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Dive Into London Below at Know’s New Stage Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE

KTC_Neverwhere promoAdapted for the stage by Robert Kauzlaric
Directed by Andrew Hungerford and Daniel R. Winters

November 25 – December 17

Open the door…

Know Theatre’s landmark 20th Anniversary Season dives into the fantastical this November with a new stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s modern classic novel, Neverwhere.

Richard Mayhew is a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life. That life is changed forever when he discovers Door, a young woman bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her—and that act of kindness plunges him into another world.

Richard slips through the cracks in reality and lands in London Below—a world of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists in a labyrinth beneath our feet.
 

If Richard is to ever return to his normal life, he must join the journey to save Door’s world—and find a way to survive.

Originally beginning life as a BBC serial, which Gaiman adapted into his most famous novel in 1996, Neverwhere is an internationally beloved tale of adventure, heartache, and human nature (as seen through monsters, angels, and a menagerie of sinister and saintly characters, roaming beneath our feet).

Producing Artistic Director Andrew Hungerford worked for four years to secure the rights to this modern classic. Here’s what he has to say about adapting such a beloved story fort he Know MainStage…

One of the joys of novel reading is the way in which your imagination translates the world of the text to the stage in your mind. We get to work that same magic with every show that we produce, but in the case of a grand, expansive story like Neverwhere, the challenge is especially delightful. We’re thrilled to tackle this story with a theatricality that we hope will delight and surprise the audience. Our goal is to bring this magical world to life for first time visitors to London Below, and provide a new way of seeing a favorite story for long-time Neverwhere fans. It’s going to be a wild journey! 

Joining Andrew as co-director is Dan R. Winters, last seen on the Know MainStage in 2014’s Moby Dick, and making his Know directing debut in Neverwhere. A faculty member of Ohio University’s Division of Theatre and Dance, as well as Know’s resident production photographer, Daniel is no stranger to adventurous theatre, having directed the 2017 Cincinnati Fringe Festival black comedy Vapers at the Gate.

But London Below won’t be built by just two directors – joining them are a cast of local fan-favorites from both the Know’s stage and other stages around the city!

Rory Sheridan makes his MainStage debut as Richard, the unassuming London businessman whose life takes an unexpected tumble into London Below when he meets the mysterious Door, played by Ernaisja Curry. Rory comes to us fresh from his role as Cliff in Cabaret at the Incline Theatre, while Ernaisja joins us from a smash-hit stint in Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s season opener, This Random World.

Nothing is as it seems in this sinister new realm, and soon Richard finds himself pursued by the nefarious Croup and Vandemar – played by Madcap Puppets’ own Sean P. Mette and Dylan Shelton!

Richard and Door soon enlist the help of the enigmatic Marquis de Carabas, brought to vivid life by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Jeremy Dubin*.
*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association under a Special Appearance Agreement.

Joining the fight is the unpredictable (and very, very dangerous) Hunter, played by Jordan Trovillion, while Brandon Burton returns to the Know MainStage as the impressive – and secretive – Angel Islington.

And who will bring the rest of the 30+ named characters of the teeming, sordid world of London Below? The all-star team of Maggie Lou Rader, Andrew Ian Adams, and Chris Wesselman, of course!

Neil Gaiman is an international literary star, whose works span novels, novellas, YA, and comics, and have been adapted into radio, television, and film. His fan base is uniquely dedicated to the imaginative worlds he creates – which is why Know is partnering with local artist Christina Wald for a gallery show in our Underground Bar. Everwhere: Art Inspired by the Works of Neil Gaiman will open on November 9 and be available to view through December 17.

Dive into Neil Gaiman’s spectacular imagination in a stage adaptation of his beloved novel, Neverwhere, starting November 25 – only at Your Theatrical Playground.

Cast in Alphabetical Order

  • Andrew Ian Adams – Ensemble
  • Brandon Burton – Islington
  • Ernaisja Curry – Door
  • Jeremy Dubin* – Marquis de Carabas
  • Sean P. Mette – Croup
  • Maggie Lou Rader – Ensemble
  • Dylan Shelton – Vandemar
  • Rory Sheridan – Richard
  • Jordan Trovillion – Hunter
  • Chris Wesselman – Ensemble
    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.

