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New Managing Director announced

As New Edgecliff Theatre (NET) enters its 17th year, its Board of Directors announced today that it has named Shawn Michael Maus as the nonprofit theater company’s new Managing Director.  Currently, he is the Communications Coordinator for the Finneytown Local School District. He has also held the position of Theatre Director for the Finneytown High School, which during his tenure garnered numerous CAPPIES awards and an invitation to the International Fringe Festival in Scotland.

“I am thrilled that our Board has unanimously selected Shawn as our new managing director,” artistic director Jim Stump said. “He is one of the most exciting new leaders in the field of performing arts. His commitment to NET’s mission and values, his extensive training and his impressive performing arts network make him ideally suited to help lead us into our next stage of growth and development.  Shawn’s desire to help us realize our commitment to achieving the stability of a permanent home − not only for New Edgecliff Theatre, but for local theater professionals as well − makes him a welcome addition to our team. I am enthusiastically looking forward to working with him.”

Maus succeeds Devon Campailla, who has been serving NET as Managing Director and who will remain on the NET’s board of directors.

Maus has been committed to the arts in Cincinnati as a member of the Springfield Township Arts and Enrichment Council. He’s developed after school playwriting programs for teens through Finneytown schools and produced and directed a show for the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. He’s not only worked as a playwright and been produced as a screenwriter, but has performed as a standup comedian as well.  “I do not think there is any other position that could have presented itself and really excited me like this,” says Maus, “because I really am committed to the arts in Cincinnati.”  Working closely with Producing Artistic Director Jim Stump, Maus will take a leading role in developing strategies effectively geared to helping NET achieve its vision, as he oversees operations, fundraising and marketing.

He holds a BFA from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.  “I’m excited to join Jim and the Board at this exciting time for NET,” Maus said.  “I’m looking forward to reaching out to Northside, the Cincinnati theatre-goers and to broaden the reach and impact of the important productions and arts education work that is already happening here in spades.”

NET Cancels Sweet Suspense Due to Construction Delays

NORTHSIDE – New Edgecliff Theater’s production of the radio drama Sweet Suspense: Strangers on a Train will be postponed. Jim Stump, Producing Artistic Director, says the general contractor for their new permanent space has indicated that there are critical integration issues to be finalized and the process of commissioning the highly sophisticated systems, including heating and air conditioning, will require additional time.

“After hearing of this delay, we considered the option of opening before the venue was fully functional, but decided that our new home at St. Patrick Church would best serve the community if we were to open in a quality environment,” Stump says. “We are aware that this has caused inconveniences for many and we apologize.”

The general contractor accepted responsibility for the delay.

The theater construction at the St. Patrick Church at 1662 Blue Rock Road in Northside was expected in time for the annual radio theatre fundraiser for New Edgecliff Theatre. This event is to be rescheduled. More information will be announced once a performance venue has been found.

The 12 Dates of Christmas, directed by Jim Stump, scheduled for December – will either be canceled or rescheduled. NET’s work with the Actors and Playwrights Collaborative on Soldier’s Christmas, slated for December 12 through 21 at Northern Kentucky University, will continue as scheduled.

Grayscale Cincinnati has been working since the summer of 2012 to create a multi-use performing arts facility and craft brewery and this summer began redeveloping the former St. Patrick’s Church in Northside into a new music venue, creative live theater, bar/lobby and craft brewery. One of the key elements of this project is the historic rehabilitation of a former center of community life, returning its architecture to a new, vibrant cultural center for the community.

“It’s a typical construction delay. It’s not entirely controllable,” Stump said.

Updates on the opening of the new theatre space will be announced on The New Edgecliff Theater website: newedgecliff.com or on the theatre company’s Facebook page.
More information on Grayscale Cincinnati can be found at grayscalecincinnati.com.
Contact Jim Stump, Producing Artistic Director at jstump@newedgecliff.com.

New Season, New Digs

After a two year search for a new home, New Edgecliff Theatre is moving to Northside for their 2014-15 Season: The Rest of the Story. The season will open with Douglas Carter Beane’s The Little Dog Laughed performed at The Hoffner Lodge (4120 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223) and will continue with The 12 Dates of Christmas by Ginna Hoben and Race by David Mamet at their new home, the old St Patrick Church at 1662 Blue Rock St. “We’re very excited to be a part of what promises to be a vital new arts venue in the Northside community,” says Producing Artistic Director Jim Stump. “Plans for the facility we are moving into include a brew pub, music lounge and eventually a restaurant in the former rectory building.”

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“Other People’s Money” Pits Wall Street Against Main Street

New Edgecliff Theatre brings its 2013-14 Season (“Best Laid Plans”) to a close with Jerry Sterner’s timely and cautionary tale of Wall Street versus Main Street.

Wall Street takeover artist Lawrence Garfinkle’s computer is going tilt over the undervalued stock of New England Wire & Cable. If the stockholders back his take over, they will make a bundle but what will happen to the 1,200 employees and the community when he liquidates the assets? Opposing the rapacious financier are the genial man who has run the company since the year one and his chief operations officer. They bring in a young lawyer who specializes in fending off takeovers. Should she use “green mail”?  Find a “white knight”? Employ a “shark repellent”? This compelling drama explores whether corporate raiders are creatures from the Black Lagoon of capitalism or realists.

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Annie Kalahurka returns for The 12 Dates of Christmas

Annie Kalahurka returns to New Edgecliff Theatre to revive her LCT Award nominated role as Mary in The 12 Dates of Christmas by Ginna Hoben!

