by Rick Pender
Posted In: Theater
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Andrew Hungerford announces four coming productions
Know Theatre formally introduced its incoming artistic director, Andrew Hungerford, before a full house on Wednesday evening. He might not approach the boundless energy of his
predecessor Eric Vosmeier (more on his half-dozen years at the helm here), but Hungerford has a kind of boyish
enthusiasm for the job he's taking on that feels fresh and infectious.
The crowd of supporters seemed enthusiastic about his engagement and were
especially pleased as he filled in details about coming productions for
the months ahead in 2014.
Know's 17th season "Adaptation," he stressed that shows he's selected
are adaptations of literary works, of different genres for the stage, of
people struggling with changing circumstances and — by the way — of a
theater company adapting to a new artistic director. He announced four
The Twentieth-Century Way
by Tom Jacobson (April). Two actors play more than a dozen roles to
recreate the true story of how, in 1914, police in Long Beach, Calif.,
hired two actors to entrap gay men in the crime of "social vagrancy."
(Summer). Inspired by episodic TV series, Know will present 15-minute
slices of six "series" every other week, commencing during the Fringe
(in early June) and proceeding through the summer. This promises to be a
playground for local artists to connect with audiences returning for
more during the summer months on Know's Underground stage, with the bar
nearby — and popcorn promised.
Harry and the Thief
by Sigrid Gilmer (August). The story of a guy with a time machine and a
plan to go back to the Civil War era, find abolitionist Harriet Tubman
and give her guns. Hungerford describes this play "a socially conscious
riot of a play that uses a form of a Michael Bay action movie to tell a
story full of adventure, social relevance, and answering the call of
(October). This one was previously announced, a stage version of Herman
Melville's immense 19th-century American novel about an obsessive sea
captain and a "great white whale." Hungerford will co-direct Julian
Rad's script with "local theatrical rabble-rouser" Michael Burnham
(recently retired from the drama faculty at CCM). The production mixes
sea shanties and inventive physicality with a text that explores issues
of youth, friendship, duty and how far a man like Captain Ahab will go.
an intriguing lineup, one that seems likely to keep audiences returning
for doses of Know's brand of off-kilter but engaging theater.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
in leadership is under way at Over-the-Rhine’s Know Theatre. Eric
Vosmeier, producing artistic director for the past half-dozen years, is
gradually handing over the reins to resident scenic and lighting
designer Andrew Hungerford. Know, an adventurous and occasionally
chaotic organization that began in 1997, is handling this evolution in a
surprisingly orderly fashion.
by Rick Pender
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Vosmeier to produce second production of Lauren Gunderson’s 'Toil and Trouble'
Vosmeier says he’s stoked by a show he’s just added to Know
Theatre’s production schedule for the summer. He’s set to direct
a modern take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Lauren Gunderson’s play had its world premiere at Impact Theatre in
Berkeley, Calif., last November; Know is giving the show its second
production, opening July 26 and running through August 24.
it, Vosmeier says, is “another victory for our new schedule model
by securing the rights for the first production of this show
following its world premiere. We’ve been looking for a strong
comedy for quite some time, and I think this fits the bill perfectly.
This contemporary retelling of Macbeth
is spot on, but with enough twists and turns to keep the audience
guessing. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
and Trouble is
the story of two ambitious guys and a badass lady who decide to fight
the recession with dictatorial dreams. Instead of going to grad
school like everyone else they know, Adam, Matt and Beth are Bay Area
thirtysomethings with too much education and not enough employment.
They’re overqualified to work at Borders, and Adam is brimming with
ideas — but most of them involve robots.
to three fortune cookies with some creepy fortunes (remember, Toil
this is based on Macbeth,
which commences with three witches predicting Macbeth’s rise to
power), the trio settles for taking over a small island nation off
the coast of Chile. The show throws baseball, investors, Wikipedia,
hypothetical sex and real violence into one bubbling cauldron. The
overlay of Macbeth
hipster malaise and ridiculous modernity into the mix, demonstrating
that hubris, greed, power and passion never go out of style.
has cast Breona Conrad as Beth, Joshua Murphy as Matt and Chris
Wesselman as Adam. Conrad and Murphy have been touring for several
seasons in Know’s production of the Fringe hit Calculus:
Vosmeier says, “I’m thrilled to have one more chance to work with
Josh and Breona before they leave Cincinnati.”
can purchase tickets in advance for $15; they’ll be $20 the week of
performance, beginning Mondays at noon. (Your best deal is to
purchase one of Know’s flex-passes, six tickets for $90. You can
use some for Toil
and save the rest for future shows.) Info: 513-300-5669.
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Collaboration is the byword for many
arts organizations today, especially theaters where financial support is
tough to obtain and ticket revenues are seldom enough to support the
cost of productions. By working together, economies can be achieved and,
in some cases, multiple constituencies can be activated.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
When Know Theatre of Cincinnati was
launched in 1997, it was an itinerant theater company. In fact, it was
called the “Know Theatre Tribe” and its shows, touring productions and
readings directed by founder Jay Kalagayan, were presented at bookstores
and art galleries around town.
2010 Cincy Fringe Festival held its own and won many more friends
0 Comments · Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The seventh annual Cincy Fringe Festival finished last Saturday evening. And in a year when many arts organizations have suffered in attendance and revenue, the Fringe (operated by Know Theatre of Cincinnati) held its own. Sales of multi-day passes were almost identical to 2009, while single ticket sales declined slightly. Overall attendance for Cincy Fringe 2010 was 6,500. Average per-show attendance was similar to last year.
Know Theatre offers a daylong immersion in 'Angels in America'
0 Comments · Monday, May 3, 2010
Considering Know Theatre of Cincinnati's 10-year track record of bold moves and departures, their doubleheader staging of Tony Kushner's 'Angels in America: Millennium Approaches' and 'Angels in America: Perestroika' should come as no surprise. Nor should it come as any surprise that Know would offer theater addicts — yes, I confess to being among them — several opportunities to immerse in the entire six-plus hours of both 'Angels' on a single day.
2 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Elsewhere on this site, you can read my review of Jersey Productions' 'Oklahoma!', which represents more than the opening of Jersey's fourth season. It's part of an innovative arrangement with Know Theatre. The two companies are moving forward with complimentary programs and strengthening one another at the same time. That's good news for everyone who cares about live theater in Greater Cincinnati.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The 2009 Cincinnati Fringe Festival wrapped up on June 6 with approximately 200 people jammed into Know Theatre's bar space, the Underground. It was a festive finale to the sixth annual event's successful 12-day run. Two days before the Fringe was over, the festival’s ticket goal was met; final attendance was approximately 6,600, spurred by a 140 percent increase in pass sales over 2008.