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Fringe Bar Series

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After the shows are over, mingle with Fringe artists, volunteers, staff, & audience at Know Theatre’s Underground. We’ve got some really nifty events planned, so grab a beer and join the party! Most evenings of the bar series will feature food provided by a local restaurant or a food truck out front at Know Theatre. Festivities begin around 10:30pm each night with the Channel Fringe Hard-Hitting Action News Update and will be followed by the special events listed below:


CityBeat Fringe Kick-Off Party!

Tuesday May 27

Food. Drink. Music from Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle and Young Heirlooms.

Wednesday May 28

Sixty-second snippets of shows. What should you see?

Thursday May 29

Cards, board games, and a winner-takes-something Cornhole tournament!

Friday May 30

Help create masks and decor for Prom while enjoying Artist-priced drinks at the bar!

Saturday May 31

Grab a date or go stag. With a Masquerade theme, you anonyMUST go!

Sunday June 1

Imbibe some liquid courage and sing like no one’s listening. Featuring KJ Sean P. Hafer of Karaoke Fantastic!

Monday June 2

More hastily planned than Sochi, more exotic than Rio. Go for the gold in various feats of Fringe.

Fringe Previews

Game Night!

Everyone’s an Artist!

Fringe Prom


Fringe Olympics

Craft Cocktails with Molly Wellmann

Tuesday June 3

Enjoy some fancy schmancy cocktails from Cincinnati’s famous mixologist, Molly Wellmann.

Wednesday June 4

Gyro-stabilized fun for all! Learn to ride in style like the Fringe staff.

Thursday June 5

Ditch your smartphone and enjoy our candle-lit and acoustic night at the bar! Beware the Amish Enforcer.

Friday June 6

Celebrate Cincinnati’s rich German heritage with local craft brews and plenty of oom-pah-pah-ing. Lederhosen optional.

Saturday June 7

Segway Night

Night Without Technology


Closing Night Party & Awards! Party like there’s no Fringe-morrow (there’s not) and cheer on our Pick o’ the Fringe winners.

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Know Theatre and the Cincinnati Fringe Festival are proud members of:

Payment Technology Sponsor

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CityBeat Fringe Kick-Off Party Sponsor Mike Story Blog Sponsor Brian Griffin K.Ru’s Hair Color Sponsor Patrick Cusick

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CityBeat Fringe Kick-Off Partners

Fringe-A-Oke Sponsor Christine Wands Pick Of The Fringe Sponsor Larry Weber

Radio Partner Season Sponsors

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Box Office Information How can I buy my tickets?

Visit or call 513.300.5669(KNOW) Individual Tickets

Single tickets to all Festival shows and special events are $12.

Where can I buy my tickets? In Advance: Advance tickets can be purchased at, over the phone, or in person at Fringe Headquarters prior to 4pm on the day of the performance. After 4pm on the day of the performance, tickets for that day can no longer be purchased at Fringe headquarters. At the Venues: Venue box offices will open 30 minutes prior to the performance time.

The Headquarters

Cincinnati Fringe Festival’s Box Office is located at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 1120 Jackson Street. Tickets can be purchased in person or over phone. Box office hours are 11am - 10pm during the Festival.


Multi-show passes are a perfect way to enjoy Fringe. The Fringe schedule allows you to experience up to three shows each night and still make it home before bedtime...or keep the evening rolling at the Fringe Bar Series after the shows! Passes can be purchased at Fringe HQ and at every venue’s box office. Full Frontal - All Access Pass: $200 - Full Frontal Passes are nontransferable passes that can be used to reserve tickets in advance at headquarters or get tickets day-of at the venues. Voyeur - Flexible Six Show Pass: $60 - The voyeur pass can be used flexibly for six entries into festival events. Six advance tickets may be reserved with box office headquarters OR a Voyeur pass can be used as a punch card at walk up for tickets at venue box offices. One Night Stand Pass: $25 - Feeling frisky but afraid of long-term commitment? This pass entitles you to two tickets plus a drink at Know Theatre’s Underground bar any day of the Festival.

Late Seating Policy

Venue houses open 15 minutes prior to show time. NO LATECOMERS WILL BE SEATED. Avoid disappointment. Be on time.

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Did you know?


Every time you purchase a ticket for a Fringe Festival performance, 50% of your admission price goes directly to the artists who created that show. The Fringe Festival exists to foster the creation of new works. Thank you for helping to support independent artists with every ticket you buy!

Don’t wait in line, buy online!


GRAPHIC DESIGN Matt Steffen - Enin Productions


VENUE TECHNICIANS Chance Baker Lucas Clark Lee Colliver Fenna Henderson Tracy Hoida Olivia Leigh Kevin Macku Kristen Ruthemeyer Sally Stewart


BOX OFFICE STAFF Matt Burton Ashley Johnson Sammy Kanter Heather Kitchen Kim Mueller Rachel Shields Leyla Shokoohe Amy Spille Sally Stewart MURAL ARTISTS from HIGHER LEVEL ART Danny Babcock Robby Burgess Matthew Dayler Eric Lowenstein PERFORMANCE FRINGE JURY Darnell Benjamin Heather Britt Andrew Hungerford Dave Levy Brian Isaac Phillips Eric Vosmeier Chris Wesselman Torie Wiggins

CINCYFRINGE.COM WEBHOST Shawn Mummert C i n c i n n at i F r i n g e F e s t i va l

Each year the Fringe Festival employs over 50 individuals - we like to think of ourselves as job creators. The full time staff of Know Theatre would like to give a big THANK YOU to all of the venue techs, box office staff, jury, managers and everyone who help us make this Festival great. Thank you.


A Note from the Producer Approaching this letter is always a daunting task for me, but never more so than this, my final year as producer for the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. I am not someone that people would generally call sentimental, but this year I can’t help but look back on Festivals past. When I do, I have a great deal of pride in what we’ve accomplished together.

born out of two artists meeting at my first Fringe. I remember the first thank you I received from an artist and the smile it brought to my face feeling that I’d helped make their work better in some small way.

In just the first year…

I have also thought a great deal about what I will remember once I am gone. I will remember the Fringe Staff and their tireless work to build one of the best Fringes in the world, piece by tiny little piece. I will remember the contributors who have helped every year to support a Fringe Festival in a city that didn’t seem ready for it at one time. I will remember the Board who has allowed me the privilege of producing this Festival for seven years…and paid me to do it! I will remember the volunteers, who make things run smoothly filling in gaps that even after seven years I don’t know about. I will remember the audiences who are the most adventurous, most excitable, most opinionated, most thoughtful, and most extraordinary group of theatregoers I’ve known.

I remember what a strange and exhilarating feeling it was to read my first set of artist applications and I remember recognizing the responsibility I had to curate well. I remember the first time I walked around Over-the-Rhine peeking in the windows of vacant storefronts, instead of occupied ones. I remember designing my first poster and my first guide. I remember signing my first Fringe-related contracts. I remember my first Closing Night Party. Within hours of that, I remember my first post-Fringe depression. I remember Dr. Theirauf, whom I barely knew, but who impressed me at once as a Fringe Champion. I remember Jason Bruffy’s disdain that my system of scheduling did not include the use of post-it notes. I remember Greg Hardman telling me how important he thought Fringe was to the City and to OTR. I remember a lot of people telling me that. I remember Jeff Syroney sizing me up the whole time. I remember dealing with the first Fringe Artist I’d pissed off. I remember the first time I made a huge scheduling mistake. I remember Ensemble Theatre opening their doors and welcoming multiple Fringe shows. I remember fighting with a jurist to convince them that a show should be accepted, and I remember when that show sold only one ticket.

