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SHOUT! SISTER, SHOUT! CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE
ANNOUNCES LEADING LADIES OF MARIE AND ROSETTA
Miche Braden and Chaz Hodges to play Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight
CLEVELAND, OH (November 28, 2017) Cleveland Play House (CPH) is proud to announce the triumphant return of Miche Braden to CPH., where she will star as Sister Rosetta Tharpe alongside CPH newcomer Chaz Hodges as Marie Knight in The Atlantic Theater production of Marie and Rosetta. Written by George Brant, and directed by Neil Pepe, Marie and Rosetta runs January 20 through February 11, 2018 in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square. Marie and Rosetta is a co-production with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
“I am thrilled to be working with Miche Braden and Chaz Hodges,” says Marie and Rosetta Director Neil Pepe. “They are both outstanding actors and I have been a great fan of their work for some time. Some may remember Miche’s terrific performance as Bessie Smith in (the CPH Production of) The Devil’s Music, and Chaz has been doing wonderful work on the west coast and had originally played the role of Marie in two developmental workshops. I couldn’t be more excited to see them bring Marie and Rosetta to life in Cleveland.”
Miche Braden returns to Cleveland Play House after a successful run as Bessie Smith in 2013’s production of The Devil’s Music: The Life and Times of Bessie Smith. The Plain Dealer stated, “Braden commands the stage every moment and thoroughly enjoys the ride.” Star 102 Radio noted, “Not only was she vocally perfect, but her acting and stage presence are commanding from the second she takes the stage.” Braden will portray rock legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who is nicknamed “The Godmother of Rock-and-Roll” and influenced the careers of artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Little Richard.
Making her CPH debut is Chaz Hodges, who has appeared in such productions as In the Red and Brown Water, A Lie of the Mind, Little Children Dream of God, all at La Jolla Playhouse, and received her MFA from the University of California San Diego. Chaz will take on the role of Marie Knight, the talented singer who toured with Sister Rosetta Tharpe. in the 1940s and helped pioneer ideas of what rock music could be, melding gospel and secular music together to form a hand-clapping, hip-shaking sound no one had ever heard before.
Additional casting for Marie and Rosetta will be released in December, complete with full cast and crew biographies.
CPH will hold a “Rock Like Rosetta!” Cover Song Contest now through January 5, 2018. Open to all, participants are encouraged to showcase their talents by choosing one of five iconic Sister Rosetta Tharpe songs and submitting a video cover song for a chance to perform at the Opening Night cast party of the show on January 26, 2018. All entries will receive a discount code for tickets to a performance of their choice (based on availability). Select covers will be featured on the CPH Social Media channels, and the Top 3 covers will get tickets to a performance of Marie and Rosetta. All bands or performers entering the contest grant permission to CPH to use the band’s performance submission on its social media networks and for promotional purposes. No ticket purchases are necessary to win, and full rules and details can be found online at: https://goo.gl/iJ1vJx. Entries will be accepted through January 5, and all contestants will be notified about the results on or before January 19, 2018.
Marie and Rosetta will take place in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square from January 20-February 11, 2018. Tickets range from $25-$110 each, $15 rush tickets for currently enrolled students under age 25 with valid student ID, and Young Professional discounts available with YP-CPH Membership. To order single tickets please call 216-241-6000 or visit clevelandplayhouse.com. Groups of 10+ save up to 50% off single ticket prices; call 216-400-7027.
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ABOUT CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE
CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE, founded in 1915 and recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is America’s first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, CPH has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate, and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. CPH has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,600 productions. Today, Cleveland Play House celebrates the beginning of its second century of service while performing in three state-of-the art venues at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. www.clevelandplayhouse.com
Cleveland Play House is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.
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The word has tremendous power. It seems to be a defining feature of most people’s psyche. The word can cause great euphoria, and a sense of achievement. But, on the other hand, the word can cause great strife and disconnection that even a Xanax bar would hardly make a dent. Thus, the journey of the human spirit to belong and connect is at the core of the protagonist, brought to life by the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning playwright Eugene O’Neill.
Written in 1921, this iconic piece of expressionist drama is a searing social commentary on the divide between the rich and poor. Yank (riveting Joseph Milan), an unthinking laborer, embarks on a search for a sense of belonging in a world controlled by the wealthy. His journey from the bowels of a transatlantic ocean liner to the wealthy neighborhoods of New York society serve as a metaphor for the struggle between the working man and the industrial complex found at the heart of the play.
Joe Milan as Yank
Director Ian Wolfgang Hinz has created a minimalist presentation of the play, which focuses the attention of the audience on the character study of each actor. The company moves well in tandem to present this particular journey. Overall, to great effect, but there are some performances that stand out.
The show is led by Milan, who turns in an excellent interpretation of Yank. I have to state that this performance is another solid acting turn from Milan, who consistently produces engaging theatre whenever he hits the boards. In fact, I think he is one of the most consistently solid actors in the city. Always engaging. Always professional quality. Watching the arc of his pursuit to belong is heart wrenching. Every hurdle he hits feels like a punch in the gut. His decline to a caged end, caps off a searing portrayal.
Joe Milan as Yank
Allen Branstein, as Paddy, brings some drunken realness to the party. Representing the one guy at the party that launches into psychological tormented stories, and demonstrative monologues of astute interpretations of life. Right before you put him to bed. There is a defeated quality to the old man at sea, and it is presented with great precision, even though the accent is a bit hard to unravel at points. But, the feeling is not veiled at all.
