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The Cincinnati Fringe Festival Undergoes A Temporary Makeover For 2020

CFF_Orange logo text onlyThe Cincinnati Fringe Festival introduces its all-online format for 2020

Forget Christmas. Usually, this is the most wonderful time of the year at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati: when the whole staff pulls together to work round-the-clock to bring Cincinnati its favorite arts and community event, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The annual two-week-long celebration of theatre, music, dance, and art is chock-a-block with artistic works you won’t find anywhere else and a deep sense of community, and it’s one of the highlights of the Know’s year.

May and June (or, as we call it, “the Fringemas season”) is shaping up to be a sub-optimal time to bring huge groups of people all together, but the spirit of Fringe is too beloved and too special to keep on the shelf for all of 2020. So the Know Team got together and did what we do best: we got creative, resourceful, and just a little off-the-wall.

When the smoke cleared and the fire alarms were reset, we were left with this: an all-digital, totally online, 100% at-a-safe-distance, for-2020-only Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Audiences will be able to enjoy the kinds of joyful, out-of-the-box, deeply personal, and sometimes just plain weird content they’ve come to expect from Cincy Fringe, all from the comfort and safety of their own homes. This year’s Fringe will be crammed to the brim with streaming performances, online art galleries, and digital meet-ups, and audiences will be able to access all content from their own home computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Is this a weird way to run a Fringe festival? You bet. But that’s Cincy Fringe: Kinda Weird. Like You. And let’s be real – this is a weird time, with weird needs. Fortunately, the Know Team is full of the scrappiest, most inventive, weirdest people you’ll ever meet, so let’s get weird.

The scheduled opening night for the Cincinnati Fringe Festival is May 29, which is still two whole months away. The Know Team is monitoring all recommendations about distancing and health, and working collaboratively with the Fringe artistic community to devise content that is high-quality and as safe for artists to create as it will be for audiences to enjoy.

Because one of the best parts of Fringe is the sense of community that arises between audiences, staff, and artists, the Know Team is creating ways for people to connect at a distance. Audiences will still be able to vote for Pick of the Fringe awards, via online polls instead of paper ballots, and Fringe-hosted digital hangouts and streaming segments will replace the nightly Bar Series events.

Cincy Fringe had scheduled its lineup announcement party for April 27. While a physical gathering is no longer possible, stay tuned for a lineup announcement, information on ticketing packages and pricing, and further details on 2020’s all-online Fringe Festival to come in the final week of April.

Keep up with all of our news at our website, 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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LASSO OF TRUTH Postponed at The Know Theatre

ktc_logoThe deep dive into the history of Wonder Woman will be rescheduled to an upcoming season.

It is with great disappointment that the Know Theatre of Cincinnati announces the indefinite postponement of their production of Carson Kreitzer’s LASSO OF TRUTH.

The production, which was slated to open April 17, was to be directed by the Know’s Associate Artistic Director, Tamara Winters, and told two interweaving stories about the pop-culture phenomenon that is Wonder Woman: one recounted the lives of her original inventor and the two women he loved, both of whom served as inspiration for the character, and the other followed a modern-day fan struggling to reconcile her progressive sensibilities against her lifelong love for Wonder Woman, even as she discovers how the character was shaped by a culture of shame and secrecy.

“This is a play that’s been on our radar for a few years, and we were all extremely excited to produce it,” said Producing Artistic Director Andrew J. Hungerford. “Our goal is to make space for it as we schedule our upcoming seasons.”

The Know previously had to bring an early close to its Rolling World Premiere of ALABASTER, by Audrey Cefaly, which it transferred to a limited-run, highly successful video-on-demand. As a part of the Know’s Know-to-Go brand, the Know is in the process of rolling out ways to experience its signature theatrical storytelling at a distance, through streaming filmed productions, audio plays, and performance-based livestreams of tabletop role-playing games.

