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The Drama Workshop to present HOME BREW THEATER, Part 3 on June 8-10

TDW_Home Brew 3The Drama Workshop will present its third annual production of HOME BREW THEATER, a refreshing evening of short plays by local playwrights and beers created by the local brewery, Westside Brewing, on June 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. and June 10 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at The Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave, Cheviot, OH.  Admission is $12 and includes admission and refreshments. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

The evening will feature ten short plays written by Cincinnati area playwrights Tammy Brady, Clint Brankamp, Jim Bussey, Roger L. Collins, Teri Foltz, A. K. Forbes, Alan Jozwiak, Phil Paradis, Fred Tacon and Eric Thomas. The 10-minute plays include both comedies and dramas which are based on a variety of subjects ranging from a visit by the Tooth Fairy to a grown man, to plays about panhandling, super hero’s in love, a surprising bank robbery and more.

The plays will be directed by Clint Brankamp, Ray Lebowski, Nathan Henegar, Dennis Murphy, Eric Thomas and Amy Waldfogle and features over twenty area performers including Peggy Allen, Jamie Ball, Tobi Braverman, Bob Brumberg, Cynthia Depoe, Adam Drake, Angela Klocke Forbes, PJ Karpew, Stephanie Klein, Rusty Lacey, Ivory Mazur, Patricia Mullins Meisner, Kevin Noll, Cornelius Parthenopaeus, Kaitlyn Moss, Kent Smith, Carolmarie Stock, Scott Unes and Jerry Wiesenhahn.

Home Brew Artistic Director Clint Brankamp says “We are excited about Home Brew Theater, Part 3 because we have expanded the number of plays and the number of directors and actors involved in the project.  I know that audiences will enjoy this collection of short plays that are sometimes funny and sometimes dramatic and many times extremely thought provoking.”

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THE STING Closes Out TDW’s 2017-2018 Season in Style

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Johnny Hooker (Nathan Henegar), Billie (Amanda Borchers), and Henry Gondorf (Chris Bishop) join forces to take revenge on a ruthless gangster in THE STING. Photo by Tammy Cassesa.

(Cheviot, Ohio) The Drama Workshop is proud to present its stage adaptation of the classic movie ‘The Sting’ to close out its 2017-2018 season. This edge-of-your-seat story of ‘The Big Con’ opens May 4th and runs through May 20th.

Shows are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2 pm. Because of anticipated ticket demand, a special performance has been added for Thursday, May 17th, at 7:30 pm. All performances are at The Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave in Cheviot.

The excitement, maneuvers and comedy of the Paul Newman/Robert Redford screen triumph have been brilliantly adapted for stage production – in 1936 Chicago, small-time grifter Johnny Hooker joins forces with master con man Henry Gondorf to exact revenge on a powerful racketeer. The explosive excitement will have the audience guessing and gasping as it builds to the final con movement.

This is, by far, the largest cast ever to be seen at The Drama Workshop and includes both veteran TDW performers as well as newcomers to the Cheviot stage. Headlining the cast are Chris Bishop as Henry Gondorf, Nathan Henegar as Johnny Hooker, and Kevin Noll as Doyle Lonnegan. The rest of the cast includes Valeria Amburgey, Whitney Ball, Dan Bathe, Erica Beimesche, Meagan Blasch, Amanda Borchers, Clint Bramkamp, Trisha Cooper, Adam Drake, Gretchen Gantner, Neil Geoppinger, Julie Jordan, Cathy Judge, Ben Lacy, Camron Lacy, Ray Lebowski, Burt McCollom, Russ McGee, Mark Miller, Kaitlyn Moss, Gail Nixon, Ray Persing, Bill Rinehart, Erin Marie Schwartz, Kent Smith, Michael Urriquia, Jim Waldfogle, Lee Anne Waldfogle, Joe Ward, Matt Wick, Jack Williams, and Mike Williams.

The production crew is headed by director Fred Hunt, producer Elaine Volker, and stage manager Tobie Braverman. The technical team features some of the top talent in greater Cincinnati, including Eric Bardes, Jason Cox, Gretchen Gantner, John Netzley, and Greg Schaper.

Amanda Borchers plays Billie, the role made famous by Eileen Brennan in the 1975 film. “Audiences will enjoy The Sting for the same reasons depression- era Americans fell in love with outlaws,” she said. “Within the context of 1930s Chicago, Gondorf and Hooker are modern day Robin Hoods. The characters are engaging and their motivations are oddly pure for a group of gangsters: survival and justice for a fallen friend.”

TDW newcomer Erica Beimesche echoed those sentiments. “The show pays homage to the movie, if you’re familiar with it, but it’s different enough to be exciting to newbies and old fans alike. The cast puts their own twist on each role and brings a fresh energy to a classic story.”

Tickets for ‘The Sting’ are $18, and can be obtained by calling The Drama Workshop’s 24/7 ticket line at 513.598.8303, or by ordering online at www.thedramaworkshop.org. Seating is limited, and purchasing your tickets in advance is strongly encouraged.

For additional information on The Drama Workshop or The Glenmore Playhouse, or for press comp tickets, please contact either of us via email or phone.

