Cleveland Play House (CPH) is a professional regional theater company located in Cleveland, Ohio. It was founded in 1915 and built its own noted theater complex in 1927. Currently the company performs at the Allen Theatre in Playhouse Square where it has been based since 2011.
Cleveland Play House is organized like most American theater companies, with a board of directors and a number of administrators. The Board of Directors is chaired by Janice E. Focke. The Artistic Director is Laura Kepley and the Managing Director is Kevin Moore. The theater's national directors are Alan Alda, Austin Pendleton, and Joel Grey.
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In the early 1900s Cleveland theatre featured mostly vaudeville, melodrama, burlesque and light entertainment. In 1915 a select group of ten Clevelanders met in the home of Charles S. and Minerva Brooks to discuss the formation of an Art Theatre. Those present in addition to the Brooks were Walter and Julia McCune Flory, Raymond O'Neil, Ernest and Katharine Angell, Henry and Anna Hohnhorst, George Clisbee, Grace Treat, and Marthena Barrie. Together, they formed Cleveland Play House and named Raymond O'Neil as the Director. Their initial productions were performed in a home donated by Cleveland industrialist Francis Drury located at East 85th and Euclid Avenue. O'Neil was a devotee of the artistic ideals of Edward Gordon Craig, and the Play House's earliest productions reflect this. The founders of the Play House were bohemians and suffragists, and were thus outsiders in conservative Cleveland society. As a result, the Play House in its early years performed for a select group of individuals interested in avant-garde art, rather than the larger community of Cleveland.
The Play House was founded midway through a decade of cultural renaissance in Cleveland. Through a partnership of idealistic vision and philanthropic largess, many of Cleveland's major cultural organizations were formed between 1910 and 1920—Cleveland Music School Settlement, Karamu House, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
After moving through several facilities in its first two years, the Play House purchased and renovated a church at Cedar Avenue and East 73rd Street, and opened the Cedar Avenue Theatre in December 1917. The new facility seated 160 and marked a turn toward professionalism. Soon after this, the Play House began to struggle financially, and the Board of Directors became increasingly dissatisfied with Raymond O'Neil's leadership. The resulting arguments led to O'Neil's resignation in 1921. The Board subsequently hired Frederic McConnell as the next Director, along with his associates K. Elmo Lowe and Max Eisenstat as assistants. The three transformed CPH into a popular regional theatre, ushering in a long era of growth and prosperity.
A new Cleveland Play House facility, built in 1927, housed the Brooks Theatre and the Drury Theatre. To accommodate its growth, CPH in 1949 opened the 77th Street Theatre in a converted church, which featured America's first open stage – the forerunner of the thrust stage that was popularized in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1980s, the 77th Street Theatre was closed, Cleveland Play House purchased the Sears building and the world-renowned architect Philip Johnson designed significant additions for the complex, including the Bolton Theatre. With the 1927 buildings, the Sears building and the Johnson buildings taken together, the complex for CPH became the largest regional theatre complex in the country.
In 2009, through a collaboration called "The Power of Three," CPH partnered with Playhouse Square and Cleveland State University to create the new Allen Theatre Complex in downtown Cleveland. In July 2009, CPH sold its building at 86th Street and Euclid Avenue to Cleveland Clinic. In September 2011, CPH kicked off its 96th consecutive season in the transformed Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square. Two new venues adjacent to the Allen Theatre came on board in January 2012, the Second Stage (renamed the Outcalt Theatre in 2014) and the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre. A new production center is now located along the lakeshore in Cleveland, and administrative offices and education center are on East 13th Street.
The list of plays and playwrights that have had premiers at Cleveland Play House is impressive, the most notable being Tennessee Williams' You Touched Me, and Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage. Other notable premiers include The Pleasure of Honesty by Luigi Pirandello, Simone by Ben Hecht, Translations by Brian Friel, A Decent Birth by William Saroyan, Command by William Wister Haines, Ten Times Table by Alan Ayckbourn, The March on Russia by David Storey, The Archbishop's Ceiling by Arthur Miller, First Monday in October by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, Lillian by William Luce, The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel, Jerusalem by Seth Greenland, The Smell of the Kill by Michele Lowe, and Bright Ideas by Eric Coble. Cleveland Play House continues to have a strong commitment to new works, especially those written by Ohio playwrights. The current policy for submission of new plays only permits unsolicited works to be submitted by playwrights who currently reside in the state of Ohio.
