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.

View the slideshow below for your first look at CCM’s production:

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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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CCM Calendar Updates for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Please note the following updates to CCM’s 2017-18 calendar of major events:

  • TIME/VENUE CHANGE: The Pianopalooza Plays Prokofiev concert has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at CCM’s Dierterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300.
  • ADDITION: CCM’s Ethnomusicology program welcomes Turkish singer, composer and scholar Latif Bolat for a Guest Artist Recital at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at CCM’s Mary Emery Hall, Room 3250.
  • ADDITION: The Zodiac Trio will hold a master class at 4 p.m. and a Guest Artist Recital at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 at CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.
  • ADDITION: Alan Siebert and Michael Unger will hold a joint Faculty Artist Recital at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church, located at 2690 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park, KY 41017.
  • DATE CHANGE: The Ariel Quartet‘s concert originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 30 has been moved to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the request of the Quartet. The concert will remain in CCM’s newly renovated Corbett Auditorium.

CCM’s full schedule of major performances for the fall semester is available online at ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/notations-ovations/fall-2017-schedule.

You can always find the most up-to-date information on CCM’s calendar of events at ccm.uc.edu.

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CCM Opens 150th Anniversary Mainstage Series with ‘Hamlet’

CCM Opens 150th Anniversary Mainstage Series with 'Hamlet'

The Bard’s epic tragedy runs Wednesday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 1, in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

CCM kicks off its 2017-2018 Mainstage Series with a preview performance of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Patricia Corbett Theater. Set in the roaring 1920s, Hamlet plunges audiences into the madness of family disillusionment, lost romance, betrayal, murder, suicide and the existential question of what it means to be human.

Hamlet director Susan Felder explores the Bard’s original script to find universal themes and struggles that have remained throughout history. To capture this, Felder’s production is set in a more contemporary time that echoes the chaotic atmosphere of Shakespeare’s Denmark.

“In Hamlet, we see a war-weary nation, hastily seeking the ‘return to joy’ after the death of its beloved King,” says Felder, CCM Professor of Acting and Movement. “They never see the rapidly approaching collapse of their kingdom. So, what better time than the roaring ’20s? I can never see clips from that time without thinking how vehemently celebratory they are as they dance toward the crash and collapse at the end of that decade.”

CCM’s production distills the play’s epic questions into something familiar – shifting friends, lost love, the death of a father — and lifts the characters from the page to the stage.

“It’s exciting to me that we have a Hamlet and friends who are still in college and on the brink of taking life by the horns — as Hamlet is,” Felder says. “The cast is wildly excited.  We’re getting to dig deeply into this play to see where we as real people meet these characters as real people.”

Felder makes her Mainstage directorial debut with Hamlet. She is thrilled to work with student cast and creative teams who exhibit the same level of commitment that she encountered while working in professional theatre.

“They really understand their role in telling a story — in telling this story — and every decision is designed toward illuminating something bigger about the play,” she says. “This play has set them on fire.”

CCM’s Mainstage Series presents Hamlet from Sept. 27 (preview) through Oct. 1, 2017 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 for UC students with a valid ID. Additional student discounts are available through the CCM Box Office. 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/hamlet.

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Creative Team

  • Susan Felder, director
  • Logan Greenwell, scenic designer*
  • Oliver Tidwell Littleton, lighting designer*
  • Matthew Birchmeier, sound designer*
  • Ashley Berg, costume designer*
  • Meredith Keister, hair and make-up designer
  • Gina Mechley, fight choreographer
  • Anna Naderer, stage manager*

* CCM student

Cast List

  • Chandler Bates as Bernardo/Ensemble
  • Jeremy Maislin as Francisco/Priest/Ensemble
  • Gabriella DiVincenzo as Horatio
  • Will Clark as Marcellus/Ensemble
  • Carter LaCava as Ghost/Gravedigger/Ensemble
  • Landon Hawkins as Claudius
  • Ella Eggold as Gertrude
  • Briley Oakley as Lord Voltemand/Ensemble
  • Madison Pullman as Cornelius/Messenger/Ensemble
  • Rupert Spraul as Hamlet
  • Isaac Hickox-Young as Lord Polonius
  • Nicholas Heffelfinger as Laertes
  • Kenzie Clark as Ophelia
  • Josh Reiter as Rosencrantz
  • Matt Fox as Guildenstern
  • Mafer Del Real as Player King/Ensemble
  • Sarah Durham as Player Queen/Ensemble
  • Abby Palen as Gravedigger/English Ambassador/Ensemble
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Osric/Ensemble
  • Lauren Carter as Fortinbras/Ensemble

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Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29
  • 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Hamlet are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 for UC students with a valid ID. Tickets to the Sept. 27 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.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2017-18 Mainstage Series.

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/hamlet.

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 Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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Story by CCM graduate student Jonathan Dellinger

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