Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is reaching out to Greater Cincinnati’s young professionals and college students with its new Off the Grid Bar Series. The series, which brings entertaining and immersive arts events to the Mount Adams Pavilion, launched in October and will continue through March.
“We want to bring live performance to young professionals where they work, live and socialize,” said Playhouse artistic director Blake Robison.
“We hope these events catch on and become a regular part of Cincinnati nightlife.”
Coming up each month is “So This One Time: Story Slam.” Storytellers will share a personal 5-minute-or-less story pegged to each session’s theme. Topics include “Adventures in Adulting,” “My First Time,” “Holiday Realness,” “Technical Difficulties” and “Squad Goals.”
“So This One Time,” which kicked off in October, will return Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1 and March 1.
“Battle Ground: Lip Sync Contest” pits contestants at each session, with the crowd-pleasing champion moving forward to the next lip sync battle with new competitors. Backup dancers and props are encouraged. Dates are Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 18, Feb. 8 and March 8.
Next up is “Live Action!: Role Play Your Favorite Sci-Fi Shows” on Oct. 26, which will sweep the audience into live re-enactments of favorite television shows, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dr. Who,” “Star Trek,” “Firefly” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” “Live Action!” will continue Nov. 16, Jan. 25, Feb. 22 and March 15.
All Wednesday night events start at 8. Audiences are welcome to watch the fun or sign up to perform.
Also, #SelfiethePlay returned Oct. 22 with an all-new interactive reality theater experience. Audience members influence the direction of the story for each episode. Additional live events will be Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 18 and March 25. A webisode will be released online for participants to view and share. All live events begin at 10 p.m.
The Playhouse is supported by more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council and the Shubert Foundation also provide funding.