Y-Haven: What Is Inside

Directed by CPT Education Coordinator Adam Seeholzer and CPT Education Director Chris Seibert

November 06, 2014 - November 09, 2014

7:30pm and 3:00pm, Gordon Square Theatre


Cleveland Public Theatre and Y-Haven present "What Is Inside", created and performed by the residents of Y-Haven, a branch of the Greater Cleveland YMCA. A fifteen-year partnership between the two organizations, the project introduces theatre arts to homeless men recovering substance abuse and mental health challenges. As they work with CPT artists to create an original performance based on their personal experiences, participants develop skills and capacities that support their sobriety and transition to employment, permanent housing and independent living.

The Creative Production Team Includes:

Chris Seibert and Adam Seeholzer - Directors
Inda Blatch-Geib - Costumes, Props and Set

Created by the Artists of Y-Haven
Toriano Bell, Michael Dawson, Charles Hardin, Edward Jones, Stephen Kittle, Michael Mance, Nathan Nicholson, Wayne Nix Sr., Dana Richie, Dominic Rivera, Ian Smith, .Leon Spinks, Frederick Stanton

What Is Inside was developed under the guidance of CPT Education Coordinator Adam Seeholzer and CPT Education Director Chris Seibert, with set, props and costumes by Inda Blatch-Geib.

About the Play
Vincent is finally on his way. He cleaned himself up, found good work, and even generated enough savings to buy a house – his Grandfather’s house, the home in which he was raised. But when he discovers something he cannot explain in Granddad’s personal effects, Vincent is sent into a tailspin that threatens everything he has achieved. Pulled by family members, friends, strangers, and a world of internal voices, Vincent struggles to find the truth about his relationship with the man – and all the men – who raised and shaped him. What Is Inside is a powerful story of family history, legacy and the harrowing experience of answering life’s occasional call to ‘open up.’

A consistent audience favorite, the CPT/Y-Haven Theatre Project offers candid insight into important issues of our society and gives real hope for growth and change. Audiences are deeply moved by the poignant stories presented in this powerful collaboration.

Thursday, November 6th at 7:30pm 
Friday, November 7th at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 9th at 3:00pm

Cleveland Public Theatre’s Gordon Square Theatre
6415 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, OH
Suggested donation of $5 accepted to help support the project

Saturday, November 8th – Join CPT and Y-Haven for a special benefit performance on Saturday, November 8th at 6:30pm. Tickets for this benefit performance are $75 and include a buffet dinner and silent auction. To purchase tickets for the benefit performance, call (216) 431-2018 and ask for Chip Joseph or visit www.yhaven.org.

Tuesday, November 11th at 7pm 
Christ Episcopal Church
3445 Warrensville Center Road
Shaker Heights, OH 
Free, donations accepted

Wednesday, November 12th at 7pm
OLA/St. Joseph Center
2346 W. 14th St. Cleveland, OH 
Admission with non-perishable food item

Friday, November 14th at 5pm
CMHA Lakeview Terrace Community Center
1290 W. 25th St. Cleveland, OH
Free, donations accepted

Saturday, November 15th at 6pm
St. John’s Church
2600 Church Ave. Cleveland, OH
Free, donations accepted

Sunday, November 16th at 3pm
Lakewood Congregational Church
1375 West Clifton Blvd. Lakewood, OH
Free, donations accepted

The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, The Puffin West Foundation, The Ridgecliff Foundation and Wolf Family Foundation. Special thanks to Councilman Joe Cimperman and Tremont West Development. 

The Cleveland Foundation, Cognizant, Community Shares, Consolidated Solutions, The George Gund Foundation, Jakprints, KeyBank, National Endowment for the Arts, The Nord Family Foundation, Deborah and Ron Ratner and The Shubert Foundation. 
Cleveland Public Theatre gratefully acknowledges the citizens of Cuyahoga County for their support through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.