CCM Mainstage Acting presents "Love and Information" on Feb. 8-11, 2018. Photos by Mark Lyons.

CCM Slideshows: Caryl Churchill’s ‘Love and Information’

CCM Mainstage Acting presents "Love and Information" on Feb. 8-11, 2018. Photos by Mark Lyons.

CCM Mainstage Acting presents “Love and Information” on Feb. 8-11, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Photos by Mark Lyons.

British playwright Caryl Churchill is known for writing thought-provoking works that are rife with theatrical experimentation. Many of her plays offer some sort of political or societal commentary — they ask questions but offer no answers, which allows the audience to find their own.

Such is the case in Churchill’s Love and Information, which runs today, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. The play is presented in a series of self-contained scenes that examine the various ways people search for and consume information. Over the course of CCM’s 90-minute production, 28 acting students portray more than 100 characters who are looking for ways to connect with each other in today’s technology-driven culture.

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“Leave it to Ms. Churchill to come up with a work that so ingeniously and exhaustively mirrors our age of the splintered attention span,” writes The New York Times in a review of the NY Theater Workshop of Love and Information. “Throughout her career, which spans more than four decades, this British playwright has proved herself without peer in creating expressly topical works in which form and function are one.”

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"Love and Information" runs Wednesday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

CCM’s Mainstage Series Continues with Thought-Provoking Drama ‘Love and Information’

Caryl Churchill’s poignant play runs Wednesday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

Caryl Churchill’s poignant play runs Wednesday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

CCM’s 150th Anniversary Mainstage Series continues with a preview performance of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Described by the New York Times as “thought-churning” and “deeply poignant,” the play explores how people connect in today’s technology-driven culture.

Love and Information is presented in 68 self-contained scenes, some of which have no dialogue and are only seconds long. Every scene touches on ways people search for and consume knowledge, and explores how that information impacts their relationships.

“Caryl Churchill is known for creating experimental but also incredibly relevant and emotionally provocative dramas,” says CCM Acting professor Brant Russell, Love and Information director. “It’s edgy but also extremely accessible and relatable.”

Some scenes give insight into familiar situations like breakups, reunions and depression, others feature seemingly superficial interactions like people dancing in a jazzercise class.

With 28 CCM Acting students portraying more than 100 characters, Love and Information makes high demands of its cast. CCM’s Acting Department has cast every eligible acting student in the production, which excludes the freshman class.

“It’s our 150th Anniversary, so we wanted to show off what CCM Acting has to offer, and I think this play shows us off really well,” Russell says. “The design aspects are spectacular and the acting is phenomenal — it’s exactly what audiences have come to expect from CCM.”

The set is separated into seven areas to illustrate the play’s multiple locations, including a kitchen, an entry way, a bar and a psychiatrist’s office. Actors and lighting effects will guide the audience from scene to scene as the stage transforms in front of them like a kaleidoscope throughout the production.

Originally produced at London’s Royal Court Theater in 2012, Love and Information was adapted for an American audience in a New York Theater Workshop. The themes and situations it presents are universal, Russell adds:

“Audiences will leave the theater having been plunged into a world of emotional conflict in our new era of information and will emerge with a new understanding of how we should relate to each other in 2018.”
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LOVE AND INFORMATION
Written by Carly Churchill

Love and Information will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. There will be no intermission.

*This production makes use of strobe lighting effects

Creative Team

  • Brant Russell, director
  • Matthew D. Hamel, scenic designer*
  • Justin Dudzik, lighting designer*
  • Gabriella DiVincenzo, assistant director*
  • Meghan Winter, stage manager*
  • Edward Mineishi, sound designer*
  • Brandon Thompson, costume designer*

*CCM Student

Cast List
Chandler Bates, Carissa Cardy, Jabari Carter, Lauren Carter, Kenzie Clark, Will Clark, Zoe Cotzias, Jacqueline Daaleman, Mafer Del Real, Sarah Durham, James Egbert, Ella Eggold, Matt Fox, Isaac Hickox-Young, Paige Jordan, Carter LaCava, Graham Lutes, Jeremy Maislin, Gabriella Medina, Briley Oakley, Meg Olson, Madeleine Page-Schmit, Olivia Passafiume, Madison Pullman, Josh Reiter, Graham Rogers, Rupert Spraul, Jack Steiner

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Love and Information are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 for UC students with a valid ID. Tickets to the Feb. 7 preview performance are just $15.

Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/love-and-information.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Series Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Love and Information is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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CCM’s 2017-18 Season Brochure Now Available In Print and Online

Welcome to CCM’s Sesquicentennial Performance Season!

The cover to CCM's 2017-18 Season Brochure.This season, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding with an unparalleled series of performances and special events designed to highlight a tradition of innovation and excellence dating back to 1867.

The history of CCM’s success involves three institutions separate in their origins but united by a common cause: the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the College of Music of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati. Sometimes partners and sometimes rivals, these three institutions would eventually join forces to establish one of the world’s premier schools for the performing and media arts.

In the year ahead, we will look back on CCM’s illustrious history, celebrate the careers of our impressive alumni and showcase the talents of our incredible students and faculty members. We look forward to welcoming you to the CCM Village to experience our ongoing history, the artistry of our alumni and a chance to experience the stars of tomorrow.

Download a digital copy of CCM’s 2017-18 brochure today (7.1 MB). Physical copies are also available at the CCM Box Office.

Subscription and flex ticket packages are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. For more details about CCM’s 2017-18 performance schedule, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or visit ccm.uc.edu.

Learn more about CCM’s Sesquicentennial by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/notations-ovations/sesquicentennial-celebration.

This is our story. This is your season.
Join us for a celebration 150 years in the making!

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