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Elegy by Herb Duval, Thurs. Oct 17th, Fri. Oct. 18th, Sat. Oct. 19th

Cincinnati Playwrights
Initiative (CPI) presents the winner of its second "The Best of CPI New Voices"
A fully staged production “Elegy” Written by Herb DuVal Directed by Regina

Do not miss - 3 Performances
only! Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 18, 2012, at 7:30 PM (incl.
Saturday, October 19, 2012, at 7:30 PM
Aronoff Center for the Arts, Fifth Third Bank
Theater. Corner of Main and Seventh Streets. General Seating, Tickets are ONLY
 $15 Reservations may be made in advance at Aronoff Center Box Office, or by calling[masked] at normal work hours, or online

Elegy is the story of a young man, Norman, who resists the urgings of his closest
friend and his girlfriend to leave home to make his way in the world during
America’s Great Depression. Norman feels strongly he must remain to care for his
parents.  Whether it’s fear of the unknown that might lie ahead or sense of
duty, he chooses to stay, and thus becomes a caretaker of a way of life that was
fast disappearing.  Ten vivid characters tell us about a time and place in our
lives and give us a lot to root for in the American spirit. 

CAST:Alyssa Faught [JESSE HOPPER], Colin Edgar [NORMAN CANTRELL],  Sue Breving [LIBBY CANTRELL], Burgess Byrd [WILLIE], Alex Escher [CARTER], Tom Manning [MR. CANTRELL], Joanna Tyler [LOUISE RILEY], Eric Weisheit [TT RILEY]; and Ryan Naish [MOVING MAN]


Executive Producer, CPI; Producer Arnie Shayne; Assistant Producer, Charlie Goetz; Production Stage Manager, R. Chris Lee; Stage Manager, Ally Landen; Lighting & Set Design, Gregory Smith; Sound Design, Anthony DeGregorio; Costumes, Linda Roll; Props Master, Heidi Beck; and Archive Photographer, Carola García Timmerding

The members of the distinguished independent Judging panel were:  Regina Pugh
(Chairperson), Catie O’Keefe and Arlene Borock.

The Panel's comment regarding the choice to pick Elegy:

  “The characters in this charming story are engaging, lovable and flawed – all things that makes us understand and admire them.  The selection panel found the 1930’s era setting
to be well researched and hold some thought provoking and surprising twists.  As
the title suggests, there is a dark, melancholic undertone to the otherwise
comedic lightness, and energy that permeates the dialogue and action.  The
effect is to bring the audience closer to the characters – we want to know more
about each of their stories.”

About the playwright  – Herb DuVal  

Herb, an actor, director, playwright and producer,
started “Play With Your Lunch” (PWYL) in 2009 after doing similar
programs in NYC and Westport, CT.  He has produced fifteen editions of it at
several locations, most often at the Wyoming Civic Center.  The latest program
was completely sold out in January of this year in Springfield Township.  He has
toured the US with such plays as Equus, Broadway Bound, and Children of a
Lesser God.  Locally, he has performed with the Human Race and the New
Edgecliff.  His short play, Summer Cabin, was chosen to be performed at
the Samuel French Competition in New York in 2005.  Previous CPI associations:
Hell on I-71, Margaret Mead’s Notes from the Field,
Elegy, Jockey Jim, and Embers from the Ashes: a Girl’s
Holocaust Diary.

About the Director – Regina Pugh 

Regina is a member of Actor’s Equity and has performed and directed in Cincinnati for
over twenty-five years, including twenty years in the Cincinnati Playhouse
annual production of A Christmas Carol [masked]).  She has appeared at ETC
in over a dozen productions, including two directed by Edward Albee. She has
worked locally with CCM, New Edgecliff, New Stage Collective, Performance
Gallery and Downtown Theatre Classics. Regina has directed productions for
Ensemble Theatre, Performance Gallery, Women’s Theatre Initiative and the
Cincinnati Playhouse Skilken-Brown Touring Company.  She is a founding member of
Performance Gallery, a local alternative theatre

For more information about the play contact the Playwright Herb
DuVal, [masked]

For more information about
CPI, contact CPI President, Kalman Kivkovich or visit our

For more information about this e-transmission,
Kalman Kivkovich, CPI-Publicity[masked] or [masked]


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Touching play about family, dreams, and the interconnected nature of life.

    October 18, 2013

  • Karen K.

    Incredible! Outstanding!

    October 18, 2013

  • Winifred Beam K.


    October 14, 2013

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