At least one mainstage production in each season is a new play.
The Playwrights' Unit is a group of experienced, accomplished playwrights from the Cleveland area who receive creative and administrative support from Cleveland Play House. The Unit meets regularly with members of the CPH artistic staff, where they read their works-in-progress and provide each other with feedback. Many of the plays developed in the Playwrights' Unit have been produced by Cleveland Play House, other Cleveland area theatres, and across the United States. Admission into the Playwrights' Unit is by invitation. Currently the CPH Playwrights' Unit consists of Eric Coble, Michael Geither, David Hansen, Margaret Lynch, Deborah Magid, Michael Oatman & Eric Schmiedl.
Founded in 1996, the MFA program at Cleveland Play House is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University and has a growing national reputation, having produced many successful graduates. The master's degree for actors is a three-year program with a new class beginning study every other year. Tuition is waived, and an annual living stipend is awarded to each student automatically. The most notable graduate to date is Rich Sommer (class of 2004), who is featured on the AMC series Mad Men and had a recurring role on NBC's The Office. Elizabeth A. Davis (class of 2006), was nominated for a Tony for her performance in Once. During the students' third year in the program, they are engaged on an Actors' Equity contract in a Cleveland Play House main stage production. Students conclude their studies by performing in an agent showcase in New York. During their term of study, the students are also cast in readings and other smaller productions. Each year of study focuses on a different area and period of theatre, as well as a cumulative study of voice, movement, and technique.
New Ground Theatre Festival (formerly known as FusionFest) is an annual showcase of new theatrical works. Cleveland Play House develops and presents a variety of new work from nationally recognized artists, and each year produces a centerpiece production. Other offerings range from fully produced large-scale collaborations with peer top-tier organizations to solo performances to readings of plays hot off the writer's printer. The Roe Green Award brings a leading American playwright to Cleveland to develop a new project culminating in a public reading and master class. The first winner of this prestigious award was Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, who spent a week in-residency with CPH to present and discuss her play Daphne's Dive in May 2012.
Cleveland Play House has showcased many playwrights and their emerging work at New Ground Theatre Festival, including Jordan Harrison (Marjorie Prime, 2013), George Brant (Grounded, 2014), Elizabeth A. Davis (Joe, 2014), Kirsten Greenidge (Little Roe Boat or, Conjecture, 2016), and Eric Coble (Fairfield, 2014, Feed 2016, These Mortal Hosts, 2017).
Alan Alda, Joel Grey, Margaret Hamilton, Paul Newman, Eleanor Parker, June Squibb, Ray Walston Jack Weston Grant Show and James Riordan are among the many actors whose careers began at the Play House which also operates the nation's oldest community-based-theatre-education programs.
