Claron Hayden

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Production:    dungeon by Hit The Lights! Theatre Co.

When:          February 26 and 27, 2016 @ 8PM

Where:         Cincinnati Actor’s Studio and Academy, Essex Studios, 2511 Essex Place Room 282B, Cincinnati, OH 45206 (directional signage from the parking lot will be available)

Tickets:   $15 in advance or at the door

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.

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Upcoming Slate of Fringe Encores Announced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati

CFF_logoIn this week’s newsletter, the Know Theatre of Cincinnati announced a slate or upcoming Fringe Encores.

Full details will be released soon, but you can plan on being able to catch the following productions one more time:

  • OCCUPATIONAL PLEASURES from Homegrown Theatre
  • CINDERBLOCK from Homegrown Theatre (technically part of SERIALS 2!: THUNDERDOME but as Chris Wesselman says, “whatevs.”)
  • dungeon from Hit the Lights, Dad! Theatre Company (2015 Audience Pick of the Fringe!)
  • HUNGRY MOTHER from Vodianoi
  • CHEMISTRY from The Cake Shop Theatre Company (2015 Producer’s Pick of the Fringe!)

Details have been announced for SHE’S CRAZY (AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH MYTHS), running Sunday through Tuesday and A LITTLE BUSINESS AT THE BIG TOP coming Sept. 3-5.

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2015 Pick of the Fringe Awards

CFF_DungeonI tried to make the rounds on my way out the door tonight, but for anyone I missed, thanks for making this year’s Fringe Festival so much fun.

Now without any further ado, congratulations to this year’s Pick of the Fringe Award Winners.

  • Audience Pick of the Fringe: DUNGEON from Hit the Lights Dad Theater Co.
  • Audience Pick of FringeNext: ESCAPE ROUTES from Teenage Talk Productions
  • Critics Pick of the Fringe: MOONLIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT from Concrete Drops Theatre Company
  • Artists Pick of the Fringe: KISS AROUND, PASS AROUND from Shoshinz
  • Full Frontal Pick of the Fringe: EDGAR ALLAN from The Coldharts
  • Producers Pick of the Fringe: CHEMISTRY from The Cake Shop Theater Company

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Second Thursday Fringe Update

Sunday’s full day of performances brought a swarm of people down to Over-the-Rhine, resulting in seven sell-out performances.

CFF_Edgar AllanThe Coldharts’ EDGAR ALLAN sold out its third consecutive performance on Thursday.

Eleven year old Edgar Allan has one goal: to be the most remarkable boy at boarding school. He has only one obstacle: Edgar Allan. A manic lullabye inspired by the childhood and short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.

Their final performance is Sat, June 6 at 7:25pm

CFF_DungeonAlso selling out their penultimate performance was DUNGEON from Hit the Lights, Dad Theater Co. from New York City.

A young man falls into the unknown to rescue something he holds dear. Inspired by kabuki, video games, horror movies, and pixar shorts, Hit the Lights, Dad Theater Co. build a world where the darkness speaks louder than the light.

The last chance to it Sat, June 6 at 4:00pm.

Photo of Laurie Benning Roberts (Steph) and Jay Hobson (Jamie) by Katie Lupica.

Photo of Laurie Benning Roberts (Steph) and Jay Hobson (Jamie) by Katie Lupica.

CHEMISTRY from The Cake Shop Theater Company enjoyed its first full house with hits next to last performance.

Steph struggles with chronic depression. Jamie just overachieved himself off the deep end. When they meet in their psychiatrist’s office, they can’t deny their chemistry, but can they survive it?

You can still catch their final performance on Sat, June 6 at 9:00pm.

Photos by Jillian Beach.

Photos by Jillian Beach.

SHELTER, a collaboration between Pones Inc.and Queen City Flash enjoyed its third sell out with its final performance of the Fringe.

At the end of the world, a teenage couple seek refuge in a backyard fallout shelter. As lights flicker and sirens blare, their internment reveals the cracks between them and their reliance on each other. They soon discover that survival isn’t what you escape, but what you bring with you.

CFF_TruefringeAs is pretty much the norm for all trueTHEATRE events, last night’s special event, trueFRINGE was a sell-out.

There are 15 performances to choose from on Friday and 23 performances on Saturday.

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