Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI) is a grassroots, non-profit arts organization of Tri-State playwrights, directors, actors, and theater supporters dedicated to developing new plays written by local playwrights. CPI strives to provide a forum for playwrights to explore the possibilities contained within their work by providing a community of playwrights within which individual initiative can seek its fullest expression.  


Our World & The Rewrite

Three related scenes -- Bang, Bang; Aisle 3, Seat 7; Thoughts & Prayers -- under the umbrella title Our World comprise the first part of Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative’s March 10 staged reading. The plays by Jim Flavin (The Shandys) add up to tragedy emanating from our country’s besetting sin of greed.
The evening’s Part Two is Gray Shaw’s The Rewrite, which is just what the title says it is. A playwright constantly tinkers with his work, frustrating his characters and pushing them toward comedic rebellion.


Foolsfest, readings of nine short plays by new and veteran Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative authors, is the April offering at the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Theater, scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 p. m. The ten-minute pieces are comedies and satires, some with an edge, some just designed to tickle funnybones. Tickets, at just $10 apiece, are available on line at www.CincinnatiArts.org. or by ‘phone at (513) 621-2787 or at the door, on the evening of performance.


Unfinished Business, the account of a senior citizens’ basketball team’s journey toward a championship, will be on view in the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Bank Theater at 7:30 p. m., Tuesday, May 12. The comedy is by husband-and-wife playwriting team Susan and Doug Decatur. Doug has had four plays stage-read by Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative over the last six years. Susan is author of the short play, Denise’s Do-Over, read during CPI’s ‘Love Fest,’ last season. Both have also performed in CPI readings and community theatre presentations. Tickets to the May event are only $10 apiece, available on line at www.CincinnatiArts.org, or by calling (513) 621-2787 or at the door.

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