Discover What Lurks In The Woods at THE MAN-BEAST At Know Theatre
It's 1767, and for three years, a mysterious, bloodthirsty creature has terrorized the countryside in the French province of Gévaudan.
Late at night, a hunter stumbles into an isolated cabin after a violent encounter with the fabled Beast. Bleeding and desperate, he implores the cabin's mistress to help.
But inside, he finds no ministering angel; and she finds no humble patient at her door.
Based on the 18th Century legend of the Beast of Gévaudan, The Man-Beast is a taut and seductive new drama by Know Theatre favorite Joseph Zettelmaier (author of 2015's All Childish Things and 2016's Pulp).
With suspense, sharp-tongued dialogue, and exquisite theatrical tension, The Man-Beast is the perfect next step in our season-long exploration of Fear Itself - asking us what makes someone a beast, and tracing the fine line between hunter and hunted.
Director Brant Russell, professor of drama at UC CCM, has put together the perfect cast to embody this ancient tale of desire, obsession, and horror:
Jim Hopkins joins us in his Know Theatre MainStage debut as notorious werewolf hunter Jean Chastel. A beloved mainstay onstage at Ensemble Theatre and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Jim also wrote and starred in White Privilege at the 2017 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.
Joining him as the fierce, reclusive taxidermist (and possible witch), Virginie Allard, is the one and only Jen Joplin. Most recently seen at Ensemble Theatre in The Humans and at Dayton's Human Race Theatre in Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End, Jen also brought Maggie Lou Rader's vision of Mary Shelley to life as director of Know's most recent SecondStage production, Mary's Monster.
The Man-Beast premiered at Chicago's First Folio Theatre in 2017 to critical acclaim, and Know is proud to have the second production of this thrilling Gothic drama.
As to why The Man-Beast just had to be a part of Know's 21st Season, Associate Artistic Director Tamara Winters has this to say:
The Beast of Gévaudan endures as a legend because it is rooted in something fundamentally human: the fear of unknown dangers, and the lengths we will go to ensure our illusion of security. The only difference today is how quickly panic can spread.
The Man-Beast deftly explores all of this, while sweeping you into a fascinating tale of the power of legend and the seduction of greed.
Throw in two of Cincinnati's most fun actors to watch and you have the recipe for a fantastic night of theatre.
Though it's part of Know's MainStage season, The Man-Beast will unfold on our Underground stage. With set and lights by our own Producing Artistic Director Andrew Hungerford, props design by our new production manager Rebecca Armstrong, and costumes by Know's intrepid resident costume designer Noelle Johnston, the Underground will be transformed into Virginie's cabin, deep in the woods of the French countryside.
The intimate space of our Underground stage is perfect to amplify the tension of this intense and unexpected new play.
Adding to the atmosphere in the Underground will be an art gallery featuring works by Art Academy Cincinnati illustration students, featuring their own explorations of werewolves, beasts, and classic monsters of the horror genre. Curated by teacher and accomplished artist John David Back, this installation will be on display throughout the run of The Man-Beast.
Join us as we explore the dividing line between beast and human in The Man-Beast by Joseph Zettelmaier from October 19 - November 10 - only at Your Theatrical Playground.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting knowtheatre.com or calling 513.300.5669 (KNOW).