Killin' It: A Q&A With Paul Mason Barnes

April 18, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Murder for Two director Paul Mason Barnes provides insight into how he will approach and bring to life this zany murder mystery.

5 Questions With Olivia Cygan

April 16, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Olivia Cygan, who plays Lexie in Sooner/Later. Learn where she received her training, what role she's dying to play and what she's loved about this world premiere production.

5 Questions With Todd Cerveris

April 12, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Todd Cerveris, who plays Griff in Sooner/Later. Learn how he became an actor, what role has been his favorite so far and what's found most interesting about working on this world premiere play.

Summer Theatre Camp 2018 Reading List

April 11, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Can’t wait to leap into a summer of stories for theatre camp? Get your imagination ready to explore the worlds of these beloved authors in preparation for your artistic adventures at the Playhouse.

A Musical Comedy to Die For

April 10, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Who killed the great American novelist Arthur Whitney? The mystery unfolds in hilarious fashion in Murder for Two, as one actor plays an overwhelmed detective and another plays a dozen suspects — and they both play piano.

Written in the Stars: A Q&A With Lisa Rothe

April 5, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Sooner/Later director Lisa Rothe shares her artistic perspective in bringing this metaphysical romantic comedy to life.

The Adventure of a Lifetime

April 2, 2018
Christa Skiles
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Director Blake Robison chats about the enduring appeal of Treasure Island in preparation for the Playhouse's swashbuckling adventure for the whole family.

5 Questions With George Naha

March 28, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet George Naha, the guitarist for Marie and Rosetta. Learn about George's musical roots, what his favorite gigs have been and what he's found most interesting about this play with music.

A Pirate's Life

March 27, 2018
Christa Skiles
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Arguably the greatest adventure story ever told, Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island leaps to the Playhouse stage in a larger-than-life production helmed by Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison.

5 Questions With Chaz Hodges

March 22, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Chaz Hodges, who plays gospel singer Marie Knight in Marie and Rosetta. Learn about what inspired her to become an actor, what role has been her all-time favorite and what she's enjoyed about this heart-rending production.

5 Questions With Miche Braden

March 16, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Miche Braden, who plays the legendary Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Marie and Rosetta. Learn about how she became an actor, what her favorite role has been and what she enjoys most about this inspiring play with music.

Found Objects: Exploring the Set of BE HERE NOW

March 8, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Cincinnati Playhouse Properties Manager John Gallagher describes the experience of building the set of Be Here Now with Playhouse artisans and craftsmen.

Twists of Fate

March 7, 2018
Christa Skiles
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This captivating world premiere with a metaphysical twist navigates the difficult paths of romance, marriage and parenting.

5 Questions With Emily Kratter

March 1, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Emily Kratter, who plays Luanne in Be Here Now. Learn how she got her start as an actor, what her favorite role has been and what she enjoys about this world premiere production.

5 Questions With Michele Ragusa

February 28, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Michele Ragusa, who plays Patty in Be Here Now. Learn about what inspired her to become an actor, what role she's dying to play and what she enjoys about this world premiere production.

5 Questions With Eva Kaminsky

February 27, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Eva Kaminsky, who plays Bari in Be Here Now. Learn about her background in theatre, why this role is one of her favorites and what she's found most interesting about this world premiere.

Rockin' the Faith

February 23, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Before there was Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, there was Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who formed the foundation of a sound that would soon have world all shook up.

En-Lighten Up: A Q&A With Portia Krieger

February 23, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Be Here Now director Portia Krieger shares her artistic insight on bringing this charming and funny world premiere play to life.

It's All Joy

February 19, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Marie and Rosetta chronicles Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight’s first rehearsal as they prepare for a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in music history.

5 Questions With Zach Cossman

February 14, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Zach Cossman, who plays Fluke Holland in Million Dollar Quartet. Learn about his training in theatre, what his favorite role has been and what he thinks is most interesting about performing in the show.

The Work of Deborah Zoe Laufer

February 12, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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“All of my writing, really, asks a very broad question of, what does it mean to be human right now?” says Playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer. That’s certainly true of Be Here Now, the Playhouse's second world premiere this season.

World Premieres Put Cincinnati on the Map

February 9, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Since its founding in 1960, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has produced 75 world premieres, include two this season. This commitment to creating and nurturing new works is one of the reasons why the Playhouse received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.

5 Questions With Bligh Voth

February 6, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Bligh Voth, who makes her Playhouse debut as Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet. Learn about how she began her career in theatre, what role she's dying to play and what she loves most about this electrifying musical.

