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February 10 - March 10, 2024 , Allen Theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong

written by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, and Jonathan Sayer
directed by Melissa Rain Anderson

Run time: Act I: 70 minutes • Intermission: 15 minutes • Act II: 40 minutes
Advisory: Mild profanity; mild sexual innuendo; comic portrayals of violence, injury, and murder; brief discussions of infidelity and suicide; gunshots; a woman running around in underwear. Recommended for ages 12+

Presented by

John P. Murphy Foundation

Get ready for a night of mishaps, mischief, and madcap mania! It’s the opening night of the Cornley Drama Society’s newest production, “The Murder at Haversham Manor,” and things have quickly gone from bad…to utterly disastrous. The troupe’s ambitious 1920s whodunit has everything you never want in a show: falling props, collapsing scenery, an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything…including their lines. How will this eager ensemble battle against all of the disastrous odds? Will they make it to the final curtain call? An international hit that’s equal parts Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes – The Play That Goes Wrong is full of hilarious perfection.

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The cast of Cleveland Play House's hit play, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Victoria Alev Duffy as Florence Colleymore and Alfredo Ruiz as Arthur the Gardener in Cleveland Play House's hit play, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Michael Doherty as Inspector Carter and Blake Henri as Thomas Colleymore in Cleveland Play House's hit play, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Alfredo Ruiz as Max and Dyland Ireland as Trevor in Cleveland Play House's hit play, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Joz Vammer as Annie in Cleveland Play House's hit play, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

The cast of Cleveland Play House's hit play, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

The cast of Cleveland Play House's hit play, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Michael Doherty as Inspector Carter in Cleveland Play House's hit play, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

The cast of Cleveland Play House's hit play, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Alfredo Ruiz as Cecil Haversham and Blake Henri as Thomas Colleymore in Cleveland Play House's hit play, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

The cast of Cleveland Play House's hit play, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Michael Doherty, Blake Henri, and Ben Liebert in Cleveland Play House's hit play, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

The cast of Cleveland Play House's hit play, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

The cast of Cleveland Play House's hit play, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

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Welcome to Inside CPH for The Play That Goes Wrong. Click the icons and verbs below for some ideas on how you can engage more deeply with the themes and ideas of the play beyond the performance.

Special THANKS to our Productions Partners for our 2023-24 Season!

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DISCUSS

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It’s been said that there’s a very fine line between laughter and tears. Can you think of a time in your life when things went so horribly and disastrously wrong that it transitioned from being a tragedy into being a comedy? How did you respond?

The characters in this play are evidence of the old saying, “The show must go on.” Can you think of a time in your life where you bravely persisted and showed courage, endurance, or stamina in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds? What happened? Did your fortitude payoff?

Are you easily embarrassed? If so, what kinds of things embarrass you? If not, what tools or tactics do you use to keep yourself from feeling shy, embarrassed, or ashamed? How might you overcome embarrassment or help someone else do the same?

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How on earth do you make a play like this?

While the origins of things going wrong as a comedic “clownish” performance style can be traced back through mime, Commedia dell’arte, medieval court jesters, and fools of ancient Roman and Greek Theatre, the origin of this play is its own fascinating tale.

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The Mischief Theatre Company has figured out the secret sauce to putting together theatre that is meant to fall apart. The company has a handsome oeuvre of productions with their signature brand of things going wrong in only the most hilarious ways. The company just closed an intentionally catastrophic run of Peter Pan Goes Wrong, and currently running off-broadway in NYC is their production of Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion.

[If you’ve got a yearning for a pictorial history of the company, check out this gallery, where artist Harry Venning has composed a comic strip timeline, “A Short History of Mischief.”]

To put it briefly: the genius minds of this comic company began as an improv group in Britain that devised the beginnings of this production - formerly, A Murder before Christmas. They went on to debut a more developed production at an international fringe festival of theatre works. Meanwhile, the company produced Peter Pan Goes Wrong and it instantly took off, securing a well-sold run in London and earning a TV-broadcast of the play. From there, the company’s work has blown up internationally, touring the US, Australia, and the UK and expanding their oeuvre to TEN productions. As a company, they’ve managed to turn a nightmarish scenario into a crave-able feast of entertainment.

