CCM Video: Teaser Trailer for ‘Our Country’s Good’

CCM’s Mainstage Acting production of Our Country’s Good opens with a preview performance at 8 p.m. tonight, Feb. 13, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

Directed by Susan Felder, the award-winning play centers on a group of 18th-century criminals and British colonialists who explore how theatre can help rehabilitate and inspire. A British Royal Marine lieutenant decides to put on a play to celebrate the king’s birthday. He casts the play with English convicts who populate a distant Australian prison camp to remind them that “there is more to life than crime and punishment.” Few of them can read, let alone act, and the play is produced against a background of food shortages and barbaric prison punishments. CCM’s production is for mature audiences.

Arts reporter David Lyman describes Our Country’s Good as “witty, sobering and highly revealing of harsh life in what is now the Sydney suburbs,” in a preview story for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Watch CCM Acting’s teaser trailer for the production: https://youtu.be/i0LNQtTWfLg

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OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally

CCM’s production will last 2 hours, including a 10-minute intermission.

Creative Team

  • Susan Felder, director
  • Joshua E. Gallagher*, scenic designer
  • Sam Kittle*, hair and make-up designer
  • k. Jenny Jones, fight choreographer
  • Ashley Trujilo*, costume designer
  • Michael Ekema-Nardella*, lighting designer
  • Zachory Ivans*, sound designer
  • Travis Byrne*, associate sound designer
  • Yue Shi (Jenny)*, production stage manager
  • D’Arcy Smith and Katherine Webster, dialect coaches

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Madeleine Page-Schmit as Mary Brenham
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Dabby Bryant
  • Kayla Temshiv as Duckling
  • Abby Palen as Liz Morden
  • Chandler Bates as Meg/Reverend
  • Carlee Coulehan as Johnston/Convict/Narrator
  • Olivia Buss as Dawes/Convict/Narrator
  • Jack Steiner as Ralph Clark
  • Carter LaCava as Robert Sideway
  • Jabari Carter as Captain Phillip/Aborigine
  • Cameron Nalley as Ross/James Ketch
  • James Egbert as Harry Brewer/Campbell
  • Trey Peterson as Caesar/Narrator
  • Graham Rogers as Judge Collins/Narrator
  • Lucas Prizant as Arscot/Tench
  • Duncan Weinland as Wisehammer/Faddy

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online though our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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CCM Mainstage Acting Presents Dark Comedy ‘Our Country’s Good’

Based on the true story of convicts and captors producing Australia’s first play, “Our County’s Good” is an inspiring tribute to the transforming power of drama. Tickets on sale now.

CCM continues its Mainstage series with Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good from Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview performance) through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Directed by Susan Felder, the award-winning play centers on a group of 18th-century criminals and British colonialists who explore how theatre can help rehabilitate and inspire.

Based on Thomas Keneally’s historical novel “The Playmaker,” Our Country’s Good tells the true story of Australia’s first theatrical performance in the 1780s. A British Royal Marine lieutenant decides to put on a play to celebrate the king’s birthday. He casts the play with English convicts who populate a distant Australian prison camp to remind them that “there is more to life than crime and punishment.” Few of them can read, let alone act, and the play is produced against a background of food shortages and barbaric prison punishments. CCM’s production is for mature audiences.

“The play throws wild humor up against absolute brutality,” Felder says. “We see convicts and soldiers in their daily lives — all while trying their best to produce a play.”

CCM’s production takes advantage of Patricia Corbett Theater’s wide, thrust stage to create the maze of the Australian landscape. The set creates an “edge of the world” feel, Felder says, where the set and the characters transform — sails become a tent, the sun can change into the moon and condemned convicts become aspiring actors.

Recipient of the BBC Award: West End Play of the Year, the Laurence Olivier Award, the London Evening Standard Award and the New York Drama Critics Award, Our Country’s Good is described as “a tribute to the transforming power of drama…It is heartening to find someone standing up for theatre’s unique spiritual power” (The Guardian).

