2014 Season Calendar
April 10 - April 26
A Killing Game
"It's all grand fun...not to mention inventive theatre." (DC Theatre Scene)
A Killing Game is a theatre-meets-party-game in an evening of laugh-out-loud fun! Actors and audience work together to combat a mysterious plague that is killing all the citizens - inexplicably, indiscriminately, and fast! Styled after game shows and fashion from the 1960s, A Killing Game arrives in Cleveland via dog & pony dc, a quickly rising ensemble known for their quirky productions that involve everyone in the fun.
April 10 - May 3
Four weeks of contemporary dance as local dance companies take the stage to premiere new works and revive celebrated performances at CPT's annual showcase.
April 17 - May 3
The Drowning Girls
With their first look at him their lungs filled with air; their hearts began to beat. With their last look at him their lungs filled with water; their hearts would beat no more. Alice, Bessie and Margaret surface from the still waters of their bathtubs to deliver their post-mortem testimony and tell how they were wooed, wed, insured, and murdered. Based on the "Brides in the Bath" murders in England at the beginning of the 20th Century, The Drowning Girls is a touching and hauntingly beautiful script.
A Block-Party with a Purpose, an Arts Event for the People, a Celebration of Hope
Presented by Cleveland Public Theatre, Ohio City Incorporated and Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman
Station Hope is a multi-arts event that celebrates the triumphs of the Underground Railroad, the history of St. John's Church and the contemporary struggles for freedom and justice. Station Hope was created in partnership with St. John's Church and The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, Friends of St. John's Church, Restore Cleveland Hope and the Cozad Bates House, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, The City of Cleveland, Cleveland State University, and over 25 participating arts groups and individuals from the Northeast Ohio region.
May 2 - May 3
Deconstructing Kurt Weill: The American Songs
Co-produced with The Musical Theater Project
No composer wrote edgier, more haunting music for the theater than Kurt Weill, beginning with his trailblazing work in Berlin, The Threepenny Opera. But when Weill fled Nazi Germany and settled in New York City in the early 1930s, his American musicals such as Johnny Johnson, Street Scene and Lost in the Stars proved nearly as provocative, tackling the most serious of social and political issues.
The Dark Room
The Dark Room at CPT on May 13th
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.
May 15 - May 31
This Is Not the Play
A gritty, in-your-face comedy that digs into what we naturally turn away from, racism. This Is Not the Play imagines a black playwright trying to write a play about white people. The problem is that the characters seem to have minds of their own. The playwright sends in her agent to interrogate the characters and then she tries to intervene as they expose their pathetically racist and patently disempowered viewpoints. Is this the playwright's reflection on racism, or on her own prejudice?
May 15 - May 31
Left in Ink
A devised documentary performance about people who have memorial tattoos for suicide victims. Created from interviews, photographs, and online posts, this play tells intimate stories of confrontation, remembrance, and loving honor. Lewins brings authenticity, sensitivity, a quirky sense of humor, and passionate storytelling to this deep exploration of an entire subculture.
May 22 - June 7
Inspired by the 1853 National Women's Rights Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Ancestra weaves a historical account with the intimate biography of a contemporary woman. Ancestra's compelling story provides a forum for intellectual engagement with important issues of our time: gender equity, women's health care and reproductive rights. Featuring a multi-generational, multicultural cast, this emotionally-charged performance celebrates those who came before and champions current efforts to achieve dignity and justice.
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.