Week #7 (Feb. 12 – 18): Chaos Theory

February 16, 2012 - February 18, 2012

7:00pm, James Levin Theatre


Big Box, now in its 10th year, provides local artists with the opportunity to create and produce new work. Over seven weeks, Big Box includes eleven world premiere workshop showings of theatre, dance, music and genre-defying performances. Cleveland Public Theatre is proud to support and foster the work of area artists in this unique program. Artists are given keys to The James Levin Theatre and the freedom to transform the space for the presentation of their work. 

Big Box 12The goal of Big Box is to support new work and local artists.

CPT provides:
– The James Levin Theatre
– Basic production staff, stage management, box office support
– Marketing and advertising support

The artists provide the rest!

The writers, directors, actors, and designers selected for Big Box dedicate themselves to creating new and original work, or stretching their artistic powers by working in new disciplines.

Week #7: February 16 – 18

Chaos Theory

Written by Cat R. Kenney
Directed by Margi Herwald-Zitelli

The Sophists seem like a theatre company striving for brave, challenging works- but what happens when it all starts to fold in on itself? Actors in this disintegrating theatre company attempt to decipher the cryptic mysteries of life, fractal geometry, and each other in this dark drama that questions patterns, roles and the inevitability of chaos theory.

Artist Bios:
Cat R. Kenney is a cartoonist, actor, teacher, and director who occasionally writes plays. At CPT, Cat’s appeared in Ictus, Bon Voyage Nate, Baciare e Ballare, wrote/performed in Big Box’s McInjun, wrote Little Box’s Captive Muses, Springboard’s Art and Werewolves and Pandemonium’s Not Exactly a Palindrome and drew the cartoons for I Hate This/And Then You Die. Cat often writes for the Dark Room and Oddy Fest, where she’s played such roles as: Dante, an elephant, an angry pancreas and Joe Stalin. Elsewhere, she’s played Puck (Dirty Shakes), Beatrice (KWP), Queen Margaret (CSF), and Charles Lee (Bad Epitaph).

Margi Herwald Zitelli is a playwright, actor and director in the Cleveland theater community. She is thrilled to team up again with the endlessly talented Cat Kenney – they each directed stage readings of the other’s script for Cleveland Public Theatre’s 2010 Little Box series. Margi also had the privilege of directing Cat as an actor in local playwright Steve Maistros’s Bon Voyage, Nate! at both CPT and Cain Park. Margi’s scripts Danger Road and Optimus Prime for President were both developed at CPT’s Little Box; Prime went on to be produced in 2009 at Fourth Wall Productions. Her play Unethical premiered at CPT’s Big Box, also in 2009. She has contributed short plays to shows produced by Habitat for Insanity sketch comedy and Dobama’s Night Kitchen. Margi studied playwriting with Tony winner, John Logan, at Northwestern University and continues to develop her work through CPT’s Dark Room writers’ open forum. She is a member of Dobama Theatre’s board of directors, the proud wife of comedian Matt Zitelli of Last Call Cleveland, and the proud mother of future comedian Devin Zitelli.