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

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

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

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


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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16/17 Season Launch Party
Aug
13
7:00 pm19:00

16/17 Season Launch Party

  • Dobama Theatre


Join us for Dobama Theatre's 16/17 Season LAUNCH PARTY!

Doors open @ 7pm
Program starts @ 7:30pm


FREE ADMISSION
*rsvp encouraged - call the box office: 216.932.3396

- Come have a drink or signature cocktail at Dobama's new
16 ft. bar and concession area

- taste wine from CLE Urban Winery, one of the newest residents in the Cedar Lee District

- watch the 16/17 season trailer on our new lobby display screen

- join in a Q&A with Dobama Artistic Director Nathan Motta as he shares information about this season's shows, programs, and new initiatives

- hear a scene from the first show of the season, THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX.
 

THE TROJAN WOMEN & THE PERSIANS
Jul
28
Jul 31

THE TROJAN WOMEN & THE PERSIANS

The 2016 Dobama Emerging Actors Program ensemble presents a double bill of Greek Drama. This blackbox, ensemble-based production is the culmination of a month long acting intensive. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students. Call the Box Office at: 216.932.3396 for tickets.

Dobama Emerging Actors Program
Jul
5
Jul 31

Dobama Emerging Actors Program

  • Dobama Theatre

Dobama Theatre continues its commitment to education programming as the successful Dobama Emerging Actors Program, our summer intensive acting program for high school and college students, returns for the 7th season in July 2016.

PLAYWRIGHTS' GYM: My Story Festival
Jun
16
Jun 18

PLAYWRIGHTS' GYM: My Story Festival

  • Dobama Theatre

The My Story Festival will be a weekend of new work by members of the Playwrights' GYM. These new dramatic works will all be based on the life experiences of people in our community who have risen to meet challenges. These plays will all receive a workshop production. The Festival has the following performance schedule:

Thursday, June 16 at 7:30pm & Friday, June 17 at 8pm:
Plays by:


Stuart Hoffman: Pride Shabbot
When Zack is asked to speak at his childhood synagogue about being a young, gay, Jewish man, he must decide whether to tell the story they want to hear, or his true feelings.

Christopher Johnston: My Body is Blue
A young woman relies on her poetry and creativity to overcome domestic abuse.

Greg Vovos: How to be a Respectable Junkie
Despite pleas from his dog to do otherwise, Brian decides he will make a video about his heroin addiction before he checks out from life for good.

Saturday, June 18 at 2:30pm & 8pm:
Plays by:


Dr. Mary E. Weems: The Monster Under the Bed
A Black woman, her alter-ego and her rapist meet in limbo.

Faye Sholiton: Becoming Justin
Becoming Justin is a play about turning a disability into a celebration of differences. 

Cornell Calhoun III: Crystal Clear
A single mother's quest to conquer the Mighty Breast Cancer.

Anne McEvoy: Funnel Cakes Not Included
There’s nothing fun about mental illness, but there's plenty that's funny about it…especially through the lens of late night talk shows, amusement parks, improv sessions, and more 80s sitcom references than you ever wanted.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. Dobama Members receive FREE admission, but must call 216.932.3396 or e-mail boxoffice@dobama.org to reserve their tickets.

 

 

Marilyn Bianchi Kids' Playwriting Festival
Jun
3
Jun 5

Marilyn Bianchi Kids' Playwriting Festival

  • Dobama Theatre

A Dobama tradition, the Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival (MBKPF) is entering its 38th year of producing plays written by kids!  Hundreds of plays are submitted by students throughout Cuyahoga County, grades 1 – 12. Dedicated to the memory of Marilyn Bianchi, the festival is the nation’s first event of its kind, encouraging kids to celebrate the fun and joy of live theatre! 

Opening Night Benefit - Friday, June 3rd at 7:30pm (Tickets: $25)
Make a reservation by calling the Box Office at: 216.932.3396


Saturday, June 4th at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
(FREE and open to the public, no reservations needed)
Sunday, June 5th at 2:30pm
(FREE and open to the public, no reservations needed)


 

2016-17 Season Announcement
Apr
10
2:00 pm14:00

2016-17 Season Announcement

  • Dobama Theatre

Come out for the big reveal of next season's 6 mainstage shows and to hear about other surprises we have up our sleeve for the coming year.

[PART BODY, BODY BEING]
Apr
8
8:00 pm20:00

[PART BODY, BODY BEING]

  • MOCA Cleveland

The body is a complicated and evolving vessel for experience and emotion.

Inspired by art currently on view at MOCA, this program will take you from a main stage theatrical performance to MOCA's galleries for unique experiences that share an interest in the body and how it is imagined. Featuring three pieces: CONDUCTOR (an orchestra-less performance by Liza Grossman of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra), MUSEUM DE-TOUR (a non-sensical museum tour), and...

IN VIVO
a staged reading of a new play by Eric Coble

Three lonely people bind together as their lives and bodies begin heralding events far beyond their comprehension. What happens when you discover you aren’t alone in your own body? Tragedy and mystery ensues in this new work by acclaimed playwright Eric Coble starring Bob Ellis*, Tracee Patterson*, and Lauryn Hobbs. Directed by Dobama Artistic Director Nathan Motta.

ORDER TICKETS MOCACLEVELAND.ORG

 

PLAYWRIGHTS' GYM: a reading of KISS KISS BANG BANG by Stuart Hoffman
Jan
25
7:00 pm19:00

PLAYWRIGHTS' GYM: a reading of KISS KISS BANG BANG by Stuart Hoffman

  • Dobama Theatre

When two aggressive cinephiles cross paths, tempers flare and sparks fly. However, when their abrasive personalities put their jobs at risk, they must rely on the last person they expect to for help: each other. Playing homage to the screwball comedies of the 1930 and 1980s rom-coms, no film remains unscathed.

All readings are FREE, general admission.

PLAYWRIGHTS' GYM: a reading of TALKING POINTS by Faye Sholiton
Sep
21
7:00 pm19:00

PLAYWRIGHTS' GYM: a reading of TALKING POINTS by Faye Sholiton

  • Dobama Theatre

In the aftermath of an ugly racial incident at a high school football game, the hosting Valley Cardinals must make amends. Unfortunately, some adults who believe that the best defense is a good offense only exacerbate the tension, leaving the kids to find their own way.    

All readings are FREE, general admission.