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I remember my first technical rehearsal. I remember seeing the excitement on the faces in a room full of artists and realizing how special this was to them. I remember meeting my first Fringe Friends. I remember the collaboration that was


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There are so many things.

I hope that you have Fringe memories as plentiful and as fond as mine. Thank you to everyone who reads this. You are the reason this Festival exists. You are the reason it thrives. We have all helped build this Festival for Cincinnati. You should be proud of yourselves and I hope you continue to share it with more and more people each year. I will miss you. Sincerely, Eric Vosmeier Outgoing Producing Artistic Director

4th Annual FringeNext Series FringeNext was conceived to give high school-aged artists an outlet for their creativity at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. This year’s applications to FringeNext were exceptional. In fact, there were so many strong submissions that we felt compelled to accept an extra production, for a total of four. Some of you know what it takes to transform little more than an idea into a fullystaged production. These motivated young artists have done just that. FringeNext shows are written, directed, designed, produced and performed by high school students. Think about that for a minute: During the final throes of the school year, with distractions like graduations and proms and exams, these young artists have chosen to create a brand new work of theatre and premiere it at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. We find them incredibly inspiring. Join us for FringeNext performances, hosted once again by our friends at The School for Creative and Performing Arts. We believe you’ll be inspired, too.

Confessions of a Fatherless Daughter SCPA (60 minutes) Wed, May 28 @ 7:00 pm Thurs, May 29 @ 8:45 pm Sat, May 31 @ 5:45 pm Not daddy’s little girl. A candid look at father-daughter relationships. Not your everyday teenage angst story about superficial crushes, this is an in-depth look at the very real emotions under the surface. Based on true stories of confusion, fear, anger, love, hope, and happiness told from the perspective of seven teenage girls, exploring the influence of a father, and how our relationships with them shape our identity. From: Sluts & Cupcakes - The School for Creative & Performing Arts Tags: Drama, Teen Friendly, Women’s Themes

Don’t Look Back SCPA (45 minutes) Wed, May 28 @ 8:45 pm Fri, May 30 @ 8:15 pm Sat, May 31 @ 7:30 pm Based off of a true story about friendship and family. A couple of weeks after the disaster destroyed their home, Michael, his family, and his best friend Charlie deem the city “unsafe.” The group splits up in search for supplies for the exodus towards the country. Time lapses and Charlie is the only one who doesn’t return. Michael, looking back on his friendship with Charlie, must decide whether to risk his family’s safety by waiting for Charlie, or leave the city, without him. From: Student’s Theater for Aid in Global Emergencies - Newport Central Catholic HS Tags: Drama, Teen Friendly, Men’s Themes

Ikelus SCPA (45 minutes) Fri, May 30 @ 9:45 pm Sat, May 31 @ 4:15 pm A young man’s journey to find acceptance in a world unlike his dreams. Ikelus is an evocative story of a young man’s journey to find acceptance in a world unlike his dreams. This production captures, through the lens of a teenage boy, the importance of feeling emotion in everyday life. This compelling story follows a besieged Ike along his journey as he struggles with narcolepsy. As the story evolves, we begin to see how the struggle of one boy represents the common struggle everyone has with expressing themselves. From: Next Step Productions - St. Xavier High School Tags: Drama, Teen Friendly, Mental Health

Names SCPA (50 minutes) Thurs, May 29 @ 7:00 pm Fri, May 30 @ 6:30 pm Sat, May 31 @ 2:30 pm C i n c i n n at i F r i n g e F e s t i va l

A little creepy, a little unsettling, very intense. Names is about a young girl named Arienette who has a severe case of childhood schizophrenia. In the midst of the impending divorce of her parents, the escalation of her disease, and growing up, she escapes to a sanctuary inside her own mind. There, memories are manifested and created into friends to help Arienette cope. However, also harbored inside is a malicious cat, the manifestation of all of Ari’s fears and anxiety. When her two worlds begin to collide, Arienette must regain control to save all that she cares about---as well as her own sanity. From: Highlands High School Tags: Drama, Teen Friendly, Mental Health 7

[Frankenstein] Gateways to Healing (60 minutes) Thurs, May 29th @ 9:30pm Sun, June 1 @ 4:30 pm Mon, June 2 @ 9:30 pm Wed, June 4 @ 9:00 pm Thurs, June 5 @ 7:30 pm In a time not far from now, a disease is annihilating women. A mysterious disease rages; wiping out women in a place and time not far from here and now. Baffled by the sickness and drowning in his own grief, a brilliant scientist develops a radical solution. A (very) loose adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel, [Frankenstein] is told through music, movement, drama, and film. From: Alex Talks and Harper Lee • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Drama, Multimedia, Adult Language

A Brief History of Beer Know Theatre (60 minutes) (Underground) Thurs, May 29 @ 9:00 pm Sat, May 31 @ 7:00 pm Tue, June 3 @ 7:15 pm Wed, June 4 @ 7:30 pm Fri, June 6 @ 7:30 pm

Drink-a-long through time in our Quantum Pint Machine! Straight from the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringes, Wish Experience brings you this docudramedy based on the life and times of the humble beer. With recommendations from FringeReview Edinburgh, and 4.5/5 Rip It Up Adelaide, InDaily says “A Brief History of Beer is an opportunity to learn, to be amazed, and to imbibe!” From: Wish Experience • London, England Tags: Comedy, Multimedia, Theatre

An Unauthorized Autobiography of Benny Hill Know Theatre (50 minutes)

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Sat, May 31 @ 4:00 pm Mon, June 2 @ 7:30 pm Wed, June 4 @ 9:15 pm Thurs, June 5 @ 7:00 pm Sat, June 7 @ 8:45 pm


The funniest man in the world’s entirely fake, true story. Come join Benny Hill, the funniest man in the world, as he relives the untold tragedies behind the genius of his art. Be a part of the indescribable moment when tragedy and comedy collide. Be simultaneously uplifted and depressed. Laugh like you have never laughed before. From the creative minds that brought you Lolita: A Three Man Show, Bombus and Berylline, and Harold comes another completely new and imaginative work. From: Four Humors Theater • Minneapolis, MN Tags: Comedy, Drama, Adult content

Aquarian Exposition:

A Trip Back to the Original Woodstock

17 E. Court St. (45 minutes) Thurs, May 29 @ 9:30 pm Fri, May 30 @ 7:30 pm Sat, May 31 @ 9:00 pm

Join us for a night dedicated to the unique and controversial decades of the 60’s. Aquarian Exposition: A Trip Back to the Original Woodstock taps into the spirit of love, acceptance and exploration that made the hippie movement one that will transcend time. Enjoy some of the most prolific music in history performed by four beautiful dancers and one amazing vocalist. Don’t miss this beautiful homage to Woodstock. From: SHARP Dance Company• Philadelphia, PA Tags: Dance, Family Friendly, Political Themes

Around Dark Matter Know Theatre (50 minutes) Sun, June 1 @ 7:45 pm Tue, June 3 @ 9:00 pm Thurs, June 5 @ 8:45 pm Sat, June 7 @ 7:00 pm The work explores the reasons of my Holocaust obsession. The piece deals with the remembrance of the Holocaust and explores it from the collective point of view and from my personal point of view. Are my obsessions with the Holocaust and the intensity of my remembrance of it a result of my personality or are they influenced by the way my country wants me to remember it? I try to understand the force that keeps pulling me to immerse myself in this dark matter. From: Mica Dvir • Tel-Aviv, Israel Tags: Drama, Solo, Political Themes, Adult Content

Bebe Know Theatre (50 minutes) Wed, May 28 @ 8:45 pm Fri, May 30 @ 7:30 pm Sun, June 1 @ 3:30 pm Mon, June 2 @ 9:15 pm

From: Patchwork • Jonesborough, TN Tags: Dance, Play w/ Music, Adult Language

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It takes everything we’ve got to just be. Hey there, Fringers! The six of us have decided to accept ourselves in all our varied, neurotic, and often contradictory glory. We’re applauding our triumphs, cringing at our failures, and rooting for each other as we learn to just be. We sing, dance, and talk, about relationships and stuff. Our passion is mixed with self-doubt, but we promise to give you everything we’ve got! Let’s laugh and cry together, shall we?


BLOGGING BEHIND BARS Elementz (60 minutes) Thur, May 29 @ 7:15 pm Sat, May 31 @ 2:30 pm Tue, June 3 @ 8:45 pm Thurs, June 5 @ 8:45 pm Sat, June 7 @ 8:30 pm Maximum security, minimum protection. How would you cope in prison? The creators of Cincy Fringe hits THE WAVE, and NOTHING, present the true events of Whitney Smith; a young non-violent criminal writing an award-nominated blog from inside the walls of a maximum-security prison. Caged with America’s most violent convicts, Whit’s sober insight and self-deprecating humor aid in coping with the anguish of institutionalization. Influenced by Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), reflections on prison reform have never been illustrated so “wittily.” From: Unity Productions • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Comedy, Drama, Political Themes, Adult Language

BOOTY! A Revolutionary Pirate Tale Art Academy Commons (75 minutes) Wed, May 28 @ 9:00 pm Sun, June 1 @ 7:00 pm Mon, June 2 @ 8:45 pm Wed, June 4 @ 8:45 pm Sat, June 7 @ 4:15 pm A historically hip and happening musical! YO HO HO! Boston, MA, 1976 – Pirate Purgatory Purged! Three feisty, fierce female pirates booted out their hellish hole of empty and into a hot, hip 70s summer. Their mission? To pillage and plunder, preparing 17-year old Ramona Schmidt and friends to navigate the sordid yearnings of mind, body and soul. Chock full of pirate props, song & dance, magic boots, revolutions, revelations, sexy Brits, cigarettes and so much more! Avast Ye! From: Tangled Leaves Theatre Collective • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Musical, Family Friendly, Teen Friendly

Fotis Canyon Gateways to Healing (55 minutes)

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Sat, May 31 @ 7:30 pm Mon, June 2 @ 7:45 pm Tue, June 3 @ 8:30 pm Thur, June 5 @ 9:15 pm Sat, June 7 @ 7:00 pm


A one man storytelling show about being a Fotis. Mike sits in a chair and tells stories. Seriously. That’s all he does. You seem skeptical. Trust him. It works and it’s funny. Unless you need your performers to stand. Is that what you need? Do you NEED that? If you DON’T need that, then please come see this show about a train trip, mother issues, sexual escapades and what it means to be a Fotis. NOTE: Mike might stand a few times during this show and is very nice and a little self deprecating, something his therapist would like him to stop doing.

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From: Mike Fotis • Minneapolis, MN Tags: Comedy, Solo, Adult Language

Gentri-Fire 17 E. Court St. (75 minutes) Wed, June 4 @ 8:45 pm Sat, June 7 @ 7:30 pm

Gentrification is a crime against humanity, but…. it’s inevitable, right? WRONG!!! Come participate in this provocative interactive evening of theater, poetry, dance, and hip-hop to explore the causes, effects, and most importantly ALTERNATIVES to gentrification in Over-The-Rhine and beyond. From: The Dream Team • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Multimedia, African American Themes, Family Friendly, Political Themes

HEIST MOTR (50 minutes)

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Thurs, May 29 @ 8:15 pm Sat, May 31 @ 7:00 pm Mon, June 2 @ 7:00 pm Thurs, June 5 @ 7:00 pm Sat, June 7 @ 6:45 pm Imagine Dashiell Hammett and Samuel Beckett in a drunken slapfight. Three crooks of questionable ability face a seemingly never-ending stream of challenges. Two bothersome hostages complicate life in the secret hideout. How much chloroform is too much chloroform? Whose tooth is this? What is roaming the air ducts? Creepy, hilarious, and thoroughly whatthehell?!, Heist is an exquisite little bit of absurdist crime noir. Yes, if Dashiell Hammett and Samuel Beckett got into a drunken slap fight and then wrote a play, it would be HEIST. From: Performance Gallery • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Comedy, Theatre, Teen Friendly, Adult Content

HOT DAMN! IT’S THE LOVELAND FROG! Art Academy Commons (75 minutes) Thur, May 29 @ 8:45 pm Sun, June 1 @ 5:00 pm Tue, June 3 @ 9:00 pm Thurs, June 5 @ 8:45 pm Sat, June 7 @ 8:00 pm

From: Hugo West Theatricals • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Comedy, Musical, Theatre

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A bluegrass odyssey in search of Loveland’s legendary frog man. Something is lurking in Loveland, the Sweetheart of Ohio, where the disappearance of a strange old man has rekindled the hysteria surrounding America’s most alluring cryptozoological phenomenon: The Loveland Frog. Join Luke Honeywell and a smokin’ bluegrass band on a riotous river adventure with maniacal moonshiners, crooked cops and the last Twightwee Indian as they rescue Pee Paw from the wondrous and elusive Loveland Frog. Based on true accounts, and featuring an all-star local cast.


