Go off the grid for interactive, creative experiences created for you, by you and with you! This season, we're introducing the Social Cycle and will continue our partnership with Cincinnati Art Museum's Art After Dark.

The Social Cycle

The Social Cycle is a series of interactive theatrical experiences that combine social events with classic literary stories and characters reimagined for modern day. All Social Cycle events include opportunities for optional audience participation. Be a part of the show as much or as little as you want!

THE COUNT OF MONTE PESTO

Feb. 25, 26 and 27, 2020
7 to 9 p.m.
Kate’s Catering & Personal Chef Services
Cost: $60

Celebrity chef Dante Cristo lives with a secret he’s harbored for 15 years — a secret that ripped him away from his family and Mercedes, the girl he loved, when he was betrayed by his best friend. With his identity hidden from those who once knew him, Dante uses his celebrity status and wealth to enact a plot of revenge. The time comes to put the plan in motion when Mercedes hosts a charity fundraiser and Dante agrees to teach an exclusive cooking class in support of it. As Dante leads participants through this interactive, theatrical cooking class, he’ll bring secrets to bear and delicious food to eat, along with a reckoning of the past. After all, revenge is best served with a tasty plate of pasta.

Ticket includes lite bite cheese and crudité platters, up to two drinks per person, and two tastings of Italian-based entrees that audience members will help make during the class.

Audience members will be on their feet for the duration of the class. Accommodations can be made for persons who have physical disabilities. The facility is wheelchair-accessible. Space is limited to 20 participants in each performance.

Kate’s Catering & Personal Chef Services is located at 702 6th Ave., Dayton, KY 41074. Must be at least 16 years old to register. Alcoholic drinks will be available for registrants 21 and up.

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PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND YOGA

Saturday, March 14 | 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 15 | 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 | 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 22 | 4 p.m.
Oakley Crunch Fitness
Cost: $15

The proud Will Darcy really resents his therapist for suggesting that he take up yoga for stress management. He finds everything about the exercise irritating, including the googly eyes his friend Charlie can’t stop making at the pretty yogi in the front row. But most especially, he finds his attraction to the beguiling and frustrating Liz Bennet the opposite of stress-reducing. Join us for an immersive theatre gym workout and yoga class experience where Liz and Darcy just might find the inner balance that they didn’t know they were missing.

Ticket includes a complimentary one-month membership to Oakley Crunch Fitness and must be redeemed through the gym.

This event allows audience members to either participate in the workout or observe as the story unfolds. Audience members are encouraged to attend wearing their favorite workout gear and join the performance when the opportunity arises.

Mat seating is available for those who would like to participate in the yoga class portion. Instructions will be provided throughout the class. Mat seating is limited to 15 in each performance. Audience members with chair seating for the yoga class will still have opportunities to be physically active during gym portion of the performance.

Most parts of the gym are wheelchair-accessible, but there may be limited access to some areas where scenes take place.

Oakley Crunch Fitness is located at 3401 Ibsen Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45209. Must be at least 18 years old to register.

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NANCY BREW AND THE KILLER BAR CRAWL

Thursday, April 16, 2020
7 to 10 p.m.
Mt. Adams Pavilion and Other Bars
Cost: $10

Unlock clues at each bar during this interactive murder mystery bar crawl! Twentysomething Nancy Brew just wants one night out to let loose in Cincinnati. She’s finally able to have some fun at her friend Bess’s engagement party — until everything that could go wrong begins to go wrong. Nancy has no choice but to do what she does best and solve the mystery before the festivities turn into a total disaster! Sign up with a group or as an individual, and we’ll introduce you to some new friends to help Nancy solve the mystery of the killer bar crawl. If your team cracks the case, you'll be entered in a raffle to win Playhouse tickets!

This event is not wheelchair accessible. Wear shoes that are comfortable to walk in.

Cash bars available at each bar crawl location. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Adams Pavilion. Must be at least 21 years old to register.

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THE BRIE MUSKETEERS

Saturday, May 16, 2020
5 to 7 p.m.
Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant
Cost: $50

One for all and all for Brie! The Alpha Beta sorority sisters have maintained their affinity for good wine and cheese since college. When queen bee Constance Richelle hosts an event to help her husband win a promotion, she enlists the help of her sorority sister musketeers to throw the wine and cheese tasting to end all wine and cheese tastings — but poisonous secrets and dastardly plots are afoot. This interactive, theatrical wine and cheese tasting experience puts you in the middle of all the action — you may even spill some of the wine yourself!

Ticket includes three wine-tasting stations, one full glass of wine, cheese and crackers, and free admission to a concert in the park which starts at 7:30 p.m. Concert will have a cash bar and food available to purchase.

Garden party attire is encouraged by not required. Participants should wear shoes that are comfortable to walk in across uneven ground and grass. Some areas in the vineyard may not be easily accessible, but we’re happy to find accommodations as best we can in the environment.

Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant is located at 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45252. Must be at least 21 years old to register.

