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Cleveland Public Theatre announces 2014-2015 season

This season continues CPT’s mission of consciousness raising, compassion nurturing through intelligent, inventive and socially relevant theater.
Cleveland Public Theatre

The 2014-2015 season for Cleveland Public Theatre has been officially announced by Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan. This season continues CPT’s mission of consciousness raising, compassion nurturing through intelligent, inventive and socially relevant theater.

CPT is the leader in Northeast Ohio in producing new work by local playwrights. In fact more original work is produced by CPT that any of the professional theatres in the area combined. This has been true for the past eight years. Next season will offer four world premieres as well as two regional premieres. This is in addition to the numerous workshops and production opportunities given to emerging artists by providing staging of innovative and sometimes risky works.

The buzz word at CPT this year is “Experience” as in “it’s not just a show, it’s an Experience!” CPT is not the typical fourth wall passive sit and watch routine. This new season will be about experiencing new viewpoints while challenging your perceptions while on a journey to a new world that tackles issues of national significance, championing courage and personal triumph over tragedy; uplifting and off-the-wall new plays by emerging playwrights; and will revive celebrated favorites.

The 2014-2015 season opens with another full-length production (title to be determined later) by Teatro Publico de Cleveland, CPT’s resident Latin American theatre ensemble. Continuing the season CPT plans to bring back two celebrated works “Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant” and “Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays”. Spring of 2015 will see “Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, by Nathan Davis as well as the concluding work in the Elements Cycle “Fire on the Water” in collaboration with Theatre Ninjas, Talespinner Children’s Theatre, Blank Canvas and Ohio City Theatre.

CPT’s fully produced work is complemented by our annual New Work Development series: Big Box, seven weeks of new works in theatre, dance, opera and multimedia performance; SpringBoard: a staged-reading series; Leap/Conceive, a weekend of short excerpts from works-in-development; and CPT’s monthly playwriting open mic, The Dark Room.

Not only does CPT present a variety of genres and styles, but we champion the ideal of equity onstage. In recognition of this commitment, in 2012 CPT was awarded the inaugural ICWP 50/50 Applause Award given to professional theatres in America that demonstrate gender equity in programming. The 14-15 Season can be seen as a continued affirmation of this commitment to diversity, especially in regards to promoting and celebrating the work of women in the field. Of ten full productions produced on our stages in 2014-2015, involve women playwrights.

All performances take place at Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102.

Details of the 2014-2015 season follow:

Pandemonium 2014:
TAKE FLIGHT – One Night Only
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Cleveland Public Theatre, various locations
7:00 p.m.
Tickets $150 (on sale July 1st)

Cleveland Public Theatre's annual fundraising extravaganza transforms the CPT campus into a labyrinth of theatre, dance, visual and performance art, along with fabulous food and drink all night long. A feast for the eyes, mind, appetite and imagination, Pandemonium was awarded Connectors Choice “Event of the Year” in 2013. This year CPT honors Beth Mooney, CEO of Key Bank with the Pan Award.

Teatro Publico de Cleveland
October 2-4
Gordon Square Theatre

Last season, Teatro Publico de Cleveland took the city by storm with their premiere original performance, Cuando Cierras Your Eyes. This season the ensemble returns with a new show based on the stories, dreams and musings of Cleveland’s Hispanic community (title TBD).

A Multi-Arts Series
October 9-25
Various venues

CPT presents a series of shows that might be off-the-wall, but are powerful, wondrous, and deeply moving works of passion by great artists—works local, national and international, fuse different art forms into singular, dynamic performances.

She’s Wearing White…
October 9-25
The Church
6203 Detroit Avenue
CPT Campus

Created by 2014 Creative Workforce Fellow Faye Hargate and visual artist Joan Hargate. This mother-daughter team rejoins to create an interactive performance art installation that investigates purity, ideal femininity, and sexual role playing through the lens of the Virgin-Bride’s wedding night. Bedding ceremonies, BDSM culture and American wedding planning culture will serve as source material. Housed in CPT’s Church, the space will transform into a multi-sensory mosaic of languid lace, extinguished candles, castoff alters and siren sounds whilst an ensemble of female performers murmur petitions of purity and pleasure through the labyrinth-like white sheet walls. Audience members are invited to touch, taste, smell and feel the environment around them.

