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Blast into Outer Space with THE ABSENTEE at Know

KTC_AbsenteePosterTHE ABSENTEE By Julia Doolittle
September 13th – October 5th
In space no one can hear you scream… except your A.I.

Far out in the Milky Way, “Beacons” serve as lighthouses for warping ships around the galaxy. When a U.S. Space Force ship explodes near Beacon 44.AR.90, its Operator finds herself alone in deep space with only her ship’s A.I. for companionship. That is, until a persistent canvasser calls, desperate to convince her to vote absentee in the 2088 election.

A semi-finalist for the Relentless award, and winner of the 2019-2020 Woodward/Newman Drama Award.

A deeply moving space tale about queer love, finding the hope to overcome grief, and intergalactic absentee voting, The Absentee by Julia Doolittle hits the MainStage starting September 13 at the Know.

Directed by guest director Kate Bergstrom , The Absentee challenges traditional notions of love, lays bare the effects of isolationism, and reminds us of the duty we owe one another.

The Operator, who can’t share her full name due to space force code, has fled earth, her girlfriend, and her troubles, in pursuit of a shut-off life in the stars. But she isn’t fully cut off ⁠— she prides herself on being able to know all of the regular ships and pilots who charter through her section.

When an explosion causes her sector to become an isolation zone, her only contact becomes her computer, Beacon ⁠— and a man who keeps calling her about absentee voting from space. Her desire to keep hiding from her past is strong, but when a disaster puts her whole station in jeopardy, she is forced to face her grief and civic duty head-on.

Our second MainStage show of the season is propelled by the creative force of two amazing women: Julia Doolittle (Playwright) and Kate Bergstrom (Director).

Julia Doolittle is an up-and-coming but already highly accomplished playwright. Take a look at just some of her accolades:

Julia’s work has been seen at South Coast Repertory, Portland Stage, Victory Gardens Theatre, the Sam French Off-Off Broadway Festival, The Tank, Tiny Rhino, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Urban Stages, and Rogue Machine Theatre. She is a recipient of the Elizabeth George Commission from South Coast Rep, a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Summer Conference, and a finalist for the 2017 Heideman Award at the Human Festival. This past winter her play, “Tell Them I’m Still Young,” was featured at the American Theater Group and starred Andre Braugher , of ,“Brookly Nine-Nine,” fame. She is a proud member of EST’s Youngblood Playwrights group.

Kate Bergstrom , based in both LA and New York, brings plenty of heavy-hitting experience to the team, as well:

Holding an MFA in Directing from Brown/Trinity Rep, Kate’s eclectic work has been seen in NYC + LA at Ars Nova, REDCAT, La Mama Umbria, UCLAlive!, Highways Performance Space, Granoff Center for the Arts, Rattlestick Theatre, Theatre at Monmouth, LACMA, LATC, Brown/Trinity Rep + She’s developed work everywhere from Curious Theatre Company (Denver) to Ojai Playwrights Conference. Central Coast BroadwayWorld.com’s 2016 Person to Watch + 2017 Best Director. Founding Artistic Director of On The Verge Summer Repertory Company in Santa Barbara & Explosions From the Other Canon @ Brown. She was most recently seen directing, “Enchanted April,” by Matthew Barber (July 17-August 16, Theatre at Monmouth).

In addition to this powerhouse playwright and director team, The Absentee features a stellar cast fit for the stars!

Starring as Operator, the ever amazing local favorite Jordan Trovillion blasts off, back onto the Know stage. Audiences who loved her action-packed turn as Denn in Susan Swayne and the Hunter in Neverwhere, her whimsical take on Ariadne in Heavier Than… and the laugh out loud Ken Ham’s Journey to the Center of the Earth will not want to miss this!

Hannah Jones and Amber Janice Balwin return to our orbit as Lieutenant Zala ( Jones ) and Beacon ( Baldwin ), after their appearance in this summer’s Cincinnati Fringe Festival Producers’ Pick of the Fringe winner Decent, a Murder Ballad.

THE ABSENTEE also welcomes back longtime friend Nathan Tubbs, taking to the stars as Glenn. Audiences will remember Nathan taking flight as Icarus in Heavier Than … , his bewildered take as Henchmen in Susan Swayne, or one of his many Serials! performances.

When you’re tempted to run away from a world that seems like it’s burning down, sometimes choosing hope is the hardest fight of all.

