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Part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival ’16
Know Theatre

A mortician falls in love with a man as she prepares his corpse for burial. She has three days until the funeral… but three days just isn’t enough. The creators of Edgar Allan (recipient of the 2015 Full Frontal Pick of the Fringe) return with a gothic rock opera inspired by the notorious 1978 interview with necrophile Karen Greenlee. “The musical staging is endlessly inventive, Katie Hartman’s voice is a remarkable instrument.” -Minnesota Playlist. 50 minutes.

  • Fri, June 3 at 6:30pm
  • Sat, June 4 at 9:25pm
  • Sun, June 5 at 9pm
  • Wed, June 8 at 9:30pm
  • Sat, June 11 at 6:30pm

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Know Announces Encore Double Bill of Previous Pick of the Fringe Winners

EDGAR ALLAN from The Coldharts & PETUNIA AND CHICKEN from Animal Engine

Know Theatre is thrilled to welcome back to town two of the most popular visiting theatre companies in Cincy Fringe history, The Coldharts and Animal Engine, for Encore performances of two recent productions featured at the 2015 and 2013 Festivals.

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Katie Hartman & Nick Ryan in EDGAR ALLAN.

EDGAR ALLAN, from The Coldharts, was the 2015 Full Frontal Pick of the Cincinnati Fringe and also received the Best of the Fringe award at the 2014 Minneapolis Fringe Festival. It was praised by local critics as “wildly creative” and “a unique experience, not to be missed” (Ed Cohen, Cincinnati CityBeat – 2015 Critic’s Pick).

In the show, Eleven year old Edgar Allan has one goal: to be the most remarkable boy at boarding school. He has only one obstacle: Edgar Allan. A dark musical comedy for brave children of all ages that explores the horrors and isolation of childhood, as viewed through the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe.

The Coldharts are Katie Hartman and Nick Ryan, two theatre artists based in Brooklyn, New York. They create American Gothic-inspired, devised music-theatre. Their work has been seen in Minneapolis, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Hill City, Bemidji, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Bellingham, Seattle, New York City & Wichita County, Kansas.

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Karim Muasher & Carrie Brown in PETUNIA & CHICKEN.

PETUNIA & CHICKEN, from Animal Engine, was the 2013 Artists’ Pick of the Cincinnati Fringe and also received the 2014 Frigid New York Festival Favorite Award. It was applauded by local critics as “exquisite” and “damn fine theatre” (Joe Gorman, Cincinnati CityBeat – 2013 Critic’s Pick).

In the show, Two daring performers create an epic story of love and loss as big as the prairie itself, inspired by the writings of Midwestern author Willa Cather. Petunia, an indomitable immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a right smart boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together. Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses, wind-blown hair, and the rest of the world are brought to life with by just two actors, a hat, a scarf, and song.

Founded in 2011 as a physical devised theatre ensemble, Animal Engine Theatre Company is dedicated to creating strange worlds with a relatable touch; bold works of performance that are clever, quirky, sharp, and new. The company is led by 2 artistic directors; husband and wife team Karim Muasher and Carrie Brown. New works are performed both in the company’s hometown of New York City and across the country at theatres, festivals, and schools.

Fringe Producer Chris Wesselman couldn’t be happier to have these groups and their shows returning. “Fringe gives us this remarkable opportunity to forge artistic relationships from outside the region that otherwise might not have happened. There’s so much amazing theatre happening all across the world, and we love these opportunities to incorporate their unique voices into our theatre community.”

“We love performing for Cincinnati audiences,” say The Coldharts, “and are always looking for an excuse to spend a weekend in Over-the-Rhine!” Animal Engine concurs, adding, “The audiences are friendly, adventurous, and intelligent – just what you want and need as an artist.  The staff at the Know are unbelievably hardworking and put such love into every aspect of their festival.  Artists talk, and the word really has gotten out that the Cincy Fringe is one of the best fringe festivals in the country.  We’ve been coming here for over 5 years, and look forward to it all year round.”

Both EDGAR ALLAN and PETUNIA & CHICKEN will run for three nights, March 13-15, with alternating performances at 7:30pm and 8:45pm.

Join us for this amazing Fringe Double Bill that will definitely make you wish the 2016 Festival was already here.



  • Katie Hartman
  • Nick Ryan


  • Carrie Brown
  • Karim Muasher

Calendar Listing

Production: EDGAR ALLAN from The Coldharts and PETUNIA & CHICKEN from Animal Engine

When: March 13, 14, and 15th beginning at 7:30pm

  • 3/13: EDGAR ALLAN @ 7:30pm, PETUNIA & CHICKEN @ 8:45pm
  • 3/14: PETUNIA & CHICKEN @ 7:30pm, EDGAR ALLAN @ 8:45pm
  • 3/15: EDGAR ALLAN @ 7:30pm, PETUNIA & CHICKEN @ 8:45pm

Where: Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202


  • $15 in advance or at the door for individual tickets
  • $25 in advance or at the door for two-show pass

Know Theatre is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground.

