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Auditions Announced for ANDRE’S MOTHER and MOTHER AND SONS at Middletown Lyric Theatre

MLT_logoAuditions for ANDRE’S MOTHER and MOTHER AND SONS by Terrence McNally

Middletown Lyric Theatre
1530 Central Avenue
Middletown, Ohio 45044
513-425-7140

Directed by Charley Shafor
cshafor@middletownlyric.org

AUDITIONS
August 5, 6 & 7 @ 7pm – 8:30pm
Cold readings from script

PRODUCTION DATES
November 1, 2, 8 & 9 – there is a matinee on the second Saturday

ANDRE’S MOTHER
At Andre Gerard’s memorial, his lover Cal Porter tries one last time to get through to André’s mother, an imposing figure in Andre’s life. Not realizing her hidden emotions, he tells her everything he can before leaving her alone to deal with her own sense of grief and loneliness. Also attending are Cal’s father Arthur and his sister Penny. This small group of mourners let us see into the AIDS health crisis and how it can affect society’s outlook on acceptance.

MOTHERS AND SONS
It’s now twenty years since Andre Gerard’s funeral and his mother Katherine has decided to pay an unexpected visit to her late son’s partner Cal, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led. A multi-generation look at the AIDS crisis, gay marriage, survivor guilt, homophobia and fear are revealed through humor, anxiety, regret and longing and possibly a lesson that any problem can be solved with Oreos and milk.

CHARACTERS: All ethnicities considered. If you feel you look the age than please audition. Two of the characters in ANDRE’S MOTHER, Arthur Ogden and Penny Ogden have been cast

KATHERINE GERARD – This character plays herself at two different ages somewhere between her mid-to late 40’s to her 60’s. She has recently widowed and still angry and bitter over losing her only child to HIV. Katherine needs to show a wide range of emotion from humor to fear to abject sorrow.

CAL OGDAN – This character plays himself at two different ages ranging from his mid to late 20’s to his 40’s. He is a financial advisor. He was Andre’s partner and perhaps like other widows and widowers, still has deep feelings for a deceased partner that they will carry forever. Now married to Will, Cal is only too aware of how they live in a safer more accepting world

WILL PORTER—Will is in his late 20’s early 30’s and carries a physical confidence that gay men are now living in a more inclusive world and can marry the one they love. He is a writer who is very aware of what Andre meant to Cal but has accepted that Cal is in love with him until Katherine’s arrival.

BUD OGDAN-PORTER—Bud, son of Cal and Will, is a precocious 6-year-old boy who brings an innocence and love to an otherwise tense situation. We are looking for a boy between the age of 6 to 10 who can pass for a 6-8-year-old.

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Auditions Announced for GREETINGS! at Sunset Players

SSP_logoSunset Players will hold open auditions for GREETINGS! on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30 from 7-9 pm at The Art Center at Dunham at 1945 Dunham Way, Cincinnati, OH 45238.

Written by Tom Dudzick and produced by special arrangements with Samuel French, Andy has a sweet Catholic mother, a sour Catholic father and an intellectually disabled younger brother named Mickey. When he brings his Jewish atheist fiancé to meet the folks on Christmas Eve, his worst fears about family blow-ups are realized. But when Mickey, whose entire vocabulary has been limited to “oh boy” and “wow” suddenly spouts the word “Greetings!”, the entire family’s belief system is turned upside down. For it seems an ancient, wise and witty spirit who is set upon healing the family’s wounds has borrowed Mickey’s body.

Directed by Dennis Murphy, show dates for GREETINGS! are September 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, October 3, 4 and 5, 2019.The cast consists of:

  • Two men playing 30s
  • One woman playing 30s
  • One man playing 60s
  • One woman playing 50s to 60s

Auditions will involve cold readings from the script. If you cannot make the audition dates and are interested in a role, contact Dennis Murphy at durfsworld@yahoo.com to schedule an alternate audition.

Sunset Players, Inc. is a community theater group located on the west side of Cincinnati. Founded in 1979, the group performs at the Arts Center at Dunham and has produced more than 120 plays. Its mission is to bring a smile, and its plays include comedies, farces, dramatic comedies and musical comedies—as long as there is some “comedy” in the performance somewhere. For more information about the 38th season, visit our website at www.sunsetplayers.org or like us on Facebook.

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Education Associate Producer Sought by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoCincinnati Playhouse in the Park (CPIP) is an equal opportunity employer and encourages inquiries about this position from a broad spectrum of candidates reflecting the diversity of the community we serve.

Job Title: Education Associate Producer

Reports to: Director of Education and Community Engagement

Position Overview
The Education Associate Producer is responsible for managing the production, technical and logistical components of the education department’s artistic programming at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. They will work collaboratively with the production department as the education department liaison.. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Act as the Education Department liaison to Company Management, Stage Management and Production Departments
  • Oversee department scheduling and internal communications
  • Serve as Associate Producer and Stage Manager for:
    • Off the Grid performances and events
    • Outreach Tour
    • Summer Performance Academies and camps
    • Community Events
  • Support department programs and projects as assigned
  • Serve as the Program and Road Manager for the Outreach Tour program

This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits. The position requires touring approximately 16 weeks in the season. Evening and weekend hours are regularly required.

