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Cincinnati Lab Theatre Announces 2022 NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

JULY 21-30 2022

CINCINNATI, JULY 7, 2022 — Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s New Works Festival will present three fully staged workshop productions and three original play readings in a rotating festival repertoire over two weekends, July 21 – July 30, 2022. All performances will be presented in Cincinnati at the Madcap Education Center 3064 Harrison Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45211.

Cincinnati LAB Theatre is now in its ninth producing season. Some of Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s past productions include Dog by Brian David Walker, The Secret Life Of Bros by Nathan Top, The Color Of The Leaves by Isaiah Reaves, Married Life & A Funny Play For Troubled Times by Charlie Schulman, Medusa In You by Valetta Anderson, The Hired Man by Heather Meyer, Shirt.Brown.Honesty & Led Thespian by Jason Podplesky, 3Some by Brian Griffin, An Evening with Stephen Crane by Phil Paradis, Identity: An Evening of Three Twenty-Minute Plays by Elizabeth a. Harris, Brian Griffin, and Leah Strasser, and Daughter Of War as well as Judas by Elizabeth a. Harris.

WORKSHOP SERIES: The New Works Festival Workshop Series will present three brand new fully staged workshop productions:

LAB_Preggers or Parenthood for Virgins logoPreggers, Or Parenthood For Virgins by Rebecca Dzida. Directed by David Derringer. Arranged marriage is hard enough, but when newlyweds Mary and Joseph discover they’ve been chosen to raise the Son of God, it gets harder. Along with a little help from the angel Gabriel, they must learn to navigate the challenges and absurdities of love, marriage, parenthood, and destiny. Performances July 21st at 7:30pm and 29th at 8:00pm.

LAB_Finding Neil Patrick Harris logoFinding Neil Patrick Harris by Donna Hoke. Directed by Dennis Murphy. When
frenemy nail techs Cha-Cha and Katie are privileged to hear a favorite customer’s bizarre dying wish, they set off to make it come true. In their quest to find Neil Patrick Harris, they discover that what they’ve been searching for has been right in front of them.
Performances July 22nd and 30th, at 8:00pm.

LAB_Burning Down the House logoBurning Down The House by Pamela Weiler Grayson. Directed by Greg Procaccino. BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE explores the bonds of marital commitment, when Lisa, a 51 year-old woman, becomes the caretaker for her 54 year-old husband, Greg, who has Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (EOAD). The play time-shifts between the past and the present, revealing the strength, humor, and passion of a long-term marriage, juxtaposed with the isolated, painful prison it has become. Between the demands of her deteriorating husband, and her young adult children, can Lisa find some kind of joy for herself, without
further destroying her family? Performances July 23rd at 8:00pm and 28th at 7:30pm.

PLAY READING SERIES: The New Works Festival Play Reading Series will present three staged readings of new plays currently under development:

LAB_Akrasia logoAkrasia by Kate McMorran. Directed by Robert Allen. Struggling through therapy after a painful breakup, Amy meets Jason – the perfect rebound. As their relationship builds, Amy realizes everything isn’t quite as it seems when they run into Rachel – a mysterious figure from Jason’s past. As Jason’s secrets are revealed, Amy is forced to explore what boundaries, consent, and the stories we tell ourselves really mean. Reading July 24th, at 2:00pm.

LAB_Of Dudes and Nudes logoOf Dudes And Nudes by Nathan Top. Directed by Elizabeth a. Harris. Gym-rat Jeff wants to quit going to marriage counseling with his wife, Trish. When Jeff accidentally takes a peek at Trish’s phone, he discovers a dick pic, one that he didn’t send to her. Determined to save his marriage, Jeff seeks counsel from his best friend, Calvin, whose picture perfect relationship with an older man, Don, has also begun to reveal cracks. Of Dudes and Nudes is a fast-paced comedy that explores the hierarchy of our closest relationships and the sacrifices we make to maintain them. Reading July 24th at 4:00pm.

LAB_in a stand of dyaing trees logoin a stand of dying trees by Shannon TL Kearns. Directed by Carolyn Guido Clifford. Ben and Amanda love their town and they love their neighbors. Sure, they sometimes disagree, but they are comfortable. When Liam, Ben’s former college friend, comes to town on a campaign to get people to “vote blue” their idyllic life is threatened. Can people remain friends even when they disagree? And who has the right to defend themselves? Reading July 24th at 7:00pm.

EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL PREVIEW: In August Cincinnati LAB Theatre is producing a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. This show will be the third play that LAB has produced at the fringe. The first play was LED Thespian by Jason Podplesky in 2018 in-person and the second play was Four Horses by Mary Beringer which LAB streamed online-on-demand for the entire month of August in 2021. Join us to see the show stateside and help our artists receive feedback before the festival!

