Meet James Holloway, who plays Jeremiah in the world premiere of Tiny Houses.
Meet James Holloway, who plays Jeremiah in the world premiere of Tiny Houses.
Meet Nandita Shenoy, who plays Jevne in the world premiere of Tiny Houses.
Meet Michael Doherty, who plays Ollie in the world premiere of Tiny Houses.
Meet Peter Hargrave, who plays Bohdi in the world premiere of Tiny Houses.
Meet Kate Eastman, who plays Cath in the world premiere of Tiny Houses.
Summer Theatre Camp 2019 features movie-themed one-week, multi-week and half-day camps for children ages 3 to 7 at locations throughout Greater Cincinnati.
Meet Nick Cearley, who plays Linus in and is the co-conceiver and dance captain of the actor-musician production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Meet Armando Gutierrez, who plays Snoopy in the actor-musician production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Meet Lauren Molina, who plays Lucy in and is the co-conceiver of the actor-musician production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Meet Rob Morrison, who plays Charlie Brown in the actor-musician production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Meet Brett Ryback, who plays Schroeder in the actor-musician production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Meet Stephanie Anne Johnson, who plays Patty in the actor-musician production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
In the world premiere comedy Tiny Houses, a group of millennials seek fulfillment and meaning in minimalism. But what exactly does that philosophy entail?
Learn more about the creator of Peanuts with these five “little known facts.”
The artists who produced and created the Playhouse’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown share their perspectives of the Peanuts’ multigenerational impact on American pop culture.
Before you join us for a summer of play, we encourage you to make some popcorn, curl up on the couch and watch these suggested movies and television shows!
Playwright Chelsea Marcantel tells us more about constructing the world premiere comedy Tiny Houses.
Tiny Houses is a world premiere comedy about four young adults determined to build a 200-square-foot tiny house.
Meet Ashley Austin Morris, who plays Alicia in The Thanksgiving Play.
Meet Scott Parkinson, who plays Jaxton in The Thanksgiving Play.
Meet Nat DeWolf, who plays Caden in The Thanksgiving Play.
Director Bill Fennelly tells us more about bringing the two-dimensional world of the You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown to life for the Marx stage.
Meet Malkia Stampley who plays Risa in August Wilson's Two Trains Running.
Fall in love all over again with the Peanuts gang in the whimsical musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, featuring delightful songs and a new musical arrangement.
Costume Designer Kara Harmon tells us more about dressing the characters of August Wilson's masterpiece set in the 1960s.
The Thanksgiving Play Director Lisa Portes provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on directing this hilarious new comedy.
Join in the monkey business as the Playhouse presents its final Off the Hill touring show with Ernie Nolan’s adaptation of Eileen Chistelow’s children’s book series, Five Little Monkeys.
Meet Frank Britton, who plays Hambone in August Wilson's Two Trains Running.
Playhouse Artistic Associate Timothy Douglas shares insight into the characters’ journeys and how he directed the cast of this historical drama.
In The Thanksgiving Play, a group of liberal artists attempt to devise a politically correct Thanksgiving play for elementary schools.
Playwright Larissa FastHorse tells us more about crafting The Thanksgiving Play and setting the table for plenty of laughs.
Sound Designer/Composer Matthew M. Nielson shares his notes about composing original music for the world premiere of The Last Wide Open.
Meet Marcus Kyd, who plays Roberto in the Playhouse's world premiere production of The Last Wide Open.
Playhouse Associate Artist and Two Trains Running Director Timothy Douglas provides his notes on the significance of revisiting August Wilson's award-winning work.
Watch as a group of liberal artists attempt to devise a politically correct Thanksgiving play in this fresh, satirical comedy.
Playhouse Associate Artist Timothy Douglas provides creative insight into directing August Wilson's Two Trains Running.
Audrey Cefaly shares her notes about writing original song lyrics for the world premiere of The Last Wide Open.
Meet Sophia Macías, who plays Nina in In the Heights.
The long-time regulars of a local diner watch history unfold amidst the civil rights movement in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running.
Meet Stephanie Gomérez, who plays Vanessa in In the Heights.
Meet Karmine Alers, who plays Camila in In the Heights.
Meet Nicolas Garza, who plays Sonny in In the Heights.
Meet Yassmin Alers, who plays Abuela Claudia in In the Heights.
