A Word from the Spotlight

December 11, 2018
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Bruce Cromer takes a moment to share his thoughts on the impact of live theatre.

The Music and Language of IN THE HEIGHTS

December 11, 2018
Aly Michaud
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Take a deeper dive into the acclaimed music and language of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first smash hit.

5 Questions With Terrell Montgomery

December 7, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Terrell Montgomery, who is the bassist for Cincinnati King. Learn about when he started to play music, what has been his all-time favorite project, and what he's enjoyed about performing in this toe-tapping musical.

5 Questions With Ralph Huntley

December 7, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Ralph Huntley, the pianist in Cincinnati King. Learn about the first time he played piano, what he loves about being a musician, and what he's found most interesting about working on this riveting production.

5 Questions With Seth L. Johnson

December 3, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Seth L. Johnson, who is the Guitarist for Cincinnati King. Learn about how he became a professional musician, what kind of project he's always wanted to work on, and what he's learned from working on this musically rich show.

5 Questions With Richard Livingston Huntley

November 26, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Richard Livingston Huntley, who is the Music Director and Drummer for Cincinnati King. Learn about his early beginnings as a musician and what he has enjoyed the most about working on this world premiere musical.

Give the Gift of Theatre for the Holidays!

November 21, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Looking for a holiday present for the theatre lover in your life? Give them the perfect gift with help from the Playhouse!

5 Questions With Anita Welch

November 20, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Anita Welch, who plays Woman in the world premiere of Cincinnati King. Learn what inspired her to pursue acting, what role changed her life and what she's found most interesting about this Cincinnati-based musical.

Made in Cincinnati: A Q&A With KJ Sanchez

November 8, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Playhouse Associate Artist KJ Sanchez tells us more about creating the riveting, toe-tapping musical, Cincinnati King.

5 Questions With Maribel Martinez

November 6, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Maribel Martinez, who plays Jane Bingley in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Learn how she came into acting and performing, what her favorite part about being an actor is, and what she's found most interesting about this heartwarming production.

5 Questions With John Ford-Dunker

November 2, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet John Ford-Dunker, who plays Charles Bingley in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Learn about his early beginnings as an actor, what role has been his favorite and why he's enjoyed this beloved production.

5 Questions With Marina Shay

November 1, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Marina Shay, who plays Elizabeth Darcy in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Learn how she became an actor, what role has been most memorable for her and what she's enjoyed about performing in this charming and witty production.

CINCINNATI KING: Music Director's Notes by Richard Livingston Huntley

October 26, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Music Director and Drummer Richard Livingston Huntley provides his artistic insight into this docu-jukebox musical.

Jane Austen Heroine Profiles

October 24, 2018
Sophie Wong
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Jane Austen would surely be shocked at the online (unchaperoned!) dating culture of today. Check out what her heroines' dating profiles might have looked like if the internet had existed in the 1800s.

5 Questions With Mary Jo Mecca

October 10, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Mary Jo Mecca, who plays Robyn in The Roommate. Learn how she was inspired to pursue acting, where she got her start and what she's enjoyed most about performing in this darkly humorous show.

Queen City. King Records.

October 9, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Celebrate a piece of Cincinnati’s rich history in this world premiere musical about the groundbreaking rise of King Records.

Meet Your Match: A Q&A With Director Eleanor Holdridge

October 2, 2018
Erica Reid
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Director Eleanor Holdridge shares her artistic insight on Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, an imagined sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Nationally Recognized. Locally Crafted.

September 26, 2018
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For each Playhouse production, a team of nationally recognized designers partners with our resident crew at the Gilbert Avenue Scene Shop to bring to life the world of the story as envisioned by the director.

In Transition: A Q&A With Costume Designer Tracy Christensen

September 25, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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The Roommate Costume Designer Tracy Christensen discusses her artistic approach to expressing characters Sharon and Robyn in this wickedly fun comedy.

Pemberley Awaits

September 21, 2018
Erica Reid
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Middle sister Mary finally takes center stage in this charming and romantic sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

5 Questions With Barbara Chisholm

September 20, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Barbara Chisholm, who plays Annie Wilkes in this chilling adaptation of Misery. Learn about her beginnings as an actor, what roles have been most meaningful to her and the many reasons she's enjoying working on this highly entertaining production.