CCM Acting presents Our Country’s Good on Feb. 13 (preview performance)-17, 2019 at Patricia Corbett Theater. The production will last 2 hours, including a 10-minute intermission. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.
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Creative Team

  • Susan Felder, director
  • Joshua E. Gallagher*, scenic designer
  • Sam Kittle*, hair and make-up designer
  • k. Jenny Jones, fight choreographer
  • Ashley Trujilo*, costume designer
  • Michael Ekema-Nardella*, lighting designer
  • Zachory Ivans*, sound designer
  • Travis Byrne*, associate sound designer
  • Yue Shi (Jenny)*, production stage manager
  • D’Arcy Smith and Katherine Webster, dialect coaches

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Madeleine Page-Schmit as Mary Brenham
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Dabby Bryant
  • Kayla Temshiv as Duckling
  • Abby Palen as Liz Morden
  • Chandler Bates as Meg/Reverend
  • Carlee Coulehan as Johnston/Convict/Narrator
  • Olivia Buss as Dawes/Convict/Narrator
  • Jack Steiner as Ralph Clark
  • Carter LaCava as Robert Sideway
  • Jabari Carter as Captain Phillip/Aborigine
  • Cameron Nalley as Ross/James Ketch
  • James Egbert as Harry Brewer/Campbell
  • Trey Peterson as Caesar/Narrator
  • Graham Rogers as Judge Collins/Narrator
  • Lucas Prizant as Arscot/Tench
  • Duncan Weinland as Wisehammer/Faddy

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online though our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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CCM 48-Hour Film Festival Celebrates Student Creators

On Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, CCM kicked off its 5th annual university-wide 48-Hour Film Festival, produced by Richard Hess, Chair of the CCM Acting Department. This year’s festival attracted 90 participating students from across multiple UC colleges who came together in one weekend to create six short films.

Participants included students from the CCM Acting Department, as well as students from CCM’s Electronic Media, Musical Theatre, Commercial Music Production and Theatre Design and Production programs. The festival also welcomed student participants from other UC majors including: Communication, English Literature, Fine Arts, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Design, Computer Science and more.

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“The festival challenges students to quickly solve problems and the fast turnaround of the project helped eliminate the second-guessing often involved in creative work,” says Hess. “The 48-Hour Film Festival is a perfect chance to say, ‘Yes, yes, yes! With your creativity, a space, a camera and some people interested in storytelling, you can make a beautiful short film together in a short period of time and that’s amazing!”

Students created six films for this year’s festival: The Medium’s Assistant, Woodrow, True Accurate Honest Portrayals of Stories that Actually Happened to People, The Sparkling, Ononta Avenue, and Ghost Getters. The films were screened in a packed house on Sunday, Oct. 28 in the Main Street Cinema at UC’s Tangeman University Center.

Each year the festival offers awards to the students involved in the audience’s favorite films. This year’s Audience Awards go to:

  • Outstanding Film – Woodrow, produced by Audrey Schlembach
  • Outstanding Direction – Briley Oakley (The Medium’s Assistant)
  • Outstanding Cinematography – Lindsey Ballou (Ononta Avenue)
  • Outstanding Editing – Eli Lucas (Ononta Avenue)
  • Outstanding Writing – Abby Palen, Jabari Carter, Ellie Fangman (Woodrow)
  • Outstanding Writing – Donovan Williams, Kayla Temshiv, Lucas Prizant (Ghost Getters)
  • Outstanding Composition – Duncan Weinland  (Ghost Getters)
  • Outstanding Production Design – Gabriella DiVincenzo (The Medium’s Assistant)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Jabari Carter (Woodrow)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actress – Paige Jordan (The Medium’s Assistant)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actor – Jack Steiner (Ghost Getters)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actress – Kristina Steinmetz (Woodrow)
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CCM’s 2018-19 Studio Series Presents Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Eurydice’

This play re-imagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Admission is free but reservations are required.

CCM kicks off its 2018-19 Studio Series with Sarah Ruhl’s retelling of Eurydice on October 11-13. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists and breathtaking poetry, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

Susan Felder, CCM professor of acting and movement, directs the production. In her director’s note, Felder explores the theme of grief in Eurydice:

“The play is adapted from a myth by the Greeks, who believed that after we die, we travel through a river that washes and rids us of burdensome memories of life and loss. The play offers us just that proposition. What if we could rid ourselves of the passage through grieving times? What if it were that easy?” Felder asks.

