premieres en "Rapture, Blister, Burn" by Gina Gionfriddo prepares for debut <p><strong><a href="">Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati</a></strong> is premiering a fascinating new play by <strong>Gina Gionfriddo</strong> called <a href=""><strong>Rapture, Blister, Burn</strong></a> about two ex-best friends jealous of each other&rsquo;s lives. One of the lead actors, <strong>Jen Joplin</strong>, joins Rick Pender to talk about the play, her character, and some of today&rsquo;s issues the play addresses.</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 05:30:30 +0000 Rick Pender 17912 at "Rapture, Blister, Burn" by Gina Gionfriddo prepares for debut "Seven Spots on the Sun" premieres at Playhouse in the Park <p><strong><a href="">Playhouse in the Park</a></strong>&rsquo;s Thompson Shelterhouse Theater premieres <a href=";id=50&amp;Itemid=439"><strong>Seven Spots on the Sun</strong></a> by playwright <a href=""><strong>Martín Zimmerman</strong></a> starting September 28. Our Rick Pender talks with the Playhouse&rsquo;s new artistic associate, and director of this play, <strong>KJ Sanchez</strong>, about this fable of revenge and redemption and the talented cast of all Latino actors.</p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 05:30:05 +0000 Rick Pender 17718 at "Seven Spots on the Sun" premieres at Playhouse in the Park "Other Desert Cities" makes its regional premiere <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The newest regional premiere from the folks at </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a sharp, witty play from the creator of TV’s </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Brothers and Sisters</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Jon Robin Baitz</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, called </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Other Desert Cities</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Two of the production’s stars, </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Ryan Gilreath</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Sarah Mackie</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, are in the studio with Rick </span>Pender<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to discuss their roles and how they approach recreating the feel of a real family.</span></p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 05:30:30 +0000 Rick Pender 16617 at "Other Desert Cities" makes its regional premiere "The Book Club Play" <p>The explosion of book clubs has taken the inevitable turn: a play has been written about them. <a href=""><strong>The Book Club Play</strong></a> is making its debut at Cincinnati’s <a href=""><strong>Playhouse in the Park</strong></a> now. Rick Pender welcomes <strong>Blake Robison</strong>, the Playhouse’s artistic director and director of this comedy, into the studio to talk not only about this production, but about his first year at the Playhouse.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 05:32:10 +0000 Rick Pender 10508 at "The Book Club Play" "Black Pearl Sings" <p><a href=""><strong>Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati</strong></a> opens the regional premiere of <a href=""><strong>Black Pearl Sings </strong></a>by<strong> Frank Higgins</strong> on March 13, and it’s a powerful musical about being a woman in a man’s world, being black in a white world, and about holding on to your soul when the world treats people as a commodity. Lee Hay finds out more about this production from the two stars, <strong>Annie Fitzpatrick</strong> and <strong>Torie Wiggins</strong>.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 05:32:15 +0000 Lee Hay 9892 at "Black Pearl Sings"