2013 Season Calendar
November 8 - December 14
Teatro Publico de Cleveland: Cuando Cierras Your Eyes
CPT introduces a new program that seeks to involve amateur and professional artists from the local Latin American community in creating original theatre.
November 29 - December 14
Doug is a D-Bag
Rules are made to be broken! This highly interactive devised work asks the audience to tune in and turn ON their cell phones. Set in an HR Company on an extraordinary Tuesday; join Lorie and Doug as they fall out of love and into a heap of trouble. Can they create a new rule book for cell phone technology and love in the workplace? (Standard text messaging rates apply).
November 29 - December 21
The Loush Sisters DO The Nutcracker
Back by popular demand, The Loush Sisters return to celebrate the holidays in a hilarious and bawdy evening of song. Fueled by booze, fairies, and "holiday cheer," the sisters relive their cherished holiday memories, with the help of their family and The Nutcracker.
December 5 - December 22
Join CPT at PlayhouseSquare for best-selling author David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries, a story of an out of work actor taking a job as Crumpet, a Macy's Christmas elf, in 1989. Now in his mid-fifties, Crumpet's hilarious recount of the trials and tribulations that the Holidays bring is sure to bring a smile to even the grouchiest face!
December 14 - March 30
Opera Per Tutti
Continuing their mission of "opera for all" opera Per Tutti will return to CPT during the 2013 -14 season to perform selected works from their repertoire.
January 9 - January 25
A moving play about finding your voice and championing your identity, Exact Change is the powerful and personal story of noted Cleveland actor, journalist, and critic Christine Howey (formerly Dick Howey). Developed in The Dark Room and Big Box series, this moving one-woman tour-de-force is now ready for the world and spiced with political rants, historical reflections, and comedic character studies.
January 30 - February 15
(Part Three of the Elements Cycle)
Air Waves is an adventure in sustainability and an exciting theatrical journey. Featuring bold, short plays created by some of Northeast Ohio's most adventurous theatre makers, Air Waves explores the powerful effect humanity has had, and can have, on the very air we breathe. In this ground-breaking performance, audiences tour Cleveland's oldest theatre to witness these diverse works in intimate settings.
February 6 - March 22
Big Box '14
The centerpiece of CPT's season, Big Box provides local artists with the opportunity to create and produce new work. Over seven weeks, Big Box includes more than ten world-premiere workshop performances of theatre, dance, opera and genre-defying performances.
March 6 - March 22
Titus: A Grand and Gory Rock Musical
Shakespeare rolls over in his grave as his bloodiest, most horrifying script gets a total makeover as a rock musical. In this story of revenge, limbs are torn off, tongues are cut out and everybody sings.
March 27 - March 29
A workshop/reading of a new work by CPT's inaugural Nord Playwright Fellow that envisions Shakespeare's witches before they encountered "The Scottish King."
April 10 - April 26
A Killing Game
"It's all grand fun...not to mention inventive theatre." (DC Theatre Scene)
A Killing Game is an absurdist-play-meets-party-game. In a not-so-distant time and place, a deadly plague begins killing the citizenry - inexplicably, indiscriminately, and fast! CPT presents Dog & Pony DC, a quickly rising ensemble company from Washington DC known for their quirky and wild 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.
May 2 - May 3
Deconstructing Kurt Weill: The American Songs
Co-produced with The Musical Theatre 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.
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 tells stories of heritage, sisterhood and overcoming adversity. With a multigenerational, multicultural cast this emotionally charged performance combines traditional and original songs with spoken-word poetry and powerful movement to remind us of those who came before and the power of possibilities for the future.