Playhouse in the Park’s Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre presents the world premiere of Leveling Up, the newest play by acclaimed playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer. This provocative, yet humorous, portrayal of four 20-somethings transitioning from college to “real” life, deals with all the issues of friendships, maturity and moving on faced by most post-college people. Rick Pender sits down with Deborah Zoe Laufer to discuss this production, which opens on February 14.
The Know Theatre’s upcoming production is When the Rain Stops Falling by Australian playwright Andrew Bovell. Named “Best New Play of 2010” by Time Out Magazine, Brian Isaac Phillips of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will direct this generational/time shifting play. Jim Stump talks with Brian about this unique drama and the all-star cast of Cincinnati actors he has assembled.
Playhouse is the Park will soon open the world premiere of a provocative new drama, Abigail/1702, which speculates on the life of Abigail Williams (from The Crucible) if she escaped Salem through the forest and started a new life elsewhere. The play is set 10 years after the infamous witch trials, while Abigail still tries to atone for the sins we know of, and others we don’t. Rick Pender is joined in studio by Stephanie Fieger, the actor who is portraying Abigail, who talks about the play and her debut at the Playhouse.
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s newest premiere,Freud’s Last Session, is a challenging imagination of what a conversation between the father of psychotherapy, Dr. Sigmund Freud, and visionary writer C.S. Lewis might be like. On this night in 1939, they meet and discuss life and death, God, love, sex, myth and more. The actors portraying Freud and Lewis, Barry Mulholland and Bruce Cromer, join Robyn Carey-Allgeyer to talk about this production and the challenges of portraying these two great 20th century thinkers.
Two of Cincinnati’s great theater names, Ed Stern and Dale Hodges, are teaming up once again for the regional premiere of Mrs. Mannerly at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Stern, who directs, and Hodges, who stars, have worked together for years at the Playhouse in the Park’s production of A Christmas Carol and others.