CCM Stages Award-Winning Mystery ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

The CCMONSTAGE Play Series presents this moving coming-of-age tale about the challenges and wonders of life on Oct. 17-20, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

CCM continues its new CCMONSTAGE Play Series with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, playing Oct. 17-20 in Cohen Family Studio Theater. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play, the production is based on the novel by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens.

The story focuses on 15-year-old Christopher and how he uses his extraordinary brain to navigate everyday life. He is exceptional at mathematics, but has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road. He detests being touched and he distrusts strangers, overwhelmed by sensory overload.

When Christopher finds his neighbor’s dead dog, he becomes determined to solve the mystery and find the murderer. His detective work takes him on a thrilling journey through London that overturns his entire world.

“Christopher is a hero on a hero’s journey,” says CCM Acting Professor Richard E. Hess, director of the play. “He teaches us about courage, about resilience, about curiosity and about hope. This play is a revelation, a magical journey to the heart.”

Read more about this season’s Play Series in The News Record.

The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Play Series presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Oct. 17-20, 2019, at Cohen Family Studio Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.
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Creative Team

  • Richard Hess, director
  • Mallory Bruno, production stage manager
  • Seth Howard*, scenic designer
  • Alex Mason*, lighting designer
  • Travis Byrne*, sound designer
  • Sammi Grant, dialect coach

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Jabari Carter as Christopher
  • Amanda Nelson as Siobhan
  • Gabe Nasato as Ed
  • Sierra Coachman as Judy
  • Chandler Bates as Voice One, Mrs. Shears, Mrs. Gascoyne, Woman on Train, Shopkeeper
  • Noah Buyak as Voice Two, Roger (Mr. Shears), Duty Sergeant, Mr. Wise, Man Behind Counter, Drunk One
  • Reid Robison as Voice Three, Policeman, Mr. Thompson, Drunk Two, Man with Socks, London Policeman
  • Frankie Chuter as Voice Four, Reverend Peters, Uncle Terry, Station Policeman, Station Guard
  • Kayla Temshiv as Voice Five, No. 40, Lady in Street, Information, Punk Girl
  • Michelle Jardine as Voice Six, Mrs. Alexander, Posh Woman

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20

Location

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $27; student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-box office.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York.

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CCM Acting Presents Annual Senior Showcase on March 29

Enjoy the talents of the CCM Acting Class of 2019 in its exciting senior showcase in Cincinnati prior to its professional debut in New York and Los Angeles.

Graduating students from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Acting program present the annual Senior Showcase at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. this Friday, March 29, 2019, in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

CCM Acting’s Class of 2019 will also present the showcase at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on April 2, 2019, at New York’s Griffin Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. The showcase will also be performed at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on April 16, 2019 at Los Angeles’ Garry Marshall Theatre.

The showcase performance features a variety of scenes by CCM Acting’s Class of 2019, demonstrating the depth and breadth of the acting skills they have honed during their undergraduate training at CCM.

The evening performance in Cincinnati will be followed by the annual DOLLY awards recognizing excellence by students in CCM Acting, as well as a reception in the CCM Baur Room. Event details are below.

Meet CCM Acting’s Class of 2019

Jacqueline Daaleman is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Born and raised in northern New Jersey, no, she still does not know how to pump gas. At CCM, she played Phoebe in Gracie Gardner’s world premiere of Very Dumb Kids, Voltaire in Candide with CCM Opera and Dabby Bryant in Our Country’s Good. Other favorite credits include: Launce in The Two Gentleman of Verona with RADA (London, UK), Linda in Charlie’s Girls at the Boulder Fringe Festival and Pearl Bryan in Pearl Bryan with InBocca Performance (KY). Film credits and voice over credits include: “Poetry Girl” (Amazon), “CRAIG” and “A Model Friendship”. In addition to theatre, Jacqueline loves to sing, make people laugh, travel around the world and foster puppies. Learn more at jacquelinedaaleman.com.


