Archives by Month: July 2023

Cleveland Public Theatre announces Auditions for FUNNY, LIKE AN ABORTION 

By Rachel Bublitz 

Directed by Paige Conway 

 Looking to cast the following roles…  

  • Monroe: she/her, mid-twenties, any race. Makes bad jokes. Like, really bad. Can juggle quite well, actually. 
  • Jade: she/her, close in age to Monroe, any race. Has legitimate concerns and distress over how to actually help her friend.  

We are open to seeing both AEA and non-AEA actors for these auditions. 

 About The Play…  

Monroe is planning a surprise party for her bestie Jade complete with decorations, chocolate cupcakes, puns and 20 giftbags full of surprises.  However, the biggest surprise is that she’s planning to give herself a home-concocted abortion. Set in a future America where even saying the word “abortion” is a crime, this play is about loyalty, friendship, and the value of life. A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Funny, Like An Abortion was originally developed with PlayGround’s 25th and 26th Festival of New Works with Jim Kleinmann as Artistic Director.

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Cleveland Public Theatre is Hiring a Finance Manager

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is hiring a Finance Manager which is a core part of the CPT staff and will make a meaningful contribution to life at CPT and its success. To apply for the position, send an email to Denis M. Griesmer, General Manager/Director of Finance at by end of day Friday, August 11th. Subject line should read: [LAST NAME], Finance Manager. The email should include two attachments: a resume and a two-page cover letter describing why you are interested in this position, what you have to offer and why you would want to work at Cleveland Public Theatre. Candidates may be asked to provide additional materials after original application. 

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Cleveland Public Theatre’s “Making Waves” In Their 2023/2024 Season

Cleveland Public Theatre’s (CPT) Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan is proud to announce the 2023/2024 Season “Making Waves.”

“From the gorgeous poetry of Jaiie Dayo Aliya’s Our Lady of Common Sorrows to Rachel Bublitz’s raucous humor with a heart-wrenching core in Funny, Like an Abortion, from the highly anticipated U.S.A.  premiere of legendary Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin’s world classic Requiem, to Tania Benites’ thriller Alter, to the daring, universal stories from the cast of Masrah Cleveland Al Arabi. This season is about making waves to incite ripples across our communities―getting out and living life, embracing our authentic selves, and asking ourselves and each other to level up. I can’t wait to be there with Cleveland to laugh a lot, cry, wonder, and sit in that moment of silence when we know we have just witnessed something truly profound and remarkable.” ― Raymond Bobgan, executive artistic director

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CPT’s Raymond Bobgan and Holly Holsinger Presenting in South Korea

In June, Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan and longtime CPT artist Holly Holsinger, Cleveland State University’s theatre and dance department chair, went to South Korea at the invitation of Global Women’s Performing Arts Festival (GWPAF). This trip, facilitated by acclaimed international lighting designer and professor Jakyung Seo of Kent State University, had several goals: 

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