10 Minutes to Midnight: 9 Quirky Plays For The Holidays

Directed by Caitlin Lewins.
Associate Director: Ananias Dixon.
Short plays by local & national creators.

December 02, 2021 - December 18, 2021

7:30pm, Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat and 3:00pm (Sun), Gordon Square Theatre. Preview December 2. Opening Night is Dec 3. *Dec 15 & Dec 18 performances have been cancelled.

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No matter what you celebrate during December, the holidays can bring joy, communal meals, loneliness, family, pressure, parties, warm hugs on cold nights, incredible stress, romance, anxiety, disaster, hope, dysfunction, and so much more! This holiday season, CPT shares humor, heart, and a party-like celebration, wrapped in a montage of short holiday (or non-holiday) plays. Part variety show, part cabaret, and part 10-minute play festival, 10 Minutes to Midnight celebrates the breadth of holiday happenings (or non-happenings) in this seasonal extravaganza dosed with live music, fun-sized scenes, hilarity, and humanity. World Premiere.

Featuring: Sarah Arafat, Tania Benites, Dar’Jon Marquise Bentley, Cait Butler, Dr. Nickol Calhoun, Sylka Edmondson, Brooke Myers, Drew Pope, Andrew Aaron Valdez, & Katie Wells

Content Warning: 10 Minutes to Midnight includes adult language, and themes of domestic violence, religion, sickness, and drug use. For details or additional content, please contact the Box Office at 216.631.2727 x501 or by emailing boxoffice@cptonline.org.

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

80 min, no intermission


The Creative Production Team Includes:

Producer - Raymond Bobgan
Scenic Designer & Line Producer - Beth Wood
Contributing Playwrights - Dayshawnda Ash, Melissa Crum, Emma James Dahl, John Dayo-Aliya, David Hansen, & Maya Malan-Gonzalez
Stage Manager - Amanda Lin Boyd
Music Director - Maria DiDonato
Costume Designer - Inda Blatch-Geib
Lighting Designer - Wes Calkin
Fill-in Stage Manager - Lauren Calevich
Assistant Stage Manager/Sound Operator - Janya Robinson
Sound Cue Designer & Sound Consultant - Richard B. Ingraham

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: caitlin lewins

Caitlin Lewins is a writer, composer/musician, performer, director, and designer/crafter. Caitlin was named a 2019 Finalist for the National Directors Fellowship and a 2019 Finalist for The MITTEN Lab. Recently, Caitlin directed the Zoom Premiere of Savory Tahā (sixteen short plays performed by a rotating ensemble), and co-directed Awakenings, A Celebration of Cleveland Public Theatre, a one-hour television special created in collaboration with WKYC Studios and The Cleveland Film Company (Regional Emmy Nominee, Telly Award Winner). Caitlin was Assistant Director of Clue at Cleveland Play House (directed by Casey Hushion). Caitlin was awarded a 2016/2017 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellowship which culminated in the World Premiere of Everything is Okay (and other helpful lies), a dark musical comedy co-created with Melissa Crum which recently received readings inside the 2019 New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Caitlin joined the CPT staff in 2013 as Story Connector, became New Play Associate in 2014, and transitioned into her current role in 2017. Caitlin completed the 2013/2014 Joan Yellen Horvitz Director Fellowship which culminated in the production Left in Ink which she conceived, directed, and co-created. Previously at CPT, Caitlin co-directed (with Dan Kilbane) and music directed 44 Plays For 44 Presidents and created and performed The Cleveland Line Dance as a part of Light the Lights, Ol’ Moses CLE! (A Wild Holiday Romp). Caitlin line produced Entry Point (A New Play Development Program), four Road to Hope events in the Spring of 2016, line produced Exact Change and The Santaland Diaries at Playhouse Square, and the Nord Family Foundation Playwright Reading Series. Caitlin directed Canon Fodder – a Nord Fellowship Reading, music directed Frankenstein’s Wake, and assistant directed/contributed to The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Great Expectations. Caitlin co-created and directed Edison and Ford which appeared in Air Waves (Part Three of the Elements Cycle) and completed her third year in the Directing/Theatre Creation class. In the 2012/2013 season, Caitlin was Assistant Director/Stage Manager to Raymond Bobgan for Rusted Heart Broadcast and made her writing/directing debut at CPT with The Environmented in Earth Plays (Part Two of the Elements Cycle). Recent/favorite performances include The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Oops!…They Did it AgainEverything is Okay (and other helpful lies); Light the Lights, Ol’ Moses CLE! (A Wild Holiday Romp)Red Ash Mosaic (workshop)She’s Wearing White…Air Waves (Part Three of the Elements Cycle)Earth Plays (Part Two of the Elements Cycle)Bird Behind the Curtain (Big Box 2013); 13 Most American DreamsGrizzly Mama; and The New Century. She is a member of the Class of 2019 for Cleveland Bridge Builders, a program of the Cleveland Leadership Center, and serves on the Board of Northwest Neighborhoods CDC. Caitlin is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, where she studied Theatre, Philosophy, and Music.


About the Associate Director: Ananias Dixon

Ananias Dixon Regional Theatre: Lyon’s Den and Sweat at Pittsburgh Public Theatre; John Henry at Cleveland Play House. Off-Broadway: Black Angels Over Tuskegee at Actor’s Temple. Film: Antwone Fisher; Criminal Activity, Home:__, Slavery By Another Name. Television: Law and Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, NYC 22, Person of Interest. Other Theatre: An Octoroon, Skeleton Crew, The Effect, and Sunset Baby at Dobama Theatre; Rastus and Hattie, The Good Heart and The Family Claxon at Cleveland Public Theatre; Detroit 67, Julius X, The Blacks: A Clown Show at Karamu House; The Toilet at New Federal Theatre; Anne Frank at Haneulyean Theater (South Korea); An Octoroon at Kinetic Theatre. Additional Credits: Cleveland Public Theatre Premiere Fellow 2021. For more information, please visit ananiasjdixon.com or @Ananias_jd on Instagram.