2014 Season Calendar
July 31 - August 10
STEP '14 - Free theatre in city parks
Celebrating 20 years!
Cleveland Public Theatre's celebrated Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) is Cleveland's longest-running arts and job training program for urban teens. STEP returns to Cleveland City Parks this summer, celebrating its twentieth year with an original new play, Now the City Dreams.
I Am What I Am: Gays, Lesbians and The American Musical
Co-presented with The Musical Theater Project
Without gays and lesbians -- on stage, behind the scenes and in the audience -- there would be no Broadway. Period. This multi-media concert celebrates a culture's rich contribution to musical theater art, from the "coded" songs of Cole Porter and Lorenz Hart in the 1920s to the breakout musicals of the post-Stonewall 1970s, to the current hit "Kinky Boots." It's a stirring, fascinating story that also includes performers like Ethel Merman and Liza Minnelli who thrilled a huge gay audience. Loaded with video clips and still images, the concert is hosted by BILL RUDMAN and SCOTT PLATE and features vocalists MOLLY ANDREWS-HINDERS, JARED LEAL and KATHERINE DEBOER.
The Dark Room
The Dark Room at CPT on August 12th
This month: Open Mic Returns!
The Dark Room is a place where writers take center stage and their work has a chance to grow. The Dark Room is an ongoing event held on the second Tuesday of each month. The Dark Room affords emerging and veteran playwrights the space and resources to develop new works. It offers a venue to workshop plays, novels, poems, or any other written work in a supportive, yet critical environment.
Pandemonium 2014: Take Flight
With hundreds of performing artists, food from the finest restaurants in Cleveland and entertainment around every corner of the CPT campus, Pandemonium is an experience not to be missed. Leave your checkbook at home because your ticket includes complimentary parking, delectable food, drinks and entertainment - indulge!
Tickets to Pandemonium 2014: Take Flight go on sale July 1st.
October 9 - October 25
She's Wearing White...
Created by 2014 Creative Workforce Fellow Faye Hargate and visual artist Joan Hargate. This mother-daughter team rejoins to create an interactive performance art installation that investigates purity, ideal femininity, and sexual role playing through the lens of the Virgin-Bride's wedding night. Bedding ceremonies, BDSM culture and American wedding planning culture will serve as source material.
October 9 - October 25
Spirits to Enforce
Written by Mickle Maher (There is a Happiness that Morning Is). Directed by Matthew Wright. Twelve superheroes take up residence in a secret submarine to hold a fundraising drive for their upcoming production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Seriously. Infusing elements of Shakespeare's language, comic book lore, and choral arrangement, Mickle Maher's Spirits to Enforce promises an utterly unique theatrical trip.
October 16 - October 19
Teatro Publico de Cleveland
Last season, Teatro Publico de Cleveland took the city by storm with their premiere original performance, Cuando Cierras Your Eyes. This season the ensemble returns with a new show based on the stories, dreams and musings of Cleveland's Hispanic community (title TBD).
October 23 - November 2
Springboard brings the excitement of new play development to audiences with fully staged-readings. Not just actors at music stands, these new works are up on their feet as actors negotiate with scripts-in-hand and only a few rehearsals. Audience members give feedback and engage in post-show discussions to help local playwrights improve their work.
October 23 - October 25
The Neighbor's Grief is Greener
In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, CPT will host Israeli theatre company The Visual Theatre of Emanuella Amichai's production of The Neighbor's Grief is Greener, a macabre visual performance that takes place in the sterile and static setting of an archetypal suburban kitchen. Inspired by 1950s era music, television and consumer culture, The Neighbor's Grief is Greener merges physical theatre and contemporary dance with striking theatrical design that has wowed audiences and critics around the world.
October 31 - November 1
Opera Per Tutti presents Clarimonde
A world premiere concert performance of a new opera by Frédéric Chaslin and librettist P.H. Fisher, performed by OPT company artists. Science fiction, fantasy and magical realism merge in this classic tale of the supernatural. Dress up in your Halloween costume for a fun night of music, then stay for post-show mingling and discussion with the artists.
