Looking Forward…

There are a ton of great things coming up early in the 2015-2016 theatre season – and I wanted to spotlight some of them so you don’t miss anything!

FONW2015-LogoThis weekend kicks off the annual New Works Festival at Human Race Theatre in Dayton.  There are 5 plays and 1 new musical being workshopped.

Several of my favorites are involved like Patricia Linhart, Scott Stoney, Mathys Herbert, Jared Joplin, Torie Wiggins, Ray Zupp, Scott Hunt, and Scot Wooley.  Here’s what Human Race says about this year’s festival:

In addition to the combining of musicals and plays, the 2015 Festival of New Works marks another change from past festivals in how The Human Race presents such new works. Scripts are no longer automatically produced as fully staged readings, but rather the level of production is determined on a script by script basis. “Each script comes to us in a different stage of the development process,” explains Kevin Moore. “One of the first things I asked the writers is, ‘What do you need?’ and we proceed from there.” The questioning lead to the development of a variety of presentation styles – “snapshot”-style highlights, table reading and the fully staged reading. “Some scripts may benefit more from just a table reading at this point. We strive to be flexible.”

Tickets and more information can be found here.  (Don’t forget about their fantastic season opening with THE FULL MONTY on September 10th.

Cathy Springfield, Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan, and Sherry McCamley
Cathy Springfield, Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan, and Sherry McCamley

Talented theatre veterans Cathy Springfield and Sherry McCamley are back at it.  I wrote about their piece, SHE’S CRAZY, when they first produced it at the Clifton Performance Theatre.  Now, they get an even bigger stage as part of the Fringe Extra series at Know Theatre.  The show will run Sunday-Tuesday in the Know Theatre Underground (HUNDRED DAYS is still playing upstairs; Who knew Lindsay Augusta Mercer could ALSO sing and play instruments?!). Tickets are available here.  I highly recommend this one and am going to try to catch it again.

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Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s will present three 20-minute plays all centered around the theme of “identity.”  Playwrights Leah Strasser, Brian Griffin, and Elizabeth A. Harris will work with directors Ben Ranaan, Jared D. Doren, and Bob Allen for these productions.  And the casts are just as stacked, too.  Tracy Schoster, Carter Bratton, Adam Jones, Rachel Mock, Alexa Glaser, Carolyn Parsons, and Jeffery K. Miller all take part. Check out this innovative new company’s work at Monmouth Theatre (home of Falcon Theatre) in Newport August 13th-15th.  Tickets are available here.  I’m going on Thursday night.  (Falcon opens their season with SILENCE: THE MUSICAL on September 25th.)


So, there’s a taste of what’s going on in the next couple of week.  Stay tuned for more coverage of the amazing theatre season ahead here in the Tri-State.  I’ll see you at the theatre!