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Mariemont Players Announces EVELYN IN PURGATORY

MPI_Evelyn in Purgatory promo

Photo by Kristy Rucker.

Mariemont Players presents Evelyn in Purgatory a dark comedy by Topher Payne at the Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road (just East of Mariemont), January 10-26, 2020.

A sort of Breakfast Club for teachers, Evelyn in Purgatory shows what happens when teachers land in their own version of detention. A claim of improper behavior by a failing student lands Evelyn Reid in the New York Public School’s Reassignment Center, one of a series of empty offices in the Department of Education Building. There she encounters a group of teachers who must sit and wait for their cases to be reviewed. Some are guilty, some are not, but all have long since lost any hope of returning to a classroom.  Over the course of the school year, these colleagues form an unlikely alliance, reminding each other of forgotten passions, emerging to face life outside in unexpected new directions. They also learn French, workshop a screenplay…and learn some troubling secrets about each other.

Evelyn in Purgatory is directed by Jennifer Keith, produced by Patrick Kramer Betsy Bossart, and features the talents of Heather AbbottChessie VigranCathy RossAimée WardChuck IngramEvan Blanton, and Robert Weidle.

Come visit our beautifully renovated auditorium complete with more comfortable seating, new carpeting, fresh paint, aisle lighting, enhanced stage lighting, state-of-the-art sound, and a sound induction loop for those with hearing aid T switches and head sets for those with low hearing issues.


  • 8 PM Friday, January 10th (Opening Night Reception)
  • 8 PM Saturday, January 11th
  • 2 PM Sunday, January 12th
  • 7:30 PM Thursday, January 16th
  • 8 PM Friday, January 17th
  • 8 PM Saturday, January 18th
  • 2 PM Sunday, January 19th
  • 7 PM Sunday, January 19th
  • 7:30 PM Thursday, January 23rd
  • 8 PM Friday, January 24th
  • 3 PM Saturday, January 25th
  • 8 PM Saturday, January 25th
  • 2 PM Sunday, January 26th

To order tickets for Evelyn in Purgatory, call Betsy at 513-684-1236 OR order online at www.mariemontplayers.com. All seats are reserved and $20 each.

For more information, contact Dan at maloneykd@gmail.com.

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MPI_Evelyn in Purgatory logoEVELYN IN PURGATORY
Mariemont Players Inc.
Jan. 10-26
Walton Creek Theatre

Directed by Jennifer Keith
Produced by Betsy Bossart & Patrick Kramer

Cast: Heather Abbott as Evelyn, Cathy Ross as Lila, Aimée Ward as Candace Metzger, Evan Blanton as Toby Fleming, Chuck Ingram as Fred Disalvo, Chessie Vigran as Roberta Burke & Robert Weidle as Mr. Atwood

When a complaint is filed against one of the 70,000 teachers in New York’s public schools, they’re sent to a Reassignment Center, one of a series of empty offices in the Department of Education Building. There, they sit and wait for their case to be reviewed. Usually for months. Sometimes for over a year. A claim of improper behavior by a failing student lands Evelyn Reid in “the rubber room,” where she encounters a group of teachers, some guilty, some not, who have long since lost any hope of returning to a classroom. Over the course of the school year, these colleagues form an unlikely alliance, reminding each other of forgotten passions, emerging to face life outside in unexpected new directions. They also learn French and workshop a screenplay.

  • Fri-Sat, Jan. 10-11 at 8pm
  • Sun, Jan. 12 at 2pm
  • Thu, Jan. 16 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Jan. 17-18 at 8pm
  • Sun, Jan. 19 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Thu, Jan. 23 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Jan. 24 at 8pm
  • Sat, Jan. 25 at 3pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Jan. 26 at 2pm

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Auditions Announced for THE ART OF DINING at Mariemont Players

mpi_logoShow Title: The Art of Dining By: Tina Howe

Director: Laura Berkemeier 

Synopsis: Cal and Ellen are the owners and sole staff of a small, elegant gourmet restaurant. Cal’s main preoccupation is paying back the $75,000 it cost to start it up, and that means packing in the customers. Chef Ellen is preoccupied with the food’s quality and stopping Cal from sampling the ingredients. The diners act out their own private dramas over dinner and their conversations are exquisite burlesques of contemporary attitudes. There’s a sensual middle aged couple who go into paroxysms of ecstasy just reading the menu and then there’s three crass chic young career women. Finally, there’s Elizabeth, a maladroit, shy and neurotic writer who’s dining with her prospective publisher. Her actions and conversation are unintentionally hilarious and a delicious example of how not to act and what not to talk about while dining. 

Auditions: Monday, February 10 at 7pm, Wednesday, February 12 at 7pm,

Thursday, February 13 at 7pm – call backs if needed. Auditions will be held at the Walton Creek Theatre at 4101 Walton Creek Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45227.  Please reserve your time via this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D44AFAB2FA2FE3-theart 

Audition Requirements: If available, bring headshot and resume. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. 

