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Get Vengeful at the Regional Premiere of Steve Yockey’s MERCURY at the Know

KTC_Mercury MontageRevenge is a dish best served bloody in
MERCURY
a very dark comedy by Steve Yockey
April 19 – May 11

If Hellraiser were a sitcom, it might be like this play.

Know Theatre is delighted to close our 21st MainStage season with a return to the world of playwright Steve Yockey, with the regional premiere of MERCURY.

Yockey, co-producer and writer on TV’s Supernatural and the brilliant brain behind past Know Theatre favorites including Pluto, The Fisherman’s Wife, and Heavier Than…, now brings us a pitch-black comic romp about what happens when people stop being nice and start getting vengeful.

From jilted lovers to nosy neighbors, marauding bears, and a missing dog named Mr. Bundles, MERCURY uncovers what’s bubbling underneath the surface of suburban niceties.

As the play unfolds, three storylines converge around the strangest curiosity shop in Portland. Because, when simmering grudges reach their boiling point, this shop’s proprietor has just the right items to help feuding parties bury the hatchet.

The Know team is thrilled to bring back some of our favorite comic talents and welcome two new faces to the Know MainStage for this twisted tale of vengeance.

OTRimprov’s impish Eileen Earnest returns to the Know as the busybody-with-a-heart-of-stone Olive. We’ve paired her up once more with Andrew Ian Adams and James Creque, who together dazzled and disoriented audiences in Steve Yockey’s 2016 Know hit The Fisherman’s Wife. Olive just wants to get closer to her new neighbor Nick (played by Creque), but his live-in boyfriend Brian (played by Adams) is just always… in the way.

Elizabeth Molloy makes her second MainStage appearance as Heather, opposite newcomer to the Know MainStage Robyn Novak as Pamela. When their already fraught friendship takes a darker turn, Heather decides she’s ready to take drastic measures to get life back to normal.

Tess Talbot returns after her memorable leading role in 2018’s Ada & the Engine as Alicia, who is happy to help Olive and Heather solve their vexing personal troubles using a little special something from her very special store.

But when her boyfriend “Sam” (played by Patrick Phillips in his Know MainStage debut) gets wind, there’s going to be Hell to pay.

Know Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Andrew J. Hungerford directs the manic chaos of this deeply funny, deeply dark comic adventure. He first encountered Yockey’s script in advance of its premiere in 2017 and it proved a perfect fit to close our 21st season where we’ve been exploring the idea of “Fear Itself” all year.

Says Hungerford,

“Steve writes the kind of plays that from the first lines make me say ‘I want to see THAT onstage!’ They’re so theatrical, so compelling, and such a delightful challenge to make a reality. I want to design them all. That’s not possible, but getting to design or direct one every few years is a pretty good consolation. And I can’t wait for audiences to see this.”

MERCURY is the fourth of Steve Yockey’s plays we’ve tackled on the MainStage since 2012 – and to celebrate, you have a chance to meet the playwright himself, thanks to the Dramatists’ Guild Foundation’s Traveling Masters Program!

The Traveling Masters is a nationwide education program providing master classes and events on the craft of writing. Participants interact with luminaries of the modern stage, allowing them to learn, ask questions, and develop their talents with input from experts. Previous Masters include eminent writers such as Annie Baker, Pearl Cleage, Melissa James Gibson, Terrence McNally, Dael Orlandersmith, Anne Washburn, and many other award-winning writers.

Yockey will be joining us on Saturday, April 20 for a student playwrights’ workshop at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music for CCM students, a special invited playwrights’ workshop here at the Know, followed by the 8 PM performance and a post-show talkback open to the public.

If you enjoyed his exploration of death in 2012’s PLUTO, the over-the-top sex farce of 2016’s The Fisherman’s Wife, or the reimagining of the myth of the minotaur in 2017’s Heavier Than… , we know you’ll love getting to know Steve Yockey in this intimate post-show Q&A session.

In a world where people very rarely seem to get what they deserve, MERCURY is a satisfying romp where karma has a wicked sense of humor.

