CPI - Earthfest 2024
CINCINNATI PLAYWRIGHTS INITIATIVE - CPI New Voices Series
This evening of eight ten-minute plays celebrates Earth Day 2024 in support of the Miami Group Sierra Club.
In And Out by Eric Brose
Would you rather sit inside watching a screen with terrible news or go outside and enjoy nature as it burns away?
Eric Brose worked in theatres in Chicago, Columbus, and Cincinnati, but had a tough time making a living at it. He pursued a career in higher education instead and retired after three decades. He loves Porkopolis!
End of the Line by Liz Coley
For some folks it’s the end of the world; for others, it’s the beginning.
Liz writes novels, short stories, and plays. Her plays have been read and produced across the US, in London, and in Japan. Most recently, her family dramedy Moving In, Moving Out, Moving On received its professional premiere. You can find her virtually as LizColeyBooks on social media and at LizColey.com.
Think! by Roger Collins
With their daughter’s birthday approaching just ahead of Earth Day, Sally and Robert find the tables turned as their daughter and son-in-law present them a very unusual “gift.”
Roger Collins is professor emeritus at the University of Cincinnati where he received the Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching. He’s published stories and drama in literary journals, and his plays have been produced locally and in Brooklyn, NY; Orlando, FL; and San Francisco, CA. His novel, Cities of Glass is published by All Things That Matter Press.
Earthworks by Doug Decatur
Love for our Earth began at Fort Ancient and the Hopewell Tribe.
Doug Decatur has been an active CPI member serving on the board since 2012 and past President. He wrote The Pool Boy a ten-minute play for CPI’s first “Lovefest” play competition in February 2019. Another ten-minute play, Special Delivery was selected and performed at the Know Theatre in March 2021. He and his wife, Susan, co-wrote Lovestruck, a compilation of 8 romantic comedies, 4 of which were performed at the Aronoff in November 2023. Doug’s also had 5 full-length plays stage read at the Aronoff over the past 10 years and 2 non-fiction baseball stats books published.
It’s the Ecology, Stupid by Susan Medure Decatur
Things ain’t what they used to be, or are they?
Susan has been active in Cincinnati theater as an actor, dancer and playwright. Her plays, Denise’s Do-Over and Not Just Cousins, have been performed at the Aronoff and The Drama Workshop. Buy the Book was performed at the Know Theatre and Not Just Cousins was done at the Dramatist’s Guild in NYC and at the Aronoff. She and her husband, Doug Decatur, co-wrote Unfinished Business, nationally recognized at the 2020 Austin Film Festival and ScreenCraft which was also performed at the Aronoff. Their compilation of short plays, Lovestruck, was performed this past November at the Aronoff.
The Earth Day Play (No Pageant) by Alan Jozwiak
Socially conscious middle-schoolers find some unexpected benefits to recycling while protesting their school’s Earth Day Play [no—Pageant!]
Alan Jozwiak has had plays produced in NYC by Sundog Theatre, Gi60, and Lamia Ink! He self-produced four shows appearing in different regional Fringe Festivals. He was awarded a City of Cincinnati Individual Artist Grant to write/produce a play on cutting and self-injury. Alan is also one of CPI’s past Presidents.
Express Your Love by Rick Schoeff
A grandparent, deeply troubled by their sensitive, young granddaughter’s depression over the state of the environment and the politics that seem to deny the problems, has returned to a psychotherapist.
Richard Schoeff is a member of the Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative and previously a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. His full-length play, Simulators, has received staged reading performances at the Aronoff Center, Fifth Third Bank Theater. Beside plays, he writes short stories, poetry and is at work on a novel.
C.C.N.A. (Concerned Cryptids of North America) by Rose Vanden Eynden
Concerned about the escalating climate crisis, a group of cryptids meet to discuss their options to save their world.
Rose Vanden Eynden has been a writer all her life, penning award-winning short stories, novels, nonfiction books, articles, and poems. Merging this with her lifelong love of theatre has produced two short plays, HAMBETH and LOVE POTION #1, staged in the Cincinnati area. She is thrilled to have her work produced by CPI. Thank you for supporting new works, and enjoy the shows!