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Cast Announced for FEAST at Know Theatre


Jennifer Joplin.

Know Theatre of Cincinnati promised you that we’d bring you breaking news before the ink on the contract was dry, and we are so excited to deliver on that promise! Starring in our upcoming season opener FEAST will be local stage star Jennifer Joplin, who has appeared previously at the Know as Terry, the spiky, struggling mom in last season’s Girl in the Red Corner (pictured at left with the cast of the show), and as Virginie, the hermit/taxidermist of 2018’s The Man-Beast. Jennifer’s one-woman show, The MILF Also Rises, premiered at the 2019 Cincinnati Fringe Festival to much acclaim and sold-out houses.

FEAST is an invitation to break bread with one of the seminal monsters of literature: Grendel’s Mother, from the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf. As her companion, you share in her hard-won victories and shattering griefs, and as she gazes on the twenty-first century with the full power of her incandescent fury and all-consuming love, she becomes a beacon of the power it takes to burn away injustice and build a better wold.

We’re not quite ready to open our Jackson Street doors again, so FEAST will be only available to watch online. We know some of you have already been dabbling in the recent digital-theatre boom, but we’re pretty sure this show isn’t going to be quite like anything you’ve seen yet.

FEAST will be available to stream August 7 – Sept 20. Tickets will be available to purchase next week!

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CFF20: Fringe Encores/Pick of the Fringe

CFF_Orange logo text onlyDue to overwhelming artist and audience demand, we’ve extended our “Best of the Fest” Fringe Picks through Saturday, June 27. Tickets for will be available for PROXIMITY, LOVE AND OTHER LURES, KILLJOY, OH, FORBIDDEN CITY! and m-o-u-s-e, until 11pm that day. If you’ve already purchased access to any of these five titles: you can continue to watch them through that date.

The 2020 Cincinnati Fringe Festival slate of award-winners is:

  • Audience Pick – FORBIDDEN CITY from Martin Dockery
  • Fringe Next Pick – TALES FROM THE CUCKOO CLUB from Caldera Studios!
  • Artists’ Pick – m-o-u-s-e from Ink Blot Inc.
  • Critics’ Pick – PROXIMITY from Pones
  • Producer’s Pick – LOVE AND OTHER LURES from Dr. Dour and Peach!
  • All-Access Pick – KILLJOY, OHIO from Queen City Flash!

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Seven Years Later, the Creators of PETUNIA AND CHICKEN Return to Cincy Fringe

7 years later, married and still very much in love, the creators of PETUNIA AND CHICKEN return to Cincinnati. And this time, they’ve got live music

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Since premiering this show at the 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival and winning the Artists’ Pick Award, Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher of Animal Engine Theatre Company have taken it to fringe festivals and schools across North America. After collaborating last year with violinist and composer Natalia Steinbach to add live music to the show, they’re pleased to present this 2019 recording of PETUNIA AND CHICKEN to Cincinnati audiences. The audiences that started it all!

CFF20_Petunia and Chicken2About the Show
Petunia and Chicken is a 4 time award winning play for audiences of all ages, inspired by the works of Pulitzer Prize winning author Willa Cather. It brings to life a heartwarming, funny, and thrilling story of immigration and love on the turn of the century prairie.

Petunia, a Czech immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a Nebraska farm boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together. Performed by just two actors and a violinist in Animal Engine’s unique physical style. They create sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses and more with just their bodies, a hat, a scarf, and folk songs.

About Animal Engine
Animal Engine is the collaboration between Karim Muasher and Carrie Brown. We are two movement-based theatre artists who met while training at the London International School of Performing Arts, and found that we had a shared love of reading. Our mission is to make old stories new, by creating and performing uniquely physical plays that reimagine classic works of literature for the stage.

Working from a place of serious playfulness, we create our plays using research, improvisation, movement, and music. Fascinated with the simple act of storytelling, our plays are performed by just the two of us, with simple design elements, and are often accompanied by a live musician.

