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March 5 - April 8, 2022 , Outcalt Theatre

Antigone

Freely adapted by Emily Mann from the play by Sophocles
Directed by Lauren Keating

Run time: 80 minutes, no intermission
Advisory: Explosion sounds & haze. Discussions of suicide & violence.

An epic tragedy reimagined. In a dystopian near-future, a war-torn nation struggles for peace and unity. The newly appointed leader Creon stands for law and order. But her niece Antigone kneels for justice. Neither will yield, and a fatal battle of wills rages. Pushed to extremes, who will bend, and who will break? A high-stakes, timeless tale, Antigone burns with contemporary relevance, as age and youth clash over the future of their country.

CPH’s 2020 production of Antigone was in its second week of rehearsal when it had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Featuring Mariah Burks as Antigone and Vanessa Morosco as Creon, CPH is pleased to bring this production back to the stage for the 2021-22 season.

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Mariah Burks as Antigone and Bridget Kim as Ismene in CPH's ANTIGONE. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Vanessa Morosco as King Creon with Isaac Baker and Fabio Polanco as The Aides in CPH's ANTIGONE. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Mariah Burks in the titular role of CPH's ANTIGONE. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

(foreground) Sierra Grabowska as The Guard, with Isaac Baker, Laura Starnik, and Vanessa Morosco in CPH's ANTIGONE. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Isaac Baker as The Aide in CPH's ANTIGONE. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Fabio Polanco as The Aide in CPH's ANTIGONE. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Steve Gladstone as Teiriesias and Vanessa Morosco as King Creon in CPH's ANTIGONE. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Mariah Burks as Antigone, Fabio Polanco as The Aide, and the Chorus in CPH's ANTIGONE. Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

Christopher B. Portley as Haemon and Vanessa Morosco as King Creon in CPH's ANTIGONE. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Isaac Baker, Christopher B. Portley, Vanessa Morosco, Laura Starnik, and Fabio Polanco in CPH's ANTIGONE: Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

(foreground) Vanessa Morosco as King Creon and Laura Starnik as Eurydice, with Isaac Baker as The Aide in CPH's ANTIGONE. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

(l.r.) Bridget Kim as Ismene, Vanessa Morosco as King Creon, Mariah Burks as Antigone, and Laura Starnik as Eurydice in CPH's ANTIGONE. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Mariah Burks as Antigone and Fabio Polanco as The Aide in CPH's ANTIGONE. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Bridget Kim as Ismene and Mariah Burks as Antigone in CPH's ANTIGONE. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Vanessa Morosco as King Creon and Mariah Burks as Antigone in CPH's ANTIGONE. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

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What qualities do you think make for an effective leader?

Who do you think is the protagonist of the play? Why?

Which holds most power for you: your principles, love for family, or loyalty to country/community?

How do we honor those we've lost without losing ourselves?

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When you come to CPH’s production of Antigone, you’ll hear a bunch of names floating around and you might not be sure who they all are, so we’ve created a family tree to introduce you to the people and the backstory of the original dysfunctional family in the royal house of Thebes.

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Antigone speaks to our world today, but comes from an ancient past. One great way to learn more about the civilizations and cultures from 440 BCE, when the play was first produced, is to visit the Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman art collections at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Spanning a period of roughly 3,800 years, the collections are held in high esteem nationally and internationally. The Greek and Roman areas feature small and large scale bronze statues, several outstanding painted vases, and smaller objects crafted of precious materials. Of special interest to Antigone audiences are several masks that would have been used in the staging of Sophocles’ Greek tragedies and Roman comedies, along with several vases and friezes that depict actors at work, under the watchful eye of the Greek god, Dionysus. There are also beautifully handcrafted metal household objects, not unlike items that would have been used by the royal family in Creon’s household.

For more information on how to visit the Museum, check out clevelandart.org.

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As always, we’d love you to talk back to us about the themes and events of the play. You can do so by sending your answers and images to insideCPH@clevelandplayhouse.com or by sharing on your own social media platforms and tagging with #AntigoneCPH.