Gabriella DiVincenzo is a Massachusetts native and is filled with joy to be graduating with a BFA in Acting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She was seen on the CCM stage in Hamlet as Horatio and The Government Inspector as Anna Andreyevna. She made her professional debut at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati as Amanda in Darkest Night at the Gnarly Stump. Her favorite film experience in was “You’ve Met Your Match when she played a feisty femme fatale. She is wildly passionate about theatre and has worked as a director/producer on many of her own projects, including LUNGS and Men on Boats at the Liberty Exhibition Hall in Cincinnati. Gabriella is also an accomplished voice over artist. Learn more at gabrielladivincenzo.com.


Sarah Durham is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) with a BFA in Acting, and minor in Directing and Filmmaking. She has acted in many film festival winning shorts, and acts, writes, directs and produces for film and theatre. She is certified in Rapier and Dagger, Single Sword, Broadsword and Recommended in Unarmed Combat by the SAFD. Some of her favorite roles include Men on Boats (William Dunn), Di and Viv and Rose (Diane), and Shakespeare’s Fine Wit (Hermia). When she’s not busy with theatre and film, she loves running ultra-marathons, painting, reading comic books, playing tennis and basketball, paddle-boarding, kayaking and cuddling her adorable cat, Robin (named after Batman’s Tim Drake). Learn more at sarahdurhamactor.com.


James Egbert earned his BFA in Acting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, James has always enjoyed Shakespeare and the classics. Some of his favorite roles on stage include the Lead in the one man show Every Brilliant Thing, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet and the Father in Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. Some of his favorite film credits include his hero in the award winning Casper (produced by HighSock Productions), and his comedic relief in the horror film House of Hell (Directed by Jacob Berry). He is accomplished in Stage Combat, and specializes in Rapier and Dagger, Unarmed, Single Sword and Broadsword. In addition to acting, James loves playing chess, writing and all things Star Wars. Learn more at jamesfrancisegbert.com.


Ella Eggold is a young artist who is passionate about using theater as a way to bring light and connection to places that do not have enough of either. Ella has earned a BFA in Acting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and is also a classically trained vocalist. Favorite credits include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Purdue University), Gertrude in Hamlet (CCM), Lanie in God’s Ear (Purdue University), Rose in Di and Viv and Rose (Whoville Theater) and Bottom in Shakespeare’s Fine Wit (CCM). Although the majority of Ella’s training has been in acting, she has experience in producing, stage managing, set design/set building and lighting. When Ella is not doing theater, she enjoys making (and eating) ice cream, reading books and watching movies. Learn more at ellaeggold.com.


Carter LaCava is an actor, writer, producer and painter with a BFA in acting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory (CCM). Some of his favorite credits from CCM include: The Ghost/Gravedigger in Hamlet, Ivan Alexandrovich Hlestakov in The Government Inspector and Robert Sideway in Our Country’s Good. Some credits outside CCM include: Notwet in the New Stroke Ensemble’s Twothousandelever, Even in The Aliens at Rohs Street Café, and he performed in a reinterpretation of John Cage’s Theatre Piece No. 1 with the SITI company in Saratoga Springs, NY. In 2017 he trained at Skidmore College for the month-long SITI summer theatre workshop, and has since continued his individual physical theatre practice. He is also an actor-combatant with the SAFD, with a certificate in Rapier and Dagger and in Unarmed. Outside of the theater he enjoys long walks in the local park, playing RuneScape and painting. Learn more at carterlacava.com.


Madeleine Page-Schmit is thrilled to have earned her BFA in Acting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Her favorite CCM credits include: Our Country’s Good (Mary Brenham), Di and Viv and Rose (Viv), Con Amore: A Romeo and Juliet Selection (Juliet) and Eurydice (Little Stone). Madeleine wrote, produced and performed an original one-woman show, Casquette Girl, which premiered at the Clifton Performance Theatre in Cincinnati. Casquette Girl is based on the life of her 18th century French ancestor and is charged with forgotten history and themes of female disempowerment and immigrant resilience. Madeleine has studied global health and Buddhism in Thailand, visited the Chinese village where her grandmother was raised, lived with a host family in rural Senegal and written and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is passionate about building relationships cross-culturally, and also about cheese. A Denver native, Madeleine adores spending time in the mountains hiking and rock climbing. Learn more at madeleinepageschmit.com.


