The Wave by Ron Jones

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Venue Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Running Time 70 minutes
First Time? Returning Participant
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Tags Theatre, Solo, Multimedia,
Political Themes







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Ever desire discipline, community, and action? Fascism goes beyond Nazi-Germany…

Based on a true story, The Wave by Ron Jones, is a narrative about a young 1960's California history teacher who wanted to deter his students from the allure of totalitarianism. His daring social experiment succeeded beyond his wildest expectations, creating a fascist state on campus. Replete with salutes and Gestapo-like informants, 30 students grew to 200 as this exercise in fascism spiraled out of control. The "experiment" illustrates how individual freedoms can be quickly abandoned and willfully repressed for collective goals and racism as happened in the rise of Nazi Germany and the treatment of the Jews during World War II.

Ron Jones is a pulitzer prize nominee. Subsequent stories of The Wave have won countless awards (short story, novel, 1981 film, 2011 film, musical, large cast plays). Not once has their been a one-man piece telling the story from Ron's chilling perspective alone which is strongly based on Ron's live storyteling of the event.



Mission: To combine different art forms in order to enlighten, entertain, and enhance the community. Uniting art, to unite the people.

Since participating in Cincy Fringe 2012 with The U.S. Premiere of Nothing by Nic Balthazar, Unity Productions has been invited to perform at The 64th Annual Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), New Orleans/San Diego Fringe Festivals, Miami University, Indiana University, The University of Wisconsin, and high schools across the tri-state as an educational production.

Unity Productions' side project, Barebones Staged-Reading Theatre Series, has become a recent Cincinnati accomplishment and is currently establishing and growing.

Past Fringe Festivals:

(2013) 64th Annual Southeastern Theatre Conference Theatre for Youth Festival, Nothing by Nic Balthazar
(2012) Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Nothing by Nic Balthazar
(2012) New Orleans Fringe Festival, Nothing by Nic Balthazar
(coming July 2013) San Diego Fringe Festival, Nothing by Nic Balthazar




The Wave (Review-Critic's Pick)- By: Tony Dallas

Behind the Curtain Cincinnati:

The Wave (Review)- By: Rob Bucher






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  1. Christine Wands

    One word: brilliant.

  2. Seeing it again, keep it comin unity

  3. I was blown away by The Wave! I found it fascinating — a great (and scary) study in human nature. Jon held my attention the entire time. This show is currently tied for my top pick.

    You can still see it on Saturday at 9 p.m. I recommend it!

  4. Randy Waterhous


    1*- Sorry I saw it
    2*- Glad I saw it
    3*- I recommend it
    4*- I would see it again
    And a second rating to cover degrees of weirdness ( a Fringe Festival standard)
    Fringy, Fringier, Fringiest


    Randy 4* Suzana 4* Ross 4* Fingier

    At last we have a show that ties Lolita for Pick of the Fringe. This is a one man show created by a collective. The four elements are the true story and person it is based upon, the actor delivering a theatrical interpretation of that story, the music, and the 3 minute film at the end. It starts out with the telling of a single social experiment in a single high school classroom. We watch it innocently develop. Then we are asked to participate by mimicking in from our seats what the students were asked to do- posture, slogans in unison, an innocent solute. Then it wraps up with the dark revelation of what they, and now we are doing. We are mimicking, and enjoying, the benefits of the totalitarian mindset that led to the holocaust. By the end, you have the message, not preached at you, but as part of your own experience. Great theater with an important, universal insight and warning.

  5. FYI, you got my vote. :) So moving. I could go on & on… Thank you.


    Rachel Petrie, Four Humors Theatre, Mpls., MN

    • I totally just spelled the name of my own theatre company wrong. LOL! It's "Four Humors TheatER". ;)

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