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New Ground Theatre Festival

Roe Green, Honorary Producer bio

Every year, Cleveland Play House celebrates the art of playwriting by inviting actors, directors, and dramaturgs to workshop new plays, offer insights to the visiting playwrights, and inspire the next phase of the scripts’ development. The most exciting part of this festival is hearing an audience respond to a new play being read aloud for the first time — with laughter, tears, gasps, and applause.

We hope you’ll join us for both weeks of this year’s New Ground Theatre Festival, featuring:

DRAMA: four brand-new stories from the hands of some of America’s brightest playwrights;
DIALOGUE: an opportunity to respond to our playwrights’ questions about the next steps in their writing process; and
DINNER: a chance to enjoy a delicious meal, alongside other theatre lovers in Cleveland and artists from the readings.

This year's New Ground Festival will feature dinner in between the two readings each Saturday — a chance to enjoy a delicious meal alongside other theatre lovers in Cleveland and artists from the readings.

SINGLE TICKETS • $15
READING & DINNER• $45
TWO READINGS & DINNER • $55

Current and Upcoming Shows

The Price of the Ticket

The Price of the Ticket

June 15, 2024

On the cusp of the Civil War, slavecatchers are infiltrating Cleveland, Ohio, trying to kidnap Black individuals escaping to freedom in Canada. Everyone wants local barber John Wheeler to protest these abductions, but he resists becoming an activist. Is he trying to placate his white clientele, or are there deeper reasons for his silence? And how will his reticence affect his romance with a young teacher who wants him to take a stand? With suspense and high stakes, The Price of the Ticket explores the dilemma of when to speak up and when silence has power.

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To Keep and Bear

To Keep and Bear

June 15, 2024

An idealistic young congresswoman meets her nemesis, a tech billionaire, who blindsides her with a bizarre proposal: to create a town in America that has no guns. Her journey is both a personal story of how loss provokes a search for meaning, and a hilarious examination of the complicated issue of gun control in our country — complete with outlandish personalities, comic reversals, and a gaggle of singing children.

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Standardized Patient

Standardized Patient

June 22, 2024

What leads someone to become a standardized patient, engaging in role play to help doctors develop a compassionate bedside manner? Listening to the humorous and heart-wrenching stories from the actors he’s interviewing, Derrick, a documentary filmmaker, quickly learns about the roots of empathy, how unsympathetic doctors can learn kindness, and what happens when the line between reality and fiction starts to blur. When his subjects start inquiring about his own medical history and trauma, Derrick is forced to reckon with a form of healing that goes beyond the mere physical.

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The Unexpected 3rd

The Unexpected 3rd

June 22, 2024

Deep into her 3rd (and final) act of being a person, Kathryn Grody investigates an eclectic, devastating, and hilarious potpourri of shocking discoveries as she finds herself — at 75 — becoming not quite old, but elder. Another Boomer that didn’t think the aging process would apply to her, Grody enters elderhood with equal parts empowerment and bewilderment. Marching onward through crumbling democracy, a boiling planet, and an increasingly dead roster of friends and colleagues, she is buoyed by discovering parts of herself she didn’t know were in hiding, waiting for this period to bloom. Mother, artist, wife, grandmother, friend, and accidental social media influencer, Kathryn Grody is astonished with her life, your life, and the stunning, deeply-felt, heart-breaking impermanence of it all.

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Our Theatres

Allen Theatre

Allen Theatre

Helen Theatre

Helen Theatre

Outcalt Theatre

Outcalt Theatre

The Allen, Helen and Outcalt theatres are located at Playhouse Square
1407 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115

Administrative Offices and Education Center
1901 E. 13th Street, Suite 200 Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 400-7000

Production Center
7401 Detour Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103

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