Four wheels on stage: How do you make a truck dance?

Ensemble Theatre opens with 'Hands on a Hardbody'

CINCINNATI—There’s a long history of film adapted for the stage, but rare to find documentaries turned into musical theater.

“Hands on a Hardbody,” originally a 2007 documentary telling the story of a small Texas town and a contest to win a pickup truck, recently received the Broadway musical treatment , with Trey Anastasio composing the music. Now it's opening the season for Cincinnati's Ensemble Theater.

In this video from rehearsal, we talk to directors about employing the truck as a vehicle for emotion and movement.

IF YOU GO ...

What: "Hands on a Hardbody"

When: Performances Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 2-21.

Where: Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., Cincinnati

Info: ensemblecincinnati.org or (513) 421-3555

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