In a show like this, the set becomes a featured, riotous character. Original set designer for The Play that Goes Wrong, Nigel Hook, went on the record with the Broadway Box to share some insights and secrets of the set design.

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Keep the laughs rolling!

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Here in Cleveland, we are fortunate to have an array of options for those looking to keep the comedy coming. On your next free night, skip the streaming and check out the live comics and improvisational performers who are keeping audiences in stitches and rolling in the aisles (It’s a chaotically good time).

Check out any of the following spots around Cleveland:

AND if your heart went aflutter at the mention of Duran Duran during the show, here’s some exciting news for you: Duran Duran is coming to Blossom Music Center this September!

If you’re interested in the development processes of new works (*check out the LEARN section) make sure to check out the New Ground Theatre Festival in June here at CPH or the many pieces being mounted for the Border Light Fringe Festival across Cleveland.


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Sometimes you just gotta laugh.

Fortunately, the mishaps during The Play that Goes Wrong are all planned so we can enjoy the numerous hijinx that ensue as this company of actors struggles to make it to the final bow. Sometimes in life we’re not so lucky, but we’re able to keep smiling anyway. Share with us a story of a time things went wrong for you and how you maneuvered your way through it.

I remember fondly the time my grade school did a production of Into the Woods Jr. and the 7th grader who played the Witch got her wig caught in a thicket of tree-like set dressing in the upstage left corner. In a moment of improvisational brilliance she howled, “BEGONE YOU WICKED CURS’ED SHRUBBERY! SHRIVEL AND DIE, I COMMAND YOU!” All the while. she was flailing in an attempt to free herself. Once she determined she was resolutely stuck, she removed herself from the tangled wig, spun around, and pointing a crooked finger at it, commanding “STAY!” She was met with triumphant applause and a chorus of laughter, hers included.

Email us your stories at insideCPH@clevelandplayhouse.com and share the laughter. We’ll post the submissions here for all to smile and maybe find some camaraderie amidst a kerfuffle.

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EXPERIENCE

Take a spill with style (and safety)!

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We were fortunate enough to have the skill and expertise of Jason Paul Tate to help our talented actors execute the variety of stunts and physical comedy bits. Out of sheer fear that we may inspire the younger masses to do these kinds of stunts with unmitigated reckless abandon, we thought we’d share with you some of the secrets and safety tips behind some of these hilarious physical comedy stunts.

Just below is a fun and accessible resource by the highly acclaimed clown, actor, teacher, director, and more, Jeff Dieffenbacher! In his video tutorials, Jeff shows beginning performers the way to build up their physical comedy skill sets. It should be noted that In these videos, Jeff starts slow building up strength and coordination, uses a padded surface, and has plenty of space all around him before working on any of these moves.

General Slapstick/Physical Comedy

Slips and Slides

Standing Falls

Chair Falls

Take a watch, maybe try some for yourself (SAFELY of course), and have fun building your own stories through physical comedy.

If you're looking for other inspiration take a look at any of these legends: Buster Keaton, Benny HIll, Lucille Ball, The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges, Charlie Chaplin, or Laurel and Hardy.

We found this amazing blog: Comedy for Animators. In addition to its copious posts and tutorials, it features tags on the left side as you scroll down the page. Click on any one of the names and there will be information about the person and supplemental videos of their work. It’s great fun, and worth a watch!

Artists

Jeffrey Marc Alkins

Jeffrey Marc Alkins

(Jonathan, Charles Haversham) is thrilled to be making his CPH Debut! He has worked with such choreographers as Ellenore Scott, Lorin Latarro, Matthew Stephens, Joseph Pizzi, Robert Bianca, Laurieann Gibson, and members of Alvin Ailey and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Select Credits: Broadway: Mr. Saturday Night, starring Billy Crystal (Associate more(Jonathan, Charles Haversham) is thrilled to be making his CPH Debut! He has worked with such choreographers as Ellenore Scott, Lorin Latarro, Matthew Stephens, Joseph Pizzi, Robert Bianca, Laurieann Gibson, and members of Alvin Ailey and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Select Credits: Broadway: Mr. Saturday Night, starring Billy Crystal (Associate Choreographer, Antonyo Award Nominee) Off-Broadway: The Three Musketeers (Classical Theatre of Harlem); The Land of Cheesecake and Ice Cream (Theatre Row) Richard III as Richard (The Flea).Regional: The Play That Goes Wrong (Jonathan), A Raisin in the Sun (George) at Utah Shakespeare Festival. A Midwinter Night's Dream (Quince) Comedy of Errors (Antipholi), Much Ado About Nothing (Don John), Julius Caesar (Cassius), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck/Philostrate 2020,Oberon/Theseus 2021), Aria De Capo (Cothurnus), Love Doctor (Sagnarelle), Twelfth Night (Sebastian), Romeo and Juliet, all at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Babes in Arms, directed by Douglas Carter Beane. Dream Big, DO BIGGER! @jeffrey_marc