How to Fold a Pleated Skirt: an Educational Guide

17 E. Court St. (50 minutes) Wed, May 28 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 30 @ 9:30 pm Sun, June 1 @ 6:30 pm Tue, June 3 @ 7:30 pm Fri, June 6 @ 8:45 pm A dance theatre work taking a “how-to” to new levels. Susie Thiel Collaborative presents a societal commentary touching on many aspects of what people tend to Google, look up or question. From the mundane of how to make a bed to more crucial subjects such as, how to get over a broken heart, the work is interwoven with light-hearted overtones that truly take the audience on an emotional journey. A mixture of dancing and speaking bodies introduces “how-to” instructional guides on a new level! From: Susie Thiel Collaborative • Lexington, KY Tags: Comedy, Dance, Adult Content

I Hate My Job

and Other Tales of Squandered Potential

Know Theatre (45 minutes) Fri, May 30 @ 9:15 pm Sun, June 1 @ 6:00 pm

A show about jobs, relationships, life, and coming of age. Our jobs are rough. We are under-paid and under-appreciated, but we’re too young to be entitled to complain about that. So we made a dance about it. I Hate My Job, and Other Tales of Squandered Potential deals with our struggles to fit into a world that we are supposedly very lucky to be a part of, and the ways we wrestle with our constant awareness of this fact. From: FK Productions • Cleveland, OH Tags: Dance, Women’s Themes, Adult Language

Ligature Marks Art Academy Commons (75 minutes)

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Wed, May 28 @ 7:00 pm Fri, May 30 @ 7:00 pm Sun, June 1 @ 3:00 pm Tue, June 3 @ 7:00 pm


Meet Jill and Terry. Sometimes murder is a multiplayer game. Jill can’t live without Terry. So it’s up to both of them – and Terry’s favorite online multiplayer game NOIR – to make sure she never has to. This noir comedy from critically-acclaimed, award-winning playwright Mac Rogers charts a twisted romance between two of life’s losers as they take one final shot to be something other than what they are. From: Gideon Productions • Astoria, NY Tags: Comedy, Drama, Adult Content

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Night Walkers Art Academy Auditorium (55 minutes) Wed, May 28, @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 30 @ 9:15 pm Tue, June 3 @ 8:45 pm Thur, June 5 @ 8:30 pm Sat, June 7 @ 7:15 pm Reality is where the heart breaks, dreams are where it mends. Do you know your dreams are not real? Do you know reality is not a mirage? In a journey of passion, pain, heartache, and madness Abby traverses the thin line between the factuality of dream world and the fantasy of real life. As the two begin to blur she comes face to face with her own horror and discovers the true meaning of healing. From: Homegrown Theater • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Theatre, Women’s Themes, Adult Content

Papa Squat’s Store of Sorts Coffee Emporium (55 minutes) Fri, May 30 @ 9:00 pm Sun, June 1 @ 7:15 pm Mon, June 2 @ 8:45 pm Thur, June 5 @ 9:15 pm Sat, June 7 @ 9:00 pm

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A hilarious music-filled memorial of a quirky trailer-park troubadour. Set in the same trailer park as last year’s Ain’t True and Uncle False with many of the same peculiar characters, Papa Squat’s Store of Sorts is a hilarious music-filled memorial for Papa Squat, who once filled the emptiness in Big-Fib Cul-de-sac with his insightful songs. “Paul Strickland is the Garrison Keillor of the trailer park.” – Cincinnati Enquirer From: Paul Strickland • Indianapolis, IN Tags: Comedy, Play w/ Music, Solo, Teen Friendly

Prefer Not To Say Coffee Emporium (60 minutes) Thur, May 29 @ 8:15 pm Sat, May 31 @ 8:30 pm Tue, June 3 @ 7:15 pm Wed, June 4 @ 7:00 pm Fri, June 6 @ 7:00 pm

From: blueDragonfly Productions • Liverpool, England Tags: Comedy, Theatre, Adult Language

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Interactive theatre. Identity labels swapped, overdosed on, destroyed. What remains? I’m an INTP female white single British scouse cynical artist guilt-ridden introverted student feminist. I’m not an ENFJ comedian teacher actor extroverted optimistic worrier. But she is. This show is devised comedic bathetic pathetic prophetic improvised interactive immersive…. Tick all that apply… Or ‘Prefer Not To Say’. Interactive theatre exploring categories and labels. Labels swapped, overdosed on, destroyed, repeated, disobeyed and rebranded. And then we can see what, if anyone, is left behind.


Reflections Elementz (55 minutes) Thur, May 29 @ 9:00 pm Sat, May 31 @ 4:15 pm Mon, June 2 @ 7:30 pm Wed, June 4 @ 8:30 pm Fri, June 6 @ 7:15 pm Start a Revolution, Stop Hating Your Body. “I was at a loss for words and my body became my voice.” Step into the lives of six characters and get a glimpse into the complex world of disordered eating and the great myth of the body-mind divide. Reflections brings you into the dark places of one’s mind, while shining light on the possibility of freedom.

From: The Freedom Ensemble • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Drama, Teen Friendly, Mental Health

Revolting Circumstances Elementz (60 minutes) Wed, May 28 @ 8:30 pm Fri, May 30 @ 8:30 pm Tues, June 3 @ 7:00 pm Thurs, June 5 @ 7:00 pm Sat, June 7 @ 3:45 Wanted: Class War re-enactors. Wigs and muskets provided. Mushrooms optional. America, 1770: The poor, the homeless, the debt-ridden rise up against their masters. America, 2014: Is there an app for that? A wandering blacksmith with Big Dreams transforms the citizens of a dying town into walking souvenirs of their Yankee-Doodle past, while his twerking tweaker of a kid channels the spirit of the religious fanatic who started the American Revolution. Corporate sponsors sought. From: The Burying Beetles • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Comedy, Drama, Political Themes, Adult Language


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Thur, May 29 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 31 @ 5:00 pm Mon, June 2 @ 7:15 pm Wed, June 4 @ 7:15 pm Fri, June 6 @ 7:00 pm Jerry Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, reimagined in monlogues. In the Jerry Sandusky scandal, one figure remains the most enigmatic to the public; his wife, Dottie, or Sarge, as she was known. People tend to dismiss her as complicit, a liar, naive or delusional. Sarge, imagines her in three settings over the course of a year as the Sandusky scandal plays out. From: Clifton Performance Theater • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Drama, Solo, Theatre

Short Attention Span Theatre Art Academy Commons (60 minutes) Thur, May 29 @ 7:00 pm Fri, May 30 @ 9:00 pm Mon, June 2 @ 7:00 pm Wed, June 4 @ 7:00 pm Thur, June 5 @ 7:00 pm 30 plays in 60 minutes. The goal? All 30 original plays must be performed in 60 minutes, and the clock is ticking. The catch? The audience decides the order of the plays. The reward? If the actors meet their 60-minute deadline, they get to eat cookies. If they don’t meet it, they get to watch the audience eat the cookies. From: SAST • Tucson, AZ Tags: Comedy, Drama, Adult Content

Slut Shaming Know Theatre (45 minutes) Wed, May 28 @ 7:15 pm Thur, May 29 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 31 @ 8:45 pm Sun, June 1 @ 2:00 pm In the aftermath of her rape, a young girl flees her tormenting community and becomes lost in time. After her sexual assault, 15-year-old Lauren has survived one trauma only to confront another: a cycle of torment from classmates and neighbors. Desperate to hide from scorn, Lauren becomes lost in time, witnessing the woman she will become, the girl she was, but always waking in the present, to the struggles that await her. What role do we play in a violent act? The answer isn’t simple. And it changes with time. Slut Shaming: A Time-Travel Rape Adventure

From: Trey Tatum • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Drama, Theatre, Teen Friendly, Women’s Themes, Adult Content

Something Something New Vagina Gateways to Healing (60 minutes) Wed, May 28 @ 9:30 pm Fri, May 30 @ 8:30 pm Sun, June 1 @ 7:00 pm Wed, June 4 @ 7:15 pm Sat, June 7 @ 2:30 pm

From: Rebecca Kling • Chicago, IL Tags: Solo, LGBT Themes, Nudity

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A solo performance about laughter, surgery, activism, and a brand new vagina. Something Something New Vagina is a solo performance about loving one’s self and one’s body. It’s also about a vagina: Rebecca Kling’s fancy new vagina. Kling was last seen at CincyFringe in 2012 with Storms Beneath Her Skin; now she’s back (she was never one to call it clits) and is ready to tackle issues of identity without ovary-acting. Climaxing with a Strip Q&A, you’d be doing yourself a dis-cervix if you miss it.


The Schedule SCPA



Wed 5/28

Thurs 5/29

Fri 5/30 6:30: Names (50) 8:15: Don’t Look Back (45) 9:45: Ikelus (45)

7:00: Confessions... (60) 8:45: Don’t Look Back (45)

7:00: Names (50) 8:45: Confessions... (60)

8:30: Revolting... (60)

7:15: BLOGGING BEHIND... (60) 8:30: Revolting... (60) 9:00: Reflections (55)

First Lutheran Church 17 E. Court Street Know Theatre

2:30: Traffick (50)

7:30: The King & I (50) 7:30: Aquarian Exposition (45) 7:00: The King & I (50) 6:30: ...Pleated Skirt (50) 9:30: Aquarian Exposition (45) 9:30: ...Pleated Skirt (50) 9:00: Aquarian Exposition (45)

4:00: ...Benny Hill (50) 7:00: ...History of Beer (60) 8:45: Slut Shaming (45)

1:00: OTRi Workshop (75) 2:00: Slut Shaming (45) 3:30: Bebe (50) 6:00: I Hate My Job... (45) 7:45: Around Dark Matter (50)

7:00: Slut Shaming (45) 9:00: ...History of Beer (60)

7:00: Ligature Marks (75) 9:00: BOOTY! (75)

7:00: Short Attention Span... (60) 7:00: Ligature Marks (75) 8:45: ...LOVELAND FROG (75) 9:00: Short Attention Span... (60)

3:00: Ligature Marks (75) 5:00: ...LOVELAND FROG (75) 7:00: BOOTY! (75)

7:30: Night Walkers (55)

7:00: Sarge (50) 8:45: Ultimate Stimulus (60)

7:15: Where Edward Went (45) 5:00: Sarge (50) 9:15: Night Walkers (55) 7:15: Ultimate Stimulus (60)

7:45: Where Edward Went (45) 9:00: Stand Up Extravaganza (90)

Coffee Emporium

8:15: Tragedy: a tragedy (75)

8:15: Prefer Not To Say (60)

7:00: Tragedy: a tragedy (75) 9:00: Papa Squat’s... (55)

8:30: Prefer Not To Say (60)

7:15: Papa Squat’s... (55) 9:00: Tragedy: a tragedy (75)

Gateways to Healing

7:00: Son of a Hutch (75) 9:30: ...New Vagina (60)

7:00: Son of a Hutch (75) 9:30: [Frankenstein] (60)

8:30: ...New Vagina (60)

7:30: Fotis Canyon (55) 9:15: Son of a Hutch (75)

4:30: [Frankenstein] (60) 7:00: ...New Vagina (60) 8:45: Son of a Hutch (75)

8:15: HEIST (50)

7:00: White Woman Creek (60) 7:00: HEIST (50)


Art Academy


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2:30: BLOGGING BEHIND... (60) 4:15: Reflections (55)

7:15: Slut Shaming (45) 8:45: Bebe (50)

Art Academy


2:30: Names (50) 4:15: Ikelus (45) 5:45: Confessions... (60) 7:30: Don’t Look Back (45)

8:30: Traffick (50)

7:30: ...Pleated Skirt (50)

Sun 6/1

Sat 5/31


7:30: Bebe (50) 9:15: I Hate My Job... (45)

7:30: White Woman Creek (60)

Join us each night at Know Theatre’s Underground for the Fringe Bar Series after the shows. See page 3 for the schedule of events!

Mon 6/2

Tues 6/3

Wed 6/4

Ensemble Theatre

7:30: Reflections (55)

Thurs 6/5 8:15: Crumble/Authorial (100)

7:00: Revolting... (60) 8:30: Reflections (55) 8:45: BLOGGING BEHIND... (60)

7:30: ...Pleated Skirt (50) 9:15: Bryyann Loves You (45)

7:30: ...Benny Hill (50) 9:15: Bebe (50)

7:15: ...History of Beer (60) 7:30: ...History of Beer (60) 9:00: Around Dark Matter (50) 9:15: ...Benny Hill (50)

7:00: Short Attention Span... (60) 7:00: Ligature Marks (75) 9:00: ...LOVELAND FROG (75) 8:45: BOOTY! (75)

7:00: The King & I (50) 8:45: Gentri-Fire (75)

7:45: Crumble/Authorial (100)

7:00: Revolting... (60) 7:15: Reflections (55) 8:45: BLOGGING BEHIND... (60)

8:30: Traffick (50)

8:15: The King & I (50)

Fri 6/6

8:15: Beertown (135)

Sat 6/7 1:00: Crumble/Authorial (100) 7:00: Crumble/Authorial (100)

3:45: Revolting... (60) 8:30: BLOGGING BEHIND... (60)

8:30: Traffick (50)

8:30: Traffick (50)

8:45: ...Pleated Skirt (50)

5:00: The King & I (50) 7:30: Gentri-Fire (75)

7:00: ...Benny Hill (50) 7:30: ...History of Beer (60) 8:45: Around Dark Matter (50) 10:00: Dog Show (30)

12:00 Group Photo! 7:00: Around Dark Matter (50) 8:45: ...Benny Hill (50)

4:15: BOOTY! (75) 8:00: ...LOVELAND FROG (75)

7:00: Short Attention Span... (60) 7:00: Short Attention Span... (60) 8:45: BOOTY! (75) 8:45: ...LOVELAND FROG (75)

7:15: Where Edward Went (45) 7:15: Sarge (50) 8:45: Night Walkers (55) 9:00: Ultimate Stimulus (60)

7:00: Where Edward Went (45) 7:00: Sarge (50) 8:30: Night Walkers (55) 8:45: Ultimate Stimulus (60)

3:15: Where Edward Went (45) 7:15: Night Walkers (55)

8:45: Papa Squat’s... (55)

7:15: Prefer Not To Say (60) 9:00: OTRimprov (75)

7:00: Prefer Not To Say (60) 8:45: Tragedy: a tragedy (75)

7:15: Tragedy: a tragedy (75) 9:15: Papa Squat’s... (55)

9:00: Papa Squat’s... (55)

7:45: Fotis Canyon (55) 9:30: [Frankenstein] (60)

8:30: Fotis Canyon (55)

7:15: ...New Vagina (60) 9:00: [Frankenstein] (60)

7:30: [Frankenstein] (60) 9:15: Fotis Canyon (55)

