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.
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.
Leanna Renee Hieber was once an intern at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company before stepping away from acting in order to write. She has now published her second novel, The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul), a haunting tale of one woman’s fight with the dark side and a man she trusts. Jim Stump interviews the one-time resident, who is now following her dreams and living in New York City.