Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball

A New Comedy
By Zina Camblin

October 13 – 28, 2023

A Hollywood writers' room becomes tense when drama spills beyond scripts and screens into the real world. A team of screenwriters get together to adapt a beloved, yet controversial, classic play for a new television series, but production halts when a shocking truth is revealed. The "Wrecking Ball" demolishes the pristine façade of Hollywood, and this cast of characters must find a way to rebuild in this caustic contemporary comedy that will have you talking the whole ride home.

Run Time: 100 minutes, no intermission

Content Advisory: Contains adult language, descriptions of sexual abuse, and a prop gun. Please contact the Box Office for additional information.

Darnell Pierre Benjamin*


Burgess Byrd*  


Victoria Cartagena


Jeremy Dubin*


Dale Hodges*  


Sara Mackie*


Patrick Earl Phillips*


  • Sarah Lambert

     Scenic Designer

  • Daryl Harris  

    Costume Designer

  • Jessica Drayton

    Lighting Designer

  • Zack Bennett

    Sound Designer

  • Robert Carlton Stimmel

    Projections Designer

  • Kara Eble Trusty  

    Properties Designer

  • Cole Sweasy*

    Production Stage Manager

  • Abby Sherr 

    Assistant Stage Manage

  • Kate Bindus

    Production Manager

  • Beasley


  • *Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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World Premieres at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is thrilled to be bringing Cincinnati audiences the World Premiere of Wrecking Ball, A New Comedy by Zina Camblin, commissioned by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company!

CSC believes its purpose lies in not just presenting the Classics, but also actively contributing to the new classical canon. As globally conscious theater makers, it is our responsibility to find and nurture new voices and to activate the Otto M. Budig Theater as a catalyst for new works. Thus, five years ago CSC began commissioning new plays from exciting new voices in the American Theatre. One of these voices is Cincinnati native, Zina Camblin.  Camblin has long sought to work with a theater in her hometown, and CSC is delighted for this partnership and to have commissioned this new play, Wrecking Ball.

After all, Shakespeare wasn’t always a classic. He started as a young playwright fighting for his voice to be heard. Who is next? How will we discover the next Shakespeare whose work will stand the test of time?

We hope we can be a place where artists of all backgrounds feel that their voices are encouraged and that their work can flourish, all while meeting the evolving interests and needs of audiences in Greater Cincinnati and beyond.