Mercury runs April 19 – May 11, only at Your Theatrical Playground, Know Theatre of Cincinnati.

Cast

  • Robin Novak – Pamela
  • Elizabeth Chinn Molloy – Heather
  • Tess Talbot – Alicia
  • Eileen Earnest – Olive
  • James Creque – Nick
  • Andrew Ian Adams  – Brian
  • Patrick E. Phillips* – “Sam”

*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

  • Director –  Andrew J. Hungerford
  • Scenic & Lighting Designer – Andrew J. Hungerford
  • Costume Designer – Noelle Johnston
  • Sound & Projections Designer – Douglas Borntrager
  • Prop Designer – Rebecca Armstrong

Calendar Listing

MERCURY by Steve Yockey

8:00 pm April 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27; May 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11
3:00 PM April 21, 28*; May 5

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

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

Tickets:

  • $15 regular price tickets
  • $25 “Living Wage” tickets, supporting working artists in Cincinnati
  • $10 Rush tickets at the door 10 minutes prior to curtain (when available)

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

Season Design sponsorship provided by Travis McElroy

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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MERCURY Runs April 19-May 5

KTC_MercuryMERCURY
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
April 19-May 5
[Over-the-Rhine]

Direction, scenic & lighting design by Andrew Hungerford

Cast: Andrew Ian Adams as Brian, James Creque as Nick, Eileen Earnest as Olive, Elizabeth Chinn Molloy as Heather, Robyn Novack as Pamela,
Patrick Earl Phillips as Sam & Tess Talbot as Alicia

Three stories cross outside of Portland, OR in a pitch black comedy with an illicit affair, a couple hanging on by a thread, bears at the window, the worst curiosity shop on the west coast, and an adorable missing dog named Mr. Bundles. No one’s happy, people stop being nice, and blood spills. This mash-up of myth, missing empathy, and “good neighbors” explores what happens when the mercury rises.

  • Fri-Sat, April 19-20 at 8pm
  • Sun, April 21 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, April 24-27 at 8pm
  • Sun, April 28 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, May 1-4 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 5 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, May 8-11 at 8pm

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Cast Announced for MERCURY at Know Theatre of Cincinnati

KTC_logoThe cast includes:

Andrew Ian Adams as Brian
Andrew’s previous Know appearances include the smash hit Neverwhere (2017) and 2016’s The Fisherman’s Wife (also by Mercury playwright Steve Yockey). He’s also a member of the Know-To-Go education program, bringing theater for young audiences to schools and libraries, and performs with OTRimprov.

James Creque as Nick
James has previously appeared at the Know in Hearts Like Fists (2015), All Childish Things (2015), The Fisherman’s Wife (2016), and SuperTrue (2018).

Eileen Earnest as Olive
Eileen has previously appeared at the Know in Beertown and The Fisherman’s Wife (both in 2016). She’s also a member of OTRimprov, the Know’s affiliated improv troupe.

Elizabeth Chinn Molloy as Heather
Elizabeth was last seen on the Know stage in 2018’s SuperTrue.

Robyn Novak as Pamela
We’re thrilled to have Robyn make her mainstage debut with Mercury following her appearances in Serials! and Cincy Fringe!

Tess Talbot as Alicia
Tess returns to the Know after appearing in Listen for the Light (2017) and playing the titular scientist in Ada and the Engine (2018).

Patrick Earl Phillips as Sam
Patrick is a familiar face to Know audiences from his many appearances at Serials! and Cincy Fringe; we’re delighted to welcome him to his Know Mainstage debut.

Directed by Andrew Hungerford. Performances run April 19-May 11.

For more information visit www.knowtheatre.com/season-21/mercury

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See Know Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director in Rare Solo Performance in SAND, March 28 – 30

KTC_Sand posterSee Know Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director in a rare solo performance in
SAND
the US premiere of a devastating new play by
Nick Gill

SPECIAL LIMITED RUN: March 28 – 30

“so you want to build a simple nuclear bomb”

Join us at Your Theatrical Playground, Know Theatre, for a rare chance to see our Producing Artistic Andrew J. Hungerford onstage in the solo performance of an unforgettable new play, in its US premiere.

