INSOMNIA: CPT Presents Devised Theatre Production!

CPT will present the world premiere of Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves April 21 - May 14.

Insomnia explores the entanglement of self-love and self-loathing through the sleepless nights of one woman on the brink of enormous change--death, flight, mental collapse or self discovery. A work of devised theatre, Insomnia is the culmination of yearlong theatrical exploration of improvisation, movement, poetic writing and collaboration. Insomnia was written by Holly Holsinger, Chris Seibert and Raymond Bobgan and directed by Raymond Bobgan.

Devised theatre is a method by which the script originates from a collaborative process involving the director, actors and writers. Similar in nature to improvisational theatre, a devised piece differs in that improvisation is confined to the creation process and by the time the work is presented to an audience a script and sequence has been plotted out by the participants. Holsinger originated the concept for Insomnia and it grew into several different incarnations before she and contributors felt it captured the story they wanted to tell. The production features Holly Holsinger, Chris Seibert and Anne McEvoy.

Holsinger is an assistant professor of theatre at Cleveland State University, specializing in acting, voice, and movement as well devised theatre techniques. She was named "Cleveland's Best Director 2010" by Scene magazine for her production of CSU's In The Blood and recently received the first "Excellence in Teaching Award" from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Holsinger has been a Cleveland theatre artist for the past seventeen years and has created/performed in over ten original plays including Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead and her solo piece Frankenstein's Wake, both of which toured Off-Broadway. She received an MFA in Acting from the University of California. Her work has been featured in national and international publications such as The Drama Review, American Theatre Magazine and Canadian Theatre Review. She has taught acting and theatre at The Ohio State University, University of Akron and Cuyahoga Community College.

Seibert is director of education at Cleveland Public Theatre. In her role she works collaboratively with teens and children in public housing and adults in transition to create original performances based on the participant's life experiences. Through the Council of International Programs USA, Seibert recently traveled to Istanbul, Turkey as part of a contingent of Cleveland-area arts professionals working with Turkish artists in the development of arts program for marginalized urban youth. She is one of 20 Cuyahoga County artists selected by The Community Partnership for Arts & Culture (CPAC) as a 2010 Creative Workforce Fellow and awarded $20,000 to support her work. Seibert is performer, director, and playwright primarily working in the devised theatre method. She has appeared in a number of acclaimed CPT productions including, but not limited to, Cut to Pieces, Our Town and Two-Headed.

Bobgan is CPT's Executive Artistic Director and a 2010 Creative Workforce Fellow. He specializes in creating new work through an ensemble-driven process and has directed and collaboratively conceived/created over twenty-five new theatrical works. Recent creations include: Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead, which was a recipient of a Rockefeller MAP Fund Grant, and The Confessions of Punch and Judy, which continues to tour periodically throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Bobgan directed CPT's productions of Thornton Wilder's Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth as well as Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke. He is an alumnus of Theatre Communications Group/Pew Charitable Trust's National Theatre Artist Residency Program and the TCG/NEA Career Development Program for Directors. His theatrical work has been featured in American Theatre Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Journal, and in Lisa Wolford's book Grotowski's Objective Drama Research and has been seen in Romania, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, The United Kingdom and Canada.

McEvoy has appeared in CPT productions of Between Life and Death and Fefu And Her Friends. She has also appeared on stage at Bang and Clatter, Beck Center, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Dobama Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Karamu and Kennedy's - Playhouse Square.

Joan Horvitz is the associate executive producer of Insomnia in addition to serving as the as costume designer and scenography consultant. Horvitz has been involved with the production from its inception. Previously, she worked in the national and local fashion scene as retailer, designer and manufacturer under the Joan Yellen label for many years. She began costuming for local theater, film and dance productions upon retirement in 1998. Insomnia is her most current project for CPT.

This production will take place in the James Levin Theatre and tickets are prices at $10-$25. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.