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By Aaron Posner

Directed by Nathan Motta

Sept. 6th – 29th, 2019

STUPID FUCKING BIRD is a hilariously irreverent new play that playwright Aaron Posner describes as “sort of an adaptation” of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. This remix of the classic play stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. With original songs and witty banter, this season opener will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel our pursuit of happiness.

Cleveland Premiere
2014 MacArthur Award Winner for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical



By Will Eno

Directed by Christopher Mirto

Oct. 18th – Nov. 10th, 2019

WAKEY, WAKEY was called “Profoundly moving” by The New York Times and Variety called it "a work of humor, humanity and grace that makes you want to hug your lover, your neighbor and maybe an usher on the way out.” Hot off the success of his Super Bowl Skittles Broadway musical, playwright Will Eno’s new play featured a guy named -Guy, a man who knows, like all of us on some level, that he is about to die. Guy explores with the audience what in life is worth celebrating, what is worth treasuring, and what is worth letting go of in this moving and hysterical play. Audience members that remember past Dobama productions of THOM PAIN, MIDDLETOWN, and THE REALISTIC JONESES, know they are in for a fun night at the theatre with a Will Eno play.

Midwest Premiere

2011 Outer Critics Circle Award nominee for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play



Book, Music, & Lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co.

Directed by Melissa Crum & Nathan Motta

Dec. 6th, 2019 – Jan. 5th, 2020

THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON is an experience of music and theatre magic that you won’t want to miss. PigPen Theatre Company created this original play with music and toured the country, making this show a hit. An old man has the important of filling up the moon with liquid light each night. But when the old man’s wife is drawn away by a mysterious melody, the Old Man must abandon his duties to cross the seas in search of his lost love. Along the way he must contend with apocalyptic storms, civil wars, monsters of the deep, irritable ghosts, as well as the fiercest obstacle of all: change. THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON featured actors playing instruments, sound effects created live on stage, elaborate shadow puppets, and audience interaction in an imaginative sea-faring epic. This magical show is fun for families, but also a great evening’s entertainment for date night.

Midwest Premiere
(locally produced)

Critics’ Pick - New York Times, Boston Globe, & Chicago Tribune



By Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Justin Emeka

Jan. 24th – Feb. 16th, 2020

SKELETON CREW takes place in a Detroit automotive plant that’s on shaky ground. Each of the few remaining workers are trying to figure out how to move forward if their plant goes under. Shanita has to decide how she'll support herself and her unborn child, Faye has to decide where she'll live, and Dez has to figure out how to make his ambitious dreams a reality. Power dynamics shift as their manager Reggie is torn between doing right by his work family, and by his own. The New York Times called the play “squarely in the tradition of Arthur Miller...A deeply moral and deeply American play." From the playwright that brought you SUNSET BABY, SKELETON CREW is the third of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit cycle trilogy and a 2016 Obie Award Winner.

Cleveland Premiere

2016 Obie Award Winner


By Clare Barron

Directed by Shannon Sindelar

March 6th – 29th, 2020

DANCE NATION is about an army of pre-teen competitive dancers who are plotting to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. A play about ambition, growing up, and how to find our souls in the heat of it all. This exciting portrait of a competitive middle-school dance troupe explores both the exhilaration and the raw terror of being a kid through the story of a group of 13 year olds played by a cast of adult actors. Don’t miss this show that was atop every 2018 Theatre Top Ten List in New York newspapers!

Regional Premiere

2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
2017 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Winner



By Sharr White

Directed by Nathan Motta

April 24th – May 24th, 2020

THE OTHER PLACE focuses on Juliana, a successful neurologist on the verge of a potential breakthrough when her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she spots a mysterious young woman in a yellow bikini walk into the conference room amidst the crowd of business suits. But in this brilliantly crafted play, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface. Secrets unravel as blurred reality and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod.

Cleveland Premiere

2011 Outer Critics’ Circle nominee for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play


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