Cleveland Public Theatre 2015-2016 season opens with


By Nassim Soleimanpour


Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Public Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan announces the launch CPT’s 2015-2016 season, featuring the regional premiere of White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour, produced in association with Aurora Nova Productions.

When playwright Nassim Soleimanpour was barred from leaving his native Iran due to his status as a conscientious objector* to military service, he transformed his isolation into a theatrical work that could cross boundaries freely—with no director, no set and a different actor performing each night—to explore themes of authority, obedience and social conditioning. White Rabbit Red Rabbit bridges a connection between playwright, actor and audience in a uniquely “live” theatrical experiment that is laced with humor, intimate revelation and a “menagerie of allegorical animals” (BBC News) that give the play its title.

CPT’s production will feature 16 Cleveland notables—each of whom will be handed the script in an envelope just moments before walking onstage, receiving no prior information about the production except to bring a water bottle and prepare an impersonation of an ostrich. CPT will provide a light reception and post-show discussion following each performance.

White Rabbit Red Rabbit has been called “stunning…thought-provoking and morally unsettling” (FringeReview) and “an absurdist adventure which sits on the boundary of comedy and drama” (The Guardian). The play has been translated into 15 different languages and performed over 200 times across the world since it premiered in 2011.


White Rabbit Red Rabbit has no director and features a different actor each night, as indicated in full cast list below. Stage Manager is Mandalyn Stevens. Additional production support provided by CPT staff. (list subject to change)

Jeremy Paul (Thursday, October 8) – Artistic Director, Theater Ninjas

Hon. Joe Cimperman (Friday, October 9) – Ward 3 Councilman, City of Cleveland

Darius Stubbs (Saturday, October 10) – Actor/Poet/Teaching Artist (Y-Haven Theatre Project)

Lilly Corona (Sunday, October 11) – Radio Announcer; Teatro Publico de Cleveland ensemble member

James Levin (Monday, October 12) – Founder, Cleveland Public Theatre; Community Activist & Festival Director

Stephanie Morrison Hrbek (Wednesday, October 14) – Executive Director, Near West Theatre

Peter Lawson Jones* (Thursday, October 15) – Actor; former Cuyahoga County Commissioner

RA Washington (Friday, October 16) – Owner/Founder, Guide to Kulchur; Writer & Musician

Bill Rudman (Saturday, October 17) – Actor; Founder, The Musical Theatre Project

Dana Hart* (Sunday, October 18) – Actor/Director

Derdriu Ring* (Monday, October 19) – Actor; Co-founder & Artistic Associate, Mamai Theatre Company

Mike Polk, Jr. (Wednesday, October 21) – Standup Comedian; TV Personality

Margaret Ford-Taylor (Thursday, October 22) – Playwright/Director/Actress; former Executive Director, Karamu House

Dr. Michael Mauldin* (Friday, October 23) – Actor/Director; Associate Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance, Cleveland State University

David Hansen (Saturday, October 24) – Actor/Playwright/Director

Anne McEvoy (Sunday, October 25) – Actor/Playwright

*Actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

NOTE: The following message is included at the request of Aurora Nova Productions

URGENT – All media and press agents: This play is NOT overtly political, and should not be portrayed as such. It operates on a deeper, metaphoric level, and very expressly avoids overt political comment.  We therefore ask the press to be judicious in their reportage.


The Cleveland Public Theatre is located at 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland OH 44102 in the heart of the Gordon Square Arts District neighborhood.

White Rabbit Red Rabbit runs Thursday, October 8 through Sunday, October 25. Performances are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday @ 7:00pm at Cleveland Public Theatre’s Parish Hall venue, on the east end of CPT’s campus. All performances will be followed by a light reception and post-show discussion.

Tickets are $20 – $25; repeat performances are just $10. Student and Seniors receive $3 off tickets on the weekends.

Tickets are available for purchase at www.cptonline.org or by phone at (216) 631-2727 ext 501. Group discounts are available for 10+. Call to inquire.

**Due to the intimate nature of the performance, there is NO LATE SEATING.**

For more information on Cleveland Public Theatre’s 2015-2016 season or to schedule an interview, please contact Cathleen O’Malley, Director of Audience Engagement and Media Relations at comalley@cptonline.org or 216-631-2727 x212 or visitwww.cptonline.org.