Cincinnati's artistic director D. Lynn Meyers has assembled another set
of intriguing productions for 2014-15, opening with the musical Hands on a Hardbody (September), a Tony-nominated 2013 musical with a book by Doug Wright, the playwright of I Am My Own Wife and bookwriter for Grey Gardens,
both hits for past ETC seasons. This one is based on a 1997 documentary
about a Texas contest to win a new truck by being the last person to
keep at least one hand on the new vehicle.
In October-November it will be An Iliad,
adapted from Homer's classic Greek epic of the Trojan War by Lisa
Peterson and Denis O'Hare. This one-man show will be staged by Michael
Evan Haney, always a good bet for a fine production, and feature veteran
actor Bruce Cromer as the many characters in the story.
For the holidays, ETC will bring back Sleeping Beauty, another of its smart fairytale adaptations that entertain kids and make adults smile.
To kick off 2015, ETC will offer Sharr White's drama The Other Place,
a gripping psychological thriller.
The March-April slot has not been
filled yet. In May, former Cincinnati Playhouse artistic director Ed
Stern will work with popular stage veterans Dale Hodges and Joneal
Joplin to present the regional premiere of Outside Mullingar, a romantic comedy by John Patrick Shanley, winner of the Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony awards. (He's the writer of Doubt and Moonstruck.)
They'll play the parents of the show's shy central character, Anthony,
who lives on an Irish cattle farm, next door to Rosemary, who has pined
for him for years. This one just had a Broadway production, so ETC's
production will be one of its first on a regional stage.
Subscriptions are on sale now. For the coming season, ETC will offer a five-show Tuesday preview subscription, as well as Sunday
evening subscriptions. The preview package provides the first chance to
see productions (and at $125 price, considerably below the regular
subscription rate), and the Sunday evenings have great seating availability. You can order a subscription by calling 513-421-3555.