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CCM DRAMA 2015-2016 Season

For TICKETS call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.

by David Edgar
dir. Richard E. Hess

8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 (preview)
8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3
2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4

• Mainstage Drama Series •

A play of politics and ideas, Pentecost details the discovery of a painting stunningly similar to Giotto di Bondone’s The Lamentation in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe. If proven to pre-date the master’s work, the fresco will revolutionize Western Art. A dramatic power struggle ensues, as representatives from the worlds of art history, religion and politics stake their claims for the ultimate prize. Described by the Daily Telegraph as “funny, frightening and deeply moving,” this powerful Cincinnati premiere by the Tony Award-winning adapter of Nicholas Nickleby won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play of 1995.

Location: Patricia Corbett Theater

Tickets: $27–31 adults, $17–20 non-UC students, $15–18 UC students

Paid Admission as part of the Mainstage Series

by Charise Castro-Smith
dir. Brant Russell
a co-production with the KNOW Theatre
at the KNOW Theatre

8 p.m. Friday, October 9
8 p.m. Saturday, October 10
3 p.m. Sunday, October 11
8 p.m. Wednesday, October 14
8 p.m. Thursday, October 15
8 p.m. Friday, October 16
8 p.m. Saturday, October 17
3 p.m. Sunday, October 18
8 p.m. Wednesday, October 21
8 p.m. Thursday, October 22
8 p.m. Friday, October 23
8 p.m. Saturday, October 24

• Studio Drama Series •

A co-production between Know Theatre of Cincinnati and the Division of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration

Written by Charise Castro Smith
Brant Russell, director

A revisionist historical comedy amped to the max, Hunchback delves into the lives of the monarchy and citizens of 15th-century Spain: the infamous Queen Isabella, the spoiled Infanta Juana (the future Queen of Spain), and the Muslim Talib who is desperately attempting to avoid persecution at the hands of the Spanish Inquisition. All of this revolves around Maxima, a mathematical genius, a hunchback, an adopted royal family member locked away in a tower, and Talib’s secret lover. Smith’s dark, anachronistic comedy play is an examination of the sanitized history and human rights injustices both in Spain and the new world that Columbus “discovered.”

Location: KNOW Theatre of Cincinnati

Admission: Tickets available from the KNOW Theatre Box Office (

2nd Annual CCM 48-Hour Film Festival

7 p.m. Sunday, November 8

• E-Media/Drama Film Series •
CCM 48-Hour Film Festival
Richard E. Hess and Dr. John Owens, producers

A celebration of original film work by CCM students. After random team placement, student authors, actors, directors, editors, and composers have 48 hours, from 7 pm on Friday night to 7 pm on Sunday night to create finished original short films. Six teams, six short films, plus 6 guest artists, actors and film-makers, from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya will surprise and delight. 

Location: Main Street Cinema at TUC
Admission is free.

by Eugene O'Neill 
dir. R. Terrell Finney

• Mainstage Drama Series •

Written by Eugene O’Neill
R. Terrell Finney, director

Set in an idyllic Connecticut town during the Fourth of July weekend of 1906, Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! offers a tender portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains and young love. Described as “a breath of fresh air” and “vividly alive” by the New York Post and nominated for a Tony Award for Best Revival in both 1989 and 1998, this charming comedy is directed by CCM Professor Emeritus R. Terrell Finney.

Location: Patricia Corbett Theater

Tickets: $27–31 adults, $17–20 non-UC students, $15–18 UC students

Paid Admission as part of the Mainstage Series


A Festival of Student Created
New Works

7 p.m. Thursday, March 10
7 p.m. Friday, March 11
7 p.m. Saturday, March 12

• Studio Drama Series •
A Festival of Student-Created New Works
Richard E. Hess and Brant Russell, producers

TRANSMIGRATION, so named for “the movement from one place to another” or “the transition from one state of being to another,” is a festival of new works created by the acting students in CCM Drama. Six teams of actors craft and perform five original 30-minute shows. Performed simultaneously in different locations throughout CCM Village, TRANSMIGRATION will allow the audience to sample four different new works of their choosing in one spectacular evening. “Thanks to the drama program at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music,” observed CityBeat’s Rick Pender, “theater fans were offered a jolt of onstage vitality.”
Location: Various locations throughout CCM Village
Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 7. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
Free Admission

The Great Majority
by Gracie Gardner
dir. Brant Russell

8 p.m. Thursday, April 21
8 p.m. Friday, April 22
2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23

• Studio Drama Series •

The Great Majority
Written by Grace Gardner
Brant Russell, director

Join us for a staged reading of an in-process play by rising New York star Grace Gardner.Sarah Nehal was murdered while working as a correspondent in New Delhi while her college friends were at home in the U.S. watching TV on the internet and peddling their esoteric skill sets. One year after her funeral, the friends meet for their annual Fourth of July reunion. The play explores entitlement and how its effects are visited upon the disenfranchised as well as the privileged. But it's also about empowerment.  How do we live responsibly in an irresponsible universe? Join CCM Drama as we embark on a new play commissioning initiative: plays that speak to the unique experience that is being young in America; plays that are written for and about our students; plays that will go on to be produced by educational institutions and professional theater companies all over the country; plays that will involve a new generation of artists and audiences.  And you’ll be able to say you were there when it all started.    

Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 18. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Screenplay by Owen Alderson
Co-produced with CCM E-Media

7 p.m. April 2

• E-Media/Drama Film Series •
Richard E. Hess and Dr. John Owens, producers

Set in a Massachusetts private boarding school, “Binary” is a coming of age story following one student's journey to embrace a new identity in the face of peer adversity. Winner of the first-ever CCM screen-writing contest, this original short film with screenplay by CCM Drama major Owen Alderson will be jointly produced by the CCM E-Media and Drama Departments.

Location: Main Street Cinema at TUC or TBA
Admission is free.

Senior Showcase 2016



12 April, 2016 at 1:00, 4:00, or 7:00 p.m. at

The Falcon Theatre
4252 Riverside Drive
Burbank, California 91505
in Los Angeles

18 March, 2016 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
in the Patricia Corbett Theatre

The 7:00 p.m. performance will be followed immediately by the
14th Annual DOLLY Awards and reption in the Baur Room

E-mail for reservations in New York or Los Angeles or for more information


For tickets to the Mainstage shows call 513-556-4183

Studio productions are free, but ticketed.

Please call the CCM Box Office by calling 513-556-4183 beginning at 12:00 noon on the Monday of show week to make your reservations.

If you are at all interested in CCM Drama come see a show!
Stay for the day and shadow a student through classes, tour the facilities, and see a show.

You're always welcome!

Three Sisters

Bennett Bradley and Claron Hayden in Three Sisters