THE DRAMA WORKSHOP was founded in 1954. TDW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education and promotion of the theatrical arts. The Drama Workshop is widely recognized as one of greater Cincinnati’s most accomplished community theater organizations, garnering dozens of awards annually from the Association of Community Theatres of Greater Cincinnati. TDW productions are frequently selected to represent the Southwest Ohio region at the Ohio Community Theatre Association annual conference, including this past season with a production of “Aways…Patsy Cline.” TDW was also honored to represent the state of Ohio at the 2013 and 2017 American Association of Community Theatre regional conferences. The Drama Workshop has been recognized by the Cincinnati Preservation Association for their efforts to rehabilitate the former Glenmore Bowl into The Glenmore Playhouse. Prospective members, and individuals or businesses interested in becoming involved or in helping advance TDW’s mission are encouraged to contact the group through our website at www.thedramaworkshop.org, or by phone at 513-598-8303.

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THE STING Runs May 4-20

TDW_The Sting logoTHE STING
The Drama Workshop
May 4-20
Glenmore Playhouse [Cheviot]

Directed by Fred Hunt
Produced by Elaine Volker

Cast: Valeria Amburgey as Mrs. Vanderkieft, Erica Beimesche as Cynthia Hasting, Amanda Borchers as Billie, Chris Bishop as Henry Gondorff, Nathan Henegar as Johnny Hooker, Kevin Noll as Doyle Lonnegan, Jack Williams as Luther, Whitney Ball, Dan Bathe, Meagan Blasch, Clint Bramkamp, Trisha Cooper, Adam Drake, Gretchen Gantner, Neil Geoppinger, Julie Jordan, Cathy Judge, Ben Lacy, Camron Lacy, Ray Lebowski, Burt McCollom, Russ McGee, Mark Miller, Kaitlyn Moss, Gail Nixon, Ray Persing, Bill Rinehart, Erin Marie Schwartz, Kent Smith, Michael Urriquia, Jim Waldfogle, Lee Anne Waldfogle, Joe Ward, Matt Wick & Mike Williams

The excitement, maneuvers and comedy of the Paul Newman/Robert Redford screen triumph have been brilliantly adapted for stage production – in 1936 Chicago, small-time grifter Johnny Hooker joins forces with master con man Henry Gondorf to exact revenge on a powerful racketeer. The explosive excitement will have the audience guessing and gasping as it builds to the final con movement.

  • Fri-Sat, May 4-5 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 6 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, May 11-12 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 13 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, May 17-19 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 20 at 2pm

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Auditions Announced for EGAD! THE WOMAN IN WHITE at The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTDue to the illness of the director, the March 16th audition is cancelled. The rescheduled date is Wed. March 21 from 7-9pm. Auditions will still be held on Sunday, March 18 from 2-4pm. Please contact Elaine Volker, eavolker@gmail.com if you cannot make those dates. The director can arrange to meet with you at a convenient time.

The Drama Workshop will hold auditions for the comedic melodrama Egad! The Woman in White on March 16 at 7:00 p.m. and March 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave., Cheviot, OH 45211.   The doors will open 30 minutes before each session. There are roles available for actors and actresses ranging in age from 17 to 70.  In addition, musical and specialty acts will be auditioned at a later date.  The play will run August 10 – 26 at the Glenmore Playhouse.

Egad! The Woman in White is a laugh-oriented, old-fashioned melodrama based on the Wilkie Collins’ classic. Set in London, the play features a disreputable villain who seals his wife in a madhouse in order to steal her vast fortune.  But he’s scared of the mysterious “Woman in White” who’s escaped from the asylum in order to seek him out. A parade of comedic characters and a dual between villain and villainess bring gales of laughter, terminating only when the villain is brought to justice in an outrageous and audience-cheering finale. Directed by Marcha Hunley.

The play features roles for 7 women and 3 men ranging in age from 17 – 70.  Additionally, specialty and musical performers who will perform between the play’s scenes will be auditioned at a later date.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. No appointment is necessary. Headshots and resumes are appreciated but not required.

Characters in Egad! The Woman In White include:

  • Sir Percival Glyde – a complete scoundrel, but rather charming in a villainous way.
  • Dora – his inept housekeeper.
  • Lawyer Gilmore – all business and a thorn in the side of Sir Percival.
  • Countess Fasco – a clever creature, up to no good. Runs the madhouse.
  • Mrs. Gatherick – a victim of Sir Percival’s character.
  • Frederick Fairlee – a hypochondriac, given to fits of sneezing.
  • Marian – his niece, lovely and sincere.
  • Laura – another niece, in love with the drawing master but promised to Sir Percival.
  • Walter Hartwright – the drawing master in love with Laura. Manly, honest, a good sort.
  • Miss Peach – an attendant in Countess Fasco’s asylum.
  • The Woman in White – a figure of mystery and a cause for alarm.

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Westwood Actor Pens New Jack the Ripper Play

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Jack Williams.

