Through theater, transplants are in the Know in Cincinnati

'Harry & the Thief' is just their latest outlet

CINCINNATI—It's hard to find a professional stage performer who, at least early in their careers, didn't have their eyes on New York City. More and more, though, even young artists are choosing to make their way in Cincinnati and other smaller cities with vibrant cultural scenes.

Two such performers are Torie Wiggins and Darnell Benjamin.

Wiggins grew up in Atlanta and, after earning a degree in theater from the University of Cincinnati, spent a decade living and working in New York City. Benjamin grew up just outside of Lafayette, La., and went to graduate school at the University of Houston.

When Know Theatre of Cincinnati cast them—Benjamin in the 2009 production of "Angels in America," Wiggins for a role in 2011's "Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party"—both actors saw the city as a milepost rather than a destination. But since arriving, neither has left, and both have thriving careers on local stages.

They're now back with Know Theatre, in the company's season-opening "Harry & the Thief." In this video from rehearsal, Wiggins and Benjamin talk about the ingredients for their thriving lives and careers in Cincinnati.


What: "Harry & the Thief"

When: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, through Aug. 30. Also a free performance Wed., Aug. 20.

Cost: $20

Info: (513) 300-5669 or

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