Antigone explores the various challenges that leaders face as they make decisions, and today’s leaders have to skillfully navigate some very tricky waters. So we’re interested in hearing about the GREAT LEADERS in your life who have triumphed and thrived in their positions. Who is someone - a boss, coach, teacher, mentor, clergy person, elder - that has led you well? What qualities made her a great leader? How did he impact you for the better? Share a few words about this person - along with a picture - as we lift up the influential leaders in our lives. Here's a great example:

From Melissa Crum, CPH OST Coordinator: “Time is an interesting gift. We don’t always recognize the immense impact someone is having on our lives until much later. I spend a lot of time feeling gratitude for my high school drama teacher, Pamela Christian. High school was a difficult time in my life, and drama club was my sanctuary. Mrs. Christian (retired now) treated every student as someone with great value, and she helped us believe it to be true. She was a listening ear, a firm truth teller, and a helping hand. Her love and support were always genuine. She was a leader who had difficult conversations with us, pushed us to grow, and never gave up on seeing our potential, all while maintaining a wonderful sense of humor and a seemingly endless supply of grace. When I think about the creative life I am living and all of the hard-won accomplishments along the way, I can draw a direct line back to my time with Mrs. C. In that way, we are always connected. To me, that is one of the marks of a great leader: you carry bits and pieces of them with you. This connection creates a wave of impact that ripples outward and is never lost, but ever present in the lives of those who were changed by having known them.”

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If you live in the greater Cleveland area and are looking to develop and enhance your skills as a leader, here’s a great organization that offers you plenty of resources.

Cleveland Leadership Center helps new and aspiring leaders grow personally and professionally, equipping and inspiring them to become vibrant change agents in their local communities. No matter your season of life or stage in your career, CLC has a program for you. Examples include:

  • LOOK UP TO CLEVELAND: High schoolers investigate local issues, meet with business and government leaders, and tour important landmarks.
  • ONBOARD CLEVELAND: Helps early career professionals maximize their strengths in the workplace while getting connected to civic opportunities that align with their interests
  • CIVIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (All ages): Explores the past, present, and future of NE Ohio as a means of addressing current issues through public-private collaborations and the sharing of community assets
  • LEGACY LEADERS: Connects experienced leaders, in or approaching retirement, to relevant civic initiatives geared to grow and improve Cleveland

This is only a small sampling of the programs offered by CLC, so check out cleveleads.org for more details.

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Isaac Baker

Isaac Baker

(Aide) (he/him) is grateful and excited for his second performance with Cleveland Play House. He recently appeared in the CPH production of Antigone, as well as the CWRU/CPH MFA production of Twelfth Night. Other credits from his time with the MFA Program include Middletown, The Last Days of Judas more(Aide) (he/him) is grateful and excited for his second performance with Cleveland Play House. He recently appeared in the CPH production of Antigone, as well as the CWRU/CPH MFA production of Twelfth Night. Other credits from his time with the MFA Program include Middletown, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Electra/Orestes. Other credits include The Merchant of Venice and Shakespeare in Love at the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Romeo and Juliet and The Crucible at the Public Theatre of Kentucky, as well as the collegiate premiere of Fun Home at the University of Evansville.

Mariah Burks

Mariah Burks

(Antigone) is a native Clevelander, and for the past 20 years has had a blossoming bond with the Cleveland theatre scene. Recent works include Dobama Theatre: Airness; CPH: Blackademics, Clue: A New Comedy (Cook), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne), Marie and Rosetta (understudy for Sister Rosetta more(Antigone) is a native Clevelander, and for the past 20 years has had a blossoming bond with the Cleveland theatre scene. Recent works include Dobama Theatre: Airness; CPH: Blackademics, Clue: A New Comedy (Cook), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne), Marie and Rosetta (understudy for Sister Rosetta Tharpe/Marie Knight) and Shakespeare in Love. Mariah is an alum of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program Class of 2018, with credits that include Macbeth, Clybourne Park, She Stoops to Conquer and others. A graduate of Bowling Green State University’s musical theatre program, Mariah received the Regional and National Irene Ryan Scholarship Acting Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Regional/local work includes Caroline, or Change (Tantrum Theatre) and Ragtime (Cain Park). Love and gratitude toward my Burks sisters and family, and the entire Cleveland community for your genuine love and support. Mom, thank you for being my ultimate Wonder Woman. Ky, you stay my inspiration ALWAYS and Robert thank you for being in my corner. Instagram: @magical_mariahb

