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Go Off the Grid with the Playhouse!

What is Off the Grid?
Off the Grid creates immersive theatre experiences for today. With an innovative artistic approach, interactive performances take place in site-specific or social settings that reimagine the nature of theatrical storytelling. Adjusting the programming for our current health crisis with virtual and socially distanced events was a natural extension of the unconventional approach Off the Grid has been taking for the past five years.

Scroll below to see what's in store!
There's plenty to explore now, and more events for 2021 will be announced later this season.


Shadow Cast Film Series

See your favorite films brought to life in front of the big screen!

What's a Shadow Cast?
Shadow cast film viewings feature artists reenacting cult classic films in front of a live audience as the movie plays on the big screen behind them — a la The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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We’re partnering with the Esquire Group to bring you a series of shadow cast film viewings at Mariemont Theatre, located at 6906 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227. Mariemont Theatre has safety protocols related to COVID-19, and attendees should anticipate wearing masks while moving throughout the building, having their temperatures taken prior to entry, following reduced capacity auditorium seating, and adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Choose Your Adventure:


Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.
Mariemont Theatre
Cost: $12

Fast food. Jail cells. Neil Patrick Harris.
Harold and Kumar set out to satisfy their munchies and encounter some wild and hilarious surprises along the way in this cult comedy screening. Audiences may find themselves as part of the screening and performance as a group of artists perform a live shadow cast!


Girls Trip

Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.
Mariemont Theatre
Cost: $12

It’s time to get away with the girls!
Four best friends take a break from their jam-packed lives and reunite for a raucous and unpredictable trip to New Orleans in this 2017 blockbuster comedy. This interactive screening includes a shadow cast performance, adding a unique theatrical element to this screening event.


Mean Girls

Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m.
Mariemont Theatre
Cost: $12

So fetch!
We’re hosting a special screening of the cult teen comedy Mean Girls with a special shadow cast performance! New girl Cady leaves the familiarity of her home-schooled upbringing and transfers to an American high school, where she falls into the cut-throat world of girl cliques.


FREE — Pod Plays

Listen to an audio play, outdoors, for free!
The Pod Plays project makes creative use of technology, storytelling and outdoor space. These original audio plays each take place in a unique location in Cincinnati. You’ll be guided through the space as the story unfolds, interacting with the same views, spots and markers as the characters in the story you’re streaming. Pod Plays are free to the public, and can be listened to at any time.


The Aviators

Written by Trey Tatum

Location: Alms Park — 710 Tusculum Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226

Story: The Aviators follows Kaylan and Cece, who form an unlikely friendship after working through the trials of a school project about flight. Their journey includes an exploration of Alms Park and all of its hidden gems, as well as an exploration of the history of aviation.

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Richie and Blanche

Written by Isaiah Mikel-Reaves

Location: Purple People Bridge — Newport on the Levee

Story: In Richie and Blanche, a mother and son find themselves at a crossroads. Their relationship had taken a turn after Richie came out to his parents, setting off five years of estrangement. Their emotional journey includes a walk across the Purple People Bridge as they take in the beautiful sites and views of the Ohio River and Cincinnati Skyline.

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Past Events

Nancy Brew Zoom Dunnit

Written by Margot H.G. Manburg
Nov. 12 and 13, at 7 p.m.
Cost: $10

Who doesn't love a good mystery?
In this interactive whodunnit hosted via Zoom, armchair detectives can log in from home to track down the culprit of a crime. Participants will break out into teams, observe scenes, track clues and interact with characters to solve a mystery, virtually.

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Children of the Corn Maze

Written by Trey Tatum
Saturday, Oct. 24
Burger Farm and Garden Center
7849 Main St. (Rt. 32), Cincinnati, OH 45244
Cost: $20
Kids Pumpkin Parties also available!

Strange things are happening in the corn fields of Burger Farm…
There are whispers of supernatural events and sightings of monstrous creatures, and everything is becoming a little spookier than usual. What secrets are lurking in the fields? What sinister surprises are in store? With fun nods to horror and thriller favorites from Stephen King to Ghostbusters, a twisted tale unfolds as audiences walk the haunted trail in this immersive, theatrical experience. Suitable for ages 13 and up.

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Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.
Mariemont Theatre
Cost: $12

One dream will change everything.
In the 2006 hit musical Dreamgirls, three female soul singers find their dreams of musical stardom coming true (and their personal lives forever changed) in the early 1960s. This special screening will feature a live shadow cast performance for an interactive event.

View more past events and previous seasons!