5 Questions With David Whalen

September 19, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet David Whalen, who plays Paul Sheldon in Stephen King's unforgettable story, Misery. Learn what inspired him to act, what role he's dying to play and why he's enjoyed performing in this suspense-filled show.

5 Questions With Kenneth Early

September 18, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Kenneth Early, who plays Buster in the spine-tingling production of Misery. Learn how he became an actor, what his favorite role has been and what he's found most interesting about this thrilling, Stephen King adaptation.

THE ROOMMATE: Director's Notes

September 14, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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In The Roommate, Sharon says, “Everybody just wants to burn it down and start over.” How many of us will take the risk of setting fire to what we know and reinventing ourselves?

Break Out of the Comfort Zone

September 13, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Director Tracy Brigden describes the thematic elements of The Roommate and describes her artistic approach to this wickedly fun show.

Celebrate King Records Month

September 10, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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King Records Month features more than 30 local events including concerts, parties, radio shows, special performances, speaking events, artistic exhibits and more. Here’s a look at just a few of the events that we recommend you check out.

Welcome to the Jungle

September 7, 2018
Sophie Wong
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The Jungle Book is fantastical journey about friendship, family and self-discovery.

Groups Have More Fun at the Playhouse

September 7, 2018
Sophie Wong
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One of the most fun ways to see theatre is with a group. The Playhouse has exclusive, customizable group ticket offers for all types of theatregoers. Here’s how you can save.

It's Good to Be Bad

September 6, 2018
Erica Reid
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Fifty-something Sharon takes a leap towards the dark side when she uncovers the secrets of her mysterious roommate in the wickedly funny comedy, The Roommate.

Thrills and Chills

August 24, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Director Blake Robison chats with us about taking the spine-tingling story of Misery from the page to the Marx stage.

Spotify: Get into the Groove for our 2018-19 Season

August 14, 2018
Aly Michaud
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Drum roll, please! Our 2018-19 season is starting soon, and we're excited to introduce the new Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Spotify account!

I'm Your Number One Fan

August 9, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Stephen King’s psychological thriller Misery takes the stage.

Groups Have More Fun

August 6, 2018
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One of the most fun ways to see theatre is with a group. The Playhouse has exclusive, customizable group ticket offers for all types of theatregoers. Here’s how you can save.

ICYMI: College Students Save Big

August 3, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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You don’t need to hop a Megabus to New York to experience some of the very best of American theatre. The two-time Tony Award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park invites college students to check out top-notch theatre at seriously affordable prices.

Welcome to the Playhouse: A Newcomer's Guide

July 13, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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If you’re new to theatre, or new to the Playhouse, we know that it might be a little intimidating at first glance. We’ve put together this newcomer’s guide to help you navigate your first trip here.

5 Questions With Eric Shorey

June 1, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Eric Shorey, who plays The Suspects in Murder for Two. Learn what inspired him to become an actor, what his favorite role so far has been and what's been most enjoyable about this hilarious musical comedy.

5 Questions With Eric Van Tielen

June 1, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Eric Van Tielen, who plays Marcus Moscowicz in Murder for Two. Learn about his training as an actor, what role has been his favorite and what's been most interesting about this madcap murder mystery.

Easter Eggs in MURDER FOR TWO

May 31, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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We’ve created a list of artistic references — aptly named “Easter eggs” — that can be found in this hilarious musical comedy.

5 Questions With Austin Reed Alleman

May 22, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Austin Reed Alleman, who plays George Merry, the Bailiff’s Son and Bristol Sailor in Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island. Learn about what show inspired him to pursue acting, where he received his training and what he's learned from this extravagant production.

Building the Voyage to Treasure Island

May 14, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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See how Playhouse craftsmen and artisans brought the extravagant world of Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island to life on the Marx stage.

Finding Jim Hawkins: A Q&A With Em Grosland

May 14, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Em Grosland, who plays the lead role of Jim Hawkins in Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island. Learn how he approached this courageous character and why one particular moment in the show is his favorite.

