Y-Haven Theatre Project: Father’s Watch

Created & Performed by the men of Y-Haven, a branch of the Greater Cleveland YMCA, with Adam Seeholzer, Leonard Goff, & Les Hunter*.
Directed by Adam Seeholzer.

November 07, 2019 - November 10, 2019

7:00pm (Thu/Fri) and 3:00pm (Sun), James Levin Theatre.

45 min with a 15 min intermission.

The Y-Haven Theatre Project is a 21-year partnership between Cleveland Public Theatre and Y-Haven, a branch of the Greater Cleveland YMCA. Y-Haven is a transitional housing facility for formerly homeless men recovering from substance abuse and mental health challenges. Every year, CPT collaborates with the clients of Y-Haven to create an original theatre production, performed by the men and based on their life stories. The Y-Haven Theatre Project captures an authenticity and emotional power as the cast shares their true-to-life experiences often hidden from the world.

*2019/2020 Premiere Fellow

The one-weekend production at CPT will be followed by free performances in the community. See below for more information.

Saturday, November 9 is a special benefit performance in support of Y-Haven. Tickets are available for purchase, see below for details.

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

Free, $5 suggested donation.

The Creative Production Team Includes:

Adam Seeholzer - Director
Leonard Goff - Assistant Director
Inda Blatch-Geib - Scenic, Costume, & Prop Designer
Dred Geib - Assistant Costume Designer
Chialla Geib-Fenske - Wardrobe
Aaron Benson* - Set Builder
Dan Schumacher - Lighting Designer
Michael Farlow & Devilin Smith - Stage Managers

*2019/2020 Premiere Fellow

Created by the artists of Y-Haven

James Addie, Michael Farlow, Russell Flachbart, Gary Gamble, Isyam Kendricks, Jesús Matos-Rodriguez, Shawn Mims, James Poon, Dominic Rivera, Felix Ruiz, Devilin Smith, and Richard Zerecheck Jr.

Father’s Watch was developed under the guidance of CPT Education Manager Adam Seeholzer, Assistant Director Leonard Goff, and CPT Premiere Fellow Les Hunter, with set, props, and costumes designed by Inda Blatch-Geib.


What creates your identity? Is it your name, your job, your parents… a combination of these? Junior Jones is confident in his chosen path as he prepares to leave home for an exciting new job. While packing his bags and helping his father move out, he discovers treasures and secrets that rapidly change who Junior believes himself to be. A blank space under the father’s name on his birth certificate throws Junior into a tailspin. Who is his real father? What is his true identity? How does this impact his future? Uncle Calvin and the man Junior knows as his father begin to unpack the powerful secrets of their past—secrets that could tear the family apart. Created and performed by the men of YMCA’s Y-Haven, Father’s Watch is an original performance digging into the makeup of identities and how secrets can shatter even the strongest bonds. Will the truth set them free or create a rift that can’t be repaired?

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.

CPT Artists:

Directed by CPT Education Manager Adam Seeholzer and Assistant Director Leonard Goff, developed with CPT Premiere Fellow and playwright Les Hunter, with set, props, and costumes designed by Inda Blatch-Geib.


Thursday, November 7 at 7pm
Friday, November 8 at 7pm
Sunday, November 10 at 3pm

Cleveland Public Theatre’s James Levin Theatre is located at 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102.
Suggested donation of $5 accepted to help support the project.

Special Benefit Performance

Saturday, November 9 at 6:30pm
Cleveland Public Theatre’s James Levin Theatre
6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102

Tickets for this benefit performance are $75 and include an appetizer reception and performance. To purchase tickets for the benefit, call YMCA’s central office at 216.781.1337 or visit http://www.yhaven.org and pay through PayPal.

Free Tour Performances in the Community

Wednesday, November 13 at 2pm
Lakeland Community College
Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center
7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, OH 44094
Free, donations accepted

Sunday, November 17 at 2pm
Lakewood Congregational Church
1375 W. Clifton Blvd., Lakewood, OH 44107
Free, donations accepted

Y-Haven Theatre Project is generously Supported by

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

Cleveland Public Theatre Receives Funding From

The City of Cleveland, The Cleveland Foundation, The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Dollar Bank Foundation, The Char & Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, Jakprints, The Joyce Foundation, KeyBank, The David and Inez Myers Foundation, National New Play Network, The Nord Family Foundation, PwC, Deborah and Ron Ratner, The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.

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