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|The Woman in Black||September 15 - October 7||Allen Theatre|
|Sweat||October 13 - November 4||Outcalt Theatre|
|A Christmas Story||November 23 - December 23||Allen Theatre|
|An Iliad||January 12 - February 10||Outcalt Theatre|
|Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood||February 2 - 24||Allen Theatre|
|Tiny Houses||March 23 - April 14||Outcalt Theatre|
|Native Gardens||April 27 - May 19||Allen Theatre|
|Shakespeare in Love||September 9 - October 1||Allen Theatre|
|The Diary of Anne Frank||October 21 - November 19||Outcalt Theatre|
|A Christmas Story||November 24 - December 23||Allen Theatre|
|Marie and Rosetta||January 20 - February 11||Allen Theatre|
|The Invisible Hand||February 17 - March 11||Outcalt Theatre|
|The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee||April 14 - May 6||Allen Theatre|
|The Royale||May 5–27||Outcalt Theatre|
|All the Way||September 17 - October 9||Allen Theatre|
|Sex With Strangers||October 22 - November 13||Outcalt Theatre|
|A Christmas Story||November 25 - December 23||Allen Theatre|
|Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery||January 21 - February 12||Allen Theatre|
|How I Learned to Drive||March 4 - March 26||Allen Theatre|
|Between Riverside and Crazy||April 1–23||Outcalt Theatre|
|Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors||September 5 - October 3||Allen Theatre|
|The Crucible||October 10 - November 8||Outcalt Theatre|
|A Christmas Story||November 27 - December 23||Allen Theatre|
|Little Shop of Horrors||January 9 - February 7||Allen Theatre|
|The Mountaintop||January 23 - February 14||Outcalt Theatre|
|Luna Gale||February 27 - March 20||Allen Theatre|
|Mr. Wolf||April 2–24||Outcalt Theatre|
|Steel Magnolias||May 21 - June 12||Allen Theatre|
|The Little Foxes||September 12 - October 5||Allen Theatre|
|How We Got On||October 24 - November 16||Outcalt Theatre|
|A Christmas Story||November 28 - December 21||Allen Theatre|
|Five Guys Named Moe||January 23 - February 15||Allen Theatre|
|The Pianist of Willesden Lane||February 27 - March 22||Allen Theatre|
|Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike||April 3–26||Allen Theatre|
|Fairfield||May 1 - May 31||Outcalt Theatre|
In the movie Wet Hot American Summer, when upset about the effort of the actors in a camp play, Amy Poehler as "Susie" says: "OK, stop. I feel like I'm watching regional theatre, you guys. God! Am I in the Cleveland Playhouse or something? Your craft is a muscle, you need to exercise it. Take a break; think about what you've done." 
Filmmaker David Wain explained, "The joke was that in saying how bad these campers are, she compares them to a truly respected theater company. I figured why not make a reference to my hometown?" 
The Allen Theatre is one of the theaters in Playhouse Square, the performing arts center on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It was originally designed as a silent movie theater by C. Howard Crane and opened its doors on April 1, 1921 with a capacity of more than 3,000 seats. The first show was of the movie Her Greatest Love, and featured Phil Spitalny and his 35 piece orchestra as live performers. The theater was designed in the Italian Renaissance style and was one of the few "daylight atmospheric" theaters in the country, with a ceiling painted to resemble the open daylight sky. In the lobby, a rotunda was built to resemble the Villa Madama in Rome. The ceiling of the rotunda was decorated with Renaissance-style figures from an unknown artist's imagination which greeted cinema patrons for decades.By the mid-1960s, financial troubles plagued both the Allen and the other downtown theaters. These were primarily caused by the popularity of television and the growing desire for local residents to move away from the city and into the suburbs. On May 7, 1968, the Allen Theatre was closed; it remained vacant for nearly 30 years. The Playhouse Square Association was formed in 1970, and began the revitalization process of the Connor Palace, State and Ohio Theatres; but the Allen remained closed and slated for possible demolition until 1993, when the Playhouse Square Foundation agreed to purchase it. Fully restored to its former glory, the Allen Theatre reopened on October 3, 1998 with 2,500 seats, and became an important venue for hosting touring Broadway musicals and concerts.In 2000, the Cleveland Ballet, which had been performing in the State Theatre, left the city and moved to San Jose, California. This enabled the State Theatre to produce more Broadway shows; but bookings for the Allen Theatre declined. Playhouse Square began to pursue alternative uses for the Allen Theatre, and eventually found it with two nearby organizations: Cleveland Play House and Cleveland State University.Through a collaboration called "The Power of Three," Cleveland Play House, Cleveland State University and Playhouse Square partnered and launched a $32 million renovation project to create the Allen Theatre Complex. The theater itself was closed in 2010, underwent a major transformation, and re-opened on September 16, 2011. The house was reduced from seating 2,500 people to just under 500, creating a much more intimate theatrical setting. Large golden panels were installed along the walls of the theater to improve acoustics; in such a way that they could be taken down again, if desired, to reveal the original artwork still decorating the theater. In addition, two new theater spaces were built as a result of the collaboration. The Outcalt Theatre (originally Second Stage) was constructed as a flexible performance space with multiple configuration possibilities and maximum seating of around 300. The Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre, seating approximately 100 people, was also built as a black box theater to house the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program and other events throughout the year.Betty Mitchell
Bessie "Betty" Mitchell (May 4, 1896 – September 10, 1976) was an American-born Canadian theatre director and educator.