Performances of Eurydice take place Oct. 11-13, 2018, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, October 8. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

On November 17, CCM and the Cincinnati Opera will also present an operatic version of this play, featuring music by 2018 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Aucoin. Admission to this Opera Fusion production is free, but reservations are required. Tickets will become available through the Cincinnati Opera box office on Monday, November 5 at 10 a.m; call 513-241-2742 to reserve.
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Eurydice Cast List:

  • Madison Pullman as Eurydice
  • James Egbert as Father
  • Jabari Carter as The Interesting Man
  • Duncan Weinland as Orpheus
  • Ella Eggold as Loud Stone
  • Madeleine Page-Schmit as Little Stone
  • Jack Steiner as Big Stone

Performance Times:

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13

Location:
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission:
Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. 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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Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Slideshows: ‘The Government Inspector’

CCM’s 2018-19 Mainstage Series opens with Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s comic masterpiece The Government InspectorDirected by Richard Hess, the play is presented at 8 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 4 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater.

View the slideshow below for your first look at The Government Inspector. You can read more about CCM’s production in preview stories by CityBeat Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“The story has all the clever banter and comic timing of a snappy modern-day sitcom.” – David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer

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“The Government Inspector is a zany satire written by Nikolai Gogol in 1836 — but it still finds relevance today.” – Rick Pender, CityBeat Cincinnati

Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

Creative Team

  • Richard E. Hess, director
  • Lindsey Purvis*, scenic designer
  • Evan Carlson*, lighting designer
  • Hankyu Lee*, sound designer
  • Courtney Paige Hickenlooper*, stage manager
  • Kelly Yurko, wig and make-up designer
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Kate Webster, dialect and vocal coach

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Carter LaCava as Ivan Alexandreyevich Hlestakov
  • Briley Oakley as Osip, his servant
  • Graham Rogers as Mayor
  • Gabriella DiVincenzo as Anna Andreyevna, his wife
  • Zoe Cotzias as Marya, his daughter
  • Amanda Nelson as Grusha, their maid
  • Matt Fox as Judge
  • Cameron Nalley as School Principal
  • Sarah Durham as Postmastress
  • Lucas Prizant as Doctor
  • Trey Peterson as Dobchinsky
  • Reid Robison as Bobchinsky
  • Michelle Jardine as Innkeeper’s Wife/Corporal’s Widow
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Waitress/Locksmith’s Wife
  • Paige Jordan as Svetsunov, the police chief
  • Frankie Chuter as Abdullin/Constable 1/Imperial Messenger
  • Jason Pavlovich as Pentelaeyev/Constable 2

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, October 4
  • 8 p.m. Friday, October 5*
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, October 6*
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, October 6
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, October 7

*Travel and parking may be impacted by UC Homecoming events on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through CCM’s e-Box Office.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2018-19 Mainstage Series.

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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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Play Service, Inc., New York.

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CCM E-Media and Acting students win NATAS Student Production Award

The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) awarded a team of CCM Electronic Media and Acting students the 2018 Regional Student Production Award for Best Long Form – Fiction for a film they created in class. The students competed in the College/University category, which includes Ohio University, Xavier University, Asbury University and other schools in the Ohio Valley area.

Integration Episode 1: The Update is a science-fiction drama that was created in the Spring 2018 Capstone Film course (EMED 4003), taught by Electronic Media Division Head Kevin Burke. The professor is no stranger to having his students’ work honored at prestigious events and film festivals.

“Projects produced in the class have won multiple Student Emmy Awards at both the regional and national levels, have been entered and won awards in a number of film festivals and have won in a variety of student production competitions,” Burke says.

Integration Episode 1: The Update is set in a future where computers are even more ubiquitous than they are today. A charismatic but less-than-ethical CEO instructs one of his employees, an unsuspecting computer programmer, to create a dramatic software update to one of the company’s programs. The 22-minute film follows the consequences of this update.

