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Ensemble Theater Cincinnati’s 2022-2023 Season Will Include Pulitzer Prize-Winning Dramas, Tony-Nominated Comedy and More

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Ensemble Theater Cincinnati Staged dancing princess in 2017.

Ensemble Theater Cincinnati (ETC) announced its 37th season on Friday, June 17. For the 2022-2023 season, the city’s “Premier Theater” will feature a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, a Tony-nominated comedy, a witty and honest story. Connection and a world premiere drama by a veteran Cincinnati actor and director. The season also includes one more of ETC’s family-friendly holiday musicals with a message.

According to producer and artistic director D. Lynn Meyers, the coming season is “about us thriving after spending so long trying to survive. So much has changed for all of us over the past two years that I have Looks like we need these shows to show our potential and perseverance to move forward. Each of these plays brings to life the stories needed for this urgent time.”

Here is the lineup:

Sweat The season was opened by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Notage (17–October 9). This powerful drama will take viewers to the heart of America, where old friends come together at their favorite bar as they grapple with life in a crippling economy. For decades, they’ve shared secrets and laughs on the factory floor, but now layoffs see them race against each other and square off in flames. Notage’s play is based on the playwright’s extensive research and interviews with real residents of Reading, Pennsylvania.

dancing princess (November 30-December 30), book by Joseph McDonough and lyrics and music by David Kisser. McDonough and Teen have been creating whimsical adaptations of Etsy’s classic fairy tales for more than two decades. It is about a kingdom where a hyperprotective king locks the doors of his palace every night to keep his five daughters safe. Yet, every morning, his shoes are eagerly worn to bursting. Eager to get to the bottom of this mystery, the king resorts to drastic measures of royal proportions. It makes for a humorous story about various princesses embarking on a journey of imagination.

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grand horizon By Bess Wohl (January 14–February 5, 2023). For the new year, Etsy presents the gripping tale of a quiet dinner for two as Bill and Nancy decide to divorce peacefully after 50 years of marriage. She feels free, she feels taken aback. But their adult sons Brian and Ben don’t take it well and Grand Horizons’ seniors descend to mediate in the living community. The show was the Tony nominee of 2020.

morning sun by Simon Stephens (February 25–March 19, 2023). Receiving its first regional production since its New York debut in November 2021, this script by the award-winning playwright Curious phenomenon of dog at night Set in Greenwich Village a generation or so ago. It’s a lively place as friends and lovers come and go, and the White Horse Tavern regularly turns up. As 50 years pass, a woman’s life is revealed in all its intricate secrets.

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Who all there? By Cincinnati actor and director Tori Wiggins (April 8-30, 2023) When it comes to relationships, things aren’t always black and white. When Dean, a young professional, and Danya, an aspiring singer, go on a refreshingly candid first date, they contemplate the dynamics of a possible interracial relationship. As they ease up, the real world brings a whirlwind of inflammatory race ties, contemplated family and friends, and a troubled past that threatens the prospect of colorblind love. Wiggins’ play was commissioned by ETC, and is its world premiere.

Maytag Virgin By Audrey Safely (May 27 – June 18, 2023). The season close is a regional premiere drama about whether good fans actually make good neighbors. When irrefutable Jack’s visits to the beloved neurotic Lizzie Nash next door, sparks fly. Over time a deep connection between the two high school teachers is revealed. safelie game, The Last Wide OpenIn early 2019 the park was presented by the Cincinnati Playhouse.

Season subscriptions are on sale now. Single tickets will be available on August 8. The Ensemble Theater Cincinnati is located at 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. More information: Enssemcincinnati.org.

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