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Cleveland Public Theatre presents Air Waves (Part Three of the Elements Cycle)

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This production will run from January 30 through February 15

Cleveland Public Theatre’s production of Air Waves is part three of “The Elements Cycle” which examines the effects that humans have had on the earth. The first two installments were “Water Ways” (a co-production with Oberlin College) and “Earth Plays”. Each stand alone production shares the main theme of sustainability as well as working with instead of against nature.

“Air Waves” is a story of loss, reckoning, forgiveness and honeybees that takes the audience on an incredible expedition throughout Cleveland’s oldest standing theatre complex where they experience a collection of segments in intimate settings.

The show is produced by Raymond Bobgan (CPT’s Executive Artistic Director) and features performances by some of Cleveland’s top artists including longtime CPT company artists Chris Seibert and Faye Hargate (2014 Creative Workforce Fellow). Included in the production is live original music by CPT’s inaugural 2014 Kulas Foundation Composer, Sean Hussey.

As with the two previous segments of the Earth Cycle Plays, “Air Waves” has the audience traveling through all the hidden nooks and crannies that makes up the Gordon Square Theatre Complex. The story is set in the not too distant future and features three primary characters of universal appeal. There is George (Adam Seeholzer), a brother stunned with grief and looking for answers; troubled soul Jeannette (Cassie Neumann) who is plagued with thoughts of environmental collapse; and Kim (Faye Hargate) a spirited young woman at the helm of a city-wide initiative to buy the air over people’s homes. Also included in the journey are vignettes that include the ghosts of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, “The Slackers Game Show” and the surprising arrival of “A Very Big Airplane”. The work also features a variety of original choral music that is performed live a Capella by the large cast.

CPT’s Executive Artistic Director and Air Waves director, Raymond Bobgan, explains: “We’re not interested in hammering people over the head with an environmental ‘message.’ Air Waves is about our relationship to time, and the powerful desire to change the past and know the future. I personally spend too much time regretting past mistakes and wishing I could make better decisions today. In relation to the environment, the science is fairly conclusive—we know the future and, actually, we pretty much know what we need to do. But we choose not to act fully as individuals, as a community and, most importantly, as a nation. This unique play is an immersive experience designed to inspire new ways of thinking and provoke conversation that will continue long after audiences leave the theatre.”

CPT initiated The Elements Cycle to nurture reverence for our environment and raise awareness about critical issues related to sustainability. This ambitious and powerful multi-performance project will be implemented over three seasons and involves the creation of five world premiere productions.

The cast of Air Waves (Part Three of the Elements Cycle) includes, in alphabetical order: Molly Andrews-Hinders, Dionne Atchison, Melissa Therese Crum, Lauren Fraley, Carly Garinger, Faye Hargate, Caitlin Lewins, Jeremy Lewis, Nate Miller, Cassie Neumann, Renee Schilling, Adam Seeholzer, Chris Seibert, Darius Stubbs and Dylan Winter-Dwyer. Raymond Bobgan serves as primary director and playwright. Other director/playwrights are Melissa Therese Crum, Molly Andrews Hinders, Caitlin Lewins, with additional directing and writing contributions from Dylan Winter Dwyer, Faye Hargate, Adam Seeholzer and Chris Seibert. Air Waves is an ensemble-devised work.

Creative team includes Ben Gantose (Lighting), Alison Garrigan (Costumes), Emily Ritger (Dramaturgy), Sarah Moore (Stage Manager) and 2014 Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative recipient, Sean Hussey (Music Composition).

Preview performance of Air Waves is Thursday, January 30 at 7:30pm. Show opens Friday, January 31 and runs through Saturday, February 15, 7:30pm in CPT’s Gordon Square Theatre and surrounding locations, 6415 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District.

Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. Opening night reception is Friday, January 31 with free food and drinks after the show. Air Waves is presented with generous support from Great Lakes Brewing Company.

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.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.cptonline.org or by phone at (216) 631-2727 x 501.

CPT develops new, adventurous work; and nurtures Northeastern Ohio artists – particularly those whose work is inventive, intelligent and socially conscious.

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