R. Graham Rogers is an actor, writer, director and producer who recently earned his BFA in Acting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Some of Graham’s CCM highlights include: The Mayor in The Government Inspector, Various Men (eight!) in the world premiere of The Earth is Flat and Landscaper/Attendant/Man on Date in Middletown by Will Eno. Graham’s film highlights include: the Joker in You’ve Met Your Match, a Batman gay fanfic; College Boys and HighSock Productions’ The Update. Graham loves being a part of and creating new works. He’s been a part of at least eight theatrical world premieres to date, plus more than 20 student films, thanks, in large part, to three years as co-Artistic Director of a small production company he and his roommate ran while in school. In addition to art Graham enjoys meditation and dad jokes. Nothing else! If you haven’t heard Graham laugh, you’re missing out. Learn more at rgrahamrogers.com.


New York Acting Showcase

Students from CCM and Otterbein University present their showcases to industry professionals. Visit ohioactorshowcase.com to reserve seats.

Performance Times
1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 2

Location
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street, New York, New York 10036

Los Angeles Acting Showcase

Students from CCM and Missouri State University present their showcases to industry professionals. Visit theatreanddance.missouristate.edu/showcases/LA.htm to reserve seats.

Performance Times
1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16

Location
Garry Marshall Theatre
4252 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, California 91505

Cincinnati Acting Showcase

Performance Times
2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, March 29

Location
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission to the CCM Acting Senior Showcase on March 29 is FREE; reservations are not required.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

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TRANSMIGRATION Festival of Student Works Returns to CCM

Tickets for the 11th Anniversary edition of CCM’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11 through the CCM Box Office.

CCM presents six original, student-created works in the Acting Department’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival: The Inversion Scheme, The First Timers, Terminal X, After Y, Do Not Disturb and Honey, I’m Home! Celebrating its 11th Anniversary, the annual festival runs March 13-15, 2019, throughout CCM Village.

TRANSMIGRATION gives CCM Acting students the freedom to produce an entirely new show from start to finish. The teams are tasked with writing, designing and producing a 30-minute piece of theatre all on their own. Descriptions for each production presented this year are below.

Co-produced by CCM Acting Chair Richard Hess and Professor Brant Russell, this unique festival has presented more than 60 original productions over the past 11 years. The shows are performed simultaneously and in non-traditional spaces throughout CCM’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts. Attendees may customize their personal theater-going experience by viewing up to four shows of their choice throughout the evening.

View a slideshow of the student-created posters for each production:

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THE INVERSION SCHEME
A massive solar flare knocks electrical energy off the globe, and the world crumbles. A colony holed up in a Sam’s Club has survived two hundred years later. This rugged society falls. How it falls? That’s up to you.
Cast: Noah Buyak, Austin James Cleri, Sierra Coachman, Carter LaCava, Jack McElroy, Abby Palen, Jason Pavlovich, Trey Peterson, Emily Wallace
Location: Corbett Center Room 3705
Performance Times: 7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
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THE FIRST TIMERS
What do the first person to drink cow’s milk, the first person to say “smooth as a baby’s bottom,” and the founder of Intercourse, Pennsylvania have in common? Despite their genius, none of them are allowed around children anymore. Come see The First Timers and follow the adventures of other pioneers and revolutionaries in this cavalcade of comedy!
Cast: Frankie Chuter, Zoe Cotzias, James Egbert, Matthew Fox, Charles James Gidney, Cameron Nalley, Amanda Nelson, Dustin Parsons, Rachel Baker
Location: Corbett Center Room 3705
Performance Times: 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
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TERMINAL X
Millions of people pass through airports everyday. They keep their heads down, rushing to their gates, hardly aware of the strangers that surround them. But what brings these travelers together? Find your gate, keep track of your belongings and have your boarding pass ready. Now boarding.
Cast: Chandler Bates, AJ Civello, Emma Fitzgerald, Paige Jordan, Graham Rogers, Kristina Steinmetz, Dan DeGroh, Jack Fogle
Location: Corbett Center Room 4755
Performance Times: 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
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AFTER Y
The day before they begin training for the Pangean Armed Forces, Theo stumbles upon a scientific phenomenon. In a world where a flourishing utopia has reigned throughout the millennia, what they uncover will challenge everything. Join us in this futuristic black comedy as we follow Theo’s discovery of what it means to be “other.”
Cast: Jacqueline Daaleman, Shakoria Alexus Davis, Annie Jacques, Rachel Jones, Liza Lagerstrom, Briley Oakley, Jack Steiner, Kayla Temshiv, Ariel Shaw
Location: Corbett Center Room 4755
Performance Times: 7:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
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DO NOT DISTURB
Here is your confirmation email. We tried screaming into the ether, but you didn’t respond. Please contact ROOM 4735 with any questions, to sit, stare and absorb light particles through your eyes holes. We hope you enjoy your stay at the Sleep Inn.
Cast: Gabriella DiVincenzo, Ella Eggold, Eli Lucas, Sydney Miles, Madison Pullman, Lily Olsen, Rin Wallace, Duncan Weinland, Julianna Weis-Palacios, Jacob Mallory
Location: Corbett Center Room 4735
Performance Times: 7:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
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HONEY, I’M HOME!
For the first time in history, you can join your favorite all-American family LIVE in front a studio audience on primetime! Did someone say Honey, I’m Home?! Join Jim as he navigates the ever-increasing challenges of family life. The whole gang is back for more laughter, mischief and wonderful adventures! What will the Henderson’s cook up this time? Only you can find out!
Cast: Jabari Carter, Neuma Cohen-Denson, Sarah Durham, Michelle Jardine, Gabriel Nasato, Madeleine Page-Schmit, Lucas Prizant, Reid Robison, Isabella Wagner, Griffin Whittaker
Location: Corbett Center Room 4735
Performance Times: 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
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TRANSMIGRATION Performance Times

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14
  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 15

Location
CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 11. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub

Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger

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CCM 48-Hour Film Festival Celebrates Student Creators

On Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, CCM kicked off its 5th annual university-wide 48-Hour Film Festival, produced by Richard Hess, Chair of the CCM Acting Department. This year’s festival attracted 90 participating students from across multiple UC colleges who came together in one weekend to create six short films.

Participants included students from the CCM Acting Department, as well as students from CCM’s Electronic Media, Musical Theatre, Commercial Music Production and Theatre Design and Production programs. The festival also welcomed student participants from other UC majors including: Communication, English Literature, Fine Arts, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Design, Computer Science and more.

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“The festival challenges students to quickly solve problems and the fast turnaround of the project helped eliminate the second-guessing often involved in creative work,” says Hess. “The 48-Hour Film Festival is a perfect chance to say, ‘Yes, yes, yes! With your creativity, a space, a camera and some people interested in storytelling, you can make a beautiful short film together in a short period of time and that’s amazing!”

Students created six films for this year’s festival: The Medium’s Assistant, Woodrow, True Accurate Honest Portrayals of Stories that Actually Happened to People, The Sparkling, Ononta Avenue, and Ghost Getters. The films were screened in a packed house on Sunday, Oct. 28 in the Main Street Cinema at UC’s Tangeman University Center.