7:00: HEIST (50)

7:15: White Woman Creek (60) 7:00: HEIST (50)

7:00: Prefer Not To Say (60) 9:00: trueFRINGE (90)

12:30 Trans Ally Workshop (60) 2:30: ...New Vagina (60) 7:00: Fotis Canyon (55)

7:30: White Woman Creek (60)

5:00: White Woman Creek (60) 6:45: HEIST (50)

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Son of a Hutch Gateways to Healing (75 minutes) Wed, May 28 @ 7:00 pm Thur, May 29 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 31 @ 9:15 pm Sun, June 1 @ 8:45 pm Dad’s shoes would be easier to fill if they were pumps. Joe Hutcheson shares a hilarious collection of stories about growing up gay in the Hutcheson family, where all the men are nicknamed “Hutch” and boys who identify with soap opera heroines can’t identify with their dads. Until they grow up. Whether trying to get kicked off the football team or making his brother act out soap opera scenes, Hutcheson shows the audience the 1980’s through the eyes of a little gay boy who doesn’t want to be a Hutch. From: Left Out Productions • New York, NY Tags: Comedy, Solo, LGBT Themes, Adult Language

The King & I: a Hunk of Burnin’ Love 17 E. Court St. (50 minutes) Thur, May 29 @ 7:30 pm Sat, May 31 @ 7:00 pm Mon, June 2 @ 8:15 pm Wed, June 4 @ 7:00 pm Sat, June 7 @ 5:00 pm

See listing on page 14

Elvis evangelist plunders perils with music, majesty, capes, and karate. After Melvin’s grandmother is miraculously lifted from a coma by Elvis’s 1957 Christmas album, he changes his name to Melvis Praisely and starts an Elvis evangelical church. Quickly ascending to cult-like superstardom, he must fight to plunder the perils of newfound fame with music, majesty, capes, and karate. Can Melvis overcome the same obstacles faced by his King and hold onto the heart of his one true love? In the King’s name we pray. TCB. From: Schedule C Productions • Anderson, IN Tags: Comedy, Play w/ Music, Adult Content

The Legend of White Woman Creek MOTR (60 minutes)

A folk opera sung by the ghost of Anna Morgan Faber. The American frontier, 1867- A young woman flees her war-torn home to start a new life in an unfamiliar land. A thirteen-song cycle of love, betrayal and redemption in Western Kansas, sung by the ghost of Anna Morgan Faber. From: The Coldharts • Brooklyn, NY Tags: Opera, Solo, Teen Friendly, Women’s Themes, Political Themes

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Fri May 30 @ 7:00 pm Sun, June 1 @ 7:30 pm Wed, June 4 @ 7:15 pm Fri, June 6 @ 7:30 pm Sat, June 7 @ 5:00 pm


The Ultimate Stimulus Art Academy Auditorium (60 minutes) Thurs, May 29 @ 8:45 pm Sat, May 31 @ 7:15 pm Mon, June 2 @ 9:00 pm Wed, June 4 @ 9:00 pm Fri, June 6 @ 8:45 pm Amanda McCloud has a solution to America’s income gap: concubinage. Amanda McCloud is a renegade economist with a plan to fix America’s most pressing problem: income inequality. Her solution? A modern form of… concubinage. Brimming with data, charts, and dramatic life-changing stories, this TED-inspired talk proves that the rich aren’t so different when they’re forced to get close – real close – to the rest of us. Starring Tanya O’Debra of Radio Star (Cincy Fringe 2012) and Shut UP, Emily Dickinson (Cincy Fringe 2013). From: Felipe Ossa • New York, NY Tags: Comedy, Multimedia, Solo, Political Themes, Adult Content

Traffick First Lutheran Church (50 minutes) Sat, May 31 @ 8:30 pm Sun, June 1 @ 2:30 pm Tue, June 3 @ 8:30 pm Fri, June 6 @ 8:30 pm Sat, June 7 @ 8:30 pm

See listing on page 8

Enter the space. Put on a mask. Get ready to be trafficked. Pones Inc.’s seventh Fringe piece, Traffick, is inspired by New York’s Sleep No More, as well as a devoted history to interactive and site-specific productions. Traffick is created for the audience to truly experience the journey of human trafficking. Audience members will guide themselves through multi-disciplinary experiences -the more you explore the richer the show. Pones Inc.’s research with EndSlavery Cincinnati will be the rich roots for this artistic interpretation. From: Pones Inc. • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Dance, Drama, Multimedia, Women’s Themes, Political Themes, Adult Content

Where Edward Went Art Academy Auditorium (45 minutes)

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Fri, May 30 @ 7:15 pm Sun, June 1 @ 7:45 pm Tue, June 3 @ 7:15 pm Thur, June 5 @ 7:00 pm Sat, June 7 @ 3:15 pm


A grieving artist searches for meaning in his friend’s death. After living with painter Elyse and her free-spirited fiance Edward for years, screenwriter Denny is staggered when Edward dies and Elyse plans to move away. Desperate to give meaning to the death of the man that served as his muse, Denny tries to turn Edward’s final “pure, unfiltered” words into a documentary, though it becomes clear to Elyse that Denny’s memories of Edward are anything but pure and unfiltered.

Check out this show’s listing on page 12

From: Untethered Theater • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Comedy, Drama, Multimedia

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FringeDevelopment The Cincinnati Fringe Festival was created to give artists an outlet to exhibit their original work. The final productions take months or sometimes years to create from inception to production. But what you see on stage is only the last chapter in the creation of a new show. Often in this process of developing new work, the creators need an infusion of support, ideas, personalities, and questions. FringeDevelopment provides that opportunity by taking advantage of the critical mass of creativity at the Festival, and leverages them to create something entirely new. Over the course of the Festival, Fringe artists will work with creators to provide feedback, creative criticism, and support. You’ll get a chance to see these worksin-progress as a part of the Festival line-up. While these will not be fully realized productions, they will allow you to catch a glimpse of and participate in the process of creating a Fringe show. A special thanks goes out to all of the artists who volunteer their time to collaborate and to help create something new!




17 E. Court St. (135 minutes) Thur, June 5 @ 8:15 pm



Which tells the story of our town’s history better: a family’s bible or a pair of spectacles? A meteorite or a lawn sign? Part-civic ceremony, part-theatrical pageant, then at once a Choose Your Own Adventure / Murder Mystery Dinner Party, Beertown pays homage to small-town America by exploring the dynamic relationship between individuals and their community. You shape the show! Every performance of Beertown begins with a dessert potluck; bring a dessert to share!


