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Please continue to visit this website for comprehensive updates of all CPI’s activities.

This HOME PAGE will always feature the upcoming New Voices Staged Readings.

For a complete program, including CPI Board Monthly Business Meeting, Informal Cold Reading / Playwriting Salon, and any other relevant CPI venues, visit the CALENDAR PAGE.

For Informal Cold Reading / Playwriting Salon, visit PLAYWRITING SALON PAGE

If you are a playwright, send us your new work; we are looking for good manuscripts!

CPI’s New Voices Staged Readings are normally performed at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Fifth-Third Bank Theater (Black Box), corner of Main and Seventh Streets. Occasionally they are performed at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut Street.

Tickets are only $ 8. Reservations may be made in advance at Aronoff Center Box Office, or by calling:

513-621-2787, or online at:


(Page address changes each season.)

To avoid surcharge, get your tickets at the box office at normal work hours.



CPI's 2013-2014 season

begins on September 10, 2013

CPI New Voices Staged Readings


at the Aronoff Center







May 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM Jarson-Kaplan Theater

A trio of one-acts

“In the Garden: About God, Belief and Stuff Like That”

Written by Fred Rothzeid

Directed by Charlie Goetz


Stories from The Bible

The God of Secularism

Metaphysical Morris

Stories from The Bible - The greatest stories ever told . . . told differerntly.

The God of Secularism - What would it take to get you to change your fundamental beliefs?

Metaphysical Morris - If you had the chance to return to the Garden of Eden, would you take it?

Tickets are only $8

Reservations may be made in advance at Aronoff Center Box Office,

or by calling 513-621-2787, or online






About the Playwright – Fred Rothzeid

Fred is a New York transplant, who developed a passion for writing poetry while in college. After receiving his MBA he discovered he had a knack for composing songs late one night while taking a break from analyzing financial statements (which he still does as Treasurer of CPI). He wrote a cabaret, Occupational Hazards and Other Aggravations, which was performed at regional theater on Long Island, NY. His musical New York in June for which he wrote book, lyrics and music was performed at Claremont McKenna College in California. His play Irene (based on the book “The Longing Pier” written by Rose A. Adkins) received a public staged reading in April 2010. Fred’s The Fool had its debut at the prestigious Jarson-Kaplan Theater in May 2012, followed by Momus and Aphrodite in May 2013. In addition to plays he writes liturgy and composes songs for Congregation Beth Adam in Loveland, Ohio. Anyone wishing to share a critique of his play is welcome to contact Fred at: frothzeid@precisiontemp.com.


About the Director – Charlie Goetz

After fifty years of acting and directing in theater, and performing in films and on TV (capturing two Emmys), Charlie Goetz found his first effort as playwright, The Best Intentions, winner of the first "Best of CPI New Voices." Charlie directed a full production of the play, in July 2012.  Charlie's credits range from NY summer stock for Ruth (Tobacco Road) Hunter to Shakespeare, here and in his NY natal place. Locally, he has worked for Cincinnati Playhouse, Cincinnati Opera, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (ETC), Dayton's Human Race, Showboat Majestic, La Comedia and Kentucky's Kincaid Regional Theatre.  His CPI directing assignments include Fred Rothzeid's Momus and Aphrodite, Irene and The Fool; Beat the Bear; Brothers' Keepers; Lift Veil Find Veil; and A Play of Seeming Complexity. Most recently, he was seen in CPI's Haunting Scars and Full Circle.



Meet CPI's New Elected Officers

Elected to a second 2-year term (May 2012-May 2014)

. . . .

Fred Rothzeid . . . . . . . . Dennis Blom

Acting President / Treasurer . . . . . Secretary

Please visit the President's Corner to learn more about the team

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CPI Playwriting Salon




NEXT at the SALON:


NEXT is on March 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM

CPI hosts a group of Equity and non-Equity actors in a public discussion of “What actors want from playwrights” and other relevant theatre issues.    

On the panel:  Michael Bath, Ken Early, Jim Stump, Renee Alper, and possibly Tom Manning.

Please join us.


General seating:  RSVP is required.


The venue is FREE, but we ask guests to bring appetizers or beverages to share.

Location: 2815 Commons Way, (45219) - French Hall on UC Campus.  Room 2225 (ground floor).

Try to park on Jefferson Ave (free).  Do not park on Campus, unless in a garage.


CPI Members' News Highlights



Congratulations to Nik Pajic

Nik, a new CPI member, will appear in Falcon's production of One Flew Over the Cuckoos's Nest. Performances at Monmouth Theatre in Newport KY: March 28 – April 12, 2014. http://falcontheater.net/ - Nik also appeared in Mariemont Players’ production of A Little Night Music Performances at the Walton Creek Theater in January 2014.

