2014 Season Calendar
February 6 - March 22
Big Box '14
The centerpiece of CPT's season, Big Box provides local artists with the opportunity to create and produce new work. Over seven weeks, Big Box includes nine world-premiere workshop performances of theatre, dance, opera and genre-defying performances.
March 7 - March 22
Titus: A Grand and Gory Rock Musical
Shakespeare rolls over in his grave as his bloodiest, most horrifying script gets a total makeover as a rock musical. In this story of revenge, limbs are torn off, tongues are cut out and everybody sings.
The Dark Room
The Dark Room at CPT on March 11th
This month: Open Mic Returns!
The Dark Room is a place where writers take center stage and their work has a chance to grow. The Dark Room is an ongoing event held on the second Tuesday of each month. The Dark Room affords emerging and veteran playwrights the space and resources to develop new works. It offers a venue to workshop plays, novels, poems, or any other written work in a supportive, yet critical environment.
March 28 - March 30
Opera Per Tutti
Continuing their mission of "opera for all" opera Per Tutti will return to CPT during the 2013 -14 season to perform selected works from their repertoire.
April 10 - April 26
A Killing Game
"It's all grand fun...not to mention inventive theatre." (DC Theatre Scene)
A Killing Game is an absurdist-play-meets-party-game. In a not-so-distant time and place, a deadly plague begins killing the citizenry - inexplicably, indiscriminately, and fast! CPT presents dog & pony DC, a quickly rising ensemble company from Washington DC known for their quirky and wild productions that involve everyone in the fun.
April 10 - May 3
Four weeks of contemporary dance as local dance companies take the stage to premiere new works and revive celebrated performances at CPT's annual showcase.
April 17 - May 3
The Drowning Girls
With their first look at him their lungs filled with air; their hearts began to beat. With their last look at him their lungs filled with water; their hearts would beat no more. Alice, Bessie and Margaret surface from the still waters of their bathtubs to deliver their post-mortem testimony and tell how they were wooed, wed, insured, and murdered. Based on the "Brides in the Bath" murders in England at the beginning of the 20th Century, The Drowning Girls is a touching and hauntingly beautiful script.
A Block-Party with a Purpose, an Arts Event for the People, a Celebration of Hope
Presented by Cleveland Public Theatre, Ohio City Incorporated and Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman
Station Hope is a multi-arts event that celebrates the triumphs of the Underground Railroad, the history of St. John's Church and the contemporary struggles for freedom and justice.
May 2 - May 3
Deconstructing Kurt Weill: The American Songs
Co-produced with The Musical Theater Project
No composer wrote edgier, more haunting music for the theater than Kurt Weill, beginning with his trailblazing work in Berlin, The Threepenny Opera. But when Weill fled Nazi Germany and settled in New York City in the early 1930s, his American musicals such as Johnny Johnson, Street Scene and Lost in the Stars proved nearly as provocative, tackling the most serious of social and political issues.
May 15 - May 31
This Is Not the Play
A gritty, in-your-face comedy that digs into what we naturally turn away from, racism. This Is Not the Play imagines a black playwright trying to write a play about white people. The problem is that the characters seem to have minds of their own. The playwright sends in her agent to interrogate the characters and then she tries to intervene as they expose their pathetically racist and patently disempowered viewpoints. Is this the playwright's reflection on racism, or on her own prejudice?
May 15 - May 31
Left in Ink
A devised documentary performance about people who have memorial tattoos for suicide victims. Created from interviews, photographs, and online posts, this play tells intimate stories of confrontation, remembrance, and loving honor. Lewins brings authenticity, sensitivity, a quirky sense of humor, and passionate storytelling to this deep exploration of an entire subculture.
May 22 - June 7
Inspired by the 1853 National Women's Rights Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Ancestra tells stories of heritage, sisterhood and overcoming adversity. With a multigenerational, multicultural cast this emotionally charged performance combines traditional and original songs and powerful movement to remind us of those who came before and the power of possibilities for the future.