Josh Bates

Josh Bates

(Stage Crew/Ensemble, U/S Max) is a Southern California native who received his BFA in Acting from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Sic ‘Em Bears. He has performed in venues all over the country and was most recently seen in Cleveland Play House's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, CWRU/CPH's The Tempest, and more(Stage Crew/Ensemble, U/S Max) is a Southern California native who received his BFA in Acting from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Sic ‘Em Bears. He has performed in venues all over the country and was most recently seen in Cleveland Play House's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, CWRU/CPH's The Tempest, and as a musician in the Nashville bar/restaurant scene. Other credits include The Liar, Everybody, Passage, Legally Blonde, and The Little Mermaid. He is also the recipient of the Best Actor Award at the Black Glasses Film Festival for his performance in Disaster Survivor. He’d like to thank his family and friends for putting up with this ridiculous life of his. All glory to God! Instagram: @joshbaetes

Ellen Grace Diehl

Ellen Grace Diehl

(U/S Sandra, Annie) is a proud member of the MFA Acting class of 2024 and is delighted to be a part of this production. Previous CPH credits include: Claire Clairmont, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Ariel, The Tempest; Cliton, The Liar. Other credits include Oklahoma! (Ado Annie) and Carousel (Louise) at more(U/S Sandra, Annie) is a proud member of the MFA Acting class of 2024 and is delighted to be a part of this production. Previous CPH credits include: Claire Clairmont, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Ariel, The Tempest; Cliton, The Liar. Other credits include Oklahoma! (Ado Annie) and Carousel (Louise) at the Round Barn Theatre and A Gentleman's Guide... (Sibella), Mamma Mia! (Sophie), Gypsy (Louise), and The Little Mermaid (Ariel) at the Allenberry Playhouse. Ellen has over a decade of experience teaching and choreographing and over 20 years of dance training. She is passionate about inspiring and teaching the next generation of artists with compassion and excellence. For Bill and Peg Etter, always. IG: @ellengracediehl www.ellengracediehl.com

Michael Doherty

Michael Doherty

(Chris, Inspector Carter) (he/him) is an east coast-based actor and writer. He previously appeared at CPH as Ollie in Chelsea Marcantel's Tiny Houses. He has appeared in over 50 theatrical productions across the country, including at 59E59, Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Theater Bay Area Award), Utah Shakespeare Festival, more(Chris, Inspector Carter) (he/him) is an east coast-based actor and writer. He previously appeared at CPH as Ollie in Chelsea Marcantel's Tiny Houses. He has appeared in over 50 theatrical productions across the country, including at 59E59, Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Theater Bay Area Award), Utah Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Denver Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Connecticut Repertory Theatre (Connecticut Critics' Circle nomination), Wilma Theater, People's Light, Theatre Horizon (Barrymore Award), and Gulfshore Playhouse. His television credits include Wu Tang: An American Saga (Hulu) and Take My Muffin (Toonbox Studios). His television pilot, Los Jarochos, won Best Writing at the 2013 Independent TV Festival. Michael is a published educational psychology researcher, studying the thought processes of professional actors. He is a co-creator of Mythic Thunderlute: A D&D Podcast Musical on the Broadway Podcast Network. Upcoming: Actor 1 in Baskerville at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. IG: @thedohberman; Website: www.mikedoh.com

