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LOCAL LEGENDS Available Online from The Drama Workshop

TDW_Local LegendsLocal Legends, the second installment of The Drama Workshop’s Home View Theatre video series is now available for viewing.  Legends features local storytellers relating tales of ghostly encounters that have happened to them or are part of local folklore.

Directed by Alexa Justice, Local Legends features stories told by Greg Hand who hosts the Cincinnati Curiosities blog; award-winning actress and storyteller, Carolmarie Stock; Bill Stringer, Coordinator of Shows & Interpretations at Cincinnati Museum Center; Kat Klockow, author of Ohio’s Haunted Crime and Haunted Hoosier Halls: Indiana University, actress Adrianna Boris,

Production support was provided by Ryan Justice

 Tickets to stream Local Legends can be purchased on The Drama Workshop’s website: www.thedramaworkshop.org/homeview. Tickets are $5 for the video or you can buy the series of six for $25. (There is also a “Generous Admission” option to show your support for The Drama Workshop during these difficult times!)

The next Home View Theatre presentation is A Paranormal Investigation Into The Raven, a comedy written and directed by Dennis Murphy. Betsy and CJ Bossart star in this spoof of both Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven and ghost tracker TV shows.

This video will be available starting October 23.

The complete slate of Home View Theatre presentations includes:

STRANDED TRAVELER NOW AVAILABLE
Written and Directed by Eric Thomas

A woman approaches a man at a bus stop, claiming her wallet has been stolen and that she needs bus fare. He dismisses her “scam” and asks her what she really wants the money for.

LOCAL LEGENDS NOW AVAILABLE
Directed by Alexa Justice

A collection of ghost stories told by a variety of story tellers including Greg Hand, Carolmarie Stock, and a host of others!

A PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE RAVEN AVAILABLE OCTOBER 23
Written and Directed by Dennis Murphy.

When the host of the popular TV series Paranormal Investigations interviews a man haunted by a mysterious raven, things get scarily … funny.

A BETTER PLACE AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 6
Written by Eric Thomas. Directed by Scott Unes.

A person trying to get over a breakup asks a rideshare driver for help getting to a better place, emotionally. The driver offers a couple different ways to get there.

DENISE’S DO-OVER AVAILABLE DECEMBER 4
Written by Susan Decatur. Directed by Amanda Emmons-Shumate.

Denise decides it’s time for her to enter the world of online dating. What could possibly go wrong?

THE GIFT OF THE MAGI AVAILABLE DECEMBER 18
Written and Directed by Dennis Murphy.

O. Henry’s beautiful tale of a young turn-of-the-century couple who learn a valuable lesson about honor, devotion and sacrifice on Christmas Eve.

 

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Home View Theatre is Live at The Drama Workshop

TDW_Home View Theatre logoThe Drama Workshop presents Home View Theatre – video presentations of short theatrical works. The first release is available now.
STRANDED TRAVELER is a short film adaptation of a play that was on the TDW stage in 2018 as part of Home Brew Theatre.
A woman approaches a man at a bus stop, claiming her wallet has been stolen and that she needs bus fare. He dismisses her “scam” and asks her what she really wants the money for.
To purchase a ticket to stream STRANDED TRAVELER, or to buy the full Home View Theatre series, click here: www.thedramaworkshop.org/homeview
Tickets are $5 for each video, or you can buy the series of six for $25.
(There is also a “Generous Admission” options to show your support for The Drama Workshop during these difficult times!)

Future HOME VIEW THEATRE Releases – Coming Soon

LOCAL LEGENDS
Directed by Alexa Justice
A collection of ghost stories told by a variety of story tellers including Greg Hand, Carolmarie Stock, and a host of others!
AVAILABLE: October 9

A PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE RAVEN
Written and Directed by Dennis Murphy
When the host of the popular TV series Paranormal Investigations interviews a man haunted by a mysterious raven, things get scarily…funny.
AVAILABLE: October 23

A BETTER PLACE
Written by Eric Thomas. Directed by Scott Unes.
A person trying to get over a breakup asks a rideshare driver for help getting to a better place, emotionally. The driver offers a couple different ways to get there.
AVAILABLE: November 6

DENISE’S DO-OVER
Written by Susan Decatur. Directed by Amanda Emmons-Shumate.
Denise decides it’s time for her to enter the world of online dating. What could possibly go wrong?
AVAILABLE: December 4

THE GIFT OF THE MAGI
Written and Directed by Dennis Murphy
O. Henry’s beautiful tale of a young turn-of-the-century couple who learn a valuable lesson about honor, devotion and sacrifice on Christmas Eve.
AVAILABLE: December 18

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Auditions Announced for DENISE’S DO-OVER at The Drama Workkhop

TDW_VERTThe Drama Workshop Announces Online Auditions for the Video Play DENISE’S DO-OVER  

In Denise’s DoOver by Susan Decatur, newly divorced Denise wants to begin to date but isn’t sure where or how to meet menfemale friend suggests online dating. Denise has reservations about it, but decides to give it a try. Will she find success?     

“Denise’s Do-Over” will be a part of TDW’s Home View Theatre.  Home View will feature six short video productions to be released every two weeks between the end of September and the middle of December.  For more information about Home View Theatre, including how to purchase tickets, go to The Drama Workshop’s website at www.thedramaworkshop.org.    