Production Team

  • Co-Directors – Andrew J. Hungerford and Dan R. Winters
  • Lighting Designer – Andrew J. Hungerford
  • Scenic Designer & Prop Designer – Sarah Beth Hall
  • Costume Designer – Noelle Johnston
  • Sound Designer – Douglas Borntrager

Calendar Listing

Production:   Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere adapted for the stage by Robert Kauzlaric

When:

  • 8:00pm November 25, 29, 30, December 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • 3:00pm  November 26, December 3*, 10, 17

*A pre-show brunch is available on this date with purchase of $35 “Brunch + Show” tickets in advance. Deadline for brunch reservation is November 30. Brunch provided by Water Tower Fine Wines

Where:
Know Theatre of Cincinnati. 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. In historic Over-the-Rhine.

Tickets:

  • $25 regular Price
  • $15 Rush tickets at the door 10 minutes prior to curtain (when available)
  • FREE walk-up tickets are available on Wednesdays, as part of Know’s Welcome Experiment initiative. Advance reservations to Welcome Experiment performances are $5.00.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting knowtheatre.com or calling 513.300.5669 (KNOW).

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. Know Theatre seeks 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, 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 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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Neil Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE Runs Nov. 25-Dec. 17

KTC_Neverwhere promoNeil Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Nov. 25-Dec. 17
Over-the-Rhine

Directed by Andrew J. Hungerford & Dan R. Winters

Cast: Brandon Burton as Islington, Ernaisja Curry as Door, Jeremy Dubin* as Marquis de Carabas, Sean P. Mette as Croup, Dylan Shelton as Vandemar, Rory Sheridan as Richard & Jordan Trovillion as Hunter
Ensemble: Andrew Ian Adams, Maggie Lou Rader & Chris Wesselman

Richard Mayhew, is a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life. That life is changed forever when he discovers Door, a young woman bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her—and that act of kindness plunges him into another world.

Richard slips through the cracks in reality and lands in London Below—a world of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists in a labyrinth beneath our feet. If Richard is to ever return to his normal life, he must join the journey to save Door’s world—and find a way to survive.

  • Sat, Nov. 25 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 26 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 3 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Dec. 6-9 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 10 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Dec. 13-16 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 17 at 3pm

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Cast Announced for Neil Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE

KTC_logoRory Sheridan will make his MainStage debut as Richard, the unassuming London officeworker whose life takes an unexpected tumble into London Below when he meets the mysterious Door, played by Ernaisja Curry.

Nothing is as it seems in this sinister new world, and soon Richard finds himself pursued by the nefarious Croup and Vandemar – played by MadCap Puppets’ own Sean Mette and Dylan Shelton!

Richard and Door soon enlist the help of the enigmatic Marquis de Carabas, who will be brought to vivid life by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Jeremy Dubin*.
*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association under a Special Appearance Agreement.

Joining the fight is the unpredictable (and very, very dangerous) Hunter, played by Jordan Trovillion, while Brandon Burton returns to the Know MainStage as Islington.

And who will bring the rest of the 30+ named characters of the teeming, sordid world of London Below? The all-star team of Maggie Lou RaderAndrew Ian  Adams, and Chris Wesselman, of course!

Directed by Andrew J. Hungerford & Daniel R. Winters. Performances run Nov. 25-Dec. 17.

For more information visit https://knowtheatre.vbotickets.com/event/Neverwhere/21175

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Get Spooky at Know Theatre’s HALLOWEEN HORROR DOUBLE BILL

KTC_Halloween Horror promo

13 DEAD DREAMS OF EUGENE from Paul Strickland & Erika Kate MacDonald
and THE ZOMBIE ODYSSEY TRILOGY Ricky Coates
October 20 – November 4, 2017

Know Theatre’s landmark 20th Anniversary Season continues this October with a special, limited run of not one but TWO original Halloween shows!