Rehearsal times: Times will be finalized based on actor availability, however, the likely schedule will be rehearsals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7pm-9:30pm at the Walton Creek Theatre. Rehearsals would begin on March 30th. Actors must be available for photos on April 5th at 7pm and for the entirety of Tech week which will be Sunday, May 3rd through opening on Friday, May 8th. 

Production Dates: Friday, May 8th @ 8pm, Saturday, May 9th @ 8pm, Sunday, May 10th @ 2pm, Thursday, May 14th @ 7:30pm, Friday, May 15th @ 8pm, Saturday, May 16th @ 8pm, Sunday, May 17th @ 2pm and 7pm, Thursday, May 21st @ 7:30pm, Friday, May 22nd @ 8pm, Saturday, May 23rd @ 3pm and 8pm, Sunday, May 24th @ 2pm. 

Description of Characters: 3m, 6f

  • ELLEN – co-owner and chef extraordinaire of The Golden Carrousel, mid 30’s.
  • CAL – co-owner and supple head waiter of The Golden Carrousel, Ellen’s husband, mid 30’s.
  • HANNAH GALT – beautifully dressed and hungry, mid to late 40’s.
  • PAUL GALT – beautifully dressed and hungrier, mid to late 40’s.
  • ELIZABETH BARROW COLT – exceedingly shy and nearsighted. A writer, in her early 30’s, afraid of food.
  • HERRICK SIMMONS – enthusiastic and a good eater, early 30’s.
  • NESSA VOX – easily upset and a more neurotic eater, early 30’s.
  • TONY STASSIO – perpetually on a diet and miserable, early 30’s.
  • DAVID OSSLOW – the head of his own publishing company, successful, at ease, son and husband of good cooks, mid 50’s and in top shape.

Any questions please reach out to Patricia Mullins (patricia.n.mullins@gmail.com) or Kristen Vincenty (kvincenty23@gmail.com).

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Cast Announced for EARTH AND SKY at Mariemont Players

mpi_logoMariemont Players and director Jef Brown are excited to announce the cast of our March production, EARTH AND SKY by Douglas Post:

  • Sara McKeon – Patricia Mullins
  • David Ames – CJ Bossart
  • Detective Al Kersnowski – Michael Ireland
  • Detective H.E. Weber – Darren Lee
  • Joyce Lazlo – Elizabeth Hickerson
  • Billy Hart – Bryce Willson
  • Carl Eisenstadt – Burt McCollom
  • Marie DeFaria – Natasha Boeckmann
  • Julius Gatz – Fred Murrell

EARTH AND SKY is about would-be poet and part-time librarian Sara McKeon, whose lover of ten weeks, David Ames, is found dead one hot August morning in the city of Chicago. It appears that David may have been involved in illicit activities, including kidnapping, rape, and murder. Sara begins her own investigation of the crime and is led deeper and deeper through the urban labyrinth into the contemporary underworld. As the detective story moves forward in time, scenes from the love affair take us back to the moment when Sara and David first met. The plots converge, and Sara finds herself face to face with David’s murderer.

Performance Dates: March 13-29, 2020

For tickets, call Betsy at 513-684-1236 or visit www.mariemontplayers.com.

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2020-2021 Season Announced by Mariemont Players

MPI_logoTo Be Announced
Directed by Doug Berlon
September 11-27, 2020

Directed by Aaron Whitehead
November 6-22, 2020

In December 1939, Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere and Hitler’s invading Poland, but members of Atlanta’s Jewish-German elite are more concerned with who’s going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Amidst comedy, romance, and unexpected turns, the Freitag family is forced to face where they come from and deal with who they really are. Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

THE CAT’S MEOW – By Steven Peros
Directed by jef brown
January 15-31, 2021

Based on the true story of a mysterious Hollywood death, a fascinating cross section of Jazz Era characters including William Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin, Marion Davies, and Thomas Ince intersect in this fictionalized account of one notorious weekend on board Hearst’s yacht in 1924.

Directed by Dan Maloney
March 12-28, 2021

It’s a special day at the racetrack where “Champagne” Charlie, a racetrack regular, has a race named in his honor. A dreamer and teller of tall tales, Charlie conspires to place his entire meager savings – “the whole she-bang” – on a long-shot hunch. This gentle and poignant comedy mixes family, love, and an oversized bet to illustrate the power of loyalty, integrity, and growing older gracefully.

CRY IT OUT – By Molly Smith Metzler
Directed by Becky Collins
May 7-23, 2021

In the sweet spot between their yards where both baby monitors get reception, new moms Jessie and Lina bond over coffee during naptime while laughing through the highs and lows of motherhood. A comedy with dark edges, Cry It Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work, and the effect class has on parenthood in America. **Contains Strong Language**

BEEHIVE: The 60’s Musical – Created by Larry Gallagher
Directed by Linda Abbott
Musical Revue
July 9-25, 2021

Beehive celebrates the powerful female voices of the 1960’s with such timeless hits as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Be My Baby,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Me and Bobby McGee.” Told from the perspective of six young women who come of age in this enigmatic decade, BEEHIVE takes us from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation.

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