Kristina Gabriela

Kristina Gabriela

(Chorus, u/s Aide) is excited to make her second appearance in the Allen Theatre in this exciting production! Kristina is from Corpus Christi, Texas, and is in her final year in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program. She received her BA in acting/directing at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and was more(Chorus, u/s Aide) is excited to make her second appearance in the Allen Theatre in this exciting production! Kristina is from Corpus Christi, Texas, and is in her final year in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program. She received her BA in acting/directing at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and was recently seen in the cast of the world premiere of Light It Up! at Cleveland Play House. CWRU/CPH credits include Viola in Twelfth Night, Electra in Electra/Orestes, WHO’S WHO clevelandplayhouse.com 21 and Sweetheart/F doctor/F tourist in Middletown. Other credits include Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Mimi in Rent, and Beauty in Smokefall. She would also like to thank God, her friends, and family for their love and support. Thank you to everyone who did their part to help theatre and the arts stay alive. Enjoy the show! @quirky_kris

Steve  Gladstone

Steve Gladstone

(Teiriesias) is a blind actor typically cast as sighted characters, so he is delighted to be authentically playing the blind Teiriesias on the CPH stage. Having received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, Steve has appeared in numerous regional productions over the past 40 years. Shylock in more(Teiriesias) is a blind actor typically cast as sighted characters, so he is delighted to be authentically playing the blind Teiriesias on the CPH stage. Having received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, Steve has appeared in numerous regional productions over the past 40 years. Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show are among his favorite roles. In feature films, he has acted alongside Michael Caine, Dom DeLuise and James Woods, and has appeared in the original Miami Vice TV series and in MTV’s Runaway Love music video. Steve served as the Miami Local SAG-AFTRA president for 15 years, and is an honored member of Actors’ Equity Association. He has been a music critic for miamiartzine. com, currently the blogger for Insight for the Blind and an essayist on Substack.com, writing under his column: What the Blind Guy Sees.

Sierra Grabowska

Sierra Grabowska

(Guard) is originally from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, though she came to the CWRU/CPH Acting Program by way of Boston. After earning her BA in theatre and English from UMass Amherst, she performed in Boston with multiple touring companies, and is a company member of Magnificent Bastards, an international Shakespearean more(Guard) is originally from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, though she came to the CWRU/CPH Acting Program by way of Boston. After earning her BA in theatre and English from UMass Amherst, she performed in Boston with multiple touring companies, and is a company member of Magnificent Bastards, an international Shakespearean improv comedy troupe. Other theatre credits include Juliet in Shakespeare Now’s Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet in Boston Theater Company’s Hamlet, and Puck in Boston Theater Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Bridget Kim

Bridget Kim

(Ismene) galloped over from the great state of Kentucky, where she earned a BA in political science from the University of Louisville. This spring, Bridget will graduate with her MFA in acting from the CWRU/CPH MFA Program, and head to New York City to launch her film/television career. During more(Ismene) galloped over from the great state of Kentucky, where she earned a BA in political science from the University of Louisville. This spring, Bridget will graduate with her MFA in acting from the CWRU/CPH MFA Program, and head to New York City to launch her film/television career. During her last months in Cleveland, she wrote, directed, and starred in her lively one-woman show, performed as Sir Andrew in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (CWRU/CPH), and made her Cleveland Play House debut as Ismene in Antigone.

Gustavo Márquez

Gustavo Márquez

(Chorus, u/s Haemon) is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA in Acting program class of 2022. They are so excited to be in this production and feel blessed to be working with these immensely skilled, funny and talented artists. Being in the room with more(Chorus, u/s Haemon) is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA in Acting program class of 2022. They are so excited to be in this production and feel blessed to be working with these immensely skilled, funny and talented artists. Being in the room with this ensemble has brought so much life to him. Professional credits include Light it Up!, Antigone (Cleveland Play House); Sweat, A Christmas Carol, 22 Native Gardens (Denver Center Theatre Company). CWRU/CPH credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Twelfth Night, Middletown, and Electra/ Orestes. Other stage credits include The Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar (Colorado Shakespeare Festival Tour), The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Metamorphoses, You Can’t Take It With You, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, American Idiot, Dracula and Grease. He is very grateful to his family, friends, and mentors who have supported him in his pursuit of an artistic life. After this production Gustavo will be New York bound and establish roots in the city. Gustavo-Marquez.com