5 Questions With Rin Allen

May 10, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Rin Allen, who plays Anne Bonny and Jim's Mother, and is Assistant Fight Choreographer in Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island. Learn about how she became an actor, what her favorite roles have been and what she's enjoyed most about this high-seas adventure.

5 Questions With Andy Paterson

May 9, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Andy Paterson, who plays Squire Trelawney and The Bailiff in Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island. Learn about his training as an actor, what his favorite part of the craft is and what he's enjoyed most about this action-packed adventure story.

5 Questions With Barry Mulholland

May 8, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Barry Mulholland, who plays Dr. Livesey in Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island. Learn what play inspired him to pursue acting, what role he's dying to play and what he's enjoyed about working on this exciting, literary adaptation.

5 Questions With Grant Goodman

May 7, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Grant Goodman, who plays Billy Bones and Captain Smollett in Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island. Learn what influenced him to become an actor, what he loves about theatre and what he's found most interesting about this epic production.

5 Questions With Jeffrey M. Bender

May 2, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Jeffrey M. Bender, who plays Long John Silver and Jim's Father in Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island. Learn how he became an actor, what roles he's hoping to play and what he's enjoyed most about this swashbuckling adventure.

A Zany Blend of Amusements

May 1, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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When a dimwitted detective takes on the case in Murder for Two, the evening unfolds into a riotous murder mystery that’s a fusion of favorite theatrical genres.

The Playhouse's Multigenerational Gems

April 30, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Artistic Director Blake Robison has prioritized efforts that introduce up-and-coming theatre lovers to top-notch, mainstage productions featuring the nation’s leading artists — including the latest multigenerational show, Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island.

Killin' It: A Q&A With Paul Mason Barnes

April 18, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Murder for Two director Paul Mason Barnes provides insight into how he will approach and bring to life this zany murder mystery.

5 Questions With Olivia Cygan

April 16, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Olivia Cygan, who plays Lexie in Sooner/Later. Learn where she received her training, what role she's dying to play and what she's loved about this world premiere production.

Moving Through Space and Time: Set Design in SOONER/LATER

April 13, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Sooner/Later Set Designer Narelle Sissons shares her insight into how she imagined bringing this captivating production to life onstage.

5 Questions With Todd Cerveris

April 12, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Todd Cerveris, who plays Griff in Sooner/Later. Learn how he became an actor, what role has been his favorite so far and what's found most interesting about working on this world premiere play.

Summer Theatre Camp 2018 Reading List

April 11, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Can’t wait to leap into a summer of stories for theatre camp? Get your imagination ready to explore the worlds of these beloved authors in preparation for your artistic adventures at the Playhouse.

A Musical Comedy to Die For

April 10, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Who killed the great American novelist Arthur Whitney? The mystery unfolds in hilarious fashion in Murder for Two, as one actor plays an overwhelmed detective and another plays a dozen suspects — and they both play piano.

Happily Ever After Told Anew

April 6, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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The Playhouse's Off the Hill production of Rapunzel stays faithful to its fairy tale setting while offering a nuanced perspective of independence, friendship and family relationships.

Written in the Stars: A Q&A With Lisa Rothe

April 5, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Sooner/Later director Lisa Rothe shares her artistic perspective in bringing this metaphysical romantic comedy to life.

The Adventure of a Lifetime

April 2, 2018
Christa Skiles
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Director Blake Robison chats about the enduring appeal of Treasure Island in preparation for the Playhouse's swashbuckling adventure for the whole family.

5 Questions With George Naha

March 28, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet George Naha, the guitarist for Marie and Rosetta. Learn about George's musical roots, what his favorite gigs have been and what he's found most interesting about this play with music.

A Pirate's Life

March 27, 2018
Christa Skiles
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Arguably the greatest adventure story ever told, Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island leaps to the Playhouse stage in a larger-than-life production helmed by Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison.

The Evolution of African American Gospel Music

March 22, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Marie and Rosetta tells the story of gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her young protégée Marie Knight. Their signature collaboration reflects the evolution of African American gospel music, from its roots in spirituals to the rock and roll we know today.

