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2020/2021 Season

Theatre Thursday: Sep. 17

Theatre Thursday: Sep. 17

September 17 - 20, 2020

Make history and celebrate with CPH as America’s first regional theatre launches its first ever virtual season! Join Artistic Director Laura Kepley and co-host Stori Ayers, 2020-21 Artistic Directing Fellow, for exclusive performances from special guests, sneak peeks of upcoming events, compelling conversation, and more!

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CLUEbaret

CLUEbaret

October 10, 2020

The incredible cast of CPH’s box-office hit Clue: A New Comedy reunites in a hilarious musical broadcast to perform their favorite showtunes from Broadway musicals. Join us for a raucous night of singing, laughs, and hijinx!

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Theatre Thursday: Oct. 15

Theatre Thursday: Oct. 15

October 15, 2020

This event has been postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. The right to vote is at the core of our democracy. And yet, it has a long and complicated history in the US. Interweaving performance—including a world premiere short play by Loy A. Webb—featuring leading historical figures and activists with conversation and insights from local politicians and community leaders, this not-to-be-missed event will explore voting rights in the past, present, and future.

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Theatre Thursday: Nov. 19

Theatre Thursday: Nov. 19

November 19, 2020

Join us for a night of performance, healing and self-care…because you deserve it! The teaching artists of CPH’s innovative CARE (Compassionate Arts Remaking Education) program lead an evening of interactive, social-emotional skills building. Through monologue performances, drawing activities, theatre games, and more, connect with your creativity and gain specific tools and resources to CARE for yourself.

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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

December 2 - 6, 2020

Was Judas Iscariot given a bad rap? In this dazzling, profane, funny and razor-sharp play, Pulitzer-Prize winning writer, Stephen Adly Guirgis takes us on a journey to unearth the “truth” about Judas. Set in a courtroom in purgatory, the play challenges the audience to consider the big questions: How do we balance faith with reason? Does evil really exist? And can we ever forgive anyone if we can’t first forgive ourselves? The CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program explores all of this and more in our first broadcast production.

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Theatre Thursday: Dec. 17

Theatre Thursday: Dec. 17

December 17 - 25, 2020

It’s movie night at CPH! Grab some popcorn. Make yourself a hot cocoa. And get ready for chills, thrills, and holiday cheer! Join us for a special screening of three original short films created just for CPH! The holiday films include: a heartwarming musical, a Christmas ghost story, and a tribute to being “home for the holidays.” Hear directly from the filmmakers and chat with your fellow audience members about your favorite moments.

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CPH Presents: Songs from THE FIRST NOEL

CPH Presents: Songs from THE FIRST NOEL

December 20 - January 1, 2021

An evening of music, reflection, and holiday cheer! With pop, gospel, and reimagined classics, The First Noel tells the story of a family that must confront the grief of the past in order to reunite and celebrate the joy of the present. Join Tony Award winner Jason Michael Webb and CWRU/CPH MFA alum Lelund Durond Thompson for a special behind-the-scenes look of their musical The First Noel. This holiday concert will feature performances of select songs and exclusive interviews with the creative team. A moving and uplifting gift for the entire family!

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Theatre Thursday: Jan. 21

Theatre Thursday: Jan. 21

January 21, 2021

A new year is here! And with it comes resolutions, turning points, and change. Four performers will take the virtual stage with songs and monologues that place us right in the thick of exciting, dramatic, and moving moments of transformation. Plus, an expert will share tips for making your personal resolutions stick. Start your 2021 on an inspiring note with this dynamic and theatrical celebration of determination, resilience, and possibility.

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Theatre Thursday: Feb. 18

Theatre Thursday: Feb. 18

February 18, 2021

Make a match this February at Theatre Thursday! We’ve paired four of our favorite playwrights with a specific Cleveland artwork, asking each to write a brand-new short play inspired by the piece. But like with any juicy romance, we’re adding a dash of intrigue — and keeping our matches a mystery! Audience members will work together to read the plays and uncover the creative couplings. Get ready for a fun, unique night that explores the love affair between theatre and visual art.

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Theatre Thursday: Mar. 18

Theatre Thursday: Mar. 18

March 18, 2021

CPH is proud to present to you excerpts from three exciting narratives that exemplify overcoming times of struggle. Using race, ability, and socio-economic backgrounds as explored in these plays, join us for a conversation about how we can unpack and interrogate our own preconceived notions. Through their work, these three artists will share their journeys and open up our perspectives as we witness them take their struggles and move ever onward. Content Advisory: The plays presented contain mature language, adult situations, and suggestive adult themes.

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Theatre Thursday: Apr. 15

Theatre Thursday: Apr. 15

April 15, 2021

April’s Theatre Thursday: Let's Get Physical!, will be an evening of stories about living inside the wonderful, unique and sometimes surprising shell that we call a “body.” Featuring three comedic pieces, it’ll be a celebration of body positivity and a thoughtful—and funny!—exploration of body image, self-esteem, and more. Featuring work by C Julian Jiménez, Kate Huffman and Ken Kaissar.

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Electra/Orestes

CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program

Electra/Orestes

April 21 - 25, 2021

A sister. A brother. A cursed family line. A synthesis of two timeless works by Euripides, Electra/Orestes is the unforgettable story of betrayal, loss, and revenge. The CWRU/CPH MFA Class of 2022 presents their first Greek classic – a gripping, fast-paced adaptation which explores the roles of fate and free will.

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Crooked River Burning

Crooked River Burning

May 15 - 15, 2021

Cleveland Heights resident George Brant will discuss and introduce excerpts from his new play, Crooked River Burning based on the Mark Winegardner novel, which includes stories about Alan Freed, Dorothy Fuldheim, and Carl Stokes. CLICK HERE to order on demand.

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Lake Erie Oubliette

Lake Erie Oubliette

May 15 - 15, 2021

Chelsea Marcantel will present her research on spiritualism and its ties to Cleveland, while guest artist Kate Eastman (Cath in Tiny Houses) gives Chelsea a three-card tarot reading. CLICK HERE to order on demand.

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 I’m Back Now

I’m Back Now

May 15 - 15, 2021

Charly Evon Simpson will share the inspiration for her new play, I’m Back Now, based on Clevelander Sara Lucy Bagby, the last person in the United States prosecuted under the Fugitive Slave Act. While Bagby’s final resting place is in Cleveland’s historic Woodland Cemetery, Charly reflects on this fascinating saga in African American history through a walking tour of Greenwood Cemetery near her Brooklyn, NY home. CLICK HERE to order on demand.

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Liébling

Liébling

May 15 - 15, 2021

Vichet Chum will share two excerpts from his new play-in-progress, Liébling. We catch up with protagonist Sovanna in Cleveland as he encounters the ghost of his partner’s Cambodian/German/Hungarian grandmother and later we see Sovanna as he mentors a Gen-Z visual artist. CLICK HERE to order on demand.

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The Ghost Tour

The Ghost Tour

May 15 - 15, 2021

Jessica Dickey will perform an excerpt from her new play, The Ghost Tour, inspired in part by the Variety Theatre on Lorain Avenue. CLICK HERE to order on demand.

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Blackademics

Blackademics

May 22 - 26, 2021

A select table reserved at an exclusive café inspires a ravenous appetite from African-American professors Ann and Rachelle. From seed to slaughter, their host has the evening fully planned – down to the last chair. This comedic culinary celebration turns from crudité to cruelty as our scholars banter, debate and battle each other to claim their literal seat at the table. Watch the FREE Blackademics Panel Conversation: Navigating Race and Gender Roles as Higher Education Professionalsonal, now On Demand!

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