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Limelight Review - August, 2019

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Cast Announcement

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Mariemont Players is excited to announce the cast of our November show, Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound, directed by Jerry Wiesenhahn.

The cast includes:

Kate Jerome: Linda Callahan

Jack Jerome: Fred Murrell

Ben Epstein: Arny Stoller

Eugene Morris Jerome: Jake Hart

Stanley Jerome: Tanner McDole

Blanche Morton: Peggy S. Allen

Part three of Neil Simon’s acclaimed semi-autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene Jerome and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with family tensions, parental pressures, and maybe even…love? When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, some things about the family portrayed in the sketch seem very familiar…

Performance Dates: November 8-24

For tickets, call Betsy at 513-684-1236 or purchase online: https://mariemontplayers.com/index.php/tickets-subscriptions

  

Upcoming Auditions

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Mariemont Players and director Jennifer Keith are pleased to announce auditions for Evelyn in Purgatory by Topher Payne

Audition dates/times:

August 19 and 21, 2019. |. 7:00-9:30pm

Audition Location:

Mariemont Players - 4101 Walton Creek Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45227

Production dates:

January 10 - 26, 2020

Show Summary:

A sort of Breakfast Club for teachers, Evelyn in Purgatory shows what happens when teachers land in their own version of detention.  A claim of improper behavior by a failing student lands Evelyn Reid in the New York Public School’s Reassignment Center, one of a series of empty offices in the Department of Education Building. There she encounters a group of teachers who have to sit and wait for their cases to be reviewed.  Some are guilty, some are not, but all have long since lost any hope of returning to a classroom.  Over the course of the school year, these colleagues form an unlikely alliance, reminding each other of forgotten passions, emerging to face life outside in unexpected new directions. They also learn French, workshop a screenplay...and learn some troubling secrets about each other.

Character Descriptions:

CANDACE METZGER - 30s. The person with the most power in the room, and the least qualifications for it. From New Jersey, tries to hide the accent but fails when she gets emotional.

EVELYN REID - 30s. Likeable and resourceful. A careful mix of guarded pleasantry- she has a stellar game face. New England native.

LILA WADKINS - 50s. Calm, maternal, thoughtful, witty. The voice of reason. The art teacher everyone wishes they had. Upstate New York native, some residual hippie around the edges.

TOBY FLEMING - 20s. A bit of a geek. Quiet, passive-aggressive, perpetually uncertain. Brooklyn native.

FRED DISALVO - 50s. Bombastic, funny, a bit of a bully. A gym teacher from Hell's Kitchen, back when that still meant something.

ROBERTA BURKE - 60s. The self-appointed queen of all she surveys. Razor-sharp wit, no patience, and an uncanny ability to spot the weaknesses in those around her. Very Bronx.

ATWOOD (unseen) - The head of the disciplinary panel. The invisible voice of absolute authority. Written as “Ms. Atwood,” but can be changed to “Mr. Atwood” to accommodate a gender swap.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  Headshots and resumes are appreciated but not required. Please bring any known conflicts. Rehearsals will begin at the end of October or beginning of November.

ALL CAST MEMBERS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR TECH SUNDAY REHEARSAL ON DECEMBER 29, 2019.

For more information, please contact director Jennifer Keith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

 

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Current Show

Is he dead posterMariemont Players, Mark Twain, David Ives, MPI, Theatre, Theater, Cincinnati Theatre  

The first production of our 2019-2020 season, Is He Dead? runs September 13th through the 29thMichele Mascari makes her MPI directorial debut with the comedy by Mark Twain, adapted by David Ives.

The cast includes:

Nick Young - Francois Millet/Daisy Tillou

Ryan Bowron - Chicago

Jimmy Jackson – O’Shaugnessy 

Darren Lee - Dutchy 
Katie Jensen - Marie

Cat Cook - Cecile/Lefaux

Roscoe Mlinek - Papa Leroux 

Petrina Barresi - Mme. Bathilde

Tara Pettit - Mme. Caron
Ray Lebowski - Andre Bastien

Danny Davies - Charlie, Basil, Claude, King of France, Policeman

The (silent) roles of the Sultan of Turkey and the Emperor of Russia will be played by a series of special guests who will vary through the run.    

 

Strike Crew 

Thank you to everyone who helped with strike for Grease !