She was born in Sandusky, Ohio and came to Alberta with her mother, brother and sister when she was sixteen, settling on a farm near Oyen. She completed high school by correspondence. Mitchell went on to attend the normal school in Calgary and teach in rural schools. She studied botany at the University of Alberta, where she also first appeared in a drama production. She taught botany in Calgary schools for ten years. Mitchell also helped establish a number of theatre groups there: The Green Room Club in 1930, the Side Door Playhouse in 1932 and Workshop 14 in 1944. Workshop 14 merged with the Mac Theatre Society to form Theatre Calgary, a professional theatre group, in 1966. After the newly-elected Social Credit provincial government incorporated fine arts into the high school curriculum, Mitchell became a high school drama teacher. She was director of drama at Western Canada High School from 1936 to 1961. She was also a director at the Studio Theatre of the University of Alberta. From 1955 to 1960, she was a judge at the Dominion Drama Festival.After Professor Barclay Leathem attended a special presentation of Our Town at Western Canada High School, he recommended Mitchell for a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship. She went on to earn an MA in theatre at the State University of Iowa. A National Research Fellowship from the Cleveland Play House allowed her to visit and study theatre groups in the United States.She died in Calgary at the age of 80.The Betty Mitchell Awards or Bettys were established to recognize the best in Calgary theatre. A theatre at the Allied Arts Centre in Calgary and the Betty Mitchell Theatre at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium were also named in her honour.Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University (also known as Case Western Reserve, Case Western, Case, and CWRU) is a private research university in Cleveland, Ohio. It was created in 1967 through the federation of two longstanding contiguous institutions: Western Reserve University, founded in 1826 and named for its location in the Connecticut Western Reserve, and Case Institute of Technology, founded in 1880 through the endowment of Leonard Case, Jr.. Time magazine described the merger as the creation of "Cleveland's Big-Leaguer" university.Seventeen Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Case Western Reserve or one of its two predecessors. In U.S. News & World Report's 2018 rankings, Case Western Reserve was ranked 37th among national universities and 146th among global universities. In 2016, the inaugural edition of The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) ranked Case Western Reserve as 32nd among all universities and 29th among private institutions.The campus is approximately 5 miles (8 km) east of Downtown Cleveland in the neighborhood known as University Circle, an area encompassing 550 acres (220 ha) containing what has been called the greatest concentration of educational, medical, and cultural institutions within one square mile of the United States. Case Western Reserve has a number of programs taught in conjunction with University Circle institutions, including the Cleveland Clinic, the University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Cleveland Play House. Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra, resides on Case Western Reserve campus.
Case Western Reserve is particularly well known for its medical school, business school, dental school, law school, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (named for former U.S. Representative Frances P. Bolton), Department of Biomedical Engineering and its biomedical teaching and research capabilities. Case Western Reserve is a member of the Association of American Universities. Case is a leading institution for research in electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering.
The famous Michelson–Morley interferometer experiment was conducted in 1887 in the basement of a campus dormitory by Albert A. Michelson of Case School of Applied Science and Edward W. Morley of Western Reserve University. This experiment proved the non-existence of the luminiferous ether and was later understood as convincing evidence in support of special relativity as proposed by Albert Einstein in 1905. Michelson became the first American to win a Nobel Prize in science. The commemorative Michelson-Morley Memorial Fountain as well as an Ohio Historical Marker are located on campus, near where the actual experiment was performed.Chad Willett
Chad Willett (born October 10, 1971, British Columbia) is a Canadian actor and producer who has worked for over 20 years as a professional in film, television and theatre. His films include Hector and the Search for Happiness, starring Simon Pegg, and Monster Trucks directed by Chris Wedge.