(Cheviot, Ohio) Westwood resident Jack Williams will achieve a long-held dream later this month, when The Drama Workshop stages his original play, THE GIRLS OF MILLER COURT: HUNTING FOR JACK THE RIPPER. The premiere of his play culminates 7 years of work to put a fresh twist on the well-known tale.

Jack was bitten by the theatre bug at a young age, and was further encouraged by a friend he met over the summer when he was 10. “Cliff was from Detroit, visiting his grandmother for the summer,” he explained, “and we got to be good friends. One of the things his friendship brought to me was his understanding of theatre – quoting chapter and verse from Cyrano de Bergerac and Othello. It all came alive whenever he did it. This went on for years. Every summer, I couldn’t wait until Cliff arrived.”

In high school, Jack participated in the school drama club, and found that he felt comfortable in the theatre world. He went to the University of Cincinnati and got a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts. After graduating, he ended up auditioning at WCPO for a new show featuring a comic from New York. Although that show didn’t work out, he found out that Al Lewis was looking for a character actor for his morning children’s show. Jack ended up playing those characters, including Ringo Rango the cowboy and Lucky the Clown, as well as writing for the program, for nearly the remainder of the show’s run, leaving only a couple of years before the “Uncle Al Show” left the air in 1985.

After that, Jack wrote for the Disney Company, putting storylines behind the products sold in the Disney Store chain. He kept his hand in performing, as a respected actor in Cincinnati community theatre. It was while sitting in the Walton Creek Theatre in Mariemont that he got into a discussion of how a young woman might turn the table on her predator – an idea which grew into THE GIRLS OF MILLER COURT.

“I’ve been a fan of shows like The Twilight Zone and shows like it that skew reality just a little bit to see what happens,” Jack explained. “I got to thinking, what would happen if you had a scene where you have the lady of the evening, who is leaning up against the fencepost and the stalker comes – you see his shadowy form and just before he strikes, she pulls out a knife and kills him, and then she runs away. That stuck in my head.”

“Jack the Ripper is the most infamous of history’s mass murderers, even after all this time,” he continued. “What would have happened if his victims had fought back? And it occurred to me that maybe they did. You can’t go to people who live on the street like that and think that they’ll turn the other cheek. So, I started reading up on it, and discovered that just by changing one or two of their actions, it could have sparked a different outcome. It could have happened. We just don’t know.”

The show evolved over the ensuing years. As Jack finished a draft, he’d share it with his wife, Cheryl, and others in the Cincinnati theatre community. He submitted it for consideration to be produced by a few groups. The Drama Workshop seriously considered producing an early version of THE GIRLS OF MILLER COURT, but in the end decided that it wasn’t quite ready. However, they encouraged Jack to keep working on it, and offered some suggestions to help it work better on the stage. Jack took the feedback to heart.

In 2016, The Drama Workshop did a staged reading of a new draft of the show with some very skilled actors, who were extremely complimentary of the work. After some minor tweaks, it was selected by TDW to be part of its 2017-2018 season. The only stipulation came from TDW’s marketing team, which asked that the original subtitle, “Black Nights in Whitechapel” be replaced with “Hunting Jack the Ripper.”

Despite many revisions, the core of the story remained constant. “There’s a lot of stuff that you have to deal with as far as the facts,” Jack said. “We know they happened, and I tried not to violate any of that. We know that Mary Kelly was singing the night she was killed, because the person who lived above from her heard it. We know the title of the song she was singing. I wanted to show that these women were more than just victims. They were people. They had lives and they had children, and they had lovers, and husbands, and friends. Of all the mass murderers in history, the Ripper was the only one who got away with it.”

Jack smiles, “But he didn’t get away from me.”

As you might expect, Jack Williams is thrilled to be this close to the show’s opening. “I’m excited, and very proud. TDW was the first group who said that they were interested in doing the play. I really like the idea of having it done here because this is where I got my start. It’s probably my favorite theatre in town. The group has been so supportive, I can’t imagine it being done anywhere else.”

THE GIRLS OF MILLER COURT: HUNTING FOR JACK THE RIPPER opens February 23rd, and runs through March 11th. Tickets are $18, and can be obtained by calling The Drama Workshop’s 24/7 ticket line at 513.598.8303, or by ordering online at www.thedramaworkshop.org. Seating is limited, and purchasing your tickets in advance is strongly encouraged.

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THE DRAMA WORKSHOP was founded in 1954. TDW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education and promotion of the theatrical arts. The Drama Workshop is widely recognized as one of greater Cincinnati’s most accomplished community theater organizations, garnering dozens of awards annually from the Association of Community Theatres of Greater Cincinnati. TDW productions are frequently selected to represent the Southwest Ohio region at the Ohio Community Theatre Association annual conference, including this past season with a production of “Aways…Patsy Cline.” TDW was also honored to represent the state of Ohio at the 2013 and 2017 American Association of Community Theatre regional conferences. The Drama Workshop has been recognized by the Cincinnati Preservation Association for their efforts to rehabilitate the former Glenmore Bowl into The Glenmore Playhouse. Prospective members, and individuals or businesses interested in becoming involved or in helping advance TDW’s mission are encouraged to contact the group through our website at www.thedramaworkshop.org, or by phone at 513-598-8303.

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