A young Cincinnati theater company, The Sartori Group, offered several productions during 2007 including iLove, a Fringe Festival show that was named the Producers' "Pick of the Fringe" and garnered a Cincinnati Entertainment Award nomination for best alternative production. After splitting from New Stage Collective, another newish theater company, over artistic differences, Satori's 11 actors (many are grads and current students at UC's College-Conservatory of Music) and directors presented three more experimental productions: Hello Again, Never Swim Alone and The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador. With the new year, several Satori members are relocating themselves and their company to Seattle, joining an advance guard who moved during the fall.
Not all our young actors and directors are leaving town: New Edgecliff Theatre will showcase some of them during its second annual Cincinnati Directors Competition (March 6-9) at the Performance Gallery (3900 Eastern Ave., East End). It's a chance for young theater artists to showcase their work before artistic directors of local theaters, who serve as judges. Organizer Nathan Gabriel says, "The goal of this event is to give exposure to new directors and actors, which will give talented artists a reason to stay in Cincinnati." Works need to be 30 minutes or less; several will be presented and voted on by judges and audience members on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On March 9, each nightly winner will be presented again for a final ranking; first place receives $500 and second place $250. Last year's event was a surprise hit. Interested directors can learn more at www.directorscompetiton.com; application deadline is Feb. 1. ...
After seven years of presenting alteractive, a series of touring cutting-edge theater productions, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has pulled the plug. When "alteractive" began, there was no Cincinnati Fringe Festival, which offers similar (although often less professional) avant-garde material.
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