This fall the season will open October 11 with Samuel Hunter’s The Whale. This is the second time the Idaho playwright has tapped the talent in Clifton to present one of his works. The Whale is both a humorous and heartbreaking look at how we cope with loss, family and religion, a trifecta of taboos! The play stars Cincinnati theater favorite, Reggie Willis as Charlie, a morbidly obese college writing tutor who is trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter.
Martin Casella’s wickedly delightful and heart-wrenching play, The Irish Curse, opens February 28. What “The Irish Curse” is – and how it manifests itself – is the raw centerpiece of this rollicking new play. From its blistering language to its brutally honest look at sex and body image, The Irish Curse is a revealing portrait of how men, and society, define masculinity. Size matters to this small group of Irish-American men who meet every Wednesday night, in a Catholic church basement, at a self-help group for men with small penises. This allegedly Irish trait is the focus of their weekly whining as they feel this “shortcoming” has ruined their lives. When a 20-something blue-collar guy joins the group, he challenges everything these men thought about “the Irish curse,” tackling their obsession with body image and unmasking the comical and truthful questions of identity, masculinity, sex, relationships, and social status that define their lives.
UPDATE: THE CLIFTON PLAYERS WILL STAGE THE RIVERSIDE AT A LATER DATE.
The CPT season closes out in May with The Riverside. The Riverside is the story of a small family-owned bar in crisis, set in 1989, the story of the bar parallels the saga of Pete Rose’s expulsion from baseball that summer. The play is the work of Cincinnati writer, actor and director, Kevin Crowley.
This season the Clifton Players will join Untethered Theater—which also Theater also calls CPT home—to offer a season pass. The two companies are offering a ticket strip with a ticket to each Clifton Players and Untethered Theater show for $100. In addition to the season ticket, there will be one free BYOB (Bring Your Own Buddy) ticket which you can use to bring a friend.
Full dates to follow.