"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.

"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.

Rachel Leslie from "A Trip to Bountiful"

Apr 5, 2013

Actor Rachel Leslie grew up in Golf Manor and attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts. She’s back in town, performing in the Playhouse in the Park production of A Trip to Bountiful. Jim Stump had the chance to sit down with this psych major about growing up here, her stage career, and some recent world premieres in which she performed.

"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.

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.

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.

A Holiday Tradition: A Christmas Carol

Nov 30, 2012

Director Michael Haney and actor Bruce Cromer join Rick Pender to discuss the Playhouse in the Park’s annual holiday production of A Christmas Carol. They talk about how they keep the show fresh now that it’s in its 22nd year, with Cromer portraying Scrooge for the 8th year.

PIP Artistic Director Blake Robison

Aug 31, 2012

The Blake Robison era at Playhouse in the Park begins this week with the opening production of The Three Musketeers. Rick Pender welcomes the new artistic director to discuss his transition to Cincinnati and why he chose this classic as his opening production.