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On June 14, the Mayerson JCC will host a performance of the one-woman show, Images: Remembrances of the Holocaust - The Eva Schloss Story at 7pm. 

Dayton-native and bestselling author and humorist Erma Bombeck is the subject a one-woman play now on stage at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Arlita Jones is the playwright of the newest production at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Summerland

A new comedic play about the women of the French Revolution will have its world premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Buzzer by Chicago playwright Tracey Scott Wilson opens March 26 in the Thompson Shelterhouse at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Joining Rick Pender to discuss this provocative play about race, class and sex are the director, Timothy Douglas, and actor Eric Lynch.

Detroit ‘67 is the new, prize-winning play debuting at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati on March 18. Rick Pender discusses this production, set in the racially-charged late 60’s, with two of the leading actors: Zina Camblin and Bryant Bentley.

The Tony Award-winning play August: Osage County opens February 19, presented by Clifton Players at the Clifton Performance Theatre. Joining Jim Stump to talk about this production is local theater legend Dale Hodges (who will portray Violet) and Carol Brammer (co-founder of Clifton Players and who will portray Barbara.)

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Opening this week at Playhouse in the Park’s Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre is Christian O’Reilly’s new play, Chapatti, the story of two senior citizens who rediscover the joys of human companionship through their shared affection for animals. Hear more about it when Rick Pender interviews the play’s director, Anne Marie Cammarato.

World premiere production of "Tho' It Were Ten Thousand Miles"

May 9, 2014

The Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati will present the world premiere of Tho’ It Were Ten Thousand Miles, a play written by William H. A. Williams and directed by Maureen A. Kennedy, founder of the Irish American Theater Company, on May 16-18. The author and director join Robyn Carey-Allgeyer to discuss this new production and their collaboration.

Jim Stump previews the New Edgecliff Theatre’s production of Jerry Sterner’s Other People’s Money with the play’s director, Greg Procaccino.

Fans of daytime soaps, specifically As the World Turns, will remember actor Rosemary Prinz from her 12 year run as Penny Hughes. She’s primarily an accomplished stage actress and is now appearing on stage at Playhouse in the Park in a production of Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles. She spends a few minutes with Rick Pender to talk about her long career and her role in this Thompson Shelterhouse show.

Award-winning "Tribes" currently onstage in OTR

Jan 24, 2014

Tribes, the Drama Desk Award winning play about a deaf son in an outspoken and expressive family, is currently on stage at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. Two of Cincinnati’s favorite actors, Dale Dymkoski and Kelly Mengelkoch, star in this production and join Rick Pender in the studio to talk about this provocative family drama.

"By the Rivers of Babylon" to be performed November 12

Nov 1, 2013

Southern Indiana playwright David Greenberg’s By the Rivers of Babylon will be performed by the Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative on November 12. Robyn Carey-Allgeyer speaks with the writer about his inspiration for this work and the upcoming production.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is premiering a fascinating new play by Gina Gionfriddo called Rapture, Blister, Burn about two ex-best friends jealous of each other’s lives. One of the lead actors, Jen Joplin, joins Rick Pender to talk about the play, her character, and some of today’s issues the play addresses.

Playhouse in the Park’s Thompson Shelterhouse Theater premieres Seven Spots on the Sun by playwright Martín Zimmerman starting September 28. Our Rick Pender talks with the Playhouse’s new artistic associate, and director of this play, KJ Sanchez, about this fable of revenge and redemption and the talented cast of all Latino actors.

"Fly" ready to debut at Playhouse in the Park

Sep 6, 2013

Playwright Ricardo Khan joins our Rick Pender to discuss the play he co-wrote about the Tuskegee Airmen, Fly, and the upcoming production he is directing, kicking off the new season at Playhouse in the Park.

"Other Desert Cities" makes its regional premiere

Aug 30, 2013

The newest regional premiere from the folks at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a sharp, witty play from the creator of TV’s Brothers and Sisters, Jon Robin Baitz, called Other Desert Cities. Two of the production’s stars, Ryan Gilreath and Sarah Mackie, are in the studio with Rick Pender to discuss their roles and how they approach recreating the feel of a real family.

"Toil and Trouble" makes its Cincinnati debut

Aug 2, 2013

There’s a new production happening at Know Theatre, and this one is a modern-day twist on Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth. As Jim Stump learns from Producing Artistic Director Eric Vosmeier, Lauren Gunderson’s Toil and Trouble sets this tale of greed, power and murder in San Francisco as three over-educated, under-employed 30-somethings test friendships, make alliances and cross lines, all because of messages received in fortune cookies. And yes, it is a comedy.

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.

Ken Jones directs his play "Church Girls"

Jul 12, 2013

Northern Kentucky University’s theater director Ken Jones is in our studio with our Jim Stump to talk about two summer productions he’s directing: Church Girls (which he wrote) for the Commonwealth Theatre and the recently completed A Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale for the Lincoln Amphitheater in Lincoln City, Indiana.

"Shipwrecked! An Entertainment"

May 17, 2013

The final production in the Playhouse in the Park season is the rough and ready, but family friendly, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies. Anna Goller, the props master at the Playhouse, joins our Rick Pender to discuss the challenges of bringing this Thompson Shelterhouse presentation to life.

"Double Indemnity" on stage

Apr 19, 2013

Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park brings one of Hollywood’s classic Billy Wilder films to the stage. Double Indemnity is a story filled with intrigue, lust and murder and it begins its premiere fun in the Marx Theater on April 25. One of the challenges of this production is the complex set, so Rick Pender talks with the set designer, Paul Shortt, about successfully staging a play with so many set changes while maintaining the dramatic tension.

"War Horse" comes to the Aronoff Center

Mar 22, 2013

Five-time Tony Award winning play, War Horse, is making its Cincinnati debut at the Aronoff Center as part of the Broadway series. Starting as a children’s book before becoming this uniquely staged production, it was then translated into a Steven Spielberg-directed film. Jim Stump welcomes Genevieve Miller and Elizabeth Truitt from Broadway in Cincinnati to talk about War Horse in advance of its March 26 opening.


"The Book Club Play"

Mar 22, 2013

The explosion of book clubs has taken the inevitable turn: a play has been written about them. The Book Club Play is making its debut at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park now. Rick Pender welcomes Blake Robison, 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.


"Don't Cross the Streams" Returns

Mar 8, 2013

During last year’s Fringe Festival, one of the most popular presentations was a new musical with the 80’s movie blockbuster Ghostbusters as its basis. Don’t Cross the Streams: The Cease and Desist Musical is getting its first full theatrical production from Falcon Theatre and Hugo West Theatricals, starting on March 15 at Newport’s Monmouth Theater. Jim Stump finds out more about the genesis of this show and this stage production from co-writer Mike Hall and cast member Tom Highley.


Playhouse in the Park World Premiere: "Leveling Up"

Feb 15, 2013

Playhouse in the Park’s Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre presents the world premiere of Leveling Up, the newest play by acclaimed playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer. This provocative, yet humorous, portrayal of four 20-somethings transitioning from college to “real” life, deals with all the issues of friendships, maturity and moving on faced by most post-college people. Rick Pender sits down with Deborah Zoe Laufer to discuss this production, which opens on February 14.


"When the Rain Stops Falling"

Feb 1, 2013

The Know Theatre’s upcoming production is When the Rain Stops Falling by Australian playwright Andrew Bovell. Named “Best New Play of 2010” by Time Out Magazine, Brian Isaac Phillips of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will direct this generational/time shifting play. Jim Stump talks with Brian about this unique drama and the all-star cast of Cincinnati actors he has assembled.


World Premiere: Abigail/1702

Jan 18, 2013

Playhouse is the Park will soon open the world premiere of a provocative new drama, Abigail/1702, which speculates on the life of Abigail Williams (from The Crucible) if she escaped Salem through the forest and started a new life elsewhere. The play is set 10 years after the infamous witch trials, while Abigail still tries to atone for the sins we know of, and others we don’t. Rick Pender is joined in studio by Stephanie Fieger, the actor who is portraying Abigail, who talks about the play and her debut at the Playhouse.


Freud's Last Session

Jan 18, 2013
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s newest premiere, Freud’s Last Session, is a challenging imagination of what a conversation between the father of psychotherapy, Dr. Sigmund Freud, and visionary writer C.S. Lewis might be like. On this night in 1939, they meet and discuss life and death, God, love, sex, myth and more. The actors portraying Freud and Lewis, Barry Mulholland and Bruce Cromer, join Robyn Carey-Allgeyer to talk about this production and the challenges of portraying these two great 20th century thinkers.


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