Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea
The Creative Production Team Includes:
Thanks to The Cleveland Foundation’s year of giving, free tickets are available to the preview performance of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea (7 p.m. on May 21). 99 seats are available.
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Meet Kalim Hill
Kalim Hill, a longtime friend of the theatre and CPT artist, was introduced to CPT through Brick City Theatre and began his relationship with CPT in 2009 in the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP). We’ve been lucky to watch him grow from a young performer, to a STEP intern, into a Teaching Artist for Brick City Theatre, and now… a Cleveland State University Student, a polished performer and poet. This Spring, we welcome Kalim to the James Levin Theatre stage for the Rolling World Premiere of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea.
What is the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP)?
CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) engages Cleveland teens from low-income families in a powerful 8-week intensive course on play creation, writing, performance and production. STEP was recently featured in the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture’s annual report, which included a mini-documentary on the program – we are so proud! To view the full 2014 Cuyahoga Arts and Culture report, click here.
Meet the Playwright…
Meet the Director…
About the National New Play Network…
The National New Play Network is the country’s alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays. NNPN strives to pioneer, implement and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights.
Since its founding in 1998, the National New Play Network has supported nearly 150 productions nationwide through its innovative Continued Life of New Plays Fund, which creates NNPN Rolling World Premieres of new plays; granted more than a million dollars to its Member theaters, their staffs and affiliated artists; and provided hundreds of playwrights and other theater-makers with developmental workshops, commissions and paid residencies. Now, after 17 seasons, hundreds of thousands of audience members around the world have seen plays that were created and honed with support from NNPN.
NNPN’s Four Core Values
- New plays are vital to the cultural health of our communities and our nation.
- Playwrights who speak with unique, essential and influential voices deserve to be championed.
- Diversity across all definitions, throughout our Network and its members, strengthens us and the field.
- Collaboration at all levels and among all parties is indispensable to the creation of new plays.
What is a Rolling World Premiere?
NNPN’s CLNPF has championed the Rolling World Premiere of 50 new plays with more than one million dollars in support. With a minimum of three productions in a single year, these plays attain the momentum needed to join the repertoire of frequently-produced new American works. Plays that have completed their Rolling World Premieres have received more than 250 subsequent productions and hundreds of citations in their local markets, been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and have recently won the Steinberg/ATCA, Stavis, Pen Center and Blackburn Awards.
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