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"Silent Sky" by Lauren Gunderson, at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, in Cincinatti, Ohio, through May 14. Pictured: Miranda McGee and Maggie Lou Rader. (Photo by Daniel R. Winters Photography)
Miranda McGee and Maggie Lou Rader in "Silent Sky" by Lauren Gunderson at Know Theatre of Cincinnati in 2016. (Photo by Daniel R. Winters Photography)

Know Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season

The lineup features world premieres by Jacqueline Goldfinger and Karen Hartman.

CINCINNATI: Know Theatre has announced its 2017-18 season, which is themed “Love is Love” and will feature two world premieres, three regional premieres, and special Halloween programming

The season will open with the regional premiere of Adam Szymkowicz’s Marian: The True Story of Robin Hood (July 29-Aug. 19). The play posits that Robin Hood is Maid Marian in disguise. Alice Flanders will direct.

Next up will be Jacqueline Goldfinger’s The Arsonists (Sept. 22-Oct. 14), which is a National New Play Network rolling world premiere. Inspired by the Greek tragedy Electra, the play with music explores the relationship between father and daughter. Tamara Winters will direct.

For Halloween, the theatre will present two shows. First up will be 13 Dreams of Dead Eugene (Oct. 20-Nov. 14), by Paul Strickland and Erika Kate MacDonald, a shadow play with music based on the true story of a dead body found in 1929 and put on display. The second production will be The Death of Brian: A Zombie Odyssey (dates TBA), by Ricky Coates, a mix of physical theatre and radio drama that explores the humanity of a zombie.

Neverwhere (Nov. 25-Dec. 17), adapted by Robert Kauzlaric from the book by Neil Gaiman, will be next. This dark fantasy explores what happens when a businessman reaches out to help a young woman and falls through the cracks in reality. Andrew Hungerford will direct.

The world premiere of Karen Hartman’s SuperTrue (Jan. 19-Feb. 10, 2018) will be the first show of the new year. Set in the Catskills, the play explores two New Yorkers’ mid-life crises on the brink of their 40th birthdays.

The following show will be the regional premiere of James Ijames’s Kill Move Paradise (March 2-24, 2018). This contemporary myth follows through people in the underworld as they attempt to make sense of the world they have left. Piper Davis will direct.

The season’s final production will be the regional premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s Ada & the Engine (April 13-May 12, 2018). The play follows Ada Byron Lovelace, who imagined the contemporary world of technology before the age of computers. Tamara Winters will direct.

The Cincinnati One-Minute Play Festival (July 7-9, 2018) will also be part of the season. The event invites local writers and members of the community to shape pieces that reflect the city and the world.

The annual Cincy Fringe (May 29-June 9, 2018) will return as well.

Founded in 1997, Know Theatre produces new works that embrace theatricality and artistic risk.

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