CPT develops new, adventurous work; and nurtures Northeastern Ohio artists—particularly those whose work is inventive, intelligent, and socially conscious.
CPT’s acclaimed education programs engage underserved communities in devising new works that speak to contemporary issues, and empower participants to work for positive change in our community.
2017/2018 Artistic STATEMENT
The theme of CPT’s 2017/2018 season is STAND.
Every true artist has felt the opposite of stand—the fall, failure, hurt knees, scrapes and enervation. Sometimes we don’t want to get up from a fall… or out of bed… or off the couch.
And yet we do. We rise. You do. You did. You are here now. You made that leap—that effort—to join with others in a room to engage with the world.
The act of standing up for others, for oneself, for something bigger than oneself, can be simple yet powerful. The act of standing out can be exhilarating and terrifying. In theatre we talk about a new play finding its feet, standing on its own. We rise as we seek excellence.
Cleveland Public Theatre’s 2017/2018 season’s artists invite us to stand in this precious moment. They remind us of our sacred duty to stand up for ourselves and to ourselves, stand up to others and for others. They stand out and invite us to stand with them.
I am reminded of a birth story in Ancient Greece—theatre was born, breathed and crawled; and stood hand-in-hand with its twin: democracy. We stand now with that spiritual ancestry reminding us of the purpose of theatre. We remember we are all artists. Theatre was not born to end at the edge of the stage—it was always about a meeting, a dialogue, an awakening. You are our final collaborator and though you may be physically sitting now, you are also standing for something—for someone. We are standing here together. Looking out and up and inward.
Thank you for sharing the act of theatre with us.
Raymond Bobgan, Executive Artistic Director