November 6 - November 9
Y-Haven Theatre Project
A great way to see CPT's life-changing education programs in action. CPT artists and the residents of Y-Haven, a residential program for homeless men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, collaborate to create an original play based on experiences of homelessness, addiction and the power to change.
December 4 - December 20
Written by Miki Johnson. This stunning and brilliant drama follows the story of eight people in a small town- six are living and two are dead. American Falls exposes the inner life of every-day people desperately seeking meaning and love in a poetic and sensuous interplay of stories, monologues and a horrifying makeover.
December 4 - December 20
Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant
One of CPT's most popular holiday entertainments is back for a final farewell. Hailed as "a deliciously demented feast for the holidays" by The Plain Dealer, this hilarious musical performance includes crazy cabaret, comedy, dancing, game-show competitions, violence, and a five course meal. Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant is an eclectic, bizarro and delightful night at the theatre that will have you laughing well into 2015. NOT to be missed.
Opera Per Tutti presents Amahl and the Night Visitors
Celebrate the Season with Gian Carlo Menotti's classic holiday opera Amahl and the Night Visitors! Join Opera Per Tutti for the annual production collaboration to support the City Mission. In the spirit of the holiday season, admission to these performances is free with a monetary donation for the City Mission or a donation of disposable diapers for Laura's Home, the City Mission's crisis center for women and children. 100% of all donations benefit the City Mission Cleveland.
January 8 - February 21
Big Box '15
The centerpiece of CPT's season, Big Box is one of CPT's most popular events. Big Box features workshop productions in theatre, dance, opera and genre-defying performances, all by Northeast Ohio artists.
January 29 - February 14
Fire on the Water
Fire on the Water is a fast-paced series of short plays inspired by the burning of the Cuyahoga River. Created by a diverse team of playwrights, directors and actors, this production will be a community wide effort as CPT teams up with co-producers Theater Ninjas, Talespinner Children's Theatre, Ohio City Theatre and Blank Canvas Theatre. CPT's four-part Elements Cycle focuses on issues of sustainability in fun, intimate and personal ways. This concluding work will focus on how the environment can shape identity and will celebrate the remarkable recovery of Cleveland's waterways.
March 5 - March 21
Standing on Ceremony
Conceived by Brian Shnipper. Written by Jordan Harrison, Moises Kaufman, Mo Gaffney, Neil LaBute, Wendy McLeod, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright. Back by popular demand, this powerful series of short plays promote marriage equality and the power of love to overcome. "Funny and moving. A celebration...." The New York Times. Directed by CPT favorite Craig George.
April 2 - April 25
Each year Cleveland Public Theatre welcomes the opportunity to showcase Northeast Ohio's contemporary dance companies as they premiere new work and revive celebrated performances. Six dance companies take the stage in this acclaimed annual series.
April 16 - May 2
in a word
Written by Lauren Yee. Directed by Beth Wood. Two years have passed since a Fiona's eight-year-old son mysteriously vanished. As she delves back into her memories of that fateful day to find the missing piece, logic buckles and language breaks. Grief and comedy collide in this lyrical, absurdist journey on how to get over, get around and get through what haunts you. World Premiere (co-premiere with San Francisco Playhouse).
May 21 - June 6
Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea
Written by Nathan Davis. Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. It's a month before his first day in college and Dontrell wakes up from a dream that will change his life. This young African American's unconventional journey begins with swimming lessons, and ends in a boat drifting into the sea to meet his grandfather's spirit. This magical play is about our connection to the past and living in the moment.
May 28 - June 13
Johanna: Facing Forward
Written and Directed by Tlaloc Rivas. Johanna moves back and forth through time to tell the story of Johanna Orozco, a Cleveland Latina who was shot in the face by her boyfriend in 2007. Johanna's story is complex and raises critical questions, but it is also a life-affirming story of triumph. Based on the Plain Dealer's award-winning series "Facing Forward" by journalist Rachel Dissell. Produced in conjunction with Teatro Publico de Cleveland.