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Destiny of Desire, the next play on the stage at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, is described as an homage to Latin American soap operas, written by Karen Zacarías, whose play Native Gardens was a hit at the Playhouse recently. Theatre contributor Jim Stump is joined by the play's director, José Luis Valenzuela, who's the Artistic Director at Latino Theater Co. at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, and the assistant director, Jean Carlo Yunén A.

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The works of Dominique Morisseau have found a home at Cincinnati's Ensemble Theatre with successful runs of Detroit 67 and Skeleton Crew the last few years. Opening March 7 is a production of her play Pipeline, and our contributor Rick Pender speaks with the show's director, Ron OJ Parson.

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OTR's Know Theatre is ready to open Audrey Cefaly's Alabaster as part of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere project. Andrew Hungerford, Know Theatre's Producing Artistic Director, and Lisa Sanaye Dring, the play's director and Associate Artistic Director of LA’s Circle X Theatre Company, join our host Lee Hay for a preview of this production, opening February 28.

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The life of iconic 50's rocker Buddy Holly is coming to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park starting January 18.

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From LBJ's unexpected swearing in after the Kennedy assassination, through his effort to carry out his predecessor's plan for a national civil rights act, All the Way tells the story of a unique and tumultuous time in America's history. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company takes on Robert Schenkkan's drama starting January 24, and to learn more, our Rick Pender sits down with the company's artistic director, Brian Isaac Phillips.

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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati continues its tradition of presenting a locally written and performed family musical during the holidays. ETC's Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers previews this year's David Kisor-Joe McDonough musical, The Frog Princess.

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The story of young wizards in training sounds vaguely familiar, but a new parody version is coming to the stage at Over the Rhine's Know Theatre. Puffs, by Matt Cox, takes the familiar and presents it through a bent wand of reality. Joining Jim Stump for a preview are director Andrew Hungerford and cast member Brandon Burton.

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2 Pianos, 4 Hands tells the story of two characters lifelong pursuit to become elite concert pianists. Described as funny and relatable, Rick Pender learns more about the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park production from the director, Tom Frey.

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The Footlighters in Newport are in final rehearsals for their production of the musical, The Spitfire Grill, opening November 7. Cathy Lutts, a Footlighters board member who will portray Hannah in this production, joins our host Lee Hay to preview the show and talk about the mission of The Footlighters.

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The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati has another season of productions with familiar names like Casper and Charlie Brown coming to the Taft Theatre and schools throughout the area. With a look at the 2019-20 season, Jim Stump is joined by Children's Theatre Marketing Director Krista Katona Pille.

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They've taken and old movie theater and created a vibrant, westside theatre – that's Cincinnati Landmark Productions. Founder and Producing Artistic Director Tim Perrino is in the studio with Jim Stump for a preview of what's coming to the stage at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts.

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Multiple Tony-award winning musical Fun Home will kick-off he 34th season at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. For a preview of this regional premiere and the full 2019-20 ETC season, Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers is in our studio for a conversation with Brian O'Donnell.

Coming To The Carnegie's Stage In 2019-20

Aug 9, 2019
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The Carnegie in Covington starts their 2019-20 theatre season this August, and the year will feature shows that range from punk rock tales to biblical stories. Theatre Director Maggie Perrino is with Rick Pender to discuss how she prepares for a season, the shows coming to the stage this year, and The Carnegie's impact on the community.

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The upcoming season at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will celebrate their 60th year and the 100th Anniversary of women's suffrage. Artistic Director Blake Robison previews the entire season, including their kick-off production of the calypso-flavored musical Once on This Island, during this conversation with Rick Pender.

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One of the longest running community theatres in the Tristate is The Drama Workshop, starting in 1954 on Cincinnati's west side. Performing now in the former Glenmore Bowl in Cheviot, their season opener is the comedy Nana's Naughty Knickers. Joining our Rick Pender to talk about the group's history and upcoming season are board President Eric Thomas and Vice-President of Production, Dennis Murphy.

Playwright Sara DeLappe uses the world of girls' high school soccer to tell her contemporary tale of life as a young woman today in her play, The Wolves. This Pulitzer Prize finalist will be the final production of the season for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati starting June 1. 

While the names and the plot are familiar, the action takes on a farcical tone in Falcon Theater's new production of Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Survival in the cutthroat world of auto manufacturing and the impact on individual workers is the theme of playwright Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew, the next regional premiere on stage at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

A show featuring big band music and swing dancing is coming to the stage of The Carnegie in Covington starting March 30. 

The recent Broadway hit A Doll's House Part 2 makes its regional premiere at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati starting March 2. 

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