Christine McBurney

Christine McBurney

(u/s Creon) is an actor, director, and coach. Christine is delighted to return to CPH after appearing in turn of the millennium productions, The SeaGull and A Dream Play. Selected Cleveland credits include Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Mamaí/Playhouse Square), A Streetcar Named Desire (Mamaí), Fefu and Her more(u/s Creon) is an actor, director, and coach. Christine is delighted to return to CPH after appearing in turn of the millennium productions, The SeaGull and A Dream Play. Selected Cleveland credits include Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Mamaí/Playhouse Square), A Streetcar Named Desire (Mamaí), Fefu and Her Friends (Cleveland Public Theatre), Twelfth Night (Cleveland Shakespeare Festival). TV: FBI Most Wanted, Fleischman is in Trouble, Paddington Saves Christmas. A co-founder and co-artistic director of the classical theatre, Mamaí Theatre Co. Her production of A Doll’s House was given a Cleveland Critics’ Circle Award for Superior Achievement. In May she will direct an adaptation of An Enemy of the People by Les Hunter at Rubber City Theatre. Member Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Directors Lab West, Directors Lab North, CPH Directors Gym, SDC, SDCF Observer. She’s represented by Dream Maker Talent (NYC) Docherty, Heyman, and The iGroup. BA, Columbia. MFA, Kent State. www.christinemcburney.com

Vanessa Morosco

Vanessa Morosco

(Creon) is a multi-hyphenate theatre practitioner who focuses on the intersectional spirit of collaboration through an ethical framework. As an actor, she has performed at theatres across the country, including Shakespeare Theatre of DC, Yale Rep, Geva Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Folger Shakespeare Theatre. As a director, she more(Creon) is a multi-hyphenate theatre practitioner who focuses on the intersectional spirit of collaboration through an ethical framework. As an actor, she has performed at theatres across the country, including Shakespeare Theatre of DC, Yale Rep, Geva Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Folger Shakespeare Theatre. As a director, she has created productions for several theatres, including the American Shakespeare Center, Harlem Shakespeare Festival, and Palm Beach Dramaworks, and she is an ongoing collaborator with Clutch Productions in New York, developing new plays by female-identifying playwrights. Vanessa is the co-founder of IMPACT DRAMA, where she consults for multinational corporations to create drama-based content for use in training and development, focusing on global diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias, and cultural awareness. (impactdrama.net) Vanessa is a member of AEA, SDC, Statera, and holds an M.A. in ethics from Yale University. (vanessamorosco.com) at Playhouse Square clevelandplayhouse.com 17

Fabio  Polanco

Fabio Polanco

(Aide) has previously appeared at Cleveland Play House in These Mortal Hosts, The Crucible, A Grand Night for Singing, The Grapes of Wrath, and the reading of Informed Consent. Most recently, he directed In Pieces: A New Musical by Joey Contreras in conjunction with the composer/lyricist, and facilitated Creando more(Aide) has previously appeared at Cleveland Play House in These Mortal Hosts, The Crucible, A Grand Night for Singing, The Grapes of Wrath, and the reading of Informed Consent. Most recently, he directed In Pieces: A New Musical by Joey Contreras in conjunction with the composer/lyricist, and facilitated Creando Teatro for Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center in Cleveland. Other credits include the Broadway national tour of Les Misérables, and roles at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Signature Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Great Lakes Theater, Musical Theatre Project, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Porthouse Theatre, Cleveland Musical Theatre, Cain Park, Dobama Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and numerous film and television credits. Fabio holds an M.F.A. from Case Western Reserve University. He is an associate professor of theatre at Kent State University, and has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1996.

