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2022/2023 Season

Current and Upcoming Shows

Becoming Dr. Ruth

Becoming Dr. Ruth

April 1 - 23, 2023

The triumphant true story of America’s Favorite Sex Therapist! Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer changed the way we talk about sex and relationships with her hit '80s radio call-in show, Sexually Speaking. Now, she welcomes us into her home to share the unlikely path she took to becoming “Dr. Ruth.” With her trademark wry humor, warmth, and candor, Dr. Ruth recounts her life’s many roles: a child escaping Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport; an Israeli sharpshooter in the 1940s; a single mother in America; and finally, the global celebrity sought out by presidents. This life-affirming solo show is a testament to resilience, forging your own path, and the joy of human connection. CPH Members may CLICK HERE to log in and place their reservation. For ticket promotions, CLICK HERE.

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Ken Ludwig's Moriarty:

Ken Ludwig's Moriarty:

A New Sherlock Holmes Adventure

April 29 - May 21, 2023

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are back! An investigation into the Bohemian king’s stolen letters cascades into an international mystery filled with spies, blackmail, and intrigue. Faced with their toughest case yet, Holmes and Watson join forces with American actress Irene Adler to take down cunning criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty and his network of devious henchmen. Five actors play over 20 roles in this brand new adventure that has danger—and laughter!—around every corner. CPH Members may CLICK HERE to log in and place their reservation. For ticket promotions, CLICK HERE.

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A Reading of COMEDY, ERRORS, VANITY, AND STUPIDITY

May 9, 2023

A hilarious sequel to William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors (but you don’t have to know that play to appreciate this one!) One year after the events of that play, Egeon’s secret that the Antipholus and Dromio twins are actually triplets comes to light, setting off a chain of chaotic events featuring disguises, mistaken identities, love triangles, and a couple of new sisters thrown into the mix! A delightful romp in both verse and prose.

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A Reading of FADE

May 10, 2023

When Lucia, a Mexican-born novelist, gets her first TV writing job, she feels a bit out of place on the white male-dominated set. Lucia quickly becomes friends with the only other Latino around, a janitor named Abel. As Abel shares his stories with Lucia, similar plots begin to find their way into the TV scripts that Lucia writes. Fade is a play about class and race, and how status does not change who you are at your core.

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A Workshop Reading of LOUDER

May 11, 2023

It’s the fall of 1999 — the eve of Y2K — and the start of another school year at Ursuline Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in Cleveland, Ohio. In the convent near campus, the sisters await the return of their students. But as fissures in the student body and faculty begin to appear — and the 2000th year since Christ’s birth approaches — five nuns find their ordinary lives suddenly enveloped by a strange uncertainty. For those with eyes open, signs and portents are everywhere, but what they are remains a mystery.

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A Reading of THE FIRST SNOW OF SUMMER

May 16, 2023

In the face of oncoming disaster, a family gathers in the mountains of Colorado. As the clock ticks, old wounds open and new opportunities arise, even as mysterious omens encroach from the surrounding woods. This new play by local award-winning playwright Eric Coble asks who and what is worth saving when the end draws near.

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A Reading of ESCAPEGOAT

May 17, 2023

Humans brought the goats to the Galápagos. The goats ate everything in sight. The islands dried up and the tortoises died out. In order to save the last living tortoise, the humans must exterminate the goats before it is too late. Escapegoat is an eco-parable about the species whose fates are inextricable from our own.

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A Workshop Reading of ONE-SHOT

May 18, 2023

It’s 1999. Ellen has already come out on her TV show. Jack’s about to do the same on Dawson’s Creek. And David and Martín — two young video store employees, film buffs and best friends — are waiting to hear about a film scholarship to NYU that could change the trajectory of their lives. An exploration of privilege, identity and the ever-present celluloid closet, One-Shot examines who gets the space to tell what stories.

