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May 15 - 15, 2021 , A Virtual Event

Crooked River Burning

by George Brant

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.

Artists

George Brant

George Brant

(Playwright) plays include Grounded (Cleveland Play House, Dobama, Public Theater), Into the Breeches! (Cleveland Play House, Trinity Repertory, Asolo Repertory), Marie and Rosetta (Cleveland Play House, Atlantic Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Grizzly Mama (Dobama Theatre), Salvage (none too fragile), The Prince of Providence, Elephant’s Graveyard, Tender Age, The more(Playwright) plays include Grounded (Cleveland Play House, Dobama, Public Theater), Into the Breeches! (Cleveland Play House, Trinity Repertory, Asolo Repertory), Marie and Rosetta (Cleveland Play House, Atlantic Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Grizzly Mama (Dobama Theatre), Salvage (none too fragile), The Prince of Providence, Elephant’s Graveyard, Tender Age, The Mourners’ Bench, and Any Other Name. An Affiliate Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by such companies as the Milwaukee Repertory, the Studio Theatre, Alley Theatre, London’s Gate Theatre, Page 73, and the Traverse Theatre. His plays have received a Lucille Lortel Award, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the Smith Prize, a Fringe First Award, an Off-West End Theatre Award, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, four OAC Individual Excellence Awards, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, and the Keene Prize for Literature. George received his MFA in Writing from the Michener Center at UT-Austin and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. He is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books and Smith & Kraus. He is proud to call Cleveland home.

Bjorn DuPaty

Bjorn DuPaty

(Carl Stokes) New York credits include Mlima in Mlima’s Tale at the Public Theater, Two Mile Hollow with Women's Project Theater, Carnival with the National Black Theater. National Tour: Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors with The Acting Company. Regional: Pipeline at Studio Theater (DC), Mud Row with the People's Light more(Carl Stokes) New York credits include Mlima in Mlima’s Tale at the Public Theater, Two Mile Hollow with Women's Project Theater, Carnival with the National Black Theater. National Tour: Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors with The Acting Company. Regional: Pipeline at Studio Theater (DC), Mud Row with the People's Light Theater, Fairfield & Pipeline at Cleveland Play House, Do You Feel Anger in the Humana Festival at the Actors Theater of Louisville, A Raisin in the Sun at the Crossroads Theater, Clybourne Park at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Film: Demolition. TV: Alpha House, Sleepy Hollow, The Blacklist, Person of Interest, Zero Hour, All My Children. MFA from Rutgers’ University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. www.bjorndupaty.com

Phyllis Kay

Phyllis Kay

(Dorothy Fuldheim) has been a resident acting company member at Trinity Rep since 1991. Her favorite productions include Macbeth, Lend Me a Tenor, One for the Money, Angels in America, We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Cider House Rules, The Merry Wives of Windsor, more(Dorothy Fuldheim) has been a resident acting company member at Trinity Rep since 1991. Her favorite productions include Macbeth, Lend Me a Tenor, One for the Money, Angels in America, We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Cider House Rules, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Cherry Orchard, All The King’s Men, Cabaret, King Lear, House & Garden, The Hunchback of Seville, Appropriate, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Death of a Salesman, and Into the Breeches!. She has appeared at several regional theaters, most recently at Huntington Theatre Company and in the world premiere of JQA at Arena Stage. She has appeared in the films Smithereens, By A Thread, Federal Hill, Brooklyn Rules, Meet Dave, The Proposal, Fairhaven, Some Freaks, and Polka King. Ms. Kay has appeared on television on Miller’s Court, Law & Order, The Sopranos and Body of Proof, and in the role of Judi in the new AMC/Showtime series Kevin Can F**ck Himself. She attended Emerson College, L’University de Lausanne, and Brown University. She is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse and a 2015 Ten Chimneys Fellow.

Rick D. Wasserman

Rick D. Wasserman

(Alan Freed) is grateful to collaborate with Cleveland Play House again having last portrayed Otto in The Diary of Anne Frank. He has recently performed in regional productions of Arsenic and Old Lace, Talley’s Folly, and Private Lives. Rick made his Broadway debut in Disney’s The Lion King and was more(Alan Freed) is grateful to collaborate with Cleveland Play House again having last portrayed Otto in The Diary of Anne Frank. He has recently performed in regional productions of Arsenic and Old Lace, Talley’s Folly, and Private Lives. Rick made his Broadway debut in Disney’s The Lion King and was nominated for a Barrymore Award for his role as Irving Berlin in The Tin Pan Alley Rag. Favorite television appearances include The District, House MD, 24, Law & Order, and Without A Trace. Rick is perhaps best known as the 14-year signature voice of AMC Network and for voicing Thor and Hulk for Marvel Animation. He can also be heard on popular video game series such as Halo, Call of Duty, Diablo, Starcraft, and Batman Arkham. Rick lives in LA with his darling wife, two boys, and newly adopted pup, Pebbles.

Mark Winegardner

Mark Winegardner

(Live Conversation Guest) Mark Winegardner's books include the novels The Veracruz Blues,?Crooked?River?Burning, The Godfather Returns, and The Godfather’s Revenge, the story collection?That’s?True?of Everybody?and the textbook?3x33.??He is now working on a novel called?Florabama Normal.?Winegardner's?work has appeared in such magazines as?Details, ESPN the Magazine, Esquire,?Five Points,?GQ, The New York Times Magazine, The more(Live Conversation Guest) Mark Winegardner's books include the novels The Veracruz Blues,?Crooked?River?Burning, The Godfather Returns, and The Godfather’s Revenge, the story collection?That’s?True?of Everybody?and the textbook?3x33.??He is now working on a novel called?Florabama Normal.?Winegardner's?work has appeared in such magazines as?Details, ESPN the Magazine, Esquire,?Five Points,?GQ, The New York Times Magazine, The Oxford American, Playboy, and Ploughshares. During his time in Cleveland, he was a mainstay in the Cleveland Edition and?Cleveland Free Times. Winegardner has taught at George Washington University and John Carroll University and is currently the Burroway Chair of English & Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University.

Laura Kepley

Laura Kepley

(Director) became Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House in 2013 and has directed numerous CPH mainstage productions including Every Brilliant Thing; Into the Breeches!; Tiny Houses (world premiere, also at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Sweat; The Diary of Anne Frank; Shakespeare in Love; The Crucible; Steel Magnolias; The Good more(Director) became Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House in 2013 and has directed numerous CPH mainstage productions including Every Brilliant Thing; Into the Breeches!; Tiny Houses (world premiere, also at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Sweat; The Diary of Anne Frank; Shakespeare in Love; The Crucible; Steel Magnolias; The Good Peaches (world premiere); Fairfield (world premiere); How I Learned to Drive (also at Syracuse Stage); The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Good People (also at Syracuse Stage); A Carol for Cleveland (world premiere); In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; My Name is Asher Lev and CPH readings of Roe Green Award-winning plays Tiny Houses; The Chinese Lady; Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976; Marjorie Prime and Daphne’s Dive. She joined CPH in 2010, having arrived from Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island where she was Resident Director and Artistic Associate for four seasons and Interim Director of the Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. in Directing Program for one. She has also directed for The Alliance Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among others. A native Ohioan, Laura received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Fine Arts from Brown University/Trinity Rep. She is a Drama League Fellow and a recipient of the 2009-2011 National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Program for Directors.

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