Congratulations to David Greer

CPI member David Greer just returned from the Mississippifilming of Universal Pictures’ bio-pic movie, Get On Up, which chronicles James Brown'srise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential entertainers in history.  David has a small part in the film and also acted as a consultant to the executive producers and casting team.  Get On Up is produced by Mick Jaggers, directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help”), stars Chadwick Boseman (“42”) as James Brown, and opens at theaters nationwide August 1, 2014.  In addition, one of David’s plays will be presented as a developmental reading in Connecticut this month.

Congratulations to Chris Bishop

Chris also be appeared in Almost Maine with Village Players in Ft. Thomas, KY, which ran February 2014. http://www.villageplayers.biz/almostmaine.aspx. Chris has a second show. 12 Angry Men with the Drama Work Shop. Shows are Fr., SA., & Su. March 7-March 23, 2014. http://thedramaworkshop.org/

Congratulations to Jeff Landen

Jeff and Ally continue their large project of the National Theatre Live encore broadcasts. All events, sponsored by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, are presented at the Springdale 18 Cinema de Lux, at 12064 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45246.Questions regarding tickets should be directed to Springdale 18 Cinema de Lux 513-671-0140.

Congratulations to Chessie Vigran

Chessie, a CPI member, will appear in Mariemont Players’ production of The Last Romance. Performances at the Walton Creek Theater: March 7 – March 23, 2014.


Congratulations to David Bezona

David, an actor, opera singer and music director, provides Cincinnati with the FREE chamber concert series, "Music at Ascension." Location: Ascension Lutheran Church, 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery, Ohio 45242 - music director, David Bezona 513-237-3636. Next: March 15, 2014. All concerts begin at 7:30 PM.

Congratulations to Karen Kelly

Karen is an accomplished artist, and for several years a CPI member and avid, active supporter. Karen invites you to see her art and others’ at the Open House.  2511 ESSEX Place, corner of E. McMillan.  Essex Studios Art Walk - Open House- May 2 & 3, 2014 (Fri/Sat) 6 PM -11 PM. Karen's Studio #125.  For more info contact Karen at 513-600-8063

Congratulations to Barbara Harkness

Ensemble Theatre of Cleveland Heights has selected Barbara’s new two-act play, Zeb, for full production, for their Colombi New Plays Festival. Performances will be in March 2014 on Fridays, March 14, 21, and 28 and Sundays, March 16, 23, and 30. Any additional information can be obtained on their web site, www.ensemble-theatre.com.

Congratulations to Nancy Gall-Clayton

Nancy Gall-Clayton's sci-fi comedy, Zimy and Zog Visit Earth, was selected to be part of Finnigan Productions' 7th Annual Festival of Funky Fresh Fun, which runs April 3-12, 2014 at The Bard's Town in Louisville, Kentucky.  Her short play, "Dinner in Minsky," was chosen by Belarusian Dream Theater for publication in anthology of plays about Belarus.
nancygallclayton@earthlink.net or http://nancygallclayton.net/

Congratulations to Tajci

A Message from Tajci

If you ever loved, had your heart broken and kept loving anyway, here is to you: "Keep Your Head Up" music video shot on the stunning coast of Croatia... Send this exclusive pre-view link to someone you love today! And Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Barely recovered from her fabulous “1000th Concert” in October and her long Christmas tour in December, Tajci, is heading to Florida for yet another tour.   She simply doesn’t sleep, yet CPI is always close to her heart.   http://tajci.net

Tajci's reflection on 1,000th concert! It was a great event and we just want to send a huge THANKS to all who travelled from afar to be with us and all of you who have been our support for many years! I Do Believe!!!

Congratulations to Kalman Kivkovich

Diogenes Theatre Company, a new local professional theatre, is producing Kalman’s controversial new play, BIBI, about the life of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Bibi - a one-man show - starring Robert Pavlovich and Directed by Draw Fracher.

Support: Wendy J. Dorn [Stage Manager], Mark Halpin [Scenic designer], Dave Levy [Sound Designer], Elizabeth Motter [harpist / arranger], Mark Santangelo [Recording Engineer], Recording Studios [Lausche Recording Studios], and Diogenes Theatre Company [Producer]

The play will have its world premiere debut on April 29, 2014 at the prestigious Jarson-Kaplan Theater of the Aronoff Center.  Additional shows are planned.  Tickets are now on sale. Don't miss it - nearly 40% of the show is already sold out!




Kalman is delighted to have his play produced and brought to life by such an incredible talented and professional team.  A dream come true.


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