CPT Partners with Area Universities to Present Playwriting Festival

CPT in partnership with Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing will present the NEOMFA Playwriting Festival March 11 - March 27.

The NEOMFA Playwriting Festival features three original workshop productions created by graduating students from NEOFMA, a master of fine arts degree program that combines twenty-six writing faculty members from a consortium of local universities (Cleveland State University, Kent State University, University of Akron and Youngstown State University) into a single comprehensive program. Developed with the goal of immersing students in all aspects of creative writing, the program has five areas of focus: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, playwriting and literary translation.

For the NEOMFA Playwrighting Festival the selected works were developed under the guidance of Cleveland State University professor and playwright Mike Geither and paired by CPT with professional directors, actors and designers to bring each student's work to life.

"The opportunities that have been afforded our students through our partnership with CPT simply are not available in the classroom. They are forging professional connections that will ease them into a professional life and career," says Geither. "Our students have been challenged in wonderful ways, and the festival has exceeded our expectations as a learning vehicle. The NEOMFA program is so grateful to CPT for going above and beyond."

The NEOFMA Playwriting Festival will feature:

By Tom Haynes
Directed by Brian Zoldessy
March 11 - March 13

What do you author and what authors you? By combining myth, fairy tale, personal history, dressmaking and theatre, layers of conscious reality are laid bare and meaning in one woman's life is prodded, crucified, drawn and quartered and reconstructed again and again.

Fire Dance
By Michael Parsons
Directed by Jeremy Paul
March 18 - March 20

Nicky McManus is a New York firefighter. His brother Sean is a stockbroker in Chicago who returns to the Big Apple after the death of their mother. Sean decides to stay in New York and move in with Nicky in an effort to connect with his brother--and to pursue his old flame, Janice. When Janice moves into the apartment, however, long-dormant passions are aroused in cold-hearted Nicky, and old rivalries between the brothers come to the surface with consequences that will change them both forever.

The Pole
By Jennifer A.Willoh
Directed by Nina Domingue
March 25 - March 27

The Pole is a play about a small community of holiday and corporate mascots who share a common bar, called the Pole, where the co-dependent relationship between Big Bob and Santa Nick is explored.

"The NEOMFA is natural extension of the work we are doing to empower our local community of theatre creators," says CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan. "Supporting creative expression and nurturing talent is an investment in the future of innovative theatre in our city." he continues.

All productions will take place in the James Levin Theatre and tickets are priced at $13-$15. To purchase or for more information, call 216.631.2727 X501.