PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Dec
2
Dec 31

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

by Rick Elice, Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
music by Wayne Barker

production by Nathan Motta
directed by Melissa Crum

December 2 – December 30, 2016

*Encore Production*

*Top Ten of 2015 – The Plain Dealer
*5-Time Tony Winner

Dobama’s hit production is back! Join Molly Aster as she encounters a colossal storm, a giant crocodile, and a mustached pirate captain and his sidekick Smee. With the help of the future Peter Pan, Molly attempts to return a trunk of precious starstuff to her father and along the way learns what it means to grow up. A dozen actors play more than 100 characters using talent, stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination.

"...perfectly cast...13 actors perform more than 100 roles, jumping in and out of well-honed dialects and characters with a light-footed nimbleness and something that looks a lot like pure joy...one of the best of the year."- THE PLAIN DEALER

THE NIGHT ALIVE
Jan
20
Feb 12

THE NIGHT ALIVE

THE NIGHT ALIVE

by Conor McPherson
directed by leighann delorenzo

January 20 – February 12, 2017

Regional Premiere

*Winner - New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play 2013–14

Tommy is getting by - kind of: he is crashing in his uncle’s decrepit house in Dublin, dodging his estranged family, and plotting a parade of get-rich-quick schemes with his buddy Doc. Then one day he defends a destitute woman against a violent attack, and a fragile glimmer of hope appears.

“THE NIGHT ALIVE is a stunner… so fresh and full of vital poetry that you’ll cling to every word.” – The Wall Street Journal

Playwrights' GYM: The "S" Cycle (Selected Sections) by Juliette Regnier
Jan
30
7:00 pm19:00

Playwrights' GYM: The "S" Cycle (Selected Sections) by Juliette Regnier

Playwrights' GYM: The "S" Cycle (Selected Sections) by Juliette Regnier

FREE ADMISSION

readings of new work

The completed cycle consists of four plays and a prologue connecting the hard landscapes of a 1960's housing project, occupied Paris, and a Wyoming hog ranch while introducing us to a 6-year-old named Peddle, a Jewish clown, a dead Finnish whore, the three Wyrd sisters, and a Muslim mermaid.  All with the same story.

Playwrights' GYM: "Darker and Illuminated" by Catie O'Keefe
Feb
6
7:00 pm19:00

Playwrights' GYM: "Darker and Illuminated" by Catie O'Keefe

Playwrights' GYM: "Darker and Illuminated" by Catie O'Keefe

February 6, 2017 @ 7pm
FREE ADMISSION

GYM READS - readings of new works

Illuminated is a prequel to O'Keefe's play Darker which was performed in both the UK and the USand published in 2014. It has been a long standing desire of O'Keefe to revisit the dynamic triad of characters in Darker and further explore how they arrived in their dream-like and jealously filled existence. Both plays will be presented. Running time: 2 hours with an intermission.

THE FLICK
Mar
3
Mar 26

THE FLICK

THE FLICK

by Annie Baker
directed by Nathan Motta

March 3 – 26, 2017

Regional Premiere

*Winner - 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
*Winner - 2013 OBIE Award, Playwriting
*Winner - 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the movies on screen.

With keen insight and finely-tuned comedy, THE FLICK is
a hilarious and heartrending cry for authenticity in a changing world.

“Funny, heartbreaking, sly, and unblinking. THE FLICK may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity, and profound uniqueness, of theater.” – New York Magazine

HAND TO GOD
Apr
21
May 21

HAND TO GOD

HAND TO GOD

by Robert Askins
directed by Matthew Wright

April 21 – May 21, 2017

Cleveland Premiere

*5 Tony Nominations including Best Play

The children of Cypress, Texas are taught to evade Satan’s hand. But this becomes difficult for students at Christian Puppet Ministry when one young man’s puppet takes on a devilish personality. A foul-mouthed sock puppet Tyrone is at the center of this play that was a Broadway hit.

This raucous comedy teaches us that the urges that drive a person to give in to their darkest desires can fit like a glove.

“HAND TO GOD is so ridiculously raunchy, irreverent and funny
it’s bound to leave you sore from laughing. Ah, hurts so good.”
– New York Daily News

Playwrights' GYM: "Weimar" by Les Hunter
May
2
7:00 pm19:00

Playwrights' GYM: "Weimar" by Les Hunter

Playwrights' GYM: "Weimar" by Les Hunter
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7 pm
FREE ADMISSION

GYM Reads: readings of new work

When they receive an eviction notice, ideologies and personalities clash in a Bauhaus-like women's collective that is faced with the decision to disband or stay and fight. This heightened-language play is set against the backdrop of the hedonistic last days of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazism.


