Entry Point

Featuring work by local and national artists.

January 23, 2020 - January 25, 2020

Doors & Lounge open at 6:15pm. Performances begin at 7:00pm. No Entry after 7:45pm. Thu/Fri/Sat, CPT Campus, multiple venues.

Grab a pass and step into a festival-like atmosphere of raw art-in-progress. Entry Point is a platform for artists to develop their work in the early stages of creation, and then share that work with the public in a festival forum. Entry Point activities include staged readings, short excerpts from works-in-progress, guest panel discussions, and facilitated feedback between artists and audience after every showing. New Play Development.

Free Beer Thursday, Friday, & Saturday in the Lounge after performances!

Entry Point features works-in-progress by India Nicole Burton*; John Dayo-Aliya of Ma'Sue Productions; Sally Groth**; Jesse Reagan Hernon; Holly Holsinger; Les Hunter+, Milta Ortiz, Elaine Romero, & Maria Torres; Molly McFadden; Jordan Elizabeth Reed, Lena Vani, & Meredith Aleigha Wells of DIY Theatre; Anastasía Urozhaeva; Andrew Aaron Valdez+; Carrie Williams.

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

Entry Point takes place in multiple venues throughout CPT's main building. The Storefront Studio, Cabaret, James Levin Theatre, and Entry Point Lounge are ADA compliant. Due to the historic nature of the space, Fefu's Kitchen is not ADA compliant at this time.

Standard Price: $15 for one-day pass, $25 for the full weekend.
($5 off students & seniors.)

Content Warning: CPT supports new play development, as well as social justice oriented-theatre. Sensitive material may be explored, and content continues to change as the art is developed. Read the summaries below, and for details or additional content, please contact the Box Office at 216.631.2727 x501 or by emailing boxoffice@cptonline.org.

The Creative Production Team Includes:

Raymond Bobgan, Executive Artistic Director – Producer
Molly Andrews-Hinders, India Nicole Burton* – Line Producers
Beth Wood – Associate Artistic Director & Director of Production
Chris Young, Dan Schumacher – Technical Directors
Tyree Franklin, Kelsey Rubenking, Elliott Sage St. Cyr, Jaytionna Wells – Stage Managers

*2019/2020 NNPN Producer in Residence


Click on the links below for the program, schedule, and map for each night of Entry Point.






Enjoy free Saturday afternoon panel discussions with guest speakers whose work is shaping the national theatre field.

Pictured (from left): Nina Domingue, photo by Martin Johnson; Jeremy Paul, photo by Kaitlin K. Walsh; Eric Schmiedl, photo by Adaora Nzelibe Schmiedl; David Hansen, photo by Paul Sabota courtesy of Community Partnership for Arts and Culture; India Nicole Burton, photo by Steve Wagner; Dr. Jimmy A. Noriega, photo by Helen Rooker; Trinidad Snider, photo by Nina Aust; Amy Mueller, photo by Lorenz Angelo.

Saturday’s panel discussions are an official Dramatists Guild – Ohio event.

[2:00] Considering the Source: Creating with Existing Material

Nina Domingue – Actor/Playwright/Director, 2019/2020 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow
Jeremy Paul – Creator/Director, Artistic Director of Maelstrom Collaborative Arts
Eric Schmiedl – Playwright

Moderated by David Hansen, Playwright, Education Outreach Associate at Great Lakes Theater

[3:30] From Words to Action: Beyond the Optics of Inclusion

India Nicole Burton – 2019/2020 NNPN Producer in Residence
Dr. Jimmy A. Noriega – Founder & Artistic Director of Teatro Travieso/Troublemaker Theatre
Trinidad Snider – Performer/Director, Artistic Director of Near West Theatre

Moderated by Amy Mueller, Director/Dramaturg/Producer, Playwrights Foundation Artistic Director Emeritus


Entry Point features 4 Stages…

1 – Fefu’s Kitchen

Golden Starlight Cake | Sally Groth** [Thursday 7:45 & 8:25; Friday 7:05, 7:45, 8:25, 9:05; Saturday 7:40, 8:20, 9:00]
Approx. 20 mins
In a kitchen circa 1972, a woman imagines a cooking show to elevate her life and keep her loneliness and confusion at bay.
Writer & Performer: Sally Groth**

**Actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Voces/Voices (working title) | Les Hunter+, Milta Ortiz, Elaine Romero, Maria Torres [Thursday 7:15, Saturday 8:20]
Approx. 1 hour and 5 mins
An investigative-based drama created from interviews and conversations with those living, passing through, and imprisoned in the borderlands between the United States and Mexico.
Director: Teatro Travieso’s Artistic Director Dr. Jimmy A. Noriega | Performers: Elisa Beatris Fuentes Aguirre, Brian Douglas, Lilly Corona Moreno, Luis Ramírez-Alonzo, Hillary Wheelock

Our Lady of Common Sorrows | John Dayo-Aliya (Ma’Sue Productions) [Friday 7:25 & 8:35, Saturday 7:10]
Approx. 45 mins
A Black family’s faith is tested when their youngest member, a 14-year-old virgin, becomes pregnant.
Performers: Ashley Aquilla, Dar’Jon Bentley, Benjamin Black, Cristal Christian, LaShawn Little, Drew Pope, Amy Spencer, Kynnedy Stewart

