Cincinnati Shakespeare Company announced its 2012-2013 season schedule. All productions will feature Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's Resident Company of Artists. CSC's 19th season of bringing the classics to life in Cincinnati is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Subscription packages went on sale February 1, 2012 Single tickets are now on sale.
Season 19 marks Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's Producing Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips' 10th anniversary. Doug Ignatius, the President of the CSC Board of Directors says "I am in awe of Brian Isaac Phillips' abilities as an artist and a leader. In the few years I have known him, his artistic vision has grown vastly in scope and breadth, achieving world class theater on a very modest budget. His effectiveness as the leader of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has brought the company to the standard of artistic excellence it enjoys today." Producing Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips says "It is amazing to take a look around and see what this organization has accomplished in the past decade. Being asked to serve in this capacity at a critical juncture during the early development of this organization was exciting and terrifying. Through the tireless dedication of the ensemble, administration, the board, loyal donors and the people of Cincinnati, I am proud of the strides we've made as a company." That list of accomplishments includes CSC joining Actors Equity Association as one of the few professional theatres in Cincinnati, doubling the operating budget allowing the company to experience a period of significant artistic growth while maintaining strict fiscal responsibility, establishing an endowment fund through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation to ensure CSC's stability in the future, renewing a deep commitment to education and outreach through robust touring and educational offerings and consistently planning an exciting line up of classics and Shakespeare leading to the imminent completion of the entire canon, truly making CSC Cincinnati's stage for the classics. "We have much to celebrate about where we've been, and we are also very excited and inspired about where we are going!"
The 2012-2013 season line up is as follows:
The Hound of the Baskervilles
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adaptation by Steve Canny
July 20 - August 12, 2012
The legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson are on the job to investigate the mysterious case of the "hound of hell" that stalks the moors. This fast-paced farcical adaptation of the classic novel is performed by only three actors tackling dozens of roles. Physical humor and visual gags will make this production a laugh out loud treat this summer. Will the courageous detective and his men survive the mystery of Baskerville Hall…and each other? The game is afoot in the regional premiere of this exciting adaptation of "The Hound of the Baskervilles"!
Director: Brian Isaac Phillips
Featuring: Jeremy Dubin, Nick Rose and Brent Vimtrup
Production Design Sponsor: Johnson Investment Counsel
To Kill a Mockingbird
Adapted by Christopher Sergel
September 7-30, 2012
In 1932 Alabama, Atticus Finch challenges the conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy. This story is a powerful portrait of a south poisoned by prejudice and the one man with the courage to fight against an injustice, but like the novel from which it comes, is filled with warmth and humor. Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning classic "To Kill a Mockingbird", in an adaptation that has brought audiences to their feet on two continents, brings this story to life in a fresh and inspirational staging that you will never forget.
Director: Sara Clark
Featuring: Bruce Cromer, DarNell Benjamin and Torie Wiggins
Ensemble Sponsor: Taft Stettinius and Hollister
Romeo & Juliet
By William Shakespeare
October 12 - November 11, 2012
One of the most beloved romantic tragedies in Shakespeare's canon, "Romeo & Juliet" is the tale of Bard's star crossed lovers, brought to life in a modern world of passion and conflict. In defiance of their families, amidst the animosity of friends and in concealment from their mentors, a young couple will risk everything to be together. Receiving a contemporary staging, this production proves its continued relevance in the lives of young and old alike throughout the ages.
Director: Brian Isaac Phillips
Featuring: Sara Clark, Billy Chace, Annie Fitzpatrick, Sherman Fracher and Paul Riopelle
Production Sponsor: Rippe & Kingston