Joshua Hemings redux

Life’s exigencies have occasioned the replacement of Reggie Willis in the role of Joshua Hemings with the exquisite Tony Darnell Davis, who has taught theater (including improv) at the University of Cincinnati and elsewhere, has been an actor, director, producer and writer for decades, as well as President of the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company.  He […]

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“Limitation frees creativity.”

In which our hero rewrites his entire play in a weekend…

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Michael Bath will play Henry Hunter in The Whistler

The lead!

Michael Bath will play the role of Henry Hunter in The Whistler. He’s funny, he’s smart, he’s one of us.

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Meeting Cincinnati, meeting the world

Back in Cincy to audition a Robin, work the script, meet the team, know the place & con the space.

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Deerslayer in real life

The actress who plays Deerslayer, the talking rifle in The Whistler, happens to be Juilliard-trained cellist and composer Gerri Sutyak, who wrote and performed the score for the short film below.  Her musical talent will figure prominently in my play as well. And she can whistle loodles. You can watch a clip of Gerri as […]

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The Whistler goes live!

Here’s the latest and best take on The Whistler yet, as we reveal more secrets about the play…

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Speakeasy on Race

Speakeasy on Race

Did I say The Whistler would be on Court Street, and the tickets $10?  Oh la!  My partners on the ground have found a better space literally around the corner at 815 Race Street. It wasn’t a Prohibition beerhall but you gotta love the name “Speakeasy on Race.” We’ll have less work to do to […]

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Meet Reggie Willis

Meet Reggie Willis

The role of Joshua Hemings in The Whistler will be realized by Cincinnati actor Reggie Willis, whose film credits alone run to a list as long as my arm. He’s done crime, comedy, family movies, action, thrillers, sci-fi, and of course plenty of drama. His manifold stage credits included a 2003 “Best of the Best” […]

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Auditions for The Whistler

Director Tim Waldrip and our colleague Carol Brammer of the Clifton Performance Theatre in Cincinnati begin auditions next week. I’ve been thinking about the delicate chemistry among roles–how the actor you choose for the male lead and the actor you choose for the female lead must play off each other, either amplifying or cancelling each […]

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IV–>V

Our local repertory theater, hight Playmakers, ran Henry IV and Henry V in rotating rep this winter.  They were juicy productions, the moreso since I (and half the audience) had recently seen Henry V on trapeze  [sic] at Burning Coal.  Despite the great resources that this UNC-based production brought to bear, I was really disappointed […]

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