Cleveland Public Theatre Announces 2012 - 2013 Season

Cleveland Public Theatre's Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan announces the 2012 - 2013 season: REMARKABLE.

Cleveland Public Theatre is the place for original, adventurous and relevant works of performance. The 2012-2013 Season: REMARKABLE delivers on CPT's mission by including seven world premiere productions five by Northeast Ohio artists, and a host of regional premieres.

"In the world of visual art you can go to some of the most conservative museums in the country and see a huge variety of aesthetics and styles but in theatre the choices are minimal," says Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan. "Even with the wealth of theatres in Cleveland, most of the offerings are quite limited in style and aesthetics and speak to a small segment of society. CPT's role is to explore and expose adventurous and diverse work that adds choice to our community and enlivens the scene. This season does just that-with world and regional premieres that will delight, provoke, and engage. These shows are remarkable and will get audiences talking (and tweeting). People will want to say 'I was there; I saw that.'"

With this season, CPT embarks on an ambitious multi-performance project to address issues of sustainability: The Elements Cycle. The cycle which is planned for the next three seasons, involves creating and producing five new performances. The first four shows focus on each of the elements Water, Earth, Fire and Air, and a fifth show which bridges them all together. Source material drawn from myths, literature, science, sociology and ecology provides a backdrop for the imagery, poetry and music in the performances and tells compelling stories about the relationship between humanity and the environment.

Though at the forefront of a national movement of new play creation, CPT keeps it local by nurturing new plays and encouraging Northeast Ohio artists to create work of significance. CPT's Big Box offers seven weeks of world premiere workshop productions by Northeast Ohio artists; Springboard, offers staged readings of brand new plays; Leap/Conceive presents segments of work-in-progress in a showcase setting; and The Dark Room offers playwrights, directors, actors, and audience to get in on the fun, in a casual open-mic atmosphere where new scripts take center stage.

Partnerships contribute to the diversity of the season with a bold coproductions. CPT is partnering with Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant to create a new show made by the artists of the Restaurant and local actors. CPT is coproducing a new play with North American Cultural Laboratory (NY) featuring Brett Keyser, who was last seen in CPT's hit production of Glen Berger's Darwinii. The season also features collaborations with Oberlin College, Theatre Ninjas, and Opera Per Tutti.

Click on a production below for more information:

Pandemonium 2012: House of Dreams September 8

Standing on Ceremony October 4 - October 20
Written by Jordan Harrison, Moisé s Kaufman, Mo Gaffney, Neil LaBute, Wendy McLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick, and Doug Wright
Directed by Craig George

The Kardiac Kid October 4 - October 20
Written & Performed by Eric Schmiedl
Directed by Bill Hoffman

Springboard 2012 October 11 - October 21

Leap/Conceive October 11 - October 21

Y-Haven Theatre Project November 8 - November 11
Directed by Adam Seeholzer and Darius Stubbs

The Secret Social December 6 - December 23
Created by members of Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant and CPT Artists
Coproduced with Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant

Big Box January 17 - March 9

Water Ways (Part One of the Elements Cycle) January 24 - February 4
By Oberlin College and Conservatory Faculty, Oberlin College and Conservatory students and CPT artists
Coproduced with Oberlin College and Conservatory

Earth Plays (Part Two of the Element Cycle) February 21 - March 9

struck March 21 - April 6
By Brett Keyser, Tannis Kowalchuk and Ker Wells

NICK&JEREMY March 12 - April 6
By Jeremy Paul & Nick Riley
Coproduced with Theater Ninjas

DanceWorks '13 March 21 - April 20

Tender Napalm May 2 - May 18
Written by Philip Ridley
Directed by Denise Astorino

There Is a Happiness That Morning Is May 9 - May 25
Written by Mickle Maher
Directed by Beth Wood

The Best of The Dark Room: An Evening of Eclectic Work by Cleveland Artists May9 - May 11
Produced and Directed by Mindy Childress Herman and John Busser

Rusted Heart Broadcast May 23 - June 8
Created by Raymond Bobgan and Ensemble

Opera Per Tutti
Opera Per Tutti, Cleveland's newest professional opera company is continuing its mission of "opera for all" and will return to CPT three times during the 2012 - 13 season to perform selected works from their repertoire.