Created by Cincinnati Fringe Festival veterans Paul Strickland & Erika Kate MacDonald and Ricky Coates & Sadie Bowman, these two brand-new tales of horror (and unexpected humor) take over the Know MainStage and will run in repertory from October 20 – November 4.

13 DEAD DREAMS OF EUGENE comes to us from Paul Strickland & Erika Kate MacDonald, creators of past Cincy Fringe favorites Trailer Park Trilogy, Ice Candle (now titled “Evacuated!”), and co-creators of 2015’s Andy’s House of [blank]. These perennial Cincy Fringe hitmakers never disappoint in their theatricality or creativity!

Their new, unsettling shadow play with music is based on a true story, and was originally developed for the Minnesota Horror Fest in 2016.

Synopsis: 1929, a dead body is found and placed on display in hopes of identification. That’s when the “Dead Dreams” began. Experience the shared recurring nightmares that haunted the sleepy town of Sabina OH, and the stranger-than-fiction story of “Eugene.”

Running in repertory with 13 DEAD DREAMS OF EUGENE is THE ZOMBIE ODYSSEY, a trilogy of solo-performance zombie tales created by Ricky Coates (previously seen at Cincy Fringe in Tesla ex Machina).

THE ZOMBIE ODYSSEY is an unexpected story about the humanity of a zombie that’s a unique blend of physical theater and radio drama and unfolds in three episodes…

THE ZOMBIE ODYSSEY (Episode 1)

A fatality. A wakening. A hunger. So begins newly undead Brian Smith’s epic journey to reunite with his wife. As he battles through an all-too-familiar landscape, getting shot, stripped, strangled, chewed, drugged, and electrocuted, the line between man and monster begins to blur…

THE IDES OF UNDEAD MARCH (Episode 2)

The Zombie uprising meets Julius Caesar. Brian Smith reappears as the Prophet of the Phoenix, spreading the “Word of the Host” along the help of his hearse-driving herald, Eli. Unfortunately, this pilgrimage is proving dangerously infectious…

DAUGHTER OF THE DEAD (Episode 3)

In a world where robot drones war with zombie hordes, Penny Smith smuggles herself across a torn land, searching for the man who started it all, her husband. In her arms, she carries the fate of zombies and humans alike. The final act brings audiences to the bottom of the rabbit hole in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi extravaganza, as Sadie Bowman (Calculus: The Musical, The Famous Haydell Sisters) joins Ricky Coates for the most ambitious play of the trilogy.

Told in the style of an action movie, often with just one actor on stage, THE ZOMBIE ODYSSEY TRILOGY is an R-rated concoction of puppets, robots, philosophy, fights, blood, guts, sex, and dark laughs – just about everything you would want in Halloween-themed entertainment! Each episode is a standalone story in its own style, but Cincinnati audiences will be the first to have the chance to experience the complete epic narrative by seeing all three!

Celebrate the spookiest time of year with this limited-time-only double bill from two sets of the nation’s most innovative fringe theatre performers – only at Your Theatrical Playground.

13 DEAD DREAMS OF EUGENE and THE ZOMBIE ODYSSEY TRILOGY take the stage October 20 – November 4.

Production: Halloween Double Bill featuring 13 DEAD DREAMS OF EUGENE and THE ZOMBIE ODYSSEY

When:

13 DEAD DREAMS OF EUGENE

  • 7:30pm October 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, November 1, 2, 3, 4
  • 3:00pm October 22, 29

THE ZOMBIE ODYSSEY (Episode 1)

  • 9:00pm October 20, 25; November 2
  • 3:00pm October 21, 28

THE IDES OF UNDEAD MARCH (Episode 2)

  • 9:00pm October 21, 26, 28; November 3
  • 5:00pm October 22
  • 3:00pm November 4

DAUGHTER OF THE DEAD (Episode 3)

  • 9:00pm October 27; November 4
  • 7:30pm October 30
  • 5:00pm October 29

Where: Know Theatre of Cincinnati. 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
In historic Over-the-Rhine.

