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THE LYIN’ KINGS Presented by The Capitol Steps at Memorial Hall

MISC_The Lyin Kings loogThe Capitol Steps: THE LYIN’ KINGS
March 7 at 5pm & 8pm

“They’re the best. There’s no one like them, no one in their league.”
— Larry King, CNN

“The Capitol Steps make it easier to leave public life.”
— Former President George H. W. Bush

OVER 30 YEARS AGO, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, THE LYIN’ KINGS. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

The Capitol Steps were born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Ronald Reagan was President when the Steps began, so co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers! Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin! So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Most cast members have worked on Capitol Hill; some for Democrats, some for Republicans, and others for politicians who firmly straddle the fence. No matter who holds office, there’s never a shortage of material. Says Elaina Newport, “Typically the Republicans goof up, and the Democrats party. Then the Democrats goof up and the Republicans party. That’s what we call the two-party system.”

ALTHOUGH the Capitol Steps are based in Washington, DC, most of their shows are out-of-town or for out-of-town audiences, whether it’s the National Welding Supply Association, a University audience, High Schoolers, or State Legislators. In fact, the Capitol Steps have performed for the last 5 Presidents (6, if you include Hillary). The only complaints the Steps seem to get are from politicians and personalities who are not included in the program!

No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. What more would you expect from the group that puts the “MOCK” in Democracy?!

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WHO IS AMOS OTIS? Runs Sept. 27-29

MEMO_Who is Amos Otis promoWHO IS AMOS OTIS?
Sept. 27-29
Memorial Hall [Over-the-Rhine]

Written and directed by Greg Newberry

Cast: Michael G. Bath, Josh Katawick, Rico Reid, Derek Snow, A.J. Ford, Abi Esmena, Don Volpenhein, Carol Brammer, Fred Murrell & Moulay Essakalli

An assassin confounds the courtroom with a defense that puts the country on trial and leaves everyone wondering, “Who is Amos Otis?”  This provocative new play from award-winning writer/director Greg Newberry is a courtroom drama that confronts today’s political climate head-on in the spirit of the Twilight Zone or Black Mirror.  Its world premiere is at Memorial Hall for three performances only and features local stage favorite Michael Bath.  The audience will act as the jury to decide if Amos Otis is a mad man or savior and vote on his fate.  Trial begins Sept. 27.  Join the jury for this must-see theater experience of the year.

  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 27-28 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 29 at 2pm

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Stage Manager and Supporting Actors Sought for WHO IS AMOS OTIS? at Memorial Hall

MISC_Casting call2WHO IS AMOS OTIS?
A provocative courtroom drama stage play premiering at Memorial Hall’s Anderson Theater in September in search of key people. All positions paid and non-Equity. Evening rehearsals begin week of Sept. 9.

Experienced Stage Manager – must be able to run rehearsals and own the room in addition to running the show.

Actors for supporting roles:

  • Stanley Rosenberg: apartment complex owner and witness between 55 and 70 who would appreciate a good cigar.
  • Amanda Beal: prosecution’s psychiatrist who is over 50 and reeks of confident intelligence.
  • Amelia Woodburn: building security supervisor and witness between 40 to 55 who would make a good drill instructor
  • The Bailiff: man between 35 and 50 in good enough shape to gag a struggling defendant. Preferably Hispanic.

Please send resumes and (1) headshot to Greg@AnimalInstinctAdvertising.com

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Memorial Hall Walks The Line with All-Star Staging of Johnny Cash Musical RING OF FIRE

MEMO_Ring of FireCINCINNATI, OH – Over a lifetime in music, Johnny Cash scored 13 GRAMMY Awards, earned three hall of fame enshrinements, contributed to 242 records, hosted his own television show, and was the subject of a posthumous, Oscar-nominated biopic. And in a historic venue that has recently hosted performances by his daughter and two former sons-in-law and bandmates, 31 songs of “The Man In Black” take center stage this August.

Memorial Hall proudly presents RING OF FIRE, the Johnny Cash musical, playing August 16, 17, 23 & 24 in the beautifully restored Anderson Theater. Broadway veteran Leslie Goddard directs and choreographs the concert staging. An all-star lineup of actors and musicians perform Cash hits including “I Walk The Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “A Boy Named Sue,” and the eponymous “Ring of Fire,” while video design illuminates the odyssey of Cash’s life and times. Tickets are $28 – $42 and are available at MemorialHallOTR.com, or by calling the Memorial Hall Box Office at 513.977.8838 (Tu – Fr, 1pm – 6pm).

“RING OF FIRE” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com

A Cash Family Affair
Following the completion of an $11 million renovation in late 2016, perhaps no event better symbolized the return of Memorial Hall to Cincinnati’s cultural forefront than a performance by multi-GRAMMY award winner Rosanne Cash. The stirring performance by Cash and husband, John Leventhal, was the first of a trio of Memorial Hall shows that scaled the branches of the Cash family tree. Rosanne Cash’s previous husband, and father to her three children, is fellow GRAMMY winner Rodney Crowell, who himself offered an acclaimed performance at Memorial Hall in 2018. Earlier that same year, the venue presented Americana legend Marty Stuart, who while a Johnny Cash sideman the early 80s would marry his boss’ third daughter, Cindy.

