A New Stage

We're raising funds to build a modern, state-of-the-art theatre in our iconic setting in Eden Park! This new theatre will enhance the intimacy you love about the current Marx stage, all while improving accessibility and comfort. It will be a game-changer for every Playhouse patron. By bringing the facility into the 21st century, our artists will have the tools they need to create modern, engaging productions for you and our community. Read more about the project and how you can help make it a reality!

Things to Know

• We're building a new, state-of-the-art Mainstage Theatre Complex, featuring Moe and Jack’s Place – The Rouse Theatre.

• The building is currently projected to open in March 2023.

• It will replace the Marx Theatre, which is the oldest un-renovated mainstage at any major regional theatre in the country.

• The Cincinnati Park Board and the City of Cincinnati have approved final designs and signed a 99-year lease.

• "Broadway producers will be able to try out Broadway-bound shows at Playhouse before they move to New York City.” — Cincinnati Business Courier

• As the first phase of the building project, the Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre was renovated during the summer of 2019. Visit our blog to learn about the new seats and other updates to our historic theatre.

• The campaign goal is $49.9 million. The building will cost $46.3, and the remainder covers transition and other expenses.

• Learn more about the project by watching our first virtual information session and reading our blog.

Want to know more?

Scroll below, and visit our features page for details about the new building and amenities.


If you are interested in making a gift to the campaign to build the new mainstage theatre or have any questions, please contact Bethany Doverspike, Director of Development at 513‑977‑2081 or bethany.doverspike@cincyplay.com.


A gift from you is a gift for Cincinnati and everyone who loves the Playhouse. Please support this transformational project today!


Star-Studded Support

Scott Bakula, Estelle Parsons, Gary Sandy, Kathleen Turner, Henry Winkler and more! Whether they got their start at the Playhouse or their fame brought them to Mt. Adams, these stellar performers have all graced our stage and remember it fondly.

Hear directly from these stars about their time here and their excitement for our new Mainstage Theatre Complex.

Photo of Artistic Director Blake Robison by Claudia Hershner.

How You Can Help

The Playhouse is a non-profit organization, and this once-in-a-generation project can only be accomplished if we work together. Are you able to make a one-time gift? An IRA distribution? A multi-year pledge? A stock gift? Click below if you're passionate about this new, state-of-the-art facility.

Tell Me More

If you have already made your gift, THANK YOU!


Donor Spotlights


Moe and Jack Rouse

“Moe and I met in the theater, so it just seems natural that if we were going to do anything large, it would be somewhere in show business. Obviously, we both have a great affinity for the Playhouse, so it was an easy decision.” — Jack Rouse


Digi and Mike Schueler

“The Playhouse is a national treasure right here in Cincinnati. We are so pleased to play our part in securing its future for generations to come.” — Digi Schueler

“Digi and I hope our gift inspires others to join us in helping deliver this project to the community" — Mike Scheuler


Richard Rosenthal

“I’ve always enjoyed seeing the performances that resulted from our sponsorships of new, compelling work found and produced by the talented artistic producing directors of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. We look forward to seeing them for many more years.” — Richard Rosenthal