Sunday, June 6, 2004

Award commends Playhouse


Nomination lists accomplishments

By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The recipient of the Tony Award for Regional Theatre is recommended to the non-profit American Theatre Wing by the 250-member American Theatre Critics Association, which votes on nominations from across the U.S.

The American Theatre Wing has the right to refuse the recommendation, but never has. The Tony is named for its founding chairman, Antoinette Perry.

The Playhouse nomination reads, in part: "Three world premieres in the current 11-play Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park mainstage season continue a tradition of quietly being in the forefront of creating new works for national resident theater.

The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Carson Kreitzer and One by Joseph McDonough are among the latest in a list of startling works originated at the Playhouse. Others include Scotland Road, The Dead-Eye Boy and Coyote on a Fence (each finding productions in New York and beyond.)

The Playhouse presents significant national work (including Metamorphoses in 2003) and regularly showcases artists with national reputations including directors Mark Wing-Davies and Kent Gash.

In pursuit of its mission to produce a broad range of quality theater for a diverse audience, the Playhouse hosts alternative performance artists such as Kevin Kling, Tim Miller and David Cale. A leader in commissioning plays on contemporary themes for youth by diverse playwrights (Cherie Bennett, Elizabeth Wong, David Gonzalez), the Playhouse's education program serves 80,000 students annually."




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