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Get Lost to Find Yourself at SUPERTRUE

A new comedy by Karen Hartman
Funny things happen in the woods…

KTC_Supertrue logoOn the porch of an almost-charming cabin in the Catskills, two New Yorkers reckon with the moment when Plan A fades away but Plan B has not emerged.

In other words: they’re turning forty.

Janelle’s a teacher in crisis. Martin’s a computer programmer who’s aged out of being a wunderkind. Both come to the cabin for an escape – but are they ready for what they’ll find?

A comedy in the classical sense – wherein broken people head to the forest to be restored – SUPERTRUE is a new play with a great big heart that features snappy dialogue a la your favorite sitcoms and a message of redemption that will ring true to anyone who feels disconnected in our overly connected world.

Know Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of this bold new comedy, right here in Cincinnati. Know Theatre first encountered the script through the community resources of the National New Play Network. And SUPERTRUE was part of The Kilroys list in 2015, an annual compilation of the most promising unproduced new scripts by women and trans playwrights. This list highlights fearless, audacious plays that have thrilled readers, but have yet to make it to the stage in a full production – and the Know is proud to do our part to bring scripts like this to Cincinnati audiences.

SUPERTRUE stood out to Producing Artistic Director Andrew J. Hungerford because, “This is a very timely play that centers around dealing with a world that hasn’t turned out the way one expected: how do you cope when plans have gone awry or when confronted with trauma? There are lessons of acceptance and coping in this script that I think are incredibly valuable for the world in which we’re living. And it helps that it’s super funny and delightfully theatrical.”

And to bring to life this story of aging Gen-Xers grappling with a world gone mad, Know is delighted to bring back one of our favorite guest directors, Holly L. Derr.

Holly was at the helm of 2014’s smash-hit Harry & The Thief, the no-holds-barred comedy about a petty thief sent back in time to arm Harriet Tubman and help her start a revolution. Holly’s political savvy, ear for snappy dialogue, and deep empathy for these flawed-but-human characters make her an ideal match for this modern spin on the pastoral comedy.

Joining her are Know Theatre veteran Derek Snow and Nicole Jeannine Smith, making her Know MainStage debut!

Derek plays Martin, a programmer whose first great innovation got swallowed by the corporate machine – and who, at the edge of 40, isn’t the golden boy he once was. Nicole plays Janelle, an idealistic educator whose illusions about the world were smashed when she witnessed a terrible act of violence – and she’s decided that everything now rests on her ability to calm her life in a quiet cabin so she can get pregnant and start over.

The woods to which they’ve retreated may be lovely, dark and deep…but they also hold more than a few surprises for Martin & Janelle (supplied by puppeteer Elizabeth Molloy & puppet designer Erika Kate MacDonald).

And the Know technical team will be transforming our Underground space into an immersive, expressionistic forest environment for you to enjoy this funny, heartfelt story – lead by designer Sarah Beth Hall, whose scenic work thrilled audiences in November’s record-breaking hit, Neverwhere.

Expect the unexpected at this funny, heartfelt, and moving story of redemption and rediscovering compassion in our messed-up world. Because sometimes, you need to get lost in the woods to find your way back home.


  • Nicole Jeannine Smith – Janelle
  • Derek Snow – Martin
  • Elizabeth Molloy – Puppetry

Production Team

  • Director – Holly L. Derr
  • Lighting Designer – Andrew J. Hungerford
  • Scenic Designer & Prop Designer – Sarah Beth Hall
  • Costume Designer – Noelle Johnston
  • Sound Designer – Douglas Borntrager
  • Puppet Designer – Erika Kate MacDonald

Calendar Listing

Production:   SSUPERTRUE by Karen Hartman

When:          8:00pm Jan 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31; Feb 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 & 10 3:00pm  Jan 21, 28*; Feb 4

*A pre-show brunch is available on this date with purchase of $35 “Brunch + Show” tickets in advance. Deadline for brunch reservation is January 22. Brunch provided by Water Tower Fine Wines

Where:         Know Theatre of Cincinnati. 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.


  • $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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The Passing of Joshua Fisher

MISC_Joshua FisherJoshua Fisher has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Over the years, Joshua worked with several local theater companies including The Drama Workshop, Falcon Theatre and the Know Theatre of Cincinnati.

A Celebration of Life is being held this Thursday, Dec. 28th from 7-9pm at Tillies Lounge, 4042 Hamilton Ave.

Please come and share your memories at 8pm. The bar will be making a donation to a charity to be defined later.


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SUPERTRUE Runs Jan. 19-Feb. 10

KTC_Supertrue logoSUPERTRUE
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Jan. 19-Feb. 10

Directed by Holly L. Derr

Cast: James Creque as Martin (Jan. 19-21), Derek Snow as Martin (Jan. 24-Feb. 10), Nicole Janine Smith as Janelle
& featuring Elizabeth Molloy

On the porch of an almost-charming cabin in the Catskills, two New Yorkers reckon with the moment when Plan A fades away but Plan B has not emerged. In other words, they’re turning forty. Janelle’s a teacher in crisis. Martin’s a computer programmer who’s aged out of being a wunderkind. This funny and earnest play explores the meaning of family, and the things we do for the people and things we love.

