2014 Season Calendar
October 9 - October 26
She's Wearing White...
Created by Faye Hargate, 2014 Creative Workforce Fellow*, Joan Hargate and Ensemble, this art/performance installation investigates purity, idealized femininity and sexual role-playing through the lens of the Virgin-Bride's wedding night. Audience members will step into a multi-sensory mosaic of languid lace, extinguished candles, castoff altars and siren sounds, whilst a six-woman ensemble performs haunting music and original text. World Premiere.
October 9 - October 25
Spirits to Enforce
Written by Mickle Maher. Directed by Matthew Wright. Original Music by Sam Fisher, 2014/15 Kulas Composer Fellow. Now that their arch-nemesis, Professor Cannibal, is locked away in a correctional facility, twelve superheroes- The Fathom Town Enforcers- have taken up residence in a secret submarine to tackle the most critical work of their crime-fighting mission... fundraising. The Enforcers' plan? To stage a "superheroic" benefit performance of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Seriously. Infused with comic book lore, choral arrangement and text from Shakespeare's beloved masterpiece, Mickle Maher's Spirits to Enforce is an utterly unique theatrical trip. Regional Premiere.
October 23 - November 2
Springboard brings the excitement of new play development to audiences with fully staged-readings. Not just actors at music stands, these new works are up on their feet as actors negotiate with scripts-in-hand and only a few rehearsals. Audience members give feedback and engage in post-show discussions to help local playwrights improve their work.
October 31 - November 1
Opera Per Tutti presents Clarimonde
A world premiere concert performance of a new opera by Frédéric Chaslin and librettist P.H. Fisher, performed by OPT company artists. Science fiction, fantasy and magical realism merge in this classic tale of the supernatural. Dress up in your Halloween costume for a fun night of music, then stay for post-show mingling and discussion with the artists.
Dia de Muertos - Day of the Dead
A vibrant community celebration for the whole family, Dia de Muertos or "Day of the Dead" honors the memory of our ancestors and is a treasured holiday in many Latin American countries. Now in its 10th year, Cleveland's Artistas Latinos Unidos collective presents this annual cultural event, in partership with CPT. Events include indoor and outdoor art installations, Latin food, live music and a colorful street parade.
November 6 - November 9
Y-Haven Theatre Project: What Is Inside
A great way to see CPT's life-changing education programs in action. CPT artists and the residents of Y-Haven, a residential program for homeless men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, collaborate to create an original play based on experiences of homelessness, addiction and the power to change. Special benefit performance and Y-Haven fundraiser on Saturday, November 8. Premium ticket info to follow.
The Dark Room
The Dark Room at CPT on November 11th
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.
November 28 - December 21
The Santaland Diaries
Join CPT at PlayhouseSquare for The SantaLand Diaries. Eric Schmiedl stars as the hilariously jaded "Crumpet" in David Sedaris' acclaimed Christmas comedy, which tells the story of an out-of-work actor who takes a job as a Macy's Christmas elf.
December 4 - December 20
Written by Miki Johnson. This stunning and brilliant drama follows the story of eight people in a small town- six are living and two are dead. American Falls exposes the inner life of every-day people desperately seeking meaning and love in a poetic and sensuous interplay of stories, monologues and a horrifying makeover.
December 4 - December 21
Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant
One of CPT's most popular holiday entertainments is back! Hailed as "a deliciously demented feast for the holidays" by The Plain Dealer, this hilarious musical performance features cabaret performance, comedy, dancing, game-show competitions, and more... all served up alongside a full five course meal. Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant is an eclectic, bizarro and delightful night at the theatre that will have you laughing well into 2015. NOT to be missed.
Opera Per Tutti presents Amahl and the Night Visitors
Celebrate the Season with Gian Carlo Menotti's classic holiday opera Amahl and the Night Visitors! Join Opera Per Tutti for the annual production collaboration to support the City Mission. In the spirit of the holiday season, admission to these performances is free with a monetary donation for the City Mission or a donation of disposable diapers for Laura's Home, the City Mission's crisis center for women and children. 100% of all donations benefit the City Mission Cleveland.
January 8 - February 21
Big Box '15
The centerpiece of CPT's season, Big Box is one of CPT's most popular events. Big Box features workshop productions in theatre, dance, opera and genre-defying performances, all by Northeast Ohio artists.
January 29 - February 14
Fire on the Water
Fire on the Water is a fast-paced series of short plays inspired by the burning of the Cuyahoga River. Created by a diverse team of playwrights, directors and actors, this production will be a community wide effort as CPT teams up with co-producers Theater Ninjas, Talespinner Children's Theatre, Ohio City Theatre and Blank Canvas Theatre. CPT's four-part Elements Cycle focuses on issues of sustainability in fun, intimate and personal ways. This concluding work will focus on how the environment can shape identity and will celebrate the remarkable recovery of Cleveland's waterways.
March 5 - March 21
Standing on Ceremony
Conceived by Brian Shnipper. Written by Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moisés Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright. Conceived by Brian Shnipper. Back by popular demand, this powerful series of short plays promote marriage equality and the power of love to overcome. "Funny and moving. A celebration...." The New York Times. Directed by CPT favorite Craig George.
April 2 - April 25
Each year Cleveland Public Theatre welcomes the opportunity to showcase Northeast Ohio's contemporary dance companies as they premiere new work and revive celebrated performances. Six dance companies take the stage in this acclaimed annual series.
April 16 - May 2
in a word
Written by Lauren Yee. Directed by Beth Wood. Two years have passed since a Fiona's eight-year-old son mysteriously vanished. As she delves back into her memories of that fateful day to find the missing piece, logic buckles and language breaks. Grief and comedy collide in this lyrical, absurdist journey on how to get over, get around and get through what haunts you. World Premiere (co-premiere with San Francisco Playhouse).
May 21 - June 6
Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea
Written by Nathan Davis. Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. It's a month before his first day in college and Dontrell Jones III wakes up from a dream that will change his life. The young man's unconventional journey begins with swimming lessons, and ends in a boat drifting into the sea to meet his grandfather's spirit. A magical play about our connection to the past and living in the moment.
May 28 - June 13
Johanna: Facing Forward
Written and Directed by Tlaloc Rivas. Based on the true story of Johanna Orozco, a Cleveland teen who was shot in the face by her boyfriend in 2007. Johanna's story is complex and raises critical questions, but it is also a life-affirming story of triumph. Based on the Plain Dealer's award-winning series "Facing Forward" by journalist Rachel Dissell and produced in conjunction with Teatro Publico de Cleveland.