Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative

New Plays, New Voices, New Talents

CPI was formed in November 1996 and exists to serve the local Cincinnati community of playwrights, directors and actors who wish to pursue the art and craft of playwriting. CPI’s goal is to enhance the cultural awareness of the community by offering new, original work by local playwrights in both an entertaining and educational setting. We present low cost staged readings to the general public for playwrights to receive valuable feedback on their work and for audiences to be part of the creative process with the playwright. 

Aronoff Resident Company

CPI has been a resident company of the Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts since its inception as a 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in July, 2001. All staged reading performances take place in the Fifth Third Theater unless capacity attendance requires us to move our performances to the larger Jarson-Kaplan Theater.


Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased online (service charges will apply) by clicking the box at the bottom of each play synopsis, by phone at 513-621-2787 or at the box office (650 Walnut Street downtown Cincinnati). We strongly urge advance ticket purchases due to limited seating in the Fifth Third Theater.

Fred Rothzeid

JUNE 7, 2022 / Tuesday at 7:30 PM


CPI New Voices Series presents a reading of Roads Less Traveled by local playwright Fred Rothzeid.


Four plays about love, longing, friendship and revenge

WAITING ROOM – He believes he’s waiting to die.  She believes he’s waiting to live.

LOVERS ARCH – There are said to be 50 ways to leave your lover.  Now there are 51.

CASSIE – What does the future hold?  Sometimes just the opposite of what you expect.

ONCE AND FOREVER – How long can love last?  Maybe longer than you think.

About the Author: Fred has been exploring life’s journey in poems, songs, liturgy and plays most of his adult life.  ROADS LESS TRAVELED is Fred’s eighth staged play reading with CPI.  When not trying to figure out the universe Fred enjoys working out, gardening, traveling and especially his grandchildren.

Now Seeking

New Playwright Submissions For 2022-2023

We accept submissions of One Act, Full Length and short plays (10 minutes in length) that together make a performance of 90 minutes of work to present as a cold or staged reading. Playwrights are encouraged to attend our free monthly playwriting workshops to prepare their work for submission. Submissions that receive a cold reading receive valuable feedback from other playwrights and audiences at a local venue where attendance is free. Plays that are selected for a staged reading are performed at the Aronoff during our designated season.


Romantic Short Plays For Lovefest 2

Back by popular demand and in celebration of our community’s 100th anniversary of the American Heart Association, CPI’s 2022/2023 season brings back Lovefest 2! Lovefest 2 is a 10-minute play festival of staged readings that will be performed on Valentine’s Day. Local playwrights will have their plays selected for Lovefest 2 at the Aronoff on February 14, 2023 while CPI supports the on-going mission of our local American Heart Association with a donation for each 100 tickets we sell. Send us your sappiest, happiest, romantic love stories to celebrate Valentine’s Day with us at the Aronoff next season to Arnie Shayne (Word docs or PDF) please send a blind copy with only the name of the play and Lovefest 2 in the subject line)

January 2022 staged reading The Circle
Photo Credit: Karen Adams

November 2021 staged reading Planting Grandma
Photo Credit: Karen Adams

Contact Us

P.O. Box 40
Terrace Park, OH 45174-0040