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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Has Announced 2020-2021 Season

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Has Announced 2020-2021 Season

Artistic Director Blake Robison announced Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's 2020-21 season today, which includes world premieres by Keith Josef Adkins, Deborah Zoe Laufer and Ken Ludwig, along with the U.S. Premiere of David Haig's Pressure.

"From the extravagant, family-friendly production of The Wizard of Oz to the quirky world premiere comedy by Deborah Zoe Laufer, the new season showcases the range, scale and diversity of the Playhouse," says Robison. "I'm especially proud to bring the world premiere of The West End to our mainstage. Keith Josef Adkins is a major American playwright and a Cincinnati native. We commissioned him to write about our city, and his new play shines a light on a transformative chapter in local history."

The Playhouse also commissioned Rooted by Laufer. Pressure had its world premiere in Scotland in 2014 and played in London's West End in 2018-19.

The 2020-21 season includes:

MUCH-LOVED MUSIC: Go over the rainbow in The Wizard of Oz, an extravagant musical adaptation of the 1939 classic film; and witness Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.

CINCINNATI TALES: Step back in time to 1941 for The West End, an authentically Cincinnati story and world premiere drama; and reunite with a Queen City icon in Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, back by popular demand.

PLAYHOUSE PREMIERES: Don't miss the U.S. debut of Pressure, the gripping true story about forecasting the weather for the D-Day invasion; and set out on a thrilling, world premiere adventure in Ken Ludwig's Moriarty: A New Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

CHERISHED STORIES AND STORYTELLERS: Catch all the best gossip at Truvy's Salon in Steel Magnolias; and experience best-selling author Cheryl Strayed's uplifting insight in a heartfelt adaptation of Tiny Beautiful Things.

HEARTWARMING HILARITY: Watch the Irish-Catholic O'Sheas navigate a series of humorous family mishaps in Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help; and see a reclusive amateur botanist become a new-age, YouTube messiah in the world premiere of Rooted.

2020-21 MARX THEATRE SEASON

Presented by Schueler Group

Season Sponsor of New Work: The Rosenthal Family Foundation

THE WIZARD OF OZ

By L. Frank Baum

With Music and Lyrics of the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg

Background Music by Herbert Stothart

Book Adaptation by John Kane from the motion picture screenplay

Directed by Blake Robison

Aug. 29 - Oct. 4, 2020

SHORT DESCRIPTION

We're off to see the wizard! Dorothy and Toto find themselves over the rainbow, where they travel the Yellow Brick Road to the city of Oz alongside new friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. Adapted from the 1939 movie and featuring all of the film's familiar songs, this extravagant musical will make you fall in love all over again with Dorothy's enchanting story.

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Featuring all of the classic film's familiar songs, this extravagant musical will make you fall in love all over again with Dorothy's enchanting story.

THE WEST END

By Keith Josef Adkins

Directed by Playhouse Associate Artist Nicole A. Watson

Oct. 17 - Nov. 14, 2020

WORLD PREMIERE

SHORT DESCRIPTION

It's 1941 in Cincinnati's West End, and African Americans migrate from the Deep South to forge new lives. At the same time, German residents face growing hostility on the brink of World War II, and Grace houses people of both backgrounds in her row house. But when a stranger arrives, she must confront her secretive past. This world premiere drama shines a light on a transformative chapter of Cincinnati history.

ONE-LINER

Set in 1941 in Cincinnati's West End, this world premiere drama shines a light on a transformative chapter of local history.

First Financial Bank presents

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By Charles Dickens

Adapted by Howard Dallin

Directed by Michael Evan Haney

Nov. 25 - Dec. 27, 2020

A Christmas Carol is not part of the season subscription, but subscribers get early access and special discounts on tickets.

SHORT DESCRIPTION

Faithful storytelling and spellbinding stage magic bring to life Ebenezer Scrooge's time-traveling journey with the spirits one magical Christmas Eve. Returning for its 30th anniversary season, the heartwarming message helps to make the show one of the Playhouse's most Popular Productions each season.

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This joyous, time-honored production returns for its 30th anniversary season with a cast of nearly 30 actors, elaborate costumes and thrilling special effects.

Moe & Jack Rouse and Randolph Wadsworth present

PRESSURE

By David Haig

Directed by Blake Robison

Jan. 23 - Feb. 20, 2021

U.S. PREMIERE

SHORT DESCRIPTION

D-Day. June 1944. Allied military personnel have everything in place for the biggest military invasion ever known, but will the weather be on their side? As the fates of thousands of men hang in the balance, a Scottish meteorologist must advise General Eisenhower on the uncertain weather forecast for that day. This gripping true story makes its U.S. premiere at the Playhouse after a critically acclaimed run in London's West End.

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D-Day. June 1944. In this gripping true story, a Scottish meteorologist advises General Eisenhower on the forecast for the biggest military invasion ever known.

Leading Ladies presents

STEEL MAGNOLIAS

By Roger Harling

Directed by Laura Gordon

March 6 - April 3, 2021

SHORT DESCRIPTION

A tight-knit group of six Louisiana women gather regularly to bond, dish and offer advice on everything from motherhood and marriage to tragedy and loss. As they find their lives and relationships tested, their bonds with one another only strengthen. Written with heartwarming dialogue and snappy repartee, Steel Magnolias revels in the power and grace of female friendship.

