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The Cincinnati Fringe Festival Is Accepting Applications for 2023

CFF_Orange logo text onlyCome Play With Us! The Cincinnati Fringe Festival Is Accepting Applications for 2023

The Know Theatre of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Fringe Festival are pleased to announce that the application period for the Twentieth Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival is now open and will run until December 12. The Cincinnati Fringe Festival will run June 2-17, 2023.

What is the Cincinnati Fringe Festival?
A 14-day celebration of theatre, art, music, film, dance, and everything between — it’s Cincinnati’s Summer Theatre Party! Now in its 20th year, Cincy Fringe (as it’s succinctly known) presents over 200 performances of 40+ theatre productions each May and June, plus art galleries, screenings, concerts, workshops, classes, and nightly after hours events.

To facilitate greater equity amongst our applicant pool, this year we are offering a sliding-scale application fee. Applicants are invited to pay what they are able, with a suggested fee for each programming category; some categories are free to apply.

Further details on materials required to apply can be found in the Application FAQ on the Cincy Fringe website. 

The application form will be available at our website, www.cincyfringe.com.

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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LIZARD BOY Runs Nov. 18-Dec. 11

KTC_Lizard Boy logo2LIZARD BOY
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Nov. 18-Dec. 11
[Over-the-Rhine]

Directed by Lindsey Augusta Mercer
Music directed by Erin McCamley

Cast: Jaron Crawford as Trevor, Ian Timothy Forsgren as Cary & Erin McCamley as Siren

There’s only one day a year that scale-covered Trevor can blend in with the crowd: “Monster Fest.” Tired of hiding, he sets out to make a love connection – but Fate might just be calling him, instead. Featuring lush indie-rock melodies, this comic-inspired queer fable is a timely reminder of the restorative powers of loving and being loved.

  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 18-19 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 20 at 3pm
  • Wed, Nov. 23 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 25-26 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 27 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 4 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Dec. 7-10 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 11 at 3pm

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LIZARD BOY at Know Theatre

KTC_Lizard Boy logo“I used to think it was a better choice to hide /
You took my hand and reminded me of who I am inside.”

LIZARD BOY
a new musical with book, music, and lyrics by Justin Huertas

November 18 – December 11, 2022

Comic book lore and an indie-rock score collide for one magic night of adventure, music, and love. 

If you’re looking for something more than Dickens or children’s fare this holiday season, Know Theatre of Cincinnati is your destination. Join us starting November 18 for a new queer rock musical about a boy who looks like a lizard: Lizard Boy, by Justin Huertas.

There’s only one day a year that scale-covered Trevor can blend in with the crowd: “Monster Fest.” Tired of hiding, he sets out to make a love connection – but Fate might just be calling him, instead. Featuring lush indie-rock melodies, this comic-inspired queer fable is a timely reminder of the restorative powers of loving and being loved. 

Know Theatre, now in our 25th Anniversary season, smashes expectations once again with a new spin on the “holiday musical” – this time, a triumphant, comic-book inspired coming-of-age and coming-out tale about conquering the fear that keeps you silent when the world needs your voice the most.

In Lizard Boy, you’ll encounter monsters, mayhem, and virtuoso performances from a trio of multi-talented actor/musicians.  While the Know’s crack design & production team takes their inspiration from comic book lore to transform the MainStage into a Seattle both like and very unlike our own time, the cast will transport you with their soaring melodies and thrilling tale of self-discovery.

Director, actor, musician, and filmmaker Lindsey Augusta Mercer comes back to the Know to bring their singular creative vision to this production. Co-founder of Queen City Queer Theatre Collective, Lindsey is no stranger to the Know MainStage – you’ll recognize her starmaking turns in 2015’s Hundred Days, 2016’s Darkest Night at the Gnarly Stump, and as director of, the 2016 Matthew Sweet/Todd Almond musical Girlfriend.

Why Lizard Boy, right now?
“Right now, we are being bombarded by politically motivated messages telling us that only some of us are worthy of love or care; and that those of us whose hearts love a different way or whose bodies stand out in defiant difference are monsters. Right now, we need a story about recognizing the transformative power of living and loving, loudly, in your truth.” 

– Associate Artistic Director Tamara Winters

Who is this show for?
Lizard Boy is about finding your truest, fiercest self, doing fearless battle against evildoers, and maybe even getting the guy of your dreams along the way.

It’s for all the people who’ve struggled to love parts of themselves that don’t quite fit in, who know that even the most ordinary-seeming places can be full of magic, and who’ve ever found their peace in loving someone else. It’s for the people who love comic books, superhero tales, and red-hot rock music.

It’s for you.

Get ready for adventure. Here’s your questing party:

We’re delighted to welcome Jaron Crawford, who makes his Know Theatre (and Cincinnati stage!) debut with the role of Trevor, the “Lizard Boy”  who finds himself right at the tipping point between his youthful optimism and the weight of his own grief.

Lizard Boy also marks the MainStage debut of Ian Timothy Forsgren, a familiar face of the local dance scene whose work you’ll recognize if you’re a fan of Pones or DanceFix. Ian plays Cary, the soulful musician whose brief connection with Trevor on a dating app sparks a wild night of daring adventure.

Rounding out the cast is Erin McCamley as Siren, the rock goddess with the spellbinding voice whose jaded exterior barely covers her seething, bloodthirsty rage. Erin brings her soaring vocals and musical virtuosity back to the MainStage after serving as Music Director (and pit musician) for 2016’s Girlfriend.

Join us for this thrilling comic-book rock-music adventure as we do battle against evil, find our own superpowers, and experience the healing power of loving and being loved. Lizard Boy runs November 18 – December 11, live at the Know, and livestreaming on select dates to your home.

Tickets are available on our website, knowtheatre.com, or by calling our box office at 513-300-5669.

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CAST
Jaron Crawford as Trevor
Ian Timothy Forsgren as Cary
Erin McCamley as Siren 

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lindsey Augusta Mercer
Lighting & Scenic Designer: Andrew J. Hungerford
Costume Designer: Rainey Edwards
Sound & Projections Designer: Douglas J. Borntrager
Props Designer: Danielle Robison
Music Director: Erin McCamley
Technical Director: Jim Stark
Stage Manager: Grace Wohlschlegel 

AT A GLANCE

Production: Lizard Boy, book, music, and lyrics by Justin Huertas 

Dates: November 18 – December 11. Wednesday – Saturday shows are at 8 PM; Sunday matinees are at 3 PM. 

Where: Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson Street in Over-the-Rhine.
             Livestreaming on select dates TBA. 

Themes: queer love · adventure · comic books · rock musical 

Tickets: The standard ticket price is $25. Audiences may opt to support the Know’s initiative to pay all artists and employees a living wage by selecting the $40 Living Wage Ticket. Low-cost admission available for $15. On Wednesdays, as part of a program we call “The Welcome Experiment,” tickets are $5 in advance, or FREE 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. 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. 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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it’s not a trip, it’s a journey Quick Review

it’s not a trip, it’s a journey presented by Know Theatre of Cincinnati through Oct. 9. I attended the opening Saturday night performance. 

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Angelique Archer as Frankie, A.J. Baldwin as Rain, Ariel Mary Ann as Willie, & Jasimine Bouldin as June. Photo by Dan. R. Winters.

Director Daryl Harris smartly leads a quartet of charismatic young women on this tale of a life-changing journey to the Grand Canyon.

I enjoyed the short pre-show that introduces the four characters via a signature song and dance, choreographed by Kim Popa. Make sure you are in your seats before show time.

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A.J. Baldwin as Rain & Jasimine Bouldin as June. Photo by Dan. R. Winters.

I found Jasimine Bouldin’s performance as June to be completely engaging. The actress’ expressive face and emotional beats well defined her character. AJ Baldwin is strong as the emotionally troubled Rain and her relationships with the other characters are nicely established. As Frankie, Angelique Archer brings the attitude and is believable as the cracks in her armor begin to show. Ariel Mary Ann has several nice moments as Willie. I would encourage you to tie your blocking to your lines as a few times you seemed to plant your body before speaking. And always remember to breathe.

The projections work well in establishing location and the overall progress of their trip.

The structure of the show is almost a series of vignettes as the action switches between the car and their various stops along the way. This does result in a start and stop quality that affects the energy and pacing between scenes, particularly when the four chair “car” is struck and reset. Perhaps if the chairs were on a truck it would help with the flow.

Overall, a fun, sassy and emotionally-fulfilling road trip.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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Auditions Announced for Season 25 at Know Theatre of Cincinnati

KTC_Lets Play logoThe information below is taken from the Google form available here.

Know Theatre Season 25 Auditions

Thanks for your interest in auditioning for Season 25 with Know Theatre.

We’ll start by asking for some basic information, then let you indicate which roles you’re interested in being considered for.

To be considered for a role you must be available for all performances of that show. Know Theatre performs 5 show weeks, Wednesday-Sunday.  We generally rehearse 6 days and 30 hours per week. Rehearsals can vary between daytime and evenings for productions based upon cast and director availability.

We primarily cast from within the Cincinnati area, but are happy to consider out of town performers who have an interest in reading.

Once you’ve indicated which roles you’re interested in, the form will ask for availability for auditions in the coming weeks!

After you’ve completed this form, please send a head shot and one page theatrical resume to our Operations & Company Manager, Ri Moodie at rmoodie@knowtheatre.com with the Subject Line “Season 25 Auditions.”

Please name your files using the following convention: FullName-headshot and FullName-resume.

Once we’ve compiled all the information, we’ll follow up with audition times and materials.

Thanks again!

Auditions slots options are Sept. 12-22 in hour slots from 3-8pm.

Sign up here.

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