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Cleveland Public Theatre presents ‘Ancestra’ world premiere

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Production will be presented onstage May 22 through June 7, 2014

Raymond Bobgan (Executive Artistic Director of Cleveland Public Theatre) has announced the world premiere of “Ancestra”. The new work is conceived and directed by Holly Holsinger and written by Holly Holsinger and Chris Seibert with additional writing and research by Renee Schilling and Sally Groth. The play will be performed in CPT’s Gordon Square Theatre.

The play is inspired by the National Woman’s Rights Convention that was held in Cleveland, Ohio in 1835. The story takes the past and brings the historical accounts into modern day while providing a forum for the discussion of women’s issues such as gender equity, woman’s health care and reproductive rights. This work features a multi-generational and multi-cultural cast who celebrate the sacrifices of those powerful women who came before while championing the current efforts of women fighting to achieve dignity and justice. Ancestra was developed through a series of workshop productions and engaged over 30 women in its creation.

Ancestra follows two parallel story lines. One if from the 1850’s that is based on contemporary context, the other the story of journalist, Cora (played by CPT’s Chris Seibert) who devotes her career writing about women’s issues such as poverty, young women’s self-esteem, mental health, domestic violence and—now—a story about women’s reproductive healthcare. In order to make a point, Cora resorts to unconventional means thus plunging her into a crisis where the past and present overlap.

Cast and Crew of Ancestra

Ancestra was Conceived and Directed by Holly Holsinger. Written by Holly Holsinger and Chris Seibert with additional research by Renee Schilling and Sally Groth*.

Ancestra features performances by Tania Benites, Lauren Fraley, Sally Groth*, Faye Hargate, Tanera Hutz, Anne McEvoy, Sarah Moore, Katy Lynn Patterson, Rhoda Rosen and Chris Seibert. *Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association.
The creative and production team includes Holly Holsinger (Director), Renee Schilling (Assistant Director), Aaron Benson (Scenic Designer), Tesia Benson (Costume Designer), Benjamin Gantose (Lighting Designer) and Sarah Lynne Nicholas (Stage Manager).

Ticket & Show Information

Ancestra previews Thursday, May 22 and runs Friday, May 23 through June 7. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday at 7:30pm in CPT’s Gordon Square Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102.
Tickets are $12 – $28.

All Thursday and Monday shows are just $12! 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.**
Tickets are available for purchase www.cptonline.org or by phone at (216) 631-2727 x 501. Group discounts available for 10+. Call to inquire.

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