Joe Milan as Hank, Allen Branstein as Paddy, Company
James Rankin as Long, is serving up some major mustache, along with a precise and engaging personae. As he engages the company, he creates a dramatic presence and holds the stage with confidence and bravado, while providing just below the surface tension, that beautifully increase the dynamics.
Mary Alice Beck brings her superb sense of timing and comedic skills to the role of Mildred Douglas’s (Brittany Ganser) Aunt. She is serving major face during her scenes with Ganser, and the result is delightful. Providing a strong sense of righteous indignation, and also, “you will reap what you sow child” bravado. Beautiful work. Ganser brings her sass and attitude to set up the wounding encounter with Yank.
Joe Milan as Yank
Out of nowhere comes Keith Kornajcik, playing the Secretary of the Labor Union and dismisses Yank’s ideas of violent rebellion in favor of peaceful strikes, and the passing out of pamphlets. He does this with a strong and confident poise. His commanding voice demands attention, and his scene is delivered with pitch perfect focus.
The rest of the company is dead on. Whit Lowell, Santino Montanez, Kyle Huff, Aziz Ghrabat and August Scarpelli all deliver the goods.
Steve Vasse-Hansell, August Scarpelli, Aziz Ghrabat, Kyle Huff, & Santino Montanez.
Director Hinz has put together a great show. Bringing an American classic to the stage with focus and spirit. Walter Boswell’s Set Design is really interesting. A raked stage with inventive coal ovens, jail cells, city skyline, and a descending cage that enhances the dramatic ending. Costume Design by Meg Parish, certainly creates the worker, and the high society, which is key to understanding the pain of Yank’s journey. Andrew Eckert’s Lighting Design brings isolated energy to scenes that are strategically placed on the sparse set. Clear delineations of where we are physically in the play. Becca Moseley and Hinz’s Sound Design was on point. Moseley also added her artistic touch with designing the society masks. Technical Director Stephen Vasse-Hassell brings all the elements together with smooth and effective precision.
Photo Credit: Celeste Cosentino
Cleveland Stage Alliance – Kevin Kelly
$12-$25 General Admission
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2843 Washington Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44118
Director: Ian Wolfgang Hinz
Western Reserve Playhouse is pleased to present a staged reading of
Heavy Lies the Crown which will run for ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY December 10
Heavy Lies the Crown is the lively history of the life & death of the
kings & queens of England told through tales, poems, letters & dialogue.
It gives audiences insight into stories of the succession of royalty &
how it shaped our world. At times, the monarchs own words are used to
describe their lives.
The cast features theatre luminaries Tom Stephan & Harriet DeVeto, as
well as Co-Artistic Director Brian Westerley.
Show Time: 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 10th.
Admission: $10 for everyone
To reserve tickets, please visit our website:
The venue is located at 3326 Everett Rd., Bath, OH.
Thank you & Happy Thanksgiving!
Western Reserve Playhouse
$15 General Admission
$15 General Admission
THE 3RD ANNUAL CLEVELAND PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Free! No tickets or reservations required.
Intended for adults and teens.
Playwrights Local announces the 3rd Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival, the latest staging of this free, annual celebration of dramatic writing in Northeast Ohio. Presented on Saturday, September 23, the Festival features open workshop and craft talk sessions, new plays by local authors, a special video screening, co-presentations with related companies, and much more! Sessions run from noon to midnight at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts in North Collinwood (397 E. 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110). All offerings are open to the public with no tickets or reservations necessary.
SCHEDULE & INFO
FEATURED PLAYWRIGHTS & WORKS
Vickie L. Williams: Axe Under the Bed
Stuart Hoffman: Broken Wings
Daniel McNamara: The Story of Mr Not So Well
David Ritchey: A Boy and His Bullies
Daniel Telford: Balloons on the Road
Craig A. Webb: Elbow Room
Rachel Zake: It’s Just Pudding
Brian Zoldessy: DIY
FEATURED TEACHERS & PANELISTS
THIS YEAR’S GUEST PRESENTERS
The Dramatists Guild
The Oatman Players
The Bessemer Project
The Importance of Being Earnest Will Be Presented on August 18-20, 25-27 at Yoga Central, 4626 Cleveland Avenue North, Canton
The Canal Fulton Players are proud to present Oscar Wilde’s romantic comedy of deception and chicanery, The Importance of Being Earnest, on August 18-20, 25-27, 2017 at Yoga Central, 4626 Cleveland Avenue North, Canton, Ohio. This new venue gives the players a new perspective as to the presentation of comedies. Yoga Central has large room with a raised stage with numerous doors to enter and exit to add to the hijinks involved in this play.
The Importance of Being Earnest is a play in which two men assume the same identity to deceive the general public and loved ones. The inclusion of two men who are never seen or heard adds to the frivolity as each character either kills these men off or resurrects them out of thin air. Confusion reigns supreme as two women believe that they are engaged to be married only to find out that there is no fiancé to marry. Just as confusion reigns supreme, the chicanery unravels quickly but not before the two men employ other devices to obtain their goals. Unfortunately, they discover that their loved ones and others use deception to thwart them. Is there an Ernest among the cast? Who is this fellow Bunbury? Is Jack who he says he is? And what about this Miss Prism?
Making up the cast are:
Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm. Sunday matinee performances are at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, and $8.00 for seniors and children under the age of twelve. Reservations can be made for any performance by calling Dave Van Gaasbeek at 330-494-1022 or 330-854-4387 or Yoga Central at 330-499-2863.