CFF20_Petunia and Chicken1We believe in healing, that the artistic experience can help people learn and grow, so the characters in our plays persevere and become better versions of themselves in spite of difficult and often tragic circumstances. Our plays are also written for multi-generational audiences, because healing is as necessary for a child as it is for a grandparent. Our plays have been called “hard to beat” by the Washington Post and “remarkably clever” by City Beat Cincinnati. We perform and teach in our hometown of New York City, across the United States, and internationally at theaters, festivals, and schools.

Online as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, May 29-June 13
Digital talkback Saturday, May 30 @ 6pm (facebook and youtube)

$10-$15, available at cincyfringe.com

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Curbside Pickup of Beverage Care Packages Benefits Know Theatre During Cincy Fringe

CFF20_Virtual Fringe logoFor those who like to raise a toast to the spirit of Fringe: we’ve got you covered.

In partnership with our friends at Karrikin Spirits Co, Revel OTR Urban Winery, and Grainworks Brewing Company, we’re giving you a new way to pick up your beverage care packages while supporting Cincy Fringe!

From May 25th to June 6th, order from Grainworks Brewing Company, Karrikin Spirits, or Revel Urban Winery, select “Kinda Weird Fringe Curbside Pickup” as your delivery option, and between 12 PM and 2 PM on Saturday May 30th or Saturday June 6th, you can conveniently pick up all of your orders at the Know Theatre on Jackson Street!

A small percentage of your purchase will be donated to Know Theatre, so make sure to grab your beer, wine, and liquor to support the arts!

To order from Revel OTR Urban Winery: https://www.revelotr.com/orderwine

To order from Grainworks Brewing Company: https://shop.grainworks.beer/delivery-pickup/

To order from Karrikan Spirits Co: https://www.toasttab.com/hearth-karrikin/v3
(select “delivery” option and enter 1120 Jackson Street as the delivery location, and it will arrive on the following Saturday for pickup).

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Dr. Dour & Peach Present LOVE AND OTHER LURES Virtually at Cincy Fringe

CFF20_Love and Other LuresA playfully macabre cabaret about love, danger, and things with teeth.

Washington, DC and Cincinnati, OH – Dr. Dour & Peach’s LOVE and OTHER LURES is available for on demand streaming this May 29 – June 13, as part of the all-online Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The duo sings songs about monsters, combining quirky and intricate songwriting with surprising emotional depth. This year they perform a house concert in their own house, where there’s a troll infestation, a tiny announcer who lives in the walls, and plenty of stage magic.

In the songs of LOVE and OTHER LURES, Dr. Dour (vocals, 10-string touch-guitar) and Peach (cello, banjo, cute) employ a range of musical styles from southern rock to Tin Pan Alley. The audience is transported on an oddball odyssey of ill-fated love stories. “Love is dangerous and unpredictable, like creatures with too many legs,” says Dr. Dour. “Love is a beautiful journey! Even if you fall down an interdimensional time tunnel at the end of it,” says Peach. The 2020 Cincinnati Fringe audiences get to decide for themselves.

Dr. Dour & Peach have received praise as “sinister and winsome at the same time” (Washington Post) with “whimsical, clever songwriting that can engage audience members of any age” (Washington City Paper). They’ve appeared at Cincinnati Fringe, Capital Fringe, Richmond Fringe, Shenandoah Fringe, New York Clown Theatre Festival, and ABSFest Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival. Their first album, The Monster Songs, is available on Bandcamp.com. Their musical comedy web series “Dr. Dour & Peach: The Webseries” is available for streaming on YouTube.com.

The co-creators and performers of LOVE and OTHER LURES are husband and wife team Toby Mulford and Rachel Spicknall Mulford. The music and lyrics are by Toby Mulford, and Rachel Spicknall Mulford directs. Performers Matthew Pauli, a veteran of Big Apple Circus, and James Humphries, who also designed the puppets, join the show for the first time. Costumes by Lynly Saunders. Editing by Kevin Boyce.

This production is presented as part of the 2020 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, produced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati.

LOVE and OTHER LURES, presented by Dr. Dour & Peach
(More info: https://www.cincyfringe.com)

Streaming on demand Friday May 29th – Saturday June 13th, 2020

Running time is 45 minutes. Appropriate for all ages.

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