Nine E-Media students and four Acting students participated in creating the film, with assistance from Burke and CCM Acting professor Bob Pavlovich. The E-Media students are Matthew Harris, Austin Baker, Javert Valbarr, Nile Ross-Watson, Jared Bailey, Connor Smith, Caleb Smiley, Jamila Flowers and Jesse Circelli. The Acting students in the film are Isaac Hickox-Young, Sarah Durham, Landon Hawkins and Briley Oakley.

“I think Matt Harris did a great job writing, directing and editing the film. Austin Baker’s cinematography, Caleb Smiley’s lighting, the sound design by Connor Smith and visual effects by Javert Albarr all helped the film receive recognition by the Student Emmy Awards,” Burke says.

However, Burke is quick to point out that this film involved the work of both E-Media and Acting students. He refers to the project as a “CCM Collaborative Film.”

“I believe the outstanding performances by the CCM Acting students really set the film apart from the other entries,” Burke adds. “The talent, range and discipline of these students allow the audience to suspend their disbelief, care about the fictional characters and buy into the premise of the film.”

Producer Nile Ross-Watson fondly remembers the moment that he and fellow students decided to work on a science-fiction film, a challenging genre that he thinks no other E-Media students have attempted before for their final projects.

“I remember sitting with Matthew and Austin, thinking of what we were going to do for our final project,” he shares. “After some time, we came up with the idea of a Sci-Fi project! We were instantly bouncing ideas back and forth. One of the big ideas that we knew we wanted to do was have a color scheme throughout the project. Matthew looks at me and says, ‘What’s a good color that says futuristic?’ I instantly said, ‘Teal.’ From there, we had a good idea of what our project was going to look like.”

The students approached this class project as they would approach any professional project, says Ross-Watson. They spent many days studying all aspects of the film until they were satisfied with the final product. CCM’s E-Media program emphasizes hands-on learning so students will have plenty of experience and preparation for their future careers. Alumni from CCM E-Media have recently been recognized at the Academy Awards, the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and the Grammy Awards.

Learn more about CCM E-Media at ccm.uc.edu/emedia.

About the Ohio Valley Chapter
The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was established in 1962. It is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. The Chapter presents the prestigious and coveted Emmy® Award to television professionals in thirteen markets in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, honors industry trailblazers with the Silver and Gold Circle and makes scholarships available to students at colleges and universities throughout the region.

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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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Satirical comedy ‘The Government Inspector’ opens CCM Mainstage Series

CCM Acting presents Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector on Oct. 3 (preview)-7, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now.

A good satire bites when it is written, says director Richard Hess, but a great satire withstands the test of time and continues to bite for future generations. He is referring to political comedy The Government Inspector, which opens CCM’s 2018-19 Mainstage Series on Oct. 3, 2018.

Written by Russian dramatist Nikolai Gogol in 1834 and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher in 2008, The Government Inspector is a hilarious reminder of the terrifying timelessness of bureaucracy and buffoonery. When the locals of a small town learn that an undercover government inspector is coming for a surprise visit, a case of mistaken identity sends the whole village spiraling into a world of panic and greed.

The play was originally presented in 1836 with the consent of Russian Emperor Nicholas I, but it is said that “he later regretted his tolerance,” says Hess, Chair of CCM Acting. “The Government Inspector is a classic because it was funny then and it is funny now.” Hess adds. “Our production is set in an 1836 that feels uncannily like 2018.”

Hatcher’s adaptation premiered off-Broadway in 2017 to great acclaim. The New York Times called it a “buoyant” production that “generates the kind of collective enthusiasm in its audience that you associate with home-team football games.”

After choosing serious dramas for CCM Acting’s Mainstage Series for the past few years, Hess wanted to produce a show that makes audiences laugh long and laugh hard. He says he laughed during every rehearsal with CCM Acting students, and he hopes audiences will fill the theater with laughter at every performance.