Audiences can always keep up with the Know’s programming by visiting knowtheatre.com or visiting the theatre on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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 Know Theatre Presents Know-To-Go

KTC_Lets Play logoBold theatrical programming at an epidemiologically prudent distance

What do you do when your mission is to bring people together to experience new theatrical works – and you’re not allowed to be “together” anymore?

You do what Know Theatre of Cincinnati has been doing for 22 seasons – you adapt, you innovate, and you figure out how you can connect your community, no matter what the challenge.

The Know Theatre Team recognizes we are all in uncharted waters as we figure out how to keep the essence of the live theatre experience truly alive during a pandemic event.

We affirm that this is the time to stick to the principles we hold most dear, and for us, that is that our purpose is to create works of art that are both cutting-edge and accessible. The current public health crisis has given us an opportunity to combine those qualities, and we seek to be on the furthest edge of making art accessible to people in quarantine and isolation as well as those practicing social distancing.

Inspired by our origins as a nomadic band of artists that brought experimental live theatre directly into communities, we’re turning to the digital space to bring the intimate experience of Know shows directly to your homes.

Building on the model of our Know-to-Go educational programming, which creates theatre for young audiences and visits schools, libraries, and community centers across the Tri-State Area, we’re now utilizing technology to bring works to audiences from a safe and healthy distance.

Today, we roll out our brand-new extension of Know-to-Go, a collection of inspired theatrical programming for trying times, designed to showcase new and unexpected voices and full of the Know’s signature theatricality – all via the power of streaming video.

Part 1: The Stream Team
The Know has been experimenting with livestreaming episodes of our Monday night competitive theatre party Serials! on Facebook Live for the last six seasons. Now, with Know-to-Go: The Stream Team, we’re stepping up that game in a big way.

From the MainStage: ALABASTER

We were deeply saddened to have to cut short our National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of the Pulitzer-nominated darkly comic Southern drama, Alabaster, by Audrey Cefaly, due to concerns over the public health crisis.

But thanks to the round-the-clock efforts of Producing Artistic Director Andrew J. Hungerford to secure appropriate rights and permissions, we are able to bring the production back digitally for one more week! Alabaster will be available to stream to audiences for a limited time, thanks to a partnership with Actors’ Equity Association.

People who already held tickets for cancelled performances of ALABASTER will receive access to the video once it’s available. As per our agreement with Actors’ Equity, the remaining tickets to each cancelled performance will be made available as access to the digital recording for $15 each.

Because paying a living wage is a priority at the Know, viewers will also be able to choose the living wage ticket price of $25, to help us keep artists paid.  And since the flip side of the monetary coin is economic accessibility for audiences, we’ll be making 50 streaming passes available for $5 as part of our Welcome Experiment.

The streaming video will be available at the end of this week, and will be viewable through April 4.

From the Archives
We’ll be offering several shows from Know Theatre’s archive for rental through video on demand at $10 each!

We’ll be rolling out titles beginning this week, starting with 2015’s ANDY’S HOUSE OF [BLANK] by Paul Strickland & Trey Tatum, and 2016’s DARKEST NIGHT AT GNARLY STUMP by Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin with songs by Paul Strickland. It feels fitting to begin our streaming library with these two titles that came to life thanks to the Know’s ethos of experimentation.

The quirky and endearing time-traveling musical ANDY’S HOUSE OF [BLANK] began life in our episodic-competitive theatre event SERIALS! THUNDERDOME. A collaboration between artists Paul Strickland, Erika Kate MacDonald, Trey Tatum, and Bridget Leak, ANDY’S HOUSE OF [BLANK] was such an amazing, audacious creation from its very genesis that the Know worked with its creators to develop into a MainStage production that had its premiere in 2015.

DARKEST NIGHT AT GNARLY STUMP was an original Appalachian ghost-story folk musical, commissioned by the Know and premiered in 2016. Its book was written by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek (who also co-wrote the live-action film Mulan (2020)) with original songs by Paul Strickland.

More shows from the Know’s archive will be coming to our streaming platform pending the finalizing of rights agreements. Stay tuned for more announcements as they roll out!