ONE-LINER

With beloved characters, heartwarming dialogue and snappy repartee, Steel Magnolias revels in the power and grace of female friendship.

Ken Ludwig's

MORIARTY: A NEW SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY

Sponsored by U.S. Bank

April 17 - May 16, 2021

WORLD PREMIERE

SHORT DESCRIPTION

Sherlock Holmes is back in a world premiere mystery! The King of Bohemia enlists Holmes and Dr. Watson to resolve a matter that could lead to catastrophe. The game's afoot when Irene Adler - the only woman to ever outsmart Holmes - arrives on the scene. But the investigation takes a terrifying turn that leads to the phenomenally brilliant and extremely dangerous Professor James Moriarty.

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Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and Irene Adler return in a world premiere mystery about the phenomenally brilliant and terrifying Professor James Moriarty.

2019-20 ROSENTHAL SHELTERHOUSE THEATRE SEASON

Presented by Heidelberg Distributing Co.

Season Sponsor of New Work: The Rosenthal Family Foundation

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS

Based on the Book by Cheryl Strayed

Adapted for the Stage by Nia Vardalos

Directed by Brendon Fox

Sponsored by Digi and Mike Schueler

Sept. 12 - Oct. 25, 2020

Short Description

How do we become un-stuck? What's this love thing all about anyway? In her book Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild) tackled these questions and more as the anonymous advice columnist Dear Sugar. This poignant adaptation brings to life some of the column's real-life letters and heartfelt, empathetic responses. Tiny Beautiful Things is at once cathartic and uplifting.

One-Liner

Based on Cheryl Strayed's best-selling book, Tiny Beautiful Things offers uplifting and empathetic insight with profound honesty and light humor.

INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

By Katie Forgette

Nov. 7, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021

SHORT DESCRIPTION

The O'Sheas are just like any other family in their town in 1973: middle-class, Irish, Catholic and determined to avoid public ridicule. With dry yet affectionate humor, 19-year-old Linda O'Shea narrates the most turbulent day of her life when a series of hilarious mishaps jeopardizes the family's reputation. Whether you've grown up Catholic or you simply can relate to the craziness of family, this new comedy will leave you in stitches.

ONE-LINER

It's 1973, and the Irish-Catholic O'Shea family muddles through a series of hilarious mishaps that jeopardizes their reputation - and their souls.

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL

By Lanie Robertson

Directed by Kenneth Roberson

Sponsored by Jennifer and Woody Taft

Jan. 16 - March 7, 2021

SHORT DESCRIPTION

In one of her last and most intimate performances, Billie Holiday - known as Lady Day - tells the story of her life through her music with heartfelt honesty and a touch of salty humor. This captivating and moving play with music features over a dozen jazz standards like "God Bless the Child," "Strange Fruit" and "When a Woman Loves a Man."

ONE-LINER

Featuring over a dozen jazz standards, Billie Holiday tells the story of her life through music with honesty and a touch of salty humor.

ROOTED

By Deborah Zoe Laufer

Directed by Noah Himmelstein

Sponsored by The Geiler Company

March 20 - April 25, 2021

WORLD PREMIERE

SHORT DESCRIPTION

People can be so weird, which is why Emery Harris has lived alone for over a decade. Her only connection to the outside world is through her YouTube channel where she documents research on plants and has garnered several thousand followers. When strangers begin gathering near her home, she learns she's been unwittingly elected as her followers' new-age messiah. This quirky world premiere comedy studies the power of plants and the idiosyncrasies of people.

ONE-LINER

In this quirky world premiere comedy, a reclusive amateur botanist unwittingly becomes a new-age, YouTube messiah.

Clark Schaefer Hackett and Johnson Investment Counsel present

TENDERLY: THE Rosemary Clooney MUSICAL

Based on the life of Rosemary Clooney

By Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman

Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

May 8 - June 27, 2021

SHORT DESCRIPTION

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Rosemary Clooney's story comes home again in this exhilarating musical biography. From her Cincinnati childhood and rise to Hollywood stardom to her battles with depression and a triumphant comeback, she topped the charts for nearly five decades with signature songs like "Come On-A My House," "Mambo Italiano," "Sisters" and more. A personal and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend.

ONE-LINER

Rosemary Clooney's story comes home in this exhilarating and inspiring musical biography.

2020-21 SEASON SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION:

Subscriptions to the 2020-21 Playhouse season are available now in a variety of packages.

Prices range from $157.50 to $420 for the five-show Marx Theatre season; $157.50 to $405 for the five-show Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre season; and $280 to $732.50 for the full 10-show combination series.

The popular Build Your Own subscription allows patrons to create their own season of four to nine shows. Once again this season, all price options are available in the lower level of the Marx Theatre. The Playhouse offers two-, three-, six- and nine-month payment plans for subscribers. Some restrictions apply.

A student Build Your Own package allows full-time students to pick as few as four shows and as many as all 10 for just $15 per show.

Subscriptions can be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at cincyplay.com or by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888 or 800-582-3208 toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. For TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) access, call 513-345-2248. The Playhouse is fully accessible.


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