Victoria Alev Duffy

Victoria Alev Duffy

(Sandra, Florence Colleymoore) (she/her) is elated to be a part of The Play That Goes Wrong at the Cleveland Play House. Past CPH credits: The Tempest, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Watching Butterflies, The Liar, Everybody and Passage. Fordham Theatre credits include The Most Massive Woman Wins, Machinal, DIMES: A more(Sandra, Florence Colleymoore) (she/her) is elated to be a part of The Play That Goes Wrong at the Cleveland Play House. Past CPH credits: The Tempest, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Watching Butterflies, The Liar, Everybody and Passage. Fordham Theatre credits include The Most Massive Woman Wins, Machinal, DIMES: A New Musical, and more. Victoria has a passion for exploring theatre through a non-American lens, and has spent her past summers intensively studying devising techniques and experimental theatre in Berlin and Shakespeare in London. She is forever thankful for her time in Cleveland and looks forward to returning to New York this coming May. Thank you to everyone involved with The Play That Goes Wrong. @vickduff www.victoriaalevduffy.com

Farah El-Ashram

Farah El-Ashram

(Stage Crew/Ensemble) is a newcomer in the professional theatre scene. She was previously an actor, crew member, or stage manager in high school, community theatre, college, or Shakespearean fundraising productions with Great Lakes Theater. You may have last seen her in a dark corner, running the lights and sound more(Stage Crew/Ensemble) is a newcomer in the professional theatre scene. She was previously an actor, crew member, or stage manager in high school, community theatre, college, or Shakespearean fundraising productions with Great Lakes Theater. You may have last seen her in a dark corner, running the lights and sound as stage manager for Dr. Joe Garry’s Broadway Buzz productions at Playhouse Square. This is, God willing, only the beginning for her and she does not plan on stopping any time soon. Farah would like to give a big shoutout to all of the passionate, loving teachers; the ones who shape the minds of children and greatly impact our society, despite never being paid enough. She would also like to thank her mother, a teacher, who never stopped supporting Farah's dreams to pursue a career in the arts and would do anything to make sure her students feel heard and loved.

Blake Henri

Blake Henri

(Robert, Thomas Colleymoore) is an actor/writer/director who holds a BFA from The University of Oklahoma. His previous professional credits include Miss Evers' Boys: The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa; The Play That Goes Wrong, A Raisin In The Sun: Utah Shakespeare Festival; Clue, Dallas Theatre Center; An more(Robert, Thomas Colleymoore) is an actor/writer/director who holds a BFA from The University of Oklahoma. His previous professional credits include Miss Evers' Boys: The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa; The Play That Goes Wrong, A Raisin In The Sun: Utah Shakespeare Festival; Clue, Dallas Theatre Center; An lliad, Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival; King John, Macbeth, As You Like It, Cymbeline, Julius Caesar, Great River Shakespeare Festival; Sense and Sensibility, Twelfth Night, Othello, Island Shakespeare Festival; The Crucible, Arkansas Repertory Theatre; The Odd Couple, Manic Monologues, Chaplin. WaterTower Theatre. All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. Film: American Underdog, Eyewitness Bible Series, Great Plains. Television: “HBO’s Love and Death”, "Walker", "The Chosen", “Into The Wild Frontier”. Instagram: igothenridbyablake

Dylan Ireland

Dylan Ireland

(Trevor) is entering his third and final year of his MFA Acting program for the CWRU/CPH Program. Ireland recently made his CPH debut as Lord Byron and The Creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Coming from North Carolina, Ireland received a BA in theater performance from the University of North more(Trevor) is entering his third and final year of his MFA Acting program for the CWRU/CPH Program. Ireland recently made his CPH debut as Lord Byron and The Creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Coming from North Carolina, Ireland received a BA in theater performance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Previous roles include: Cory (Fences), Caesar (Julius Caesar), Tinman (The Wiz), Cousin (Everybody), Guy Jacobs (Blues for an Alabama Sky), Truffaldino (The Servant of Two Masters), M (Passage), Toby Belch (Twelfth Night), and Geronte (The Liar). This year, Ireland was nominated for “Best Performer in a Play” for his work in CWRU’s The Tempest where he played Stephano, and Sebastian. Upon graduation in the spring, Ireland has plans to move to New York City to pursue a professional career in stage acting. Ireland gives glory to God, and his family for their eternal support. Instagram: dylan.ireland_