Willett produced and starred in the film Becoming Redwood in 2011. The film won the 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival Most Popular Canadian Film Award. In 2010, Willett received a Leo Award for his portrayal of the small town redneck antagonist in the film Cole, directed by Carl Bessai.Alive, directed by Frank Marshall and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, was his first Hollywood movie. In the CBS miniseries, Joan of Arc, Willett starred alongside Leelee Sobieski, Peter O'Toole, and Shirley MacLaine. In the CBS event movie, The Locket, he worked with Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave, as a young man caring for an aging lady in a nursing home.Other notable television credits include series regular roles on The Chronicle, Jack & Jill, Charmed, Madison, and guest appearances on House M.D., Bones, NCIS, Human Target, The Secret Circle, Supernatural.Willett's theatre credits include the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Proof, at the Cleveland Play House and As Bees in Honey Drown, at the Pasadena Playhouse, the California state theatre.Crime and Punishment (play)
Crime and Punishment is a stage adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky′s classic novel Crime and Punishment. The authors, Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus, created a 90-minute, three-person play, with each character playing multiple roles.The play was performed at 59E59 St Theater with Writers′ Theatre in 2007 in New York City. The New York Times, in its positive review of the play, rhetorically asked, “Who would have thought that the novel no high school student has ever finished reading would make such engrossing theater?” before promising that the Campbell and Columbus′ stage adaptation would “banish any bad memories you might have of trying to struggle through Dostoyevsky’s book.” The show received positive reviews in The Washington Post, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer and The Seattle Times, as well.The play was performed by the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia in 2006 and the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md., in 2007. In 2009, it was staged by Seattle′s Intiman Theatre, the Cleveland Play House, and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and by the Kentucky Repertory Theatre in November 2010. It will be performed by the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company in early 2011.Campbell previously wrote My Own Stranger, which was adapted from the works of poet Anne Sexton, The Beats, which featured the material of beat poets including Allen Ginsberg (played by David Cromer), and The Gospel According to Mark Twain.The play won Chicago′s 2003 Joseph Jefferson Award, Best New Adaptation.Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Cuyahoga County ( or KY-ə-HOG-ə or KY-ə-HOH-gə) is a county in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2016 United States Census estimates, the population was 1,249,352, making it the second most populous county in the state. Its county seat is Cleveland. The county is named after the Iroquoian word Cuyahoga, which means 'crooked river'. The name is also assigned to the Cuyahoga River, which bisects the county.
Cuyahoga County is included in the Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Former U.S. President James A. Garfield was born in what was Cuyahoga County's Orange Township.David Hansen (playwright)
David Hansen (born July 26, 1968) is an American actor, director, and a member of the Cleveland Play House Playwrights Unit. He is the founder of Dobama's Night Kitchen and co-founder of Guerrilla Theater Company and Bad Epitaph Theater Company, and is a recipient of a 2010 Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.He is a graduate of Bay Village High School, and holds a degree in Theater from Ohio University. He is married to writer Toni Thayer. He is currently Education Outreach Associate for Great Lakes Theater.Eric Coble
Eric Coble is an American playwright and screenwriter. He is a member of the Playwrights' Unit of the Cleveland Play House.
Eric Coble was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised on the Navajo and Ute reservations in New Mexico and Colorado. Before turning to playwriting, he received his BA in English from Fort Lewis College in Colorado, and his MFA in acting from Ohio University.Five Guys Named Moe
Five Guys Named Moe is a musical with a book by Clarke Peters and lyrics and music by Louis Jordan and others. The musical is based on an earlier musical short of the same name by Louis Jordan from 1943. It had its UK debut in 1990 at Theatre Royal Stratford East, running for over four years in the West End, and then premiering on Broadway in 1992. It was revived in 2010 at Edinburgh Festival, starring Peters himself, and returned later in 2010 to the theatre in which it originally premiered. The musical won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.
Nomax, whose girlfriend has left him and who is without money, finds Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe emerging from his 1930s-style radio to comfort him. They sing the hit songs of songwriter and saxophonist Louis Jordan, whose new slant on jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s.June Squibb
June Louise Squibb (born November 6, 1929) is an American actress.Leading Ladies
Ken Ludwig's Leading Ladies is a comedy play by Ken Ludwig. It involves two Shakespearean actors who find themselves in the Amish country of York, Pennsylvania, mounting Shakespeare plays. The play, a co-production of the Alley Theatre (Houston) and The Cleveland Play House, premiered in 2004, directed by Ludwig.Murphy Guyer
Murphy Guyer (born December 25, 1952) is an American actor, playwright, writer and director, best known for his plays and for appearances in the films The Devil's Advocate (1997), The Jackal (1997) and Arthur (2011).Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, better known by its acronym, MOCA, is a contemporary art museum located in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1968 by Marjorie Talalay, Agnes Gund, and Nina Castelli Sundell as The New Gallery, the museum was renamed the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art in 1984. In order to expand its exhibition space, in 1990 the museum moved to a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) former Sears store on Carnegie Avenue that is now part of the Cleveland Play House complex which was renovated by Richard Fleischman + Partners Architects, Inc. to retrofit the space. In 2002, CCCA changed its name to Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.
