Press Releases

FEBRUARY 12, 2015


Waiting for a Godot-like absent father, with a present surrogate standing by uneasily, makes for excruciating tension in the life of a young black man in Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative’s reading of David Greer’s Hour Farther in the Fifth Third Bank Theater of the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30 p. m.

Victor, an angry young professional, has a date to meet his birth father for the first time. He speculates agonizingly about the identity of his mysterious parent, his conscious and sub-conscious populated by an adoptive family of positive and negative influences, and a deceased twin brother.

A member of the CPI play-reading committee, recommending Hour Farther for a staged reading, called the play “perhaps the most important submission in recent memory,” in terms of immediate social issues.

Playwright David Greer is also an actor. He appeared in Get On Up, Universal’s James Brown biopic, and he will be seen with Don Cheadle in Miles [Davis] Ahead. A member of several Broadway producing teams, his Scottsboro Boys producers’ group was nominated for a Tony.

Tickets for Hour Farther are $8, and available at the door, March 10, and also, in advance, by calling (513) 621-2787 or by going online at




With the help of faith, love does conquer all in Family Healing, an “inspirational drama” by CJ Johnson which will be given a Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative staged reading at the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Bank Theater, 7:30 p .m., Tuesday, February 10. Piper N. Davis directs.

While Family Healing finally displays a positive outcome, getting there is not half the fun for the characters, although the journey, punctuated by some sharp dialogue, does provide laughs for the audience.. A stressed-out CEO wife creates a chilly atmosphere that tempts her mechanic husband to seek the warmth of a fling with a cute but “loose” cleaning woman.

Husband is found out and kicked out. From the distance that hurt has created, husband and wife attempt to travel back to each other and to the kind of love that led to their marriage. A cast of sometimes hilarious supporting characters, with their own issues, populate the trip.

Family Healing is C. J. (Cynthia) Johnson’s CPI debut. She will follow up, next season, with Home, a dramatization of domestic disturbance. Ms. Johnson is also author of three novels.

She holds a management degree (cum laude) from Park College, which she puts to use working with the Dayton, OH, EPA. She has been married to husband Drew for 28 years. Son Xavior will soon, himself, be a college grad.

Family Healing tickets are $8, and will be available at the door, the night of performance. They can also be purchased by calling (513) 621-2787, or on line at