Buckle up and blast off to THE ABSENTEE, running September 13th – October 5th, only at Your Theatrical Playground.

Cast in Alphabetical Order

  • Jordan Trovillion – Operator
  • Amber Janice Baldwin – Beacon
  • Hannah Jones Diaz – Lieutenant Zala
  • Nathan Tubbs – Glenn

Production Team

  • Director: Kate Bergstrom
  • Scenic & Lighting Designer: Andrew Hungerford
  • Costume Designer: Noelle Wedig-Johnston
  • Sound Designer: Douglas Borntrager
  • Props Designer: Kayla Williams
  • Stage Manager: Meghan Winter
  • Technical Director: Jim Stark

Calendar Listing

THE ABSENTEE by Julia Doolittle
8pm Sept. 13th-15th, 18th-22nd, 25th-29th; Oct. 2nd-5th
3pm Sept. 15th, 22nd, 29th

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

Tickets:

  • $25 regular price tickets
  • $35 “Living Wage” tickets, supporting working artists in Cincinnati
  • $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.Advance reservations to Welcome Experiment performances are $10.

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

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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THE ABSENTEE Runs Sept. 13-Oct. 5

KTC_AbsenteePosterTHE ABSENTEE
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Sept. 13-Oct. 5
[Over-the-Rhine]

Directed by Kate Bergstrom

Cast: Jordan Trovillion as Operator, Hannah Jones as Lietuenant Zala, Janice Baldwin as Beacon & Nathan Tubbs as Glenn

Just because you don’t live on Earth anymore doesn’t mean you can’t make your voice heard.

Far out in the Milky Way, “Beacons” serve as lighthouses for warping spaceships around the galaxy. When a U.S. Space Forces ship explodes near Beacon 44.AR.90, its Operator finds herself alone in deep space with only her ship’s A.I. for companionship. That is, until a persistent canvasser calls, desperate to convince her to vote absentee in the 2088 election.

  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 13-14 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 15 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Sept. 18-21 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 22 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Sept. 25-28 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 29 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Oct. 2-5 at 8pm

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Contemporary Acting with New Works and Advanced Acting Classes at Know Theatre

KTC_Contemporary and Advanced Acting logoContemporary Acting with New Works
This contemporary acting workshop taught by area theatre favorites, Jared Joplin and Miranda McGee, begins with group/ensemble work and continues into duet scene study using cutting edge contemporary scripts from The New Play Exchange.  This class provides you with a fantastic opportunity to hone your acting skills, add new tools to your acting toolbox and get a glimpse of what’s new in American Theatre! The class meets for six 2.5 hour sessions, with an invited performance for the final session on Know Theatre’s Underground cabaret stage.

We understand that schedules are tough and plans change. If you have more than two absences, you’re more than welcome to keep attending the class, but know your scene work will be reassigned.

Details:

  • All classes will take place Mondays from 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Classes will take place at Know Theatre of Cincinnati
  • August 26, September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 1 (PERFORMANCE)
  • Cost: $175

ENROLL HERE: Enroll in Contemporary Acting with Jared Joplin and Miranda McGee

 

Advanced Acting for Adults
The Advanced Acting workshop is for those that have taken our Contemporary Acting workshop or for actors wanting to take the next step in advancing their skills.  Work with methods from prominent theatre practitioners (Stanislavski, Meisner, Kaiser), explore Chakra work and analyze complex contemporary scripts and classical texts.  In addition, Miranda McGee and Jared Joplin will work with you to build an audition package that challenges you and highlights your skills… just in time for Audition Season!  The class meets for six 2.5 hour sessions, with an invited performance for the final session on Know Theatre’s Underground cabaret stage.

The class meets for six 2.5 hour sessions, with an invited performance for the final session on Know Theatre’s Underground cabaret stage.

We understand that schedules are tough and plans change. If you have more than two absences, you’re more than welcome to keep attending the class, but know your scene work will be reassigned.

Details:

  • All classes will take place Mondays from 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Classes will take place at Know Theatre (KT) and Gabriel’s Corner (GC)
  • October 21 (GC), November 4 (KT), 18 (GC), 25 (KT), December 2 (KT), 9 (KT PERFORMANCE)
  • Cost: $175

ENROLL HERE: Enroll in Advanced Acting with Jared Joplin and Miranda McGee

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GIRL IN THE RED CORNER Runs July 26-Aug. 17

KTC_GirlInTheRedCornerPosterGIRL IN THE RED CORNER
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
July 26-Aug. 17
[Over-the-Rhine]

Directed by Tamara Winters

Cast: Abi Esmena as Gina, Mindy Heithaus as Brinn, Jennifer Joplin as Terry, Tess Talbot as Halo & Adam Tran as Warren

Unemployed, fresh off a dead-end marriage, and searching for a way to take control of her life, Halo walks into a gym and signs up for mixed martial arts lessons. Her trainer thinks she’s a light-weight. Her mother and sister think it’s just plain weird.

