Cleveland Play House is renowned for one thing. It brings great theater to the Cleveland stage. Housed in the fantastic venue of the Allen Theatre it gives intimate portrayals of life that gives us room to react, discuss and learn.
Just announced is the 2013-14 season for Cleveland Play House with a wide variety of new works. You can take your pick from a sexy powerful comedy, to a favorite Cleveland holiday story, or perhaps the struggle of a Jewish woman at the turn of the century trying to study the Torah. Or maybe your tastes lie in the uplifting story of success of an African American classical tenor or the story of reverse segregation. There is even an evening of great swing music and tap dancing. Don’t forget the surprises in store for the season opener as well as the New Ground Theatre Festival.
Whatever your taste in theater, Cleveland Play House truly has something for you to love. Now would be a good time to reserve your tickets before the shows get sold out.
September 13–October 6, 2013 • Allen Theatre
Because of the early season announcement, CPH is in the process of negotiating the rights to several great shows for our season opener. Music is a central theme of the 2013-14 season, and the chances are the opening show will be a hugely entertaining musical.
VENUS IN FUR
written by David Ives
November 1–24, 2013 • Second Stage
Arriving late for an audition is one thing. Making a dramatic entrance timed with a crash of thunder is something else entirely. Vanda, a beautiful and enchanting actress turns the tables on playwright Thomas who wants Vanda as his lead for his adaption of the torid 19th century novel Venus in Fur. The fur flies as Thomas tries to take control of the situation in this sizzling and sexy comedy that was THE hit of last year’s Broadway season
Cleveland Playhouse presents a special non-subscription holiday engagement of the popular Cleveland favorite, written by Phil Grecian and based on the motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark
A CHRISTMAS STORY
Nov 29–Dec 22, 2013
It has been 30 years since the premier of the beloved Christmas film, now see what it looks like on the live stage as Cleveland Play House brings a gift wrapped and tinsel covered new production to the Allen Theatre. Subscribe NOW to have the first chance to order & save $10 per ticket!
To order, call (216) 400-7096.
a play based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's
short story, "Yentl The Yeshiva Boy"
adapted for the stage by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer
January 10–February 2, 2014 • Allen Theatre
At the turn of the 20th century it was forbidden for a Jewish woman to study the Torah. In spite of this, Yentl took on the male disguise of a man called Anshel in order to go to school. She is soon found to be a brilliant student, a model of academic excellence to the other scholars and the most sought after bachelor in town, all the while as Yentl falls in love with a fellow student. This coming of age story is surprising modern tale that will hit your heart and funny bone at the same time.
BREATH AND IMAGINATION
written by Daniel Beaty
February 14–March 9, 2014 • Allen Theatre
Roland Hayes was born the son of a slave and was blessed with anincreadable tenor singing voice. In the course of his lifetime, he went on to become the first great African-American classical vocalist. This tale of family love, hope and faith begins in rural Georgia but ends up at Carnegie Hall and Buckingham Palace. Bring the entire family to see this amazing story about a truly remarkable American artist.
written by Bruce Norris
March 21–April 13, 2014 • Allen Theatre
In 1959, the groundbreaking classic play “A Raisin In the Sun” ends with the Younger family purchasing a house in an all-white Chicago suburb. As “Clybourne Park” opens it recreates the scene as nervous neighbors attempt to talk their friends out of selling their home to a black family. As this scene fades and a new scene appears it is 50 years later.
Now it is black neighbors in the predominantly African-American neighborhood trying to talk their friends from selling that same home to a white couple. This long and hard look at life is right out of the newspapers. The Washington Post described Clybourne Park as “one of the feistiest, funniest evenings in years.”
NEW GROUND THEATRE FESTIVAL TBA
April 18–May 11, 2014 • Second Stage
The centerpiece of the New Ground Festival and Cleveland Play House’s contribution to the future of American theatre will be a dynamic new play. All year CPH searches for the best new work that will entertain, enlighten and engage their audience. While the title cannot be revealed at this time, you can be assured that it will be adventurous, intelligent and topical from one of today’s most exciting playwrights.
TAP'IN THROUGH LIFE
written by and starring Maurice Hines
May 30–June 22, 2014 • Allen Theatre
America’s greatest living tap dance legend, Maurice Hines, backed by a sizzling nine-piece orchestra, stars in this explosive world premiere. A celebration of Mr. Hines’s showbiz forerunners, including Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, and Nat King Cole, this feel-good show will have you tap’in through the night. At a recent concert version of Tap’in, The New York Times described Hines as “an effusively good-natured dancer... who twitches with an uncontrollable urge to swoop and tap. You might say he is driven by a compulsion to swing.”
Tickets and subscriptions are on sale now at Cleveland Play House by calling 216.241.6000 or online at www.clevelandplayhouse.com.