LAB_The Philosophy of Caveman logoThe Philosophy Of Cavemen by CL Byrd. Directed by Torie Pate. Three cavemen
debate the nature of life while trying to survive. When one invents the wheel, they enjoy a new found “prosperity.” Performances July 27th at 7:30pm and July 30th at 3:00pm.

Single Tickets and 2022 New Works Festival All-Access Pass
Single tickets to the 2022 Cincinnati LAB Theatre New Works Festival may be purchased online at: www.showtix4u.com/event-details/66038 or at the door.

Workshop Series:

    • $15 Adult – General Admission per performance
    • $10 Student – General Admission per performance
    • $10 Senior – General Admission per performance

Play Reading Series:

    • $5 – General Admission per performance

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Preview:

    • $15 – General Admission per performance
    • $10 Student – General Admission per performance
    • $10 Senior – General Admission per performance

All-Access Pass
Experience all that Cincinnati LAB Theatre has to offer this season! 2022 All Access Passes are $35. 2022 All-Access passes allow general admission entry for passholders into all 2022 Cincinnati LAB Theatre New Works Festival events. For an extra $5, a total of $40, you can enjoy your All-Access Pass in style with an official Cincinnati LAB Theatre t-shirt.

All tickets are available online through our website or may be purchased at the door
using cash or credit-card.

About Cincinnati LAB Theatre: Cincinnati LAB Theatre is an organization for established and emerging playwrights and performers and is dedicated to a collaborative creative process that will present established works of drama and develop new plays through a traditional workshop model. Cincinnati LAB Theatre will provide a solid platform for artists to cultivate, strengthen, and hone their artistic crafts and talents and offer quality theatre for Cincinnati audiences.

Cincinnati LAB Theatre
2022 New Works Festival Schedule

Thursday, July 21, 2022

7:30pm – Workshop Series: Preggers, Or Parenthood For Virgins by Rebecca Dzida.

Friday, July 22, 2022

8:00pm – Workshop Series: Finding Neil Patrick Harris by Donna Hoke

Saturday, July 23, 2022

8:00pm – Workshop Series: Burning Down The House by Pamela Weiler Grayson

Sunday, July 24, 2022

2:00pm – Play Reading Series: Akrasia by Kate McMorran
4:00pm – Play Reading Series: Of Dudes And Nudes by Nathan Top
7:00pm – Play Reading Series: in a stand of dying trees by Shannon TL Kearns

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

7:30pm – Edinburgh Fringe Festival Preview: The Philosophy Of Cavemen by CL Byrd

Thursday, July 28, 2022

7:30pm – Workshop Series: Burning Down The House by Pamela Weiler Grayson

Friday, July 29, 2022

8:00pm – Workshop Series: Preggers, Or Parenthood For Virgins by Rebecca Dzida.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

3:00pm – Edinburgh Fringe Festival Preview: The Philosophy Of Cavemen by CL Byrd
8:00pm – Workshop Series: Finding Neil Patrick Harris by Donna Hoke

All performances of the New Works Festival 2022 will be held at the Madcap Education Center 3064 Harrison Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45211. The Madcap Education Center is a handicap accessible facility. Follow Cincinnati LAB Theatre on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, and our website www.cincylabtheatre.wixsite.com/cincylab.

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Part-Time House Staff Position Available at Cincinnati Landmark Productions

CLPCincinnati Landmark Productions is seeking a part-time staff member for The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, The Warsaw Federal Incline Theater and The Madcap Education Center.

Part-Time House Staff Position

Job Requirements:

  • Must be a self-starter, dependable, and have excellent communication and customer service skills. Must be able to work in an unsupervised environment at The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, The Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre and The Madcap Education Center.
  • Must be at least 19 years of age, have high school diploma or equivalency. Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Job Description: House management duties, Will Call, general customer service, work as parking assistant, concessions/bar and run a follow spot and show prep.

Hours for position vary. Mostly evenings during performances. Sunday performances are at 2pm. Must be available weekends too.

If interested, please send resume to: Denny Reed @ dennyreed@clpshows.org. No phone calls please.

Start Date: IMMEDIATE.

Hourly Rate: $12.00

Please note: These positions are a good fit for NON-PERFORMERS – staffers will work during performances. Start date immediate.

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Part-Time House Staff Positions Available at Cincinnati Landmark Productions

CLPCincinnati Landmark Productions is seeking part-time staff members
for The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, The Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, and The Madcap Education Center

Part-Time House Staff Position
Job Requirements:
Must be a self-starter, dependable, and have excellent communication and customer service skills. Must be able to work in an unsupervised environment at The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, The Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre and The Madcap Education Center.

Must be at least 21 years of age, have high school diploma or equivalency, some college preferred. Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Job Description:
House management duties, Will Call, general customer service, work as parking assistant, concessions/bar and run a follow spot, show prep including cleaning and restocking restrooms, lobby, etc.

Hours for position vary. Mostly evenings during performances. Sunday performances are at 2pm. Must be available weekends too.

If interested, please send resume to: Denny Reed at dennyreed@clpshows.org.

