Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is premiering a fascinating new play by Gina Gionfriddo called Rapture, Blister, Burn about two ex-best friends jealous of each other’s lives. One of the lead actors, Jen Joplin, joins Rick Pender to talk about the play, her character, and some of today’s issues the play addresses.
Playhouse in the Park’s Thompson Shelterhouse Theater premieres Seven Spots on the Sun by playwright Martín Zimmerman starting September 28. Our Rick Pender talks with the Playhouse’s new artistic associate, and director of this play, KJ Sanchez, about this fable of revenge and redemption and the talented cast of all Latino actors.
The newest regional premiere from the folks at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a sharp, witty play from the creator of TV’s Brothers and Sisters, Jon Robin Baitz, called Other Desert Cities. Two of the production’s stars, Ryan Gilreath and Sarah Mackie, are in the studio with Rick Pender to discuss their roles and how they approach recreating the feel of a real family.
The explosion of book clubs has taken the inevitable turn: a play has been written about them. The Book Club Play is making its debut at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park now. Rick Pender welcomes Blake Robison, the Playhouse’s artistic director and director of this comedy, into the studio to talk not only about this production, but about his first year at the Playhouse.
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati opens the regional premiere of Black Pearl Sings by Frank Higgins on March 13, and it’s a powerful musical about being a woman in a man’s world, being black in a white world, and about holding on to your soul when the world treats people as a commodity. Lee Hay finds out more about this production from the two stars, Annie Fitzpatrick and Torie Wiggins.