Tickets:

  • $15 regular price
  • Tickets can be purchased by visiting knowtheatre.com or calling 513.300.5669 (KNOW).

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. Know Theatre seeks 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, 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 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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HALLOWEEN HORROR Runs Oct. 20-Nov. 4

KTC_Halloween Horror promoHALLOWEEN HORROR
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Oct. 20-Nov. 4
Over-the-Rhine

13 DEAD DREAMS OF EUGENE
From Cincy Fringe favorites Paul Strickland and Erika Kate MacDonald comes an unsettling shadow play with music based on a true story perfect for Halloween.

1929, a dead body is found and placed on display in hopes of identification. That’s when the “Dead Dreams” began.  Experience the shared recurring nightmares that haunted the sleepy town of Sabina OH, and the stranger-than-fiction story of “Eugene.”

  • Fri-Sat, Oct. 20-21 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Oct. 22 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Oct. 25-28 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Oct. 29 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Nov. 1-4 at 7:30pm

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A ZOMBIE ODYSSEY
An epic about the humanity of a zombie that’s a unique blend of physical theater and radio drama in 3 episodes. It’s puppets, robots, philosophy, fights, blood, guts, sex, and dark laughs from Ricky Coates, the artist behind the 2016 Cincy Fringe’s Tesla ex Machina and Sadie Bowman (Calculus: The Musical).

Episode 1 – A ZOMBIE ODYSSEY 
A fatality. A wakening. A hunger. So begins newly undead Brian Smith’s epic journey to reunite with his wife. As he battles through an all-too-familiar landscape, getting shot, stripped, strangled, chewed, drugged, and electrocuted, the line between man and monster begins to blur… Writer/performer Ricky Coates (of Cincy Fringe hit Tesla Ex Machina) blends movement, voice, and music to create an unforgettable voyage that pits zombie vs. society to see who is the real monster.
Official page |

Episode 2 – IDES OF UNDEAD MARCH
The Zombie uprising meets Julius Caesar. Brian Smith reappears as the Prophet of the Pheonix, spreading the “Word of the Host” along the help of his hearse-driving herald, Eli. Unfortunately, this pilgrimage is proving dangerously infectious… IDES OF UNDEAD MARCH takes the story to the next level with all new theatrical inventions, action, and surprises, as Brian and Eli learn that true natures cannot be denied. Enjoy this show from the creator of Cincy Fringe hit Tesla Ex Machina as a standalone story, or as the middle section of the epic Zombie Odyssey Trilogy.
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Episode 3 – DAUGHTER OF THE DEAD
In a world where robot drones war with zombie hordes, Penny Smith smuggles herself across a torn land, searching for the man who started it all, her husband. In her arms, she carries the fate of zombies and humans alike. The final act brings audiences to the bottom of the rabbit hole, as Sadie Bowman (Calculus: The Musical, The Famous Haydell Sisters) joins Ricky Coates for the most ambitious play of the trilogy.
Official page |

  • Fri, Oct. 20 at 9pm (Episode 1)
  • Sat, Oct. 21 at 3pm (Episode 1)
  • Sat, Oct. 21 at 9pm (Episode 2)
  • Sun, Oct. 22 at 5pm (Episode 2)
  • Wed, Oct. 25 at 9pm (Episode 1)
  • Thu, Oct. 26 at 9pm (Episode 2)
  • Fri, Oct. 27 at 9pm (Episode 3)
  • Sat, Oct. 28 at 3pm (Episode 1)
  • Sat, Oct. 28 at 9pm (Episode 2)
  • Sun, Oct. 29 at 5pm (Episode 3)
  • Mon, Oct. 30 at 7:30pm (Episode 3)
  • Thu, Nov. 2 at 9pm (Episode 1)
  • Fri, Nov. 3 at 9pm (Episode 2)
  • Sat, Nov. 4 at 3pm (Episode 2)
  • Sat. Nov. 4 at 9pm (Episode 3)

Episode 1 tickets | Episode 2 tickets | Episode 3 tickets

 

 

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