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New Ground Theatre Festival

Roe Green, Honorary Producer bio

Cleveland Play House is pleased to announce the return of the New Ground Theatre Festival, this season as the two-part virtual event Mapping New Ground now on demand!

Mapping New Ground is a celebration of Cleveland-inspired new play development at Cleveland Play House. This season's festival features play excerpts written by five groundbreaking playwrights commissioned through the Roe Green Fund for New American Plays: George Brant, Vichet Chum, Jessica Dickey, Chelsea Marcantel, and Charly Evon Simpson.

Mapping New Ground will provide audiences with the opportunity to meet the five playwrights and get a preview of their plays in progress. Playwrights will dialogue with special guests and instrumental collaborators from Cleveland and beyond, offering a deeper look into the worlds of the newly commissioned plays, as well as the stories and people that inspired them. Additionally, CPH is thrilled to unveil an interactive component of Mapping New Ground, which can be experienced virtually or in-person.

Tickets to both events are Pay What You Can starting at $5 each.

Roe Green is the Honorary Producer of New Ground Theatre Festival.
KeyBank is Presenting Sponsor of the 2020-21 Theatre Season at Cleveland Play House.
Additional funding for New Ground Theatre Festival is provided by Case Western Reserve University and Vitamix.

EXPLORE THE LOCATIONS BEHIND THE SHOWS
This year's New Ground Theatre Festival features five productions set around Cleveland. Use our interactive map to explore and discover the details behind the scenes.

Explore Cleveland using our in-person activities map and step into its stories through a series of curated routes and activities. This fun, self-guided experience is part scavenger hunt and part history tour! Whether you have a day, an hour, or only five minutes, there’s an exciting adventure just waiting for you.

Past Shows

Crooked River Burning

Crooked River Burning

May 15 - 15, 2021

Cleveland Heights resident George Brant will discuss and introduce excerpts from his new play, Crooked River Burning based on the Mark Winegardner novel, which includes stories about Alan Freed, Dorothy Fuldheim, and Carl Stokes. CLICK HERE to order on demand.

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Lake Erie Oubliette

Lake Erie Oubliette

May 15 - 15, 2021

Chelsea Marcantel will present her research on spiritualism and its ties to Cleveland, while guest artist Kate Eastman (Cath in Tiny Houses) gives Chelsea a three-card tarot reading. CLICK HERE to order on demand.

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 I’m Back Now

I’m Back Now

May 15 - 15, 2021

Charly Evon Simpson will share the inspiration for her new play, I’m Back Now, based on Clevelander Sara Lucy Bagby, the last person in the United States prosecuted under the Fugitive Slave Act. While Bagby’s final resting place is in Cleveland’s historic Woodland Cemetery, Charly reflects on this fascinating saga in African American history through a walking tour of Greenwood Cemetery near her Brooklyn, NY home. CLICK HERE to order on demand.

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Liébling

Liébling

May 15 - 15, 2021

Vichet Chum will share two excerpts from his new play-in-progress, Liébling. We catch up with protagonist Sovanna in Cleveland as he encounters the ghost of his partner’s Cambodian/German/Hungarian grandmother and later we see Sovanna as he mentors a Gen-Z visual artist. CLICK HERE to order on demand.

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The Ghost Tour

The Ghost Tour

May 15 - 15, 2021

Jessica Dickey will perform an excerpt from her new play, The Ghost Tour, inspired in part by the Variety Theatre on Lorain Avenue. CLICK HERE to order on demand.

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