Before beginning rehearsals for the world premiere of The Last Wide Open, playwright Audrey Cefaly provided insight into how she crafted this romantic, imaginative play.
Meet Lillian Castillo, who plays Daniela in In the Heights.
Meet Tony Chiroldes, who plays Kevin Rosario in In the Heights.
The legacy of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights, which features a vibrant community of Latin characters, reflects the changing landscape of American theatre.
Fate plays its hand in this romantic world premiere when co-workers Lina and Roberto find their lives intersecting in mystical ways.
May Adrales tells us about directing this high-energy production of In the Heights.
Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac is adapted into a family-friendly touring production to be performed around Cincinnati.
Lights up on In the Heights, the high-energy, Tony Award-winning musical that started it all for Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
To open doors for these students and to provide better accessibility, the Playhouse hosts a special, sensory-friendly student matinee performance of A Christmas Carol each season.
Meet the characters of the Tony Award-winning smash hit In the Heights, and learn more about the real-life community they inhabit.
Bruce Cromer takes a moment to share his thoughts on the impact of live theatre.
Take a deeper dive into the acclaimed music and language of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first smash hit.
Meet Terrell Montgomery, who is the bassist for Cincinnati King. Learn about when he started to play music, what has been his all-time favorite project, and what he's enjoyed about performing in this toe-tapping musical.
Meet Ralph Huntley, the pianist in Cincinnati King. Learn about the first time he played piano, what he loves about being a musician, and what he's found most interesting about working on this riveting production.
Meet Seth L. Johnson, who is the Guitarist for Cincinnati King. Learn about how he became a professional musician, what kind of project he's always wanted to work on, and what he's learned from working on this musically rich show.
Meet Richard Livingston Huntley, who is the Music Director and Drummer for Cincinnati King. Learn about his early beginnings as a musician and what he has enjoyed the most about working on this world premiere musical.
Looking for a holiday present for the theatre lover in your life? Give them the perfect gift with help from the Playhouse!
Meet Anita Welch, who plays Woman in the world premiere of Cincinnati King. Learn what inspired her to pursue acting, what role changed her life and what she's found most interesting about this Cincinnati-based musical.
Playhouse Associate Artist KJ Sanchez tells us more about creating the riveting, toe-tapping musical, Cincinnati King.
Meet Maribel Martinez, who plays Jane Bingley in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Learn how she came into acting and performing, what her favorite part about being an actor is, and what she's found most interesting about this heartwarming production.
Meet John Ford-Dunker, who plays Charles Bingley in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Learn about his early beginnings as an actor, what role has been his favorite and why he's enjoyed this beloved production.
Meet Marina Shay, who plays Elizabeth Darcy in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Learn how she became an actor, what role has been most memorable for her and what she's enjoyed about performing in this charming and witty production.
Music Director and Drummer Richard Livingston Huntley provides his artistic insight into this docu-jukebox musical.
Jane Austen would surely be shocked at the online (unchaperoned!) dating culture of today. Check out what her heroines' dating profiles might have looked like if the internet had existed in the 1800s.
Meet Mary Jo Mecca, who plays Robyn in The Roommate. Learn how she was inspired to pursue acting, where she got her start and what she's enjoyed most about performing in this darkly humorous show.
Celebrate a piece of Cincinnati’s rich history in this world premiere musical about the groundbreaking rise of King Records.
Director Eleanor Holdridge shares her artistic insight on Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, an imagined sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
For each Playhouse production, a team of nationally recognized designers partners with our resident crew at the Gilbert Avenue Scene Shop to bring to life the world of the story as envisioned by the director.
The Roommate Costume Designer Tracy Christensen discusses her artistic approach to expressing characters Sharon and Robyn in this wickedly fun comedy.
Middle sister Mary finally takes center stage in this charming and romantic sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Meet Barbara Chisholm, who plays Annie Wilkes in this chilling adaptation of Misery. Learn about her beginnings as an actor, what roles have been most meaningful to her and the many reasons she's enjoying working on this highly entertaining production.
Meet David Whalen, who plays Paul Sheldon in Stephen King's unforgettable story, Misery. Learn what inspired him to act, what role he's dying to play and why he's enjoyed performing in this suspense-filled show.
Meet Kenneth Early, who plays Buster in the spine-tingling production of Misery. Learn how he became an actor, what his favorite role has been and what he's found most interesting about this thrilling, Stephen King adaptation.
In The Roommate, Sharon says, “Everybody just wants to burn it down and start over.” How many of us will take the risk of setting fire to what we know and reinventing ourselves?
Director Tracy Brigden describes the thematic elements of The Roommate and describes her artistic approach to this wickedly fun show.
King Records Month features more than 30 local events including concerts, parties, radio shows, special performances, speaking events, artistic exhibits and more. Here’s a look at just a few of the events that we recommend you check out.
The Jungle Book is fantastical journey about friendship, family and self-discovery.
One of the most fun ways to see theatre is with a group. The Playhouse has exclusive, customizable group ticket offers for all types of theatregoers. Here’s how you can save.
Fifty-something Sharon takes a leap towards the dark side when she uncovers the secrets of her mysterious roommate in the wickedly funny comedy, The Roommate.
Director Blake Robison chats with us about taking the spine-tingling story of Misery from the page to the Marx stage.
Drum roll, please! Our 2018-19 season is starting soon, and we're excited to introduce the new Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Spotify account!
Stephen King’s psychological thriller Misery takes the stage.
You don’t need to hop a Megabus to New York to experience some of the very best of American theatre. The two-time Tony Award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park invites college students to check out top-notch theatre at seriously affordable prices.
If you’re new to theatre, or new to the Playhouse, we know that it might be a little intimidating at first glance. We’ve put together this newcomer’s guide to help you navigate your first trip here.
Meet Eric Shorey, who plays The Suspects in Murder for Two. Learn what inspired him to become an actor, what his favorite role so far has been and what's been most enjoyable about this hilarious musical comedy.
Meet Eric Van Tielen, who plays Marcus Moscowicz in Murder for Two. Learn about his training as an actor, what role has been his favorite and what's been most interesting about this madcap murder mystery.
We’ve created a list of artistic references — aptly named “Easter eggs” — that can be found in this hilarious musical comedy.
Meet Austin Reed Alleman, who plays George Merry, the Bailiff’s Son and Bristol Sailor in Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island. Learn about what show inspired him to pursue acting, where he received his training and what he's learned from this extravagant production.
See how Playhouse craftsmen and artisans brought the extravagant world of Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island to life on the Marx stage.
Meet Em Grosland, who plays the lead role of Jim Hawkins in Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island. Learn how he approached this courageous character and why one particular moment in the show is his favorite.
Meet Rin Allen, who plays Anne Bonny and Jim's Mother, and is Assistant Fight Choreographer in Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island. Learn about how she became an actor, what her favorite roles have been and what she's enjoyed most about this high-seas adventure.
Meet Andy Paterson, who plays Squire Trelawney and The Bailiff in Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island. Learn about his training as an actor, what his favorite part of the craft is and what he's enjoyed most about this action-packed adventure story.
Meet Barry Mulholland, who plays Dr. Livesey in Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island. Learn what play inspired him to pursue acting, what role he's dying to play and what he's enjoyed about working on this exciting, literary adaptation.
Meet Grant Goodman, who plays Billy Bones and Captain Smollett in Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island. Learn what influenced him to become an actor, what he loves about theatre and what he's found most interesting about this epic production.
Meet Jeffrey M. Bender, who plays Long John Silver and Jim's Father in Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island. Learn how he became an actor, what roles he's hoping to play and what he's enjoyed most about this swashbuckling adventure.
When a dimwitted detective takes on the case in Murder for Two, the evening unfolds into a riotous murder mystery that’s a fusion of favorite theatrical genres.
Artistic Director Blake Robison has prioritized efforts that introduce up-and-coming theatre lovers to top-notch, mainstage productions featuring the nation’s leading artists — including the latest multigenerational show, Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island.
Murder for Two director Paul Mason Barnes provides insight into how he will approach and bring to life this zany murder mystery.
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.
Sooner/Later Set Designer Narelle Sissons shares her insight into how she imagined bringing this captivating production to life onstage.
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.
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.
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.
The Playhouse's Off the Hill production of Rapunzel stays faithful to its fairy tale setting while offering a nuanced perspective of independence, friendship and family relationships.
Sooner/Later director Lisa Rothe shares her artistic perspective in bringing this metaphysical romantic comedy to life.
