Y-Haven Theatre Project: 12,000 Steps

Created & Performed by the participants of Y-Haven, a branch of the Greater Cleveland YMCA.

November 18, 2021 - November 19, 2021

7:30pm, Gordon Square Theatre.

Cleveland Public Theatre and Y-Haven are proud to present 12,000 Steps, created and performed by residents of Y-Haven. The Y-Haven Theatre Project is a 23-year partnership between Cleveland Public Theatre and Y-Haven, a branch of the Greater Cleveland YMCA. Y-Haven provides temporary housing and Substance Use Disorder Treatment to individuals who are homeless, re-entering the community from incarceration, and/or recovering from Opioid Use Disorder. Every year, CPT collaborates with the clients of Y-Haven to create an original theatre production that shares powerful stories of recovery and personal triumph, capturing an authenticity and emotional power as the cast shares their true-to-life experiences often hidden from the world.

The one-weekend-only production at CPT is followed by a community-wide tour. See below for more information.

Saturday, November 20 is a special benefit performance in support of Y-Haven. Tickets are available for purchase, see below for details.

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

Free, $5 suggested donation.

Content Warning: 12,000 Steps includes adult language, conversations and depictions of murder and gun violence, racism, and the realities of addiction and how it impacts individuals and families. For details or additional content, please contact the Box Office at 216.631.2727 x501 or by emailing boxoffice@cptonline.org.

Click here for COVID-19 Safety Protocols.


Relapse is real. What happens when an upstanding figure in the recovery community relapses in a bad way? How will his fate impact those he has helped and those who have helped him? Can they let go of their pasts, their attachments, and their survivors’ guilt to stay sober – to stay alive? 12,000 Steps is about the long road to recovery, through recovery, and the persistence and perseverance required to move forward each day even in our darkest hours.

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.

Created and Performed by

Y-Haven Artists

Michael Beck, Donte Harris, Walter Walker, Darron Jones, Sr., Eric Oldja, Khaled S. Rawashdeh

CPT Artists

12,000 Steps was developed under the guidance of CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan.

CPT Teaching Artist & Guest Performer: Leonard Goff
Assistant Director: Bridgett Martinez
Scenic & Costume Design: Inda Blatch-Geib
Lighting Designer: Benjamin Gantose
Stage Manager: Garrett Markgraf
Guest Performer: Avery LaMar Pope

Y-Haven Theatre Project on channel 19 News

“Most of the folks in the play have not been in a play before. It helps them move beyond their own worries to do something for someone else.”

-Ed Gemerchack, Executive Director for Y-Haven YMCA of Greater Cleveland

“There is help, there is hope out there, just remember to reach out to someone.”

-Darron Jones, 2021 Y-Haven Theatre Project participant

Click here or on the image to watch a feature on the 2021 Y-Haven Theatre Project on Channel 19 News by Steven Hernandez.

Y-Haven Theatre Project Spotlighted on spectrum News

“The Impact these stories have made in the community is significant.”

-Raymond Bobgan, CPT Executive Artistic Director

Click here or on the image to the left to watch the 2021 Y-Haven Theatre Project on Spectrum News – and learn more about the program, the participants, and behind the scenes insight of the production.


Y-Haven residents, Cleveland Public Theatre explore the road to substance use recovery in “12,000 Steps”, cleveland.com

Staying sober: Y-Haven, CPT share stories of recovery and triumph in ‘12,000 Steps’, FreshWater Cleveland

A step in the right direction: Cleveland Public Theatre, Y-Haven team up for ‘12,000 Steps’, Crain’s Cleveland Business


Thursday, November 18 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 19 at 7:30pm

Cleveland Public Theatre’s Gordon Square 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 20 at 6:30pm
Cleveland Public Theatre’s Gordon Square Theatre
6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102
Contact Misty Musson at mmusson@clevelandymca.org for more information.

Tickets for this benefit performance are $100 and include an appetizer reception and performance. To purchase tickets for the benefit, and for COVID-19 Safety Protocols, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steps-stages-play-tickets-166560397633.

Free Tour Performance in the community

Sunday, November 21 at 4:00pm
Lakewood Congregational Church
1375 W. Clifton Blvd., Lakewood, OH 44107
Free, donations accepted