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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

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]
  • Wed, July 28 at 7:30pm [Know Theatre’s “Looking Good” Parking Lot – Over-the-Rhine]
  • 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]
  • Wed, Aug. 4 at 7:30pm [Know Theatre’s “Looking Good” Parking Lot – Over-the-Rhine]
  • 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

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

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

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

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

By Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin
March 4-20, 2022

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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Grapes Battle for Supremacy at Cincy Fringe in PLANET OF THE GRAPES LIVE – An Epic Sci-Fi Toy Theater Experience

Basic RGBPLANET EARTH – PLANET OF THE GRAPES LIVE is pandemic performance pioneer Peter Michael Marino’s internationally acclaimed comedic homage that takes audiences of all ages on an epic, 60-minute adventure fusing the Victorian era’s Toy Theater movement with the 1968 Charlton Heston/Rod Serling classic, “Planet of the Apes.” Digital performances for Cincy Fringe play live from New York June 5-18, 2021.

In PLANET OF THE GRAPES LIVE, an astronaut crew crash-lands on an unfamiliar planet in the distant future and are enslaved by a society where grapes have evolved into speaking creatures with human-like intelligence. The original “Planet of the Apes” is credited as one of the most groundbreaking science fiction films of all time. The film’s themes of science vs. religion, biased class systems, and mankind’s self-perceived entitlement to everything on Earth strongly resonated with Marino who peppers the script with excavated passages from co-screenwriter Rod Serling’s original screenplays.

What is Toy Theater? The early 18th century ushered in Europe’s Toy Theater movement, where adults and children assembled mass-produced paper replicas of over 300 popular plays that included the script, stage, scenery, and characters. These DIY kits were sold at the concession stands of opera houses, playhouses, and vaudeville theaters to be performed for family members and guests. Toy Theater literally brought theater into homes.

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, Marino has presented over 100 performances of his interactive, digital live shows “Show Up, Kids!” and “Desperately Seeking the Exit” which were nominated for “Best Zoom Show Performed in Real Time” (BroadwayWorld), and “Outstanding Achievement In An Individual Performance” (No Proscenium). Marino was named “2021 Creative of the Year” by the Young-Howze Theatre Awards.

WHO: Created by Peter Michael Marino
Directed by Michole Biancosino
Music by Michael Harren


  • 8:00 p.m. EDT Saturday, June 5
  • 6:15 p.m. EDT Sunday, June 6
  • 1:00 p.m. EDT Saturday, June 12
  • 4:30 p.m. EDT Sunday,  June 13
  • 8:00 p.m. EDT Friday, June 18

WHERE: Television, computer, or tablet

HOW MUCH: $10-$15

TICKETS: https://cincyfringe.com/planet-of-the-grapes-live/
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes, with 3-minute intermission
WEBSITE: www.planetgrapeshow.com

Peter Michael Marino (Creator) is a NYC-based teacher, writer, performer, and producer. He’s one of the first artists in the USA to present live, online, interactive content during the pandemic and was named “Creative of the Year” by the Younge-Howze Theater Awards. He created the role of bad guy Joules Volter in the award winning, Off-Broadway family show, “Pip’s Island.” Pete’s comedy “Show Up, Kids!” received rave reviews globally, and continues to play live online. His internationally acclaimed solo comedy “Desperately Seeking the Exit” chronicled the unmaking of his West End musical flop “Desperately Seeking Susan.” www.petermmarino.com

Michole Biancosino (Director) has had her work seen on stages across the country and abroad.  Recent projects include “Same But Different” (Christal Brown Dance), two seasons at Edinburgh Fringe of the sold out hit show “Trump Lear,” Peter Michael Marino’s “Show Up!” and “Show Up, Kids!,” and Lia Romeo’s “Connected.” Check out her recent digital theatre work at: https://www.youtube.com/user/ProjectYNYC


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