No phone calls please. Start Date: IMMEDIATE.
$11.00 Hourly rate.

Please note: These positions are a good fit for NON PERFORMERS – staffers will work during performances. Start date immediate.

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Programming Suspended at Madcap Education Center

MEC_logoMadcap Education Center patron:

The safety of our young patrons is the highest priority of Cincinnati Landmark Productions, Madcap Puppets and the Madcap Education Center.

Due to the temporary closure of all educational facilities, we must officially:

  1. Cancel the March 13, March 20, March 27 and April 3 performances of ComedySportz Cincinnati.
  2. Postpone the Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 performances of Madcap Puppets’ Twice Upon a Time. The new performance dates will be May 2-3.
  3. Cancel the March 21 performance of Trick the Show. However, we will add an additional performance on June 27.
  4. Cancel all classes/workshops in the Madcap Education Center until Monday, April 6.

All performance ticket holders should contact the Box Office at (513) 241-6550 to discuss their best option. Your original tickets for this weekend’s Twice Upon a Time performances will be honored on the aforementioned new dates.

All class registrants should look for a communication about their specific class and its plan moving forward.

It saddens us to cancel/postpone any programming. But we do so for the greater good. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

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CINCINNATI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL Brings Nationally-Acclaimed Storytelling Talent to Queen City

CSF_ 2020 logo(CINCINNATI, OHIO)  Paul Strickland has been a Cincinnati favorite for years, and has traveled with his beloved Trailer Park Trilogy and other storytelling shows to fringe festivals all over North America. He’s also a nationally acclaimed storyteller, and will be taking his stories to festivals like the Paris Storytelling Festival, Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, and more. But why is Paul travelling to tell his stories? Why not bring his favorite storytellers here?

Madcap Education Center and other local arts organizations have asked Paul Strickland to help them do just that–bring more nationally recognized storytellers right here to Cincinnati, while championing local Cincinnati favorites at the same time! February 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2020 will see Cincinnati’s first Storytelling Festival.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

CSF_Lyn Ford Headshot

Lyn Ford

Lyn Ford is a fourth-generation, nationally recognized, Affrilachian* (of African American heritage and history, from the region called Appalachia) storyteller, a teaching artist and workshop facilitator with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, a Thurber House mentor, a writer published in storytelling magazines and newsletters, as well as teachers’ enrichment books and story anthologies, editorial collaborations (in 2018, look for: Boo-Tickle Tales and Storytelling Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Children with Special Needs; in fall of 2019, look for: Speak Peace: Words of Wisdom, Work and Wonder, works of heart with friend and fellow storyteller Sherry Norfolk), and her own books, a recording artist with award-winning CDs, a storytelling, creative-writing workshop, and interactive keynote presenter, and a happy partner-in-life, mama, grandmama, great-grandmama, and good cook!

CSF_Bill Lepp

Bill Lepp

Bill Lepp: Growing up in a family where the truth was fluid, Bil Lepp became adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances at an early age. A nationally renowned storyteller and five time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, Bil’s outrageous, humorous tall-tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life.

Though a champion liar, his stories often contain morsels of truth which shed light on universal themes. Be it a hunting trip, a funeral, or a visit to the dentist, Bil can find the humor in any situation. Lepp explains that while his stories may not be completely true, they are always honest.

Bil is the author of six books and sixteen audio collections. His first children’s book, The King of Little Things, won the PEN Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing, received a Kirkus Starred review, and favorable reviews from The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The School Library Journal and other publications. It also won the Zena Sutherland Award, the Parent’s Choice Gold Award, was a finalist for the Irma Black Award, and was chosen to be West Virginia’s book at the National Book Festival.

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Paul Strickland.

Paul Strickland has been a Cincinnati Favorite since moving here in October of 2014. Most of Paul’s stories were told to him by his Ain’t True and his Uncle False, who live in Big-Fib Cul-de-sac, a small trailer park just off the coast of Factual in the mythical America south. His hilarious and heart-felt tall tales have won “Best of Fest” seven times at Fringe Festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Strickland has performed at theaters, festivals, comedy clubs, and more, including two prisons, where he was not an inmate at the time. Selections from his show Levels of Difficulty can be heard on XM Sirius radio.

THE SCHEDULE

Thursday February 6th through Saturday February 8th, 2020, local and national storytellers will converge on the west side of Cincinnati to tell stories and teach workshops.

CSF_Schedule 2020

CSF_ 2020 logoTICKETS AND INFORMATION
Please visit our website at bit.ly/cincystorytelling to find more information.

Tickets and passes can be purchased online by going to bit.ly/cincystorytelling, or by phone at (513) 241-6550.

Venue: Madcap Education Center, 3064 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH – in Westwood

Full Schedule on Website

Rating: Family-Friendly when Noted

Tickets: See website for details

Ticket link: http://www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com/mec/News1.aspx

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