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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 NEXT STAGED READING

"I'm Wearing My Own Clothes”

by Nancy Gall-Clayton

‘OWN CLOTHES!’ HIGHLIGHTING WOMAN DOCTOR’S HEROISM IS C.P.I. NOV. READING

Civil War-era physician, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Union army surgeon, wife, divorcee, abolitionist, spy, prisoner, Medal of Honor-winner, “suffragist” and famous “dress-reformer” is the subject of Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative’s November staged reading of Nancy Gall Clayton’s I’m “Wearing My Own Clothes! During her service, Dr. Walker wore men’s clothes because they were more comfortable, practical and sanitary. Her wardrobe choice exacerbated the resistance she faced because she was a woman in a world of men, both ordinary and authoritative. Her determination enabled her to conquer an array of obstacles, any one of which would have defeated anyone lacking her steely resolve to help and to heal the combatants in the bloodiest conflict in U. S. history. The playwright frames Dr. Walker’s story with an interview conducted when she was 84 years old. Between the beginning and ending segments, come episodes of high drama as Dr. Walker encounters and overcomes a variety of daunting challenges. To witness this heroic woman’s gripping story, playing out on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p. m. in the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Bank Theater, phone (513) 621-2787, go on line at www.CincinnatiArts.org, or get the $10 tickets at the door before the performance.

"Face to Face”

by David Greenberg

CHALLENGING I. D. IDEAS IN NEW C.P.I. READING!

Face to Face, David Greenberg’s provocative exploration of troublesome identity issues is Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative’s first 2019 staged reading. Greenberg’s no-holds-barred script, about a father with dark secrets and his self-loathing gay son in an extended slash-and- burn confrontation, will be presented in the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Theater January 8 at 7: 30 p. m. Distorted Old Testament echoes and controversial contemporary Israeli issues color the decidedly disturbing proceedings. Tickets to Face to Face, priced at only $10, may be had on line at www.CincinnatiArts.org, or by calling (513) 621-2787, or at the door, the evening of performance. This one will generate one heckuva talkback!

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