Announcing our 2020-2021 Season!
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Crystian Wiltshire as Romeo, Courtney Lucien as Juliet in
Shakespeare''s Romeo and Juliet
Barry Mulholland as King Charles in Mike Bartlett''s King Charles III
Tori Wilkins as Ma Rainey in August Wilson''s Ma Rainey''s Black Bottom
Justin McCombs as Dromio, Geoffrey Warren Barnes II as Antipholus in Shakespeare''s The Comedy of Errors
by Garson Kanin
July 17 - August 2, 2020
Just when you think politics has lost its sense of humor, in rides Billie Dawn on a breath of fresh air in this romantic comedy from the Golden Age of Broadway. She's buried her smarts beneath layers of satin and showgirl sass, but hers is a special kind of clever. So when her powerful, gangster boyfriend sets out to bribe a senator, he decides his girl should be a little more D.C., providing her a tutor and striking the flint that sets her mind, and heart, ablaze. Billie may be the new kid in class, but she's nobody's fool. A hilarious and timely send up of politics and perceptions.
adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
based on the film by Paddy Chayefsky
September 4 - 26, 2020
In this new adaptation for the stage of the Academy Award? winning film, anchorman Howard Beale unravels live on-screen. But when the ratings soar, the network seizes on its newfound prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV, producing repercussions the network never could have imagined. After hit runs on Broadway and the West End, where audiences were chanting "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore," Network receives its regional premiere in Cincinnati.
Romeo and Juliet
October 9 - 31, 2020
William Shakespeare''s timeless tale of two star-crossed lovers and the feuding families who tear them apart, returns to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company stage in all of its everlasting grandeur. Revel in lavish masked balls, rousing street brawls, tragic young love, and some of the most exquisite poetry ever penned, all in a traditional, opulent Elizabethan setting. Fall in love again for the first time.
by Kate Hamill
adapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott
November 13 - December 5, 2020
Louisa May Alcott's treasured classic, Little Women tells the enduring story of the March family and their four daughters; romantic Meg, shy Beth, willful Amy, and of course, fiery and independent Jo. Through the intertwining lives of the sisters, we see the familiar hardships and heartbreak, humor and humility of these passionate and unique young women. Little Women continues to enchant new generations each year and is now on the stage in the regional premiere of this fresh new adaptation.
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)
by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald, and John K. Alvarez
December 11 - 27, 2020
CSC''s holiday smash hit Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) is back again for another season of holiday hilarity! What begins as another annual production of A Christmas Carol, soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite "Beloved Holiday Classics" including pop culture favorites like It's a Wonderful Life, Rudolph, Charlie Brown and more! Add in topical references that always keep this annual tradition fresh and fun as we send up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss for 90+ minutes of high octane jollity and frivolity.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
January 22 - February 13, 2021
Ambition and art collide with the business of the blues in this red hot play filled with the live music that made the ''20s roar. An American masterpiece, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is set in 1927 Chicago in a ramshackle recording studio. Ma Rainey, the undisputed queen of the blues, squares off against a battling quartet of musicians and a tight-fisted producer. As egos and ideologies clash in an increasingly violent way, the band enters a battle of wills in this Tony Award? Winning powerhouse of a play.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Dale Wasserman
based on the novel by Ken Kesey
February 26 - March 20, 2021
When rambunctious rabble-rouser Randle P. McMurphy manages to get his prison sentence commuted into a stint at an Oregon state mental hospital, he thinks he's got it made. But he didn't count on the tyrannical treatment of Nurse Ratched, who rules the ward with an iron fist, keeping patients in line with drugs and shock therapy. Soon McMurphy finds himself in an all-out war of wills with the unbending Ratched, whose increasingly severe punishments incite him and his fellow inmates to increasingly outrageous acts of rebellion. A groundbreaking novel and iconic film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a compelling portrait of the struggle against conformity and the strictures of sanity.
The Comedy of Errors
April 2 - 24, 2021
What do you get when you mix love triangles, a jealous wife, a vindictive mistress, a deranged doctor, and not one, but TWO sets of identical twins separated at birth? Well, it can only be The Comedy of Errors. Shakespeare''s silliest, screwiest, and slapstickiest comedy returns to the CSC stage, this time with a Sin City twist. Inspired by golden era Las Vegas, this music filled production will be packed with cool cats, rat packs, showgirls, wise guys, and more! So place your bets, roll the dice, and check it out, but remember- what happeneth in the theater, stayeth in the theater.
King Charles III
by Mike Bartlett
May 7 - 23, 2021
Welcome to the future. The Queen has died. Long live the King. After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles finally ascends to the throne with Camilla by his side. William, Kate, Harry and the rest of the royal entourage look on as the regime change begins to cause a political upheaval. This tale of modern royalty explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of Britain's democracy, and the conscience of its most famous family. Evoking the style and spirit of Shakespeare, this regional premiere blends past and future to ask some very penetrating questions about our present.
Caitlin McWethy as Jo in Kate Hamill''s Little Women
Bruce Cromer as Howard Beale in Lee Hall''s Network
Rachel Perin as Billie Dawn in Garson Kanin''s Born Yesterday
Josh Katawick as Randle P. McMurphy in Dale Wasserman''s One Flew Over the Cuckoo''s Nest
Photos by Mikki Schaffner Photography.
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