It's All Connected

January 19, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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Two lost souls somehow come together under the most unusual circumstances in this funny, charming and insightful world premiere.

Million Dollar Magic

January 16, 2018
Christa Skiles
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Making his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park directing debut with the show, Hunter Foster brings with him the experience of having worked on no fewer than eight previous productions of Million Dollar Quartet.

Bringing Imagination to Life

January 11, 2018
Natalie Hulla
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The Playhouse goes off the hill again this January with Pinocchio, the much-loved tale about a wooden puppet who’s full of child-like whimsy.

A Word from the Spotlight

December 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Bruce Cromer takes a moment to share his thoughts on the impact of live theatre.

Rock 'n' Roll Heaven

December 15, 2017
Christa Skiles
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On Dec. 4, 1956, in a small storefront recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, pop culture history was made as four singular musicians assembled for an impromptu jam session of epic proportions.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Fast Facts

December 15, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Called “the second greatest Christmas story ever told,” Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has endured generations of faithful audiences since its publication in 1843. It has proven to be a timeless work of art that’s fostered much scholarly research.

Broadway: The Stages that Made the Marx Brothers Famous

December 5, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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By the 1920s, the Marx Brothers had run the gamut of vaudeville success and failure. Yet the world of theatre was on the cusp of change. New York City had become a bustling theatre town that would soon launch them into stardom.

Bruce Cromer on Making A CHRISTMAS CAROL Sing

November 22, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Bruce Cromer reflects on playing Ebenezer Scrooge and on what he enjoys most about A Christmas Carol.

Vaudeville: The World that Gave Rise to the Marx Brothers

November 17, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Vaudeville was defined by its variety of song, dance, music and comedy performed onstage. Its heyday lasted from the 1890s to the 1930s, and it was a genre that spanned the country.

5 Questions With Amy Blackman

November 9, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Amy Blackman, who makes her Playhouse debut as Judy in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Learn about how she became an actor, what role she's dying to play and what she enjoys about in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

5 Questions With Laiona Michelle

November 8, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Laiona Michelle, who makes her Playhouse debut as Mrs. Shears/Ensemble in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Learn about she began her acting career, her favorite roles and why she's enjoyed working on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

5 Questions With Kevin Cutts

November 7, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Kevin Cutts, who returns to the Playhouse as Roger/Ensemble in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, after having appeared in Double Indemnity (2013) and Over the Tavern (2011). Learn about where he got his start in acting, his favorite roles and what he finds interesting about being in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

5 Questions With Ka-Ling Cheung

November 7, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Ka-Ling Cheung, who makes her Playhouse debut as Punk Girl/Ensemble in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Learn about her favorite roles, what roles she's dying to play and how she's enjoyed working on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

5 Questions with Dale Hodges

November 3, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Dale Hodges, who returns to the Playhouse as Mrs. Alexander/Ensemble in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, after having recently been in To Kill a Mockingbird. Learn about how she got her start as an actor, what her favorite role has been and what she's enjoyed the most about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

5 Questions with Jimmy Kieffer

November 2, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Jimmy Kieffer, who makes his Playhouse debut as Ed in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Learn about the moment he knew he wanted to act, what his role he's dying to play and what's he's enjoyed about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

5 Questions with Kathleen Wise

November 1, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Kathleen Wise, who returns to the Playhouse as Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, after having appeared in last season's A Christmas Carol. Learn about Kathleen's beginnings in theatre, what her favorite role has been and what she's found most interesting about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

A Brazen Rascal

October 31, 2017
Christa Skiles
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Frank Ferrante brings the legendary humor of Groucho Marx to the Shelterhouse this season in An Evening With Groucho. Take a look at some of the comedian's most memorable roles as one part of the hilarious Marx Brothers.

5 Questions with Dathan B. Williams

October 31, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Dathan B. Williams, who returns to the Playhouse in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, after having appeared in The Secret Garden. Learn about what inspired him to become an actor, what his favorite roles have been and what he enjoys about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Comic Genius

October 26, 2017
Christa Skiles
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Ferrante has given more than 2,500 performances in some 400 cities as the iconic, cigar-chomping comedian with the bushy mustache and zingy one-liners. He’ll add Cincinnati to that list when An Evening With Groucho comes to the Shelterhouse.

