If you haven’t experienced the work of this theatre, please put it on your to-do list for 2015.This place thinks outside the box and bun, as it serves riveting theatre. For the coming season, an expanded repertoire of “What the sam hill was that?” and “Now, that was cool”, will penetrate your theatrical hearts.
2438 Scranton Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44113
For further information or to
schedule interviews, please contact
Artistic Director Clyde Simon at 216-401-3099
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANNOUNCING THE CONVERGENCE-CONTINUUM 2015 SEASON
Starting Feb 12 and running through Dec 19, convergence-continuum will present a jampacked
season of innovative, cutting-edge theatre at the intimate Liminis theater in
Cleveland’s historic Tremont neighborhood.
SPECIAL PRE-SEASON EVENT: NEOMFA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL – Feb 12-21
one new full-length play and two new one-act plays by three different local MFA playwrights.
Produced in collaboration with the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts (NEOMFA) in Creative
Writing and Cleveland State University.
SERIES ONE: TAKING RISKS. In this three-play series the styles vary significantly, but the
common thread is that in each play the characters purposefully take action on extreme, risky
choices, either to greatly rewarding or disastrous results. The plays themselves are also all
edgy, risky choices in terms of subject matter, form and presentation style. All three plays will
be Ohio premieres.
ISAAC’S EYE by Lucas Hnath – quirky, funky send-up of historical dramas
March 20-April 11 – Directed by Clyde Simon
WOLVES by Steve Yockey – sharp, darkly funny urban fairy tale
May 8-30 – Directed by Cory Molner
THE TRAIN PLAY, or The Reckless Ruthless Brutal Charge of It by Liz Duffy Adams –
comic-poetic collision course with time, history and a supernatural climax – June 26-July 18 –
Directed by Clyde Simon
SERIES TWO: MAKING IT UP AS YOU GO. The plays of the series take provocative,
thoughtful and amusing looks at the frequently risky choices and the resulting adjustments
that people make in fashioning their lives and relationships.
TEAR IT OFF by Mike Geither – reality-bending world premiere by Cleveland playwright –
August 14-Sept 5 – Directed by Karen Randoja
THE HAPPY SAD by Ken Urban (regional premiere) – comedy with songs looks at tangled
romantic attachments – Oct 2-24 – Directed by Tyson Douglas Rand
BOB: A LIFE IN FIVE ACTS by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (Ohio premiere) – comic mix of epic
theatre and vaudeville takes on the American Dream – Nov 20-Dec 19 – Directed by Geoffrey
NEW ONE-WEEKEND EVENTS: TWEENER SOLOS
In between regular season productions we’ll be presenting special one-person shows
performed by some of the area’s outstanding actors.
FURTHER DETAILS of all the plays can be found in the following Background Information
and at our website http://convergence-continuum.org/
CONVERGENCE-CONTINUUM’S 2015 SEASON: CHOICES / RISKS
SERIES ONE: TAKING RISKS. All three plays will be Ohio premieres. Series One is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
ISAAC’S EYE by Lucas Hnath
March 20 – April 11
Directed by Clyde Simon
As a young man, Isaac Newton did an experiment in which he inserted a long needle through his tear duct to the back of his eye. No one now knows why or what he was trying to prove by this risky behavior. Lucas Hnath has used this weird factoid, along with actual historical events and a whole bunch of made-up stuff involving Isaac’s somewhat girlfriend and a lecherous Sir Robert Hooke, to create a highly original and truly quirky look at what drove the brilliant but troubled rural farm boy, Isaac, to become one of the modern world’s greatest thinkers.
WOLVES by Steve Yockey
May 8 – 30
Directed by Cory Molner
Wolves is a sharp, darkly funny urban fable that takes place during a long and terrible night at the apartment of Ben and his roommate and onetime boyfriend, Jack. Ben, clearly never the most stable of young men, has recently moved from a small town to the big city, where his vulnerability has turned into full-blown paranoia about the place where he lives, which he likens to a “deep, dark forest,” and an outrageous fear of the “wolves”that prowl it. To taunt the needy Ben and to prove that the city isn’t what he imagines it to be, Jack brings home a “wolf” from a bar one night. Things turn violent and it’s up to the icily glamorous and bitingly funny female narrator to guide us through to the end of this postmodern fracturing of the Red Riding Hood yarn.
