CINCINNATI: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has announced its 2018-19 season, which will include 12 productions.
“The breadth and variety of our new season is sure to delight and entertain audiences of all ages,” said artistic director Blake Robison in a statement. “The 2018-19 season showcases the ambition, diversity and wide range of programming we provide to the greater Cincinnati community.”
The season will kick off with William Goldman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Misery (Sept. 1-29). Robison will direct the play, about a novelist kidnapped by his “number one fan.” Barbara Chisholm will star as Annie Wilkes.
Next will be Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly (Oct. 13-Nov 10). The play, a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, follows the much-ignored middle Bennet sister Mary. Eleanor Holdridge will direct.
Then the Playhouse will present the world premiere of Cincinnati King by KJ Sanchez (Nov. 3-Dec. 23), a musical about King Records, owned by music producer Syd Nathan and the home of hits such as “The Twist” and “Fever.” Sanchez will also direct.
For the holidays, the theatre will present Howard Dallin’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Nov. 21-Dec. 29). It will be the 28th straight year the theatre has presented the production; Michael Evan Haney will direct.
Then in 2019, the Playhouse will present a comedy show from the Second City, called It’s Not You, It’s Me (Jan. 10-27, 2019).
Next will be In the Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes (Jan. 19-Feb. 17, 2019). May Adrales will direct the musical about a Latinx community in New York City. The musical will be coproduced with Seattle Repertory Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
Then the theatre will produce the world premiere of The Last Wide Open by Audrey Cefaly (Feb. 9-March 10, 2019). The play is about Lina, a waitress, and Roberto, an immigrant, who find themselves alone together after work one day and form a connection.
After that will be Two Trains Running by August Wilson (March 2-30, 2019). Timothy Douglas will direct Wilson’s classic story about African-American residents in Pittsburgh during the Civil Rights Movement. The play is a coproduction with Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
In the spring, the theatre will present The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse (March 23-April 21, 2019), a comedy is about a group of artists trying to create a culturally sensitive play about Thanksgiving.
Next will be You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown by Clark Gesner, based on the comic strip by Charles M. Schultz (April 20-May 18, 2019). Bill Fennelly will direct the musical about the Peanuts gang, and the production will feature new musical arrangements, where the actors play their own instruments. Nick Cearley will play Linus.
The final show of the season will be announced at a later date.
Founded in 1959, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park produces a mix of work for diverse audiences.