Mickey Masterson

Nick Latham

Bill Pauly

Aimée Ward

Charlotte Laughlin

Jessica Archer

Vicky Rafferty

Jackie Miesle

Julia Beitz

Art Kibby

Betsy Bowers

Derek Snow

Dan Dermody

Jay Dallas Benson

Margot Lakes

Garret Liette

Conner Liette

Zach Riggins

Karly Danos

DeVohn Jackson

Tom Peters

Pat Kramer

Adrianna Boris

Tyler Metcalf

 

All Around Town 

  • Valeria Amburgey will play Sylvia Charles (Nana) and CJ Bossart will play Tom O’Grady in The Drama Workshop’s production of Nana’s Naughty Knickers. Performance dates: August 9-25, 2019.
  • Kathie Labanz will play Daisy in Cincincinnati Landmark Productions’ Driving Miss Daisy at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. Performance dates: September 5-29, 2019.
  • Jennifer Keith will play Donna Sheridan, and Mary Ann Smith Adrianna Boris will perform in the ensemble of the Footlighters Inc. production of Mamma Mia. Performance dates: September 12-28, 2019.
  • Jay Dallas Benson will play Frederick Treves, Arny Stoller will play Carr Gomm/Conductor, Burt McCollom will play Ross/Bishop Walsham How/Snork, and Sally Fint will play Streetwalker/Pinhead/Princess Alexandria in the CenterStage Players production of The Elephant Man, directed by Tom Peters. Performance dates: September 27-29, October 4-6, 2019.
  • Elizabeth Chinn Molloy will play Margaret/Annabella/Pamela in the Falcon Theatre production of The 39 Steps. Performance dates: September 27-October 12, 2019.
  • jef brown will direct The Village Players of Fort Thomas production of Arcadia. Performance dates: October 4-12, 2019.
  • Lee Anne Waldfogle will play a reporter in the Beechmont Players production of The Best Man, directed by Jim Waldfogle. Performance dates: October 4-12, 2019.
  • Lon Nease will play Charles Condomine and Betsy Bossart will play Elvira in The Drama Workshop’s production of Blithe Spirit. Performance dates: October 11-27, 2019.
  • Susan Schapiro will play Mrs. Warwick in the St. Paul Players production of The Unexpected Guest. Performance dates: October 18-27, 2019.
  • Jimmy Jackson will play The Visitor in the Footlighters Inc. production of Spitfire Grill, directed by Dan Maloney. Production dates: November 7-23, 2019.
  • Ed Cohen will direct the Falcon Theatre production of Marjorie Prime. Performance dates: Nov. 22-Dec. 7, 2019.
  • Liz Taylor will play Delia in the Falcon Theatre production of Blues for an Alabama Sky. Performance dates: January 24-February 8, 2020.


July, 2019 Play Reading Report

By Anna Nixon

A small group came to read an old English play by Simon Gray called “Quartermain Terms”. It is set in a language school in Cambridge in the 1960’s.

The stage is set in the staffroom of the school and encompasses various idiosyncratic teacher and professor characters in their interplay and dialogue.

It has typically British humor and some bathos – even sadness. Our group did it justice and seem to enjoy it.

Readers were Jan Costello (good to see you, Jan), Karen ZauggFred RothzeidJoyce and Art Kibby, their daughter Kristen WaddellJohn Nixon and yours truly (who could only listen after eye surgery last week. Frustrating!)

Thanks again to Joyce for the two delicious desserts and coffee!

Next reading: Tuesday, August 20th. at 7.30 pm.

Hope to see you then!

 

OCTA Excerpt Evaluation - Out of Sterno

Directing Concept and Style: “This piece was wonderfully staged. The director clearly understands the style needed for the play and executed it brilliantly.” “Even in small spaces the director found opportunities to use a variety of physical levels to create interesting pictures (ie., Peaches on the floor in Zena’s salon).”

Acting: “Despite the caricature-esque personas, each actor portrayed his/her role/s with honesty and truth. Zena is a character that we feel we should hate, but the actor’s portrayal of a flawed woman made her an object of compassion, especially when Dotty/Peaches continued to support Zena’s plan to kill the wife because her “best friend” needed her. The actors used a variety of tempos, pitch and facial animation to carry the dialogue. Dan’s female characters were so real thanks to his complete immersion in the characters. I lost sight of a man playing the women and instead became interested in these WOMEN. Hamel’s character gave us great insight into his flaws in just one quick scene. Because he gave us that man easily excited by a female form, we could build those flaws into our understanding of him so that Zena’s comments about her boyfriend made sense to us.”

Overall Performance: “Overall an exceptionally strong piece. Acting, directing, and design all combined to create a performance that completely met the needs of the play. For me, this was one of the best excerpts of the weekend.”

 

MPI Culture - Who We Are

Mariemont Players recently developed a Culture Statement and Code of Conduct, both summarized on the back/second page of our Membership Form. We believe that stating our shared values and who we are as a community will strengthen and foster our organization and our members.

 

Membership

MPI Membership Renewal – Please stay and play with us for another year!

The 2019-2020 membership year began July 1st and we hope you will renew! If you haven’t sent your renewal ($15 for individual or $25 for family), please do so as soon as possible so you can continue to receive the Limelight Review, party invitations, and other news! See the membership form (on our website) for more information. 

Limelight Review - June, 2019