“Johnny Cash’s voice–you know, if Mt. Rushmore could open its mouth–any one of the sculptures on Mt. Rushmore could open their mouths and sing, that’s what it would sound like,” said Crowell of Cash in a 2000 interview for NPR. With so many roads in country and Americana music leading back to The Man In Black, it’s no wonder that a celebration of this monumental artist was in store for patrons of Memorial Hall.

RING OF FIRE Who’s Who
Building upon a performing career that has included Broadway’s HAIRSPRAY and the Las Vegas staging of JERSEY BOYS, director / choreographer Leslie Goddard returns to Memorial Hall following her celebrated summer 2018 staging of The Who’s TOMMY. Goddard gets an assist from Cincinnati native Zack Steele, who taps experience from performing in three separate RING OF FIRE productions to both assistant direct and act in the show, while also accompanying himself on guitar.

Indeed, all of the actors in RING OF FIRE play their own instruments, drawing from a shallow pool of multi-talented actor musicians. Likewise pulling double duty is Steve Goers (keyboard), who both performs in and music directs the show. A faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), Goers is frequent presence at theatres including Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre and the Aronoff Center. Though infrequently called upon to act and sing, Goers has flexed his thespian muscles before, including with RING OF FIRE lead guitarist and actor Brad Myers in The Carnegie’s 2012 production of PUMP BOYS & DINETTES. Known as one of Cincinnati’s preeminent guitarists, Myers has plied his talents with notable Cincinnati bands Ray’s Music Exchange, Aja and The Midwestern Swing, while his own projects have earned national acclaim, including a “four-star” rating from Downbeat Magazine for his debut album, Prime Numbers. Myers and Goers team with lauded bassist Aaron Jacobs, drummer Adam Wheeler and multi-instrumentalist Jennie Malone as the backbone of a formidable musical ensemble.

Similarly keeping one foot in both the theatrical and musical worlds is a. Beth Harris, playing the roles of Mrs. Cash and June Carter. A longtime fixture at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, VIOLET) and Know Theatre (GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES, ADDING MACHINE), Harris has more recently devoted her time to local bands The Hiders and The Perfect Children, as well as national tours with Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards. The cast is rounded out by Northern Kentucky University alum Hunter Henrickson, who returns to the area following a stint in a national tour of THE WIZARD OF OZ.

A complete cast, band and production team list can be found following this release.

Ticketing
Tickets to RING OF FIRE are available online beginning May 17. Tickets are available by phone via the Memorial Hall Box Office at 513.977.8838 (Tu – Fr, 1pm – 6pm). Ticket scaling is as follows:

  • Boxes – $42
  • Orchestra – $35
  • Center Balcony – $32
  • Side and Rear Balcony – $28
  • Students, Groups of 8 or More – $24 (call the box office for reservations)

RING OF FIRE Cast, Band and Production Team

Cast:

  • Steve Goers (keys)
  • a. Beth Harris* (acoustic guitar)
  • Hunter Henrickson (acoustic guitar)
  • Brad Myers (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin)
  • Zack Steele* (acoustic guitar)
    *Actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Band:

  • Aaron Jacobs (bass)
  • Jennie Malone (accordion, banjo, guitar, ukulele, autoharp, fiddle)
  • Adam Wheeler (drums)

Production Team:

  • Producer – Joshua Steele
  • Director / Choreographer – Leslie Goddard
  • Assistant Director – Zack Steele
  • Music Director – Steve Goers
  • Lighting Designer, Production Manager – Andi Schultes
  • Costumer – Liz Galbraith
  • Hair & Makeup Designer – Katherine Jackson
  • Sound Designer – Brian Lloyd
  • Dialect Coach – Katelyn Reid
  • Stage Manager – Kayla Loree
  • Assistant Stage Manager, Wardrobe – Jeffery Bunch

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About Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall, managed and programmed by 3CDC, is conveniently located in the heart of the revitalized arts district of Over-the-Rhine. This exquisite venue overlooks Washington Park, and is adjacent to Music Hall in addition to being down the street from both the School for Creative and Performing Arts and soon-to-be completed new home of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Designed by Samuel Hannaford, the hall features marble staircases adorned with intricate wrought iron that lead to the 550-seat proscenium theater, dubbed the Annie W. and Elizabeth M. Anderson Theater. Exceptional acoustics, decorative murals and Tiffany chandeliers enhance this historic theater. Memorial Hall offers an elegant setting for performances and unique spaces for social and business events.

About 3CDC
3CDC is a private, non-profit, real estate development and finance organization focused on revitalizing Cincinnati’s urban core in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati corporate community. 3CDC’s work is specifically focused on the Central Business District and in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. 3CDC also manages The Cincinnati Equity Fund (CEF) and the Cincinnati New Markets Fund (CNMF). These investment funds play an important role by providing needed financial capital to 3CDC’s development projects. For more information, visit
http://www.3cdc.org.

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RING OF FIRE Runs Aug. 16-24

MEMO_Ring of FireRING OF FIRE
Memorial Hall
Aug. 16-24
[Over-the-Rhine]

“Walk the Line” with The Man In Black as the life and music of the inimitable Johnny Cash explodes to life at historic Memorial Hall. A spectacular ensemble of actor/musicians celebrates a true American original through the music that lives in the fabric of our country, including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “I Walk The Line,” and, of course, “Ring of Fire.”

  • Fri-Sat, Aug. 16-17 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, Aug. 23-24 at 8pm

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