It’s now the sixth of August 1945.
She is alone.
god, my head.
At 8.15 in the morning, everything is quiet.
The house is still.
Thirty one thousand and sixty feet above her, there is a single aircraft.
In forty three seconds, the bomb it has released will have fallen around twenty nine thousand feet and will detonate above the city.
In forty four seconds, seventy thousand people will be dead.

and the world turns.

            – excerpt from SAND by Nick Gill

 

At Know Theatre for a special limited run, March 28 – 30, SAND is a riveting new work of theatre that combines fiction, science, and history to explore the threat of nuclear weapons and the devastation of nuclear war. It’s a fractured collection of narratives that jump across the stories of a dozen women over a century-long timeline, building to an inevitable breaking point.

SAND is an intense, poetic dive into the frightening power that humanity wields against itself. A version of the play was shown at the Royal Court Theatre on June 17, 2013, directed by Vicky Featherstone and performed by Eileen Walsh & Toby Jones.

Acclaimed director and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music professor Brant Russell (The Man-Beast) helms a script-in-hand staging of the show for the US premiere of this powerful new script.

SAND also offers a rare chance to catch a performance by Producing Artistic Director Andrew Hungerford, last seen in a dramatic role on Cincinnati stages in his 2010 Cincy Fringe Show, “Of People and Not Things.”

Says Hungerford,

“I first read this script just a few weeks ago, and instantly knew we needed to produce it. For one, it’s a perfect fit for the SecondStage of our season examining fear itself.

From a personal perspective, I was plagued by nightmares and anxiety attacks about nuclear war as a kid growing up at the tail end of the cold war.

In the 90’s, it felt like the world began to come to its collective senses as disarmament began to take hold. But now as non-proliferation treaties are scrapped, as countries ramp up missile production and nuclear programs, it’s vital for us to consider the ramifications of those choices, to take a hard look at the nuclear powder keg our modern world sits atop.”

As a small but nimble professional Theatre, Know Theatre is uniquely suited to take a show from page-to-stage both rapidly and effectively – especially when a story is as relevant to this moment as Nick Gill’s SAND is.

Join us for a gripping night of hot-off-the-presses theatre, in a special limited run from March 28 – 30 – only at Your Theatrical Playground, Know Theatre of Cincinnati.

Cast

  • Starring Know Theatre Producing Artistic Director Andrew J. Hungerford

Production Team

  • Director –  Brant Russell
  • Scenic & Lighting Designer – Andrew J. Hungerford

Calendar Listing

Production:  SAND by Nick Gill – a US premiere

When: 8:00 pm March 28, 29, and 30

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

Tickets:      

  • $15 regular price tickets
  • $25 “Living Wage” tickets, supporting working artists in Cincinnati
  • $10 Rush tickets at the door 10 minutes prior to curtain (when available)

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

Season Design sponsorship provided by Travis McElroy.

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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CONTEMPORARY ACTING WITH NEW WORKS and ADVANCED ACTING With Jared Joplin and Miranda McGee at Know Theatre

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

Details:

  • All classes will take place Mondays from 6:30pm-9:00pm

  • Classes will take place at Know Theatre and Gabriel’s Corner

  • April 8, 15, 29, May 6, 13, 20 (Performance)

  • Cost: $175

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

Advanced Acting for Adults

For those that have taken our Contemporary Acting class or for actors wanting to take the next step, this is the next step in advancing your skills, working with methods from prominent theatre practitioners and with more complex scripts from classical texts. Explore methods from Stanislavski and Meisner to Chakra work and Kaiser and expand your theatrical tool kit! The class meets for six 2.5 hour sessions, with an invited performance for the final session on Know Theatre’s Underground cabaret stage.

Details:

  • All classes will take place Tuesdays from 6:30pm-9:00pm

  • Classes will take place at Know Theatre and Gabriel’s Corner

  • April  9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14 (Performance)

  • Cost: $175

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

 

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