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Venue Art Academy – Auditorium
Running Time 65 minutes
First Time? New Participant
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Tags Comedy, Theatre, Women's
Themes, Adult Content,
Adult Language





Wednesday, May 29 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, June 1 @ 9:00pm
Wednesday, June 5 @ 8:45pm
Friday, June 7 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, June 8 @ 5:15pm


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A playful examination of women, theatre, and history.

Catalina is a playful examination of the dynamics of women, theatre, and history, combining metatheatre, feminism, and pop culture. Catherine of Aragon, a.k.a Catalina, attempts to tell her story after having been overshadowed by her husband Henry VIII. Three actresses play a variety of women and men who supported or blocked her. Together, they examine how history and theatre pit women against each other, how history is written by the (male) winners, and the pitfalls of being a working actress. The play manipulates time and identity while commenting on the fact that the play itself was written by a male.

I began this play intending to examine all six of Henry VIII’s wives. I wrote an ending that I never intended to use, but I got such strong feedback that I realized I needed to keep it, although it meant that I wouldn’t be able to accomplish my original goal.




Joe Stollenwerk (Writer/Director) is a Ph.D. Student in Theatre and Drama at Indiana University. A Cincinnati native, he spent nine years as the Artistic Director of Ovation Theatre Company. His award-winning adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale premiered in 2011 at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and he directed his adaptation Excuse My Dust: The Wit of Dorothy Parker at IU earlier this year. Joe also produced and starred in Art Songs and Show Tunes: The Music of Leonard Bernstein in 2011 and The Next Whiskey Bar: Songs of Brecht and Weill in 2010. He is the author of Today in History: Musicals.

Barbara Karol (Actress #2) is a graduate of Cincinnati’s Edgecliff College, having trained with the Actors’ Equity company there and later receiving her M.F.A. degree in Speech and Theatre from the University of Minnesota.  She has performed in professional and regional theatres in the Midwest area. She first appreciated the work of director Joe Stollenwerk in Ovation’s A Voice of My Own, in which she portrayed Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Bronte.  Other collaborations with Mr. Stollenwerk include a production of Albee’s A Delicate Balance and a staged reading of Dorothy Parker excerpts.  She is very happy to reunite with Joe once again in this, her first appearance at the Fringe Festival.

Danielle Muething (Actress #1) has been working as an actor for almost 20 years and has been seen in many productions in and around the Cincinnati area.  Most recently she was seen as Drizella in Disney's Cinderella Kids with the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, Sally in Why Do Fools Fall in Love? at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, and Jenny in ArtReach's touring production of Cincinnati: City of Immigrants.  She is also a part of an a cappella trio called The Sweet and Lows –

Abby Rowold (Actress #3) Cincinnati credits: Cinderella Kids with The Children’s Theatre (Stepmother), PostSecret Unheard Voices at Playhouse in the Park. Regional: Brown County Playhouse: There Goes the Bride (Ursula), Present Laughter (Monica Reed); Indiana Festival Theater: Ah, Wilderness! (Essie), You Can’t Take it With You (Penny Sycamore); Phoenix Theatre: Jericho (Beth); Cardinal Stage: Annie (Miss Hannigan). Chicago credits: Top Girls (Isabella Bird/Joyce), The Crucible (Ann Putman), Anna Karenina (Dolly).  Abby appeared in The Winter’s Tale (Paulina), Rabbit Hole (Becca), and The Clean House (Virginia) at Indiana University, where she received her MFA, Acting, in 2011. She teaches at Northern Kentucky University.

Mindy Seibert (Actress #4) has been a part of the Cincinnati theatre scene for almost 35 years. She graduated from CCM with an MFA in Theatre Performance, and was a founder of ETC with her husband, Jeff. Mindy now shares her talents with the UC Law School and the UC Medical School. The Fringe Festival is a thrill and working with Joe once again is terrific!

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Catalina (Review)- By Jane Durrell



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  1. We're looking very much forward to performing alongside CATALINA at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival! I am unsure if/how your script will be changing as you prepare for the festival, but there is a great Cincinnati Band called The Last Troubador that  has a great song titled CATALINA. It's a group of really cool people and I am sure they would be more than happy to let you use the song if you are interested in collaborating. I cannot wait to see the performance! Best wishes! 

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  2. If you're familiar with this period in history, I would not suggest it as it's nothing you haven't heard or seen before but if you're looking for info regarding this period in time that you might never have heard before, then go see it. There are no period costumes so if you're expecting queens and royalty in traditional garb…you won't get it.

  3. I think this play lost sight of it's goal. It probably should have been a one women show, The additional actors do not match the parts they play in age or appearance (there are no costumes or props). The sudden appearance of these other actors just distracts the audience from the story. The frequent going back and forth between being an actor in a play and acting the role on stage disrupts the flow of the story and stops being funny very quickly. All this diminishes the theme of how women were just seen as play things or a means to producing a male heir to the throne.

  4. I really liked the use of older women in this show. It was a good commentary on women in history and in the theater. It was also kind of funny and a mish-mash of ideas. Not the best show at Fringe, but a nice option.

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