  • Fri-Sat, Jan. 19-20 at 8pm
  • Sun, Jan. 21 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Jan. 24-27 at 8pm
  • Sun, Jan. 28 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Jan 31-Feb. 3 at 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 4 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Feb. 7-10 at 8pm

Official page |

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Spring Adult Classes at Know Theatre

KTC_Paul Strickland headshotStorytelling with Paul Strickland

Everyone has a story they want to tell, but how do you tell a story anyone will want to hear?  Multi-award winning writer/performer Paul Strickland offers insight into the craft of storytelling in this workshop, where you will take a detailed look at the building blocks of composing stories, learn how to develop larger pieces by weaving together micro-stories, and work one-on-one with Paul on effective story performance.

COST: $175

DATES: Feb. 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13

PERFORMANCE: March 16th after performance of Kill Move Paradise at Know Theatre
TIME: 6:30-9:00

ENROLL HERE: Enroll in Storytelling with Paul Strickland


KTC_Jared Joplin and Miranda McGee headshotsContemporary Acting with Jared Joplin and Miranda McGee

Miranda McGee and Jared Joplin will guide you through group/ensemble work which will lead into scene study using cutting edge contemporary scripts. A fantastic opportunity to hone your acting skills while getting a glimpse of what’s new in American Theatre!
COST: $175

DATES: Mar. 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24

TIME: 6:30-9:00

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

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OTRimprov, Arnold’s and Know Theatre Team-Up to Make Your Holidays One-of-a-King with THE NAUGHTY LIST

OTRi_The Naughty List logoAn improvised dinner show that wants to know if you’ve been bad or good
December 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28 @ Arnold’s Bar & Grill

It’s a little bit naughty and a little bit nice — but always a lot of fun — and is the only ticket in town guaranteeing you’ll never see the same show twice. OTRimprov (OTRi), transforms the patio at Arnold’s Bar & Grill into a magical world to celebrate, skewer, lament, embellish, and extol everything we love, and love to hate, about the holidays.

Starting from audience suggestions, OTRi’s award-winning improvisers (voted Cincinnati’s Best Improv Troupe 2015, 2016, 2017 Best of Cincinnati, CityBeat) transport you to magical lands and create scenes you’re unlikely to forget. Whether they are rewriting a beloved carol in front of your eyes, showing how Santa should handle unexpected gift requests, or reimagining your favorite holiday stories in magical ways, The Naughty List will fill your holidays with side-splitting laughs. Bring your cheer or your humbug; either way, you’ll help craft the incomparable experience only OTRimprov can provide.

On the traditional attendance at The Naughty List, director Paul Wilson comments,

“Seeing families and friends come back year after year, to have them talk about their favorite moments and what they love about the experience is incredibly satisfying. And the people who discover us each year who tell us how glad they are they found us and how they can’t wait to come back…it makes for a unique Cincinnati holiday tradition we are grateful to be a part of.”

And to delight even more of your senses, host Arnold’s Bar & Grill provides a delectable a la carte menu of dinner, drinks, and dessert for you to enjoy before and during the show. Audience members can arrive up to 90 minutes prior to the 7:30pm start time to feast – but please note that you must arrive no later than 7:00pm to guarantee dinner service. Dinner and drinks are not included in the ticket price. Parties of 5 or more should contact Know Theatre of Cincinnati (513-300-5669) to place seating reservations. All parties are welcome and encouraged to request a reservation time for dinner.

Cast in Alphabetical Order

  • Alanna Turner-Palmer
  • Charlie Roetting
  • Chris Smyth
  • Dave Powell
  • Erin Ward
  • Kat Smith
  • Mike Hall
  • Nathan Tubbs

Production Team

Director – Paul Kerford Wilson

About OTRimprov
OTRimprov (OTRi) began in 2010 as a collection of wayward improvisers looking for like-minded performers and a place to play in Cincinnati. After headlining shows for the Little Big Night at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, we formed our own partnership with Know Theatre’s Jackson Street Market, a resource sharing program for fledgling companies, and began producing shows independently. This continued partnership allows us to call Know’s Underground space on Jackson St. in Over-the-Rhine home.

We continue to explore a variety of styles and formats, while developing a strong improv community populated with smart, engaging people and doing work that is collaborative, curious, and sometimes a little bit daring. We foster new talent through training and a welcoming atmosphere, where all performers feel inspired to explore and take risks.

Calendar Listing


When:          7:30pm December 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28

Dinner service from Arnold’s Bar & Grill is available at every performance. Audience members can arrive for dinner as early as 6:00pm but must arrive no later than 7:00pm to guarantee service. Dinner and drinks are not included in the ticket price. Parties of 5 or more should contact Know Theatre of Cincinnati (513-300-5669) to place seating reservations. All parties are welcome and encouraged to place reservation times.

Where:         Arnold’s Bar & Grill – 210 E 8th Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tickets:        $20 – Dinner and drinks are not included in the ticket price.

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


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