Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. | Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's new Otto M. Budig Theater in Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati is poised to celebrate William Shakespeare in more ways than one. This arts season is full of opportunities to enjoy the most performed playwright in history. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is partnering with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to host a conversation that will highlight leaders from local artistic organizations about interpreting the Bard across varying disciplines. They will discuss the challenges of translating his text through their own artistic lenses.
BLAKE ROBISON, Artistic Director, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
BRIAN ISAAC PHILLIPS, Producing Artistic Director, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
VICTORIA MORGAN, Artistic Director, Cincinnati Ballet
D. LYNN MEYERS, Producing Artistic Director, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
WHITNEY OWENS, Chief Learning Officer, Cincinnati Museum Center
The event is free and open to the public, but a reservation is required by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888. The Playhouse Perspectives series is supported by a generous grant from Roderick and Barbara Barr.
Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.
Last fall, our production of the play Disgraced tackled some big issues — race, class and our views of Islam in America. A lot has happened in the world since then. On the national level, we’ve seen the elections, a new administration, health care politics, Charlottesville, Houston and so much more. On the local level, we’ve seen the Ray Tensing verdict, the opioid crisis, and the upcoming mayoral race.
At the Playhouse, we believe that great theatre stays with us. It lingers in our minds, challenges our preconceptions and — sometimes — changes us as human beings. Here’s a question: how did our production of Disgraced affect you as a human being many months down the line? Has it colored your views of various current events? Has it made you see the world or the community differently?
The Playhouse is hosting a special community discussion on these topics — hosted by Artistic Director Blake Robison and by actor Barzin Akhavan, who played the lead role of Amir in our production of Disgraced. Please join us on Wednesday evening, Sept. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Playhouse. To reserve your spot, call the Box Office at 513-421-3888. The Playhouse Perspectives series is supported by a generous grant from Roderick and Barbara Barr.
Join us before select Friday evening performances for a special four-flight wine tasting accompanied by a four-course meal. Dinner will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and end at 7:45 p.m. Reservations are required.
The menu includes:
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc | Marlborough, NZ
Roasted garlic spinach dip served with fresh vegetable crudités, including carrots, broccoli, asparagus, red peppers and cucumbers
William Hill Pinot Noir | Central Coast, CA
Blue cheese, bacon and scallion torta served with fruit, medjool dates, baguette and crackers; Chopped romaine and mixed greens greens salad with feta, dried cranberries, marcona almonds and citrus vinaigrette; Focaccia with whipped butter
Orin Swift Abstract | Napa Valley, CA
Seared beef tenderloin on sea salt silver dollar roll with fresh horseradish sauce and green olive pickle garnish; Salted creamer potatoes with creamy Dijon dip; Roasted zucchini with pasta, fresh basil, olive oil and feta
LaMarca Prosecco | Italy
Assorted bite size desserts and cookies, including Callebaut chocolate chip cookies
Oct. 9, at 7 p.m.
Daniel Beaty's artistic mission includes using art as a tool to enact social change and to inspire citizens to become changemakers in their own community. Join local artistic organizations and performing and visual artists as they showcase their creative work that's driven to engage others in social issues. Featured artists will participate in a panel about their experiences, challenges and triumphs. Join us on Monday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Playhouse.
All Playhouse Perspectives events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please call the Box Office at 513-421-3888 to reserve your spot. The Playhouse Perspectives series is supported by a generous grant from Roderick and Barbara Barr.
Oct. 16 and Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers
This season, the Playhouse is thrilled to continue our partnership with Joseph- Beth Booksellers with a book club for audience members interested in better understanding the process of adapting a book from the page to the stage.
Participants are invited to attend two special discussion events. At the first discussion on Oct. 16, we’ll talk about the book itself: the plot and characters, the overarching themes, how you might imagine it translates to a theatrical setting and even the challenges you see in adapting the story. Our second discussion will take on Nov. 13 place after you’ve seen the play, to discuss what excited and surprised you, and to learn from a member of the production team how they approached the show. We are kicking off this season with a deep dive into The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. All Playhouse book club events take place at 7 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers’ Rookwood location. Books can be purchased or ordered through Joseph-Beth.
Discussion events are free but registration is required in advance through the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.
Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.
Much of the discussion in popular culture that surrounds The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time includes the social sensitivities and challenges that the protagonist faces. Many readers have interpreted that Christopher displays symptoms which are present on the autism spectrum. Though author Mark Haddon has consistently explained that the story is about differences and understanding and not about Christopher’s dispositions, audiences have nevertheless engaged in critical discussions about the story’s implied representation of autism.
To gain a deeper understanding of this important conversation, the Playhouse is hosting a discussion with parents, experts and friends to discuss autism in the Greater Cincinnati area on Monday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Playhouse. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888. The Playhouse Perspectives series is supported by a generous grant from Roderick and Barbara Barr.