Andy  Knode

Andy Knode

(U/S Chris, Jonathan) (he/him) is excited to be making his “day-boo” with CPH. Recent work includes Trouble in Mind, When We Were Young and Unafraid, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Sleepy Hollow as Ichabod Crane. Working for three seasons with Oberlin Summer Theater Festival appeared in Measure for Measure, more(U/S Chris, Jonathan) (he/him) is excited to be making his “day-boo” with CPH. Recent work includes Trouble in Mind, When We Were Young and Unafraid, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Sleepy Hollow as Ichabod Crane. Working for three seasons with Oberlin Summer Theater Festival appeared in Measure for Measure, The Winter's Tale, Romeo & Juliet, and Little Women. He spent six seasons as the host of the award winning TV show Entertainment Pix, Additional Film/TV Credits include, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, White Noise, and the upcoming film Alto Knights with Robert De Niro. All his love and thanks to his lovely wife, MaryBeth and amazing daughter, Marlo. www.andyknode.com

David  Lenahan

David Lenahan

(U/S Robert, Trevor) (he/him) is delighted to be a part of his first show at Cleveland Play House! Having lived in New York City through 2020, he appeared on Lincoln Center’s NYPL stage in SONGBOOK: Songs of Braver and Dean. While in NYC, he also won Best Actor at more(U/S Robert, Trevor) (he/him) is delighted to be a part of his first show at Cleveland Play House! Having lived in New York City through 2020, he appeared on Lincoln Center’s NYPL stage in SONGBOOK: Songs of Braver and Dean. While in NYC, he also won Best Actor at The Player’s Theatre SPF: NYC for his portrayal of Zander in The Flying Dutchman Boards the Staten Island Ferry and delighted audiences aboard The Polar Express. Around Northeast Ohio, you may have seen David on stage at Convergence-Continuum (Wonderland Wives, Angry Fags, and In the Closet), None Too Fragile (Boy), and Shakespeare at the Castle (Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Twelfth Night). David is a proud member of MorrisonDance–a Cleveland-based modern dance company and The Greenhouse, a collective of artists committed to learning and growing together as artists and people.

Ben Liebert

Ben Liebert

(Dennis, Perkins, Fight Captain) (he/him) is thrilled to be making his CPH debut. He recently appeared as Motl in Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish Off-Broadway, directed by Joel Grey. Favorite credits include: Wicked (Boq, Broadway/Tour), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Lucas), Pride and Prejudice (Mary Bennet/Mr. Bingley), Little more(Dennis, Perkins, Fight Captain) (he/him) is thrilled to be making his CPH debut. He recently appeared as Motl in Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish Off-Broadway, directed by Joel Grey. Favorite credits include: Wicked (Boq, Broadway/Tour), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Lucas), Pride and Prejudice (Mary Bennet/Mr. Bingley), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Into the Woods (Baker), Ragtime (Tateh), Chicago (Amos, Henry Award Nom.), Young Frankenstein (Igor), Rock of Ages (Dennis), Grease (Eugene, Int'l Tour), Avenue Q (Nicky/Trekkie), as well as Spamalot (Patsy) and The Little Mermaid (Scuttle), both directed by Melissa Rain Anderson. Ben is the co-creator and puppeteer behind Cam and Ben Sing Songs, a social-emotional learning webseries for kids and families, and the creator of the Portable Number Line, a spacing tool for theater and dance. Proud member of AEA. BenLiebert.com CamAndBenSingSongs.com PortableNumberLine.com @glorious_idiot

Gavin Michaels

Gavin Michaels

(U/S Dennis) is from wonderfully rainy Seattle, Washington. His stage credits include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Orlando in As You Like It (BPA), Ferdinand in The Tempest, Hamlet in Hamlet (Kentwood Players), Dorante in The Liar and Caliban in The Tempest (CWRU). He has also worked with more(U/S Dennis) is from wonderfully rainy Seattle, Washington. His stage credits include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Orlando in As You Like It (BPA), Ferdinand in The Tempest, Hamlet in Hamlet (Kentwood Players), Dorante in The Liar and Caliban in The Tempest (CWRU). He has also worked with John Leguizamo at the Guthrie Theatre to workshop his new play, Our Hood, as well as play Borrachio in a workshop of Tanta Bulla, y pa que? a bilingual adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. Most recently he appeared as Victor Frankenstein / Percy Shelley in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Cleveland Playhouse). His film credits include the school-shooter Derek in the short film Diabolos, Carl in the sci-fi drama The House (Tubi), and Danny in the quirky comedy Danny Doom (Amazon Prime). He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Communication and Rhetoric from the University of Washington. When he’s not on stage you can listen to him playing his signature flavor of pop-punk/emo at local music venues or on your favorite music streaming platform. @_gavinmichaels / gavinmichaels.com