5 Questions With Chaz Hodges

March 22, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Chaz Hodges, who plays gospel singer Marie Knight in Marie and Rosetta. Learn about what inspired her to become an actor, what role has been her all-time favorite and what she's enjoyed about this heart-rending production.

5 Questions With Miche Braden

March 16, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Miche Braden, who plays the legendary Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Marie and Rosetta. Learn about how she became an actor, what her favorite role has been and what she enjoys most about this inspiring play with music.

A Full Artistic Meal

March 14, 2018
Christa Skiles
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Playwright Allyson Currin discusses the evolution of the world premiere production of Sooner/Later, the power of humor and the “wonderfully weird” world of teenage girls.

Found Objects: Exploring the Set of BE HERE NOW

March 8, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Cincinnati Playhouse Properties Manager John Gallagher describes the experience of building the set of Be Here Now with Playhouse artisans and craftsmen.

Twists of Fate

March 7, 2018
Christa Skiles
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This captivating world premiere with a metaphysical twist navigates the difficult paths of romance, marriage and parenting.

5 Questions With Emily Kratter

March 1, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Emily Kratter, who plays Luanne in Be Here Now. Learn how she got her start as an actor, what her favorite role has been and what she enjoys about this world premiere production.

5 Questions With Michele Ragusa

February 28, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Michele Ragusa, who plays Patty in Be Here Now. Learn about what inspired her to become an actor, what role she's dying to play and what she enjoys about this world premiere production.

5 Questions With Eva Kaminsky

February 27, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Eva Kaminsky, who plays Bari in Be Here Now. Learn about her background in theatre, why this role is one of her favorites and what she's found most interesting about this world premiere.

Rockin' the Faith

February 23, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Before there was Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, there was Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who formed the foundation of a sound that would soon have world all shook up.

En-Lighten Up: A Q&A With Portia Krieger

February 23, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Be Here Now director Portia Krieger shares her artistic insight on bringing this charming and funny world premiere play to life.

It's All Joy

February 19, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Marie and Rosetta chronicles Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight’s first rehearsal as they prepare for a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in music history.

5 Questions With Zach Cossman

February 14, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Zach Cossman, who plays Fluke Holland in Million Dollar Quartet. Learn about his training in theatre, what his favorite role has been and what he thinks is most interesting about performing in the show.

The Work of Deborah Zoe Laufer

February 12, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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“All of my writing, really, asks a very broad question of, what does it mean to be human right now?” says Playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer. That’s certainly true of Be Here Now, the Playhouse's second world premiere this season.

World Premieres Put Cincinnati on the Map

February 9, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Since its founding in 1960, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has produced 75 world premieres, include two this season. This commitment to creating and nurturing new works is one of the reasons why the Playhouse received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.

5 Questions With Bligh Voth

February 6, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Bligh Voth, who makes her Playhouse debut as Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet. Learn about how she began her career in theatre, what role she's dying to play and what she loves most about this electrifying musical.

Theatre Camps to Explore a Summer of Stories

January 22, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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The Playhouse invites students entering grades one through 12 to dive in to the worlds of children's literature while learning theatre arts and important developmental skills.

It's All Connected

January 19, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Two lost souls somehow come together under the most unusual circumstances in this funny, charming and insightful world premiere.

Million Dollar Magic

January 16, 2018
Christa Skiles
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Making his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park directing debut with the show, Hunter Foster brings with him the experience of having worked on no fewer than eight previous productions of Million Dollar Quartet.

Bringing Imagination to Life

January 11, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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The Playhouse goes off the hill again this January with Pinocchio, the much-loved tale about a wooden puppet who’s full of child-like whimsy.

A Word from the Spotlight

December 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Bruce Cromer takes a moment to share his thoughts on the impact of live theatre.

Rock 'n' Roll Heaven

December 15, 2017
Christa Skiles
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On Dec. 4, 1956, in a small storefront recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, pop culture history was made as four singular musicians assembled for an impromptu jam session of epic proportions.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Fast Facts

December 15, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Called “the second greatest Christmas story ever told,” Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has endured generations of faithful audiences since its publication in 1843. It has proven to be a timeless work of art that’s fostered much scholarly research.

