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Catching Up With Rob McClure

September 26, 2012 by Corey Atkins in Where Are They Now?

Catching Up With Rob McClure

Photo by: Bruce Glikas Rob McClure at the 'Chaplin' meet and greet _____________________________________________

As Northeast Ohio’s premiere professional contemporary theatre, Cleveland Play House brings the nation’s top talent to town to make the work on our stages. Rob McClure’s unique abilities made him an integral part of the creation of Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes of the Holidays at CPH last December, and now Broadway fans are learning what our audiences already knew: “There are surely few harder-working men in show business right now than Rob McClure, the immensely likeable star of the new Broadway musical Chaplin.” (USA Today) We got a chance to catch up with Rob about his experience...
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Play Guide - The Whipping Man

September 25, 2012 by Corey Atkins, Artistic Associate-Engagement in Play Guides

Play Guide - The Whipping Man To view the Play Guide, click on the related file link below!

Every now and then a play comes along that makes us completely re-examine what we think we know about our country, and ourselves. Matthew Lopez’s remarkable play The Whipping Man is just such a play, revealing an unexpected and thought-provoking conversation between the experience of Southern slaves and Southern Jews in the Confederate South. Set at the end of the Civil War, The Whipping Man explores what happens when two former slaves decide to care for their injured former master in a surprising story about freedom, friendship and faith.  

We’re also pleased to be working with wonderful community partners on this production, including the Maltz Museum of Jewish... more

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Pride and Prejudice and Pigskin: Football and Social Politics

September 18, 2012 by Corey Atkins, Artistic Associate-Engagement in Lombardi

Pride and Prejudice and Pigskin: Football and Social Politics

“Player’s Association gots a plan now. No one’s going to be taken advantage of.” -Dave Robinson, Lombardi

[This article is also available in the CPH Play Guide for Lombardi.  To view the full Play Guide, click the "related file" at the bottom of this post]

The opposing team’s players aren’t the only thing tackled in Lombardi. The 50s and 60s were a time of great social and political change in the U.S., and football was taking on the issues, too. Read on to learn how perspectives on racial prejudice and players unions impacted the game—and American culture.

Pay vs. Pride
Labor unions, like the one Dave Robinson represents in the play, have been a prominent and often controversial feature... more

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Lombardi Reading List

September 14, 2012 by Jessica Bixby, Marketing Associate in Lombardi

Lombardi Reading List

Our friends at the Cleveland Public Library have put together this excellent reading list for Lombardi fans.

Check out the titles below and visit their website to view cover art and place a hold on any titles that interest you.  Happy reading!!

Lombardi: A New American Play on Broadway
by Eric Simonson
based on the book When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, written by David Maraniss
Dramatists Play Service, c2011

When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi
by David Maraniss
Simon & Schuster, 1999

What It Takes to Be #1: Vince Lombardi on Leadership by Vince Lombardi, Jr.
McGraw-Hill, 2001 ... more

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Paul Brown: The Father of Football

September 11, 2012 by Corey Atkins, Artistic Associate-Engagement in Lombardi

Paul Brown: The Father of Football

[This article is also available in the CPH Play Guide for Lombardi.  To view the full Play Guide, click the "related file" at the bottom of this post]

The Packers wouldn’t be The Packers if it weren’t for Vince Lombardi, but football wouldn’t be football as we know it if it weren’t for Cleveland’s own Paul Brown. In fact, Lombardi might not be Lombardi if it weren’t for Brown! (More on that later.) From training techniques, to the invention of new equipment, to advances in equality on the field and off, our own Cleveland Browns namesake was, as coach Bill Walsh once said, “the father of the modern game of football.”

Paul Brown was born in 1908 and raised in Massillon, Ohio.... more

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How a Leader is Made

September 04, 2012 by Corey Atkins, Artistic Associate-Engagement in Lombardi

How a Leader is Made

“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” –Vince Lombardi

[This article is also available in the CPH Play Guide for Lombardi.  To view the full Play Guide, click the "related file" at the bottom of this post]

Cleveland Play House’s 2012-13 season is full of legends and icons—Vince Lombardi, Janis Joplin, Bessie Smith, even the Suze Orman-esque financial guru at the center of Rich Girl. With people like these, it’s easy to forget that they weren’t always the famous figures we now perceive them to be. This couldn’t be more true than... more

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