The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience.

Since 1997, Know Theatre has sought to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible.

Know Theatre’s work is made possible by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Know is also supported by The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving.

Know Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group and an Associate Member of the National New Play Network.

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2015 Pick of the Fringe Awards

CFF_DungeonI tried to make the rounds on my way out the door tonight, but for anyone I missed, thanks for making this year’s Fringe Festival so much fun.

Now without any further ado, congratulations to this year’s Pick of the Fringe Award Winners.

  • Audience Pick of the Fringe: DUNGEON from Hit the Lights Dad Theater Co.
  • Audience Pick of FringeNext: ESCAPE ROUTES from Teenage Talk Productions
  • Critics Pick of the Fringe: MOONLIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT from Concrete Drops Theatre Company
  • Artists Pick of the Fringe: KISS AROUND, PASS AROUND from Shoshinz
  • Full Frontal Pick of the Fringe: EDGAR ALLAN from The Coldharts
  • Producers Pick of the Fringe: CHEMISTRY from The Cake Shop Theater Company

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Second Saturday Fringe Update (Sell-Outs for Sat and SERIALS 3 Titles)

KTC_Serials 3 logoThe final day of the 2015 Cincinnati Fringe Festival is upon us. Sad panda 😦

On Friday, there was one sold out performance, and that was MOONLIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT. I’d highly encourage you to catch the last performance today EXCEPT, Saturday’s performance has already sold out. Also selling out their final performance today is EDGAR ALLAN.

If only someone had told you that these two were the two most buzzed about shows of the festival a week ago. 🙂

Even with the sold out performances, there are still 21 other fringe shows to choose from today. It’s not too late to get your Fringe on.

During Friday’s Fringe News, the titles and playwrights for SERIALS 3: ROUNDHOUSE were announced.

The twist for this go around, each week they switch which playwright is writing which story, so not even the original authors know where each show is headed.

The titles and starting playwrights are:

  • HANGING WITH BEN from John Bromels
  • #RoxyBalboa from Andy Simpson and Alexx Rouse
  • IN THE WEEDS from Kate Fine
  • FIRE DOWN BELOW from Ben Dudley

Look for more details on the shows next week, but plan on joining in on the fun. Episode dates are June 29, July 13, Aug. 3, Aug. 17 and Aug. 31. ROUNDHOUSE season passes are available for $60.

Finally, if you need a little help dealing with your post-Fringe blues, the Know Theatre’s bar will be open from noon-6pm on Sunday. Stop down and share your Fringe 2015 war stories over a drink or two.

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Second Thursday Fringe Update

Sunday’s full day of performances brought a swarm of people down to Over-the-Rhine, resulting in seven sell-out performances.

CFF_Edgar AllanThe Coldharts’ EDGAR ALLAN sold out its third consecutive performance on Thursday.

Eleven year old Edgar Allan has one goal: to be the most remarkable boy at boarding school. He has only one obstacle: Edgar Allan. A manic lullabye inspired by the childhood and short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.

Their final performance is Sat, June 6 at 7:25pm

CFF_DungeonAlso selling out their penultimate performance was DUNGEON from Hit the Lights, Dad Theater Co. from New York City.

A young man falls into the unknown to rescue something he holds dear. Inspired by kabuki, video games, horror movies, and pixar shorts, Hit the Lights, Dad Theater Co. build a world where the darkness speaks louder than the light.

The last chance to it Sat, June 6 at 4:00pm.

Photo of Laurie Benning Roberts (Steph) and Jay Hobson (Jamie) by Katie Lupica.

Photo of Laurie Benning Roberts (Steph) and Jay Hobson (Jamie) by Katie Lupica.

CHEMISTRY from The Cake Shop Theater Company enjoyed its first full house with hits next to last performance.

Steph struggles with chronic depression. Jamie just overachieved himself off the deep end. When they meet in their psychiatrist’s office, they can’t deny their chemistry, but can they survive it?

You can still catch their final performance on Sat, June 6 at 9:00pm.

Photos by Jillian Beach.

Photos by Jillian Beach.

SHELTER, a collaboration between Pones Inc.and Queen City Flash enjoyed its third sell out with its final performance of the Fringe.

At the end of the world, a teenage couple seek refuge in a backyard fallout shelter. As lights flicker and sirens blare, their internment reveals the cracks between them and their reliance on each other. They soon discover that survival isn’t what you escape, but what you bring with you.

CFF_TruefringeAs is pretty much the norm for all trueTHEATRE events, last night’s special event, trueFRINGE was a sell-out.

There are 15 performances to choose from on Friday and 23 performances on Saturday.

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