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Hands on a Hardbody

Presented by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

Jun 08 - 30 2024
Hands on a Hardbody

The American dream is close enough to touch for 10 hard-luck Texans in the revival of this favorite rock musical.

Start your engines.

Based on the 1997 documentary film of the same name, Hands on a Hardbody garnered three Tony Award nominations and features a brilliant score from Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio (front man for the band Phish), along with a masterful story by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens). For 10 hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor, and ambition, they’ll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. Inspired by true events and infused with a “fresh roots-rock vibe,” this is the hilarious, hard-fought contest where only one winner can drive away with the American dream. Featuring a catchy combination of blues, rock and roll, and country songs, this musical is a peek into the lives of everyday, ordinary Americans struggling to survive against the backdrop of a broken and beaten working middle class.

Hands on a Hardbody. Book by Doug Wright. Lyrics by Amanda Green. Music & lyrics by Trey Anastasio & Amanda Green.

June 8–30, 2024.


Adult tickets start at $35.

Visit to see a list of all available discounts (including our new 30 for $35 discount).

Contact: (513) 421-3555


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  • Jun 8, 2024 at 07:00 pm (Sat)
  • Jun 11, 2024 at 07:00 pm (Tue)
  • Jun 12, 2024 at 07:30 pm (Wed)
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  • Jun 25, 2024 at 07:30 pm (Tue)
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  • Jun 29, 2024 at 02:00 pm (Sat)
  • Jun 29, 2024 at 07:30 pm (Sat)
  • Jun 30, 2024 at 02:00 pm (Sun)

Additional time info:

Meet the Artists (post-show): Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 pm | Sunday, June 23 at 2:00 pm

ETC Essentials (pre-show): Sunday, June 23 at 1:00 pm. Registration required.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


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