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“Race” Explores Prejudice on a Personal Level

New Edgecliff Theatre closes its 2014-15 season with “Race” by David Mamet, a frank look at the personal biases that exist even in the most progressive of individuals. The multi-award winning American playwright tackles America’s most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations.
Two lawyers, one white and one black, find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. When the spotlight is turned on what we think but can’t say, dangerous truths are revealed, and no punches are spared.

The production is directed by Northern Kentucky University Professor Daryl Harris. A 40-year veteran of traditional and experimental theatre, Harris has studied and worked as a producer, writer, director, actor, costume designer, professor and lecturer throughout the United States, Canada, Scandinavia, West Africa, China and Australia. Harris’ work involves multicultural programming and projects that link the Underground Railroad Movement to the fields of theatre and dance, connecting themes emerging from the Movement to current social problems in ways that promote understanding and greater social harmony.
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Additional performances added to “Soldier’s Christmas

The Christmas Truce of 1914 receives a rare dramatic interpretation in the world premiere production of SOLDIER’S CHRISTMAS, playing December 12 – 21 at Northern Kentucky University’s Stauss Theatre. Produced by Actors & Playwrights Collaborative SOLDIER’S CHRISTMAS is written by Philip Paradis and directed by Robert Allen, featuring a cast of some of Greater Cincinnati’s top young theatrical talent. Additional shows have been added for Wednesday, December 17 and Thursday, December 18.

Exactly one century ago, in the frozen trenches of the Belgian countryside, opposing British and German soldiers laid down their rifles and celebrated Christmas together in one of history’s most fascinating stories of wartime humanity.

Tickets are $20 – $25 and may be purchased at CincyTicket.com or by calling 888.421.7311.

SOLDIER’S CHRISTMAS will include original scheduled six performances:

Friday, December 12, 8pm
Saturday, December 13, 8pm
Sunday, December 14, 3pm
Friday, December 19, 8pm
Saturday, December 20, 8pm
Sunday, December 21, 3pm

All performances take place in the Stauss Theatre in the Fine Arts Building at Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky.

Tickets are general admission:

$25 Adults
$23 Seniors
$20 Students and Groups of Eight or More

“12 Dates of Christmas” a holiday treat for girls’ night out

Annie Kalahurka, in collaboration with Liz Smith, The Villa Players at Thomas More College and New Edgecliff Theatre, is proud to present Ginna Hoben’s THE 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS. The show will open at Thomas More College Theatre, Thursday, December 18th and run through Sunday, December 21st.

Annie Kalahurka, returns for her third year 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.”

Annie’s 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. Kalahurka’s 2012 performance of 12 Dates, 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.”

This year the show will be revamped by director Liz Smith. Smith says, “This piece is a tour-de-force for Annie Kalahurka. It has been a thrill to work on with her in the intimate thrust space at Thomas More College. Annie has an incredible knack for getting to the emotional heart of this character through humor and vulnerability. It’s a touching holiday tale, and a great girls’ night out!”

Performances will be at 8PM, December 18th, 8PM, December 19th, 2PM & 8PM December 20th, and 5PM December 21st. Special discount for groups of 5 or more on “Ladies’ Night”, December 20th both matinee and evening performances.

12 Dates does contain some language and situations that may not be appropriate for younger patrons. Suitable for ages 13+.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit:12Dates.cincytickets.com or call 1.888.428.7311.

Tickets $20 in advance, $15 for groups of 5 or more on 12/20 either performance, $5 student tickets available any performance at door with Student ID.

All performances at Thomas More Theatre, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, KY, 41017.

Season’s Sweetings with New Edgecliff radio show


It’s a new reason to believe.

This December New Edgecliff Theatre’s (NET) ever-popular radio drama fundraiser “Sweet Suspense” becomes “Season’s Sweetings” for the holidays.

The players of fictional WNET radio station return to put their stamp on the holiday classic A Miracle on 34th Street. They bring to life the entire story through dozens of character voices and live Foley sound effects by Media Heritage’s Mike Martini. The WNET Radio Players will perform a one-night only event at 7pm, Sunday, December 14 at Northside Tavern. Seating is limited, so order tickets early. This holiday classic features returning NET actors and several new performers, portraying a variety of voice roles for a live studio audience – but not broadcast!

“Radio theatre is a wonderful thing to experience,” says artistic director Jim Stump. “The audience gets to actually see sound effects being created, while actors not only perform on microphone, but interact off-microphone as well. It’s fascinating and entertaining.”

In addition to the performance, the audience will be treated to The Culinary Institute of Cincinnati State providing delectable desserts to treat your taste buds, and “Sweet Suspense” regular Bob Allen returns to direct.

Listen as Macy’s Department Store comes to life in the Theatre of the Mind as you are whisked away to yesteryear in this radio adaptation of one of the most beloved retro Christmas tales.  Listen as store manager Doris Walker frantically hires a replacement Santa for the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Is he the real Kris Kringle, or just a sad, delusional man?  Beliefs and sanity are tested when Kris is thrown into an asylum, but with the help of a friendly lawyer and the belief of a little girl, the true Spirit of Christmas endures.

Tickets are available online at CincyTicket.com or by calling 1.888.428.7311. All tickets are $35.00 for adults and $20.00 for children 12 and under.

