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.”

An Interview with OWEN MEANY Director Blake Robison

June 15, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Learn what drew Artistic Director Blake Robison to direct A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY, and find out what he enjoys most about returning to John Irving's classic story for a brand new production.

Making OWEN MEANY Soar

June 15, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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For the first time since the 2007 production of DRACULA, the Playhouse is exploring new theatrical heights. In A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY, the show’s title character literally soars above the Marx Theatre stage.

Recreating the 1970s: Five Questions with Costume Designer Tracy Dorman

June 14, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Set in 1977, August Wilson’s JITNEY evokes vivid images of that late disco era in the clothing worn by the characters. We asked JITNEY costume designer Tracy Dorman about creating the clothing for the cast of the production.

Five Questions with Jefferson A. Russell

June 14, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Jefferson A. Russell is a former Baltimore police officer turned professional actor who makes his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut as Shealy in August Wilson’s JITNEY. Meet Jefferson, and discover why he’s drawn time and again to August Wilson’s acclaimed American Century Cycle.

Before Uber, There Were Jitneys

June 14, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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August Wilson’s play JITNEY follows a group of unlicensed cab drivers hustling to survive in 1970s Pittsburgh. Their jitney station serves a neighborhood — in this case the largely African-American Hill District — that traditional cab operators would not.

Five Questions with Stori Ayers

June 14, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Stori Ayers is an actress with a passion for work that challenges social norms and ignites within her generation a spirit of activism. Meet Stori, and find out why she’s excited to make her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut as Rena in August Wilson’s JITNEY.

August Wilson: In His Own Words

June 14, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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JITNEY was the first script written in August Wilson's groundbreaking American Century Cycle, in which he explored the experience of black Americans through a series of 10 plays set in each decade of the 20th century.

Seymour Role Is a Dream Come True

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Cincinnati native Nick Cearley, who portrays a hapless Skid Row flower shop employee in the new Playhouse production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, shares his insights into playing the nerdy Seymour, pawn of the ravenous and mysterious Audrey II plant.

Committed and Scrappy: The Legacy of Roger Corman and His Impact on the Arts

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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As a true Hollywood heavyweight, Roger Corman has produced more than 400 films and directed more than 50 throughout his 60+-year career, including the original film production of THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS in 1960.

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