Created and performed by the men of Y-Haven, a branch of the Greater Cleveland YMCA. Directed by Adam Seeholzer.

November 02, 2017 - November 05, 2017

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

50 min

Free, $5 suggested donation.

Cleveland Public Theatre and Y-Haven present Golden, 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 formerly 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 free performances in the community. See below for more information.

Saturday, November 4th is a special benefit performance in support of Y-Haven. Tickets are available for purchase, see below for details.

The Gordon Square Theatre is ADA compliant featuring a ramped entrance and an all gender, wheelchair accessible restroom.

The Creative Production Team Includes:

Adam Seeholzer - Director
Leonard Goff - Assistant Director
Inda Blatch-Geib - Scenic, Costume & Prop Design



Willie Arney, Eric Berry, Leonard Corbin, Daniel Cross, Maurice Foster, David Gumins, Fred Hall, George Hayes, Carl Jones, Carlton Knox, Lorenzo Lett, Russell Nelson, John Posey, Beau Reinker and Marco Woods.

Golden 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.


What happens when old buddies rekindle their friendships after 5 years of disconnection? Craig is back in town seeking support through a family emergency. While out fishing, the friends reel in a mysterious lockbox from the bottom of the lake. When the box is unlocked and gold is revealed, motives are questioned, desire overpowers, and haunting stories emerge as relationships fray. Golden is a compelling original play exploring the cost of greed, the calling of friendship, and how stories shape our existence and connect us to our humanity.

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.


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

Y-Haven Theatre Project on News 5 Cleveland

“I don’t worry about the outside world. It just takes me away from everything. I’m just focused on this one thing when I’m onstage.”

-Marco Woods, 2017 Y-Haven Theatre Project participant

“Usually, none of the actors have ever been on stage before. But after 3 short months, they put on a 50-minute show. And the results are inspiring.”

-Amanda VanAllen, News 5 Cleveland

Click here or on the image to watch a feature on the 2017 Y-Haven Theatre Project on Channel 5 News by Amanda VanAllen.

A Feature on the 2017 Y-Haven Theatre Project by Ideastream’s Carrie Wise

“It’s eye-opening, it’s inspiring… We know that recovery happens through treatment, but it also happens through community, and it happens through the arts… this is a way for men to heal.”

-Ed Gemerchak, Executive Director, Y-Haven

Click here or on the image to the left to watch the 2017 Y-Haven Theatre Project on ideastream – and read the accompanying article to see photos from the program’s early days, as well as words from the very first director of the Y-Haven Theatre Project, CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan. Raymond co-founded the Y-Haven Theatre Project in 1998 with James Levin – CPT’s founding Executive Artistic Director.

Free Performances at Cleveland Public Theatre

Thursday, November 2 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 3 at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 5 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 4 at 6:30pm
Cleveland Public Theatre’s Gordon Square Theatre
6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH

Tickets for this benefit performance are $50 and include an appetizer reception and performance. To purchase tickets for the benefit performance, call YMCA’s central office at 216.781.1337 or visit http://www.yhaven.org and pay through PayPal.

Free Performances in the Community

Wednesday, November 8 at 5pm
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
Outhwaite Homes Community Center
2452 East 46th Street, Cleveland, OH
Free, donations accepted

Sunday, November 12 at 2pm
Lakewood Congregational Church
1375 West Clifton Blvd., Lakewood, OH
Free, donations accepted


Ohio Arts Council, Puffin Foundation West Ltd. and Ridgecliff Foundation.


The City of Cleveland, The Cleveland Foundation, The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation, Community Shares, Consolidated Solutions, Matthew P. Figgie, The Char & Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, Joan Yellen Horvitz, Jakprints, KeyBank, The Kulas Foundation, The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National New Play Network, The Nord Family Foundation, Deborah and Ron Ratner, Saint Luke’s Foundation and The Shubert Foundation.

Cleveland Public Theatre gratefully acknowledges the citizens of Cuyahoga County for their support through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.