April 26th, 2013
Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized New Edgecliff Theatre‘s production of Proof with an LCT nomination for lead actress, Rebecca Whatley.
On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness — or genius — will she inherit?
Panelists praised Rebecca Whatley’s portrayal of Catherine as “natural and unforced”; “a touching mixture of bewilderment, bravado, and brokenness that commanded my attention and did not let up.”
Proof continues through April 27th. Tickets can be purchased at cincinnatiarts.org or by calling 513-621-2787.
Final LCT awards will be determined at the end of the season and announced at the LCT gala in the spring.
March 19th, 2013
Former NET artistic director Procaccino returns to direct
New Edgecliff Theatre wraps up its 15th anniversary season with David Auburn’s 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Proof. An examination of family, genius and madness, the play rose almost instantly to the status of contemporary classic. The script primarily focuses on Catherine, a troubled young woman who has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father Robert, a famous mathematician. Following his death, she is confronted all at once with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, her father’s former student, who hopes to find something of value in the work Robert left behind. All this, added to the discovery of a mysterious notebook, compels Catherine to consider exactly which of her father’s traits she’s inherited.
Former NET Artistic director Greg Procaccino returns to direct David Roth, Liz Smith, Brandon Wentz, and Rebecca Whatley in this acting-centric play, presented in the appropriately intimate environs of the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Bank Theater. Procaccino served as Artistic Director for NET from 2006-10, directing such shows as Fool for Love, Fat Pig, [title of show] and Cyrano Rehearsed. He says he’s excited to not only be working once again with New Edgecliff, but also to have a crack at this powerful play. As he puts it, “Being back with New Edge makes me smile. I love the people. They did such great work during my time there – made me look real good.” About Proof he says, “It’s a beautiful, haunting play about being haunted by your past – your family – the weaknesses in your family that could lead to a painful discovery. The challenge of the play is to just let these people bump up against each other and let their world play out freely in front of the audience.”
Artistic Director Jim Stump feels that Proof not only perfectly epitomizes NET’s mission, but also the theme of the company’s 15th season, “NeXt” by, as he says, “exploring the themes of the legacies passed on from generation to generation. Some are tangible such as homes and property. Some are the result of heredity. And sometimes, it’s difficult to know whether they are a blessing or a curse.”
Proof by David Auburn
Directed by Greg Procaccino
Featuring David Roth, Liz Smith, Brandon Wentz, and Rebecca Whatley
April 17th-20th, Wed-Sat 7:30pm / April 23rd-27th, Tues-Sat 7:30pm
Fifth Third Bank Theater at The Aronoff Center for the Arts (entrance on Main Street at the corner of Seventh Street)
Tickets: $25.25 adults, $20.25 seniors, and $17.25 students
For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit CincinnatiArts.org
or call (513) 621-ARTS (2787)
February 13th, 2013
New Edgecliff & Olives Offer Great Options for a Night Out!
Enjoy dinner in Clifton’s Gaslight District before the performance of Slow Descent from Heaven on Tuesday February 26. For one low price of $28, enjoy a salad and any pasta entrée at Olives (342 Ludlow Avenue) and then join us at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center for a 7:30pm curtain.
Not available to join us on Tuesday? Olives is also offering 20% off your dinner before ANY performance of Slow Descent from Heaven you attend. Simply print off your ticket confirmation email and take with you to Olives to redeem.
Reservations for dinner can be made by calling 513-221-4200. Please be sure to mention you are attending the show when you make your dinner reservation.
January 17th, 2013
Shuttle disasters serve as backdrop for Slow Descent
New Edgecliff Theatre continues its transitional 15th season with the premiere of Slow Descent from Heaven by NET’s Resident Playwright Catie O’Keefe. For this production, NET will travel to the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, where they have converted a double-sized classroom space into an intimate 88-seat studio theater.
Slow Descent features former NET Artistic Director Elizabeth A. Harris as Molly, a NASA scientist, whose story is told in reverse chronology, beginning with the Columbia disaster in 2003 and ending with the Challenger disaster 18 years earlier, in 1986. Rounding out the ensemble are Sue Breving, Brian Berendts and Michael Hall.
Ed Cohen, who previously directed Death of a Salesman for NET, returns to take on this compelling story. He says, “I love Catie’s use of the Space Shuttle program as a metaphor for relationships, which have the potential for spectacular, magical successes and equally spectacular, but paralyzing failures. Presenting the story in reverse chronological order allows the audience to see how the characters’ behavior – their confusions and doubts – developed out of past events.”
New Edgecliff Artistic Director Jim Stump is happy to see NET’s relationship with O’Keefe culminate with the premiere of a full length play. As he says, “When Catie joined New Edgecliff we were impressed with her work – a contemporary voice with a sense of intrigue that kept audiences looking forward to where the story would take them next. We chose one of her short plays, Darker, for our return to the Fringe Festival and it received wonderful critical and audience response. And the projects we’ve asked her to work on have always been spot on. I felt strongly that we needed to present a full-length piece by Catie as the next step both for her and for us.”
As for the playwright, O’Keefe says this play represents a very personal response in general to great disasters in human history because, as she puts it, “I feel they bring out some very resounding responses in human nature by which we are humbled in our own limits and existence. When the Columbia disaster occurred I remember watching and feeling so incredibly drawn to the trauma of the event – something that has stuck with me for some time. I’ve always wanted to be able to use that in a play.” Through the character of Molly, O’Keefe examines how our relationships are influenced by external events. “My work often follows the course of a relationship and how it changes and develops in relation to the environment. I felt that Molly was the perfect character to place in an experiment of love, career and life choices sandwiched between the Challenger and Columbia disasters in an attempt to capture the path of this one woman’s journey in relation to such monumental events.”
NET Executive Director and founder Michael Shooner adds, “We’re very excited to have Ed Cohen directing Catie’s very honest, human play in such an innovative and intimate setting. The folks at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center have been quite accommodating in allowing us to transform this space. All in all, it should make for a memorable night of theatre.”
Intended for mature audiences only.
Slow Descent from Heaven
February 20–23 (Wed-Sat) and February 26–March 2 (Tues-Sat), 7:30pm.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Avenue
Tickets: $23 adults, $18 seniors, and $15 students
purchase online, or call (513) 399-6638
New Edgecliff Theatre returns to the 5/3 Bank Theater at the Aronoff Center for the Arts for our 2013-14 season. This intimate black box theatre provides the perfect setting for NET’s productions, and gets our audiences close to the action in a comfortable setting. The Aronoff Center for the Arts is located at 650 Walnut Street in the heart of downtown Cincinnati’s business district, and is easily accessible from all the major expressways. Learn More
Check back for information on our 16th season, coming soon!