Gamers Face Reality in World Premiere of Leveling Up, Opening in Cincinnati Feb. 14

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The world premiere of Deborah Zoe Laufer's Leveling Up, about a college video game fanatic whose virtual reality becomes reality, officially opens Feb. 14 at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Ali Rose Dachis
Ali Rose Dachis

Wendy C. Goldberg, the artistic director of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference — where Leveling Up was developed in 2011 — directs the production that began previews Feb. 9 and will run through March 10. Goldberg previously staged Durango and Doubt at the Playhouse.

The cast features Ali Rose Dachis as Jeannie, Bobby Moreno as Chuck, Sean Mellott as Ian and Ben Morrow as Zander.

According to the Playhouse, "Leveling Up follows the story of four 20-somethings who struggle to transition from college to a 'real' life that is rarely spent outside the glare of the video game monitors in their Las Vegas basement. What they find is a world of grown-up relationships that require levels of intimacy far beyond the social shield of technology. When one member of the circle is recruited by the NSA to pilot remote missiles, he's ill-equipped to handle the moral ambiguities raised."

The design team includes set designer Kevin Depinet, costume designer Anne Kennedy, lighting designer Josh Epstein, sound designer Benji Inniger and fight director Drew Fracher.

Laufer's plays also include End Days, Sirens, Out of Sterno, Fortune and The Last Schwartz.

For tickets phone (513) 421-3888 or visit CincyPlay.

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