Hollywood: The Films that Made the Marx Brothers Legends

December 12, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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The Depression weighed heavily on Broadway. Across the country, however, the motion picture industry was taking off. Hollywood quickly became the new home to actors, writers, directors, composers and everyone in between — including the Marx Brothers.

Broadway: The Stages that Made the Marx Brothers Famous

December 5, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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By the 1920s, the Marx Brothers had run the gamut of vaudeville success and failure. Yet the world of theatre was on the cusp of change. New York City had become a bustling theatre town that would soon launch them into stardom.

Bruce Cromer on Making A CHRISTMAS CAROL Sing

November 22, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Bruce Cromer reflects on playing Ebenezer Scrooge and on what he enjoys most about A Christmas Carol.

Vaudeville: The World that Gave Rise to the Marx Brothers

November 17, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Vaudeville was defined by its variety of song, dance, music and comedy performed onstage. Its heyday lasted from the 1890s to the 1930s, and it was a genre that spanned the country.

5 Questions With Amy Blackman

November 9, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Amy Blackman, who makes her Playhouse debut as Judy in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Learn about how she became an actor, what role she's dying to play and what she enjoys about in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

5 Questions With Laiona Michelle

November 8, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Laiona Michelle, who makes her Playhouse debut as Mrs. Shears/Ensemble in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Learn about she began her acting career, her favorite roles and why she's enjoyed working on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

5 Questions With Kevin Cutts

November 7, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Kevin Cutts, who returns to the Playhouse as Roger/Ensemble in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, after having appeared in Double Indemnity (2013) and Over the Tavern (2011). Learn about where he got his start in acting, his favorite roles and what he finds interesting about being in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

5 Questions With Ka-Ling Cheung

November 7, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Ka-Ling Cheung, who makes her Playhouse debut as Punk Girl/Ensemble in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Learn about her favorite roles, what roles she's dying to play and how she's enjoyed working on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

5 Questions with Dale Hodges

November 3, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Dale Hodges, who returns to the Playhouse as Mrs. Alexander/Ensemble in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, after having recently been in To Kill a Mockingbird. Learn about how she got her start as an actor, what her favorite role has been and what she's enjoyed the most about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

5 Questions with Jimmy Kieffer

November 2, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Jimmy Kieffer, who makes his Playhouse debut as Ed in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Learn about the moment he knew he wanted to act, what his role he's dying to play and what's he's enjoyed about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

5 Questions with Kathleen Wise

November 1, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Kathleen Wise, who returns to the Playhouse as Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, after having appeared in last season's A Christmas Carol. Learn about Kathleen's beginnings in theatre, what her favorite role has been and what she's found most interesting about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

A Brazen Rascal

October 31, 2017
Christa Skiles
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Frank Ferrante brings the legendary humor of Groucho Marx to the Shelterhouse this season in An Evening With Groucho. Take a look at some of the comedian's most memorable roles as one part of the hilarious Marx Brothers.

5 Questions with Dathan B. Williams

October 31, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Dathan B. Williams, who returns to the Playhouse in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, after having appeared in The Secret Garden. Learn about what inspired him to become an actor, what his favorite roles have been and what he enjoys about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Comic Genius

October 26, 2017
Christa Skiles
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Ferrante has given more than 2,500 performances in some 400 cities as the iconic, cigar-chomping comedian with the bushy mustache and zingy one-liners. He’ll add Cincinnati to that list when An Evening With Groucho comes to the Shelterhouse.

Creating Christopher: A Q&A with Nick LaMedica

October 25, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Nick LaMedica describes the experience of creating his character, Christopher Boone, in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

A Mysterious and Illuminating Journey

October 17, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Tony Award-nominated Broadway director and choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge describes the artistic aesthetic behind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Bringing Mr. Joy's Shoe Shop to the Shelterhouse

October 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Set Designer Misha Kachman and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Properties Manager John Gallagher share their artistic insight into bringing the highly detailed and realistic scenery of Mr. Joy to the Shelterhouse stage.

