Week #4: Tale of a Jiminirising

April 12, 2018 - April 14, 2018

7:00pm, Thu/Fri/Sat, James Levin Theatre.


Test Flight is a multi-week series that showcases new work on its way to full production. Test Flight provides both local and national artists with the keys to the theatre and the opportunity to co-produce original works-in-progress. The series encourages risk-taking and an entrepreneurial spirit towards creating new work while offering artists a structured support system, activating an art-focused environment. New Play Development.

The newly-renovated James Levin Theatre is fully ADA compliant featuring a patron elevator and an all gender, wheelchair accessible restroom.

Tale of a Jiminirising

Written & Performed by Jimmie Woody. Directed by Sheffia Randall Dooley.

A theatrical memoir combining poetry, hip hop, and digital storytelling about figuring out how to be a man in the ever-changing landscape of what masculinity means in America.

Sound Designer: Vencott Palmer
Illustrator: Sequoia Bostick
Video Designer: Mike Fields
Photo Credit: Michael Covatta

Jimmie Woody (Playwright & Performer) Some of Jimmie Woody’s most recent directorial credits include: The Art of Longing by Lisa Langford (Cleveland Public Theatre), brownsville song (b-side for tray) by Kimber Lee (Dobama Theatre), Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris and A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (Weathervane Playhouse), The America Play by Suzan-Lori Parks (University of Akron), The Split Show by Lisa Langford (convergence-continuum), How Blood Go (Entry Point 2017) and The Bomb (Station Hope 2016) by Lisa Langford (Cleveland Public Theatre), Underground Griots by Natalie Parker and Keith Josef Adkins (Cleveland Public Theatre, The National Black Theater Festival and Here Café NYC), Wilberforce and Hollis Mugley’s Only Wish by Keith Josef Adkins (Cleveland Public Theatre, The National Black Theater Festival, and New York Hip Hop Festival), The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion Rite written by Wole Soyinka (Cleveland Public Theatre and Columbia University), Song by Daniel Gray-Kontar and InCogNegro (Big Box 2009) by Lisa Langford (Cleveland Public Theatre).

As an actor, Jimmie has appeared in numerous productions, including Cassius in Julius Caesar at Karamu House, MacBeth in Voodoo MacBeth at Ensemble Theatre, Paul in “8” at Cleveland Play House, Julio in The Mother F**ker With The Hat at Dobama Theatre, Cholly in The Bluest Eye at Karamu House, William in Lobby Hero at Beck Center for the Arts, Booth in Top Dog/Underdog at Beck Center for the Arts, and he appeared in Cleveland Public Theatre’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape directed by David Herskovitz. Jimmie directed and performed the role of Dionysus in Cleveland Public Theatre’s production of The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion Rite written by Wole Soyinka. Additional credits include Hollis in Hollis Mugley’s Only Wish at Joseph Papp Public Theater, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot at The Oscar Hammerstein Theater in New York City, and Spaniard in Cymbeline at New Shakespeare Festival.

Jimmie received his MFA. in acting from Columbia University. He is a 2012 Creative Workforce Fellow.

The goal of Test Flight is to support new work and local/national 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 Test Flight dedicate themselves to creating new and original work, or stretching their artistic powers by working in new disciplines.


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