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Cast Announced for ADA AND THE ENGINE at Mariemont Players

MPI_logo 2020Mariemont Players and director Darren Lee are excited to announce the cast of our May production, ADA AND THE ENGINE by Lauren Gunderson:

  • Ada Byron Lovelace – Aimée Ward
  • Charles Babbage – Keith Cassidy
  • Lady Annabella Byron – Traci Taylor
  • Lord Lovelace – Ryan Bowron
  • Mary Sommerville – Susan Smith
  • Byron – Corey Meyer

Performance dates: May 6-22, 2022

Synopsis: As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge—a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future.

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2022-2023 Season Announced by Mariemont Players

MPI_logo 2020Mariemont Players, Inc. is pleased to announce our 2022-2023 season!

September 2022
This Random World by Steven Dietz
Directed by Laura Berkemeier

Mining the comedy of missed connections, This Random World asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. This funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own. (Whimsical Drama)

November 2022
The Gods of Comedy by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Jennifer Keith Day

Daphne and Ralph are young classics professors who have just made a discovery that’s sure to turn them into academic superstars, but something goes disastrously wrong. The Ivy League will never be the same as a pair of screwball deities encounters the carnal complexity of college coeds, campus capers, and conspicuous consumption. (Comedy)

January 2023
Dearly Departed by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones
Directed by Aaron Whitehead

In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpins’ other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. (Comedy)

March 2023
August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
Directed by Jerry Wiesenhahn

When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major play that unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. (Drama)

May 2023
Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler
Directed by Becky Collins

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. (Comedy/Drama)

July 2023
To Be Announced
Directed by Elizabeth Leigh Taylor

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Auditions Announced for HARVEY at Mariemont Players

MPI_logo 2020Mariemont Players and director Jerry Wiesenhahn announce auditions for our July, 2022 production of HARVEY by Mary Chase.

Audition Information:


  • Saturday, February 6, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 7, 2022 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Mariemont Players, Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227

Sign up for your audition timeslot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d44afab2fa2fe3-harvey

Audition Requirements: Please bring a headshot and resume. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. You may be requested to stay past your audition time to read with other auditionees.

Rehearsal times: Rehearsals will begin on Thursday, June 9th from 7-9:30pm and will occur every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (unless there are cast conflicts) until tech week.

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

Synopsis: It’s the mid-1940s, and Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. To avoid future embarrassment for her family—and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae—Veta decides to take drastic measures.  Things don’t work out quite the way anyone expects, but maybe in the long run better than they could have hoped. This is a funny, warm, charming story about acceptance, believing in the good in others, and accepting that there is often more to some things than meets the eye.

The Characters in HARVEY

Elwood P. Dowd (Age 45-55) – a charming eccentric who’s best friend is Harvey, an invisible six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. Elwood is well mannered, very friendly, and always assumes the best in people. He is Veta’s older brother.

Veta Louise Simmons (Age 45-55) – Elwood’s younger sister, she is intent on being a part of local fine society and landing a suitable husband for her daughter Myrtle Mae,  but is very concerned about how Elwood (and Harvey) might interfere with those.

Myrtle Mae Simmons (Age 25-35) – Veta’s Daughter (Elwood’s Niece). She is exasperated by the obstacles that Elwood (and Harvey) present to her ability to fit into fine society, and by Veta’s inability to do anything about it.

Dr. Lyman Sanderson (Age 30-35) – a young and highly qualified psychiatrist, handpicked by Dr. Chumley. His talent is only surpassed by his vanity.

Ruth Kelly (Age 25-35) – a young nurse at Chumley’s Rest who is very competent, but wants most of all to have Dr. Sanderson see her as more than a colleague.

Dr. William B. Chumley (Age 50-65) – an esteemed psychiatrist and the head of Chumley’s Rest with years of experience. He is a difficult, exacting man who will go to any length to protect the reputation of his sanitarium.

Duane Wilson (Age 30-50) – the muscle of Chumley’s Rest, a devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients who will not cooperate voluntarily.

Judge Omar Gaffney (Age 50-65) – an old family friend of the Dowds and the family’s lawyer. He is fiercely protective of Veta Louise and the family.

Betty Chumley – (Age 50 – 60) Dr Chumley’s wife; a pleasant, energetic woman.

E.J. Lofgren – (Age 30-60) Cab driver who’s seen it all and is a bit philosophical about it.

Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet – (Age 60-70) Local society juggernaut, from old money, accustomed to being accommodated and her opinion considered.

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Mariemont Players Inc.
Jan. 7-23
Walton Creek Theatre 

Cast: Jasimine Bouldin as Esther, Elizabeth L. Taylor as Mrs. Dickson, Cynthia Nesbit as Mayme, Sally Fint as Mrs. Van Buren, Phineas J. Clark as Mr. Marks & Ryan-Chavez Richmond​ as George

The time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a Black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, and she has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains, lonely and longing for a husband and a future. By way of a mutual acquaintance, she begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man named George who is working on the Panama Canal, and over time the correspondence becomes increasingly intimate until George persuades her that they should marry, sight unseen. Meanwhile, Esther’s heart seems to lie with the Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth, and his heart with her, but the impossibility of the match is obvious to them both, and Esther consents to marry George. But when George arrives in New York, is he the man he claimed to be? And can Esther overcome yet another personal setback and fulfill her lifelong dream?

12/9/21 – Health and Safety Policies

  • Fri-Sat, Jan. 7-8 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Jan. 9 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, Jan. 13-15 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Jan. 16 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, Jan. 20-21 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Jan. 22 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Jan. 23 at 2pm

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Auditions Announced for ADA AND THE ENGINE at Mariemont Players

MPI_logo 2020Mariemont Players announces auditions for ADA AND THE ENGINE written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Darren Lee. Auditions will be held at the theater, 4101 Walnut Creek Rd., Mariemont, OH 45227 on the following dates:

  • Saturday, January 8, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please note that Ada, Byron, and Babbage all sing in the show’s finale, and vocal ability is preferred for these roles.

Synopsis: As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge—a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future.

Production dates: May 6-22


ADA BYRON LOVELACE – (18-36) Curious, funny, brilliant, aware of her brilliance, stories, aware of her story.  Never met her famous father, tries to be a “good girl” but just cannot help her curiosity and love of all things impossible.  A woman of our time stuck in hers.

LADY ANABELLA BYRON – (35-55) Ada’s mother, harsh, strict, jealous? Yes. But realistic.  She has had a hard life largely due to Ada’s father. Projects his sins onto her daughter.

CHARLES BABBAGE – (40-60) Ada’s soul mate, friend, mentor. Lauded genius of London. A holder of famous salons, an inventor, a mathematical scholar, a dreamer who just cannot seem to make his dreams into the metal they require to be real. Almost perfect for Ada. Almost.

LORD LOVELACE – (25-45) A gentleman who becomes Ada’s husband. He’d rather that he was more rich and more lordly but he’ll manage with his lot. A proud man. A wanting man. A serious man. Is not madly in love with Ada but she’ll do just fine.

MARY SOMMERVILLE – (40-60) Charles’ friend and colleague and Ada’s mentor. There are no women as successful and respected in science and math as her. Pragmatic, sharply friendly, someone who will tell you when you’re wrong.

BYRON – (36) A charming man, darkly funny, unpredictable, emotional, brooding but self-aware. A poet.

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