New Edgecliff Theatre will return to the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, produced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati, May 29th-June 9th with a staging of Quake: a closet love story by playwright Tyler Olsen.
“…a funny, poetic, poignant, and visceral experience.”
-Michael Fields, Dell’Arte International
Created in January of 2010, this critically acclaimed piece was inspired by current global events. While visiting Northern California, playwright Tyler Olsen had the amazing experience of being in his first major earthquake (6.4 on the richter scale). Two days later, Haiti was devastated by another quake. So, Olsen did what anyone would do.
He wrote a play about it. After an extended run in Arcata, California a special invited performance at the Berkshire Fringe Festival, and an appearance at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, this original production has come to Cincinnati.
About the Play
Joe and Hannah just broke up. Now they have to divide up years’ worth of collective belongings. But when a huge earthquake hits, they find themselves trapped in a storage closet. Can being confined to such a small space help mend the rift between them? With only each other to rely on, they learn about love and reconciliation, and belt out a cappella songs. Touching, physical and funny! Taking place entirely within the confines of a linen closet, this two-person tour-de-force full of music, physical comedy, and high drama, is a a must-see production.
“Quake is in turns hilariously funny, heartbreakingly sad, and musically arresting…”
-Gail M. Burns, gailsez.org
Audiences have only five chances to catch Quake: a closet love story at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival:
Wednesday May 30 @ 9:15 pm | Saturday June 2 @ 9:00 pm
Monday June 4 @ 8:15 pm | Wednesday June 6 @ 7:15 pm
Saturday June 9 @ 2:15 pm
All performances will be held at Hanke 1, located at 1128 Main Street in downtown Cincinnati. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at cincyfringe.com or by calling 513.300.KNOW (5669)
Featuring Justin Baldwin and Lara Miller, with set and lighting design by James Horban, sound designed by Hunter Spoede, and prop design by Nicole Garrisi. Directed by NET Artistic Director Jim Stump.
About the Playwright
Tyler Olsen is a theater maker, artist, and entrepreneur here in the St. Paul, MN. He went to college at Bemidji State University, attended and taught at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater in Blue Lake, CA, attended wilderness survival school at the Tom Brown Tracker School in New Jersey, and most recently graduated from the OnPoint Tactical Urban Escape and Evasion Course in Philadelphia. He has written and produced over a dozen full-length shows nationally and internationally. Current projects include HAPPY MINNESOTA (happymn.com), an initiative to bring live performances to the University Ave. Central Corridor, a project working with KaRen refugees and Minnesotan teens in St. Paul, acting in Live Action Set’s BASIC NORTH (liveactionset.org), developing an adaptation of Frankenstein with composer Nicholas Olof Jacobson Larson, Arts Administrating for community theater Rosetown Playhouse (rosetownplayhouse.org), promoting the city of St. Paul with STPAULISCOOL.com, and trying to cause mayhem and community wherever he goes… Help wanted. Dangerousproductions.org
About the Cincinnati Fringe Festival
The Cincinnati Fringe Festival, produced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati, continues its ninth season this year May 29 – June 9, 2012. The Festival is a collaborative organization striving to provide opportunities and exposure to artists who are willing to take a risk. Our artists push the boundaries of the “norm” and continually experiment with style and content. During the festival local, regional, national and international artists invade downtown Cincinnati for 12 days of artistic celebration in both traditional and non-traditional spaces. These artists represent a variety of media including theatre, dance, music, poetry, visual art, film and beyond.