Black Cat Lost
Written by Erin Courtney
Directed by Jeremy Paul
Starring Ray Caspio, Lauren Joy Fraley and Sarah Moore
October 24 through November 9, 2013
At Various Venues
Regional Premiere immerses Cleveland and Akron audiences in rituals of absence
For the first time in their eight year history, Theatre Ninjas will be touring Northeast Ohio and presenting the Obie Award-winning playwright Erin Courtney’s work “Black Cat Lost”. Theater Ninjas is a small nomadic theater company famous for turning non-traditional spaces into unique theatrical venues.
“Black Cat Lost” is a tragicomic collection of remembrance, loss and transcending from the ordinary experience. By performing this work in the west and east of Cleveland as well as Akron it will give audiences a chance to experience “Black Cat Lost” in three different realities.
Using Zen poetry, silent film loops, fictional accounts and memoirs, Erin Courtney attempts to weave a work that deals with the transient nature of our relationship with life, the world and each other. A multimedia effect is achieved that has characters and stories appear and vanish as the audience views life, death and the unknown.
“I love this play because of its fascinating shape. It weaves together so many
different ideas, art forms and raw expression with rhythm and energy,” said Artistic Director Jeremy Paul. “It’s constantly moving, evolving without losing its simplicity or its sincerity.”
Each performance of “Black Cat Lost” will rely on the memories, thoughts and voices of the audience thus making each show entirely unique. In the course of the evening, the audience will be invited to participate in various activities and games in order to deepen their experience of the show.
Black Cat Lost comes on the heels of a four month partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art (a revival of the Company’s 2011 The Excavation) last Spring, and continues Theater Ninjas’ expansion throughout the region.
Select nights of Black Cat Lost will be followed by Associate Artistic Director Ray Caspio and composer Sean Ellis performing a brief cabaret of songs inspired by Weimar Berlin. This intimate performance is an early glimpse of Tingle-Tangle, a developing Ninjas show examining queer identity, hate speech, oppression and love.
Black Cat Lost Appearance Venues, Dates and Times
October 24 - 28
15605 Waterloo Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44110
October 31 - November 4
78th Street Studios — Survival Kit
1300 West 78th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102
November 7 - 9
140 East Market St., 2nd Floor
Akron, OH 44308
Thursdays thru Saturdays and Mondays
Late Night Show: November 2
General Admission: $20
Under 25/Over 75: $15
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Theater Ninjas was founded in 2006 with the goal of creating out-of-the-ordinary theatrical experiences. A Cleveland-based company produces innovative, exciting live events using an ensemble-driven process and a wide range of techniques including physical improvisation, chance, interactivity, clown, song and most importantly the power of the human body to tell a story. The Ninjas believe in reducing barriers to the avant-garde and providing opportunities for new artists and new audiences to engage with each other.