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Past Shows

American Mariachi

American Mariachi

September 17 - October 9, 2022

Familia. Amor. Tradición. These values are at the heart of mariachi music and the community where Lucha cares for her mother battling dementia. So when an old mariachi recording reawakens her mother’s memory, Lucha vows to learn and perform the song live. Join Lucha as she recruits band members, tracks down instruments, and stands up to long-held traditions to make her dream a reality. Set in the 1970s and performed with live music and plenty of humor, American Mariachi is a joyous, heartwarming story of family, memory, and the power of song. CPH Members may CLICK HERE to log in and place their reservation. For ticket promotions, CLICK HERE.

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Everybody

CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program

Everybody

October 12 - 22, 2022

YOLO! You Only Live Once. And everybody has to die. But what really happens when we pass on? And how do we prepare? Riffing off the 15th century morality play Everyman, Obie Award-winning playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins shares a dark comedic look at the inevitability of death and the meaning of life in his acclaimed Pulitzer-Prize finalist, Everybody. When the character Everybody is told that their time is up, they attempt to bargain with Death on what or who they might bring on their final journey. Featuring the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program Class of 2024, Everybody is a wildly funny and heartfelt ride through our humanity. For ticket promotions, CLICK HERE.

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The Great Leap

The Great Leap

October 29 - November 20, 2022

1989. An American college basketball team travels from San Francisco to Beijing for a “friendship game” against a Chinese squad. Far from friendly, the matchup quickly becomes a high-stakes battle, as the American coach fights for his reputation and his Chinese counterpart fights for his life. Caught in the middle, a young Chinese American player must prove his mettle on the court while unravelling a long-kept secret. Cultures and generations clash in this kinetic, darkly comic sports drama. CPH Members may CLICK HERE to log in and place their reservation. For ticket promotions, CLICK HERE.

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Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees

December 3 - 22, 2022

We are proud to present the return of Cleveland Play House's Festival of Trees in the Allen Theatre lobbies. This beloved holiday tradition is FREE to the public and designed to be enjoyed by everyone in our community! You will be surrounded by beautiful trees decorated by talented artists and designers. Happy Holidays from your Cleveland Play House! CLICK HERE for more information. No reservation is required. Come as you are!

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Black Nativity

Black Nativity

December 9 - 18, 2022

Karamu House, the centerpiece of Cleveland’s historic Fairfax neighborhood and the oldest Black theatre in the country, presents the soul-stirring, gospel celebration Black Nativity in the Allen Theatre. Black Nativity is the joyous retelling of the traditional New Testament account of the Nativity story, using gospel music, dramatic dance, and a biblical narrative. Written and conceived by legendary playwright, poet, and Karamu alum Langston Hughes, this soulful, heartwarming story is a Karamu House classic!

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WASSAIL!

WASSAIL!

December 21 - 22, 2022

Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s Grammy Award-winning Baroque orchestra, presents their rousing holiday concert, WASSAIL! - An Irish-Appalachian Christmas. On Christmas night in Old Ireland, families and friends gathered for singing, storytelling, and plenty of wassail. From a caroling party through the streets of Dublin to a holiday barn dance in Virginia, this heartwarming program follows the hopes and fears of the Irish who bravely crossed the Atlantic. Irish singer Fiona Gillespie joins with fiddlers, medieval harp, hammered dulcimer, and bagpipes in this communal celebration of the American immigrant experience. The people of the mountains welcome Christmas with love, singing, dancing and prayer.

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I'm Back Now:

I'm Back Now:

February 26, 2023

This production has been cancelled. Ticketholders will be notified on January 24, 2023.

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The Liar

CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program

The Liar

March 15 - 19, 2023

"The unimagined life is not worth living!” So proclaims the charismatic and incurable trickster in David Ives’ adaptation of the rollicking 17th century comedy in verse, The Liar. A handsome but incorrigible liar, Dorante, comes to Paris seeking love and pleasure, which he finds in the beautiful Clarice, whose name he mistakes for that of her best friend, Lucrece. After lying his way into a world of chaos, will he be able to use those same cunning tricks to get out of trouble? With mistaken identities, jealous rivals, clever servants, demanding parents, and confused friends, this ingenious and playful update of the classic French romp will fill you with laughter, delight, and rhyme! Featuring the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program Class of 2024.

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