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The Museum Series

Join us for interactive tours based on selected exhibits at the Cincinnati Art Museum!

OCTOBER ART AFTER DARK

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Dr.

Tormented Souls
Enjoy free admission to special exhibition Treasures of the Spanish World! You'll explore the cultures of Spain and Latin America across four millennia through some of the finest artworks from the Iberian peninsula and the Spanish colonies. Will take place in Western and Southern galleries and Schiff galleries. Includes docent-led tours of the permanent collections, featuring performances by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Free admission. RSVP not required.

FEBRUARY ART AFTER DARK

Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Dr.

Enjoy free admission to special exhibition Something Over Something Else: Romare Bearden's Profile Series! Bearden’s Profile Series, accompanied by evocative texts by his friend Albert Murray, expresses a deep reverence for humanity and the struggles and triumphs of African Americans. Event includes docent-led tours of the permanent collections, featuring performances by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Free admission. RSVP not required.

MARCH ART AFTER DARK

Friday, March 28, 2020
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Dr.

Enjoy free admission to special exhibition Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850–1970! This dazzling presentation of exceptional silver and mixed-metal wares casts new light on the legacy of Gorham and reflect the industry, artistry, innovation and technology of the manufactory for 120 years. Event includes docent-led tours of the permanent collections featuring performances by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Free admission. RSVP not required.

Sponsors

Off the Grid is supported by the generosity of the thousands of young professional contributors to the ArtsWave Campaign.
 

Past Events

BEAUTY AND THE BOURBON TASTING

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019
7:30 to 10 p.m.
New Riff Distillery
Cost: $40

Bailey Sinclair is a quirky, independent photographer who prefers to keep to herself. But when her ailing father’s medical bills become too expensive, she takes a second job at New Riff Distillery to help cover costs — despite her aversion to bourbon and the distillery owner’s reputation for being rather beastly. Determined to help her father, she does her best to deal with the pressures of her new job, beastly boss and all. Join Bailey on this interactive bourbon tasting as she finds that there may be more to the bourbon and the beast than meets the eye.

Ticket includes one cocktail during registration from 7:30 to 8 p.m., three tastings of bourbon and whiskey, and a free after-party featuring live music and a cash bar starting at 10 p.m.

Audience members should wear shoes that are comfortable to walk around in, as they will be on their feet, taking stairs and standing during throughout the performance. There is some accessibility for wheelchairs, though access to some scenes may be limited.

New Riff Distillery is located at 24 Distillery Way, Newport, KY, 41073. Must be at least 21 years of age to register.

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ART AFTER DARK

Friday, March 29, 2019
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Dr.

Passport to Paris
Bonjour! Escape to the city of entertainment this month during Art After Dark: Passport to Paris! Enjoy free admission to special exhibition Paris 1900, live music from the Faux Frenchmen, dance performances from Madame Gigi's Outrageous French Cancan Dancers, food for purchase from Urban Stead Cheese, Macaron Bar and the Terrace Cafe, specialty wine from The Skeleton Root and docent-led tours of the permanent collections featuring performances by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Free admission. RSVP not required.

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

by RYAN UNDERBAKKE and NICK RYAN
Adapted from the book by
JULES VERNE

FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019  |  NEWPORT AQUARIUM

A one-night only production!
Immerse yourself directly in the action for a one-night-only, theatrical adventure! Follow a thrilling, top-secret mission to infiltrate an enemy submarine and capture a deadly foe. The audience will be part of all the action, twists and difficult choices that must be made to carry out the mission, all while receiving exclusive access to the aquarium’s animal exhibits, hallways, backways and hidden spots. Tickets cost $30 per person.

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THE WAR OF THE MALLS

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
One-hour time slots starting at 6:30 p.m.
Tri-County Mall

Cost: $20

The Martians have landed at the Tri-County Mall! On a mission to destroy the earth, they’re leaving no person in their path alive. In this interactive escape room/laser tag adventure, teams of brave humans will undertake the task of tracking down the Martians and eliminating the threat before they destroy every living thing on the planet!

Participants will be grouped into teams up to 12. There is no seating, and participants will be on their feet during the hour-long experience. This event is accessible for wheelchairs. Participants should wear shoes that are easy to stand and move in. One-hour time slots start between 6:30 and 9 p.m. Sign up with a group in a time slot or as an individual, and we’ll introduce you to some new friends!

Tri-County Mall is located at 11700 Princeton Pike, Cincinnati, OH, 45246. The event takes place in the former Ethan Allen store located next to BJ’s. Recommended for adults and kids ages 10 and up.

Spaceballs Screening
with Live Shadow Cast
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 7 p.m.
Kenwood Movie Theatre
Cost: $10

Costumes encouraged!
Join us for a special screening of the 1987 cult classic Spaceballs, featuring a live shadow cast performance. A rogue star pilot and his trusty sidekick must come to the rescue of a princess and save the galaxy from a ruthless race of beings known as Spaceballs. Join our shadow cast as they bring to life the movie in front of the screen, a la The Rocky Horror Picture Show. You just might find yourself in the performance!

