Serials! Brings 12 New Plays and a “Delightful Theatrical Deathmatch” to Know Theatre

For five weeks of Serials!, audiences at Know Theatre will be treated to locally written, directed and performed plays — and you decide which one survives to the next round

Jan 13, 2020 at 4:40 pm
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Scott Dittgen
Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Does restless leg syndrome render you incapable of sitting through a full-length theater production in one go? Do you have faith in your fellow theatergoers to honor the democratic process? Have you ever wished for the unwieldy power of a theater critic in a fierce rush of post-production adrenaline and opinionated frenzy?

Serials! 10: Thunderdome is the simple answer to all your rambling musings. Now in its 10th year, this ultimate onstage showdown brings 12 brand new 15-minute plays to the Know Theatre’s underground performance space for a “delightful theatrical deathmatch,” where the audience decides the fate of the show. 

For five weeks of Serials!, the audience will be treated to five locally written, directed and performed plays (except Jan. 20, which kicks off the series with six plays). Each night, the audience will vote to keep three plays onstage for another week, while two unsatisfactory productions will get the ax and be “banished to a dystopian theatrical wasteland” for good. Each week two new plays will join forces with the winners from the previous show until three plays are crowned victorious in Week Five, joined by two axed plays that will be voted back for a redemptive resurrection onstage. 

The schedule is as follows: 

Monday, Jan. 20: Posy’s Predicament by Hannah Gregory; My Roommate is a Lesbian Vampire by Mary Beringer; Adventures in Behavioral Therapy by Anonymous; Have Monster Will Travel by Trey Tatum; Poster Child by Dan Winters and The Kingdom’s at Han, but the Game’s Afoot by Robert Macke 

Monday, Feb. 3: The Election of Miss Rebecca’s Third Grade Class by Bradon Leatherland and Bloody Mary by Kelly Collette, plus three winners from Jan. 30

Monday, Feb. 17: Now Streaming by Sawyer Shafer and Lenny by Sarah O’haver, plus three winners from Feb. 3

Monday, March 2: Title TBD by John Bromles and Psych-O by Gray Shaw, plus three winners from Feb. 17

Monday, March 16: Three winners from March 2, plus two resurrected shows

7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, March 2 and March 16. $15. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine,