Test Flight Week #2: Temptation of Adam

Written by Samantha Cocco
Directed by Mike Frye

March 14, 2024 - March 16, 2024

7:00pm, Thu/Fri/Sat, James Levin Theatre.

90min with no intermission

EVERY TICKET is “Choose What You Pay” and will be offered online, over the phone, and at the Box Office. (Advanced online e-ticket purchases are recommended to avoid long lines at the box office window the day of the show.) 


The onset of World War 3 forces a select few to move underground into top-secret missile silos. In one such bunker we find Adam, a nuclear scientist given a grave responsibility; his loyal friend Danny, grappling with his family's health; and Marie, the strong-willed object of Adam's affection. While Danny and Marie worry about the survival of their loved ones and the world, Adam's trepidation lies with whether his budding relationship with Marie would survive above ground. Temptation of Adam examines the toll that isolation takes on our lives and relationships and what we might do when desperate for love and human connection.

Featuring: Casey McCann, Katherine Nash, and Perry Reed

COVID-CONSCIOUS THURSDAYS: Masks are required for these performances. Click here for more info.

Content Warning: This production contains adult language, as well as discussions of mental health issues, miscarriage, and war.

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

The Creative Production Team Includes:

Co-producer: Samantha Cocco
Co-producer: Mike Frye
Projection Designer: Rob Wachala


Samantha Cocco is a new playwright; Temptation of Adam is her first produced piece, having also been performed as a 15 minute production at CPT’s 2023 Pandemonium. She has been acting in Cleveland since 2017 and appeared in a 2022 Test Flight production, Bedroom Culture by Hannah Rae Leach. She is on stage most often at convergence-continuum and Karamu House. She is currently engaged with the national tour of To My White Friends Who Know Me by Deborah Plummer and will appear next on stage locally in May with Ensemble Theatre’s world premiere of The Prospect of Equality by Rachel Zake. Follow her at samanthacocco.com and @coccotheactor. Thank you, CPT Dark Room, for helping develop my voice as a writer. Thank you, Mom, for loving me through the end of the world, time and again. Thank you, audience, for witnessing this wonderful ‘first’ of mine and for supporting local theatre.  


Mike Frye has been performing in NE Ohio for the past ten years, recently in After the Blast and The Grown-up at convergence-continuum, As You Like It with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, and Shakespeare in Hollywood at The Ohio Shakespeare Festival. He is an avid children’s performer with Spark Theatre 4 Youth and a comedian performing with Hot Goss: the Improvised Musical and other shows at Imposters Theater. He co-wrote the shows Web of Deceit and I Stumbled Through a Magic Portal which have both been produced at Borderlight Fringe festival. This is his directorial debut. Thank you for your interest in new works by new artists. Your support is what makes the development of the artistic world possible. 


Test Flight is a multi-week series that showcases new work on its way to full production. This popular event provides local and national artists with the keys to the theatre and opportunity to co-produce original works-in-progress. The series encourages risk-taking and entrepreneurial spirit towards creating. New Play Development.

Recent successes include Our Lady of Common Sorrows (fall 2023), Alter by Tania Benites (produced in early 2024). Each of these were developed in Test Flight 2023. 


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