Competencies

  • Demonstrated experience as a producer
  • Minimum three years of experience as a Stage Manager
  • Experience with casting preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully manage and build relationships with individuals, partners, community members, patrons, Board leadership, and Playhouse staff.
  • Energetic, flexible and adaptable, and able to multi-task and work independently in an environment with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to work as an effective and collaborative team member in a fast-paced environment.
  • A strong ethical character and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion.
  • Proficient with project and event management
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Experience with Tessitura a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience teaching and directing youth, event planning and post show discussion facilitation is a plus.

Physical Demands:

  • The employee must be able to lift and/or move 15-20 pounds.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

To Apply:
Submit your cover letter and resume with three references to:
Daunielle Rasmussen
Director of Education and Community Engagement Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202
daunielle.rasmussen@cincyplay.com

No phone calls, please.
Deadline to Apply: May 23, 2019

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Grants Manager Sought by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoCincinnati Playhouse in the Park (CPIP) is an equal opportunity employer and encourages inquiries about this position from a broad spectrum of candidates reflecting the diversity of the community we serve.

Job Title: Grants Manager

Position Overview
The Grants Manager oversees proposal generation for all grant funders, including corporate and private foundations, government entities, and the Playhouse’s yearly Sustaining Impact Grant submissions to ArtsWave. Additionally, they conduct research, identify prospects, collaborates on the formation of institutional funding strategy and develops profiles on foundation, corporation, and government funding sources. They also prepare reports for submission to funders as necessary to fulfill stated requirements in grant agreements. The Grants Manager is a full-time salaried position with benefits. Evening and weekend hours as part of department responsibilities are sometimes required.

Reports to: Director of Institutional Giving Position Responsibilities

  • Manages all aspects of the ArtsWave application process, including:
    • Coordination of reporting and surveying needs with marketing, education, production, finance, and other departments to ensure successful data tracking and reporting for ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action.
    •  Writing the application/interim reports and creating appropriate attachments and infographics that strengthen and support the argument in collaboration with other departments and Executive Staff.
  •  With the Director of Institutional Giving, develops and maintains the annual grant application calendar for all grant proposals and requests.
  •  Manages the Foundation and Government grant program, including identification and cultivation of new prospects, proposal writing, reporting, and grant fulfillment for General Operating, Program, Education, and Capital support. Specific proposals include the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council, among others.
  •  Maintains grant administration policies and procedures and manages all reporting requirements in accordance with CPIP, funder, state, local, and federal regulations.
  •  Serves as the department’s lead grants researcher, utilizing third-party prospect research software, Guidestar, and other resources to gather intelligence and prepare an ongoing qualified prospect list of foundation and government funders
  •  Manages detailed records on all current funders, both hard copy and electronic, and maintains clear, up-to-date records in Tessitura.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Competencies

  • Exceptional writing skills required.
  • Minimum three years of progressive experience in fundraising, preferably in grant writing.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully manage and build relationships with individuals, corporate donors, foundation representatives, government officials, Board leadership, and Playhouse staff.
  • Energetic, flexible and adaptable, and able to multi-task and work independently in an environment with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to work as an effective and collaborative team member in a fast-paced environment.
  • A strong ethical character and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Experience with Tessitura a plus.
  • Appreciation for the performing arts and theater in particular.
  •  Bachelor’s degree required.

Physical Demands:

  • This position is largely sedentary in an office setting.
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move 15-20 pounds.
    Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

To Apply:
Submit your cover letter and resume with three references to:
Bethany Doverspike
Director of Institutional Giving
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202
bethany.doverspike@cincyplay.com
No phone calls, please.
Deadline to Apply: May 31, 2019

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Come Have a Pint With the Cast and Crew of Falcon’s THE LION IN WINTER

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Greg Mallios, Clay Winstead, Tracy M. Schoster, Jared Earland, Allen R. Middleton, Lexi Rigsby & Dan Robertson. Photo by Claudia Hershner.

St. Paddy’s Day might have been last week, but you can still celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish (well…English, actually) by having a wee bit more than a pint this Friday with the cast and crew of Falcon’s Theatre’s production of The Lion in Winter!

Immediately following this week’s opening performance, patrons are invited to Wooden Cask Brewing Company, 629 York Street in Newport, to enjoy a beverage and to mingle with the production’s actors and crew and with fellow theatergoers. Wooden Cask is approximately a two-minute walk from Falcon’s stage door.

The Lion in Winter is playwright James Goldman’s deliciously wicked accounting of the love-hate travails between England’s King Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the accompanying power struggle to name the next heir to the English throne. Comedic in tone, darkly dramatic in action, and filled to overflowing with Goldman’s razor-sharp wit and dialogue, the play has been an audience favorite for more than fifty years.

Although the events depicted in the play took place in the Middle Ages, Falcon director Tara Williams has moved the story to 2019 to present the universal and timeless themes of marital jealousy, sibling rivalry, and the struggle for political power and control..

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch calls Lion “satisfying, well-seasoned, and wonderfully witty…perfect fare for a cold winter’s night.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says “if you like your humor with a dose of malice, there’s plenty of bite to (this play’s) bark.”

The Falcon production features Allen R. Middleton as Henry, Tracy M. Schoster as Eleanor, Greg Mallios as Richard, Jared Earland as Geoffrey, Clay Winstead as John, Lexi Rigsby as Alais, and Dan Robertson as Philip.

Performances are at 8 PM on March 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30, and on April 4, 5, and 6, 2019. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students with ID. Patrons enjoy a $5 discount for Thursday performances. Visit falcontheater.net for tickets.

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