Christopher B.  Portley

Christopher B. Portley

(Haemon) Christopher is a third-year MFA candidate in the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program. He is originally from Dallas, Texas. He holds a BS from the University of North Texas. He recently made his Chautauqua Theater Company debut this past summer playing De’Andre in Dominique more(Haemon) Christopher is a third-year MFA candidate in the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program. He is originally from Dallas, Texas. He holds a BS from the University of North Texas. He recently made his Chautauqua Theater Company debut this past summer playing De’Andre in Dominique Morisseau’s Blood at the Root directed by Stori Ayers, and Zanni and Flavio in Commedia dell’ Arte directed by Andrew Borba. His CWRU/ CPH MFA credits include Twelfth Night, Electra/Orestes, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Middletown. Other theatre credits include Father Comes Home From the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3 (African American Repertory Theatre); The Tempest and Measure For Measure (Shakespeare Academy at Stratford); Stick Fly (University of North Texas); and Memphis (Musical Theatre of Denton). Most importantly, he thanks God for this moment, and his family and friends for their continued love and support throughout his journey. Christopher is taking his final year in grad school by the horns and is excited about the next season of his life. LEARN MORE: ideastream.org/together

Laura Starnik

Laura Starnik

(Eurydice) last appeared in Cleveland Play House’s production of All The Way and the CWRU/CPH MFA production of The Three Sisters. She recently appeared in Tom At The Farm at convergence-continuum, and By The Bog of Cats and Well at Ensemble Theatre. Other credits include Lady Windermere’s Fan (Mamai more(Eurydice) last appeared in Cleveland Play House’s production of All The Way and the CWRU/CPH MFA production of The Three Sisters. She recently appeared in Tom At The Farm at convergence-continuum, and By The Bog of Cats and Well at Ensemble Theatre. Other credits include Lady Windermere’s Fan (Mamai Theatre Company); A Kid Like Jake (none too fragile); and Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars, Becky Shaw, Humble Boy, Middletown, and Sons of the Prophet (Dobama Theatre).

Jordan Taylor

Jordan Taylor

(Chorus, u/s Antigone) is a performing artist, aspiring intimacy director, and anti-racist theatre advocate.Jordan is thrilled to be making her second Cleveland Play House appearance, and debut on the Allen Stage. Jordan is originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan, and obtained a BFA in acting from Oakland University. Jordan is currently more(Chorus, u/s Antigone) is a performing artist, aspiring intimacy director, and anti-racist theatre advocate.Jordan is thrilled to be making her second Cleveland Play House appearance, and debut on the Allen Stage. Jordan is originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan, and obtained a BFA in acting from Oakland University. Jordan is currently pursuing certification in intimacy direction with IDC. Jordan’s work is focused on decolonizing theatre, building a consent-based/antiracist culture, and centering Black Liberation within storytelling. Jordan most recently appeared in the Cleveland Play House production of Antigone.

Noah Williams

Noah Williams

(Chorus) came to the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program from Alabama, where he attended Troy University. While there, he performed in numerous roles. Notable credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher. Noah would like to more(Chorus) came to the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program from Alabama, where he attended Troy University. While there, he performed in numerous roles. Notable credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher. Noah would like to send a huge shoutout to the family he was born with and the family that he found along the way. Enjoy the show!

Emily Mann

(Playwright) is a multi-awardwinning playwright, screenwriter and director. In her 30 years as artistic director and resident playwright at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, she wrote 15 new plays and adaptations, directed over 50 productions, produced 180 plays and musicals, supported and directed the work of emerging more(Playwright) is a multi-awardwinning playwright, screenwriter and director. In her 30 years as artistic director and resident playwright at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, she wrote 15 new plays and adaptations, directed over 50 productions, produced 180 plays and musicals, supported and directed the work of emerging and legendary playwrights, and received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. She has directed world premieres by Ntozake Shange, Edward Albee, Christopher Durang, Ken Ludwig, Nilo Cruz, and Danai Gurira among others; and is known for her productions of Williams, Chekhov, Shakespeare and Ibsen. On Broadway, she directed Execution of Justice, Having Our Say, Anna in the Tropics, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Her plays are Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth; Execution of Justice; Still Life; Annulla, An Autobiography; Greensboro (A Requiem); Meshugah; Mrs. Packard, and Hoodwinked (a Primer on Radical Islamism). Her adaptations are Baby Doll, Scenes from a Marriage, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, A Seagull in the Hamptons, The House of Bernarda Alba, and Antigone. Currently in development for Broadway are her adaptation of The Pianist and a new musical adapted from the Kent Haruf novel Our Souls at Night, with composer Lucy Simon, lyricist Susan Birkenhead and director Victoria Clark. Her play, Gloria: A Life about the legacy of Gloria Steinem, ran off-Broadway and aired on PBS’ Great Performances. Awards include the Peabody (for her teleplay of Having Our Say), Hull Warriner, NAACP, six Obies, Guggenheim; Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, WGA nominations; Princeton University Honorary Doctorate of Arts; Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwrights’ Award; Margo Jones Award; TCG Visionary Leadership Award; and the Lilly Award and The Gordon Davidson Award both for Lifetime Achievement. She was recently inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Lauren Keating