Part 2: Audio Theatre
We’re working with local playwrights to create brand-new audio works available for audiences everywhere. They’ll be available for purchase through our website. As so many local artists found themselves abruptly out of planned work when performing arts events through the city shut down in mid-March, this provides work for these out-of-work performers while creating exciting, brand-new content for the audiences who are missing their usual arts experiences. Further details on the upcoming audio dramas will be released soon.

We’ll be kicking the series off with a release of an Audio Version of Producing Artistic Director Andrew J.  Hungerford’s play, OF PEOPLE NOT THINGSs, seen at the Cincinnati and Edinburgh Fringes in 2010. (“A new and thrilling piece of Fringe theatre” – **** British Theatre Guide. “This piece of theater will stick with you because it’s so human” – Rick Pender, CityBeat.) This never-before-released audio recording was made in 2011, just after the show’s run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Part 3: Roll Models
The Know will be using video streaming to roll out (oh yes, that pun was fully intended) its designed-for-performance tabletop role-playing-game experience! The brainchild of Know’s Managing Director Jackson Short, Roll Models will feature stories crafted by local playwrights, featuring characters performed by local actors, in role-playing experiences led by experienced game masters. Our intrepid tabletop adventurers will tell their stories in livestreamed installments while audiences are encouraged to support the action through a virtual “tip jar,” which again supports the participating freelance artists who unexpectedly found themselves facing cancelled jobs.

All revenue created by Know-to-Go digital programs will be split 50/50 between the theatre and the artists, so that our staff and artistic community can all weather this storm together.

While the staff of the Know is currently busy like a hive of socially-distanced bees to make this theatrical-magic-from-afar happen, we have even more ideas developing and announcements forthcoming. Join us as we journey into uncharted theatrical waters, and keep your ears open for what’s coming up next!

By The Numbers

ALABASTER by Audry Cefaly, $15 tickets available now through March 21. Streaming March 18 – April 4.

ANDY’S HOUSE OF [BLANK] by Paul Strickland and Trey Tatum, $10 on-demand rental. Streaming beginning March 20.

DARKEST NIGHT AT GNARLY STUMP book by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, songs by Paul Strickland, $10 on-demand rental. Streaming coming soon.

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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Current Productions Suspended at Know Theatre

KTC_Lets Play logoIn light of the rapidly developing circumstances regarding COVID-19, we’ve decided the best way to serve the community is to suspend current productions for the time being.

We are working on ways we can continue to deliver the work of our community of artists to our audiences in a remote fashion – stay tuned as those developments roll out.

But until then, if you already have tickets for an upcoming performance, you have a couple options:

  • We can convert your ticket to an account credit for a future Know show
  • We can convert your ticket to a tax-deductible donation

You can give us a call at 513-300-5669 or email info@knowtheatre.com with any questions you may have. We’re here to help!

Thank you for being part of the Know family. We wouldn’t be here without you – stay safe and take care of each other.

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An Update From Your Know Theatre Family

KTC_Lets Play logoDear friends of the Know,

Thank you to all our friends and artists who are with us as we continue to assess developments regarding COVID-19.

We have received news about a ban on public gatherings over 100 in the State of Ohio.

Though our capacity is already under 100, we’re taking steps to be proactive in this moment to keep all who choose to come and play safe and healthy.

In addition to increased frequency of sanitization of surfaces throughout our space before, during, and after performances, we are also further reducing the capacity of current performances to 50 or under, to allow additional space between seats.

We continue to encourage all patrons, artists, and staff to wash hands for 20+ seconds frequently, avoid touching your face, avoid unnecessary physical contact, and most importantly, if you are feeling unwell or have been around someone feeling unwell, to make the choice to stay home.

The Know is happy to offer account credits for future performances if you need to stay home. Give us a call at 513-300-5669 to reschedule, get an account credit, or ask any questions you may have.

We will continue to assess the situation as news develops, and we thank you for being part of our community.
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