From: dog&ponydc • Washington, DC Tags: Comedy, Improv, Family Friendly, Political Themes, Audience Participation

Workshops Workshop: Fundamentals of Improv Meet at Know Theatre (75 minutes) Sun, June 1 @ 1:00 pm Want to feel more comfortable on stage? Learn to walk funnier? Make up better fake names for people? Come to our workshop. Our well-trained, well-groomed instructors will put you and your friends (everybody is friends at an improv workshop) through your paces. You will learn to listen, to accept, and to add. And you will laugh. Whether you have been improvising for years or have never been on a stage before, come out and practice the fundamentals of good improv. From: OTRimprov • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Comedy, Improv

Workshop: Being an Awesome Ally to the Transgender Community Gateways to Healing (60 minutes) Sat, June 7 @ 12:30 pm

Bryyann Loves You 17 E. Court St. (45 minutes) Tue, June 3 @ 9:15 pm

Bryyann and friends have wacky fun in his magical bedroom. Bryyann and friends have wacky, imaginative fun in his magical bedroom until a mean bitch barbie doll named Debbie ruins Bryyann’s self esteem. Will Bryyann believe in himself ever again? A mashup of Pee Wee’s Playhouse, a John Water’s Movie and an emotional episode of Oprah, this weird show idea accidentally born during Cincy Fringe 2013 is sure to be... something. From: Kevin Thornton Entertainment • Nashville, TN Tags: Comedy, Musical, Puppets

Dog Show Know Theatre (30 minutes)

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Fri, June 6 @ 10:00 pm


Being an Awesome Ally to the Transgender Community Being an ally definitely takes some thought, but it need not be scary. This workshop, with ample time for questions and discussion, will look at allyship from the simple and easy things anyone can do to more active and hands-on ways of providing support to the entire trans community. Led by returning Cincy Fringe Artist Rebecca Kling, who regularly tours performance pieces and educational workshops to colleges, universities, and theater festivals around the country.

Dogs put on a farce. Animal Engine develops their latest work by combining dogs and farce. What do you get? A dog show. Humans playing dogs playing humans. Quick entrances and exits, mistaken identities, and love triangles will collide with panting, sniffing, and of course lots of leg humping! The Corgi is in love with the Schnauzer who just can’t get that Puggle off of his mind. You know, something like that...

From: Rebecca Kling • Chicago, IL Tags: Workshop, Transgender

From: Animal Engine Theatre Company • New York, NY Tags: Comedy, Theatre

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Picks O’ The Fringe

Visual Fringe

Audience Pick

Did you love that show? Let your voice be heard! The Audience Pick O’ The Fringe celebrates the outstanding performances you’ve seen during the Festival by letting you vote for your favorite. Ballots are available at every venue and also at You can only vote once, so consider your choice carefully! Voting ends on Saturday, June 7 at 10pm.

Critics’ Pick

The official Fringe Festival reviewers will gather in secret to decide the critical darling of this year’s Festival.

Dr. Robert J. Thierauf Producer’s Pick

The staff of Cincy Fringe gets a chance to pick their favorite show of the Festival for this award named in memory of a dedicated and beloved Fringe supporter.

FringeNext Audience Pick

Which of the FringeNext shows will walk away with this award? It’s all up to the audience! Same rules and procedures apply as with the regular Audience Pick.

The Linda Bowen Full Frontal Pick

The biggest diehards of the Fringe audience, Full Frontal pass holders will have a chance to choose their favorite show with this award named in honor of one of Cincy Fringe’s most devoted patrons.

Artists’ Pick

The Fringe Mural Local artists Danny Babcock and Matthew Dayler of Higher Level Art will again lead the painting of a 12-day mural project on the north wall of Know Theatre during the 2014 Fringe Festival. Stop by the north wall anytime day or night during the Festival to check out their work and chat with the artists. For more information about Higher Level Art, visit their website at

Each production participating in the Festival gets to vote for the show (not their own) that they found most extraordinary.

Closing Night Party with Awards! Saturday June 7, 11pm Know Theatre Underground

Special Thanks Producing the Cincinnati Fringe Festival wouldn’t be possible without all the artists, volunteers, staff, and audience members that make up our community. We’d like to give a special shout out to the following folks who have helped make the festival possible:

100s of volunteers and donors • YOU!

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Elementz • ArtsWave • Mike Boberg • CityBeat Jack Hennen • Coffee Emporium • Emilie Johnson Pastor Tom Montgomery • Mike and Julie Nichols Molly Wellmann • Jeff Syroney • Dan McCabe • Jim Tarbell Thomas McLaughlin • Patrick Cusick • Lagniappe Gina Kleesattel • Jason Burgess • Cappies • Tom Kent Bradley Gerard • Sean P. Hafer • Karaoke Fantastic Nicholás Tuttle-Albán • Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce Matt Steffen • Larry Malott


Special Events Kevy Kev’s Stand Up Comedy Extravaganza

Tragedy: a tragedy Coffee Emporium (75 minutes)

Art Academy Auditorium (90 minutes)

Wed, May 28 @ 8:15 pm Fri, May 30 @ 7:00 pm Sun, June 1 @ 9:00 pm Wed, June 4 @ 8:45 pm Thur, June 5 @ 7:15 pm

Sun, June 1 @ 9:00 pm Stand-up Comedy Showcase with Kevin Thornton and Friends. An evening of standup comedy featuring fringe veterans Kevin Thornton and Paul Strickland plus special guests from Kevin Thornton’s second annual stand up class.

From: Kevin Thornton Entertainment • Nashville, TN Tags: Comedy, Stand-Up

OTRimprov Coffee Emporium (75 minutes)

Nightfall ... absurdly seen through the lens of media sensationalism. “One of the funniest apocalypses of our time.” It is nighttime in the world. The world is dark. Everyone’s afraid. Nobody knows if the sun, once down, will ever rise again. The Governor issues excited statements appealing for calm. A news team is on the scene but are they reporting the news or creating it? The media has more questions than answers. But there is a witness, and the witness will speak. From: New Edgecliff Theatre • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Comedy, Political Themes, Adult Content

Tue, June 3 @ 9:00 pm Cincinnati’s original ______ ______ comedy. Continuing their storied Fringe careers with another one-night-only engagement, OTRimprov will pull from its grab bag of forms and styles and put on a one-of-a-kind show. Will it be “The Chronicle”? Could it be “Kentucky Man”? Do you know what any of these things are? Only one way to find out. Come to the show! Well, I guess you could call and ask, but what fun is that, plus we are going to be busy. It’s Fringe! Come see the talented cast use your suggestions to create a night you won’t soon forget. No matter how hard you try.

From: OTRimprov • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Comedy, Improv

trueFRINGE Coffee Emporium (90 minutes) Fri, June 6 @ 9:00 pm You’ve seen their shows, now hear their stories. Cincinnati’s True Theatre, approaching its fifth season, continues to sell out every one of their one-night-only shows, advertising only “true stories told by real people” and a theme. Each of their shows (including trueFEAR, trueMOM, trueOOPS!, and trueLOVE) have drawn storytellers from all walks of life. For the fourth year in a row, True Theatre will be joining the Festival with trueFRINGE, featuring five artists associated with this year’s Festival. Each storyteller will be sharing true, personal stories that will give you that behind-the-scenes look at life in-and-around the theatre that will make you laugh, cry, and shake your head*. Don’t miss the chance to make your Fringe experience complete with this ONE NIGHT ONLY show! (*Laughing, crying, and head-shaking guaranteed).

