AMERICAN THEATRE | Cincinnati Playhouse within the Park Pronounces Spring Season

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Chester Gregory in “Higher and Higher: A Rock’n Soul Party with Chester Gregory”. Photo from Artists Lounge Live.

CINCINNATI: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has announced its spring season, which includes a return to indoor performances as well as three outdoor productions.

“We are very excited to reopen the Marx Theater and to re-enter the realm of personal live performances after more than a year,” said artistic director Blake Robison in a statement. “The outdoor events and virtual programs offer a variety of alternatives for those who crave a theatrical experience.”

The season begins with two concert productions by the Schueler Group. Higher and Higher: A Rock’n Soul Party with Chester Gregory takes place from April 30th to May 2nd with the music of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and James Brown. Higher and Higher is also a co-production with Artist lounge live.

The next concert production is The Skivvies: live and literally in person! on May 26th and 27th. The performance will include Playhouse alums Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley.

Both productions are staged in the Marx Theater, where the number of seats has been reduced to create social distance and masks are required.

The Schauspielhaus will partner with the Holocaust & Humanity Center of Nancy & David Wolf as well as the Cincinnati Music Accelerator, present a series of live outdoor events featuring theatrical performers, musicians and poets. The socially distant performances offer a varied mixture of scenes, monologues, poems with spoken words and music. The performances will take place on May 8th in the parking lot of the Cincinnati Union Terminal. the Cincinnati Art Museum on May 16; and the Mayerson JCC on May 23.

In addition, the playhouse will stream the Theater for the Work of Young Audiences Dragons Love Tacos by Ernie Nolan from April 16 to May 16. The play follows a boy and his dog unexpectedly embroiled in a television show about dragons presented as part of the Off the Hill virtual series.

The theater will also be streaming Lauren Gunderson’s The Catastrophist from April 26 to May 23 in a co-production with the Marin Theater Company and the Round House Theater Company. The play follows virologist Nathan Wolfe in a time-traveling story about pandemics and mortality. From April 22nd, the playhouse will offer 25 different virtual enrichment workshops for children, young people and adults. The workshops include writing, design, craft and performance.

In June, the Schauspielhaus will premiere two new radio plays that use unique storytelling and Cincinnati locations. The first will be The Edge of Town by local musician and hip hop artist Deuces. The Edge of Town is a musical podcast piece about Black Empowerment in Wyoming, Ohio. The second radio play will be an untitled work by Carolyn Guido Clifford and will take place in Eden Park.

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is a professional regional theater dedicated to producing and presenting the widest range of theater options to a diverse audience in an inviting theater environment.

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