(Director) is a director of new and classic theatrical work, narrative film, and site-specific events. She is committed to work that centers marginalized voices and seeks to engage audiences in imaginative, personal explorations of complex and urgent questions. Keating made her off-Broadway debut with Josh Koenigsberg’s Al’s Business Cards. more(Director) is a director of new and classic theatrical work, narrative film, and site-specific events. She is committed to work that centers marginalized voices and seeks to engage audiences in imaginative, personal explorations of complex and urgent questions. Keating made her off-Broadway debut with Josh Koenigsberg’s Al’s Business Cards. Her regional directing work includes the record-breaking 2017–2019 productions of the Guthrie Theater’s A Christmas Carol; Small Mouth Sounds at Jungle Theater; Rhinoceros with 7th House Theater; Lulu, Learning Russian and Charlotte’s Web at Hangar Theatre; and the development of The Antony and Cleopatra Project with Tarell Alvin McCraney for McCarter Theatre Center’s Youth Conservatory. Workshops include L M Feldman’s Fill Our Mouths with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Michael Mitnick’s Babs the Dodo with The Flea and Sarah Burgess’ Camdenside with Studio 42. Keating has developed work with many organizations, including The Public Theater, Playwrights’ Center, Ars Nova, 3LD, Woodshed Collective, The Old Vic, Dixon Place, and The Lark. Her adaptations of classic works include Wedekind’s Lulu, Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, and Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, and Measure for Measure. Keating has been honored with fellowships from the Mellon Foundation/ TCG, the Time Warner Foundation/Women’s Project, and the Drama League. Her work for the screen includes The Feminist Cooking Show (web series) and Power Out (short film). A proud NYU/ Tisch alumni and Alliance of Women Directors member, she resides in New Jersey with her wife and daughter. www.Lauren-Keating.com.

Courtney O'Neill

(Scenic Designer) is a Chicago-based designer who works extensively in regional theatre. Upcoming projects include Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps at Great Lakes Theatre and Idaho Shakespeare Festival. She has designed sets at Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Denver Center, Baltimore Center Stage, Apollo Theater, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare more(Scenic Designer) is a Chicago-based designer who works extensively in regional theatre. Upcoming projects include Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps at Great Lakes Theatre and Idaho Shakespeare Festival. She has designed sets at Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Denver Center, Baltimore Center Stage, Apollo Theater, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Denver Center, Baltimore Center Stage, Apollo Theater, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Victory Gardens, Writers Theatre, Mosaic Theater Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Children’s Theatre Company, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, South Coast Repertory and Milwaukee Repertory Theater, among others. Courtney teaches at DePaul University and Northwestern University, and manages the Design Competition portion of the August Wilson Monologue Competition. She is the recipient of a Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, Rose Brand20 Scene Design Award, and Joseph Jefferson Award. courtneyoneill.com

Sara Ryung Clement

(Costume Designer) has off-Broadway credits that include Somebody’s Daughter (Second Stage Uptown) and Fruiting Bodies (Ma-Yi Theatre). Regional credits include the Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company, Asolo Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Folger Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Mixed Blood, more(Costume Designer) has off-Broadway credits that include Somebody’s Daughter (Second Stage Uptown) and Fruiting Bodies (Ma-Yi Theatre). Regional credits include the Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company, Asolo Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Folger Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Mixed Blood, TheatreWorks, Center Stage Baltimore, Boston Court, Perseverance Theatre, East West Players, Cornerstone Theater Company, A Noise Within, Yale Repertory Theatre, and others. Sara is a member of the set design faculty at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. MFA, Yale School of Drama; AB Princeton University. sararyungclement.com

