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Dracula and Romeo and Juliet

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By Rick Pender · September 5th, 2007 · Curtain Call
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  Richard Hess (left) and Mark Halpin's The Kid in the Dark, a recent winner at the 2007 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, is back at Know Theatre Sept. 13-15.
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Richard Hess (left) and Mark Halpin's The Kid in the Dark, a recent winner at the 2007 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, is back at Know Theatre Sept. 13-15.



Several Cincinnati theaters come back to life this week with openings at the Cincinnati Playhouse (Dracula; see To Do and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (Romeo and Juliet; see To Do pick. But KNOW THEATER OF CINCINNATI, which has been busy all summer, just keeps plugging along. This month they are showcasing some local talent, starting on Friday and Saturday evenings with a staged reading and discussion by novelist STACEY SIMS of her new (and first) script, As White as O. It's directed by University of Cincinnati drama professor MICHAEL BURNHAM (a member of the Cincinnati Entertainment Award Hall of Fame), who has been developing the piece with Sims since the beginning of the year. As White As O is about an orphaned synesthete (someone who tastes shapes and sees words in color).

When his childhood home is physically moved from Rabbit Hash, Ky., to an art museum in New York City, he is forced to confront his past and come to terms with his hopes, dreams and delusions. The following weekend Know will present THE KID IN THE DARK, recent winner of a 2007 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for outstanding alternative production. The Kid in the Dark, a song cycle about life and death, was a 2007 Fringe Festival collaboration between director RICHARD HESS, lyricist Mark Halpin and composer Andrew Smithson. Four performances will be offered Sept. 13-15. Hess has had a winning track record with Fringe productions: A 2005 production, Don't Look Down, had a New York production; The Catholic Girl's Guide to Losing Your Virginity from 2006 was an audience favorite reprised early in 2007 at the Cincinnati Playhouse; Hess' 2006 staging of (Un)Natural Disaster was another CEA winner. Know says Hess will direct Suzanne-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning play TopDog/UnderDog in January 2008. A reading of yet another new work, Frank J. Avella's Vatican Falls, a love story between an Italian woman working at the Vatican and an Italian-American man, will have a workshop presentation at Know on Sept. 22. (This is an invited reading, but some seats will be available to the public.) Vatican Falls was scheduled for an earlier production by Know, but its pace of development has been slower than expected. Info: knowtheatre.com. ...

Know Theatre is preparing for NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY in October. For the fourth year, Know invites essays, recollections, memories, poems and anecdotes about people who have come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered -- and the challenges faced. Some of Cincinnati's best actors will perform the material; writers can receive credit or remain anonymous. Most submissions are 500 to 2,500 words; Know reserves the right to edit. Deadline: Sept. 10, to info@knowtheatre.com. ...

Elsewhere, CINCINNATI PLAYWRIGHTS INITIATIVE (CPI) opens its New Voices Series with three short plays at the Aronoff Center's Fifth Third Bank Theater on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Nancy Gall-Clayton has two works on the bill, Discovery (about a teenage adoptee seeking her true identity) and Baby Joe's Song (about high school violence). Director Mary Lenning, who teaches at the School for Creative and Performing Arts will use SCPA students and others to stage Gall-Clayton's scripts. The third work is Christina Merz's Borderliners (about what it might be like to get into heaven -- and come back). Tickets: 513-621-2787. ...

As part of Sunday's SECOND SUNDAY ON MAIN festival in Over-the-Rhine, you can stop by Know Theatre (1120 Jackson St.) at 6:30 p.m. for a theater season preview featuring the folks who head artistic operations at New Stage Collective, Ensemble Theatre, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, New Edgecliff Theatre, UC's College-Conservatory of Music and Northern Kentucky University.



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