+2019/2020 Premiere Fellow

3 – Cabaret

PLANET HASHTAG | Carrie Williams [Thursday 7:25 & 8:35, Saturday 9:05]
Approx. 15 mins
In the age of social media, ideological purity, and emotional burnout, how do we fight through the noise and create change? Friends muddle through despair and determination as they face off against society and each other.
Director: Carrie Williams | Dramaturg: Renee Schilling | Performers: Erin Dolan, Zach Palumbo, India Pierre-Ingram, Kat Shy, Matt Zitelli

Andromeda | Jesse Reagan Hernon [Thursday 8:00 & 9:10, Friday 7:15]
Approx. 15 mins
Set in a transitory reality, Imogen, a young non-binary person, explores their identity through connections with family and friends.
Director: Mara Layne | Performers: Emmy Cohen, E.J. Dahl, Patrick Fretwell, Maes Lunaria

Coyote | Andrew Aaron Valdez+ [Friday 7:50 & 9:05, Saturday 7:50]
Approx. 20 mins
Four people in an immigration detention center wait for a coyote to devour their souls and grant them entry into the dystopian society of their dreams.
Director: Julia Rosa Sosa | Dramaturg: Hope Wondowsky | Performers: Alexa Jane Fatheringham, Andrew Aaron Valdez+, Inés Joris, David Vazquez, Anthony “TonyFresh” Velez

Fairy Tale of Kings | Anastasía Urozhaeva [Friday 8:30, Saturday 7:15 & 8:30]
Approx. 15 mins
Devised by the ensemble and inspired by works of Soviet Russian science fiction, Fairy Tale of Kings searches for what is universal and human within intercultural relationships between divided worlds.
Director: Melissa Crum | Performers: Luke Brett, Allyse Corbin, Kim Seabright Martin

+2019/2020 Premiere Fellow

4 – James Levin Theatre

Marie Curie Horror Story | Holly Holsinger [Thursday 7:15 & 8:30, Friday 7:55]
Approx. 20 mins
Following two concurrent stories—one past, one present—Marie Curie examines the tragedies and triumphs of her life and comes face to face with the realities of her radioactive discovery.
Director & Dramaturg: Chris Seibert | Performers: Lauren Joy Fraley, Holly Holsinger

Now You See Me (working title) | DIY Theatre [Thursday 7:55 & 9:10, Saturday 8:35]
Approx. 15 mins
Examining the intimate and private relationship people have with their bodies, this ensemble piece challenges diet culture and negative body images, and upholds healing and self-love.
Devisors: Jordan Elizabeth Reed, Lena Vani, Meredith Aleigha Wells | Performers: Mell-Vonti Bowens Jr., Will DuPuis, Robert Lucchesi, Daniel McKinnon, Lena Vani, Meredith Aleigha Wells

Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation (working title) | India Nicole Burton* [Friday 7:15 & 9:15, Saturday 7:55]
Approx. 20 mins
Follows the stories of three prominent women who were members of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Movement to explore the lives and unique experiences of Black Women in America. Featuring an all-African American female cast.
Writing Collaborators: John Dayo-Aliya, Samantha V. Richards, Latecia Wilson | Stage Manager: Jaytionna Wells | Assistant Director: Mariah Burks | Choreographer: Lexy Lattimore | Music Director: Mary-Francis R. Miller | Sound Designer: Andrea Nemeth | Performers: Maurisha Aris, Chaunice Hendking, Alexis Mann, Andrea Belser, Asia Sharpe-Berry, Calypso Simone | Dance Captain: Andrea Belser | Music Director Assistant: Asia Sharpe-Berry | Understudy: Zyrece Montgomery | Apprentice: Azizah Muhammad-Goodson

Living on the Moon | Molly McFadden [Friday 8:35, Saturday 7:15 & 9:10]
Approx. 20 mins
An autobiographical story with music and puppetry examining a woman’s relationship with her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Director: Chris Courtenay | Music Director: Bob Navis Jr. | Puppet Design & Sound Supervision: Craig Marin | Original Music Support: Obediya Jones-Darrell++ | Lyrics: Brian J. McFadden | Performers: Molly McFadden, Bob Navis Jr.

*2019/2020 NNPN Producer in Residence
++2019/2020 Kulas Theatre Composer Fellow

Watch the Entry Point 2018 Video

Click here or on the image above to watch the video from Entry Point 2018.


Click here or on the image below to get to know the creators of Entry Point 2020.


Enjoy conversation and concessions before, between, and after performances! The Lounge opens at 6:15pm, and at the conclusion of programming, everyone is invited to gather in the Lounge for Free Beer Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be flowing while you mingle with the artists and your fellow audience members talking about what you’ve all just experienced. Your drinks are on us.

5 Questions with Raymond Bobgan in Canvas Magazine

“Come with an attitude of fun… You play an active role in choosing what you want to see and where you want to go. It really is a party atmosphere—and audiences share responses in audience feedback sessions. It’s truly exciting to experience the immediacy, and the possibility of art in the making—and the audience is integral to the development of these pieces.” -CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan

Click here or on the image to read the full interview with Raymond about Entry Point in Canvas Magazine.