CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Public Theater is returning live, performing this summer. After more than a year of virtual programming, Gordon Square, winner of the National Theater Conference Outstanding Theater Award, will present a series of free outdoor performances starting in July.
“CPT does not generally produce any summer shows on site, outside of our annual STEP summer education program, but we couldn’t miss the opportunity to come back and celebrate notable local artists in real time, in space together, “said the CPT’s Executive Artistic Director. Raymond Bobgan said in a statement. “We don’t know what the future holds, but we seize this moment and do what we are called to do in our work: bring people together. Art is essential – and necessary – and it is our job to meet this need.
Performances will take place on the lawn between the church hall and the church buildings on Detroit Ave. at W. 64th. There are no tickets, reservations or assigned seats. Just show up and find a seat, or bring a blanket to sit on.
The theater promises a summer season presenting “daring, relevant and socially conscious” works. The programming includes productions by the resident ensembles of the CPT Teatro Público de Cleveland and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi. Some performances will also be presented in the new Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centenary of Peace Square as part of its World on Stage series.
The lineup, with synopses provided by the Cleveland Public Theater, is below. More information can be found at cptonline.org.
“Women panthers: an army for liberation”
July 1-3, July 8-9, July 10-11 (at Cleveland Cultural Gardens)
Written and Directed by India Nicole Burton
The play follows the stories of three prominent women who were members of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Movement and explores the unique lives and experiences of Black Women in America.
“The Kid Kardiac” by Eric Schmiedl
It is January 4, 1981. The temperature in the municipal stadium is thirty-six below zero. The ball is frozen in midair as people from Avon to Aurora perch wide-eyed in front of their TV screens, clutching the hands, knees and faces of anyone nearby. Do you think you know what happens next? Perhaps. And then again, maybe not. The Kardiac Kid is a theatrical love letter bringing together five stories of joy, tears, hope in Cleveland and, most importantly, a passion for these people, this place and this team to change history… forever.
The dark room
July 13, July 27
Part of the CPT’s New Play Development programming, this is an “open mic” opportunity for playwrights where writers take center stage and their work has a chance to develop.
Teatro Público de Cleveland with Papo Ruiz and the Dulzura de la Salsa
July 16, July 18 (at Cleveland Cultural Gardens)
Teatro Público de Cleveland is a collective of Latino theater artists and produces shows that preserve and promote the cultures of Cleveland’s Latinos for the Spanish speaking and general public. TPC will present oral performances of poems, in collaboration with Raymond Bobgan and director of community ensembles Faye Hargate, who seek to connect with Latino and non-Latino audiences in a powerful cross-cultural work experience.
Announcement of the CPT’s 2021-2022 season
Stay tuned for more information on this special celebration.
Masrah Cleveland Al Arabi
July 23, July 25 (at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens)
Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi – a project developing work by, for and with Arabic speaking communities – shares empowering stories that honor community, family and freedom of expression. The ensemble will present oral performances of poems, in collaboration with Raymond Bobgan and Faye Hargate, who seek to build bridges between performers and audiences in a powerful experience of intercultural work.
Twelve literary arts
Twelve Literary Arts brings performance poetry to public spaces while supporting poets and writers of all ages with programs for young people, professional development for adults and courageous spaces to dream, write and teach in a real world. social justice and equity.
Student Theater Enrichment Program (STEP)
July 29, August 1 (at Cleveland Cultural Gardens), August 7
Cleveland Public Theater’s renowned Student Theater Enrichment Program (STEP), Cleveland’s longest-running arts and professional training program for teens, returns for its 26th year with an original play.
“Black Women & Femmes: a Lineage of Language” by Siaara Freeman
This performance features oral artists, accompanied by artists from various art forms, to center and celebrate black women, girls and femininity in their fullness.
An additional performance, to be announced, is scheduled on the CPT’s outdoor stage on 31 July. More information on this is to come.
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