Created and performed by the men of Y-Haven. Directed by Adam Seeholzer.

November 03, 2016 - November 06, 2016

7:30pm (Thu/Fri) and 3:00pm (Sun), Gordon Square Theatre.

Free, $5 suggested donation.

Cleveland Public Theatre and Y-Haven present REACHING BACK, created and performed by the residents of Y-Haven, a branch of the Greater Cleveland YMCA.  A nineteen-year partnership between the two organizations, the project introduces theatre arts to homeless men recovering from 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 one-weekend only production at CPT will be followed by a community-wide tour at various Cleveland-area locations. See below for complete schedule and locations.

Saturday, November 5th is a special benefit performance in support of Y-Haven. Tickets are available for purchase, see below for details.

The Creative Production Team Includes:

Adam Seeholzer - Director
Leonard Goff - Assistant Director
Inda Blatch-Geib - Costumes, Props and Set

Created by the Artists of Y-Haven

Michael Bair, Albert Carpenter, Grant Gober, James Grimes, Brian Hardin-Rogers, Chris Hearn, Antoine Latham, James Pierce, Gary Smith, Fred Tucker, Arthur Weeams and Chris Zimmer.

Reaching Back was developed under the guidance of CPT Education Manager Adam Seeholzer and CPT Teaching Artist Leonard Goff, with set, props and costumes designed by Inda Blatch-Geib.

About the Play

Life has been great for Lavelle King and his family. Younger brother Nick, an actor, is headed to college on a full scholarship. Cousin Reggie is keeping strong in auto sales, and retired Uncle Al is content spending time reading in his chair or catching up with friends at the barbershop. Lavelle has held his job for five strong years and is up for a promotion. As he sets out to drive his career to new heights, a contact from the past reemerges on the scene, seeking Lavelle’s downfall. REACHING BACK is a powerful original story that explores the risks and rewards of leaving the past behind, and the wisdom to be earned by moving forward.

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.

CPT Artists:

Directed by CPT Education Manager Adam Seeholzer and assistant director, CPT Artist Leonard Goff, with costumes, props and set by Inda Blatch-Geib.

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Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30pm
Friday, November 4th at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 6th 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 5th at 6:30pm

Cleveland Public Theatre’s Gordon Square Theatre
6415 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, OH

Tickets for this benefit performance are $75 and include a buffet dinner. To purchase tickets for the benefit performance, call 216.431.2018 ext 3441 Karen Wukela or visit http://www.clevelandymca.org/y-haven.html


Thursday, November 10th at 7pm
Christ Episcopal Church
3445 Warrensville Center Rd.
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
Free, donations accepted

Friday, November 11th at 7pm
Lakewood Congregational Church
1375 West Clifton Blvd. Lakewood, OH
Free, donations accepted

Saturday, November 12th 4pm
Lakeview Terrace Community Center
1290 W. 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Free, donations accepted


Ohio Arts Council, Puffin Foundation West Ltd., Ridgecliff Foundation and Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation.


The City of Cleveland, The Cleveland Foundation, Community Shares, Consolidated Solutions, The George Gund Foundation, Jakprints, KeyBank, The David and Inez Myers Foundation, The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National New Play Network, The Nord Family Foundation, William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill 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.