CCMOnStage PLAYS Presents


By Caitlin Parrish

April 21-24, 2022, Cohen Family Studio Theater

  • Director Richard Hess
  • Scenic Designer Abigail Heyd*
  • Lighting Designers Kristen Peck* and Paige Baumann*
  • Media Designer Ian Macintosh*
  • Costume Designer Chloe Marstellar*
  • Sound Designer Patrick Kiernan*
  • Production Stage Manager Maggie Seibert*
  • Assistant Directors Ava Duvall* and Debra Najor*
  • Props Managers Madisen Frazier* and Finley Fields*
  • Assistant Movement Director Lucia Duque

*CCM Student

The Burials run time is 100 minutes and is performed without an intermission

Director’s Note

By Richard Hess

Every day, 316 people are shot in the United States (source: Among those: 

  • 106 people are shot and killed 
  • 210 survive gunshot injuries 
  • 95 are intentionally shot by someone else and survive 
  • 39 are murdered 
  • 64 die from gun suicide 

Every year, 115,551 people are shot. Among those: 

  • 38,826 people die from gun violence 
  • 14,062 are murdered 
  • 76,725 people survive gunshot injuries 
  • 34,566 are intentionally shot by someone else and survive 
  • 23,437 die from gun suicide 


We tell this story, this difficult American story, to confront a difficult truth. When gun violence does not touch our lives, we do not see the impact. But the impact is real, and it is insidious. We think it does not touch us, but it does. Thank you for joining us to sit with us and feel the impact. Some theatre is not easy, but we hope it is rewarding.

So many stories. For 32 years I have been telling stories/making theatre with students at CCM. So many students. I have changed. The world has changed. The students have changed. I started directing and teaching professionally in 1983. It seems forever ago. 

What hasn’t changed, is my love for this art form, my love of actors and designers and technicians and brave storytellers everywhere. Every show I’ve ever done at CCM is my favorite show. Thank you all. Please enjoy my new favorite show: The Burials. I hope it makes you feel.

With love and gratitude and support,
-Richard Hess


Special thanks to Ty Olwin, Caitlin Parrish, Sarah Summerwell, Kelly Yurko and Lauren Steiger Hess, always and forever.

The Place and Time

America: Now

The Company

  • Sophie Martin | Maddie Gaughan
  • Chloe Martin | Lyd Noll
  • Ben Martin | Hunter Trammell
  • Ryan Martin | Kevin Naddeo
  • Zoe Lucas/Mrs. Souder | Zoë Peterson
  • Janette | Becca Anderson
  • Jayden | Malik Smith
  • Brianna | Sydni Solomon
  • Greg | Brandon Cook
  • Camera Operator #1 | Clark Comstock
  • Camera Operator #2 | Jake Weinheimer

Production Staff

  • Technical Director | Steve Miller
  • Assistant Stage Managers | Kali Ashurst, Sarah Patisaul
  • Production Assistant | Emily Mallendick
  • Assistant Production Managers | Leah Berry, Emma King
  • Assistant Lighting Designer | Andrew Gange
  • Assistant Sound Designer | Kayla Chen
  • Assistant Costume Designer | Quinn Collins
  • Wardrobe Crew Head | Nato Hermann
  • Costume Crew | Corey Cochran, Savannah Brooks, Amira Rowe
  • Costume Graduate Assistants | Meredith Buckley, Maria Ortiz Lopez, Brittannie McKenna Travis, Natasha Cox, Clara Cavins
  • Media Content Creation | Rama Van Gils
  • Head Electrician | Eli Suarez
  • Assistant Head Electrician | Abby Fluck
  • Media Tech/Operator | Kyle Strickland
  • Light Board Operator | Andrew Gange
  • Lighting Graduate Assistants | Baron Leon, Alex Mason, Kristen Peck, Alaina Pizzoferrato
  • Assistant Technical Director | Janay Sukkaireh
  • Set Construction Crew | Mia Adrian, Shelby Allred, Annalee Crosser, Peggie Dona, Izzy Dillon, Abby Fluck, Sophia Gamble, Hannah Kate Hawver, Alex Husiung, Ashton Karp, Bri Kelley, Benji Lookatch, Emily Mallendick, Nate Miller, Liz Mitan, Meredith Randall, Anika Shirvalker, Brady Smith, Cassie Smith, Macay Smith, Lucia Thill, Lauren Wooten
  • Staff Scenic Artist | Karolyn Hasselfeld
  • Scenic Charge Artist | Sean Haffey
  • Paint Crew | Samantha Tamulonis, Anna Campisano, Suzanne Barnes, Madelyn Byrnes, Abigail Heyd, Madisen Frazier, Alexandra Flanagan, Mia Adrian, Melanie Reitman
  • Scene Shop Assistants | Mckenna Brennan, Maya Eberhardt, Aaron Graham, Nick Hunley, Thomas Iodice, Grace Mayo, Stephanie O’Rear, Janay Sukkarieh, Logan Vanderpool
  • Set/Props Running Crew | Sophia Gamble
  • Production Sound Engineer | Michael Donahue
  • A2 | Kayla Chen
  • Sound Board Operator | Michael Donahue
  • Sound Shop Graduate Assistants | Alex Brock, Ryan Hurt, Patrick Kiernan, Aaron Woodstein
  • Wig and Make-Up Graduate Assistants | Tiara Jones, Colin Gallaher
  • Stage Management Office Assistant | Jie Min

On stage

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CCM News


Four CCM alumni nominated in 2024 Tony Awards

May 1, 2024

Four UC College-Conservatory of Music alumni are named nominees in the 77th annual Tony Awards, recognizing the excellent work shared in Broadway productions during the 2023-24 season. The nominees, announced Tuesday, April 30, include Isabella Byrd (BFA Lighting Design and Technology, ’09), Shoshana Bean (BFA Musical Theatre, '99), Dorian Harewood and Leslie Kritzer (BFA Musical Theatre, '99).


