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The Passing of Dave Myers

SSP_Dave MyersAdded Oct. 13:

From John Wesseling

Added Oct. 13:
I let many of you know who asked that I would share Dave’s Funeral arrangements as soon as I got them.

Sad to say, it seems that October is a busy month  for funerals.

So the Memorial Service will be Sunday October 18th from 3-5pm at Vitt and Stermer, 4619 Delhi Rd.

The funeral mass will be the next day at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Victory 810 Neeb Rd in Delhi.

Please keep his family and his theatre family in your thoughts!


I just got the word that we lost Dave Myers at 3:00 this afternoon [10/10]. He lost his 6 year battle with Cancer. This is a sad day for all of us who knew and loved him!

While he was not the founder of Sunset, In many ways he was the foundation of Sunset. Especially tech wise.

As many of you know he was my friend and de facto big brother ( As well as Mike Burke’s and Jerry Yearout’s). For me that relationship lasted over 50 years. Many of the good things that I am today come from Dave’s influence on me.

Sunset’s reputation as a tech group comes from his incredible talents and how he shared them and trained all of us around him.

But most of all, he was an incredible wonderful person and a gentle soul who would help anyone who needed it. If you are a person who prays, please pray for Dave and his family.

His loss will leave a hole at Sunset which will be impossible to fill!

I’ll let everyone know the arrangements when I find them out.

Best to you all!

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Fall Classes and Workshops at Acting Up

ACTUP-logoActing Up is excited to offer 6-week small group fall classes and a high school workshop beginning October 5, 2020!  While we are disappointed we cannot produce our usual fall musical due to the on-going restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we are thrilled to offer the opportunity for young actors to continue to hone their performance skills during this time!

We will be offering Acting classes for grades 2-12 (grouped by grade level), an Improv class for grades 6-12, and a high school workshop production of “Freaky Friday”!  All classes will be held at our facility in Mason.  Details for each individual class can be found in the EventBrite link for your actor’s grade level.  Spots are extremely limited, and several classes are already SOLD OUT, but we do have a few remaining spots in our Acting Class for grades 8-12 and our high school workshop!

Click on the following links for more information and registration:

All registered participants will receive a detailed guide of Acting Up’s COVID-19 policies and protocols prior to the start of classes, as well as a medical/liability release form that must be completed for the first class.  Actors registered for the “Freaky Friday” workshop will receive a separate email with (optional) audition information.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Acting Up

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THE SUNSHINE BOYS at Fairfield Footlighters Postponed

fflSeptember 10, 2020:

Fairfield Footlighters regret to announce that we have postponed our September production of THE SUNSHINE BOYS. The outdoor event planned for Village Green amphitheatre is no longer possible due to the rise in COVID-19 levels for Butler County. We hope to bring you the production in Spring 2021, so like the Fairfield Footlighters Facebook Page to get latest news.

Fairfield Footlighters remains committed to keeping our patrons, our volunteer cast & crew, and the dedicated City staff safe.

Now, more than ever, support your local community theatre. Many of us are struggling to keep the stage lights on. #SaveOurStages

~ Fairfield Footlighters Board

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Casts Announced for THE FLYING DOCTOR, LOBBY HERO and OTHER DESERT CITIES at Equality Productions

EP_logoEquality Productions proudly announces the casts of the following shows with online recorded performances expected in October or November:

Directed by Gabe Brosius

Cast: Ben Weiman as Sganarelle, Mindy Shaw as Gorgeous, Janely Rodriguez as Sabine, Becca Edgington as Valère, Julia Chung as Lucile, Elizabeth Schuezle as yhe Lawyer & Abigail Swoap as Gros-René

Directed by Mickie Masterson

Cast: Jake Hart as Jeff, DeVohn Jackson as William, Brady Dunn as Bill & Aimée Ward as Dawn

Directed by Brian Westerley

Cast: Melanie Korman as Brooke, Kieron Cindric as Trip, Rose Gabriele as Polly, Kevin Jones as Lyman & Mindy Shaw as Silda

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YOU PEOPLE Available Online from Equality Productions

The BLM play, YOU PEOPLE, is beautifully written by Peter Anthony Fields and masterfully performed by Ivory Mazur and Sal Rendino.  As Sebastian Weller prepares for his first virtual conference as vice president of a profitable tech company, he is joined early online by Jay Sommers, a senior officer of the company who, as it turns out, has a very specific and popular perspective on the Black Lives Matter movement.

The professional playwright and actor have donated their time to raise money for Black Lives Matter and The Thurgood Marshall College Fund.  Do yourself a favor and view this unique work.

To receive the YouTube link, send a donation to equalityproductionscincy@gmail.com using either Paypal or Venmo. The recommended donation is $10, but donate what you can.

#BlackLivesMatter (https://blacklivesmatter.com/) was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives. 

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (https://www.tmcf.org/) provides unparalleled access to a funnel of opportunities for students to journey to college, through college and into a career. Despite the universal challenges that face today’s college bound student, TMCF transforms the lives of thousands of students each year.  TMCF boasts an 80-90% graduation rate of its Scholars – compared to a 40% graduation rate for Black/AA students overall, 37% graduation rate for students attending HBCUs, and a 62% graduation rate for all students irrespective of race/nationality or whether they attended an HBCU. 

Peter Anthony Fields has written numerous stage plays which have been read or performed in Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, and London, U.K.  His play, “About Michael”, was awarded the second place Audience Appreciation Award at the British Theatre Challenge.  “About Michael” and “Monster”, are published and licensed by Lazy Bee Scripts. Fields has a BA in Theatre Studies from Kent State University and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Courtney Kennell (Director) is so excited to be working with Peter Fields and Cincinnati Equality Productions on this piece. Her most recent works include Assistant Director at The Carnegie for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. She also has worked as Assistant House Manager for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park since 2017. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from Kent State University. While in school, she directed several productions including “About Michael” and “The Interview”. She is excited to collaborate with Peter again hopes to continue in the future.  

Ivory Mazur is originally from Germany, where his love for acting, gummy bears, and Legos began. With a theatrical career spanning over 30 years, he’s performed, directed, produced, costumed, or designed and built sets all over the world. His favorite location, however, is the Greater Cincinnati area where he has worked on productions with Centerstage Players,  Village Players, The Drama Workshop, Riverstage, Sunset Players, and La Comedia, which he looks forward to returning to after Covid. Meanwhile, he’s traveling, catching up with old friends, and spending time with family in the Kansas City area.  He thoroughly enjoyed working on this project and would like to thank Courtney, Richard, and of course Peter for casting him and giving him the opportunity to have a voice during this critical time in our history.  And a shout out to Sal – “The character you played is nothing like you are in real life. I really had fun working opposite you.”

On stage, Sal Rendino earned an Artistic Director Achievement Award in L. A., as “Best Lead Actor in a Drama” for his portrayal of real-life revolutionary Abbie Hoffman in the world premiere of Nick Zagone’s “David and Goliath in America”. In film, Sal earned the 2016 Best Supporting Actor Award from the Nice (France) International Film Fest., for the feature, “Second Chance”, and was also given the 2016 Rising Star Award by the Long Island International Film Expo. TV credits include “Blindspot” (recurring), “The Americans” (recurring), “The Get Down” (recurring), “Billions” (recurring), “The Daily Show”, “Royal Pains” (recurring). Other recent film credits: “Gotti”, opposite John Travolta; “The Ticket” (2016 Tribeca Film Fest.); “Lazarus Rising”, opposite Eric Roberts. www.SalRendino.com

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