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The Passing of Dava Lynn Biehl

MISC_Dava Lynn BiehlFrom Serenity Funeral Care

Dava Lynn Ledford Biehl, age 70, of Cincinnati, passed away on December 3, 2022 in Erlanger, KY. Dava was born in Mariemont, Ohio on August 3, 1952 to David Jonathan Ledford and Hazel Marie Irvin Edgington Ledford. After Dava graduated from Blanchester High School and The Ohio State University, she worked in education for many years as a counselor, foreign language teacher and principal. She was passionate about helping kids learn and grow.

After retiring from education, Dava pursued her love of travel, music, art, and theater. She was a devoted philanthropist of the arts. Dava found great joy and purpose in participating in community theater as an actress and a costumer. She performed in many plays at the Mariemont Players Theater and the Village Players of Fort Thomas. She even won an Orchid award for her costuming work on “Ring Round the Moon.”

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Kay Edgington Monjar. She is survived by her stepson, Brandon Biehl; step-grandchildren, Eliana Biehl, Mackenzie Biehl, Isaiah Biehl, and Cara Biehl; brother, Kenen M. (Peggy) Edgington; niece, Lori (Pat) Brock; nephews, Nick Edgington, Todd (Amanda) Edgington, and many great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her cousin Tracie Bennett Doll, Tracie’s husband Matthew and their children Adrian and Andrew.

She will be missed by special friends Carol Abt, Patty Ballinger, Patti Dugger, Robyn Menuez, Karlee Hilliard, Niserine Langenbrunner, Peter Bartsch, Doris Bartsch, and Tom Chase. No service will be held as requested by Dava.

Memorials can be made to the Village Players of Fort Thomas Cultural Arts Center Capital Campaign, PO Box 75082, Fort Thomas, KY 41075 or https://www.villageplayers.org/donate. Online condolences may be expressed on Facebook or at SerenityFuneralCare.com

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Auditions Announced for CRY IT OUT at Mariemont Players

MPI_logo 2020Mariemont Players, Inc. is pleased to announce auditions for CRY IT OUT by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Becky Collins and produced by Fred Murrell.

Auditions will be held Sunday, December 4th, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and Monday, December 5th, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Mariemont Players, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227.

Synopsis: In the sweet spot between their yards in Port Washington, Long Island, where both baby monitors get reception, new moms Jessie and Lina bond over coffee during nap time 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.

Please sign up for a time slot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C48AEAC2BA6F58-cryitout

Audition Requirements: Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  Headshot and resume are appreciated but are not required.  Contact the director at beckykcollins@gmail.com with questions or accommodation needs.

Callbacks: Callbacks are not anticipated, but, if necessary, will be held on Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00 PM. Each auditioner will be individually contacted by the producer before a cast list is posted.

Rehearsal times: Rehearsals will begin March 13th and take place weeknights, 3-4 times a week with the schedule to be posted after the cast announcement.

Production Dates: Thursday, May 4th-7:30pm, Friday, May 5th-7:30pm, Saturday, May 6th-7:30pm, Sunday, May 7th-2:00pm, Thursday, May 11th-7:30pm, Friday, May 12th-7:30pm, Saturday, May 13th-2:00pm, Saturday, May 13th-7:30pm, Sunday, May 14th-2:00pm, Thursday, May 18th-7:30pm, Friday, May 19th-7:30pm, Saturday, May 20th-7:30pm, Sunday, May 21st-2:00pm

Character Notes:
All characters are in their 20s or 40s. Taking place in Long Island in an area where worlds collide, actors of all races, ethnicities, body types, gender identities, and abilities are encouraged to audition.

JESSIE (mid-30’s): Married to a North Shore native; recently relocated to Port (from Manhattan) to raise her family.  Beloved by every teacher she has ever had.  Always gives the perfect toast; aways organizes the group gift.  But in private, Jessie tends toward anxiety.  She doesn’t like empty days on calendars or being alone. Works 90 weeks in the city as a corporate lawyer or did until Allie was born.  Now she’s in yoga pants.