Costumes are encouraged, and a reward will be given for the best dressed! Pre-show activities begin at 7:00 pm. Screening of the movie starts at 7:30pm. Kenwood Movie Theatre is located at 7815 Kenwood Rd.

ART AFTER DARK

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Dr.

We built this city…on art and food!
Celebrate special exhibition "Art Academy of Cincinnati at 150: A Celebration in Drawings and Prints" with live music by Art Academy of Cincinnati alumni Heavy Hinges, chili from Camp Washington Chili & salads from Dewey's Pizza, cocktails, docent-led tours with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and star gazing with Cincinnati Observatory.

Free admission. RSVP not required.

BREW & VIEW

Moana  Sing-Along: A Celebration of Lin-Manuel Miranda
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Video Archive
965 E McMillan St.

You're welcome.
Celebrate the musical work of Hamilton superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda with a Moana screening and sing-along! Join us for an interactive screening event that begins with trivia, games and your favorite karaoke songs written by Miranda from Hamilton, Bring it On and
In the Heights. Then enjoy the Disney musical sensation Moana about an ancient Polynesian curse, a demigod named Maui and a young girl who must save her island home.

Event begins at 7 p.m., and the screening of the film starts at 8 p.m. No registration is required, but space is limited.

BREW & VIEW

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
The Video Archive
965 E McMillan St.

Daughters do not dance well with masticated brains.
The prim and proper Bennet sisters are newly rendered as swashbuckling, tough-as-nails heroines who fight off zombies in this post-apocalyptic interpretation of Pride and Prejudice. Join us for an interactive screening that will include games, trivia, a costume contest and a zombie makeup artist.

Event begins at 7 p.m., and the screening of the film starts at 8 p.m. No registration is required, but space is limited.

FRIGHT NIGHT

Thursday, Oct. 12 and 19, 2018
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Dr.

This fall, take a guided tour through one of the country’s most haunted museums that brings together real accounts of ghosts and spookiness over the years. Cash bar and appetizers available. Cost is $10 for Cincinnati Art Museum members (ages 10 and up), $15 for the general public (ages 10 and up), $5 for children (ages 3-10, Monster Mash only). RSVP required. Limited space. Ticket required for entry. Tickets include tour, food and one beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).

STEPHEN KING MURDER MYSTERY PUB CRAWL

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Mt. Adams
Cost: $10

A serial killer is on the loose in Mt. Adams — and they’re using the dark works of Stephen King as inspiration for their crimes! Help us unlock clues at each bar and narrow down the suspects through this interactive, murder mystery performance. Sign up with a group or as an individual, and we’ll introduce you to some new friends!

LIVE BOARD GAME

Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 7 p.m.
Rhinegeist Brewery
1910 Elm St.

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.

MT. ADAMS PUZZLE PUB CRAWL

Thursday, April 5, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Puzzle Crawl
Mt. Adams Pavilion
949 Pavilion St.

Hunt for Buried Treasure
Travel from bar to bar solving puzzles, fulfilling quests, and enjoying some delightful drink specials along the way. The early bird rate is just $10 per person: a 60% discount off other Puzzle Crawl events!

GORILLA CINEMA BREW & VIEW

The Princess Bride
Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 8 p.m.
The Video Archive
965 E McMillan St.

As you wish ...
Step into character and tap into those drama classes from high school, or simply make it up as you go. More of a spectator than a thespian? Just grab a drink and enjoy the show.

GORILLA CINEMA BREW & VIEW

Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway:
Sing-Along
!
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at 8 p.m.
The Video Archive
965 E McMillan St.

No day but today.
Step into character and tap into those drama classes from high school, or simply make it up as you go. More of a spectator than a thespian? Just grab a drink and enjoy the show.

FRIGHT NIGHT

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at 5 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Dr.

Explore one of the country’s most haunted museums this fall. Take a ghost tour and hear stories of hauntings in the galleries in partnership with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Off the Grid program! Cash bar and appetizers available. Free admission. RSVP required. Limited space.

#SelfieThePlay

#SelfiethePlay is a Real World-style interactive reality theatre experience following six young professionals as they attempt to adult in Cincinnati. Be part of the action as our camera crew records their drama live at Mt. Adams Pavilion. To learn more about this project from our 2016-17 season, visit the #SelfieThePlay website.

Off the Grid Bar Series 2016-17

So This One Time: Story Slam
We give you a microphone. You tell your true story in five minutes or less. Mic drops optional.

Battle Ground: Lip Sync Contest
Contestants will lip sync for their lives in a competition in which the crowd determines the champion.

Live Action!: Role Play Your Favorite Sci-Fi Shows
We’re bringing your favorite TV shows to life, complete with audience participation. Relive iconic episodes from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Who, Star Trek, Firefly and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Costumes encouraged.