Director Blake Robison chats about the enduring appeal of Treasure Island in preparation for the Playhouse's swashbuckling adventure for the whole family.
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.
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.
Marie and Rosetta tells the story of gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her young protégée Marie Knight. Their signature collaboration reflects the evolution of African American gospel music, from its roots in spirituals to the rock and roll we know today.
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.
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.
Playwright Allyson Currin discusses the evolution of the world premiere production of Sooner/Later, the power of humor and the “wonderfully weird” world of teenage girls.
Cincinnati Playhouse Properties Manager John Gallagher describes the experience of building the set of Be Here Now with Playhouse artisans and craftsmen.
This captivating world premiere with a metaphysical twist navigates the difficult paths of romance, marriage and parenting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Be Here Now director Portia Krieger shares her artistic insight on bringing this charming and funny world premiere play to life.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
The Playhouse invites students entering grades one through 12 to dive in to the worlds of children's literature while learning theatre arts and important developmental skills.
Two lost souls somehow come together under the most unusual circumstances in this funny, charming and insightful world premiere.
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.
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.
Bruce Cromer takes a moment to share his thoughts on the impact of live theatre.
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.
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.
The Depression weighed heavily on Broadway. Across the country, however, the motion picture industry was taking off. Hollywood quickly became the new home to actors, writers, directors, composers and everyone in between — including the Marx Brothers.
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 reflects on playing Ebenezer Scrooge and on what he enjoys most about A Christmas Carol.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nick LaMedica describes the experience of creating his character, Christopher Boone, in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It begins with a light, a sliver, a flash. Then comes a sound, a pulse, a beat, a crash — like a giant hammer smashing through the sky. This is the mythical story of Boom, the son of Thunder, who sets out to discover his true self in The Last Firefly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 1963, suburban housewives rushed out of their homes to purchase what would quickly become one of the most subversive books of the decade: "The Feminine Mystique," written by feminist author and activist Betty Friedan.
It’s likely no surprise that theatre fans are often avid readers. A good story is a good story, after all. This year some of the best stories in the Playhouse season — from A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY and JANE EYRE to ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END — were all inspired by great books.
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.
Michael Evan Haney discusses the nuances of directing the Playhouse’s holiday production of A Christmas Carol each season.
Bruce Cromer, who returns for his 12th season as Ebenezer Scrooge this holiday season, took a moment before starting rehearsals to reflect on what he enjoys most about the Playhouse production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Cincinnati-based actors Nick Rose and Stephen Skiles — in their roles of Mr. Cupp and Mr. Sosser, respectively — serve as the quasi-narrators for the Playhouse’s production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. They also perform various other roles in the show.
Linda Lombardi, Arena Stage production dramaturg, interviews DISGRACED playwright Ayad Akhtar about the cultural and personal significance of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Audiences across the country have reacted strongly and emotionally to Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize winner DISGRACED. Artistic Director Blake Robison chose to include the show in the Playhouse’s 2016-17 season because of the important conversation it inspires.
Playwright Ayad Akhtar has known he wanted to be a writer for years, but it took him time to find his voice. Once he did, he’s been prolific, winning significant acclaim and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for DISGRACED, which opens the Playhouse’s 2016-17 Thompson Shelterhouse season.
DISGRACED director Lisa Portes reveals what excites her about this story.
Amin El Gamal makes his Playhouse debut as Abe in the timely Pulitzer Prize-winning play DISGRACED. Meet Amin, and find out what he enjoys most about being an actor, his all-time favorite roles and what excites him about working on DISGRACED.
Actor Maury Ginsberg makes his Playhouse debut this season as Isaac in DISGRACED. Learn about his favorite roles, how he started acting and what he loves most about being on stage.
Discussions of art inform and illuminate the rich tapestry of Ayad Ahktar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama DISGRACED, which continues through Oct. 23 in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre.
Meet Krystel Lucas, who makes her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut as Jory in the Shelterhouse season opener Disgraced. Find out why she became an actor, what role she’s been dying to play and what she enjoys most about working on DISGRACED.
The cast of The Second City's HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE are masters of sketch comedy and improvisational performance. We asked them a few questions to find out about their favorite games and craziest improv memories.
Director Andel Sudik took a moment during the rehearsal process to discuss The Second City’s HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE.
