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THREE BAGS FULL Runs Jan. 11-27

MPI_Three Bags Full logoTHREE BAGS FULL
Mariemont Players Inc.
Jan. 11-27
[Walton Creek]

Directed by Becky Mullins

Cast: Nisrene Langenbrunner as Kathleen, Fred Murrell as Bascom Barlow, Pat Kramer as Richard Foyle, Katie C. Jensen as Angela, Dava Lynn as Genevieve, Aimée Ward as Jeanette, Darren Lee as Boris, CJ Bossart as Preston Cottingham, Jimmy Jackson as Jenkins, David Hatfield as Mr. Cottingham & Susan Smith as Charlotte

A bright, French farce which tells the tale of a greedy merchant who finds himself snookered into being a matchmaker for his two daughters – one the child of his wife and the other, the maid’s.

  • Fri-Sat, Jan. 11-12 at 8pm
  • Sun, Jan. 13 at 2pm
  • Thu, Jan. 17 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Jan. 18-19 at 8pm
  • Sun, Jan. 20 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Thu, Jan. 24 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Jan. 25 at 8pm
  • Sat, Jan. 26 at 3pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Jan. 27 at 2pm

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Actor and Stage Manager Needed for THREE BAGS FULL at Mariemont Players

MPI_logoMariemont Players is seeking an actor and a stage manager for our January production, THREE BAGS FULL.

THREE BAGS FULL is a bright French farce about a greedy merchant who finds himself snookered into being a matchmaker for two daughters, one the child of his wife and the other the maid’s offspring. Rebellious young ladies, a comely new maid, pregnant ladies and mistaken identities lead to explosive hilarity. A larcenous employee who has embezzled half a million dollars even offers to return it for a managerial position and the daughter’s hand. Half of the loot is in diamonds and half in cash the stashes in separate but identical bags. A third identical bag contains the maid’s skivvies.

Production Dates: January 11th-27th

Role Available:

Preston Cottingham (20’s-30’s) – Lazy son of Mr Cottingham. In love with the Barlow’s maid.

We are also in need of a Stage Manager. No experienced required – will train.

If interested in Preston Cottingham, contact director Becky Mullins at beckykmullins@gmail.com.

If interested in Stage Managing, contact producer Dan Maloney at maloneykd@gmail.com.

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Auditions Announced for OUT OF STERNO at Mariemont Players

MPI_logoMariemont Players and director Dan Maloney announce auditions for OUT OF STERNO by Deborah Zoe Laufer.

Audition Dates/Times:

  • 7 PM Sunday, January 13th
  • 7 PM Monday, January 14th

Location: 4101 Walton Creek Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227

Performance Dates: May 10-26

Synopsis
Dotty’s life in Sterno with her husband Hamel is absolutely perfect! It’s a fairy tale, it really is. True, in their seven years of marriage Hamel has forbidden her to leave their tiny apartment or speak to anyone, but Dotty is so very happy to spend her days watching video re-enactments of the day they first met. When a phone call from a mysterious woman threatens to tear her world asunder, Dotty must venture out into the vast city of Sterno, and try to discover what it is to be a “real” woman.

OUT OF STERNO is a coming-of-age play in an Alice in Wonderland world. It explores the triumph and heartbreak of growing up and the contradictory societal pressures women face just trying to make it across town.

Characters

Dotty
20’s. Childlike and loving and hopeful, bursting with intense enthusiasm for everything. She refuses to think ill of anyone.

Hamel
30’s-40’s. Dotty’s thuggish husband. Very very very very not smart. Loves his wife, needs her for everything, but is prey to other urges. Much more stupefied than angry or threatening.

Zena
30’s-40’s. The proprietress of Zena’s Beauty Emporium. Miss Triboro Area for two years running. Tough as nails.

Dan
Magically transforms himself into every other character in the play including: Delivery Man, Taxi Driver, Waiter, Mrs. Cuthbert, Mrs. Peabody, Barb, Sallie Mae, Man on the Bus.

Please note, ages listed are stage ages. Actors auditioning can be older/younger in real life, but they have to believably be able to play the ages listed in the script.

Rehearsals will begin around the middle of March and will be determined by the availability of the cast. Please bring known conflicts from March 18th to May 26th. Please note, there is a 2 PM performance on Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 12th.

Resumes and head shots are appreciated but not required. For more information or to review the script, contact director Dan Maloney at maloneykd@gmail.com.

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Mariemont Players Announces MORE FUN THAN BOWLING

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Patrick Kramer and Elizabeth L. Taylor in More Fun than Bowling. Photo by Kenneth Smith – KPIX photography.

Mariemont Players presents More Fun than Bowling by Steven Dietz at the Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road (just East of Mariemont), November 2nd – 18th.