Interviews and media are available. Please contact Jim Stump at 513.325.3720 or jstump3@hotmail.com.

Astonishing Christmas celebration halted World War I, receives 100th anniversary tribute in award-winning premiere

Exactly one century ago, in the frozen trenches of the Belgian countryside, opposing British and German soldiers laid down their rifles and celebrated Christmas together in one of history’s most fascinating stories of wartime humanity.

The Christmas Truce of 1914 receives a rare dramatic interpretation in the world premiere production of SOLDIER’S CHRISTMAS, playing December 12 – 21 at Northern Kentucky University’s Stauss Theatre. Produced by Actors & Playwrights Collaborative SOLDIER’S CHRISTMAS is written by Philip Paradis and directed by Robert Allen, featuring a cast of some of Greater Cincinnati’s top young theatrical talent. Tickets are $20 – $25 and may be purchased at CincyTicket.com or by calling 888.421.7311.

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NET collaborates for 12 Dates of Christmas at Thomas More

NET is collaborating with Annie Kalahurka in her 3rd year reprise of “The 12 Dates of Christmas” at Thomas More College Theatre.

Revamped by Liz Smith, it’s the same great show with the addition of 3 Doo-wop girls to back up the story telling.  Experience the newly added live music element to this charming holiday piece.

Show Dates:

Thursday, December 18: 8:00PM
Friday, December 19: 8:00PM
Saturday, December 20 for two shows: 2:00PM & 8:00PM
Sunday, December 21: 5:00PM

  Doors open 30 minutes before show time.

all performances held at Thomas More College Theatre,333 Thomas More Pkwy, Crestview Hills, KY 41017

Ages 13+

All Tickets $20

Advance tickets can be purchased at 12dates.cincyticket.com


Actors & Playwrights Collaborative presents Soldier’s Christmas

New Edgecliff Theatre is pleased to support this world premiere of the critically acclaimed 100th anniversary tribute to the World War I Christmas Truce.

The Christmas Truce of 1914 receives a rare dramatic interpretation in the world premiere production of Soldier’s Christmas, playing in six performances December 12 – 21, 2014 at Northern Kentucky University’s Corbett Theatre.

Soldier’s Christmas is an epic tale of war and peace set in Belgium in late December of 1914, dramatizing the Great War’s effects on front-line soldiers as well as on their families at home. This original play with song presents the personal stories of disenchanted, battle-weary British and German soldiers who throw down their rifles, leave the mud of the trenches, and join hands in one of history’s most astonishing Christmas celebrations.

Written by award-winning playwright Philip Paradis and directed by Robert Allen, featuring a cast of some of Greater Cincinnati’s top young theatrical talent. Award-winning actor and director Allen says, “This piece is a timely parable of war and peace dramatizing the choices we all face. Soldier’s Christmas shows the impact of World War I on the lives of front-line soldiers and their families on the home-front. With plenty of heart, humor, and gravitas, it’s a wonderful alternative holiday play for modern audiences–a new Christmas classic.”

Soldier’s Christmas is part of Cincinnati Remembers World War I, a year-long community arts celebration of the Great War’s centenary sponsored by Cincinnati Opera, and part of the Imperial War Museum’s (U.K.) global series of events honoring the centenary of the First World War.

For tickets and more information about this world premiere event, visit soldierschristmas.net

Photo by Matt Steffen photography

Lights, Camera, Murder for a Cause

Order your tickets here: http://www.cincyticket.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=2345

Gloria Swansong is coming back to the silver screen. But someone wants to send her to that big screening room in the sky instead! Could it be the spurned lover, the jealous stand-in, or does someone have a dark secret? No more “close-ups” for Miss Swansong! The murder mystery show will be held at the Below Zero Lounge in the Gateway Quarter (1120 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202) on Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The event serves as the major fundraiser for New Edgecliff Theatre. Tickets are still available for the one-night only evening, according to Shawn Maus, the theater’s managing director.

The evening will feature The Whodunit? Players. There will also be wonderful food and beverages at the Below Zero Lounge. Guests may dress in period attire, or simply come dressed for an evening out, Dionne says. He also notes that all donations are tax-deductible.

The event is one of four planned fundraisers hosted by New Edgecliff Theatre (NET) this year, although this event is more theatrical in nature.

“From the minute you walk in, the actors will be performing,” Maus says.

He gives a special shout-out to the Below Zero Lounge, for hosting the event after it became clear the theatre’s new home space would not be ready in time.

“Below Zero and the Whodunit Players graciously stepped forward and opened their space and lent their talents for the event,” Maus says.

It’s a great night to sit down with some cool people, have terrific drinks, see a show that’s happening around you, and support New Edgecliff Theatre,” Maus notes.

All money raised will go to the theater’s operating fund, Maus says. That fund provides for shows such as the enormously successful “Sweet Sensations.”

“It is an investment in our community,” Maus says, “because all these things we do that people love are made possible through support of the operating fund.”

“We wanted to do something different. At New Edgecliff Theatre, we create experiences. This is more than just a fundraiser. This is an evening experience.” Maus says of the murder mystery.

What: Lights, Camera, Murder by The Whodunit? Players
Where: Below Zero Lounge, 1120 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
When: Saturday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $15 per person: http://www.cincyticket.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=2345, at the door or call 1-888-428-7311

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.