Karin Olson

(Lighting Designer) is based in Minneapolis, where she designs at the Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center, Children’s Theatre Company, Penumbra Theater and Mixed Blood, as well as with many itinerant Twin Cities theatre and dance companies. She has also designed regionally for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, and Trinity Repertory more(Lighting Designer) is based in Minneapolis, where she designs at the Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center, Children’s Theatre Company, Penumbra Theater and Mixed Blood, as well as with many itinerant Twin Cities theatre and dance companies. She has also designed regionally for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, and Trinity Repertory Theater. Recent designs include The Wolves, and Small Mouth Sounds at the Jungle Theater, Pride and Prejudice at Park Square Theater, Jason Moran’s Last Jazz Festival at the Walker Arts Center, and Spamtown, USA! at The Children’s Theater Company. This is her Cleveland Play House debut. More info at karinlosonlighting.com

Megan Culley

(Sound Designer/Composer) is an NYC-based sound designer and composer. Selected credits include Cullud Wattah (The Public Theater); Holmes and Watson (Kansas City Repertory Theater); Terminus (New York Theatre Workshop); Grounded, Hurricane Diane, and Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Dobama Theatre); The Last Match (B Street Theatre); Roan @ the more(Sound Designer/Composer) is an NYC-based sound designer and composer. Selected credits include Cullud Wattah (The Public Theater); Holmes and Watson (Kansas City Repertory Theater); Terminus (New York Theatre Workshop); Grounded, Hurricane Diane, and Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Dobama Theatre); The Last Match (B Street Theatre); Roan @ the Gates (Luna Stage); Inanimate (the Flea Theater); and Flying Over Sunset (Broadway, associate sound designer). Megan grew up in Cleveland and is thrilled to be designing at CPH for the first time. meganculley.com

Iran Michael Leon

(Wig Designer) is thrilled to be designing his first show at Cleveland Play House. He is a licensed cosmetologist in California and Oregon. He has designed shows throughout the West Coast as a hair/wig designer and costume designer. Iran Micheal is currently the resident hair/wig designer and supervisor for more(Wig Designer) is thrilled to be designing his first show at Cleveland Play House. He is a licensed cosmetologist in California and Oregon. He has designed shows throughout the West Coast as a hair/wig designer and costume designer. Iran Micheal is currently the resident hair/wig designer and supervisor for Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Previous work includes wig master and interim key hair stylist for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other theatres include: Celebration Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Hollywood Bowl, A Noise Within, Azusa Pacific University and Askew Theatre Company, of which he is also co-founder. Follow him on Instagram @iml_design_elements

Nathan Motta

(Music Director) is the artistic director at Dobama, Cleveland’s off-Broadway theatre, where he’s directed award-winning productions of An Octoroon, The Flick, and Peter and the Starcatcher, among many others. At CPH, he acted as assistant director for Brecht’s Galileo and Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, and music director more(Music Director) is the artistic director at Dobama, Cleveland’s off-Broadway theatre, where he’s directed award-winning productions of An Octoroon, The Flick, and Peter and the Starcatcher, among many others. At CPH, he acted as assistant director for Brecht’s Galileo and Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, and music director for A Carol for Cleveland, Steel Magnolias, and Shakespeare in Love. Credits include Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Oberlin College, Baldwin Wallace, John Carroll, Cleveland State University, Ohio Light Opera, Cain Park, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Mercury Opera Rochester, Civic Light Opera (Pittsburgh), and Opera Cleveland. He has composed two original musicals, Little White Gloves and Midsummer, with a third, The Land of Oz, set to premiere in December 2022. Motta is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the Eastman School of Music.

Julia Rosa Sosa Chaparro

(Assistant Director) is an El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez native. Upon graduating from The University of Texas at El Paso, Julia focused on projects that resonate with her community. She has recently served in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as an assistant director in Mojada: Una Medea in Los more(Assistant Director) is an El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez native. Upon graduating from The University of Texas at El Paso, Julia focused on projects that resonate with her community. She has recently served in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as an assistant director in Mojada: Una Medea in Los Angeles by Luis Alfaro. Other recent directing credits include In The Time of the Butterflies and Marisol at Cleveland Public Theatre, both in Spanish.