On October 8, 2012 the new $27.2 million home for MOCA opened to the public at the corner of Mayfield Road and Euclid Avenue. The new building was designed by world-famous architect Farshid Moussavi.Paul DeBoy
Paul DeBoy (born September 14, 1955 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American actor. He is best known for appearances in A Dirty Shame as Wendell Doggett, Red Dead Redemption as Jimmy Saint, Haber as Bernhard Moritz and for episodes of Law & Order and Law & Order Trial by Jury. DeBoy is a member of Naked Angels Tuesdays@9.
Paul played Harry Bright in the North American Tour of "Mamma Mia!". Paul covered two roles in 2nd Stages production of Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. He has a long history in regional theatre, including Clean House at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Heartbreak House at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Real Thing at Pioneer Theatre, Sight Unseen at Manhattan Theatre Club; Sylvia at Cleveland Play House; ...Young Lady From Rwanda at The Kansas City Rep., The Swan at American Stage, Cat on A Hot Tin Roof at Studio Arena Theatre; Blithe Spirit at The Olney Theatre, and The Einstein Project at Theatre for The First Amendment.
DeBoy studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Royal Academy in London.Playhouse Square
Playhouse Square is a theater district in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, USA. It is the largest performing arts center in the United States outside of New York. (Only Lincoln Center in New York City is larger.) Constructed in a span of 19 months in the early 1920s, the theaters were subsequently closed down, but were revived through a grassroots effort. Their renovation and reopening helped usher in a new era of downtown revitalization in Cleveland, and was called "one of the top ten successes in Cleveland history."The Archbishop's Ceiling
The Archbishop's Ceiling is a drama written in the 1970s by Arthur Miller. It was originally produced at the John F. Kennedy Center in 1977, but failed to attract the attention of Broadway. Miller subsequently re-worked the play, with a revised script premiering at Cleveland Play House in 1984 under the direction of Jonathan Bolt.The setting is an ornate room in a former Archbishop's palace in an Eastern European capital, a room which has probably been bugged by the secret police. The central character is a middle-aged author, Sigmund, who, having embarrassed the current regime, is faced with the choice of detention and punishment or defection to the West. He is encouraged in the latter by two of his former friends, also writers, his compatriot Marcus, an ex-political prisoner now in favor with the regime, and Adrian, a visiting American with strongly liberal ideals. The situation is complicated by the presence of Maya, a poet and actress, who has been the mistress of all three. It is the complexity of the relationship of these four, the inextricable interweaving of politics, art and sex, and the constant uncertainty as to whether what they say may be overheard that makes for a rich and deeply intriguing play - and one which raises questions not only about morality but individual responsibility.The Helen Lab Theatre
The Helen Lab Theatre is a theater on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, part of Playhouse Square. The smallest of three venues used by the Cleveland State University Department of Theatre and Dance and Cleveland Play House.The Little Foxes
The Little Foxes is a 1939 play by Lillian Hellman, considered a classic of 20th century drama. Its title comes from Chapter 2, Verse 15 of the Song of Solomon in the King James version of the Bible, which reads, "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes." Set in a small town in Alabama in 1900, it focuses on the struggle for control of a family business. Tallulah Bankhead starred in the original production as Regina Hubbard Giddens.The Smell of the Kill
The Smell of the Kill is a play by Michele Lowe that premiered at Cleveland Play House in 1999. It opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre in March 2002. The cast starred Lisa Emery, Claudia Shear and Jessica Stone, with direction by Christopher Ashley. It closed after 40 performances.