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Cleveland Public Theater to produce one woman play ‘Exact Change’

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Written and performed by Christine Howey (formerly Dick Howey)

Play will run from January 9 through 25, 2014

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) will be presenting the world premiere of Christine Howey’s (noted Cleveland actor, poet, journalist and critic) new play “Exact Change”. This powerful new play is about finding your own voice while championing your identity.

“Exact Change” came about during CPT’s “New Work Development Series” that included “The Dark Room and “Big Box 2013”. The work was written by Howey as well as performed with Scott Plate directing.

“The writing is funny, fierce, bawdy, and smart. Howey commands the stage, hurling lightning strikes of emotion and insight.” –Dee Perry, Senior Host/Producer, 90.3 WCPN/Ideastream/NE Ohio Public Radio

When Dick Howey was an actor (prior to transitioning in 1990) he portrayed such male characters as Lucifer, Goebbels, Terrible Jim Fitch, Richard Nixon, God and others. “Exact Change” explores his gender transition through political rants, personal reflections and wit. The work uses spoken word, poetry, monologue and dialog that bring Christine’s personality to light.

“I feel a strong need to communicate the challenging issues and deep satisfaction that comes from finding one’s true gender. I know the idea of a gender change is a very foreign one for most people…so I wanted to make the feelings and aspirations of a transgender person accessible and as understandable as possible.” –Christine Howey

Preview performance of Exact Change is Thursday, January 9 at 7:00pm. Show opens Friday, January 10 and runs through Saturday, January 25, 7:00pm in CPT’s James Levin Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District.

Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday* and Monday. Opening night reception is Friday, January 10 with free food and drinks after the show.

* Every Saturday performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with Christine Howey and special guests.

Tickets are $12 – $28.

Take advantage of $12 tickets on Monday and Thursday shows. Student and Senior discounts ($3 off) are available for Friday and Saturday performances.

Every Friday is FREE BEER FRIDAY at CPT. Audience members are invited to mingle with the artists after the show and enjoy a drink or two on CPT.

Group discounts are available for 10+. Call James Kosmatka, CPT Director of Patron Services at (216) 631-2727 x203 for more information.

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