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CCM Mainstage Series Continues with Thought-Provoking Drama ‘Love and Information’


Caryl Churchill’s poignant play runs Feb. 7-11 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office

Date: 1/26/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Becky Butts
Phone: (513) 556-2675
Other Contact: Curt Whitacre
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"Love and Information" runs Wednesday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

CCM’s 150th Anniversary Mainstage Series continues with a preview performance of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Described by the New York Times as “thought-churning” and “deeply poignant,” the play explores how people connect in today’s technology-driven culture.

Love and Information is presented in 68 self-contained scenes, some of which have no dialogue and are only seconds long. Every scene touches on ways people search for and consume knowledge, and explores how that information impacts their relationships.

“Caryl Churchill is known for creating experimental but also incredibly relevant and emotionally provocative dramas,” says CCM Acting professor Brant Russell, Love and Information director. “It’s edgy but also extremely accessible and relatable.”

Some scenes give insight into familiar situations like breakups, reunions and depression, others feature seemingly superficial interactions like people dancing in a jazzercise class.

With 28 CCM Acting students portraying more than 100 characters, Love and Information makes high demands of its cast. CCM’s Acting Department has cast every eligible acting student in the production, which excludes the freshman class.

“It’s our 150th Anniversary, so we wanted to show off what CCM Acting has to offer, and I think this play shows us off really well,” Russell says. “The design aspects are spectacular and the acting is phenomenal — it’s exactly what audiences have come to expect from CCM.”

The set is separated into seven areas to illustrate the play’s multiple locations, including a kitchen, an entry way, a bar and a psychiatrist’s office. Actors and lighting effects will guide the audience from scene to scene as the stage transforms in front of them like a kaleidoscope throughout the production.

Originally produced at London’s Royal Court Theater in 2012, Love and Information was adapted for an American audience in a New York Theater Workshop. The themes and situations it presents are universal, Russell adds:

“Audiences will leave the theater having been plunged into a world of emotional conflict in our new era of information and will emerge with a new understanding of how we should relate to each other in 2018.”
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LOVE AND INFORMATION
Written by Carly Churchill

Love and Information will last approximately 1 hour and 30
minutes. There will be no intermission.

*This production makes use of strobe lighting effects

Creative Team

  • Brant Russell, director
  • Matthew D. Hamel, scenic designer*
  • Justin Dudzik, lighting designer*
  • Gabriella DiVincenzo, assistant director*   
  • Meghan Winter, stage manager*   
  • Edward Mineishi, sound designer*   
  • Brandon Thompson, costume designer
*CCM Student

Cast List
Chandler Bates, Carissa Cardy, Jabari Carter, Lauren Carter, Kenzie Clark, Will Clark, Zoe Cotzias, Jacqueline Daaleman, Mafer Del Real, Sarah Durham, James Egbert, Ella Eggold, Matt Fox, Isaac Hickox-Young, Paige Jordan, Carter LaCava, Graham Lutes, Jeremy Maislin, Gabriella Medina, Briley Oakley, Meg Olson, Madeleine Page-Schmit, Olivia Passafiume, Madison Pullman, Josh Reiter, Graham Rogers, Rupert Spraul, Jack Steiner

Performance Times
8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 (preview)
8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Love and Information are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 for UC students with a valid ID. Tickets to the Feb. 7 preview performance are just $15.

Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/love-and-information.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Series Production Sponsor: Macy’s