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CFF18: KEVIN THORNTON’S FINAL FRINGE FOREVER! (SORT OF.)

CFF18_Kevin ThorntonKEVIN THORNTON’S FINAL FRINGE FOREVER! (SORT OF.)
Part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’18
Art Academy of Cincinnati Commons
[Over-the-Rhine]

Fringe veteran Kevin Thornton bids farewell to nearly a decade of on-the-road fringe festival life. He hilariously recaps his adventures, what he’s learned along the way, and what’s on the horizon.

  • Tue, June 5 at 8:30pm

Official page | Press release | Facebook page | Facebook event | Official website

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STAIRWAY TO KEVIN Runs Sept. 6 & 13

CFF_Stairway to KevinMissing the Fringe Festival? We are too! Ease your Fringe withdrawal with a dose of Fringe Performances!

Throughout the year we’ll be presenting encore performances from some of your favorites from the 2013 10th Anniversary Festival. As always, tickets are just $12!

Fringe veteran Kevin Thornton (2009 Sex, Dreams & Self Control, 2011 I Love You We’re F*#ked, 2012 Strange Dreamz, 2013 COCK) is turning 40 and questioning everything. Join him for a hilarious round-the-world journey on the search for the meaning of life.

Performances are September 6 & 13 at 8pm

Kevin has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, is a Berkeley guest lecturer and a New Faces Winner at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Featuring brand new original music.

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KTC Presents COCK – Cast Announced

KTC_Cock2Know Theatre is thrilled to announce the regional premiere of COCK by Mike Bartlett as our next mainstage production. This will be only the second American production following its premiere at the Royal Court Theatre, London. COCK opens April 12, 2013 and runs through May 11, 2013. Brian Robertson, who currently teaches in the Theatre and Dance Department at Northern Kentucky University, will direct this production. Some of his past directing credits include Camelot at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center and A Flowering Tree at Cincinnati Opera. COCK features performances from Darnell Pierre Benjamin, Kevin Thornton, Danielle Knox, and George Alexander.

In this tense comedy about sexual identity, COCK explores one man’s choices about which path of love to pursue. When John takes a break from his longtime boyfriend, the last thing he expects is to fall in love with a woman. Trapped between two lovers, John feels the physical and emotional tug of both, and neither party wants to lose the battle for his heart. John has a choice to make as he navigates his sexuality, selfhood, and the intersection of the two.

Without scenery or props, COCK allows the audience to focus on the relationships between the characters and opens a dialogue about what we’re physically attracted to and why. This feisty and energizing piece is an exercise in emotional carnage with quick-paced dialogue that suggests to-the-death battle of the characters. Each character, with the exception of John, knows what he or she wants and is willing to fight to get it.

“I had the chance to check out this production while visiting New York for the American Theatre Wing award ceremony, and I loved it,” says Eric Vosmeier, Producing Artistic Director. “It’s a kind of pansexual love story that’s told very simply without all of the trappings of a traditional production. A very simple set, no props, minimal lighting and sound all conspire to allow the actors and Mr. Bartlett’s text to truly take center stage and to shine.”

“This is one of the first victories of Know Theatre’s new scheduling model. Rights for this production have only just become available and because we’ve created a schedule that can bend and flex, we’ve been able to schedule a production almost immediately. We’re thrilled to be one of (if not the) first post-New York production of this work.”

COCK made its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre, London in November 2009. In May 2012, COCK made its US premiere at The Duke, New York.

All tickets are $15 in advance and $18 on the week of the show, beginning Mondays at noon. Tickets can be purchased by visiting knowtheatre.com or calling 513.300.5669. Flex-passes are valid for this event. This production features bleacher style seating.

If you are unable to print the title of the play, we suggest “Cockfight Play.”

Production Team

  • Director – Brian Robertson
  • Scenic & Lighting Design – Andrew Hungerford
  • Costume Design – Noelle Wedig
  • Sound Design – Doug Borntrager

Production Dates
8pm: April 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11 3pm: April 28 & May 4

Additional Information
Mike Bartlett (Playwright) – Mike Bartlett is currently Associate Playwright at Paines Plough. In 2011, he was writer-in-residence at The National Theatre, and in 2007 he was Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Royal Court Theatre. His play Love, Love, Love won Best New Play in the 2011 Theatre Awards UK, and his play COCK won an Olivier Award in 2010 for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre; he won the Writer’s Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes for Not Talking and the Old Vic New Voices Awards for Artefacts. Theatre credits include: Love, Love, Love, 13 (National Theatre), Decade (co-writer), Earthquakes in London, COCK, Contractions, Artefacts, and My Child.. Radio credits include: “The Core,” “Heart,” “Liam,” “The Steps,” “Love Contract,” “Not Talking,” and “The Family Man,” all on BBC. Screen credits include “Earthquakes in London” and “Hometown.” Directing credits include Honest by DC Moore. He is currently under commission from Headlong Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre, and The Royal Court Theatre.

Brian Robertson (Director) – Brian currently teaches in the Theatre and Dance Department at Northern Kentucky University and is the co-founder of Cincinnati’s Performance Gallery. Over the past 25 years, Brian has had an extensive career in film, television, theatre, and opera. From 1998-2002, he was the principal stage director for Cincinnati Opera’s education department, production credits include: La cenerentola, Operacadabra, an original production, which he co-created, and Hans Krasa’s Brundibar. He has been a guest director at Miami University (Oxford), University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, New Edgecliff Theatre, and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. He worked at the Des Moines Metro Opera, Bayview Music Festival, and Sarasota Opera. Most recently he directed Camelot at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center and Lucia di Lammermoor for Sarasota Opera. He was also the stage director for a new production of A Flowering Tree at Cincinnati Opera and wrote and directed new adaptations of la boheme and The Magic Flute for the Cincinnati Opera education department.

The Cast
Darnell Pierre Benjamin is cocked and ready to shoot in another production with Know Theatre. Since 2009, Darnell has had the pleasure of working with Know Theatre, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (Third Season Resident Company Member), Pones. Inc, Madcap Puppets, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra–all in Cincinnati; and most recently, he wrapped a short film with Brand New Gay Productions, which will premiere this Summer. His past favorites at Know are Belize in Angels in America, Dameon in Sideways Stories at Wayside High, and Oedipus in The Eyes of Oedipus.

Kevin Thornton is a New Faces winner at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and recently performed at Gotham Comedy Club in New York. When he’s not doing stand-up he is a full-time fringe performer, and has appeared in nearly every US fringe. He’s also an author, musician and podcast radio host. He talked about the many facets of his career as a guest lecturer at Berkeley last year, and has been invited to speak again in 2013. Kevin has been seen in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival in Strange Dreamz (2012), I Love You (We’re F*#cked (2011), Sex, Dreams, & Self Control(2009).

Danielle Knox is excited to be making her Know Theatre debut. She has had a varied career in musical theater and opera. Danielle has performed leading roles with the Tri-Cities Opera, Ohio light Opera, Atlanta Lyric Theater, Chamber Opera of Chicago, Light Opera Works, and the Castleton Festival. Her regional music theater credits include Maria (West Story), Marian Paroo (The Music Man), Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice), Amalia (She loves Me), Laurie (Oklahoma!) and Sarah (Guys and Dolls). Recently, Danielle appeared locally with The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center as Guenevere in their production of Camelot. Danielle received her Bachelors Degree in Music from the Eastman School of Music and a Masters Degree from Binghamton University.

Know Theatre of Cincinnati is supported, in part, 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 Theatre is supported by the National Theatre Company Grant from The American Theatre Wing, dedicated to supporting the most promising emerging theatre companies from around the country. Know Theatre of Cincinnati also receives support from The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation.

Our mission is to create evocative and explosive live entertainment.
We value a playful artistic community where artists can collaborate and grow.

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Know Theatre Presents 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival Announcement Party

Featuring a performance from Fringe Favorite Kevin Thorntonâ

CFF_logoThe days are getting long, the sun is getting hotter, and the smell of fringe is in the air. Whet your appetite for the 10th Anniversary of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival with your sneak peak of the 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival line-up, Wednesday April 17th. This will be an opportunity to eat, drink, be merry, and begin celebrating the Cincinnati Fringe Festival’s 10th Birthday by perusing the 2013 festival line-up. There will also be a performance from fringe veteran Kevin Thornton. The announcement party begins at 6:30 pm and the viewing of An Evening with Kevin Thornton will begin at 8 pm.

The Cincinnati Fringe Festival is celebrating its tenth birthday this year. Don’t miss your chance to hear about all the happenings and plans we have for the 2013 Festival. The 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival includes 32 Performance Fringe productions as well as 4 shows in the high school centered program called FringeNext, as well as lots of exciting 10th year surprises.

The 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival starts May 28 and continues through June 8. Fringe Festival passes are on sale now including the Full Frontal pass, Voyeur pass, and One Night Stand pass. For more information or to purchase passes, check out cincyfringe.com or call 513.300.KNOW (5669).

Admission to the announcement party is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for the viewing of An Evening with Kevin Thornton. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased visiting knowtheatre.com or by calling the box office at 513.300.KNOW (5669).

You may remember Kevin Thornton from previous fringe hits like Sex, Dreams & Self Control in 2009, I Love You (We’re Fucked) in 2011, and Strange Dreamz in 2012. Kevin will bring his award winning stand-up comedy and music exploring themes of love, sex and the meaning of life to Know Theatre for one night only. His stories comment on sexuality (the straight and gay kind), religion and American life in a new century.

Kevin Thornton is a New Faces winner at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and recently performed at Gotham Comedy Club in New York. When he’s not doing stand-up he is a full-time fringe performer, and has appeared in nearly every US fringe. He’s also an author, musician and podcast radio host. He talked about the many facets of his career as a guest lecturer at Berkeley last year, and has been invited to speak again in 2013.

Details

  • Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30 pm
  • An Evening with Kevin Thornton begins at 8 pm
  • Announcement Party: Free
  • Performance: Tickets are $12

Know Theatre of Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Community 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 Theatre is supported by the National Theatre Company Grant from The American Theatre Wing, dedicated to supporting the most promising emerging theatre companies from around the country. Know Theatre of Cincinnati also receives support from The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation.

Our mission is to create evocative and explosive live entertainment.
We value a playful artistic community where artists can collaborate and grow.

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COCK Runs April 12-May 11

KTC_Cock2COCK
Presented by Know Theatre of Cincinnati
April 12-May 11
Over-the-Rhine

Reviews: Enquirer | CityBeat |

Local media coverage: Enquirer article |

Directed by Brian Robertson

Cast: George Alexander, Darnell Pierre Benjamin, Danielle Knox & Kevin J. Thornton

In this tense comedy about sexual identity, COCK explores one man’s choices about which path of love to pursue. When John takes a break from his longtime boyfriend, the last thing he expects is to fall in love with a woman. Trapped between two lovers, John feels the physical and emotional tug of both, and neither party wants to lose the battle for his heart. John has a choice to make as he navigates his sexuality, selfhood, and the intersection of the two.

  • Fri-Sat, April 12-13 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, April 18-20 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, April 25-27 at 8pm
  • Sun, April 28 at 3pm
  • Thu-Fri, May 2-3 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 4 at 3pm & 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, May 9-11 at 8pm

Official page with online ticketing |

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