Week #1: Cut It Out

January 08, 2015 - January 10, 2015

7:00pm, James Levin Theatre


The centerpiece of CPT’s season, Big Box provides local artists with the opportunity to create and produce new work. Over seven weeks, Big Box includes ten world-premiere workshop performances of theatre, dance 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.

Cut It Out

Written by Andrew Kramer, 14/15 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow
Directed by Sarah Greywitt

Rebecca Helmer is a wife and mother becoming increasingly unsettled by her seemingly perfect life. Suffocated by the comfort of this illusion, she embarks on a journey of “remaking herself.” Quite literally—with plastic surgery.

Featuring Margi Zitelli, Stuart Hoffman, Cameron Cerny, Courtney Nicole Auman, Jackie Luthy, Kim Woodworth
Production Assistant: Christina Dennis
Set and Statue Design: Elaine Hullihen
Sound Design: Cyrus O. Taylor
Graphic Artist: Shane Burkeen
Fight Choreographer: Melissa Freilich

Sarah Greywitt is a local actor and director with a background in Chicago’s off-loop theatre scene.  Locally, she has worked with Cleveland Public Theatre, Actors’ Summit and Ohio City Theatre Project.  Last year, she directed ARMATURE, written by Andrew Kramer in his development for SpringBoard and Big Box.  Next, she will be directing Gruesome Playground Injuries at Tri-C West.  Sarah is a founding member of Ohio City Theatre Project and holds an MA in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis.

Andrew Kramer is a 2014/15 Nord Playwriting Fellow at CPT. He was born and raised in Cleveland and is a 2010 graduate of Ball State University’s Department of Theatre & Dance. He was a 2013 member of the Emerging Writer’s Group at The Public Theatre in New York. He is a former member of the Groundbreakers Playwrights’ Group with the terraNOVA Theatre Collective where he developed his play Whales & Souls. Andrew was a Core Apprentice Writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, as well as a two-time semi-finalist in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival with his plays A Map of Our Country (2010) and We Happy Animals (2011). Andrew served as Playwright‐in‐Residence at the Cairns Arts Festival in Queensland, Australia and his play The Dog(run) Diaries was shortlisted for the 2012 US/UK Old Vic New Voices. In both 2012 and 2013, Andrew was a member of the Ingram New Works Lab at Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville. Andrew has worked with Cleveland Public Theatre in developing his playsBridgeCrying for Lions and ARMATURE.

bb_14_web_610x908The 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.