There’s a new production happening at Know Theatre, and this one is a modern-day twist on Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth. As Jim Stump learns from Producing Artistic Director Eric Vosmeier, Lauren Gunderson’s Toil and Trouble sets this tale of greed, power and murder in San Francisco as three over-educated, under-employed 30-somethings test friendships, make alliances and cross lines, all because of messages received in fortune cookies. And yes, it is a comedy.
Back for their 20th summer, it’s time for free Shakespeare in the Park from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. This summer’s tour kicks off on Saturday, August 3 with Romeo and Juliet at Boone Woods Park in Burlington. Saturday, August 18 will be their second visit to Washington Park with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with lots of other stops through August. Jim Stump learns about the challenges of mounting a traveling production and where the plays will be performed from Jeanna Vella, director of education and communications at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
Northern Kentucky University’s theater director Ken Jones is in our studio with our Jim Stump to talk about two summer productions he’s directing: Church Girls (which he wrote) for the Commonwealth Theatre and the recently completed A Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale for the Lincoln Amphitheater in Lincoln City, Indiana.
Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park brings one of Hollywood’s classic Billy Wilder films to the stage. Double Indemnity is a story filled with intrigue, lust and murder and it begins its premiere fun in the Marx Theater on April 25. One of the challenges of this production is the complex set, so Rick Pender talks with the set designer, Paul Shortt, about successfully staging a play with so many set changes while maintaining the dramatic tension.