Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Sleeping Giant

Who knows if any of these stories are real? But let’s say they are, for the sake of argument.

A marriage proposal gone awry awakens an ancient evil deep within a lake and triggers a rising tide of unsettling events.

As things take a turn for the horrifying, Sleeping Giant asks: how far will you go to find something to believe in?

This dark comedy from Know favorite Steve Yockey [Pluto (2013), The The Fisherman’s Wife (2015), Heavier Than.., (2017) Mercury (2019)], and show runner of HBO’s The Flight Attendant and Netflix’s Dead Boy Detectives, combines equal parts humor and dread in a truly unexpected story for the stage.

Keywords: dark-comedy · fascism · cosmic horror · tentacles · butterflies

Rated: R (language, violence, adult themes)

Run Time: 80 minutes

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Creative Team

Director & Lighting Designer: Andrew Hungerford
Scenic & Props Designer, Scenic Artist: Danielle Robison
Costume Designer: Noelle Wedig-Johnston
Sound & Projection Designer: Douglas Borntrager
Intimacy Director: Erin Carr
Stage Manager: Grace Wohlschlegel
Technical Director: Jim Stark


Jared Earland as The Raconteur
Brianna Miller as the Naïf 
Ryan-Chavez Richmond as The Messenger
Tess Talbot as The Convert

Read more about the creative team in our digital playbill.