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.  



by Jonathan Singer

What is the qualifying key to entry into medical school? Discover the surprising answer in Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative’s staged reading of Jon Singer’s Waitlisted, Tuesday, March 20, at 7:30 p. m. in the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Bank Theater.

Nora coaches Polly for the interview phase of her application to a progression of medical schools. But neither coach nor interviewee anticipates the character of Polly’s interviewers and the nature—and relevance—of the questions they’re asking. Can Polly eventually “psyche ’em out”? (It only hurts when I laugh, Doctor….)

For far less than an application fee—only $8—find out. For tickets, call (513) 621-2787 or visit https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/cpi-waitlisted

"Sister Carrie”

by Herb DuVal

You know of Lerner & Lowe and Rodgers & Hammerstein. Now learn of Homans & DuVal, creators of Sister Carrie, a musical adaptation of the 1901 Theodore Dreiser novel. The Peter Homans/Herb DuVal version will have its staged reading at the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Bank Theater, at 7:30 p. m., April 3. An ambitious small-town girl heads for the big cities, first Chicago, then New York, and, entanglements with besotted males notwithstanding, makes it big on her own in theatre. DuVal, writer of the book and lyrics, styles Sister Carrie as “the first feminist musical.”

website to buy tickets is CPI New Voices: Sister Carrie | Cincinnati Arts

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