Very quickly the lessons she learns in the ring bleed into the rest of her life and Halo finds herself battling against everyone around her. As she prepares for her first match, Halo realizes that life inside the cage and outside the cage are disturbingly similar. And that the only way to survive either is to fight.

  • Fri-Sat, July 26-27 at 8pm
  • Sun, July 28 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, July 31-Aug. 3 at 8pm
  • Sun, Aug. 4 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Aug. 7-10 at 8pm
  • Sun, Aug. 11 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Aug. 14-17 at 8pm

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The 5th Annual Cincinnati ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL Runs Aug. 4-6

KTC_1mpf_logoAugust 4th, 5th, & 6th at Know Theatre of Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH– The CINCINNATI ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) returns to for its fifth year, in partnership with Know Theatre of Cincinnati. The 5th Annual Cincinnati #1MPF runs three performances only; August 4th, 5th, and 6th at 8pm. All performances are at Know Theatre of Cincinnati (1120 Jackson St) Tickets, priced at $20, are available at knowtheatre.com.

The 5th ANNUAL CINCINNATI ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL will feature brand new one-minute plays by Geoffrey Barnes, Clint Bramkamp, Burgess Byrd, John E. Bromels, Carolyn Guido Clifford, Erin Carr, Liz Coley, Nick Carmine, Roger Collins, Bekka Eaton, A.K. Forbes, Teri Foltz, Serenity Fisher, Ian Forsgren, Brian Griffin, Laura Gossett, Jay Gossett, Landon E. Horton, Tracy Hoida, Alan Jozwiak, Sarah Knott, Jay B. Kalagayan, David J. Loehr, Robert Macke, Ariel Mary Ann, Karson McCall, Kelly Morton, Karen O’Brien, Eric Pfeffinger, Isaiah Reaves, Brant Russell, R. DeAndré Smith, Nathan Singer, Ryan Steffen, Derek Snow, Paul Shortt, Eileen Tull, Chris Wesselman, & Torie Wiggins 

Directed by: Burgess Byrd, Justin Baldwin, Ed Cohen, Carolyn Guido Clifford, Gabriella DiVincenzo, Laura Gossett, Audrey MacNeil, Karen O’Brien, Derek Snow, & Chris Wesselman 

Curated and led by Dominic D’Andrea & Caitlin Wees 

EVENT DETAILS

THE 5th ANNUAL CINCINNATI ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

  • Sunday, August 4th at 8pm
  • Monday, August 5th at 8pm
  • Tuesday, August 6th at 8pm

Tickets: $20. Tickets are currently available at knowtheatre.com

About THE ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL
THE ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) is America’s largest and longest running grass roots theatre company, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea . #1MPF is a social barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue, consensus building and a performance of 50-100 short moments generated by each community. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres and/or social organizations sharing playwright, educational or community-specific missions across the country. The aim is to create locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion. #1MPF represents playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice. 

In each city, #1MPF works with partnering organizations to identify programs or initiatives in each community to support with the proceeds from ticket sales. The goal is to find ways give directly back to the artists in each community. Supported programs have ranged from educational programming, youth poetry projects, theatre program in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, playwrights salaried commissions, community access projects, arts workshops and other social and artistic initiatives.

Annual partnerships have been created with theaters in over 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, Honolulu, St. Louis and more, with partnering institutions including Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New Georges at New York City Center, Z-Space, A.C.T., Trinity Rep, Victory Gardens Theater, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actor’s Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Walking Shadow Theatre, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Salvage Vanguard & ScriptWorks,  ACT Seattle, Perseverance Theatre, Round House Theatre, Honolulu Theatre For Youth and others.

Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Robert Schenkkan, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Samuel D. Hunter, Karen Hartman, Robert Askins, Colman Domingo, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés and over to 1400 celebrated, emerging, and midcareer playwrights.  For more information visit: www.oneminuteplayfestival.com.

KNOW THEATRE OF CINCINNATI 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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