August 01, 2017 - August 11, 2017

Times and locations vary, see below

62 min

Cleveland Public Theatre’s celebrated Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) is Cleveland’s longest-running arts and job training program for urban teens. STEP returns to Cleveland city parks this summer, celebrating its 23rd year with an original new play, And Yet, We Shine.

Created and performed by the 2017 STEP cast and tech ensemble, And Yet, We Shine unfolds in a nation where artistic expression is illegal. To galvanize resistance and combat this oppression of creativity, artists gather in secret to tell each other stories. Three tales are woven together: one follows three young people as they struggle to choose their place (and identity) within a totalitarian society; another, inspired by Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, grapples with individual resistance to mass conformity; and in the final story, two brothers awaken to systems of injustice and inequity while traveling across the country to connect with their absent father. Featuring original song, storytelling and dance, And Yet, We Shine highlights Cleveland youth as they share their hearts, speak truth to power and grow in community. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy free theatre in the park!

Tickets: FREE

Co-Directors Adam Seeholzer & Molly Andrews-Hinders
Assistant Director/Writing Instructor John Dayo-Aliya
Dance Instructor Mikaela Brown
Assistant Instructors Terah McGowan & Dezhanay Simmons
Administrative & Teaching Assistant Josy Jones
Tech Team Leaders Ryan T. Patterson & Inda Blatch-Geib
Tech Assistants Dezhanay Simmons & Vince Tyree
Costume Designer Inda Blatch-Geib
Costume Assistants Dred Geib & Chialla Geib-Fenske

Performance Ensemble: Andy Antos, Kaundima Ashley, Grace Chito, Elijah DeBerry, Hatim Elsair, Tiajhanae Jennings, Jeliel King-Weaver, Francheska De La Cruz, Quenisha Moss, Chance Nsabiyeze, Neivay Patterson, Rozlyn Pittman, Anthony Stiegelmeyer, Jennae Taylor, Iyonna Turner, Sadara Wagner

Tech Team: Tatiana Acoff, Brandon Alicea, Solomon Dooley, Raquia Hendricks, Chase McMichael, Abigail Murray, Mary Jane Reinhardt, Aaliyah Taylor-Boswell, Gyasi Turner, Shawnisha Wilson

Very special thanks to Councilpersons: Anthony Brancatelli, Phyllis Cleveland, Kevin Conwell, Brian J. Cummins, Blaine Griffin, Martin J. Keane, Kerry McCormack, Terrell H. Pruitt and Matt Zone

Special thanks to these Community Partners: ACLU of Ohio; Art House; Bellaire-Puritas Development Corporation; Broadway Public Art; Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.; City of Cleveland Department of Community Development; Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Cleveland Public Library; Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority; Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization; Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation; Harvard Community Services Center; Kamm’s Corners Development Corporation; LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland; Near West Family Network; Ohio City Inc.; Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation; Omni Media; Partnership for a Safer Cleveland; Pilgrim UCC; Slavic Village Development; Metro West Community Development Office; Sweet Moses Soda Fountain & Treat Shop; Tremont West Development Corporation; WIRE-Net

Thank you to our Partner Organizations: LAND studio and Youth Opportunities Unlimited

LAND studio Youth Opportunities Unlimited

STEP is generously funded by: