Press Release: ArtsWave Presents Shakespeare in the Park on September 9th

Cincinnati, OH – August 13, 2012 – ArtsWave presents a free performance of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare in the Park production of The Tempest in Washington Park on Sunday, September 9th at 7:00 p.m. Shakespeare’s romantic comedy of magic and monsters comes alive through unique interactive elements that allow the audience to help create part of the show. The family-friendly performance is sponsored by ArtsWave, in partnership with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) and the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC).

“ArtsWave is thrilled to sponsor this special performance in Washington Park,” said Rebecca Bromels, ArtsWave's Director of Communications. “Free arts events like Shakespeare in the Park bring families and neighbors together, and for this performance, they actually help create the show.” The audience will be invited to help collectively create special effects during the show. No special skills or preparation is required to participate. Kids can enjoy face-painting and art-making starting at 6:00 p.m.

“Shakespeare’s Tempest features stormy seas, mischievous spirits, and surprising transformations,” notes CSC Producing Artistic Director Brian Phillips. “We’re excited that after nine years of presenting Shakespeare in the Park, we’re able to engage the audience in this new way and make them part of the show.” By waving hundreds of yards of fabric to make a storm at sea, creating a host of invisible buzzing and rattling spirits with noisemakers, and turning the park’s civic lawn into a fairy-land of lit cell-phones, audience members will help transform Washington Park into the magical world of the play.

Newly-renovated Washington Park opened to the public on Friday, June 28th welcoming hundreds of new and old visitors to this historic green space in Over-the-Rhine. The park has since featured performances by local musicians and World Choir Games participants as well as a unique collaborative performance by the Cincinnati Ballet, Opera, May Festival and Symphony Orchestra.

The Tempest is directed by CSC ensemble member Billy Chace and features ensemble members Charlie Cromer, Travis Emery, Jessie Wray Goodman, Sam Rabinovitz, Maggie Lou Rader & Zach Schute. Featuring Shakespeare’s original text, The Tempest begins when the banished duke and magician Prospero conjures a terrible storm to bring his enemies to the island where he lives with his daughter Miranda. The shipwreck throws together lovers, fools, monsters, and scoundrels in this classic and fun romance.

Admission to Shakespeare in the Park is free and open to the public. Audiences are strongly encouraged to arrive early to get the best seats. Picnics and well-behaved pets are welcome. Visit Washington Park’s website for a complete list of park rules and information on parking at www.washingtonpark.org. For additional information on Shakespeare in the Park or interviews with director or cast, contact CSC Director of Communications Jeanna Vella at Jeanna.vella@cincyshakes.com.