Each year the festival offers awards to the students involved in the audience’s favorite films. This year’s Audience Awards go to:

  • Outstanding Film – Woodrow, produced by Audrey Schlembach
  • Outstanding Direction – Briley Oakley (The Medium’s Assistant)
  • Outstanding Cinematography – Lindsey Ballou (Ononta Avenue)
  • Outstanding Editing – Eli Lucas (Ononta Avenue)
  • Outstanding Writing – Abby Palen, Jabari Carter, Ellie Fangman (Woodrow)
  • Outstanding Writing – Donovan Williams, Kayla Temshiv, Lucas Prizant (Ghost Getters)
  • Outstanding Composition – Duncan Weinland  (Ghost Getters)
  • Outstanding Production Design – Gabriella DiVincenzo (The Medium’s Assistant)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Jabari Carter (Woodrow)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actress – Paige Jordan (The Medium’s Assistant)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actor – Jack Steiner (Ghost Getters)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actress – Kristina Steinmetz (Woodrow)
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CCM Slideshows: ‘The Government Inspector’

CCM’s 2018-19 Mainstage Series opens with Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s comic masterpiece The Government InspectorDirected by Richard Hess, the play is presented at 8 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 4 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater.

View the slideshow below for your first look at The Government Inspector. You can read more about CCM’s production in preview stories by CityBeat Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“The story has all the clever banter and comic timing of a snappy modern-day sitcom.” – David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer

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“The Government Inspector is a zany satire written by Nikolai Gogol in 1836 — but it still finds relevance today.” – Rick Pender, CityBeat Cincinnati

Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

Creative Team

  • Richard E. Hess, director
  • Lindsey Purvis*, scenic designer
  • Evan Carlson*, lighting designer
  • Hankyu Lee*, sound designer
  • Courtney Paige Hickenlooper*, stage manager
  • Kelly Yurko, wig and make-up designer
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Kate Webster, dialect and vocal coach

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Carter LaCava as Ivan Alexandreyevich Hlestakov
  • Briley Oakley as Osip, his servant
  • Graham Rogers as Mayor
  • Gabriella DiVincenzo as Anna Andreyevna, his wife
  • Zoe Cotzias as Marya, his daughter
  • Amanda Nelson as Grusha, their maid
  • Matt Fox as Judge
  • Cameron Nalley as School Principal
  • Sarah Durham as Postmastress
  • Lucas Prizant as Doctor
  • Trey Peterson as Dobchinsky
  • Reid Robison as Bobchinsky
  • Michelle Jardine as Innkeeper’s Wife/Corporal’s Widow
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Waitress/Locksmith’s Wife
  • Paige Jordan as Svetsunov, the police chief
  • Frankie Chuter as Abdullin/Constable 1/Imperial Messenger
  • Jason Pavlovich as Pentelaeyev/Constable 2

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, October 4
  • 8 p.m. Friday, October 5*
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, October 6*
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, October 6
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, October 7

*Travel and parking may be impacted by UC Homecoming events on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through CCM’s e-Box Office.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2018-19 Mainstage Series.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Play Service, Inc., New York.

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Satirical comedy ‘The Government Inspector’ opens CCM Mainstage Series

CCM Acting presents Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector on Oct. 3 (preview)-7, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now.

A good satire bites when it is written, says director Richard Hess, but a great satire withstands the test of time and continues to bite for future generations. He is referring to political comedy The Government Inspector, which opens CCM’s 2018-19 Mainstage Series on Oct. 3, 2018.

Written by Russian dramatist Nikolai Gogol in 1834 and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher in 2008, The Government Inspector is a hilarious reminder of the terrifying timelessness of bureaucracy and buffoonery. When the locals of a small town learn that an undercover government inspector is coming for a surprise visit, a case of mistaken identity sends the whole village spiraling into a world of panic and greed.

The play was originally presented in 1836 with the consent of Russian Emperor Nicholas I, but it is said that “he later regretted his tolerance,” says Hess, Chair of CCM Acting. “The Government Inspector is a classic because it was funny then and it is funny now.” Hess adds. “Our production is set in an 1836 that feels uncannily like 2018.”

Hatcher’s adaptation premiered off-Broadway in 2017 to great acclaim. The New York Times called it a “buoyant” production that “generates the kind of collective enthusiasm in its audience that you associate with home-team football games.”