Playwrights' GYM - "At Last: Celebrating the Lives of Black Women"
Nov
7
7:00 pm19:00

Playwrights' GYM - "At Last: Celebrating the Lives of Black Women"

  • Dobama Theatre

Playwrights' GYM
Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7 pm
FREE ADMISSION

At Last: Celebrating the Lives of Black Women by Dr. Mary E. Weems

Directed by Ashley Aquilla

Featuring: Ebani Edwards

Approximate running time: 60 minutes

Short description of the piece: "At Last" combines history, imagination and song to tell the complex, socially charged, redemptive stories of eleven Black women: Etta James, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker, Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson, Zora Neal Hurston, June Jordan, Phyllis Hyman, Queen Latifah, and Michelle Obama.
 

Playwrights' GYM: The Battle of Chickamauga  &  The Guide's Guide to Lawnfield
Oct
30
7:00 pm19:00

Playwrights' GYM: The Battle of Chickamauga & The Guide's Guide to Lawnfield

  • Dobama Theatre

Playwrights' GYM

Sunday, October 30th at 7 pm

The Battle of Chickamauga
& The Guide's Guide to Lawnfield

Readings of Two One-Act Plays
By Faye Sholiton

FREE ADMISSION

Directed by Martin Friedman

Americans remain fascinated by events surrounding the Civil War and its aftermath. Two “period pieces” – one about a foolish soldier, the other about a beloved President – illustrate the dire consequences of a house divided.

Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes

THE BATTLE OF CHICKAMAUGA cast:
  Aaron Elersich (Edmund)
  Rachel Lee Kolis(Mary)
  Lindsey Mitchell*  (Barbara)
  Brian Pedaci(Stage Directions)

  THE GUIDE'S GUIDE TO LAWNFIELD cast:
  Neil Kelly(Joe)
  Brian Pedaci(Man)
  Aaron Elersich(Stage Directions)

*Member, AEA, appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Playwright's note:
  I wrote The Guide's Guide to Lawnfield as a commissioned work, one designed to tour Northeast Ohio schools and community groups. Along the way, I became quite taken by this public servant who truly lived his beliefs. He had a sharp intellect and an uncanny ability to reinvent himself for almost any eventuality. There was only one force more powerful than his will: the state of our fractured union in 1881. I couldn't help noticing that what Garfield endured in the 19th century has particular resonance for us tonight.
  My Chickamauga play - an odd companion piece perhaps - was inspired by a chance encounter with Civil War re-enactors about 15 years ago. I was particularly impressed by the participants'  full-out commitment to this rather unusual fantasy camp.  People from all walks of life gave up multiple weekends to be "sacrificed" on a mock battlefield. One fellow, I learned, was an ophthalmologist with a 19th century battlefield chippie. If that wasn't a play, then I didn't know what was.
  Underlying both pieces is a serious theme: War is no game. Political division without serious dialogue easily turns to mutual destruction. And pretending otherwise is dangerous.
  Special thanks to my cast, to Lakeland Community College, and to Allan Peskin, who not only wrote the book about Garfield, but spent time making sure I didn't stray too far from the historical truth.
 

AN OCTOROON
Oct
21
Nov 13

AN OCTOROON

AN OCTOROON

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
directed by Nathan Motta

October 21 – November 13, 2016

Midwest Premiere

*Winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play

*Top 10 of 2014 – The New York Times, Guardian, Time Out New York

Judge Peyton is dead and his plantation is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful octoroon. But the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans - for both the plantation and for Zoe. In 1859, a famous Irishman wrote this play about slavery in America.

Now an American tries to write his own.

 “This decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race.”
The New York Times

BENEFIT CABARET
Sep
18
6:00 pm18:00

BENEFIT CABARET

  • Nighttown

Join us at Nighttown on Sunday, Sept. 18th for Dobama Theatre's annual Benefit Cabaret. The evening will feature great music by some of the area's most talented performers, a live auction, build-a-bar raffle, and more. 

Tickets are $30 and all proceeds go to the Dobama Theatre Annual Fund.

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THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX
Sep
2
Oct 2

THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX

THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX

by Bathsheba Doran
directed by Shannon Sindelar

September 2 – October 2, 2016

Midwest Premiere

*2016 Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were nine. She's Jewish, he's Christian, he's black, she's white. Their differences intensify their connection until sex and love complicate everything in surprising, compulsive ways. Spanning five years, Bathsheba Doran’s (KIN) new play is full of compassion and wry wisdom.

Full of twists and turns, this is a love story about the consequences of growing up.

“Perfectly wonderful! Among the season’s finest new plays.
It is tender, funny, packed with humanity and brimming with surprising revelations.” – The New York Times