Amanda Emmons-Shumate will direct “Denise’s Do-Over” which will be entirely cast, rehearsed and filmed online. Those auditioning will need access to a computer in order to participate.  

“Denise’s Do-Over” calls for a cast of two woman and four men roughly between the ages of 40 and 65. A description of the characters in the video can be found at the end of this release.  

Audition videos must be submitted to Amanda.y.emmons@gmail.com by October 4th.  

Virtual rehearsals will begin October 12th.  

In order to audition:

  1. Those auditioning should prepare a video (approximately 1 minute in length) in which they talk about online dating. 
    • Actors can use the following questions to help guide them on what they could talk about in the video. They can talk about one or more of the topics below or they can come up with their own topics around online dating.  
    • Actors should appear in the video as character. That character could be “themselves” or they can create their own character to portray in the video or base one off of the character descriptions for the play.

Discussion topics could include:

      • Have you ever experienced online dating?
      •  What are your perceptions of online dating?
      • Funny or inspiring stories revolving around online dating?
      • How you would imagine the perfect first date with someone you met online?
      • Problems you foresee with online dating?
      • Benefits you see with online dating?
      • How do you feel society views online dating?
      • Dating in the past versus dating now?
      • The director is looking for tone, facial expression, clarity, voice, energy, and insight. She suggests that actors think of it as a casual conversation revolving around the world of dating.
  1. Along with their video submission, actors should include the following:
    • Headshot
    • A Resume
    • List of conflicts for October and November (please include all dates and times you are unavailable for evenings and weekends).
    • List of roles you are interested in playing. (See Cast of Characters below)

Cast of characters: 

  • Denise: A recently divorced journalist in her early fifties to sixties who’s mentally and physically “young” for her age
  • Crystal: Denise’s still attractive best friend from high school who has been divorced twice and doles out dating advice
  • Elliott: A divorced lawyer in his late forties to fifties who is bitter over getting fleeced by his ex-wife
  • David: A divorced ex-jock in his late thirties to forties who behaves narcissistically and brags about his physical attributes that he no longer possesses
  • Earl: A widowed man in his seventies to eighties who tries to pretend he’s twenty years younger
  • Dan: A divorced, physically fit and attractive, friendly man in his late forties to fifties who’s been dating for 5 years.

All audition materials must be submitted to Amanda.y.emmons@gmail.com no later than October 4. 

 

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The Drama Workshop Announces HOME VIEW THEATRE

TDW_VERT(Cheviot, Ohio) The Drama Workshop, being currently unable to bring more award-winning live theatre to the Glenmore Playhouse, will be releasing video shorts online as part of their series called HOME VIEW THEATRE.

HOME VIEW THEATRE is in the spirit of The Drama Workshop’s popular short play festival called “Home Brew Theatre.” It will feature short films primarily written and adapted by local authors. These short filmed plays will be in a variety of formats: some filmed on stage, some shot on location as short films, and one has been adapted to be performed as a “Zoom play” where the actors appear on screen as if by video call.

The first release is “Stranded Traveler”, which was produced for the stage as part of Home Brew in 2018. Written and directed by Eric Thomas, it is about someone asking for money at a bus stop, who is challenged to be honest about what they need the money for.

October will have two offerings in the spirit of Halloween. “A Paranormal Investigation into The Raven,” written and directed by Dennis Murphy, is a comedic take on the Poe classic, where a  paranormal investigator interviews a man being haunted by a raven. The other offering is “Local Legends,” a collection of spooky tales told by local story tellers, including local legend Greg Hand. That collection will be directed by Alexa Justice.

Two short films about love and relationships will be released in November, both of which were originally staged as part of Home Brew 2019. The first is “Denise’s Do Over,” about a middle-aged woman getting back in the dating game — this time, online. It was adapted by the author Susan Decatur  to work as a “Zoom Play” with windows appearing on screen for each character as they telephone Denise. It will be directed by Amanda Schumate.

The other is “A Better Place” by Eric Thomas, about a person trying to find a way to get over a breakup, who asks a rideshare driver for help in navigating a path to peace. It will be directed by Scott Unes.

December will feature an adaptation of O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” written and directed by Dennis Murphy.

They will be offered at a price of $5 each for general admission, and $10 for “generous” admission. There will also be a discounted price of $25 for the collection of 6 films. Links to the videos will be released to ticket holders. Tickets can be purchased at www.thedramaworkshop.org/homeview or by calling the box office at (513)598-8303.

The Drama Workshop operates from its home at The Glenmore Playhouse at 3716 Glenmore Way in Cheviot.

THE DRAMA WORKSHOP was founded in 1954. TDW is a 501I3 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’s 2019 production of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” was selected to represent the Southwest Ohio region at the Ohio Community Theatre Association annual conference. 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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TDW Postpones 2020-2021 Season

TDW_VERTDear Patrons, Members, and Friends of The Drama Workshop,

We had hoped to kick off our 2020-21 season with “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged” next month.

As it seems unlikely that the state of Ohio will allow performance theatres to reopen anytime soon, The Drama Workshop has decided to delay the start of our 2020-21 season. For the safety and health of our actors, crew and patrons we are suspending preparations of all shows scheduled for the rest of 2020.

Our tentative plan is to open in early 2021 and offer a shortened season. That exact schedule of shows is still being decided, and will be communicated to you soon.

Please keep yourselves safe and healthy until we can meet again.

Eric Thomas, President
The Drama Workshop

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