Rastus and Hattie

By Lisa Langford, 2018/2019 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow, 2019 Joyce Award Winner.
Directed by Anne McEvoy.

October 05, 2019 - October 26, 2019

7:30pm, Thu/Fri/Sat/Mon, Gordon Square Theatre. Previews October 5 & 10. Opening night is October 11.

Needra and Marlene enjoy a perfect post-racial friendship until “black” robots walk into their lives. These automatons, based on Westinghouse’s 1930 brown-skinned robots, place them at opposite ends of society in an alternate past. This hilarious comedy delves into our traumatic legacy and explores new ideas about how to move forward. World Premiere.

Featuring: Ananias J. Dixon*, Jeannine Gaskin, Rachel Lee Kolis, Andrew Narten, Adam Seeholzer, Darius J. Stubbs, Nicole Sumlin*

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

The Gordon Square Theatre is ADA compliant featuring a ramped entrance 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
India Nicole Burton** – Line Producer
Leigh Tennant – Stage Manager
Benjamin Gantose – Lighting Design
James Kosmatka – Sound Design
T. Paul Lowry – Scenic & Projection Design
Kerry McCarthy – Costume Design

**2019/2020 NNPN Producer in Residence

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ABOUT the PLAYWRIGHT: Lisa Langford

Lisa Langford is a writer and actor. Her play Rastus and Hattie is a 2019 Joyce Award winner (with Cleveland Public Theatre), and a finalist for the 2019 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Other plays include: How Blood Go, a 2019 August Wilson New Play Initiative selection at Congo Square Theatre in Chicago, IL and the Global Black Voices USA selection, London, UK; The Art of Longing, a Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers finalist; and Revolt. Ing., a 10-minute Black womanist play featured in Black Lives, Black Words’ I AM…Fest at the Goodman Theatre. She is an active member of Dobama Theatre’s Playwrights’ GYM, the Dramatists Guild, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


While Anne’s worked at Cleveland Public Theatre many times over the years, Rastus and Hattie marks her first full production as a director at CPT. Elsewhere, Anne has directed for Beck for the Arts, Blank Canvas Theatre, Clague Playhouse, Ursuline College, St Joseph Academy, Playwrights Local, Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, as well as CPT’s Pandemonium and Big Box. In addition, she’s performed at numerous professional and non-professional theatres in Cleveland and Akron, and thanks all those who believe in the importance of live theatre and the power of sharing our stories.

Rastus and Hattie is made possible through special grants from


and a fellowship from