Bruce Cromer on Making A CHRISTMAS CAROL Sing

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Bruce Cromer, who returns for his 12th season as Ebenezer Scrooge this holiday season, took a moment before starting rehearsals to reflect on what he enjoys most about the Playhouse production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

Five Questions with Cupp and Sosser

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Cincinnati-based actors Nick Rose and Stephen Skiles — in their roles of Mr. Cupp and Mr. Sosser, respectively — serve as the quasi-narrators for the Playhouse’s production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. They also perform various other roles in the show.

Michael Evan Haney On the Magic of A CHRISTMAS CAROL

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Associate Artist Michael Evan Haney discusses the nuances of directing the Playhouse’s holiday production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL each season.

Five Questions with Lawrence Redmond

June 15, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Ten years ago, actor Lawrence Redmond was part of director Blake Robison’s original Round House Theatre production of A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY. This season he makes his Playhouse debut returning to the show as Mr. Meany in John Irving’s classic story. Meet Lawrence and learn why he became an actor, what he loves about performing and what he’s enjoying most about A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY.

Five Questions with Jeremy Webb

June 15, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Actor Jeremy Webb makes his Playhouse debut this fall as narrator John Wheelwright in A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY. Meet Jeremy and learn how long he’s been acting, what he loves about taking on a new character and what he enjoys most about A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY.

Watching History in A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY

June 15, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Based on John Irving’s classic novel, A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY tells a fictional story within a realistic setting. Historical references to 1950s and ‘60s American politics, war and pop culture create a familiar world, providing rich context for the story and enhancing our understanding of its unique characters.

Composing A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY

June 15, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Sound designer Matthew M. Nielson returns to the Playhouse this fall to compose music and design soundscapes for the 2016-17 season opener A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY.

Finding Faith

June 15, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Sean Mellott, who has appeared on Playhouse stages in LEVELING UP and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, returns to the Marx Theatre as the title character in A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY. Prior to the start of rehearsals, Mellott shared his thoughts on his upcoming role.

Join Our OWEN MEANY Book Club!

June 15, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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It’s likely no surprise that theatre fans are also often avid readers. A good story is a good story, after all. This year some of the best stories in the Playhouse season — from A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY and JANE EYRE to ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END — were all inspired by great books.

Inspiration for Fiction

June 15, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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World-renowned American author John Irving is always insistent that his fiction does not mirror his life. As he told The New York Times in 1989, the year that his bestselling novel A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY was published, “I am not John Wheelwright.”