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Audio Plays by University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music

Each of the below Audio Plays is its own story, and you can listen to these pieces for free in any order you choose. They represent a year-long collaboration that reached into many corners of Cincinnati.  Students from all over UC (CCM Acting, Sound Design, Stage Management, Commercial Music Production, Digital Media, and the College of Arts & Sciences’ Fiction PhD program) and local professional writers (YA author Liz Coley and musician, comedian and raconteur Paul Strickland) came together to make something truly special. The Playhouse is assisting CCM by hosting and helping to promote these free audio plays. The Audio Plays are commissioned by the CCM Playwrights Workshop.

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NOSTALGIA!

Nostalgia! follows a University of Cincinnati student as she tries to put together a radio biography of The Undertones, an “alt-cappella” vocal group that formed in the tunnels of the abandoned Cincinnati subway. She reckons with authenticity, representation, and the disappearance and presumed death of the group’s leader, Tod Johnso. This piece is by musician, comedian and raconteur Paul Strickland.

 

CAST
Journalist — Maddie Gaughan
Lead/Tod Johnso — Duncan Weinland
Alto 2/Tenor — Carlee Coulehan
Alto — Rachel Larson/Kayla Temshiv
Bass — Galen Arnett
Bar Owner — Ava Duvall
TV/Radio Journalist — Kayla Thomas-Black
TV/Radio Journalist — Zoe Peterson
TV/Radio Journalist — Jake Weinheimer
TV/Radio Journalist — Nathan Flesh

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director — Brant Russell
Project Manager — Lucy Guillemette
Assistant Project Manager — Maggie Seibert
Audio Engineer — Patrick van Meter
Sound Designer — Corbin White/Matt Tibbs
Composer — Nathan Beverage

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COMING BACK

Coming Back is about a college student’s search for his missing brother in the Appalachian mountains. This piece is by Liz Coley, popular YA fiction writer and CCM Acting Playwrights Workshop mainstay.

 

CAST
Narrator — Eli Lucas
Caleb — Malik Smith
Marathon Worker — Dustin Parsons
Henry — Jack McElroy
Audra — Rachel Jones
Ellynasia — Shakoria Davis
Grant — Cyrus Fontenot

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director — Brant Russell
Project Manager — Lucy Guillemette
Assistant Project Manager — Maggie Seibert
Audio Engineers — Patrick van Meter, Dustin Parsons
Sound Designer — Haruka Iihoshi
Composer — Christopher Aldi

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EXPOSURE THERAPY

Exposure Therapy is the story of a young woman who, via court-mandated psychotherapy sessions, discovers she can travel back in time to traumatic events in her life. This play is written by Maggie Su, a PhD student in the UC English fiction writing program. Maggie has an MFA from Indiana University, and has been a writer in the CCM Acting Playwrights Workshop.

 

CAST
Liv — Kristina Steinmetz
Stephanie — Liza Lagerstrom
Jay — Gabriel Nasato
Dad — Hunter Trammell
Bradley — AJ Civello
Bradley’s Mom — Emma Fitzgerald
Waitress — Gracie Schmidt

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director — Brant Russell
Project Manager — Lucy Guillemette
Assistant Project Manager — Maggie Seibert
Audio Engineer — Patrick van Meter
Sound Designer — Geoffrey Mintz
Composer — Dominic Wintz

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THE MISSING

The Missing follows a young Black woman as she searches for her missing sister on the streets of Newark, New Jersey. This play is by Sakinah Hofler, a PhD student in the fiction writing program at UC.

 

CAST
Narrator — Lydia Noll
Lena — Sierra Coachman
Elliot — Charles Gidney
Margaret — Ava Panagopolous
Det. Silas — Ethan Murphy
Det. Ali — Neuma Joy
Woman #1 — Sydni Solomon
Religious Man — Mateo Sollano
Social Worker — Nora Kovasckitz
Man — Noah Buyak
Woman #2 — Isabella Wagner
Woman #3 — MJ Robinson
Cashier — Lydia Robinson

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director — Brant Russell
Project Manager — Lucy Guillemette
Assistant Project Manager — Maggie Seibert
Audio Engineer — Patrick van Meter
Sound Designer — Aaron Woodstein
Composer — Daniel Hodges

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About the UC College-Conservatory of Music

Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts. Declared "one of this country's leading conservatories" by the New York Times, CCM provides life-changing experiences within a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment.

CCM's educational roots date back to 1867, and a solid, visionary instruction has been at its core since that time. CCM offers nine degree types (BA, BM, BFA, MA, MM, MFA, AD, DMA, PhD) in nearly 120 possible majors. The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world’s stage.

CCM works to bring out the best in its students, faculty and staff by valuing their unique backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. CCM’s student population hails from 43 different US states and 32 different countries. The school’s roster of eminent faculty members regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success.

The college is comprised of eight academic units, which span the spectrum of the performing and media arts:

• Composition/Musicology/Theory,
• Ensembles and Conducting (Choral Studies, Commercial Music Production, Jazz Studies, Orchestral Studies and Wind Studies)
• General Studies,
• Keyboard Studies (Harpsichord, Organ and Piano),
• Media Production,
• Music Education,
• Performance Studies (Strings, Voice and Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion) and
• Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration (Acting, Arts Administration, Dance, Musical Theatre, Opera and Theatre Design and Production)

CCM stands as the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. The annual calendar boasts nearly 1,000 public events, ranging from solo recitals and master classes to fully-staged opera, play, dance and musical theatre performances.

Learn more at https://ccm.uc.edu/