CCM student wins USITT Make-up Design Award

April 5, 2024

The UC College-Conservatory of Music is thrilled to congratulate current masters student Tiara Jones, who was recently named winner of USITT’s Make-Up Design Award. Jones was recognized as part of the USITT24 Conference and Stage Expo in Seattle, Washington.


CCM Dance Series presents "Little Mermaid" April 12-14

April 4, 2024

UC College-Conservatory Music presents "Little Mermaid" on April 12-14, 2024 in Corbett Auditorium. Directed by Shauna Steele, the performance features music by David Arkenstone. Tickets on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor
The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Sponsor
All-Steinway School Sponsor
Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc.
Community Partners
The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists & Thinking About Music Sponsor
Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer 
Greg Mathein 
Gary & Barb Cummins 
Jim & Linda Miller 
George & Carroll Roden
Musical Theatre Department Sponsors
Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor
Rafael and Kimberly de Acha
Opera D’Arte Sponsor
An Anonymous Donor
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Elizabeth C.B. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer
Ariel Quartet Sponsors
Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation
Choral Studies Sponsors
  Classical Guitar Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor
Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation
Starling Pre-Collegiate Sponsor
Starling Strings Sponsor
Dr. Timothy E. and Janet L. Johnson
Thom Miles and Roberta Gary
Organ Department Sponsors
Keyboard Club of Cincinnati
Louis and Susan Meisel
Piano Department Sponsors
Kevin and Nancy Rhein
   Wind Studies Sponsor
Buddy Rogers Music
LINKS Sponsor
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General Information

Land Acknowledgment

The Cincinnati area and the land that the University of Cincinnati has been built on is the native homeland of the Indigenous Algonquian speaking tribes, including the Delaware, Miami, and Shawnee tribes.

Box Office

Located in the CCM Atrium, the Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 12:30-6 p.m.; Saturday, noon-4 p.m.; and one hour prior to curtain for all ticketed performances. MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards are accepted.

  • Location: CCM Atrium Lobby next to Corbett Auditorium
  • Telephone: 513-556-4183
  • Email:
  • Mail: CCM Box Office, P.O. Box 210003, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003


Convenient parking is available in the CCM Garage at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue. Additional parking is available in garages throughout the UC campus. Any questions concerning on-campus parking should be directed to UC Parking Services at 513-556-2283.

Tax Credit

If you find that you cannot attend your performance, your tickets may be donated for tax credit as a charitable contribution. Simply notify the Box Office prior to the performance to release your seats, and give your name and address. A tax donation receipt will be mailed to you.

COVID Careful

UC has updated its indoor masking policy to align with the CDC's recommendations for masking. Beginning on Saturday, March 12, all masking restrictions will be eliminated in all CCM spaces, so long as rates of hospitalization and transmissibility remain in the low-to-medium zones. This means masking will no longer be required in classrooms, rehearsals, performances, etc. for everyone — students, faculty, staff, campus visitors and audience members. Members of our community who prefer to continue to wear a mask when indoors or in close proximity with others for personal safety should continue to do so. Please continue to be sensitive and respectful to the needs of others as we work through this transition. CCM performance venues are currently reduced to 50% capacity. Additional measures may be in place as conditions develop based on guidance from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Visit the UC Public Health website and CCM's COVID-19 website for additional information and updates.

Lost and Found

If you have lost an item, contact lost and found at 513-556-9413.

House Policies

The House Manager has been instructed to minimize the disturbance to patrons already seated when accommodating latecomers. The director and producer of each production select times that are least likely to interrupt the performance, and latecomers will be seated only during these times. Latecomers who miss these opportunities will not be admitted until intermission. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.

Cameras, Phones and Recording Devices

The video or audio recording of performances is prohibited.

The use of cameras, with or without flashes, recording devices, cellular phones and other electronic devices inside the theater is prohibited. Please leave them with the House Manager.

Smoking and Refreshments

Smoking and refreshments are not permitted in the theater. Effective May 1, 2017, smoking and tobacco use (including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes) shall be prohibited by students, staff, faculty, visitors, vendors and contractors at all times in or on University of Cincinnati properties, including events on university property during non-school hours. This includes all shelters, indoor and outdoor theaters and athletic facilities, bridges, walkways, sidewalks, residence halls, parking lots, and street parking and garages owned by the university.

Hearing Enhancement

Telex listening devices are available for checkout during performances in both Patricia Corbett Theater and Corbett Auditorium. Please inquire at the Box Office.

Wheelchair Seating

Wheelchair seating is available in both Corbett Auditorium and Patricia Corbett Theater. Seating is limited, so reservations should be made with the Box Office when ordering tickets. These seats are subject to availability.

Group Sales

The Box Office can accommodate groups for major productions and concerts. Preview and benefit performances are also available for some productions. For more information, call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.

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Map depicting exits from Cohen Family Studio Theater

Performance dates and repertoire are subject to change. View CCM's current calendar of events.

The purpose of these performances is educational, and they are part of a University of Cincinnati academic program.