5 Questions with Debra Walton

October 12, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Debra Walton, who returns to the Playhouse in Mr. Joy, after having appeared in Ain't Misbehavin' and Beehive. Learn how Debra became an actor, what she loves about performing and what she's enjoying most about Mr. Joy.

Storytelling that Makes an Impact

October 6, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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MR. JOY playwright Daniel Beaty has built his artistic career on a foundation of social healing and transformation. Here’s a look at other artists and organizations who are working today to create meaningful art that aims to make a social impact.

Seeing Through a Different Perspective

October 4, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by author Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows Christopher after his neighbor accuses him of killing her dog, Wellington, when she finds him at the scene of the crime.

5 Questions with Michael Brusasco

September 25, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Michael Brusasco makes his Playhouse debut as Lord Wessex in Shakespeare in Love. Meet Michael to find out more about his acting roots, his favorite roles and how he's been enjoying his work on Shakespeare in Love.

5 Questions with Wynn Harmon

September 22, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Wynn Harmon, who makes his Playhouse debut in Shakespeare in Love. Find out how he got his start in theatre, what role he's dying to play and how he's enjoying his work on Shakespeare in Love.

5 Questions with Laura Gordon

September 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Laura Gordon, who returns to the Playhouse as Nurse in Shakespeare in Love, after having appeared in last season's A Prayer for Owen Meany. Learn why Laura became an actor, what she loves about performing and what she's enjoying most about Shakespeare in Love.

5 Questions with Naomi Jacobson

September 18, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Naomi Jacobson returns to the Playhouse after performing in last season's A Prayer for Owen Meany. Learn more about how she became an actor, what roles have inspired her craft and how she's been enjoying her work on Shakespeare in Love.

Speaking Truth to Power

September 15, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Before he made his Playhouse debut, playwright Daniel Beaty had been making waves in the arts community. In 2005, he performed an original, spoken word poem titled “Knock Knock” on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. The poem, inspired his own upbringing, traces a son’s fractured relationship with his incarcerated father.

5 Questions with John Plumpis

September 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Actor John Plumpis makes his Playhouse debut this fall as Fennyman/Catling/Ensemble in Shakespeare in Love. Meet John and learn why he became an actor, what he loves about performing and what he's enjoying most about Shakespeare in Love.

Finding Courage Within

September 7, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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It begins with a light, a sliver, a flash. Then comes a sound, a pulse, a beat, a crash — like a giant hammer smashing through the sky. This is the mythical story of Boom, the son of Thunder, who sets out to discover his true self in The Last Firefly.

A Romantic Roller Coaster

August 31, 2017
Christa Skiles
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Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison took a few minutes before heading into rehearsals for Shakespeare in Love to discuss the fun of journeying back in time to Elizabethan London and of exploring the magic of first love.

Every Person Has a Story

August 29, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Written by Dayton-native playwright Daniel Beaty, Mr. Joy is a thoughtful drama that weaves together the personal narratives of nine different characters who unravel the mystery of Mr. Joy’s disappearance.

How the Bard Shaped our Language

August 23, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Throughout the course of his writing, William Shakespeare invented more than 1,700 words by either devising new ones or re-tooling existing words to fit his script. He also coined (or popularized) more than 100 phrases that we still use today.

A Joyous Celebration of Passion and Poetry

August 8, 2017
Christa Skiles
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Though he never meanders far from the spotlight, William Shakespeare is, as they say, having a moment. This summer, he made national headlines thanks to a production that proved once again how his play’s timeless themes can be reimagined in very timely ways. And, in even more boisterous fashion, the Bard debuted as a punk rock 20-something in cable television’s Will, a fictionalized account of the author’s early, largely undocumented, years in London.

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.

Play Team: Take an Exclusive Look Behind the Scenes

June 21, 2017
Aly Michaud
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In 1992, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park introduced the Play Team program, which was designed to give deeper insight into the theatre’s development of its own productions. Play Team members could peek behind the curtain for an exclusive look at the process of taking a story from the script to the stage.

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.

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.

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.

Five 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.