Alfredo Ruiz

Alfredo Ruiz

(Max, Cecil Haversham, Arthur the Gardener ) is currently a third year graduate actor at the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program. You may have seen his pants rip in one of his three performances as understudy for Victor Frankenstein in CPH’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein directed by Michael Barakiva. While pursuing more(Max, Cecil Haversham, Arthur the Gardener ) is currently a third year graduate actor at the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program. You may have seen his pants rip in one of his three performances as understudy for Victor Frankenstein in CPH’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein directed by Michael Barakiva. While pursuing his MFA, Alfredo has returned to Miami several times to work on a variety of award winning indie films. Upon graduation Alfredo will be based in NYC but his heart, and hopefully several equity contracts, will always be in Miami. You’ll be able to catch Alfredo again in CPH’s Amadeus later this season! Regional credits include: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Cleveland Play House), Watching Butterflies (Cleveland Play House), 7 Deadly Sins (Miami New Drama), Wynwood Stories (Juggerknot Theatre Co.). alfredojruiz.com

Joz Vammer

Joz Vammer

(Annie) CPH debut! Off Broadway: Bernie and Mikey’s Trip to the Moon (Strangemen/59E59), Regional: Gardens of Anuncia, Little Women, Thinking Shakespeare LOVE!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure,Twelfth Night, Knots (The Old Globe), Romeo and Juliet (Opera Western Reserve), The School for Wives (Extant Arts), The Snow Queen more(Annie) CPH debut! Off Broadway: Bernie and Mikey’s Trip to the Moon (Strangemen/59E59), Regional: Gardens of Anuncia, Little Women, Thinking Shakespeare LOVE!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure,Twelfth Night, Knots (The Old Globe), Romeo and Juliet (Opera Western Reserve), The School for Wives (Extant Arts), The Snow Queen (Theatre 86), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company), The Merchant of Venice, Fiddler on the Roof (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), Cyrano (Saratoga Shakespeare Company), Into the Woods (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre). Film/TV: Who Invited Charlie?, Body Image, Bird Nerds. Podcast: “The Film Reroll.” Education: MFA: Old Globe/USD Shiley Program. jozvam.com

Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer

(Playwrights) Henry, Henry, and Jonathan met while training at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). All core members of Mischief Theatre, they had already worked in comedy together for several years before they started out as a writing team. The three’s first piece was THE more(Playwrights) Henry, Henry, and Jonathan met while training at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). All core members of Mischief Theatre, they had already worked in comedy together for several years before they started out as a writing team. The three’s first piece was THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (winner – Best New Comedy – Olivier Awards and What’s On Stage Awards). The show started out on the London and Edinburgh fringe before touring the UK and internationally and then returning to the West End in September 2014, where it is still running. It's also playing on Broadway and heading out on a US tour in 2018 and has been performed in over 20 other countries around the world. PETER PAN GOES WRONG was the trio’s second piece, opening in November 2014 for a UK tour before a hugely successful West End season in Christmas 2015. Henry, Henry, and Jonathan recently adapted the script of PETER PAN GOES WRONG for the BBC, which was filmed with the original West End cast and broadcast to rave reviews on New Year’s Eve. They were invited back to wreak more havoc at the BBC in 2017 with CHRISTMAS CAROL GOES WRONG on BBC1. THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY marks their third writing project as a trio and earned them another Olivier Nomination. @mischiefcomedy and mischieftheatre.co.uk

