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THE WAVE by Ron JonesUnityProductions, Cincinnati, OH

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