LINA (late 20’s/early 30’s): From Long Beach (on the south shore of Long Island) and you can tell it immediately—she is very South Shore: acrylic neon nails, big hoops, velour track suits, Mets trucker hats—and a huge Italian family.  Lina failed out of community college, curses too much and blasts the music too loudly in the car.  But she is also fantastically winning. She’s fun, funny, and refreshingly genuine.  Knows how to change a tire.  Works at St. Francs Hospital.

MITCHELL (late 30’s/early 40’s or slightly older): Adrienne’s husband, works in investment capital. A math nerd who is amazing with numbers, not people. Serious, shrewd, sensitive. The kid who ate lunch in the library because he was so shy. Mitchell grew up in a tough house in the toughest part of Utica and scholar shipped his way to where he is now. Grades, status, and success are his currency.  But becoming a father has changed him. He makes goofy faces now, stares out windows during meetings. His sentences end in question marks.

ADRIENNE (mid/late 30’s): Mitchell’s wife. Elegant, powerful, aloof, and slightly rock ’n’ roll. Has eyes that are constantly assessing. The kind of woman you see climbing out of a dark sedan at JFK heading somewhere cool. Adrienne grew up on Central Park West, attended posh boarding schools, studied art abroad, and could give you the best-ever guided tour of MoMA. She has never signed and email with an x or an o, but she is loyal and ferocious. A jewelry designer.

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MPI_The Gods of Comedy logoTHE GODS OF COMEDY
Mariemont Players
Nov. 3-20
Walton Creek Theatre

Directed by Jennifer Day

Cast: Anna Hazard as Daphne Rain, Ryan Bowron as Ralph Sargent, Stefanie Adams as Dean Trickett, Eric Day as Dionysus, Natasha Boeckmann as Thalia, Alex Soldano as Ares, Ashley Herbert as Brooklyn DeWolfe & Christie Bishop as Aristide/Alexis

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.

  • Thu-Sat, Nov. 3-5 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 6 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Nov. 10-11 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Nov. 12 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 13 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, Nov. 17-19 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 20 at 2pm

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Cast Announced for AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at Mariemont Players

MPI_logo 2020Mariemont Players and director Jerry Wiesenhahn are excited to announce the cast of our March production, August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts:

  • Beverly Weston – Fred Murrell
  • Violet Weston – Diana Rogers
  • Barbara Fordham – Mary Stone
  • Bill Fordham – Michael Ireland
  • Jean Fordham – Nicole Line
  • Ivy Weston – Elizabeth Hickerson
  • Karen Weston – Linda Callahan
  • Mattie Fae Aiken – Rose Vanden Eynden
  • Charlie Aiken – Keith Cassidy
  • Little Charles Aiken – Aaron Whitehead
  • Johnna Monevata – Jessica Faye
  • Steve Heidebrecht – Bob Brunner
  • Sheriff Deon Gilbeau – BJ Simpson

Performance dates: March 9-26, 2023

August: Osage County is directed by Jerry Wiesenhahn. Produced by Kristen Vincenty.

Synopsis: A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. 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.

Tickets are available at https://www.mariemontplayers.com/august

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9/14 – We have been notified that Muchmore Road will remain CLOSED for the full run of THIS RANDOM WORLD. If you’re heading to see the production, be sure to choose an alternate route.

Mariemont Players
Sept. 8-25
Walton Creek Theater

Directed by Laura Berkemeier

Cast: Brieanne Sheehan as Beth, Jay Gossett as Tim, Liz Ingram as Scottie, Dan Maloney as Gary, Megan Carr as Rhonda, Caitlin Ingram as Claire, Candace Grissom as Bernadette & Mark Metzner as The Man

We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but is that just a myth? 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. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.

  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 8-10 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 11 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Sept. 15-16 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Sept. 17 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 18 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 22-24 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 25 at 2pm

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