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Tom Breed

Tom Breed, new member of the Morse Johnson

The Playhouse is thrilled to welcome a new member to the Morse Johnson Society—Tom Breed!

A graduate of Indiana University and IU's College of Law, Tom was an OSBA Board Certified Specialist in estate planning as well as trust and probate law and recently retired from Cincinnati's Wood & Lamping, LLP. During his 44-year legal career, he assisted clients with all aspects of estate planning and probate law. Tom was the first coordinator of the Mt. St. Joseph University Paralegal Program and served on the Paralegal Advisory Board for over 25 years. He was also a 25-year board member and past chair for the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Tom has been a Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park subscriber for approximately 40 years, and he especially loves the openness and intimacy of the Playhouse. "Because there is no curtain, it is an exciting adventure to walk into the Marx Theatre and experience the creativity of each new set," he says. "It is thrilling to be so close to the many accomplished actors and actresses and a joy to witness their expressions and mannerisms."

He has made memories with his family at the Playhouse, and he recalls the many wonderful experiences during Ed Stern's tenure as artistic director. "We are so grateful for the many excellent and thought-provoking plays that we saw during his career. His leadership brought the Playhouse well-deserved national recognition."

In addition to his legal work within the community and love of live theatre, philanthropy has always been important to Tom. "The notion of supporting your community was impressed upon me at a young age," Tom says, "and it is also important to support the arts in our country—they are often overlooked or underfunded."

Through his foresight and generosity, Tom is making it possible for the Playhouse to continue to produce quality live theatre for years to come. "Donating a portion of my estate to the Playhouse was a perfect fit. I am grateful that I, like many others, am able to assist the Playhouse so that it can continue to provide excellent artistry for our children and grandchildren."

Do you want to join Tom in helping the Playhouse continue its mission for years to come?

Becoming a member of the Morse Johnson Society is quite easy and can be done in a variety of ways that will not only sustain the Playhouse for future generations, but also allow you to care for your friends and loved ones in the coming years. We invite you to join the many theatre lovers who have built Playhouse legacies through estate gifts!

To become a member of the Morse Johnson Society, simply let us know that your estate plan includes a gift to the Playhouse. For more information please contact Rachel Kirley by calling 513-977-2084 or by email at

Header image of Bill Doyle (Lieutenant Roberts) and Joneal Joplin (Doc) in Mister Roberts. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.