Zack Steele, Director
Deondra Means, Asst. Director
Jim Stump, Costumer
Greg Glevicky, Graphic Design
Jeremiah Savon Jackson
a new musical
America’s first anarchist. A séance-leading abolitionist. A cult who believed that the oceans would turn to lemonade and humans would grow long and useful tails. Each of these was responsible for founding strange, remarkable, idealistic communities in Ohio in the 1840s. And all three communities were founded in the same location: 30 miles east of Cincinnati in a place known as Utopia, Ohio.
UTOPIA, OHIO is a new musical following the real history of three little-known utopian experiments through the voices of individuals whose lives led them there: a widowed woman shoemaker, a Black man who escapes enslavement with his family, and a Jewish immigrant fleeing persecution. Featuring gifted actors playing their own instruments and a bevy of historical images, the musical bursts with emotion and longing felt by everyday people marginalized in the young and rapidly changing United States.
Produced with special support from Falcon Theater and the W.E. Smith Family Charitable Trust.
Playing at The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum
3738 Eastern Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45226
Thursday, August 3, 7:30pm
Saturday, August 5, 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 9, 7:30pm
Thursday, August 10, 7:30pm
The Edge of a Knife: https://youtu.be/EvHvTBEFsyY
The Ballad of Samuel Lee: https://youtu.be/pUOPrIVw2KQ
Learn more about Utopia, Ohio in this fantastic article.
The supposedly haunted underground chamber in Utopia, Ohio. Credit Wyatt McSpadden
A watercolor of the first trip to Clermon Phalanx. Credit A. J. Macdonald Writings on American Utopian Communities. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
The Village Market in Utopia, Ohio. Credit Wyatt McSpadden
A pond in Utopia, Ohio. Credit Wyatt McSpadden
Utopia Road Sign Credit Wyatt McSpadden
A road and field in Utopia, Ohio. Credit Wyatt McSpadden
Entrance to the supposedly haunted underground chamber in Utopia, Ohio. Credit Wyatt McSpadden
An abandoned barn in Utopia, Ohio. Credit Wyatt McSpadden
A lithograph of Charles Fourier. Credit Philibert Leon Couturier, Bibliothèque nationale de France