Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Bids Farewell to Race Street Theater with Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST
The Tempest, the last of William Shakespeare's great romances, will close out Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's run at their theater on Race Street. The production, running April 28 - May 20, 2017, will be co-directed by Producing Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips and Associate Artistic Director Sara Clark, and Director of Creative Education and Outreach Jeremy Dubin. The production will feature founding company member Nicholas Rose as Prospero. The production is generously sponsored by Barnes Dennig, LPK, PNC, Towne Properties, and Murphy Landen Jones PLLC. The season is sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation, ArtsWave, and the Ohio Arts Council.
Betrayed by his usurping sister Antonia (Kelly Mengelkoch) and exiled to a deserted island with only his books and his young daughter for company, the magician Prospero (Nicholas Rose) has spent years plotting his revenge. When chance places all his old enemies within his reach, Prospero summons a magical storm that brings them crashing down onto his shores. This rollicking voyage, replete with magic and monsters, love and liquor, and retribution and redemption, is sure to be a stupendous farewell to the theater that has housed Cincinnati Shakespeare Company since 1998.
"The Tempest is considered to be the last of Shakespeare's great solo plays," says co-director Jeremy Dubin. "It's both about remembering the past and looking forward to the horizon, and so it felt like a fitting and poignant acknowledgement of our history as a company, and a wonderful expression of our excitement about what's coming next for us."
The production's design will feature a Renaissance aesthetic, infused with organic, natural, and fantasy influences. The performance space will be transformed to tell the play's story in an evocative and innovative fashion that's sure to surprise and delight audience members of all ages, making The Tempest a great choice for families.
After The Tempest, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will relocate to their new custom-built home at The Otto M. Budig Theater in Over-the-Rhine to open William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in September.
The Tempest runs April 28 - May 20, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM as well as Saturday May 20 at 2:00 PM. There is no performance on Sunday, April 30. Preview performances are Wednesday April 26 and Thursday April 27.
The theater is currently located at 719 Race Street, downtown Cincinnati, two blocks west of the Aronoff Center. Single ticket prices range from $22-$38 on Thursdays and Sundays and from $26-$42 on Fridays and Saturdays. Previews are $25. If available, $14 student rush tickets may be purchased thirty minutes before a show with a valid student ID. This production is a part of this season's subscription package. Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Ticketing fees may apply. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups as well as AAA members. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at www.cincyshakes.com.
About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages. Currently located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, CSC produces a dozen mainstage productions each season. In the summer of 2017, the theater will relocate to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC's repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics. CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors' Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theater Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's Education and Outreach Programs reached over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions. In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to "Complete the Canon" by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati's stage for the classics!
About The 2016-2017 Season:
This season is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council, the Shubert Foundation and is supported, in part, by the generosity of thousands of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Production dates and information on the season are available online at www.cincyshakes.com,