Five Questions with Maury Ginsberg

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Actor Maury Ginsberg makes his Playhouse debut this season as Isaac in DISGRACED. Learn about his favorite roles, how he started acting and what he loves most about being on stage.

Artistic References in DISGRACED

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Discussions of art inform and illuminate the rich tapestry of Ayad Ahktar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama DISGRACED, which continues through Oct. 23 in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre.

Five Questions with Krystel Lucas

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Krystel Lucas, who makes her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut as Jory in the Shelterhouse season opener Disgraced. Find out why she became an actor, what role she’s been dying to play and what she enjoys most about working on DISGRACED.

Holiday Disasters — and Second City Alumni — We’ve Known and Loved

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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The Second City Cast Talks Improv

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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The cast of The Second City's HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE are masters of sketch comedy and improvisational performance. We asked them a few questions to find out about their favorite games and craziest improv memories.

An Interview with Director Andel Sudik

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Director Andel Sudik took a moment during the rehearsal process to discuss The Second City’s HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE.

SUMMERLAND Workshop

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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This summer, playwright Arlitia Jones visited the Playhouse with Associate Artist Michael Evan Haney for a weeklong workshop of her play SUMMERLAND, which will have its world premiere in the Thompson Shelterhouse in February 2017.

Echoes from Another World

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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In April 1869, when William H. Mumler entered a New York City courtroom charged with two counts of felony fraud for asserting that he could provide his clients with images of their ghostly loved ones — a story that takes center stage in Arlitia Jones’ world premiere play SUMMERLAND — it wasn’t just his controversial spirit photography business at stake.

Five Questions with Whitney Maris Brown

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Whitney Maris Brown makes her Playhouse debut this season as Mrs. Mumler in SUMMERLAND. She has traveled all across America throughout her regional career, and with SUMMERLAND she's able to check Cincinnati off her list.

Five Questions with Michael Rothhaar

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Michael Rothhaar returns to the Playhouse, where he most recently appeared in the 2006 production of WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION. He now takes the stage as William H. Mumler in the world premiere production of SUMMERLAND.

Five Questions with Billy Finn

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Billy Finn, who appeared in last season's MAD RIVER RISING, returns to Cincinnati to portray Joseph Tooker in the world premiere production of Arlitia Jones' SUMMERLAND.

A Humble Instrument

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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In the mid-19th century, spirit photographer William H. Mumler was the subject of widespread national and even international attention, pitting believers against skeptics in judging whether Mumler’s haunting images were the stuff of miracle or deception.

A Most Wicked Fraud

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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In today’s world of digital photography, we’ve become so accustomed to modifications that we’re often more surprised to see unaltered images. With this cynical perspective, it can be difficult to imagine the world illuminated in Arlitia Jones’ world premiere SUMMERLAND and the fierce debate William H. Mumler’s spirit

Looking Across Generations

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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ALL THE ROADS HOME playwright Jen Silverman took time before the show went into rehearsal to talk about her inspiration for the story, the script’s unique structure and when she knew she’d be a writer.

Five Questions with Libby Winters

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Libby Winters, who makes her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut in the world premiere production of Jen Silverman's ALL THE ROADS HOME.

Five Questions with Tina Chilip

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Tina Chilip, who makes her debut at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in Jen Silverman's ALL THE ROADS HOME.

American Culture from the Glamour of the 1950s to the Community of the 2000s

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Through Madeleine, Max and Nix, Silverman takes the audience from the 1950s, 1970s and into today. Each of the characters offers a glimpse into how the culture of each time period led them to the life choices they made and, ultimately, their destinies.

Five Questions with Tramell Tillman

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Tramell Tillman, who makes his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut in the world premiere of ALL THE ROADS HOME.

Five Questions with Rebecca S’manga Frank

June 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Rebecca S’manga Frank, who makes her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut in the world premiere of Jen Silverman's ALL THE ROADS HOME.

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.”

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.

Five Questions with Gina Milo

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Gina Milo makes her debut at the Playhouse this season as Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Find out how LES MISERABLES led to her career in musical theatre and what she enjoys most about acting and singing.

