This is the 91st consecutive season of Cleveland Play House, the multi-venue resident Equity theatre complex in Ohio.
Bloom will direct the season opener, Rabbit Hole, an audience favorite on Broadway this spring. The play concerns the healing process of two parents struggling with the recent death of their young son. The Play House is among the few regional theatres to produce the critically acclaimed Broadway drama in the coming season.
Tony Award nominee Tina Fabrique will bring her performance as Ella Fitzgerald to the Bolton Stage for The Play House production of Ella.
The Play House will host the first regional performance of Off-Broadway's RFK, the play about Robert F. Kennedy, written by and starring Jack Holmes.
John Strand's new political comedy, Lincolnesque, commissioned by South Coast Rep, will appear next spring. The Play House's successful production of Phil Grecian's adaptation, A Christmas Story, will be remounted.
The season at a glance:
Amanda Dehnert will direct Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady in the Bolton Theatre Oct. 6–Nov. 5. The staging is billed as a "special, intimate two-piano version of the production" approved by the authors years ago, but rarely performed.
Larry Moss directs RFK in the Drury Theatre Oct. 27–Nov. 19.
Seth Gordon directs A Christmas Story in the Bolton Nov. 30-Dec. 23, and then helms John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men in the Drury Jan. 5-28. 2007.
Israel Hicks will stage Cuttin' Up, Charles Randolph Wright's musical portrait of African-American barbershops, in the Bolton Feb. 2-25, 2007.
Davis McCallum directs Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House at the Drury Theatre, March 2–25, 2007.
Ella, by Jeffrey Hatcher, conceived by Rob Ruggiero and Dyke Garrison, with musical direction and arrangements by Danny Holgate, based on an original play by Dyke Garrison, plays the Bolton March 23–April 15, 2007.
Michael Bloom will direct Lincolnesque at the Drury April 27-May 20, 2007. In it, "Leo is a speechwriter for a United States congressman who is behind in the polls. Desperate to save his job, and eager to infuse idealism into a tattered campaign, he turns for advice to his older brother Francis — who just happens to believe he's Abraham Lincoln. Suddenly the words of a great President make Leo and his boss frontrunners. This sassy new political comedy presents a view of behind-the-scenes-Washington, D.C. you won’t find on 'The West Wing.'" *
Founded in 1915, The Cleveland Play House is America's first permanently established professional theatre. Over the past 88 years, more than 11 million people have attended The Cleveland Play House's 1,300 productions — 100 of which were American and/or world premieres. At 300,000 square feet, the Philip Johnson-designed Cleveland Play House complex houses five performance spaces making it the largest regional theatre complex in the country.