sunset baby

by Dominique morisseau

directed by justin emeka

September 7 – 30, 2018

ohio Premiere

A tough, independent woman in Brooklyn is visited by her father, a former revolutionary in the Black liberation movement who seeks to mend their broken relationship. As father and daughter circle one another, old wounds are revealed, generational differences exposed, and blazing truths laid bare. Morisseau’s smart, entertaining and moving story about family, survival and the nature of liberation is at times both engrossing and explosive.

"[A] smart and bracing new play about two generations of urban outlaws struggling to stay afloat in the lower depths […] covers vast acres of social and political ground."
- The new york times

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john

by annie baker

directed by nathan motta

featuring dorothy silver

October 19 – November 11, 2018

midwest Premiere

*best play, drama desk award - nominee
*best play, lucille lortel award - nominee

It’s the week after Thanksgiving and Elias and Jenny, a troubled young couple struggling to stay together, stop at a bed & breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania crammed with toys, figurines and Victorian kitsch. During their visit, they encounter a cheerful innkeeper and an eerie world filled with one very odd American Girl doll, among other supernatural surprises.

"Annie Baker’s John is so good on so many levels
that it casts a unique and brilliant light."
The New Yorker

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ella enchanted:
the musical

adapted by karen zacarias
music by deborah wicks la puma
Based on the Novel by
gail carson levine

directed by Nathan Motta

November 30 – December 30, 2018

REGIONAL PREMIERE

*Best Musical Adaptation, Helen Hayes Award - nominee

As a baby, Ella is given the “gift” of obedience by a misguided fairy and cannot disobey any order. Now a teenager, the strong-willed Ella must outwit her evil stepmother, escape hungry ogres and hold on to her best friend, all while getting rid of the troublesome curse and finding her own voice. Expect delightful music and plenty of girl power in this wonderfully modern and musical Cinderella story.

"... admirably balanced between humor and pathos... what a light touch she has with the story's wonderful messages: learning to communicate with one another, appreciating the differences, being true to oneself, exploring the world, never giving up."
broadwayworld.com

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revolt. she said. revolt again.

by alice birch

directed by sarah ELIZABETH wansley

January 25 – February 17, 2019

cleveland Premiere

*susan smith blackburn prize - finalist

A wildly experimental and inventive new play that does not behave. Playwright Alice Birch has put together a grouping of vignettes that ask how to revolutionize language, relationships, work, and life in general while bursting at the seams of conformity. REVOLT is a theatrical manifesto.  

Ms. Birch’s work finds the theatrical exhilaration in civil disobedience."”
- The new york times

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THE nether

by jennnifer haley

directed by shannon sindelar

March 8 - 31, 2019

cleveland Premiere

*winner - susan smith blackburn prize

The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both a serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.

... a parable for where we’re headed... The Nether exerts a vise-like grip, while taking you down avenues of thought you probably haven’t traveled yet.”
—the new york times

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this

by melissa james gibson

directed by nathan motta

April 26 – May 26, 2019

regional Premiere

*susan smith blackburn prize - finalist

Jane is not okay. She's a promising poet without a muse, a single mother without lessons to pass along. Her dating life's in shambles, and her helpful friends are only helping make things more complicated. This bright, witty, un-romantic comedy captures the uncertain steps of a circle of friends backing their way into middle age.

"...beautifully conceived, confidently executed and wholly accessible work…Its confused but lovable characters are drawn with a fine focus and a piercing emotional depth; the dialogue sparkles with exchanges as truthful as they are clever."
—The new york times

 

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