CCM Acting presents The Government Inspector on Oct. 3 (preview)-7, 2018 at Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

Creative Team

  • Richard E. Hess, director
  • Lindsey Purvis*, scenic designer
  • Evan Carlson*, lighting designer
  • Hankyu Lee*, sound designer
  • Courtney Paige Hickenlooper*, stage manager
  • Kelly Yurko, wig and make-up designer
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Kate Webster, dialect and vocal coach

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Carter LaCava as Ivan Alexandreyevich Hlestakov
  • Briley Oakley as Osip, his servant
  • Graham Rogers as Mayor
  • Gabriella DiVincenzo as Anna Andreyevna, his wife
  • Zoe Cotzias as Marya, his daughter
  • Amanda Nelson as Grusha, their maid
  • Matt Fox as Judge
  • Cameron Nalley as School Principal
  • Sarah Durham as Postmastress
  • Lucas Prizant as Doctor
  • Trey Peterson as Dobchinsky
  • Reid Robison as Bobchinsky
  • Michelle Jardine as Innkeeper’s Wife/Corporal’s Widow
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Waitress/Locksmith’s Wife
  • Paige Jordan as Svetsunov, the police chief
  • Frankie Chuter as Abdullin/Constable 1/Imperial Messenger
  • Jason Pavlovich as Pentelaeyev/Constable 2

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 3 (preview performance)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, October 4
  • 8 p.m. Friday, October 5
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, October 6
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, October 6
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, October 7

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through CCM’s e-Box Office.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2018-19 Mainstage Series.

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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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Play Service, Inc., New York.

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CCM Acting Holds Annual Senior Showcase and DOLLY Awards on March 23

CCM Acting Class of 2018

The CCM Acting Class of 2018 will present their Senior Showcase at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. this Friday, March 23, 2018, in the Robert. J. Werner Recital Hall.

The annual DOLLY Awards ceremony follows the evening showcase performance and includes the recognition of an outstanding alumnus of the program — Drew DiCostanzo. These events are free and open to the public; reservations are not required.

The showcase performance consists of a variety of scenes by graduating seniors in CCM’s Acting program, demonstrating the depth and breadth of the acting skills they have honed during their undergraduate training at CCM. The Senior Showcase is the first presentation of a performance that the students will take on the road for their professional debuts in New York and Los Angeles.

The evening performance is followed by the annual DOLLY Awards, hosted by Professor Richard E. Hess, CCM’s A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen Chair of Acting. The awards recognize the outstanding student achievements and performances in the 2017-18 CCM Acting Season, which includes productions of Hamlet, The Earth Is Flat, the 48-Hour Film Festival, Love and Information and TRANSMIGRATION 2018. Awards are given for Excellence in Performance and Excellence in Ensemble Performance.

“The CCM Acting Class of 2018 has much to celebrate, despite the unexpected losses of their classmate Andrew Huyler Ramsey and Professor Rocco Dal Vera,” Hess says. “Their resiliency and light shines even brighter as they prepare to showcase their talents in Cincinnati, New York and Los Angeles. This is a truly special class.”

Drew DiCostanzo.

Drew DiCostanzo.

The highlight of the DOLLY Awards ceremony is the presentation of the 2018 Julia Winter Cohen Career Excellence Award. This year’s honoree is Drew DiCostanzo (BFA Dramatic Performance, 1994).

DiCostanzo was the producer/director/writer of the immersive and eccentric Dr. Havock’s Sideshow of Curiosities, which premiered at the Stratosphere in 2012 and placed No. 2 in Where Magazine’s Top 10 Haunts in Las Vegas. He was also part of the production team and provided original direction for Frankie Moreno Live at Stratosphere, which received “Best Strip Headliner” and “Best All-Around Performer” awards in 2012. Drew is married to Angela DiCostanzo and has a wonderful son, Dylan. The DiCostanzos spent nearly 12 years headlining their creative, fun and unique brand of magical entertainment around the world — on land and at sea — for such gaming and leisure icons as Caesars Palace, Monte Carlo (with Lance Burton), Disney Cruise Line, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises.

Established in 2003, DiCostanzo is the President and Creative Director of DV8 Reality Magic, which has produced original entertainment for companies such as Diageo, Novartis, State Farm, Bayer Crop Science, Procter & Gamble, ALCOA, DHL Airways and Pre-Paid Legal to name just a few. Additional illusionary design and direction credits include the 10-part PBS pilot series Dooley, water conservation show at Virginia’s Nauticus Museum in and OperaCadabra! for the Cincinnati Opera. DiCostanzo currently works for Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas as their Senior Marketing Manager, Resident Shows Division.

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PERFORMANCE TIMES
2 p.m. and 7 p.m.* Friday, March 23
*The DOLLY Awards ceremony takes place after the 7 p.m. performance

LOCATION
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

ADMISSION
Admission to the CCM Acting Senior Showcase and DOLLY Awards Ceremony is FREE and open to the general public. Reservations are not required.

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 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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Students rehearse for CCM's TRANSMIGRATION Festival. Photos by CCM Acting student Jabari Carter.

TRANSMIGRATION Festival of New Works Returns to CCM March 7-9

CCM Acting presents the annual Transmigration Festival March 7-9, 2018.

Tickets for the 10th Anniversary edition of CCM’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival become available at noon on Monday, March 5 through the CCM Box Office.

CCM presents six original works in the Acting Department’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival: Nightlight, Flipping Channels, Price of Admission, Powder Train, Everyman and Underneath Paoli, Arizona. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the annual festival runs March 7-9, 2018 throughout CCM Village.

TRANSMIGRATION gives CCM Acting students the freedom to produce an entirely new show from start to finish. The teams are tasked with writing, designing and producing a 30-minute piece of theatre all on their own. View the slideshow below for behind-the-scenes rehearsal images of this year’s festival:

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Co-produced by CCM Acting Chair Richard Hess and Professor Brant Russell, this unique festival has presented 60 original productions over the past 10 years. The shows are performed simultaneously and in non-traditional spaces throughout CCM’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts. Attendees may customize their personal theater-going experience by viewing up to four shows of their choice throughout the evening.
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NIGHTLIGHT
“There is always a light in the darkness.”
Featuring: Amanda Nelson, Rin Wallace, Chandler Hoffert, Will Clark, Gaby Medina, Ella Eggold, Mafer Del Real, Isaac Hickox-Young, Gema Ibarra
Location: Corbett Center Room 4735
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UNDERNEATH PAOLI, ARIZONA
“10, 9, 8, 7…”
Featuring: Reid Robison, Trey Peterson, Sierra Coachman, Duncan Weinland, Jeremy Maislin, Jack Steiner, Jacqueline Daaleman, Kenzie Clark, Lauren Carter
Location: Corbett Center Room 3705
*This production will involve an accessible, short audience “field trip.”
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FLIPPING CHANNELS
“Sit tight and turn up the volume for Molly the Traveler!”
Featuring: Canaan Bracey, Sydney Miles, Kayla Temshiv, Graham Lutes, Zoe Cotzias, Carter LaCava, Jabari Carter, Meg Olson, Olivia Passafiume, Dan DeGroh
Location: Corbett Center Room 4755
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PRICE OF ADMISSION
“The Circus is Coming to Town!”
Featuring: Cameron Nalley, Olivia Buss, Lucas Prizant, Matt Fox, Chandler Bates, Sarah Durham, Nick Heffelfingers, Josh Reiter
Location: Corbett Center Room 3705
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POWDER TRAIN
“Don’t worry too much, it’ll happen to you.”
Featuring: Carlee Coulehan, Frankie Chuter, Michelle Jardine, Briley Oakley, Abby Palen, Madeleine Page-Schmit, Landon Hawkins, Rupert Spraul
Location: Corbett Center Room 4755
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EVERYMAN
“So God wants you to save humanity… What next?”
Featuring: Jason Pavlovich, Annie Jacques, Paige Jordan, Madison Pullman, Graham Rogers, Gabriella DiVincenzo, Carissa Cardy, James Egbert
Location: Corbett Center Room 4735
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Performance Times

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8
  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 9

Location
CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 5. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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 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

 Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub

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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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