THE RECKLESS RUTHLESS BRUTAL CHARGE OF IT OR, THE TRAIN PLAY by Liz Duffy Adams
June 26 – July 18
Directed by Clyde Simon
A comi-threnody. Late at night somewhere in America, on a train hurtling towards infinity, eight strangers meet. A twelve-year-old with the powers of a comic book heroine manipulates time and the lives of a jaded Earth Goddess, an unraveling physicist fleeing a terrifying truth she’s only glimpsed, an Irishman on the lam from predatory angels, a reluctant travel writer and three Russian brothers on a musical mission. While they ride,the destruction of the universe looms as they speed along a comic-poetic collision course with time, history, and a supernatural climax.SERIES TWO: MAKING IT UP AS YOU GO. The three plays of the second series take provocative, thoughtful and amusing looks at the frequently risky choices and the resulting adjustments that people make in fashioning their lives and relationships.
TEAR IT OFF by Mike Geither (world premiere)
August 14 – September 5
Directed by Karen Randoja
Two sisters pass the time by writing a romance novel. But when their handyman becomes their co-author, the line between reality and fiction blurs. In the guise of a handsome pilot, he inspires plane crashes, bear attacks, near drownings and rescues. Inhibitions get left behind in a pile in the Canadian wilderness and on the living room floor, as they find themselves living the hot and steamy clichés of their book. This world premiere by Cleveland playwright Mike Geither will be directed by guest director Karen Randoja, a founding member of Canada’s Primus Theatre and recognized as among Toronto’s most prominent experimental theatre directors.
THE HAPPY SAD by Ken Urban (regional premiere)
October 2 – 24
Directed by Tyson Douglas Rand
Armed with art and flowers, Stan brunches with his girlfriend Annie only to discover that she wants to take a break. Aaron suggests to his boyfriend Marcus that they make a change in their long-term relationship. In a city with too many options, the lives of these two couples become intertwined when Stan and Marcus meet online and hook up. Meanwhile all their other friends have their own complex interlocked love triangles. A comedy with songs, The Happy Sad takes on open relationships, sexual confusion and figuring out what you really want from life.
BOB: A LIFE IN FIVE ACTS by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (Ohio premiere)
November 20 – December 19
Directed by Geoffrey Hoffman
Born and abandoned in the bathroom of a fast food restaurant, Bob energetically embarks on an epic journey across America and encounters inspiring generosity, crushing hardships, blissful happiness, stunning coincidences, wrong turns, lucky breaks, true love and heartbreaking loss. Along the way, Bob meets a myriad of fellow countrymen all struggling to find their own place in the hullaballoo of it all. Will Bob’s real life ever be able to live up to his dream? Bob is a comedic exploration of American mythology and values, the treacherous pursuit of happiness, and discovering what it means to be truly “great.”
SPECIAL PRE-SEASON EVENT: The NEOMFA Playwrights Festival, February 12 – 21
For the fourth year, convergence-continuum continues its successful collaboration with Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Cleveland State University. This time we will be presenting one new fulllength play and two new one-act plays by three different local MFA playwrights. The full-length play will be presented on one weekend (Thu-Sat at 8 pm), and the two one-acts will be presented as a double bill on the other. These plays are the work of three of the playwrights undertaking three years of intensive study in the NEOMFA in Creative Writing program, a consortium of Cleveland State University, Kent State University, University of Akron and Youngstown State University.
Further details on the plays and playwrights will be sent in a subsequent press release and posted on the website (convergence-continuum.org) and our Facebook page.
NEW, ONE-WEEKEND SPECIAL EVENTS: ‘TWEENER SOLOS In between regular season productions we’ll be presenting special one-person shows performed by some ofthe area’s outstanding actors.
April 23-25: Robert Hawkes in An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by
Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening by Mickle Maher. An ingenious one-man retooling of the Faust Legend.
June 11-13 and July 30-August 1: To be announced. Further details will be sent in subsequent press
releases and posted on the website (convergence-continuum.org) and our Facebook page.
September 17-19: Chuck Richie in Bloodline. Conceived and written by Chuck Richie and his ancestors.
The past is present, the present is past. Discovering identity and truth through the voices that came before.
The Company: convergence-continuum
Founded in 2001 by Clyde Simon (Artistic Director) and Brian Breth, convergence-continuum
presented its first production (Quills) in 2002. The company’s artistic home, in the Tremont
neighborhood of Cleveland, is the Liminis, an intimate, versatile, storefront performance space, with
maximum seating of 40-50 depending on the set-up for each show. The company produces
innovative alternative/experimental theatre work by living playwrights, and completely transforms the
Liminis for each show, immersing audiences into the world of the play in up-close productions.
The company seeks to create a core ensemble that continues to work together over the long term in
exploring and developing its artistic voice, and performance and production practices, to create upclose,
environmentally staged productions that challenge the status quo and extend the boundaries
of theatre. The 2015 Season will be its 14th