A Huddle with the Director

August 21, 2012 by Emma Brandt, Education Intern in Lombardi

A Huddle with the Director
CPH: Was there anything that surprised you about this play?
CS: I think one surprise is that it’s a play about more than football. If you are a football person, there is a lot of pleasure, but if you’re not a football person, there is so much in the family dynamics and the relationships… I think it’s really about that sense of how we relate to the people that are close to us, in our best and in our worst times. It’s very universal in that sense. It’s a play about fathers and sons, which sounds strange because it’s about this football icon, and I think people think of it as a ‘football play.’ There’s also... more

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Eric Simonson on Writing the Lombardi Playbook

August 21, 2012 by by Eric Simonson, excerpted from in Lombardi

Eric Simonson on Writing the Lombardi Playbook

Playwright Eric Simonson spoke with Broadway World when LOMBARDI played in New York.

In Wisconsin, where I grew up, it’s hard to get away from the “Lombardi mystique.” It’s in the ether there. I wasn’t old enough to watch Vince Lombardi coach, but I certainly knew his story, which was the Green Bay Packers' story, and I knew his sayings, which were plastered on locker-room and boardroom walls all over the state. When David Maraniss’ biography, When Pride Still Mattered, was published, I didn’t just read it, I devoured it. The book was a revelation—the first intelligent, thoughtful, and thorough biography of a man who, up until that point, had been presented to the public in two-dimensions. That was 1999.... more

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Charlie Rose: An Interview with David Maraniss

August 21, 2012 by in Lombardi

Charlie Rose: An Interview with David Maraniss October 4, 1999 - Charlie Rose interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss of The Washington Post about his book "When Pride Still Mattered", a biography of professional football coach Vince Lombardi. Playwright Eric Simonson later adapted this biography for the stage as LOMBARDI.

Click here to listen to the interview, courtesy of the official web site of Charlie Rose.


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Paul Brown, 'The Father of Football'

August 21, 2012 by Corey Atkins in Lombardi

Paul Brown, 'The Father of Football'

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. Like Lombardi, he was the son of working class parents who instilled in their son the importance of hard work and perseverance. Also like Lombardi, he was... more

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Chasing Lombardi

August 16, 2012 by Nick Pilla, Marketing Intern in Lombardi

Chasing Lombardi

Vince Lombardi is possibly the greatest football coach of all time. His ability to inspire his players led to the Green Bay Packers’ dynasty in the late 1960s. When reflecting on the greatest coaches ever in any sport, Lombardi always comes to mind. With the Cleveland Play House opening Lombardi on September 14, we started thinking about which of today’s NFL head coaches are the most like Lombardi. According to, the current frontrunners are Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants and (dare I say it) Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Our pick? Bill Belichick. During his time with the New England Patriots, Belichick has appeared in 5 Super Bowls, which is more

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What a year! The CPH 2011-12 Season at a Glance

August 03, 2012 by Jessica Bixby, Marketing Associate in General

It's been an exciting and adventurous year for CPH! Take a look as we recount our Inaugural Season in downtown Cleveland.

Video Highlights:

-New Spaces

-New Engagement Initiatives

-Connecting on Stage
The Life of Galileo
Daddy Long Legs
Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays)
Ten Chimneys
Radio Golf
In the Next Room, or the vibrator play
New Ground Theatre Festival

-In the Classroom

And much, much more!

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