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Girl in the Red Corner Play Thru Aug. 17!

August 17, 2019

Know Theatre

$25 – $35
Know Theatre of Cincinnati play
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This Know Theatre of Cincinnati play portrays a warrior woman who finds her fire and fights for her future.


Heart-pounding action meets tense family drama in this Know Theatre of Cincinnati play, Girl in the Red Corner, by Stephen Spotswood. Halo’s life is chaos. She’s lost her job, her marriage, and her sense of direction. With nothing left to lose, she walks into a mixed martial arts gym and asks for lessons. Halo’s trainer thinks she’s a lightweight. Her mom and her sister think she’s lost her mind. But as she trains, Halo gets a glimpse of a way out of a dead-end life.


Yet as the date of her first big fight draws nearer, Halo discovers you can’t just walk away from where you come from. Sometimes, the world outside the ring bleeds through. And when that happens, you just have to stand and fight.


Tickets prices for this Know Theatre of Cincinnati play are $25 and $35 and can be purchased online or by calling 513-300-5669. When available, $15 Rush tickets at the door 10 minutes prior to curtain. This show is rated PG-13 for strong language and adult situations. The performance will last two hours including one 15 minute intermission.
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For a limited time, discount tickets are available for $15 at Goldstar.com. Hurry before they’re gone!
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Performance Schedule
July 26, 27, 31 – All shows will begin at 8 p.m.
August 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 – All shows will begin at 8 p.m.

July 28 – All shows will begin at 3 p.m.
August 4, 7 – All shows will begin at 3 p.m.


About Girl in the Red Corner
Directed by Know Associate Artistic Director Tamara Winters, Girl in the Red Corner is an unflinching look at the grit and guts of female MMA fighters, as well as the collateral damage of life in working-class America.


Associate Artistic Director Tamara Winters returns to the director’s chair for this visceral and personal regional premiere. Stories about women who fight their way through to a better future are becoming Tamara’s stock-in-trade – from 2015’s Hearts Like Fists to 2016’s Silent Sky, as well as last season’s swashbuckling Susan Swayne & The Bewildered Bride and the upcoming Lasso of Truth in 2020, about the complicated creation and lasting legacy of Wonder Woman.


When asked what it was about this story that demands to be told, right now, she said:
This is a story for anyone who has had enough. Enough of people making them feel small. Enough being made to believe that they should settle for the hand they’ve been dealt. Enough believing that where you were has to determine where you’re headed.

But it’s also a story that lays bare the lie that everyone starts from an even playing field. This play exposes the forces that keep us down and keep us fighting each other instead of fighting against those who would hold us back: the forces of addiction, generational poverty, gender barriers, forgotten communities.

And it’s also a story about what it takes to become whole again. About what happens when you rekindle the fire inside, put order to the chaos, and discover not just what’s worth fighting for, but who you need in your corner to survive. Girl in the Red Corner features a cast of actors every bit as fierce as the show’s characters.


Starring as Halo, local favorite Tess Talbot makes a triumphant return to the Know stage. Audiences who loved her as feisty occultist Alicia in last season’s Mercury, as the titular genius Ada Lovelace in Ada & the Engine, and as Joseph Smith’s rebellious child-bride Lula in Listen for the Light won’t want to miss what happens when she steps into the cage.


The spellbinding Jen Joplin appears as Terry, Halo’s embattled mother, following her memorable appearance as Virginie, the “witch in the woods,” in 2018’s The Man-Beast on the Know’s Mainstage and as herself in her own one-woman show, The MILF Also Rises, at the 2019 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.


Know newcomer Abi Esmena comes out swinging as Halo’s tough-as-nails MMA trainer, Gina.


Longtime friend of Know Mindy Heithaus returns to the MainStage for the first time since 2016 as Brinn, Halo’s long-suffering big sister and mother to a 12-year-old whom she believes is becoming much too like her wildhearted aunt.


And rounding out the cast is Adam Tran as Brinn’s husband Warren and Gina’s trainer Kyle. Adam was last seen at the Know in our Season 21 opening Duncan Sheik/Kyle Jarrow musical Whisper House as the lovelorn-yet-stalwart Yasuhiro.


The incomparable k. Jenny Jones joins the fray as Fight Director to shape the physical world of this play, where the boundaries between the ring and the real world blur and the emotional arcs hit as hard and fast as the fists will fly. A Master Teacher of stage combat, k. Jenny Jones is internationally known for her contemporary unarmed fighting style, and is the only woman in the U.S. inducted into the College of Fight Masters by the Society of American Fight Directors.


Cast in Alphabetical Order
Abi Esmena – Gina
Mindy Heithaus – Brinn
Jennifer Joplin* –
Tess Talbot – Halo
Adam Tran – Warren/Kyle
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.


Production Team
Director – Tamara Winters
Scenic & Lighting Designer – Andrew J. Hungerford
Costume Designer – Noelle Johnston
Sound Designer – Douglas Borntrager
Fight Director – k. Jenny Jones
Fight Consultant – Allyson West

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