Eric is thrilled to make his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut. Past credits include I Love A Piano (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Murder For Two (The Depot Theatre), The Music Man (Arena Stage), Wonderful Town (Musicals Tonight), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (first national tour), Guys & Dolls (national tour) and Cats (national tour). Other regional credits include performances at Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore Music Theatre, Kansas City Starlight Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company and Alabama Shakespeare Festival. His performance is dedicated to his partner in crime, EVT. Visit www.EricShoreyNYC.com. Instagram/Twitter: @ShoreyPrep. Proud AEA member.
Eric is pleased to be making his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut! His Broadway credits include Les Miserables and A Tale of Two Cities. His touring credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables and an engagement with Disney on Classic and the Tokyo Philharmonic in Japan. Eric was also directed by Hal Prince in Prince of Broadway. Regional credits include Harry in Mamma Mia for Dream Theatre Productions, Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music for Berkshire Theatre Festival, Matt in The Fantasticks for Syracuse Stage and Indiana Repertory Theatre, and several seasons with Utah Shakespeare Festival. Thank you to Paul Barnes, Stephanie Klapper Casting and DGRW. This one is dedicated to Eric Shorey, my partner in crime. Instagram: @muchydutchy
Joe is the co-recipient of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award recognizing Murder for Two as Best New Musical following its record-breaking run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Joe was also nominated for Best Actor as The Suspects. Murder for Two had its off-Broadway premiere at Second Stage Uptown, going on to a year-long run at New World Stages. Joe’s work with Kellen Blair has been showcased at The Kennedy Center, The York Theater and on Broadway at the Theatre World Awards. Joe received the ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and the Harrington Award from the BMI Workshop. Joe also appeared in Dirty Blonde with Emily Skinner (Hangar Theater) and the New York premiere of Dear Edwina off-Broadway. Visit kinosianandblair.com.
Kellen Blair is the Drama Desk nominated co-creator of Murder for Two (off-Broadway: Second Stage Theatre and New World Stages. World premiere: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). The show is currently touring internationally (with productions in Tokyo, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, and the UK). Kellen and co-writer Joe Kinosian are the recipients of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical Work in Chicago (2011) and the ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award (2013). Their work has been showcased on Broadway, the Kennedy Center, and at theatres across the country; they’re currently developing an original musical farce with Second Stage Theatre in New York City. Kellen is also the lyricist of Scrooge in Love (42nd Street Moon, 2015 and 2016), for which he and composer Larry Grossman won the 2015 Bay Area Critics Award for Best Score. Updates, videos, song demos and sheet music can be found at www.kinosianandblair.com.
Paul is a freelance director who makes his home in Ashland, Oregon. He is a founding Producing Director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota, and of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. Directing credits include productions at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Denver Center Theatre Company; Alley Theatre; Clarence Brown Theatre Company; Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Indiana Repertory Theatre; The Arkansas Repertory Theatre; Pioneer Theatre Company; Syracuse Stage; Geva Theatre Center; Connecticut Repertory Theatre; Kansas City Repertory Theatre; the Folger Shakespeare Theatre; the Fulton Theatre; the Alabama, California, Idaho, Oregon, Orlando and Utah Shakespeare Festivals; PCPA Theaterfest (of which he was Conservatory Director/Associate Artistic Director); and at leading theatre training programs across the country, including The Guthrie Theatre/University of Minnesota, The Old Globe/University of San Diego, the University of Delaware/Professional Theatre Training Program, the University of Oklahoma/Helmerich School of Drama, Utah State University/Caine College of the Arts, Southern Oregon University and Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts. He is delighted to be making his directing debut at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park with the zany and virtuosic Murder for Two, to experience Cincinnati up close and personal, and to work with his long-time friend and colleague, Artistic Director Blake Robison. Visit paulbarnesdirector.com.
Bill is pleased to return to Cincinnati Playhouse where he previously designed Bad Dates, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, The Pavilion, Art, King o’ the Moon, Miss Evers’ Boys, Old Wicked Songs, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Glass Menagerie. He designed A Walk in the Woods on Broadway and Abby’s Song at City Center. Off-Broadway work includes Lemon Sky (Keen Company), Misalliance (Pearl), So Help Me God! (Lortel), Eccentricities of a Nightingale (TACT), The Daughter-in-Law (Mint; NYT 10 Best List), June Moon (Drama Dept.), Ann Magnuson’s You Could Be Home Now (NYSF), and The Cherry Orchard (Juilliard). Regional: Seattle Rep, Old Globe, Milwaukee Rep, Alley, Asolo, Geva, Denver Center, ART, Huntington, McCarter, Indiana Rep, Cleveland Play House, Alliance, Pioneer, and the Wilma. In 2013, he designed three short films including the award-winning Master Cleanse. MFA, Yale School of Drama; recipient of the 2013 New Hampshire Theater Award, the 2009 IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award for A Delicate Balance, the Merrimack Repertory Theatre 2005 Artistic Achievement Award, a Hollywood Drama-Logue Award and a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award.
