I apologize that I missed last week. No excuses, no real reason – I just did. But I’m back this week and ready to update you on some exciting things happening in the theatre community in Cincinnati. If you haven’t been attending SERIALS at Know Theatre, you really should consider it. It’s such a fun night and there’s such a party atmosphere there! You can read my thoughts on both of their outings so far here and here.
This Wednesday, I’m thrilled to be attending the final dress rehearsal of RAGTIME presented by Fairfield Summer Theatre. Here’s a description: “Ragtime is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. The music includes marches, cakewalks, gospel and ragtime and the production is mostly sung-through. Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African Americans, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; upper-class suburbanites, represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Eastern European immigrants, represented by Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia.”
Director Ryan Heinreich has recruited CCM Senior Kaela O’Connor to playing Mother. Wright State Senior Sean Jones is Younger Brother and Derrick Jordan (a performer with unlimited potential) is playing Coalhouse Walker, Jr. It’s going to be a stunning cast and I can’t wait to see it. More information (including how you can get tickets, which will sell fast) is available here. The show is at Fairfield High School at 8800 Holden Blvd in Fairfield.
Next week, they’ll open THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, which you know is my favorite comedy. I can’t wait to see Jones play Leaf Coneybear, Emma Jordan as Rona Lisa Peretti, and the spectacular Drew Helton as William Barfee. More on this next week.
Also opening this weekend is the brand new WYATT’S BED. This fully staged original play will be presented at Clifton Performance Theatre, a place known for their unique and adventurous art as well as their strong art education programs for children. What makes this show especially interesting is that the playwright is 17-year-old Isaiah Reaves. Carol Brammer from CPT says, “This is a milestone for CPT. Isaiah was our first “Tin Man” seven years ago. We feel as if this moment is living proof of our mission to help every child grow into adulthood finding their voice and place in the arts.” She told me that Isaiah and his team “have been brave to push forward as youth and fully stage this. There was a public reading of it at the Playhouse last August. They took the advice there, changed a lot and are at it again. It’s our next generation of theatre folk.”
The show is directed by David Faller. Here’s a plot synopsis:
This fully staged premiere production of “Wyatt‘s Bed,” is a drama directed by David Faller, set against the backdrop of the turbulent New York city at the end of the 1950’s, It tells the story of a drug addicted call-girl who searches desperately for love and security in all the wrong places. We invite you to Cincinnati’s own Clifton Performance Theatre to be among the first to experience this gripping new play and support this young, talented cast.
The cast features :
WYATT FROST: Christi Richter
THE MAN: Mason Cooper
RUDOLPH: Josh Beasley
DR. DOUGLAS RUSSELL: Zach Lower
PORTER ROYCE: Jared Earland
IRIS BRIAR: Lauren Everett
VINCENT RUSSELL: Evan Verrilli
BLAIR CHRISTI: Molly Hennessy
The show does contain adult language and themes. Use caution if you plan to attend. It’s not recommended for children under 15. Tickets are available here. I’ll be there opening night!
Looking ahead, we’ve got the first official show of the season for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company opening next week. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) opens on Friday, July 25th. Also, Stone on a Walk Theatre’s second show, REPERATORY THEATRE, opens next Thursday and features LCT Rising Star winner Patrick Phillips and Jonathon Long in the United States premiere. Plus BIBI returns to the stage soon. More on all of this next week. Also got an email from The Drama Workshop about the playwright of their next show, PRECIOUS HEART, traveling from Texas to attend the show in Cheviot. That’s exciting news for this community theatre!
So, have you got your shows all picked out of the fall? Have you subscribed to any theatre yet? You need to get on that. So many great shows to choose! Look for full previews soon. I’ll see you next week back here and hopefully in Fairfield and Clifton this week . . .join me at the theatre!