Springboard: A Staged Reading Festival
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CPT opens the season with a new development series. Springboard features staged readings of new scripts by local writers and work that is under consideration for future production. This series places a special emphasis on developing directors for new work, nurturing strong relationships between directors and playwrights, and engaging the audience in the process. Audience members can give feedback and engage in post-show discussions to help local playwrights improve their work.
The eights plays are as follows:
October 6, 8
Again and Against
Written by Betty Shamieh
Directed by Beth Wood
In consideration for the 12-13 Season, this edge-of-your-seat drama explores issues of suppression, assimilation, and identity. Palestinian-American Dahlia has been arrested for terrorism, but she says she's simply protesting. Her interrogator, an Iraqi-American FBI agent, will say whatever he needs to in order to convince her to reveal everything. This showed will be performed by CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan and Education Director Chris Seibert.
October 7, 9 (Double Bill)
Horse Latitudes: Poetic Monologues for Women
Written by Elise Geither
Directed by Tim Tavcar
Four women tell their stories of surviving and learning about life with and through their horses. Are the horses simply animals running through these women's lives and stories or do they carry more?
Revenge is a Dish Best Served...With Friends
Written by Monica Morgan
Directed by Dylan Winter Dwyer
Three childhood friends grapple with the consequences of the actions of others upon their lives. A revenge play with a shocking outcome that shines a light on failed relationships, their emotional effects.
October 13, 15
Written by Claire Robinson May
Directed by Rose Sengenberger
Meet Robert, nine years old and pre-programmed for lifelong success on state achievement tests. Just remember to read his manual. Welcome to a new kind of adoption agency: Standardized ChildTM.
October 14, 16
Based on Actual Events
Written by Cari Gornik
Directed by Renee Schilling
After dying in his cubicle, Jim sticks around the offices of FindLaw, for some haunting shenanigans that lead to his coworkers trying to contact him in the afterlife.
October 20, 22 (Double Bill)
Andrew Jackson Ate My Homework: A Racial Farce
Written by Thomas Hayes
Directed by Cassie Neumann
Race- it's all around us. It's in our families, in our history books, in our pop music, and even in overheard bus ride banters. In Andrew Jackson Ate My Homework, a young man attempts to synthesize the strangeness of race as he passes through a collage of scenes that reveal and explore the issue of race in daily life and throughout (some of) history.
Art and Werewolves
Written by Cat Kenney
Directed by Lynna Metrisin
Zoe is a painter struggling with a lull in her creativity, as well as in her relationship with her girlfriend, Rachel. A mysterious encounter infects her with inspiration, but is art worth the price? And what does the full moon have to do with it?
October 21, 23
Napoleon of the Nile
Written by George Seremba
Directed by Sheffia Randall Dooley
On a makeshift stage in a Kenyan refugee camp, three people begin an arduous, ten month journey, over 600 miles. They are shot at and bombed by government troops, militia and their very own people. Amidst the horrors of a civil war a young man befriends a widowed mother and an elderly man to form a family. This is a tale of survival against all odds and a celebration of Sudan's recent independence. Internationally lauded playwright, George Seremba, is a Visiting Professor at Case Western Reserve University and playwright in residence at the Cuyahoga County Library, funded by The Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion Program.
October 06 - October 23 2011
James Levin Theatre