STRUCK is a collaboration between performer and stroke victim Tannis Kowalchuk and other artists
Opening Night is March 22 with a preview performance on March 21
Raymond Bobgan (Artistic Director of CPT) is proud to announce the world premiere of STRUCK by NACL (North American Cultural Laboratory) Theatre, a not-for-profit company that has created over fifteen original and ensemble theatre productions since 1997.
Performer Tannis Kowalchuk suffered a stroke in 2011. As a result of the struggle with recovery as well as the shock to her personal identification, she decided to turn the experience into a theatrical work. Collaborating with other artists, they came up with STRUCK which endeavors to explore the subjects of neuroscience and brain trauma. Their aim was to create a poetic dance on the teetering edge of mortality as the brain and body try to reconnect in the struggle to communicate, recover and re-discover one’s personality after a medical crisis.
Co-produced by Cleveland Public Theatre and NACL Theatre this project has been funded by a widely successful Kickstarter campaign and represents CPT’s commitment to launching extraordinary works of theatre that will have an impact locally and nationally. struck will go on to perform a full run at the prestigious HERE Arts Center in New York City December, 2013.
This dramatic visualization of one woman’s journey into her own altered state and back to recovery is directed by Ker Wells and features CPT star Brett Keyser (Darwinii, Open Mind Firmament) staring with Tannis (their last collaboration at CPT was in The Confessions of Punch and Judy).
About NACL (North American Cultural Laboratory) Theatre
NACL Theatre was founded by Canadian-born Tannis Kowalchuk and American Brad Krumholz. NACL operates a theatre space and retreat center in Highland Lake, NY, located two hours from New York City in the southwestern Catskills region. The company creates and tours its own devised theatre performances, collaborates with an international circle of artists, and presents a performance season that features work by local and visiting artists. Committed to supporting theatre training at all stages in an artist’s development, NACL offers artist residencies, professional development retreats, master classes, workshops, and early education drama classes.
STRUCK opens at CPT Friday, March 22 and runs through Saturday, April 6 (with preview Thursday, March 21) in the Gordon Square Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District. Performances are at 7:30pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. Tickets are $10 - $25. Opening night reception, Friday, March 22, with free food and drinks after the show. See the performance on any Friday for a chance to mingle with the artists and enjoy a free drink or two on CPT.
Cleveland Clinic is a proud partner of Cleveland Public Theatre for this production of STRUCK, including special after-show talk back sessions on March 23, 25, and 28th. Our Cleveland Clinic physicians, physical therapists and occupational therapists will be available to discuss stroke symptoms, stroke treatment and stroke rehabilitation so please stay after the show and don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have. While the Clinic is renowned for providing world class health care, our relationships with the communities we serve is equally important. Through dynamic partnerships with organizations such as CPT, Cleveland Clinic is finding innovative ways to collaborate in the region. These efforts are guided by the belief that the entire community benefits when the people within it are physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. Learn more about rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic.