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Know Theatre of Cincinnati Brings You a Musical, Medieval, Muppety Outdoor Romp in ALL’S FAIRE

KTC_Alls Faire promoBy Alexx Rouse and Zach Robinson
July 23 – August 8, 2021

The Ren Faire: a world full of magic, merriment, romance … and CRIME

The Know Theatre returns to live in-person performance with its outdoor touring performance of All’s Faire, a brand-new musical comic caper set at a Renaissance Festival. This zany romp is packed with original music, absurdist gags, puppets, pirates, magical creatures, and a dynamic private-eye duo (she’s cynical and hard-nosed; he’s wide-eyed and naïve). Join us on an adventure where, if you lighten up and have a little fun, real magic can happen.

When a crime wave rocks a Renaissance Faire, the bigwigs are ready to close the place down for good unless the culprit can be nabbed. Crime-fighting duo Johnson and Josh are on the case! They’re here to catch a thief, adventure with pirates, find a little magic, and maybe fall in love with a beautiful elf maiden along the way.

All’s Faire began life back in 2018 as a contender in Serials!, our annual episodic competitive theatre party. Audiences loved the scrappy little musical/crime caper, and voted it through all five episodes. Northern-Kentucky based playwrights Alexx Rouse and Zach Robinson, along with local songwriter James Allen, knew they’d hit on something special, so they adapted their fan-favorite Serials! concept into a full-length play, which we’re delighted to present in its world premiere!

As we ease back into in-person production, we decided we want to meet our audience where you are – out in your communities. All’s Faire was created to be an outdoor experience that can travel to locations around Greater Cincinnati – just like an old fashioned “trunk show.” You’ll find a list of dates and venues at the end of this release, and we’ll be announcing more tour stops as we confirm them. 

Why kick off season 24 with this show? Here’s what Producing Artistic Director Andrew Hungerford has to say, “It seems a perfect fit to kick off this season of new storymaking with a show by local artists that grew out of our Serials! Monday night

theatre party. In its creation and content, All’s Faire is a celebration of the storymaking power of community: Cincinnati’s deep community of theatrical artists as well as the community of Renaissance Faire folk across the country. It’s an opportunity to remind ourselves what it’s like to come together and collectively imagine another world.” 

Making his MainStage directing debut with the Know is All’s Faire co-author (and the Know’s Artist and Community Relations Manager) Zach Robinson. And while Music Director James Allen has regularly created music for Know productions ever since 2014’s Moby Dick, this is their MainStage debut as lyricist! 

All’s Faire also features some of Cincinnati’s favorite onstage talent. Jordan Trovillion (previously at the Know in Puffs, The Absentee, and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere) stars as Johnson, with Andrew Ian Adams (previous Know credits include Puffs, Mercury, Hearts Like Fists) as Josh, Brianna Bernard (Puffs) as Glethien, and James Creque (Mercury, The Fisherman’s Wife, All Childish Things) as the Bard.

And while we’re thrilled to return to in-person performances, we know there are still lots of folks who won’t be able to join us for outdoor shows here in Cincinnati. So, we’ll be putting what we learned over a year of digital programming to work and offering a video-on-demand version of All’s Faire, which will be available July 30 – August 31.

It’s been a tough year. Let’s have some fun. All’s Faire is for anyone who could use a little whimsy, a lot of heart, and a hearty helping of absurdity. Come find us in a neighborhood near you starting July 23!

For an up-to-date schedule of tour stops, and to purchase tickets, visit our website at knowtheatre.com.

Current dates and locations include:

  • Friday, July 23, 7:30 PM: The Carnegie, Covington
  • Saturday, July 24, 7:30 PM: The Carnegie, Covington
  • Sunday, July 25, 3 PM: Wyoming Fine Arts Center, Wyoming
  • Thursday, July 29, 7:30 PM: Humble Monk Brewing Co, Northside
  • Friday, July 30, 7:30 PM: The Fitton Center, Hamilton
  • Saturday, July 31, 7:30 PM: The Carnegie, Covington
  • Sunday, August 1, 3 PM: Artsville, Madisonville
  • Thursday, August 5, 7:30 PM: Humble Monk Brewing Co, Northside
  • Friday, August 6, 7:30 PM: BonBonerie Parking Lot, O’Bryonville
  • Saturday, August 7, 7:30 PM: The Carnegie, Covington
  • Sunday, August 8, 3 PM: Kennedy Heights Arts Center, Kennedy Hts 