From: True Theatre • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Theatre, Storytelling

Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) by Sheila Callaghan and Authorial Intent by Itamar Moses

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Thur, June 5 @ 8:15 pm Fri, June 6 @ 7:45 pm Sat, June 7 @ 1:00 pm Sat, June 7 @ 7:00 pm Crumble (65 min): Struggling to cope with the untimely death of her father, Janice holds spiteful conversations with her dolls, her Mother suffers from panic attacks and their deteriorating apartment incessantly begs for repairs, their only comforts: visitations from Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford. Authorial Intent (25 min): Three days after moving in together, a woman tells a man she doesn’t love him anymore. Suddenly, the play itself undergoes a parallel breakdown... Is there anything at all behind the artifice? From: Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Intern Company • Cincinnati, OH Tags: Comedy, Drama, Adult Language, Adult Content

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P = Public Parking Washington Platform (1000 Elm Street • 513.421.0110 • - 15% off your meal Cafe Lang Thang (1106 Race Street • 513.381.2900 • - 15% off your meal Taste of Belgium (1135 Vine Street • 513.381.4607 • - 15% off at the OTR Bistro Mica 12/v (1201 Vine Street • 513.421.3500 • - 15% off all merchandise The Little Mahatma (1205 Vine Street • 513.723.1287 • - 10% off all merchandise SWITCH (1207 Vine Street • 513.721.8100 • - Up to 20% off ceiling fans Lavomatic (1211 Vine Street • 513.621.1999 • - 20% off your meal A Tavola (1220 Vine Street • 513.246.0192 • - 10% off your meal Quan Hapa (1331 Vine Street • 513.421.7826 • - 15% off your meal Kaze (1400 Vine Street • 513.898.7991 • - 10% off your meal Mannequin (1407 Vine Street • 513.421.3777 • - 10% off any purchase over $20 Jim Brofft Salon (30 E Central Parkway • 513.421.3300 • - 10% off services Coffee Emporium (110 E Central Parkway • 513.651.5483 • - 20% off any Coffee Drink Arnold’s (210 East 8th Street • 513.421.6234 • - Free appetizer with the purchase of two entrees Park & Vine (1202 Main Street • 513.721.7275 • - 10% off w/ cash/check, 5% off w/ credit card Rock Paper Scissors (1301 Main Street • 937.479.1405 • - 20% off on non-consignment items Urban Eden (1313 Main Street • 513.260.8434 • - 10% off your purchase Iris BookCafe (1331 Main Street • 513.381.2665 • - Free coffee with book, CD, or vinyl purchase Another Part of the Forest (1333 Main Street • - 10% off your purchase LIBBY (1420 Main Street • - 15% off all merchandise

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Thank you to our valued venue partners who make this festival possible! Art Academy (1212 Jackson Street -

Know Theatre (1120 Jackson Street -

The Art Academy of Cincinnati is an independent college of art and design, offering an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a graduate program for a Master of Arts in Art Education. The BFA degree offers majors in art history, digital arts, drawing, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and visual communication design. These programs are complimented by non-credit classes in community education for adults, teens and children.

Festival Headquarters Know Theatre of Cincinnati, producer of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, is a year-round producing theatre company. Know Theatre produces a mainstage season of contemporary American works, a national educational tour of Calculus: The Musical!, and a new program aimed at fostering local independent artists called The Jackson Street Market. Now entering its 17th anniversary season, the award-winning Know Theatre envisions a playful artistic community where artists can collaborate and grow.

Coffee Emporium (110 E Central Parkway -

MOTR (1345 Main Street -

Elementz (1100 Race Street -

(108 W Central Parkway - The School for Creative and Performing Arts is a K-12 Cincinnati Public School offering world class pre-professional arts training and advanced college preparatory academics. Approximately 1370 students attend SCPA, which is housed in the new Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education in downtown Cincinnati. Artistic Departments include Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Technical Theater, Visual Arts, and Vocal Music. Academic departments include English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

Since 1973 Coffee Emporium has been dedicated to bringing fresh perspectives to the craft of traditional artisan roasting and coffee and espresso preparation. As the oldest locally owned coffeehouse in the city, we are committed to seeking out the best coffees from all over the world. We believe that the way to ensure the greatest quality and achieve the greatest good is to bring control of the process to the local level; which is why we buy many of our coffees direct from the farmers at above market prices, roast the beans ourselves, and supply customers with only fresh, locally made pastries and lunches.

Elementz is a youth center, located in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine Gateway Quarter, whose purpose is to engage inner-city teens and young adults in positive ways as an alternative to the street culture of guns, gangs and drugs. Elementz teaches creative expression using hip hop and urban art as an overall theme, as hip hop allows expression in music, spoken word, dance and visual expression. In addition to teaching young people to express themselves through various art forms, for teens ages 14-18, we focus on engaging them in the community and building a network of caring adults to help them stay in school, advance to higher education, create a vision for their future, and stay out of serious trouble. For young adults we provide additional professional training for serious artists and help them market their artistic skills.

MOTR Pub is where original music happens in Over-the-Rhine. Free shows. Every night. Open seven days a week. Join them for dinner seven days a week and brunch on Sundays! Visit them at

The School for Creative & Performing Arts - Black Box Theatre

First Lutheran Church (1208 Race Street -

First Lutheran Church, “Following Jesus. Serving the City”. Located at 1208 Race Street (across from Washington Park), we are a diverse group of people from all walks of life. Though our stories and backgrounds are varied, we are held together by the belief that God’s grace in Jesus is the good news the world needs to hear, experience, and live into. This means following Jesus is no simple “formula” and quite often makes life more complex. So, wherever you are on your faith journey, whether you are committed to following Jesus Christ, skeptical, or just mildly curious, we welcome you. For more info visit www.firstlutherancincy. org or C i n c i n n at i F r i n g e F e s t i va l

Gateways to Healing (1206 Main Street - The highly trained doctors at Gateways to Healing have provided gentle, effective, evidence based chiropractic care along with nutrition services for families and individuals in Cincinnati since 2005. Our goal is to empower you to transform your health and live a more vital life. We work with you to create individualized wellness plans to help your body heal through natural healing approaches. Gateways to Healing has been voted best alternative health provider three times by readers of CityBeat.


Each year, the Fringe relies on over 200 volunteers to help us run Cincinnati Fringe! Our Volunteers are amazing human beings who help make The Cincinnati Fringe Festival great! But we’re always looking for new people who can help us fill some of our vacant shifts doing things such as:

Couriers Shift Coordinators Info Desk Attendants Venue Prep/Clean-up Clean-up House Managers Visit

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to sign up for shifts


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The Fringe Map Guide design by Matt Steffen @ Enin Productions | Cover art design by Alexandra Kesman









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Fringe Venues 1 SCPA Black Box (FringeNext) 108 W Central Parkway

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2 Elementz 1100 Race Street

6 Know Theatre FRINGE HEADQUARTERS 1120 Jackson Street

3 First Lutheran Church 1208 Race Street 4 Ensemble Theatre 1127 Vine Street

7 Art Academy Commons 1212 Jackson Street 8 Art Academy Auditorium 1212 Jackson Street

9 Coffee Emporium 110 E Central Parkway 10 Gateways to Healing 1206 Main Street 11 MOTR 1345 Main Street

2014 Cincinnati Fringe Festival Guide  

Updated 5.15.14