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CPH announces lineup for 2014 New Ground Theatre Festival

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Festival includes a CPH presentation of “Grounded” By internationally acclaimed playwright George Brant

This year’s Cleveland Play House New Ground Theatre Festival has opened with the world premiere of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s epic play “Informed Consent”. The New Ground Theatre Festival is an annual showcase of new theatrical work and is comprised of 25 performances that introduce works that include fully produced large scale collaborations, solo performances and readings of fresh work from nationally recognized artists.

This year’s list of playwrights includes Tony Award nominee and CWRU/CPH Alumna, Elizabeth A. Davis along with playwrights George Brant and Eric Coble as well as Roe Green Award Winner Heidi Schreck. This is the third year that the Roe Green Award has brought a leading American playwright to Cleveland to develop a new work that culminates in a reading and public conversation with the author. CPH is indebted to Honorary Producer Roe Green, Supporting Sponsor Ohio Savings Bank and Associate Sponsors Ulmer & Berne, Westlake Reed Leskosky and Walter Haverfield.

The New Ground Theatre Festival will run from May 7 – 17. Tickets are on sale now and start at just $10 for most events!

CPH Artistic Director Laura Kepley exclaims: “Bringing new work to the Northeast Ohio community is central to what we do at Cleveland Play House. The New Ground Theatre Festival is the perfect outlet for us to explore new work, forge new relationships and deepen existing relationships with playwrights, directors and artists alike. This year’s Festival will showcase the work of several multi-talented artists whose intelligent, artistic and creative pieces will delight our audiences and engage thought-provoking conversation. We are deeply grateful to all of our sponsors and to Honorary Producer Roe Green for her enthusiastic and generous support of new work at Cleveland Play House.”

The two featured full length productions this year will be Deborah Zoe Laufer’s “Informed Consent” as well as George Brant’s production “Grounded” which will include a TalkBack with Mr. Brant after the Sunday, May 11 performance.

Among the readings this year will be Elizabeth A. Davis’s folk musical “Joe” and will feature Ms. Davis (who wrote the book, music and lyrics) on stage with her violin during her May 17, 2014 reading. Also on May 17 will be Clevelander Eric Coble doing a reading of “Fairfield” which will later be featured as part of CPH’s 2014-215 season. Closing out the festival will be a reading of Roe Green Award Winner Heidi Schreck’s new work, Grand Concourse. Schreck and director Kip Fagan will participate in a TalkBack with the audience directly following the reading.

2014 New Ground Theatre Festival Events

Informed Consent
By Deborah Zoe Laufer
Through May 18
Fully staged production – Second Stage
Co-produced with Geva Theatre Center
Directed by Sean Daniels
Tickets range in price from $45-$72 each

InsideCPH events for this production and New Ground Theatre Festival include

15th Humanism & the Healing Arts
Multidisciplinary Conference
April 29, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

CPH has joined forces with the Summa Health System for this one-day symposium which, like “Informed Consent”, combines Art and Science in a truly unique way. Join CPH artistic staff and “Informed Consent” cast, as well as a diverse group of medical professionals, for this one-of-a-kind event.

Presentation and Panel Discussion--Presentation by Cleveland Play House staff and actors from the play “Informed Consent” by Deborah Zoe Laufer will include
Panelists: Kirk A Stiffler, MD, MPH, FACEP - Director, Emergency Medicine Research Center and Chair, Institutional Review Board, Summa Health System Cristie Cole, JD, Fellow, Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics, Member of the Mohawk Nation (aka Akwesasne) as well as Cleveland Play House staff and actors.

The Summa Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Summa Health System is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

TalkBack: Informed Consent
May 04, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Stay after the show to continue the conversation the play starts! TalkBacks offer the chance to interact with the cast, creative team, local experts and fellow playgoers in an open and lively Q&A about the play and the questions it raises.