CAST

  • Andrew Ian Adams as Josh
  • Brianna Bernard as Glethien
  • James Creque as the Bard
  • Jordan Trovillion as Johnson

PRODUCTION TEAM

  • Director: Zach Robinson
  • Scenic & Props Designer: Kayla Williams
  • Costume Designer: Noelle Wedig-Johnston
  • Lighting Designer: Andrew J. Hungerford
  • Sound Designer: Douglas J. Borntrager
  • Original Music: James Allen
  • Stage Manager: Cole Sweasy
  • Technical Director: Henry Bateman
  • Puppets by Madcap Puppets 

AT A GLANCE

Production: All’s Faire, by Zach Robinson and Alexx Rouse

Dates: July 23 – August 8, 2021

Where: Parking lots around Cincinnati

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 $35 Living Wage Ticket. Low-cost admission available for $15. On Wednesdays, as part of our Welcome Experiment, tickets are $5 in advance or FREE beginning one hour prior to the show. 

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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ALL’S FAIRE Runs July 23-Aug. 8

KTC_Alls Faire promoALL’S FAIRE
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
July 23-Aug. 8
[Various]

Written by Alexx Rouse & Zach Robinson
Music and Lyrics by James Allen

Directed by Zach Robinson

Cast: Jordan Trovillion as Johnson, James Creque as The Bard, Andrew Ian Adams as Josh & Brianna Bernard as Glethian

This four-person romp, packed full of music, whimsy, and puppets, is a whodunit in the thick of a Renaissance Faire, and will tour to locations around the city

  • Fri-Sat, July 23-24 at 7:30pm [The Carnegie – Covington]
  • Sun, July 25 at 3pm [Wyoming Fine Arts Center]
  • Thu, July 29 at 7:30pm [Humble Monk Brewing – Northside]
  • Fri, July 30 at 7:30pm [The Fitton Center – Hamilton]
  • Sat, July 31 at 7:30pm [The Carnegie – Covington]
  • Sun, Aug. 1 at 3pm [Artsville – Madisonville]
  • Thu, Aug. 5 at 7:30pm [Humble Monk Brewing – Northside]
  • Fri, Aug. 6 at 7:30pm [BonBonerie Parking Lot – Evanston]
  • Sat, Aug. 7 at 7:30pm [The Carnegie – Covington]
  • Sun, Aug. 8 at 3pm [Kennedy Heights Arts Center]

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Know Theatre’s MainStage Reopens

KTC_Lets Play logoThe Know’s 24th Season: Myth Breakers and Story Makers 

Cincinnati, the team at Know Theatre has missed you. Don’t get us wrong: we’re grateful we spent the last year playing, innovating, and bringing you bold and fresh digital content full of unexpected stories and brave new voices, but we are over the moon to once again present a full season of live and in-person entertainment. 

If you’re hungry for connection, if you’re tired of Netflix and want to be a part of something fierce and new, or if you’re just really excited to get out of the house and back in the community, we can’t wait to see you at our summer outdoor performances and our MainStage season.

Mainstage Season
The Know Theatre’s twenty-fourth season is our joyful return to the living breathing society of in-person theatre following our mostly-digital 2020-2021 season. This season, themed as “Myth Breakers and Story Makers” begins with two open-air shows before returning to the Know’s MainStage on Jackson Street in Over-the-Rhine.

We begin the season with All’s Faire, by Alexx Rouse and Zach Robinson with music and lyrics by James Allen. This four-person romp, packed full of music, whimsy, and puppets, is a whodunit in the thick of a Renaissance Faire, and will tour to locations around the city July 23 – August 8, 2021.

Before summer ends, we’ll present a second outdoor show: Mongrel, by Adam Tran. In this World Premiere, you’ll step into the camp of Genghis Khan, and meet a young man who defies the destiny of his birth and builds himself a legend. Mongrel will be presented in an outdoor venue August 26 – September 14, 2021.

As the weather turns colder, we will return to the Know Theatre’s MainStage with SHOCK!: The Spine-Tingling Tale of Miss Spidra, by Joseph Zettelmaier. SHOCK! celebrates the campy TV horror hostesses of the 1950s and 1960s (a la the iconic Vampira). It’s a story for all the passionate creators brave enough to take a chance on the weird, the kooky, and unexpected. SHOCK!: The Spine-Tingling Tale of Miss Spidra will run on the MainStage October 8 – October 24, 2021.

For the holiday season, we love a fresh spin on an old tale. This year, we’re breathing new life into a tale as old as time. Glassheart, by Reina Hardy, up-ends the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast, and gives us a new kind of fairy tale: for the romantics, for the broken-hearted, and for everyone who’s ready to breathe a little magic back into the world. Glassheart runs November 19 – December 12.

Our January show is still yet to be announced. Stay tuned for details coming soon.

Next up we’ll present Harpers Ferry 2019, by Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin. In 1859, abolitionist John Brown led a raid on the United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, that cost 18 lives – and changed the course of American history.  In 2019, three park rangers find themselves entangled in a love triangle – and entangled with a history that keeps wanting to repeat itself. Harpers Ferry 2019 runs March 4 through March 20, 2022.

Our season closes with The Twunny Fo’, by Cincinnati playwright A.J. Baldwin. Step inside of the last holdouts of a rapidly changing neighborhood – an all-night convenience store – barely hanging on to its identity after it’s rebranded by Corporate as “The 24.” What’s at stake when the gentrification machine rolls through your neighborhood? A world premiere comedy, The Twunny Fo’ runs April 15 – May 8, 2022.

Radio Know
Last year, we began a monthly series of audio dramas, spotlighting local talent. In the coming season, the plays in our collection will remain available for download, and we will continue to release Radio Know productions on a quarterly basis.

The Cincinnati Fringe Festival
The 2021 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, in a hybrid live/digital format and an outdoor block party venue, was a rousing success, and Cincy Fringe will return for its nineteenth year in 2022. Applications will be open in the autumn, with the Festival’s Primary Lineup announced in April. 

How to enjoy the 24th Season of Know Theatre of Cincinnati:
Single Tickets for all MainStage and summer shows will go on sale July 1!

This year, you can choose the ticket price that fits your budget – $15 if you need it, $25 for an average price, and $35 if you want to help us ensure a living wage for all.

The Welcome Experiment
We know that, especially after this past year, there are lots of members of our community for whom even a $15 ticket is too much of a budget strain. That is why we are proud to bring back The Welcome Experiment: our Wednesday MainStage performances where anyone can reserve a ticket in advance for $5, or get a ticket at the door completely free of charge (subject to availability). Come see a show at the Know – you’re welcome here!

Want to sample a few shows this season? Our Flex Pass option for $90 lets you pick 6 entries to any MainStage or Second Stage event throughout the season, in any combination you like – and it never expires!

Want to see it all? We have an Annual Membership that is valid for one full year from time of purchase, for $250 – including admission to every MainStage and Second Stage event, access to all Radio Know releases, Artist-priced drinks at the bar, and members-only experiences. (Plus, your Annual Membership goes a long way to helping us maintain a living wage for MainStage artists – thank you!)

Season 24: Myth Breakers & Story Makers begins in July – Let’s Play! 

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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2021-2022 Season Announced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati

KTC_Lets Play logoSeason 24
Myth Breakers and Story Makers

ALL’S FAIRE 
By Alex Rouse & Zach Robinson
Music and Lyrics by James Allen
July 23-Aug. 8, 2021

MONGREL 
By Adam Tran
Aug. 26-Sept. 12, 2021

SHOCK! The Spine-Tingling Tale of Miss Spidra
By Joseph Zettelmaier
Oct. 8-24, 2021

GLASSHEART 
By Reina Hardy
Nov. 19-Dec. 12, 2021

HARPERS FERRY 2019
By Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin
March 4-20, 2022

THE TWUNNY FO’
By A.J. Baldwin
April 15-May 8, 2022

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Pick of the Fringe Winners for 2021

CFF21_logo2The Cincinnati Fringe Festival is thrilled to announce the Pick of the Fringe winners for 2021:

  • The Audience Pick: MEERA’S KITCHEN from Beena Raghavendran
  • The Critics’ Pick: THE BELLE AND BOONE HELM from Hannah Gregory
  • The Dr. Robert J. Thierauf Producer’s Pick: CONTINUUM from Performance Gallery and Solasta Theatre Lab
  • The Linda Bowen All-Access Pick: YOU WILL LIVE UNDER THE SEA from Queen City Flash
  • The David C. Herriman Artists’ Pick: THE BUTTERFLY HEIST from Kelly Morton

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