Tracy has designed at numerous regional theatre and opera companies around the country including Asolo Repertory Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland Play House, Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre Center, Indianapolis Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Virginia Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera Omaha, Chicago Opera Theater, the Glimmerglass Festival and New York City Opera. From 2005 to 2008 she was an associate costume designer on the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns, for which she won a 2007 Emmy Award for Costume Design. Please visit www.tracydorman.com for a more extensive list of production credits.
Lonnie is pleased to be making his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut. He is a professional designer with numerous credits nationally and internationally. He has designed at regional theatres across the country including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage in Washington D.C., The Laguna Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Great River Shakespeare Festival and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Recent design experience includes Mojada at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Hamlet at the Repertory Theatre of St Louis; Peter Pan at Syracuse Stage in New York; The Crucible at The Arkansas Repertory Theatre; The Whipping Man at the Pasadena Playhouse and South Coast Repertory; Ghost Town with Cornerstone Theater Company, where he is an associate artist; and Great River Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 summer season of shows. He is a member of the United Scenic Artist/IATSE–Local 829. He is also a Professor at the University of California, Irvine, where he is the head of the Lighting Program. For a complete portfolio, please visit www.lradesigns.com.
Jason has been working freelance in film, theatre and music for 20 years as a designer, engineer and composer. He is the sound engineer for Elevator Repair Service's The Select (The Sun Also Rises), Gatz, Arguendo and Measure for Measure. During his 10 years in New York, he worked closely with Radiohole, Young Jean Lee, MVWorks and Tara O’Con, along with many other New York and international theatre and dance companies. He has worked mostly off-Broadway for institutions such as The Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts and St. Ann’s Warehouse. Jason has been lucky enough to also have worked in many venues all over the world. In Cincinnati, Jason works with Miami University’s Theater Department, helping to shape young minds. He was also adjunct faculty for Cincinnati Conservatory of Music for a bit and still occasionally helps them out. Jason is the Production Manager for the BlackBox Performance Series at the Contemporary Art Museum, bringing national and international artists to the area. After this, he is excited to travel on a project with Anna Deveare Smith. Jason currently lives in Cincinnati with his wife and two sons but still gets to see the world.
Steve is thrilled to be returning to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, having worked on last year’s productions of Little Shop of Horrors and Jane Eyre. He is a member of the CCM musical theatre faculty and has worked with Ensemble Theatre Company, The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, The Carnegie, Showboat Majestic, Cincinnati Young People's Theatre, Commonwealth Theatre Company, Ovation, Clear Stage Cincinnati, Hugo West Theatricals, Performance Gallery, Theatre IV ArtReach and Northern Kentucky University. He has received multiple Acclaim and League of Cincinnati Theatres awards, including a 2010 Season MVP Award. Steve has composed numerous works for theatre, industrial video, radio and film, including his on-going collaboration with Chicago playwright/lyricist Alyn Cardarelli on their internationally distributed musicals for young audiences and featuring world premiere adaptations of Where the Wild Things Are; Stellaluna; and Peter Pan and Wendy. Steve has toured the US and Africa with productions of Barnum, Jersey Boys and Bubbling Brown Sugar and was featured as pianist and session producer on the album Ella Jenkins and a Union of Friends Pulling Together, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Children’s Album. Steve is a graduate of the DePaul University School of Music and University of Cincinnati – CCM.
Stephanie is thrilled to continue her collaboration with Blake Robison and the Playhouse, having cast A Prayer for Owen Meany, Disgraced, A Christmas Carol, Jane Eyre, All the Roads Home and Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery last season, and Shakespeare in Love, Mr. Joy and Be Here Now this season. Previously for the Playhouse, she cast The Secret Garden; Sex with Strangers; Mad River Rising; Native Gardens; The Revolutionists; To Kill a Mockingbird; Mothers and Sons; Bad Dates; Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club; Safe House; Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical; Circle Mirror Transformation; Peter and the Starcatcher; Buzzer; Fly; Seven Spots on the Sun; Clybourne Park; 4000 Miles; Pride and Prejudice; and A Delicate Ship as well as Shipwrecked! An Entertainment; The Book Club Play; Leveling Up; Abigail/1702; A Christmas Carol; The Three Musketeers; and The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Her work is frequently seen on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally, as well as on film and television. She has many exciting projects running and upcoming. Stephanie is a member of the Casting Society of America.
A stage manager at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park since 1994, Jenifer became the PSM (head of the department) in 2005. She has worked on more than 100 productions, including a number of regional and world premieres, and has traveled to several other theatres to bring co-productions back to the Playhouse. Her recent credits include Marie and Rosetta, An Evening With Groucho, Shakespeare in Love, Little Shop of Horrors, The Second City’s Holidazed & Confused Revue, A Prayer for Owen Meany, To Kill a Mockingbird, Low Down Dirty Blues, The Secret Garden, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical and The Three Musketeers. Jenifer served as the PSM at Santa Fe Stages for several seasons. She has also stage managed at Cleveland Play House, La Jolla Playhouse, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Long Wharf Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, The Ordway and Players Theatre Columbus. One of her most memorable experiences was stage managing the U.K. tour of Miss Evers’ Boys at The Barbican Centre in London and at the historic Bristol Old Vic.
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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.CONTINUE READING>