Jake owns the bowling alley in a small Midwestern town. He is sitting on a hilltop where two of his three wives are buried. Lois was zapped by lightning while carrying a bowling trophy in a thunderstorm and Loretta was killed by a ball return machine. In his younger days, he was a promising concert musician but a foul tip baseball broke his fingers which subsequently healed into a perfect bowler’s grip. Jake replays the key frames of his life and is visited by his daughter Molly who has become adept at talking women into marrying her father for love and free lane time. But who is that nattily dressed man with dark glasses and a revolver lurking nearby?

MPI audiences will remember Steven Dietz’ distinct, comic voice from last year’s hit, Becky’s New Car! More vivid characters and whacky actions await in this thoroughly unique comedy. And for those who thought bowling was merely a matter of rolling a ball and knocking down some pins, this play examines the Zen of bowling in a way that will change your thinking forever…

More Fun than Bowling is directed by Laura Gossett and features the talents of Patrick KramerJackie MiesleElizabeth L. TaylorNatasha Boeckmann, and Mark Metzner.

Come visit our beautifully renovated auditorium complete with more comfortable seating, center aisle seats, new carpeting, fresh paint, aisle lighting, and a sound induction loop for those with hearing aid T switches and head sets for those with low hearing issues.

Performances will be:

  • 8 PM Friday, November 2nd (Post-Show Opening Night Reception)
  • 8 PM Saturday, November 3rd
  • 2 PM Sunday, November 4th
  • 7:30 PM Thursday, November 8th
  • 8 PM Friday, November 9th
  • 8 PM Saturday, November 10th
  • 2 PM Sunday, November 11th
  • 7 PM Sunday, November 11th
  • 7:30 PM Thursday, November 15th
  • 8 PM Friday, November 16th
  • 3 PM Saturday, November 17th
  • 8 PM Saturday, November 17th
  • 2 PM Sunday, November 18th

To order tickets for More Fun than Bowling, 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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2019-2020 Season Announced by Mariemont Players

MPI_logoMariemont Players Inc. excited to announce our 19-20 season!!!

Is He Dead?
Adapted by David Ives
Directed by Michele Mascari
September 13-29, 2019
Comedy

Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor’s prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes that the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Tillou. Now a rich “widow,” he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry Marie.

Broadway Bound
By Neil Simon
November 8-24, 2019
Directed by Jerry Wiesenhahn
Comedy

Part three of Neil Simon’s acclaimed autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents break-up and eventual divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of themselves played for laughs.

Evelyn in Purgatory
By Topher Payne
Directed by Jennifer Keith
January 10-26, 2020
Dark Comedy

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.

Earth and Sky
By Douglas Post
Directed by Jef Brown
March 13-29, 2020
Thriller

EARTH AND SKY is a poetic thriller about a would-be poet and part-time librarian named 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, owner and manager of an expensive art-deco restaurant, may have been involved in several illicit activities including kidnapping, rape and murder. Unable to believe that the man she gave her heart to was a killer, and outraged that the police seem to have closed the book on the case, 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. Finally the plots converge, and Sara finds herself face to face with the person who murdered her beloved.

The Art of Dining
By Tina Howe
Directed by Laura Gossett
May 8-24, 2020
Comedy

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.

Somewhere in Between
By Craig Pospisil
Directed by Dan Maloney
July 10-26, 2020
Romantic Comedy

Told in ten scenes, the play begins in the dark, as Jasper confesses his feelings of isolation to the audience. But he becomes unnerved in the dark and calls for lights. In the first scene, Jasper is stuck between floors on an elevator with a claustrophobic man, who goes quickly and hilariously over the edge. At work, a sleazy coworker gives him farcical advice on how to pick up women, and that night Jasper goes to a bookstore and tries to pick up a pretty clerk, Holly. He strikes out badly, but is picked up by another woman, who takes him home…where she lives with her boyfriend. A ride on the subway turns into a comic free-for-all as he and other riders enthusiastically give advice to a lost tourist. Jasper crosses paths with Holly again at a party and gamely starts a conversation, hoping she won’t recognize him, but she does and teases him flirtatiously. On their first date, Jasper and Holly go to a cozy restaurant for quiet conversation, but the couple seated on one side of them erupts in a battle of the sexes, while the couple on the other side engages in passionate verbal foreplay. Later, Jasper walks Holly home and their conversation seems mundane, but their fantasies about each other are anything but. A chance encounter with a homeless man forces Jasper to gain some perspective on his life. Back at work, Jasper snaps when a friend tells him Holly is dating someone else. He loses his cool, kicks a chair, breaks his foot, and gets fired. Feeling suddenly liberated, he hobbles to Holly’s bookstore and asks her if she is seeing someone else. She isn’t. They kiss—and leave immediately for the hospital. In the end, Jasper briefly talks to the audience again, understanding he must accept life’s uncertainties, which aren’t all bad, and make the best of things.

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