The show traces the dating travails of Mary.  After she sees her fiancé making out with his co-worker on national TV at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, she dumps him and then spends the next year being set up, hooked up, strung up, and fed up as she navigates her life alone as a New York actor in her thirties. Eric Minton of Shakespeareances.com has written, “Hoben has created a woman’s show to join the annual, male-dominated Christmas lineup, but like The Santaland Diaries, it is a tale of real life and holiday hope touching us all.” The production features Annie Kalahurka, whose local credits include The Odd Couple at The Carnegie, as well as The Dragon, “Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Sideways Stories from Wayside School with Know Theatre.

Annie Kalahurka’s 2012 performance was praised by League of Cincinnati Theatre panelists, noting that “her command of the hour-long one-woman show showcased a mastery of comedy, drama, and multiple characters and voices.”

Know Theatre of Cincinnati plays host to this 90 minute production that runs December 11th-21st. Located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, the Know provides the perfect location for a holiday evening out. Enjoy dinner before the show and one of the many OTR eateries, and stick around the Underground for a drink afterwards!

Tickets can be purchased through the Cincinnati Arts Association by calling 513.621.ARTS or by visiting cincinnatiarts.org.

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Encore Performance Added for FRANKENSTEIN

The Springfield Township Arts and Enrichment Council brings its fifth dinner theater attraction to The Grove Banquet and Event Center with the iconic Halloween monster, Frankenstein.

New Edgecliff Theater will be presenting playwright Catie O’Keefe’s retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic monster tale Frankenstein as an old-time radio broadcast. The audience is immersed in a true radio theater experience with live sound effects created by Mike Martini of WMKV.

When an eccentric scientist seeks out scientific glory, he creates a grotesque creature. Both must deal with the consequences of the unorthodox experiment. New Edgecliff performing and directing veteran Robert Allen returns to direct a cast of local actors, including Jay Dallas Benson, Jan Costello, Elizabeth Harris, Angela Nalley, Charlie Roetting, Tracy Schoster, and Ted Weil.

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Sweet Suspense Returns with Monster Classic FRANKENSTEIN

New Edgecliff Theatre’s popular fundrasier SWEET SUSPENSE is back for it’s sixth incarnation! This year, playwright Catie O’Keefe takes Mary Shelley’s classic monster tale and turns it on its ear for a night of horrifically good fun! In our radio adaptation, the audience is immersed in a true radio theatre experience with our cast of voice chameleons and live sound effects created by Mike Martini of WMKV.

What makes this event so sweet? A dessert buffet at intermission! Featuring a variety of delectable delights from area restaurants, bakeries, and caterers, this delicious feast will satisfy most every sweet tooth.

New Edgecliff performing and directing veteran Robert Allen returns to direct a talented cast of your favorite local actors, including Jay Dallas Benson, Jan Costello, Elizabeth Harris, Angela Nalley, Charlie Roetting, Tracy Schoster, and Ted Weil.

We are pleased to host this year’s event at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati, located in the heart of vibrant Over-the-Rhine.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children 13 and under. The price of your ticket includes the show and dessert buffet at intermission. The event is ONE NIGHT ONLY! Sunday, October 13th. Curtain is at 7:30pm, and seating is limited. This is one of our most popular events of the season, so we suggest purchasing your tickets ahead of time!All proceeds for the event benefit New Edgecliff Theatre’s general operating fund, and ensures that we are able to continue to produce the quality theatre Cincinnati audiences have come to expect for over 15 seasons.

Ordering tickets is easy. Simply call 513.399.6638 to reserve your tickets, or buy online at Brown Paper Tickets by clicking the link below.

The Bus Stops in Cincinnati!

Tess Talbot and Robert Allen

NET opens its 2013-14 Season with a 20th century classic: William Inge’sBus Stop.

In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning.

Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. She’s been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. This belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. Even as she’s ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, and screeching at him fiercely to shut him up, she pauses to furrow her forehead and muse, “Somehow deep inside of me I got a funny feeling I’m gonna end up in Montana …”

Mindy Heithaus, Tyler Alessi, and David Roth (photo by Mikki Schaffner)

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New Edgecliff Brings Radio Drama to Washington Park!

The Canterville GhostJoin New Edgecliff Theatre as we reprise last year’s Sweet Suspense radio drama production of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost, adapted for the radio stage by Catie O’Keefe. Enhancing this family friendly performance will be live sound effects by Media Heritage Incorporated’s Mike Martini.

Washington Park’s OTR Performs takes place at the Amphitheater on the Great Lawn but guests can enjoy the park’s other amenities including historic bandstand, children’s park, interactive fountain and a cadre of food trucks for your intermission enjoyment.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Show starts at 7pm.


Tickets Now On Sale for Our 16th Season: Best Laid Plans

Ticket for all mainstage shows in our 2013-14 Season, “Best Laid Plans”, are now on sale through the Cincinnati Arts Association website.

In addition to single show tickets, we now offer convenient Season Subscriptions! Catch all three of our mainstage shows this season, while taking advantage our our special adult and senior discount pricing.


Season Subscriptions
Discounted Adult and Senior Pricing |

Bus Stop
Sept 18-28, 2013 |

Sweet Suspense: Frankenstein
October 19, 2013 | tickets on sale soon!

The 12 Dates of Christmas
December 11-21, 2013 |

Other People’s Money
April 16-26, 2014 |