Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues the rarely done eight play History Cycle (Shakespeare plays about kings in chronological order, done only one other time in the US) with the classic Henry V. Justin McCombs, who takes on this iconic role, joins Jim Stump to talk about the cycle and his interpretation of this larger-than-life character.

The New School Montessori is the only elementary school taking part in the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Project 38, where each of the Bard’s plays (or some part of one) will be performed by local schools. Jeff Groh, The New School’s assistant director and teacher and student actors Catherine Swift (4th grade) and Jack Giglia (6th grade) are with our Barbara Gray to talk about this challenging artistic undertaking.

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A perennial stage favorite, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, is now on stage at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Jim Stump talks with Brian Isaac Phillips, the show’s director, about this latest production featuring two local acting powerhouses: Bruce Cromer and Nicholas Rose.

Coming off their successful anniversary year and completion of Shakespeare’s canon, there is no down time for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. As Jeanna Vella from CSC tells our Jim Stump, they are mounting the always fun Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) for the summer before starting their 2014-15 season with such classics as Little Women, The Comedy of Errors, Henry V and more.

Congratulations to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company which is one of 40 theatre companies in the country to receive a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as a participant in the Shakespeare in American Communities program!  Shakespeare in American Communities introduces middle and high school students to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare.

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company joins elite company starting May 2 when they open their production of The Two Noble Kinsmen, thus completing Shakespeare’s 38 play canon. As Producing Artistic Director (and director of this play) Brian Isaac Phillips tells our Jim Stump, this will make CSC one of only five theaters in the US to complete the canon. There will also be a celebration of this accomplishment at a special fundraising event, Revel and Feast, on April 23.

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The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is preparing to kick-off its 20th season with a new production of Oliver Twist. Producing Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips talks with our Frank Johnson about some of the highlights of the coming year, including the annual Christmas program and finally “completing the canon,” becoming one of only five theaters in the US to present every one of Shakespeare’s 38 plays.

Back for their 20th summer, it’s time for free Shakespeare in the Park from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. This summer’s tour kicks off on Saturday, August 3 with Romeo and Juliet at Boone Woods Park in Burlington. Saturday, August 18 will be their second visit to Washington Park with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with lots of other stops through August. Jim Stump learns about the challenges of mounting a traveling production and where the plays will be performed from Jeanna Vella, director of education and communications at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

On Stage: Richard II

Jan 4, 2013

The dramatic tale of Richard II is the next production by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips joins Jim Stump to discuss this Shakespeare work, how the actors prepare for the historical aspects of this play, and how this production kicks off their first chronological history cycle.


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