By Lisa Langford. Directed by Jimmie Woody.

October 26, 2017 - November 18, 2017

7:00pm, Thu/Fri/Sat/Mon, James Levin Theatre. Previews October 26 – 28 & November 2 (No show October 30).

Set in Cleveland, The Art of Longing follows the lives of six “third-shift” people—those who guard and take care while the rest of us sleep. The characters’ secrets mask deeply held yearnings that manifest in fantastical abilities and anatomical switch-ups. Race, gender and the nature of art are at the focal point of this theatrical experiment. The Art of Longing fashions a world where dreams and reality interpenetrate each other. World Premiere.

Cast: India Burton, Kevin Marr, Nailah Matthews, Greg White

The newly-renovated James Levin Theatre is fully ADA compliant featuring a patron elevator and an all gender, wheelchair accessible restroom.

Tickets: $12-30


The Creative Production Team Includes:

Jesse Reagan Hernon – Stage Manager
Inda Blatch-Geib – Costume & SFX Designer
Wes Calkin – Lighting Designer
Douglas Puskas – Set Designer
Quinton “Q” J – Sound Designer

Remarkable Rating:


Lisa Langford, a graduate of Harvard University, is an actress and playwright. In addition to television and film, Lisa has acted Off-Broadway (Playwrights Horizons), regionally (LaJolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville) and locally (Cleveland Play House, Dobama and Mamai). Her plays have appeared at Cleveland Public Theatre (InCogNegro, The Negro Perkins and The Bomb) and convergence-continuum (Outside/In: The Fattening House and The Split Show). Lisa has also been a copywriter, a journalist and a member of the creative team that launched the late Dr. Maya Angelou’s greeting card line. She received her MFA from Cleveland State and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


Jimmie Woody’s most recent directorial credits include: brownsville song/b-side for tray (Dobama Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris and A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (Weathervane Playhouse); Incognegro, How Blood Go and The Bomb by Lisa Langford (Cleveland Public Theater); Split Show by Lisa Langford (convergence-continuum); The America Play by Suzan-Lori Parks (University of Akron); The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, For Colored Girls… by Ntozake Shange, Jitney, Two Trains Running and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (featuring Bill Cobbs) by August Wilson (Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C Metro)); 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks (Cleveland Public Theater); MLK Day by Jimmie Woody, The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe and When the Chickens Came Home to Roost by Laurence Holder (Karamu House); Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman (Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, Cleveland Public Library and the Cleveland Botanical Garden); Underground Griots by Natalie Parker and Keith Josef Adkins (Cleveland Public Theatre, The National Black Theater Festival and Here Café NYC); Wilberforce and Hollis Mugley’s Only Wish by Keith Josef Adkins (Cleveland Public Theatre, The National Black Theater Festival and New York Hip Hop Festival); The Bacchae of Euripides written by Wole Soyinka (Cleveland Public Theatre and Columbia University) and Song by Daniel Gray-Kontar (Cleveland Public Theater).

As an actor, Jimmie has appeared in numerous productions throughout the Cleveland area and in NYC. Jimmie received his MFA in acting from Columbia University. He is a 2012 Creative Workforce Fellow and is currently a Resident Teaching Artist of Theater and Digital Media at Center for Arts-Inspired Learning and an acting professor at Cuyahoga Community College.