Melissa Rain Anderson

(Director) (she/her) is happy to be making her Cleveland Play House debut. Selected credits include: the Regional Premiere of The Play that Goes Wrong and The Wolves at The Repertory Theater of St. Louis; Macbeth, Big River and The Cocoanuts at Utah Shakespeare Festival; A Christmas Carol at Denver more(Director) (she/her) is happy to be making her Cleveland Play House debut. Selected credits include: the Regional Premiere of The Play that Goes Wrong and The Wolves at The Repertory Theater of St. Louis; Macbeth, Big River and The Cocoanuts at Utah Shakespeare Festival; A Christmas Carol at Denver Center Theatre Company; Murder on the Orient Express at Pioneer Theatre Company, The Wolves, The Little Mermaid, and A Christmas Carol at Syracuse Stage; In the Heights, HAIR, La Cage Aux Folles, A Funny Thing…Forum, Spamalot and Spelling Bee at Geva Theatre Center; Dial M for Murder at Theatresquared; All is Calm at Alabama Shakespeare Festival; RII at Santa Cruz Shakespeare; The Book of Will at Phoenix Theatre Company and Romeo and Juliet at Rehouse Arts Center. Upcoming work includes Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Melissa lives in New York City with her husband, actor Jim Poulos. Melissa is a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers, SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity Association. Please visit Melissarainanderson.com

Jason Paul Tate

(Fight and Stunt Director) (he/him) is a bicoastal director, choreographer, and performer. Recent New York City credits include Watch Night at PACNYC and Il Tabarro at Onsite Opera Company. Other NY credits include the Public, Met Opera, BAM, Are Nova, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre and Classic Stage Company. Recent regional more(Fight and Stunt Director) (he/him) is a bicoastal director, choreographer, and performer. Recent New York City credits include Watch Night at PACNYC and Il Tabarro at Onsite Opera Company. Other NY credits include the Public, Met Opera, BAM, Are Nova, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre and Classic Stage Company. Recent regional credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Tuacahn and we swim, we talk, we go to war at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. Other regional credits include A.R.T., the Old Globe, the Ordway, Great Lakes Theatre, Idaho Shakes, Lake Tahoe Shakes, Havoc Movement, Blackbird Dance Theatre, Opera Western Reserve and The Lost Colony. Jason is a proud member of SDC and AEA. He is the current Vice President of the SAFD as well as a recognized fight director and certified teacher; and is the co-founder of Neutral Chaos, a movement solutions company in NYC. jasonpaultate.com

Czerton Lim

(Scenic Designer) (He/Him) is extremely excited to work with Cleveland Play House for the first time and revisiting The Play That Goes Wrong to discover even more new things to go awry. As a freelance set designer, his work has been seen regionally in New York at Syracuse more(Scenic Designer) (He/Him) is extremely excited to work with Cleveland Play House for the first time and revisiting The Play That Goes Wrong to discover even more new things to go awry. As a freelance set designer, his work has been seen regionally in New York at Syracuse Stage, The Rev Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre Company, around the country at NYC, DC, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Washington, to name a few, and internationally as far as Melbourne, Australia and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He teaches Design and other related topics as Associate Professor for the Theatrical Production & Design BFA Program with the Department of Theatre and Dance and holds the position of Managing Producer for the Walter Gloor Mainstage Series at the State University of New York at FREDONIA. A proud member of USA local 829, he is originally from the Philippines. www.czlimdesign.com

Lauren T. Roark

(Costume Designer) (she/her) is thrilled to be making her debut with Cleveland Play House. Select regional credits include the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Lauren more(Costume Designer) (she/her) is thrilled to be making her debut with Cleveland Play House. Select regional credits include the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Lauren holds an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. She is currently the head of graduate costume design in the Department of Theatre at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the resident costume designer for the Clarence Brown Theatre. Lauren is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. www.laurentroark.com

Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz

(Lighting Designer) (he/him) is professor at the University of California, Irvine, where he is the head of the lighting program. He has designed productions at various regional theatres in the country such as South Coast Repertory, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, and more(Lighting Designer) (he/him) is professor at the University of California, Irvine, where he is the head of the lighting program. He has designed productions at various regional theatres in the country such as South Coast Repertory, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, and Syracuse Stage. Recent designs include A Raisin in the Sun, American Mariachi and La Havana Madrid for South Coast Repertory, Anatomy of a Home and Interview the Dead for Transversal Theatre Company in Amsterdam, A Christmas Carol at Syracuse Stage, and Mojada at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Portland Center Stage. He is the Resident Lighting Designer at the Great River Shakespeare Festival and Ballet Repertory Theatre. He is also an Associate Artistic Director at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. He is a member of the United Scenic Artists, USA829IATSE. His complete design portfolio can be found at www.lradesigns.com.

Lindsay Jones

(Original Music and Sound Design) Broadway: Slave Play (Tony nominations for Best Score and Best Sound Design of a Play), The Nap, Bronx Bombers, and A Time to Kill. Off-Broadway: Privacy (The Public Theater), Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Feeding the Dragon (Primary Stages), Top Secret (New York Theatre Workshop) and more(Original Music and Sound Design) Broadway: Slave Play (Tony nominations for Best Score and Best Sound Design of a Play), The Nap, Bronx Bombers, and A Time to Kill. Off-Broadway: Privacy (The Public Theater), Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Feeding the Dragon (Primary Stages), Top Secret (New York Theatre Workshop) and many others. Regional: Guthrie Theater, Center Stage, American Conservatory Theater, Hartford Stage, Alliance Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre and many others. International: Stratford Festival (Canada), Royal Shakespeare Company (England) and many others. Audio dramas: Marvel, Audible, Next Chapter Podcasts, award-winning “The Imagine Neighborhood.” Film/TV scoring: HBO Films’ A Note of Triumph (2006 Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject) and over 30 other films. He is the co-chair of Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association, and teaches Composition for Theatre and Music History at the University Of North Carolina School Of The Arts. www.lindsayjones.com

J. Jared Janas

(Wig Designer) At CPH: Clue. On Broadway: Prayer for the French Republic, Appropriate, Purlie Victorious, Good Night, Oscar, Sweeney Todd…, Ohio State Murders, & Juliet, Kimberly Akimbo, Topdog/Underdog, How I Learned to Drive, American Buffalo, Jagged Little Pill, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Gettin' the Band more(Wig Designer) At CPH: Clue. On Broadway: Prayer for the French Republic, Appropriate, Purlie Victorious, Good Night, Oscar, Sweeney Todd…, Ohio State Murders, & Juliet, Kimberly Akimbo, Topdog/Underdog, How I Learned to Drive, American Buffalo, Jagged Little Pill, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Gettin' the Band Back Together, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, The Visit, The Real Thing, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Motown, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, All about Me. Recent Off-Broadway: Buena Vista Social Club, I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Sabbath’s Theater, The Refuge Plays. Recent TV: “And Just Like That,” and "The Gilded Age.”

John Godbout

(Stage Manager) was Cleveland Play House's resident stage manager from 2001 to 2008 and returned to CPH in the fall of 2011. "Most recently, John stage managed A New Brain at Barrington Stage Company. John has also stage managed at North Shore Music Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, The more(Stage Manager) was Cleveland Play House's resident stage manager from 2001 to 2008 and returned to CPH in the fall of 2011. "Most recently, John stage managed A New Brain at Barrington Stage Company. John has also stage managed at North Shore Music Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Weston Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Northern Stage, Seaside Music Theatre, and Porthouse Theatre.

Kitty Wen

(Assistant Stage Manager) is grateful to be return with Cleveland Play House. CPH credits included Teddy Bear Mountain(SM), The Great Leap(ASM)and Becoming Dr. Ruth(ASM), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein(PA). Previous stage management credits include Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Cain Park, Karamu House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Ohio City Theatre Project, Baldwin Wallace, Independence more(Assistant Stage Manager) is grateful to be return with Cleveland Play House. CPH credits included Teddy Bear Mountain(SM), The Great Leap(ASM)and Becoming Dr. Ruth(ASM), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein(PA). Previous stage management credits include Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Cain Park, Karamu House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Ohio City Theatre Project, Baldwin Wallace, Independence Theatre, and Cassidy Theatre, among others. She previously completed her Disney College Program and Dobama Theatre Internship and graduated with a BA from Baldwin Wallace University.

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MEET RACHEL FINK, CPH’S NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR! By Craig Joseph, Literary Director What are you looking forward to as you return to Cleveland...

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