Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m.
Join us for a free reading of Relentless Award Semifinalist The Mermaid’s Parade by Gina Femia at the Playhouse! In The Mermaid’s Parade, Biron has been deployed to Iraq, and Islande is stuck in Coney Island. A fable of a mermaid connects them both as they are forced to confront their personal horrors in order to try to find one another and themselves during a time of war.
The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theatre, is the largest annual cash prize in American theatre awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play. In its three short years of existence, The Relentless Award has proven an unparalleled resource for innovative and vital new voices. The event is part of The Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series which allows the writer to further develop the play through staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States and expose the winning play to a national audience.
The reading is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Gina Femia’s plays include The Mermaids' Parade (Semifinalist, The Relentless Award, Finalist, Princess Grace Award); Annie and the Fat Man (Finalist, Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Playwrights, Honorable Mention The Kilroys); ALLOND(R)A (Finalist, American Blue Ink Playwriting Award and the Doric Wilson Independent Playwriting Award); THIS HAPPENED ONCE AT THE ROMANCE DEPOT OFF THE I-87 IN WESTCHESTER (Workshop, Youngblood); Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly (semi-finalist The O’Neill and The Princess Grace Award); For The Love Of (World Premiere: Pride Films & Plays, West Coast Premiere: Theatre of NOTE); and The Violet Sisters (Great Plains Theatre Conference).
She was a 2018 Finalist for P73’s Playwriting Fellowship and is an Alum of EST Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab and New Georges' Audrey Residency (Accidental Burlesque). She has received a commission from Retro Theatre Productions (We Are A Masterpiece, World Premiere 2018).
Gina is a current member of Joust Theatre’s Writer’s Round Table and Project Y Writer's Group. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist and a New York Madness Company Member, and has received residencies with P73’s Summer Residency, NTI at the O’Neill, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Fresh Ground Pepper and Grin City Collective. She has been nominated for the Doric Wilson Award and the Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College (Lipkin Prize in Playwriting).
Join us before Wednesday evening performances of Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island for beer tastings and a three-course dinner! Catered by Vonderhaar’s and featuring a four-sample flight of Rhinegeist beer, dinner will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m. Cost is $35 per person and does not include a ticket to the show. Reservations are required by the Friday before the tasting.
The menu includes:
• Tropical fruit platter
• Mixed greens with pineapples, red onions and toasted coconut, tossed with tequila lime vinaigrette
• Jerk pork skewers
• Coconut chicken satays accompanied with sweet and sour sauce
• Jamaican red beans and rice
• Aloo balls (deep-friend mashed potato balls)
• Mini key lime pie shooters
• Pirate cake balls with chocolate rum coating
• Mini pineapple upside down cakes
• A four-sample flight of Rhinegeist beer
Ahoy, mateys! Before you set sail with the Playhouse’s production of Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island, get your sea legs and learn the finer points of swashbuckling. In this one-hour, multigenerational workshop, kids and parents (or grandparents!) alike will learn how to walk, talk and fight like a pirate by using a combination of stage combat and acting techniques.
Pirate Training Workshops take place before 4 p.m. Saturday matinee performances. A parent or guardian may join their child for the workshop, but an adult is not necessary for kids to participate. Tickets to the show and parking passes sold separately. Space is limited so reserve now or WALK THE PLANK!
The Playhouse continues its partnership with Joseph-Beth Booksellers with a deep dive into the literary classic Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Participants are invited to attend two special discussion events, detailed below. Events take place at the Joseph-Beth Booksellers’ Rookwood location. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888.
April 23, 7 p.m.
At the first discussion we’ll talk about the book itself: the plot and characters, the overarching themes, how you might imagine it translates to a theatrical setting and even the challenges you see in adapting the story.
May 14, 7 p.m.
Our second discussion will take place after you’ve seen the play to discuss what excited and surprised you, and to learn from a member of the production team how they approached the show.
Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m. at Rhinegeist Brewery
Get in the game! The people are the pieces in this interactive combination of Sorry, Charades and Quelf. Step onto the board and play a life-size game that will challenge your creativity and ignite your imagination for a crazy good time. No registration required — see you there!
Now in its fourth year, Playhouse Pride provides an opportunity for LGBTQIA community members and allies to gather together and enjoy a performance. In partnership with ArtsWave Pride, this year’s event takes place with a performance of Murder for Two.
The full Pride Night package is $90 per person and includes:
• Pre-show party at 6 p.m. with live entertainment, open bar and hors d’oeuvres
• Murder for Two performance at 8 p.m.
• Post-show party with open bar and a DJ
• A portion of the proceeds benefits the Transgender Health Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, a non-profit organization that provides an accepting atmosphere and healthcare services for patients 5 to 24 years old
Regular priced tickets to the show start at $45 and include the post-show party only with cash bar. Subscription tickets already scheduled for June 1 include the post-show party with cash bar. Subscribers may upgrade their tickets to the entire Pride Night package for $35.