Know Theatre of Cincinnati, an alternative performance venue, announces twelve months of unique shows including one world premiere and two regional premieres. Under the supervision of Producing Artistic Director Eric Vosmeier, the season opened with “Toil and Trouble” by Lauren Gunderson. The story depicts two ambitious young men and one lady, who fight the recession with dictatorial dreams and sketchy plans.
Next on the boards is “Bull” by Mike Bartlett running from November 1 – 30, 2013. The hazards of office life in a cut-throat economy are explored in this brutally funny play. With a bare stage – no props or scenery – the actors concentrate on the text, characterization and relationships. Three mid-level executives are pitted against each other competing for two positions in the department. There is no room for mercy in a world driven by profit and success, according to Know’s announcement.
In time for the holidays is “The Naughty List” directed by Eric Vosmeier at Arnold’s Bar & Grill featuring OTRimprov. The actors will use suggestions from the audience as well as improvisation. Favorite holiday memories are the subject matter. The show will play from December 1 – 30, 2013.
Following the Christmas season is “Pluto” by Steve Yockey from January 24 – February 22, 2014. Jason Bruffy, former Artistic Director of Know Theatre, directs this production which begins with a local tragedy interrupting an ordinary morning in the Miller’s suburban kitchen. The show mixes mythological elements with a contemporary setting as tragedy, loss and love are explored. This world premiere is presented as part of the National New Play Network, which consists of an alliance of nonprofit theatres that champion new plays. Eric notes the importance of joining this network, several years in the making, as the Know Theatre continues to expand its offerings and make connections on the national theatre scene.
From May 27 to June 7, 2014, the 11th annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival opens. Ohio’s largest performing arts festival will take place in Over-the-Rhine, including shows given at the Know. Completing the mainstage season is “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville performed in the fall of 2014. Michael Burnham and Andrew Hungerford direct this classic.
Rounding out the season are Fringe Festival Encores. These include “Stairway to Kevin” by Kevin Thornton on September 13, 2013, “Ain’t True and Uncle False” by Paul Strickland on October 11 and 12, 2013, and “Petunia and Chicken” on November 10 and 11, 2013. Special events round out the season. Tickets are available at www.knowtheatre.com.