Rachel Lerner-Ley

(Production Dramaturg) is in her ninth season at Cleveland Play House, where she is the literary manager and resident dramaturg. Dramaturgy at CPH includes Light It Up!, Clue, Our Dad is in Atlantis, Christina, The Hat Box, Egress, Cicada, Tiny Houses, Minton’s Place, Ghost Party, The Chinese Lady, The more(Production Dramaturg) is in her ninth season at Cleveland Play House, where she is the literary manager and resident dramaturg. Dramaturgy at CPH includes Light It Up!, Clue, Our Dad is in Atlantis, Christina, The Hat Box, Egress, Cicada, Tiny Houses, Minton’s Place, Ghost Party, The Chinese Lady, The Nolan Williams Project, CARE monologues, The Good Peaches, FEED, Little Row Boat, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, and the Violins of Hope concert with the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program and the Cleveland Orchestra. Additional dramaturgy credits include Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Civilians, Actors Theatre of Louisville, WildWind Performance Lab at Texas Tech University and Girl Be Heard. She is a graduate of Smith College. Member LMDA.

Olivia Louise Tree Plath

(Stage Manager) is a Kentucky-based stage manager and director. She has recently co-directed her first musical, Elf, with a local community theater, The Theater Downstream. Her recent stage management and assistant stage- management work includes Laughing Wild with The Dorset Theater Festival, Antigone, Blackademics (Online) with Cleveland Play House, more(Stage Manager) is a Kentucky-based stage manager and director. She has recently co-directed her first musical, Elf, with a local community theater, The Theater Downstream. Her recent stage management and assistant stage- management work includes Laughing Wild with The Dorset Theater Festival, Antigone, Blackademics (Online) with Cleveland Play House, and Noura with the Guthrie. She spent a large portion of the pandemic working on a Playwrights Workshop with playwright Josh Wilder, and stage-managed 28 several online plays and readings including Redeemed with Dorset Theater Festival, Lake Erie Oubliette and Crooked River Burning with Cleveland Play House and a livestream of Salt Pepper Ketchup with Aye Defy.

Kyra Button

(Assistant Stage Manager) has worked at Cleveland Play House previously on Middletown, A Christmas Story, Pipeline, Into the Breeches!, An Iliad, Tiny Houses, The Seagull, Shakespeare in Love, Macbeth, The Invisible Hand, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, just to name a few. Her previous credits also more(Assistant Stage Manager) has worked at Cleveland Play House previously on Middletown, A Christmas Story, Pipeline, Into the Breeches!, An Iliad, Tiny Houses, The Seagull, Shakespeare in Love, Macbeth, The Invisible Hand, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, just to name a few. Her previous credits also include Baby Camp (Leviathan Labs), The Heart’s Impatience (Shufflefoot Theatre Company), Resistance (Semicolon Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Medea and Dreamgirls (Red House Arts Center), This Day Forward (The Vineyard Theatre), and The Intergenerational Project (Rose Bruford, London). She is overjoyed to be continuing her work with CPH and is proud to hold a BFA in stage management from Syracuse University’s Department of Drama.

Judy Bowman

(Casting) has Cleveland Play House credits that include The Invisible Hand. Regional theater includes Teenage Dick (Woolly Mammoth, Huntington, Pasadena/Moritz Von Stuelpnagel), Colman Domingo’s A Boy and His Soul (KTC), travis tate’s Queen of the Night (Dorset/ Stephanie Weeks), Fairview (WM/Stevie Walker- Webb), Humana Festival, MRT, DCPA, Arizona, and more(Casting) has Cleveland Play House credits that include The Invisible Hand. Regional theater includes Teenage Dick (Woolly Mammoth, Huntington, Pasadena/Moritz Von Stuelpnagel), Colman Domingo’s A Boy and His Soul (KTC), travis tate’s Queen of the Night (Dorset/ Stephanie Weeks), Fairview (WM/Stevie Walker- Webb), Humana Festival, MRT, DCPA, Arizona, and several other NY plays and musicals. FILM/ TV: Hurricane Bianca, Separation, One Moment, Dead Sound, No Alternative, Gold Star, Copenhagen, Lost Cat Corona, Big Dogs, and Hallmark’s Redemption in Cherry Springs. Artios Award nominee Best Webseries Casting, PT Barnum Award recipient. Former faculty at Harlem School of the Arts and Columbia University’s MFA film school. judybowmancasting.com

Meet The Playwrights: Introducing Vichet Chum

Meet The Playwrights: Introducing Vichet Chum

CPH Roe Green Fund for New American Plays Meet The Playwrights! Introducing Vichet Chum Vichet Chum is a Cambodian-American playwright and theater m...

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