Breakout Session (or Frogorse)

By Nikkole Salter.
Directed by Beth Wood.

February 22, 2020 - March 14, 2020

7:00pm, Thu/Fri/Sat/Mon, James Levin Theatre. Previews February 22 & 27 (no show February 24). Opening night is February 28.

Can a society legislate a change of heart? A corporate training company is vying for the contract for anti-bias training with Cleveland’s Police Department. When the white facilitator tosses the approved curriculum out the window, the session spirals. Can a mantis shrimp and a crocodile teach us about building trust and the strength of vulnerability? Commissioned by CPT with funding from the National New Play Network (NNPN). World Premiere.

Featuring: Enrique Miguel, Jess Moore, Beau Reinker, Tina D. Stump*, Nicole Sumlin*, Jimmie Woody+

*Actor appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
+2019/2020 Premiere Fellow


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

Previews: $15
Standard Price (Monday, Thursday): $15
Standard Price (Friday, Saturday): $35


The Creative Production Team Includes:

Raymond Bobgan – Producer
Sheffia Randall Dooley+ – Assistant Director
Colleen McCaughey – Production Stage Manager
Inda Blatch-Geib – Costume Designer
Benjamin Gantose – Lighting & Scenic Designer
Obediya Jones-Darrell** – Composer

+2019/2020 Premiere Fellow
**2019/2020 Kulas Composer Fellow

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About the Playwright: Nikkole Salter

Nikkole Salter has written 8 full-length plays, has been commissioned by 6 institutions to create full-length works, has been produced on 3 continents in 5 countries, and has been published in 12 international publications. Her work has appeared in over 20 Off-Broadway, regional, and international theatres. The National Black Theatre production of her play Carnaval was nominated for 7 AUDELCO awards and won for Best Ensemble Performance. Nikkole is a 2014 MAP Fund Grant recipient, a Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, USA Fellowship nominee, and a two-time Playwrights of New York Fellowship nominee. In addition to Breakout Session, she is currently working on commissions from Woolly Mammoth, a musical with Neworks Productions, and is in development to write the television adaptation of Claude Brown’s New York Times Bestselling novel, Manchild in the Promised Land.


About the Director: Beth Wood

Beth Wood is the Associate Artistic Director & Director of Production at CPT. As a director of adventurous scripted work, she has been honored as a director of superior achievement by the Cleveland Critics Circle in 2016, 2015, and 2013, and has directed seven world premieres and eight regional premieres, during her twelve-year tenure at CPT. In 2016, she was awarded a TCG Leadership U[niversity] Continuing Ed grant to research long-term new play development models across the country. Recently, she has been working with Nikkole Salter to develop Nikkole’s new play Breakout Session (or Frogorse), a CPT commission supported by the National New Play Network, and will direct the world premiere in February 2020. Her CPT directing credits include Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Lines in the Dust by Nikkole Salter, the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of in a word by Lauren Yee, There Is a Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher, Barbecue and Antebellum by Robert O’Hara, FEVER/DREAM by Sheila Callaghan, Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang, and BOOM by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb.


About National New Play Network (NNPN)

National New Play Network (NNPN) is an alliance of professional theatres that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays. Founded in 1998, NNPN continues to revolutionize the new play landscape through the strength of its Member Theatres, collaborate efforts, and its nationally recognized programs and services for artists and organizations. Click here for more information.


About NNPN Collaboration Fund

In 2010, in an effort to encourage innovative, pioneering, project-based partnerships among theatres in support of playwrights and new plays, NNPN established its Collaboration Fund. The Collaboration Fund supports innovative partnerships that explore the many different ways theatre companies can work, both together and with playwrights, on the development of a new work. Cleveland Public Theatre and Nikkole Salter were awarded a Theatre-to-Playwright Collaboration which encourages creative partnerships between Member Theatres that pilot new, unexpected projects, stepping outside their normal budgetary confines to work together to develop new plays. Click here to learn more.


About NNPN Commission

Every year, NNPN awards at least two commissions to playwrights who work with Core Member Theatres to develop new work. More than 30 commissions have been awarded to artists all over the country through three programs: the NNPN Annual Commission, the Smith Prize for Political Theatre, and Full Stage USA. Click here to learn more.