Candlelight Hypothesis

Directed and Created by Raymond Bobgan.

October 13, 2022 - October 31, 2022

Gordon Square Theatre. Cycles begin 6:45pm, Thu/Fri/Sat/Mon and at 2:45pm Sun, Oct 23, Preview October 13. Opening Night October 14.

EVERY TICKET is “Choose What You Pay” and will be offered online, over the phone, and at the Box Office.

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Unlike anything you’ve ever seen, this immersive performance empowers guests to curate their own experience. Inside this performance exhibit which some describe as a theatrical museum or an artistic haunted house, guests explore a mythical world where origami comes to life―moths journey to a star, and a candleflame opens a magical doorway. Back by popular demand!

Guests are seated in 25-minute increments. The performance cycles 2.5 times per night and is 70 minutes in its entirety. Guests may stay as long or short as they’d like.

Walk-up sales stop promptly at 7:00PM

Free livestream of Candlelight Hypothesis just added 10/27!

Want to experience Candlelight Hypothesis and can’t make it to the theatre?  No problem—check out our free livestream this Thursday, October 27 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

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Content Warning: This production will include frank discussions of neurodivergence. Contains some strong language.

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

Ensemble Members:

Principal Ensemble: Hosea Billingsley, Daniel McKinnon, Julia Miller, Martinique Mims, Zyrece Montgomery, Brooke Myers, Amanda Rowe-Van Allen. Kat Shy, Anastasía Urozhaeva, Patrick D. Warner, Eric Wloszek
Second Wave Ensemble: Katie Boissoneault, Kynnedy Stewart, Kalindi Stockton, Lily Warner

The Creative Production Team Includes:

Stage Manager - Colleen McCaughey
Associate Stage Manager - Amanda Lin Boyd
Light Designer & Design Consultant - Benjamin Gantose
Collaborating Visual Artist - Charmaine Spencer
Associate Line Producer & Design Collaborator - Anastasía Urozhaeva
Costume Designer - Holly Holsinger
Additional Text Contributors - Faye Hargate, Holly Holsinger, Kat Shy, Eric Wloszek, Anastasía Urozhaeva


Remarkable Rating:

About Candlelight Hypothesis

Inspired by the Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus, Raymond began the process of creating what is now Candlelight Hypothesis six years ago. Each incarnation weaving in and out of reality and mythology, this work continues to seek a theatrical poetry, where image and idea, sound and substance, vision and virtuosity weave together in an effort to discover and articulate a piece of the ineffable human experience of meeting the mind.

From an earlier incarnation of this work in consistent development (Filmed by The Cleveland Film Company and When the Seed Opens created by Raymond Bobgan and Faye Hargate).

ABOUT Raymond bobgan

Raymond Bobgan creates new performances that are bold, multilayered, and highly physical through an ever-evolving ensemble process. Raymond’s work has been seen in Romania, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Canada, and has been featured in American Theatre magazine, Canadian Theatre ReviewTheatre Journal, and in Lisa Wolford’s book Grotowski’s Objective Drama Research. Raymond has created many works for CPT including Dream Rust Workshop (a hypothesis project) for CPT and Kennedy Center’s Arts Across AmericaFrankenstein’s Wake with Holly Holsinger; Feefer Rising with Faye Hargate; Rusted Heart BroadcastInsomnia: The Waking of Herselves with Holly Holsinger and Chris Seibert; and Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead, co-produced by CPT and La MaMa ETC (Off-Broadway).

Raymond initiated the formation of Teatro Público de Cleveland, CPT’s resident Latinx/a/o theatre company, Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi مسرح كليفلاند العربي, a group dedicated to creating and performing theatre from Arabic-speaking communities, and Station Hope, a community arts festival exploring contemporary issues of social justice. Raymond founded the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP), a job-training theatre program for teens, and co-created the Y-Haven Theatre Project with James Levin, which engages formerly homeless men in writing and performing theatre.

Raymond’s research and creation group, Cleveland CORE Ensemble, created multiple Zoom shows, live movies, and hybrid performances during COVID-19 as part of the Hypothesis Exploration Project. They are currently working on a live performance art piece, Candlelight Hypothesis, which will premiere in April of 2022.

Raymond was the first recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize in the discipline of Theatre. He is a two-time winner of the Creative Workforce Fellowship and a recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Fellowship. He is an alumnus of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG)’s Early Career Development Program for Directors, and of the National Theatre Artist Residency Program (Pew Charitable Trust and TCG). Raymond also received the Cisgender Ally Award at Cleveland’s Transgender Day of Remembrance and Equality Ohio’s Ally Award. In 2018, he was honored with the Cleveland Foundation’s Homer C. Wadsworth Award and in 2017, his administrative leadership was recognized with The Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio. In 2020 he was awarded the Father Frascati Neighborhood Champion Award.

Raymond was the President of the Board of Directors for the National New Play Network from 2018-2020 and he currently serves on the boards of Theatre Communications Group, Gordon Square Arts District Cleveland Improvement Corporation (Chair), and North American Cultural Laboratory. Raymond also serves on the Racial Equity Advisory Committee for United Way of Greater Cleveland and on the Community Advisory Board of Ideastream.

This is Raymond Bobgan’s 16th season in the leadership position at Cleveland Public Theatre.

About the Show: Immersive Performance – part museum, Part Haunted House, Part Workshop

Candlelight Hypothesis weaves together dance, music, monologues, and theatrical scenes to create a mythical world guest can explore. The theatrical exhibit allows you to discover story, meaning, and impact, as the performance unfolds on multiple stages in CPT’s historic Gordon Square Theatre. Described as an “Immersive Performance”, guests can sit in unconventional ways or wonder as they please while the dynamic performances happening around and between them.

I found that if you stayed long enough you could find the story threads throughout – unraveling and re-raveling upon themselves.

-Kristina Ambrosia, Cleveland Blogger

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