Three Singers
October 9-18
Gordon Square Theatre

A co-production with Ingenuity Festival, Three Singers is created by nationally recognized performance artist Erica Mott. This powerful electronica opera brings together three female vocalists and three singer-sewing machines to explore the dilemmas of textile workers from three different eras.

Spirits to Enforce
October 9-25
James Levin Theatre

Written by Mickle Maher (There is a Happiness that Morning Is). Directed by Matthew Wright. Twelve superheroes take up residence in a secret submarine to hold a fundraising drive for their upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Seriously. Infusing elements of Shakespeare’s language, comic book lore, and choral arrangement, Mickle Maher’s Spirits to Enforce promises an utterly unique theatrical trip. Regional Premiere.

Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant
December 3-December 21
Gordon Square Theatre

One of CPT’s most popular holiday entertainments is back for a final farewell. Hailed as “a deliciously demented feast for the holidays” by The Plain Dealer, this hilarious musical performance includes crazy cabaret, comedy, dancing, game-show competitions, violence, and a 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.

American Falls
December 4-20
James Levin Theatre

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.

Fire on the Water
January 29-February 14
Gordon Square Theatre

“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 Theatre 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. World Premiere.

Standing on Ceremony
March 5-21
Gordon Square Theatre

Written by Jordan Harrison, Moisés Kaufman, Mo Gaffney, Neil LaBute, Wendy McLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright. 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.

DanceWorks 2015
April 2-25
Gordon Square Theatre

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.

In a Word
April 16-May 2
James Levin Theatre

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).

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea
May 21-June 6
James Levin Theatre
Written by Nathan Davis

It’s a month before his first day in college and Dontrell wakes up from a dream that will change his life. This young African American’s unconventional journey begins with swimming lessons, and ends in a boat drifting into the sea to meet his grandfather’s spirit. This magical play is about our connection to the past and living in the moment. World Premiere

May 28-June 13
Gordon Square Theatre
Written and Directed by Tlaloc Rivas

Johanna moves back and forth through time to tell the story of Johanna Orozco, a Cleveland Latina who was shot in the face by her boyfriend in 2010. 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. Produced in conjunction with Teatro Publico de Cleveland. World Premiere.

TBA: Second Stage
CPT will continue to play a leading role in cultivating our region’s talent with workshop and second stage full productions of new work.

Special Events

Y-Haven Theatre Project
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.

Opera Per Tutti
Opera Per Tutti, Cleveland's professional opera company is continuing its mission of "opera for all" and will return to CPT during the 2014-2015 season to perform selected works from their repertoire.

New Play Development

October 22-26
James Levin Theatre

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 30-November 1
James Levin Theatre

This showcase features short selections from full length pieces currently in development. With a wide variety of approaches and aesthetics, this is a great snapshot of Northeast Ohio creators at work.

Big Box ’15
January 8-February 21
James Levin Theatre

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.

Season Audition Information

Saturday, May 17th
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 18th
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p. m.
Cleveland Public Theatre
6415 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102)

Cleveland Public Theatre is holding general auditions for the 14/15 season. All Northeast Ohio actors interested in working with CPT are encouraged to audition. CPT has a history of multicultural casting and is committed to representing our community on stage. Auditions are by appointment only and will be scheduled in five minute increments. Actors should prepare no more than two minutes of material which can include 1-2 brief monologues and/or a short a cappella song. AEA contracts will be considered throughout the season. Interested actors should schedule an appointment by emailing CPT Artistic Intern Anne Bakan (

For more information about Cleveland Public Theatre’s 2014-2015 season, please visit

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