Creating Christopher: A Q&A with Nick LaMedica

October 25, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Nick LaMedica describes the experience of creating his character, Christopher Boone, in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

A Mysterious and Illuminating Journey

October 17, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Tony Award-nominated Broadway director and choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge describes the artistic aesthetic behind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Bringing Mr. Joy's Shoe Shop to the Shelterhouse

October 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Set Designer Misha Kachman and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Properties Manager John Gallagher share their artistic insight into bringing the highly detailed and realistic scenery of Mr. Joy to the Shelterhouse stage.

5 Questions with Debra Walton

October 12, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Debra Walton, who returns to the Playhouse in Mr. Joy, after having appeared in Ain't Misbehavin' and Beehive. Learn how Debra became an actor, what she loves about performing and what she's enjoying most about Mr. Joy.

Storytelling that Makes an Impact

October 6, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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MR. JOY playwright Daniel Beaty has built his artistic career on a foundation of social healing and transformation. Here’s a look at other artists and organizations who are working today to create meaningful art that aims to make a social impact.

Seeing Through a Different Perspective

October 4, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by author Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows Christopher after his neighbor accuses him of killing her dog, Wellington, when she finds him at the scene of the crime.

5 Questions with Michael Brusasco

September 25, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Michael Brusasco makes his Playhouse debut as Lord Wessex in Shakespeare in Love. Meet Michael to find out more about his acting roots, his favorite roles and how he's been enjoying his work on Shakespeare in Love.

5 Questions with Wynn Harmon

September 22, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Wynn Harmon, who makes his Playhouse debut in Shakespeare in Love. Find out how he got his start in theatre, what role he's dying to play and how he's enjoying his work on Shakespeare in Love.

5 Questions with Laura Gordon

September 20, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Meet Laura Gordon, who returns to the Playhouse as Nurse in Shakespeare in Love, after having appeared in last season's A Prayer for Owen Meany. Learn why Laura became an actor, what she loves about performing and what she's enjoying most about Shakespeare in Love.

5 Questions with Naomi Jacobson

September 18, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Naomi Jacobson returns to the Playhouse after performing in last season's A Prayer for Owen Meany. Learn more about how she became an actor, what roles have inspired her craft and how she's been enjoying her work on Shakespeare in Love.

Speaking Truth to Power

September 15, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Before he made his Playhouse debut, playwright Daniel Beaty had been making waves in the arts community. In 2005, he performed an original, spoken word poem titled “Knock Knock” on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. The poem, inspired his own upbringing, traces a son’s fractured relationship with his incarcerated father.

5 Questions with John Plumpis

September 13, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Actor John Plumpis makes his Playhouse debut this fall as Fennyman/Catling/Ensemble in Shakespeare in Love. Meet John and learn why he became an actor, what he loves about performing and what he's enjoying most about Shakespeare in Love.

A Romantic Roller Coaster

August 31, 2017
Christa Skiles
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Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison took a few minutes before heading into rehearsals for Shakespeare in Love to discuss the fun of journeying back in time to Elizabethan London and of exploring the magic of first love.

Every Person Has a Story

August 29, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Written by Dayton-native playwright Daniel Beaty, Mr. Joy is a thoughtful drama that weaves together the personal narratives of nine different characters who unravel the mystery of Mr. Joy’s disappearance.

How the Bard Shaped our Language

August 23, 2017
Natalie Hulla
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Throughout the course of his writing, William Shakespeare invented more than 1,700 words by either devising new ones or re-tooling existing words to fit his script. He also coined (or popularized) more than 100 phrases that we still use today.

A Joyous Celebration of Passion and Poetry

August 8, 2017
Christa Skiles
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Though he never meanders far from the spotlight, William Shakespeare is, as they say, having a moment. This summer, he made national headlines thanks to a production that proved once again how his play’s timeless themes can be reimagined in very timely ways. And, in even more boisterous fashion, the Bard debuted as a punk rock 20-something in cable television’s Will, a fictionalized account of the author’s early, largely undocumented, years in London.

Play Team: Take an Exclusive Look Behind the Scenes

June 21, 2017
Aly Michaud
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In 1992, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park introduced the Play Team program, which was designed to give deeper insight into the theatre’s development of its own productions. Play Team members could peek behind the curtain for an exclusive look at the process of taking a story from the script to the stage.

Help Us Bring Masterful Performances to the Stage with a Sponsorship!

June 1, 2017
Aly Michaud
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Interested in more information? Want to tailor a unique sponsorship experience? Contact Vickie Ellis at (513) 977-2022 or vickie.ellis@cincyplay.com!