CPI - The Hound, Jason’s Footage, Buffalo Girl 1973, and Monumental Art
CINCINNATI PLAYWRIGHTS INITIATIVE - New Voices Series
The Hound by Michael Defrancesco
The Hound is a taut drama thriller about a mystery man – Bud, 30ish – visiting another mystery man – Lester, 70ish – in a marginal nursing home. In a hound and fox game between them, they gradually reveal who they are. A third character – Athena, a LPN – completes the mystery trio whose actions were precipitated by Bud finding a family album upon the death of his mother.
Michael is familiar to CPI audiences for his play The Circle, a narrative of priestly abuse that received a staged reading in January 2022. He had a second staged reading for his play The Car Ride in October 2022, in addition to his ten-minute play A Box of Mom’s Photos that received a staged reading for Lovefest 2 in February 2023. After attending a summer drama program at the University of Cincinnati, Michael was awarded a Rockefeller grant to UC’s Theatre Arts program, where he earned a Master’s degree. Michael is a native Cincinnatian and resides in Clifton with his wife.
Jason’s Footage, Buffalo Girl 1973, and Monumental Art by Clint Bramkamp
In Jason’s Footage, four filmmakers try to salvage their unfinished film and their own relationships when their star dies of an overdose.
Buffalo Girl 1973 takes place in a discotheque. A man who used to fly women to New York to obtain legal abortions unexpectedly meets a former passenger.
In Monumental Art, a former campus misfit at Grand Lakes University donates a sculpture to his old school, but is it gratitude or a different kind of gesture? Buffalo Girl 1973 takes place in a discotheque. A man who used to fly women to New York to obtain legal abortions unexpectedly meets a former passenger.
Clint Bramkamp has been privileged to have plays performed, and to be a performer, at CPI in the past. He is a board member at The Drama Workshop in Cheviot and is the founder of Home Brew Theater, its annual ten-minute play festival. Clint’s ten-minute play, The Courthouse, was selected for CPI’s first Lovefest play competition in February 2019. Clint has been acting since the 1970s at venues including the Cherry County Playhouse in Michigan, Dayton’s Human Race Theater, and the Showboat Majestic. He most recently appeared in this year’s Cincinnati Fringe Festival in Kevin Crowley’s The Rembrandt Job.