The Musical Stylings of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Though the original production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS premiered in 1982, the story vaguely takes place in the 1960s and uses its toe-tapping musical score to invite the audience to examine the pop culture of that era.

Five Questions with David Meyers

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet David Meyers, who makes his Playhouse debut as Mr. Mushnik in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and find out what he enjoys most about acting and performing across the country.

A Peek Inside the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Movie Sing-Along

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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On Sunday, Jan. 29, fans rushed to grab their complimentary Seymour glasses in preparation to sing along with their favorite tunes from the 1986 movie-musical starring Rick Moranis.

A Behind the Scenes Look at Audrey II

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a co-production between Portland Center Stage at the Armory in Portland, Oregon, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The musical features the same touring cast and production crew and reflects the artistic efforts of both theatres.

Five Questions with Nick Cearley

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Nick Cearley makes his Playhouse debut as Seymour in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, but this Ohio-native has been singing and dancing in the Tri-state since childhood. Meet Nick and find out more about how he received his training, why he decided to become an actor and what roles he loves best.

Join Our JANE EYRE Book Club!

June 13, 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.

Taking Center Stage: Margaret Ivey's Journey from Internship to Leading Lady

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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This month, actress Margaret Ivey moves into the spotlight as JANE EYRE in Polly Teale’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, under the direction of Playhouse Associate Artist KJ Sanchez.

Five Questions with Michael Sharon

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Michael made his Playhouse debut in AVENUE X (2001), and he is thrilled to return this season as Rochester in JANE EYRE.

Five Questions with Christine Toy Johnson

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Christine Toy Johnson makes her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut as Bessie, Blanche Ingram, Grace Poole and Diane Rivers in JANE EYRE.

Five Questions with Rebecca Hirota

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Rebecca Hirota makes her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut in JANE EYRE as Helen Burns, Adele and Mary Rivers.

Five Questions with Tina Stafford

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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JANE EYRE Reading List

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Still mesmerized by Polly Teale’s stage adaptation of JANE EYRE? We’ve compiled a list of books for your consideration in case you can’t get enough of Charlotte Brontë’s sweeping romance, Gothic landscape and psychological drama.

A Thrill Ride of Spooky Surprises

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Brendon Fox, director of Ken Ludwig’s BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY, discusses how he’s revived a literary favorite while leaving exciting surprises along the way.

Follow a Trail of Clues to Baskerville Hall

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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The world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson has been a beloved one for generations, and it comes to life at the Playhouse with Ken Ludwig’s BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY. In this classic mystery, the gloomy and foreboding world of fog, quicksand, moors and monsters combine to create a dizzying web of clues.

Five Questions with Jacob James

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Jacob James makes his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut as Doctor Watson in Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY.

Five Questions with Nisi Sturgis

June 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Nisi Sturgis makes her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut as Actress One in Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY.

Five Questions with Brian Owen

June 12, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Five Questions with Evan Alexander Smith

June 12, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Brian Owen makes his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut in Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY.

Erma Bombeck Reading List

June 12, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Did you leave ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END laughing, reminiscing on your own household comedy hours or feeling an urge to fight for the Equal Rights Amendment? We’ve compiled a list of books in case you’re still wanting more daily life amusement, or if you’re curious about the feminist movement of the 1960s and ‘70s.

Help Us Bring Masterful Performances to the Stage with a Sponsorship!

June 1, 2017
Aly Michaud
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Interested in more information? Want to tailor a unique sponsorship experience? Contact Vickie Ellis at (513) 977-2022 or vickie.ellis@cincyplay.com!

Mommy Bloggers: Writers, Humorists and the Columnists of Today

May 22, 2017
Aly Michaud
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“Mommy bloggers,” as they call themselves, make up an online community that sheds light on the world of parenting and motherhood. While some of these blogs focus on new and different ways to care for one’s family, others poke fun at their own misadventures using humor and sarcasm—much like Bombeck did with her columns.

Humor and Grit: Capturing Erma Bombeck

May 2, 2017
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Barbara Chisholm, who plays Erma Bombeck in Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END sheds light into her character development of this trailblazing woman.

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