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The Feminine Mystique Through Erma Bombeck's Lens

June 28, 2017
Aly Michaud
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In 1963, suburban housewives rushed out of their homes to purchase what would quickly become one of the most subversive books of the decade: "The Feminine Mystique," written by feminist author and activist Betty Friedan.

Erma Bombeck Book Club, Featuring Playwrights Allison Engel and Margaret Engel

June 28, 2017
Aly Michaud
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It’s likely no surprise that theatre fans are 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.

The Magic of A CHRISTMAS CAROL

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Michael Evan Haney discusses the nuances of directing the Playhouse’s holiday production of A Christmas Carol each season.

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.

5 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.

In Conversation with Playwright Ayad Akhtar

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Linda Lombardi, Arena Stage production dramaturg, interviews DISGRACED playwright Ayad Akhtar about the cultural and personal significance of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Free Playhouse Perspectives Events Enhance DISGRACED Performances

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Audiences across the country have reacted strongly and emotionally to Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize winner DISGRACED. Artistic Director Blake Robison chose to include the show in the Playhouse’s 2016-17 season because of the important conversation it inspires.

The Essential Ayad Akhtar

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Playwright Ayad Akhtar has known he wanted to be a writer for years, but it took him time to find his voice. Once he did, he’s been prolific, winning significant acclaim and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for DISGRACED, which opens the Playhouse’s 2016-17 Thompson Shelterhouse season.

Challenging Assumptions

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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DISGRACED director Lisa Portes reveals what excites her about this story.

5 Questions with Amin El Gamal

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Amin El Gamal makes his Playhouse debut as Abe in the timely Pulitzer Prize-winning play DISGRACED. Meet Amin, and find out what he enjoys most about being an actor, his all-time favorite roles and what excites him about working on DISGRACED.