Go Off the Grid with the Playhouse!

Off the Grid creates immersive theatre experiences for today. With an innovative artistic approach, interactive performances take place in site-specific or social settings that reimagine the nature of theatrical storytelling. Adjusting the programming to virtual and socially distanced events was a natural extension of the unconventional approach Off the Grid has been taking for the past five years.

 
Pod Play

FREE — Pod Plays

Listen to an audio play, outdoors, for free!
The Pod Plays project makes creative use of technology, storytelling and outdoor space. These original audio plays each take place in a unique location in Cincinnati. You’ll be guided through the space as the story unfolds, interacting with the same views, spots and markers as the characters in the story you’re streaming. Pod Plays are free to the public, and can be listened to at any time.

 
 

The Edge of Town

Written and Created by Deuces II

Location: Downtown Wyoming — 17 Wyoming Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45215.

Story: The Edge of Town is the journey of a Black male as he navigates this world and searches for truth and hope by reflecting on the past, present and future. His journey includes walks through downtown Wyoming and along Oak Street and a visit to the City building, which once housed the African American School.

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Akin

Written by Carolyn Guido Clifford

Location: Eden Park — Seasongood Pavilion

Story: Akin follows an evolving relationship between two women of different generations that spans 16 years and multiple national and global events. This walking experience explores the intergenerational differences and divides between two women connected by blood but separated by differing perspectives. The journey includes a walk through Seasongood Pavilion, around Mirror Lake and back into the Hinkle Garden and Bettman Fountain.

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The Aviators

Written by Trey Tatum

Location: Alms Park — 710 Tusculum Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226

Story: The Aviators follows Kaylan and Cece, who form an unlikely friendship after working through the trials of a school project about flight. Their journey includes an exploration of Alms Park and all of its hidden gems, as well as an exploration of the history of aviation.

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Richie and Blanche

Written by Isaiah Mikel-Reaves

Location: Purple People Bridge — Newport on the Levee

Story: In Richie and Blanche, a mother and son find themselves at a crossroads. Their relationship had taken a turn after Richie came out to his parents, setting off five years of estrangement. Their emotional journey includes a walk across the Purple People Bridge as they take in the beautiful sites and views of the Ohio River and Cincinnati Skyline.

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Past Events

Mean Girls

In-Person, Socially Distanced
Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m.
Mariemont Theatre
6906 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227
Cost: $12

So fetch!
We’re hosting a special screening of the cult teen comedy Mean Girls with a special shadow cast performance! Shadow cast film viewings feature artists reenacting cult classic films in front of a live audience as the movie plays on the big screen behind them — a la The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Advisory
This event is suitable for ages 13 and up

Health & Safety
Masks are required and temperatures will be taken prior to entering this socially distanced event. See the full safety guidelines.

Girls Trip

In-Person, Socially Distanced
Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m. (New Date!)
Mariemont Theatre
6906 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227
Cost: $12

It’s time to get away with the girls!
This interactive screening of the movie Girls Trip includes a shadow cast performance, featuring artists reenacting cult classic films in front of a live audience as the movie plays on the big screen behind them — a la The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Advisory
This event is suitable for ages 17 and up.

Health & Safety
Masks are required and temperatures will be taken prior to entering this socially distanced event. See the full safety guidelines.

Nancy Brew Zoom Dunnit

A Virtual Zoom Event
Written by Margot H.G. Manburg
Nov. 12 and 13, at 7 p.m.
Feb. 17-20, at 7:30 p.m.
Zoom
Cost: $20 per person

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
In this interactive whodunnit hosted via Zoom, armchair detectives can log in from home to track down the culprit of a crime. Participants will break out into teams, observe scenes, track clues and interact with characters to solve a mystery, virtually.

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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.
Mariemont Theatre
Cost: $12

Fast food. Jail cells. Neil Patrick Harris.
Harold and Kumar set out to satisfy their munchies and encounter some wild and hilarious surprises along the way in this cult comedy screening. Audiences may find themselves as part of the screening and performance as a group of artists perform a live shadow cast!

Children of the Corn Maze

Written by Trey Tatum
Saturday, Oct. 24
Burger Farm and Garden Center
7849 Main St. (Rt. 32), Cincinnati, OH 45244
Cost: $20
Kids Pumpkin Parties also available!

Strange things are happening in the corn fields of Burger Farm…
There are whispers of supernatural events and sightings of monstrous creatures, and everything is becoming a little spookier than usual. What secrets are lurking in the fields? What sinister surprises are in store? With fun nods to horror and thriller favorites from Stephen King to Ghostbusters, a twisted tale unfolds as audiences walk the haunted trail in this immersive, theatrical experience. Suitable for ages 13 and up.

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Dreamgirls

Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.
Mariemont Theatre
Cost: $12

One dream will change everything.
In the 2006 hit musical Dreamgirls, three female soul singers find their dreams of musical stardom coming true (and their personal lives forever changed) in the early 1960s. This special screening will feature a live shadow cast performance for an interactive event.

View more past events and previous seasons!