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September 26, 2018
Aly Michaud
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Playhouse General User
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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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