Fire on the Water (Part Four of the Elements Cycle)
There will be no late seating for this production.
**Please note: Performances on 1/30, 1/31, 2/6, 2/7, 2/12, 2/13 and 2/14 are SOLD OUT!**
- Water Ways (Part One in the Elements Cycle) from the 2012-2013 Season, Photo by Steve Wagner Featured in American Theatre Magazine, December 11th, 2014
- Check out an interview with Raymond Bobgan and a preview of Fire on the Water in an American Theatre Magazine article, “14 Theatrical Plans to Change the World”.
“Our goal isn’t that everyone recycles after seeing this play. We’re saying that the role art can play is to shift consciousness – so that later, when people learn about specific things they might do, they might actually want to do those things because they are thinking about them differently.”
– Raymond Bobgan
- A 2009 study by state and environmental officials measuring the overall health of the Cuyahoga River and predicting the future… I wonder where we are today?
- “After the flames: The story behind the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire and its recovery”
- “Where You Live: Your Drinking Water Quality Reports Online”
(Find the 2013 Cleveland Water Report Here
- ca. 11,000 BCE – The Cuyahoga River forms with the retreat of the last glaciers.
- Mid- 1700’s – The first Christian church on the river is built by the Delaware Indians and two Moravian missionaries.
- 1796 – Moses Cleaveland founds the township of Euclid at the Cuyahoga’s mouth.
- 1820’s-30’s – Construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal.
- 1814 – Cleveland is incorporated as a city.
- 1868 – The Cuyahoga River’s surface catches fire for the first time.
- 1952 – The worst fire causes $1.5 million in damages.
- 1969 – The river catches fire for the 13th time (at least) but receives national attention leading to…
- 1972 – Congress passes the Clean Water Act and the Ohio EPA is established.
- 1984 – The International Joint Commission names the lower Cuyahoga River and near-shore areas of Lake Erie as one of the 42 Areas of Concern on the Great Lakes.
- 1992 – The first River Day is celebrated.
- October 11, 2000 – The Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area is designated a National Park. The park occupies 32,000-acre tract along 22 miles of the river.
- January 29, 2015 – Cleveland Public Theatre opens Fire on the Water, a world premiere multimedia theatrical event–created by CPT artists and friends Theater Ninjas, Ohio City Theatre, Talespinner and Blank Canvas Theatre–that celebrates the remarkable recovery of Cleveland’s waterways and explores how the environment shapes identity. Comedy, satire, dramatic monologue, historical mashups, soaring harmonies, a live band and 100 rolling chairs.