Join us before Friday evening performances of Misery for a special bourbon tasting accompanied by a three-course meal. Catered by The Littlefield, dinner will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per person and does not include a ticket to the show. Reservations are required by the Monday before the tasting.
The Menu Includes:
Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey | Fairytale eggplant with gnudi and heirloom tomatoes in brodo.
Sycamore American Whiskey | Braised pork shoulder with pickled kohlrabi and Mountain Rose potatoes.
OYO Rye Whiskey Dark Pumpernickel | Bourbon apple bar drizzled with Earl Grey caramel.
*Menu subject to change.
The Playhouse begins its Page-to-Stage Book Club series this season with a deep dive into Stephen King’s suspense-filled novel, Misery. Playhouse book club events take place at 7 p.m. at The Mercantile Library, located at 414 Walnut St., #1100. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888.
Participants are invited to attend two special discussion events:
Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.
At the first discussion, we’ll talk about the book and the film: the plot and characters, the overarching themes, the differences between the two, how you might imagine it translates to a theatrical setting and even the challenges you see in adapting the story. The discussion will be facilitated by Playhouse Director of Education and Community Engagement Daunielle Rasmussen and University of Cincinnati film instructor and screenwriter Joe Horine.
Joe Horine teaches film, history and communications at the University of Cincinnati. He has also taught literature, drama and film at Miami University. As a screenwriter, Joe has worked with multiple directors including Brian De Palma. Joe currently serves as Editor-In-Chief of the Cincinnati Film Society newsletter and is working on the programming and marketing for the new Garfield movie theater downtown.
Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.
Our second discussion will take 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.
Twisting Your Characters & Plots with Jessica Strawser
Saturday, Sept. 22 | 10 a.m. to noon at the Playhouse | Cost: $50
This special two-hour session is like two workshops in one. First, you’ll learn a nearly foolproof technique for making characters inherently suspenseful, and how to employ this “acting out of character” trick on a large scale (propelling an entire plot) or a small one (adding twists, turns and interest) to create page-turners sure to satisfy. Think of the meek heroine who suddenly lashes out, the reliable parent who runs off or the villain who shows an unexpected kindness — all make you want to know why. Then, discover 10 more tips for crafting suspenseful stories, including some gleaned from Jessica Strawser’s own interviews with the genre’s best: including Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner and Stephen King himself.
Jessica Strawser (jessicastrawser.com) is editor-at-large at Writer’s Digest, where she was editorial director for nearly a decade. She’s the author of the book club favorites Almost Missed You and Not That I Could Tell, a Book of the Month selection and Barnes & Noble Best New Fiction pick for March 2018 (both St. Martin’s Press). Her third novel, Forget You Know Me, is forthcoming in February 2019. She has written for The New York Times Modern Love, Publishers Weekly and others, and is a popular conference speaker. Connect with her on Twitter at @jessicastrawser and on Facebook @jessicastrawserauthor.
Participants may purchase copies of Almost Missed You and Not That I Could Tell before and after the workshop.
Join us before Saturday 4 p.m. performances of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley for an afternoon tea event hosted by The BonBonerie. Afternoon tea will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per person and does not include a ticket to the show. Reservations are required by the Monday prior to the tasting.
*Menu subject to change.
The menu features:
• Homemade veggie cream cheese spread with fresh peppers
• Boursin cheese spread with fresh cucumbers
• Curried chicken salad with almonds, celery and golden raisins
• Mini slice of homemade quiche
• Thumbprint cookie
• Mini double fudge brownie
• Cup of fresh fruit
• Bagged cut-out cookie
• Served with your choice of black, herbal or green tea
Join us before Friday evening performances of In the Heights for a special wine tasting and a three-course meal! Dinner will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per person and does not include a ticket to the show. Reservations are required by the Monday before the tasting. Menu to be announced.