A CPT / Teatro Público de Cleveland Production.
Written by Tania Benites.
Directed by Kari Barclay

February 08, 2024 - February 24, 2024

7:00pm, Thu/Fri/Sat/Mon and 3:00pm, Sun, Feb 11& 18, James Levin Theatre. Previews Feb 8 & 9. Opening Night is Feb 10.

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

The performance on February 24, 2024 has been cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact the Box Office at 216.631.2727, ext.501.


Using a self-help book titled “Hypnosis for Self Confidence,” customer service representative Maria seeks ultimate self-improvement to succeed in the corporate world. However, she soon discovers that the best version of herself may be her worst enemy.

A horror/thriller-flavored fan-favorite that played to sold-out houses at CPT’s new play development series Test Flight 2023, this workplace dramedy returns to delight audiences. World Premiere.

Featuring: Alisha Caraballo, Mónica A. Cerpa Zúñiga, Sylka Edmonson, Andrea de la Fuente, Lionel Morales, Rajah Morales, David L. Munnell 

In English with Spanish supertitles.

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

The Creative Production Team Includes:

Producer: Raymond Bobgan
Line Producer: Paige Conway
Technical Director: Joshua Smith
Scenic & Lighting Designer: Benjamin Gantose
Costume Designer: Desiree Monique Anderson
Sound Designer & Technical Director: Joshua Smith
Stage Manager: Kate Smith
Supertitle Translations: Obed Medina
Supertitles Operator: Karín Rios

Remarkable Rating:

ALTER in the Media!

The Plain Dealer:

WKYC Channel 3 “We the People”:

Ideastream: Cleveland playwright weaves call center and immigrant parents into ‘Alter’ | Ideastream Public Media

enhance your experience

Opening Night (Feb. 10) – Ticket includes free admission to the post-show opening party with appetizers and beverages! Mingle with cast members!

Free Bev Friday – Every Friday night at CPT is Free Bev Friday. Free beer, wine, ready to drink cocktails and soft drinks are served after the performance for about an hour. Join the staff and artists of CPT, talk about the show, and have a drink on us. And remember, hot beverages like coffee and tea are always complimentary at CPT performances. (Please note: While liquor used in mixed drinks will not be complimentary, the mixer will be discounted from your total)

Covid-Conscious Sunday (Feb. 11 & 18) ― Realizing that patrons have different levels of comfort while attending live events; we have designated these two performances where patrons are required to wear facial masks for the duration of the performances. CDC suggests K95 or surgical for the best protection against Covid-19 and other airborne viruses.

NEW! Market Monday (Feb. 19) – Your ALTER ticket gets you free access into a pop-up market featuring Latine business owners from 6pm to 7pm prior to the 7pm performance. Market might include a mix of visual artists, retailers, entrepreneurs, and more!


AlmaVision: Cultura y Más

AlmaVision: Cultura y Más wishes to serve the Mexican community by providing artistic and cultural opportunities, giving them exposure and proper representation. All are welcome who wish to learn and share in these opportunities. They believe that partnerships and collaborations are key in creating a strong network of communities that support one another artistically, culturally, and socially.

Dalhia Coffee Co.

Dahlia Coffee Co. is a Specialty Coffee Roasting company and has recently opened a Mexican Coffee Shop inside of the Pivot Center for Art, Dance, and Expression. They focus on serving specialty grade coffee that is ethically sourced as well as highlighting their Mexican culture through their drinks at their cafe.

Check out Dahlia Coffee Co. in the news!

Jossi’s Bakery

Jossi’s Bakery and Shop, located in Broadview Heights, OH, specializes in crafting bespoke cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and a delightful array of desserts. With over fifteen years of experience, Jossi’s passion for baking was ignited in her own home kitchen and bolstered by the glowing feedback from her close-knit circle of loved ones. Through her tenure at Giant Eagle’s bakeshop, Jossi honed her craft, learning the ins and outs of cake production and food management. Her commitment to delivering custom, handcrafted, and premium quality baked goods is a testament to her pride in serving her beloved community.

Kenron Morgan Jr. (Artist)

Kenron Morgan Jr., founder of Art School Reject Club, is an award-winning multi-media artist, based in Cleveland, OH. As the name describes, Kenron is a self-taught artist. Using various mediums, Kenron’s work details a self-expressive journey through Culture, Sexuality, and Self. Kenron’s work transports his viewer to a world of his own creation displaying just that. Kenron’s work has been in RTA public transportation (“Dressing the Part”), Akron Hospitals (“Show me love”), and most recently Summit Art Space( “The Twins”). Kenron also holds awards for various art pieces including: “Dressing the Part” and “High & Lows”. Kenron has also had the opportunity to give back to his community raising funds for creative youth development.

ABOUT The Playwright

Tania Benites is a Peruvian-born and Cleveland-raised theatre artist. She received her BA in Theatre from Cleveland State University in 2012 with a focus in performance. As an actress, Tania has worked at many theatres in Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland Public Theatre, Teatro Público de Cleveland, Talespinner Children’s Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, LatinUs, Clague Playhouse, and Rubber City Theatre. Tania’s work has been featured as a playwright in ¡Obras en Evolución! a festival of new play readings by Teatro Público de Cleveland in 2017 and 2018, where the beginnings of Alter were formed. She is also a proud member of the Young Playwrights Collective. When she is not creating theatre, Tania serves as the Adult Programming Assistant for the Cuyahoga County Public Library. 

ABOUT The Director

Kari Barclay (Director) (they/them or he/him) is a writer, director, and researcher who serves as Assistant Professor of Theater at Oberlin College. They have created productions regionally and in New York at venues including Ars Nova, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, MirrorBox Theater, and Cleveland Public Theatre. Their original play Can I Hold You? was one of the first full-length pieces about asexual identity performed in the U.S. and enjoyed a sold-out run in San Francisco and workshop in New York. Their play Stonewallin’ was winner of the So.Queer Playwriting Festival and premiered in Richmond, VA in winter 2022. As a scholar and educator, Kari writes about consent-based and trauma-informed approaches to performance, known as intimacy choreography. Their book Directing Desire was published through Palgrave Macmillan in October 2023.


In 2013, Cleveland Public Theatre launched Teatro Público de Cleveland, Cleveland’s first Latinx theatre company, whose work reflects the artistic goals, interests, and ideals of its members.

Teatro Público de Cleveland inspires inter/intra-cultural exchange through thought-provoking, bilingual storytelling and performances that foster social consciousness and build community.

TPC is governed by the TPC Leadership Committee: Mónica A. Cerpa Zúñiga, Alisha M. Caraballo, and Tania Benites.

Designed by Mya Loparo based on the original Test Flight ALTER design by Lorena Ianiro.