Cleveland Play House Marks 100th Season with a World-Premiere Comedy and Classics

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Cleveland Play House, which bills itself as the first professional regional theatre in the U.S., unveiled its 100th anniversary season March 21, including the world premiere of A Comedy of Tenors, a new play by Ken Ludwig using characters from his 1989 Cleveland-set Broadway hit, Lend Me a Tenor. The season also includes the classics The Crucible and Little Shop of Horrors, and non-subscription productions of Steel Magnolias and A Christmas Story, among other titles.

Artistic director Laura Kepley said in a statement, “The shows you will see on CPH’s stages this year will appeal to your head, heart, spirit, social consciousness and civic pride. We will introduce you to artists with Cleveland roots and welcome back some of your favorite performers, giving them the opportunity to imagine something new and transformative. With the support of our loyal audiences, CPH has earned its place in Cleveland’s history, and we look forward to honoring our past and launching the next 100 years of great theatre for every generation, and for generations to come.”

Here is the season in detail at the theatre in Cleveland, OH.

A Comedy of Tenors
WORLD PREMIERE
Sept. 5-Oct. 3, 2015 • Allen Theatre
Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Stephen Wadsworth
Co-produced with McCarter Theatre Center
"Three tenors. Three egos. One stage. What could possibly go wrong? Producer – and former mayor of Cleveland – Henry Saunders is about to find out as he attempts to stage the concert of the century. But with an amorous Italian superstar and his hot-blooded wife causing chaos on an operatic level, all bets are off! As opening night draws near, flaring tempers, mistaken identities, and bedroom hijinks bring new meaning to the phrase 'the show must go on,' in this laugh-out-loud farce set amidst the glitz and glamour of 1930s Paris."

The Crucible
Oct. 10-Nov. 8, 2015 • Outcalt Theatre
Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Laura Kepley
"The village of Salem is run wild with tales of witchcraft. Deep-seated jealousies, lust and greed are bubbling to the surface from the heat of each neighbor’s exaggerated accusations. Revenge has replaced reason; mere rumors are now damning evidence - and no one is safe. Astoundingly relevant, Arthur Miller’s controversial American classic dares to put us all on trial."

Little Shop of Horrors
Jan. 9-Feb. 7, 2016 • Allen Theatre
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman; Music by Alan Menken
Based on a film by Roger Corman; Screenplay by Charles Griffith
Directed by Amanda Dehnert
"Seymour is a nerdy floral clerk with a knack for plants, but not much else. However, one peculiar plant he’s tending might just be his ticket to fame, fortune - and the girl of his dreams. There’s only one teeny - but ‘growing’ - problem: This plant has an unquenchable thirst for the red stuff (type O, A, or B…he’s not picky.) Mixing Motown, B-movies, and The American Dream, Little Shop of Horrors is the screamingly funny, gleefully twisted, out-of-this-world hit musical." The Mountaintop
Jan. 23-Feb. 14, 2016 • Outcalt Theatre
Written by Katori Hall
"April 3, 1968. The Lorraine Motel. Room 306. Tomorrow, it will become the scene of one of our nation’s greatest losses. But tonight, it is just another stopover motel room for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That is until an extraordinary maid enters the scene and begins to challenge this American icon. Full of vivid theatricality, poetic language, and surprising twists, The Mountaintop delivers a portrait of the man behind the myth that is as provocative as it is inspiring. Winner of London's Olivier Award for Best New Play."

Luna Gale
Feb. 27-March 20, 2016 • Allen Theatre
Written by Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Austin Pendleton
"How do we make the right decision when there is no clear “right?” It’s a quandary seasoned social worker Caroline faces every day. But her newest case is proving to be her toughest yet, and the fate of baby Luna Gale hangs in the balance. This riveting, suspenseful, and topical play from Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman plunges us headfirst into the turbulent waters of parenthood, faith and love."

Mr. Wolf
Anchor production of the 2016 New Ground Theatre Festival
April 2-24, 2016 • Outcalt Theatre
Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli
"The blink of an eye. A matter of seconds. Your whole world changes. For Michael, it happened when his daughter Theresa went missing. For Theresa, it was when she was found. Cleveland native Rajiv Joseph makes his CPH premiere with this story of a family’s desperate and determined attempt to heal each other and rebuild their world. Mr. Wolf is a hauntingly beautiful and mysterious tale of adaptation and survival."

Special non-subscription engagements:

Steel Magnolias
Coming May 2016 • Allen Theatre
Written by Robert Harling
Directed by Laura Kepley
"Honey. It’s the 1980s. In Louisiana. At Truvy’s beauty shop—motto: 'There is no such thing as natural beauty'—the women are all sass and brass. Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers, six southern spitfires gather each week to gossip and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are about to be tested when M’Lynn and her daughter Shelby face a life-changing event. Infused with heart and humor, Steel Magnolias is a hilarious story of love, loss, and enduring friendship."

A Christmas Story
Nov 27-Dec 23, 2015 • Allen Theatre
Written by Phil Grecian
Based on the motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark
Directed by John McCluggage
"He’s Back. One boy. One holiday wish. And a world that seems to be conspiring to make certain it doesn’t come true. The record-breaking show returns to the CPH stage in all its pink-bunny-suit, glowing-leg-lamp, triple-dog-daring glory."

All CPH performances are in the venues of the Allen Theatre Complex, Playhouse Square, Cleveland. Season subscription packages are now on sale starting at $226. To purchase subscriptions or get more information, call 216-400-7096 or visit clevelandplayhouse.com. Single-show tickets go on sale in early August.

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