This summer, playwright Arlitia Jones visited the Playhouse with Associate Artist Michael Evan Haney for a weeklong workshop of her play SUMMERLAND, which will have its world premiere in the Thompson Shelterhouse in February 2017.
In April 1869, when William H. Mumler entered a New York City courtroom charged with two counts of felony fraud for asserting that he could provide his clients with images of their ghostly loved ones — a story that takes center stage in Arlitia Jones’ world premiere play SUMMERLAND — it wasn’t just his controversial spirit photography business at stake.
Whitney Maris Brown makes her Playhouse debut this season as Mrs. Mumler in SUMMERLAND. She has traveled all across America throughout her regional career, and with SUMMERLAND she's able to check Cincinnati off her list.
Michael Rothhaar returns to the Playhouse, where he most recently appeared in the 2006 production of WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION. He now takes the stage as William H. Mumler in the world premiere production of SUMMERLAND.
Billy Finn, who appeared in last season's MAD RIVER RISING, returns to Cincinnati to portray Joseph Tooker in the world premiere production of Arlitia Jones' SUMMERLAND.
In the mid-19th century, spirit photographer William H. Mumler was the subject of widespread national and even international attention, pitting believers against skeptics in judging whether Mumler’s haunting images were the stuff of miracle or deception.
In today’s world of digital photography, we’ve become so accustomed to modifications that we’re often more surprised to see unaltered images. With this cynical perspective, it can be difficult to imagine the world illuminated in Arlitia Jones’ world premiere SUMMERLAND and the fierce debate William H. Mumler’s spirit
ALL THE ROADS HOME playwright Jen Silverman took time before the show went into rehearsal to talk about her inspiration for the story, the script’s unique structure and when she knew she’d be a writer.
Meet Libby Winters, who makes her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut in the world premiere production of Jen Silverman's ALL THE ROADS HOME.
Meet Tina Chilip, who makes her debut at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in Jen Silverman's ALL THE ROADS HOME.
Through Madeleine, Max and Nix, Silverman takes the audience from the 1950s, 1970s and into today. Each of the characters offers a glimpse into how the culture of each time period led them to the life choices they made and, ultimately, their destinies.
Meet Tramell Tillman, who makes his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut in the world premiere of ALL THE ROADS HOME.
Meet Rebecca S’manga Frank, who makes her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut in the world premiere of Jen Silverman's ALL THE ROADS HOME.
Ten years ago, actor Lawrence Redmond was part of director Blake Robison’s original Round House Theatre production of A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY. This season he makes his Playhouse debut returning to the show as Mr. Meany in John Irving’s classic story. Meet Lawrence and learn why he became an actor, what he loves about performing and what he’s enjoying most about A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY.
Actor Jeremy Webb makes his Playhouse debut this fall as narrator John Wheelwright in A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY. Meet Jeremy and learn how long he’s been acting, what he loves about taking on a new character and what he enjoys most about A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY.
Based on John Irving’s classic novel, A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY tells a fictional story within a realistic setting. Historical references to 1950s and ‘60s American politics, war and pop culture create a familiar world, providing rich context for the story and enhancing our understanding of its unique characters.
Sound designer Matthew M. Nielson returns to the Playhouse this fall to compose music and design soundscapes for the 2016-17 season opener A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY.
Sean Mellott, who has appeared on Playhouse stages in LEVELING UP and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, returns to the Marx Theatre as the title character in A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY. Prior to the start of rehearsals, Mellott shared his thoughts on his upcoming role.
It’s likely no surprise that theatre fans are also often avid readers. A good story is a good story, after all. This year some of the best stories in the Playhouse season — from A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY and JANE EYRE to ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END — were all inspired by great books.
World-renowned American author John Irving is always insistent that his fiction does not mirror his life. As he told The New York Times in 1989, the year that his bestselling novel A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY was published, “I am not John Wheelwright.”
Learn what drew Artistic Director Blake Robison to direct A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY, and find out what he enjoys most about returning to John Irving's classic story for a brand new production.
For the first time since the 2007 production of DRACULA, the Playhouse is exploring new theatrical heights. In A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY, the show’s title character literally soars above the Marx Theatre stage.