After choosing serious dramas for CCM Acting’s Mainstage Series for the past few years, Hess wanted to produce a show that makes audiences laugh long and laugh hard. He says he laughed during every rehearsal with CCM Acting students, and he hopes audiences will fill the theater with laughter at every performance.

CCM Acting presents The Government Inspector on Oct. 3 (preview)-7, 2018 at Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

Creative Team

  • Richard E. Hess, director
  • Lindsey Purvis*, scenic designer
  • Evan Carlson*, lighting designer
  • Hankyu Lee*, sound designer
  • Courtney Paige Hickenlooper*, stage manager
  • Kelly Yurko, wig and make-up designer
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Kate Webster, dialect and vocal coach

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Carter LaCava as Ivan Alexandreyevich Hlestakov
  • Briley Oakley as Osip, his servant
  • Graham Rogers as Mayor
  • Gabriella DiVincenzo as Anna Andreyevna, his wife
  • Zoe Cotzias as Marya, his daughter
  • Amanda Nelson as Grusha, their maid
  • Matt Fox as Judge
  • Cameron Nalley as School Principal
  • Sarah Durham as Postmastress
  • Lucas Prizant as Doctor
  • Trey Peterson as Dobchinsky
  • Reid Robison as Bobchinsky
  • Michelle Jardine as Innkeeper’s Wife/Corporal’s Widow
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Waitress/Locksmith’s Wife
  • Paige Jordan as Svetsunov, the police chief
  • Frankie Chuter as Abdullin/Constable 1/Imperial Messenger
  • Jason Pavlovich as Pentelaeyev/Constable 2

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 3 (preview performance)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, October 4
  • 8 p.m. Friday, October 5
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, October 6
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, October 6
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, October 7

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through CCM’s e-Box Office.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2018-19 Mainstage Series.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Play Service, Inc., New York.

Featured image at top: Photo/Mark Lyons

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CCM Acting Students Devise New Work for International Fringe Festival

H2O: A Play about Water will debut in Cincinnati on April 19, 2018, as part of CCM Acting’s Studio Series.

H2O: A Play about Water will debut in Cincinnati on April 19, 2018, as part of CCM Acting’s Studio Series. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 16 through the CCM Box Office. 

CCM students have devised a new work to be presented this summer at Scotland’s Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. Before the production travels overseas, H2O: A Play about Water will premiere in Cincinnati as the final installment of CCM’s 2017-18 Studio Series on April 19-21 in Cohen Family Studio Theater.

The play is an original 60-minute piece of theatre that was created by 30 students from the Acting, Musical Theatre and Technical Production Departments at CCM. Admission to the CCM performances is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 16 through the CCM Box Office.

CCM Acting Department Chair Richard Hess conceived the show and directed the students as they crafted the new work. The play is a theatrical collage of scenes that explore the abundance, scarcity and restorative powers of water.

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“Water is life,” Hess says. “Seventy-one percent of our planet is water. Oceans rise. Droughts kill. Water soothes and water heals. H2O is an epic theatrical journey. Are you thirsty? Come have a drink of H2O.”

Faculty and students will travel to Scotland to present H2O: A Play about Water in four performances at the 71st Edinburgh International Fringe Festival on August 4-8, 2018. This is the first time CCM Acting students have presented an original work in the most prestigious Fringe Festival in the world.

“Some dreams can last 37 years, and when they come true, they are more vivid and more magical than expected,” says Hess about this opportunity. “In 1981 when I was a junior in college, I traveled to Scotland for a study abroad experience and stayed for the year studying drama and English at the University of Glasgow. I have dreamed of taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since I first set foot in Scotland 37 years ago. Taking 30 CCM students to Scotland is a dream come true.”

You can see the Cincinnati premiere of H2O: A Play about Water in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater from April 19-21. Visit CCM’s guide to Studio Series tickets for tips and tricks to secure your seats.
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Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19
  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 20
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 16. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub

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