TalkBack: “Informed Consent”
May 06, 2014
9:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

TalkBack: “Informed Consent”
May 11, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

By George Brant
May 7 – May 17th
Fully staged production – The Helen
CPH presents Page 73’s production of Grounded
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
Tickets range in price from $10 - $30 each

An unexpected pregnancy ends an ace fighter pilot's career in the sky. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away. A TalkBack with Mr. Brant will be held after the Sunday, May 11 performance.

“Grand Concourse”
By Heidi Schreck (Roe Green Award Winner Reading)
May 10
Play reading – The Helen
Directed by Kip Fagan
Ticket price: $10 - $20 each

Shelley is tired. A young nun who has successfully run a soup kitchen in the Bronx for years, she has begun to question her faith and the depths of her compassion. When a new volunteer joins the ranks, Shelley faces the ultimate test. Just how far can a person's ability to forgive be stretched before it irrevocably snaps? “Grand Concourse” is a finely observed tale of the good, the evil, and the mysterious that exists in the everyday-and in all of us. Schreck and director Kip Fagan will participate in a TalkBack with the audience directly following the reading.

By Eric Coble
May 17
Play reading - The Helen
Directed by Laura Kepley
Ticket price: $10 - $20 each

"Peace. Love. Respect for all." So goes the motto of Fairfield Elementary, a public school located in a liberal minority majority district. But when a young teacher's misguided attempts at celebrating black history month take a dark turn, chaos erupts, students riot, and it seems that it may be near impossible to safely reach the CelebrEthnic potluck scheduled for February 28th. Fairfield is a razor-sharp insightful comedy from Cleveland playwright Eric Coble that examines the line between appropriate/inappropriate, how we teach and talk about race and culture, and questions: is it indeed possible to overcome?

By Elizabeth A. Davis
May 17
Folk musical reading – The Allen
Directed by Tim Acito
Ticket price: $10 - $20 each

A Texas beauty queen befriends a homeless Native American man. Spanning a decade and the Texan plains, their complicated relationship unearths deep cultural divides and challenges the meaning of friendship and charity. Joe is a deeply personal and heart-felt testament to joys and struggles of forming a life-long connection with another human being. This autobiographical play with music is penned by CWRU/CPH alumna and Tony award nominee Elizabeth A. Davis.

Ticket & Multiple-Show Discount Pricing Information

CPH’s New Ground Theatre Festival will take place May 7 – 17, 2014. Tickets range in price from $10 – $72 each. Save up to 50% when you buy multiple Festival shows. Students and anyone under 35 as low as $10! To order single tickets please call 216-241-6000 or visit, groups of 10+ save up to 40% off single ticket prices; call 216-400-7027.

2014 Festival Line-up

Wednesday, May 7
7:30 pm – Informed Consent 7:30 pm – Grounded

Thursday, May 8 1:30 pm – Informed Consent 7:30 pm – Informed Consent 7:30 pm – Grounded

Friday, May 9
7:30 pm – Informed Consent
7:30 pm – Grounded

Saturday, May 10
1:30 pm – Informed Consent
3:30 pm – Grand Concourse (Roe Green Winner)
7:30 pm – Informed Consent
7:30 pm – Grounded

Sunday, May 11
2:30 pm – Informed Consent
5:00 pm – Grounded

Tuesday, May 13
7:00pm – Informed Consent

Wednesday, May 14
7:30 pm – Informed Consent
7:30 pm – Grounded

Thursday, May 15
7:30 pm – Informed Consent
7:30 pm – Grounded

Friday, May 16
7:30 pm – Informed Consent
7:30 pm – Grounded

Saturday, May 17
2:30 pm – Informed Consent
2:30 pm – Fairfield
5:00 pm – Joe
7:30 pm – Informed Consent
7:30 pm – Grounded

Founded in 1915, Cleveland Play House is America’s first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, Cleveland Play House has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. It has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,300 CPH productions. Cleveland Play House looks toward its centennial while performing in three state-of-the art venues at PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund Cleveland Play House with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. We also thank the residents of Cuyahoga County for supporting Cleveland Play House through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.