Set in 1977, August Wilson’s JITNEY evokes vivid images of that late disco era in the clothing worn by the characters. We asked JITNEY costume designer Tracy Dorman about creating the clothing for the cast of the production.
Jefferson A. Russell is a former Baltimore police officer turned professional actor who makes his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut as Shealy in August Wilson’s JITNEY. Meet Jefferson, and discover why he’s drawn time and again to August Wilson’s acclaimed American Century Cycle.
August Wilson’s play JITNEY follows a group of unlicensed cab drivers hustling to survive in 1970s Pittsburgh. Their jitney station serves a neighborhood — in this case the largely African-American Hill District — that traditional cab operators would not.
Stori Ayers is an actress with a passion for work that challenges social norms and ignites within her generation a spirit of activism. Meet Stori, and find out why she’s excited to make her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut as Rena in August Wilson’s JITNEY.
JITNEY was the first script written in August Wilson's groundbreaking American Century Cycle, in which he explored the experience of black Americans through a series of 10 plays set in each decade of the 20th century.
Cincinnati native Nick Cearley, who portrays a hapless Skid Row flower shop employee in the new Playhouse production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, shares his insights into playing the nerdy Seymour, pawn of the ravenous and mysterious Audrey II plant.
As a true Hollywood heavyweight, Roger Corman has produced more than 400 films and directed more than 50 throughout his 60+-year career, including the original film production of THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS in 1960.
Gina Milo makes her debut at the Playhouse this season as Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Find out how LES MISERABLES led to her career in musical theatre and what she enjoys most about acting and singing.
Though the original production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS premiered in 1982, the story vaguely takes place in the 1960s and uses its toe-tapping musical score to invite the audience to examine the pop culture of that era.
Meet David Meyers, who makes his Playhouse debut as Mr. Mushnik in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and find out what he enjoys most about acting and performing across the country.
On Sunday, Jan. 29, fans rushed to grab their complimentary Seymour glasses in preparation to sing along with their favorite tunes from the 1986 movie-musical starring Rick Moranis.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a co-production between Portland Center Stage at the Armory in Portland, Oregon, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The musical features the same touring cast and production crew and reflects the artistic efforts of both theatres.
Nick Cearley makes his Playhouse debut as Seymour in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, but this Ohio-native has been singing and dancing in the Tri-state since childhood. Meet Nick and find out more about how he received his training, why he decided to become an actor and what roles he loves best.
This month, actress Margaret Ivey moves into the spotlight as JANE EYRE in Polly Teale’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, under the direction of Playhouse Associate Artist KJ Sanchez.
Michael made his Playhouse debut in AVENUE X (2001), and he is thrilled to return this season as Rochester in JANE EYRE.
Christine Toy Johnson makes her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut as Bessie, Blanche Ingram, Grace Poole and Diane Rivers in JANE EYRE.
Rebecca Hirota makes her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut in JANE EYRE as Helen Burns, Adele and Mary Rivers.
Still mesmerized by Polly Teale’s stage adaptation of JANE EYRE? We’ve compiled a list of books for your consideration in case you can’t get enough of Charlotte Brontë’s sweeping romance, Gothic landscape and psychological drama.
Brendon Fox, director of Ken Ludwig’s BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY, discusses how he’s revived a literary favorite while leaving exciting surprises along the way.
The world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson has been a beloved one for generations, and it comes to life at the Playhouse with Ken Ludwig’s BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY. In this classic mystery, the gloomy and foreboding world of fog, quicksand, moors and monsters combine to create a dizzying web of clues.
Jacob James makes his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut as Doctor Watson in Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY.
Nisi Sturgis makes her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut as Actress One in Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY.
Brian Owen makes his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut in Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY.
Did you leave ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END laughing, reminiscing on your own household comedy hours or feeling an urge to fight for the Equal Rights Amendment? We’ve compiled a list of books in case you’re still wanting more daily life amusement, or if you’re curious about the feminist movement of the 1960s and ‘70s.
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“Mommy bloggers,” as they call themselves, make up an online community that sheds light on the world of parenting and motherhood. While some of these blogs focus on new and different ways to care for one’s family, others poke fun at their own misadventures using humor and sarcasm—much like Bombeck did with her columns.
Barbara Chisholm, who plays Erma Bombeck in Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END sheds light into her character development of this trailblazing woman.