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BWW Preview: NEWS ABOUT CPH, BORDERLINE FESTIVAL, BECK CENTER, CONVERGENCE CONTINUUM, WICKED @ PhSQ., BW THEATRE PROGRAM
Cleveland Play House 2021-2022 MAINSTAGE SEASON

Where Did We Sit on The Bus? by Brian Quijada
Oct 23 - Nov 14, 2021
This autobiographical solo show follows that kid from his childhood to adulthood as he explores his family's history, his identity as a first generation American, and what the world will be like for his future children

Light It Up! by Jason Michael Webb and Lelund Durond Thompson
Nov 27 - Dec 22, 2021
When the annual downtown Christmas tree lighting ceremony takes an unexpected turn, an array of Clevelanders step-forward to keep the spirit of the season alive. This world premiere musical features original pop, rock, gospel, and jazz holiday tunes.

The Three Musketeers, adapted from the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas
Feb 5 - 27, 2022
An adventurous tale of brave friends fighting injustice, is jam-packed with secret plots, treacherous spies, dazzling swordplay, and sweeping romance.

Antigone, freely adapted from the play by Sophocles.
Mar 5 - 27, 2022
In a dystopian near future, a war-torn nation struggles for peace and unity. This high-stakes timeless tale burns with contemporary relevance, as age and youth clash over the future.

I'm Back Now by Charly Evon Simpson
Apr 30 - May 22, 2022
Sara journeys to Cleveland to meet her birth mother, Elle, and discovers that they are descendants of Sara Lucy Bagby, the last person ever prosecuted under the Fugitive Slave Act. This world premiere play was commissioned through the Roe Green Fund for New American Plays.
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BORDERLIGHT INTERNATIONAL THEATER AND FRINGE FESTIVAL

The 2021 BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival announces the lineup for the 2021 BorderLight VIRTUAL Fringe Festival, which includes 33 distinct live streamed and on-demand virtual works, interactive and genre-bending online experiences, as well as self-guided audio adventures.

The shows will be available starting July 22-July 31 via BorderLight's website, with tickets ranging from free to $12, as well as many "pay-what-you-can" options. View the full lineup at www.borderlightcle.org.



BECK CENTER'S 2021-22 SEASON

Broadway Bound by Neil Simon
Featuring Broadway legend Austin Pendleton as Ben
September 10 - October 3, 2021, Senney Theater
The final play in Simon's semi-autobiographical trilogy (Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues), Broadway Bound.

The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
October 8 - November 7, 2021, Studio Theater
This docu-drama recounts first-person narratives in dramatic form through the legal records of six wrongly convicted inmates.

Elf (The Musical) adapted by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan
December 3, 2021 - January 2, 2022, Senney Theater
This big-elf-living-in-a-small world comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity in a holiday bedazzled New York City.

Lizzi The Musical, music and Lyrics by Steven Cheklik-deMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt
February 4 - February 27, 2022; Senney Theater
A sexy, bloody American mythology, LIZZIE is set to a blistering score of hard rock featuring BWU musical theatre faculty and students.

Meteor Shower by Steve Martin
April 1 - May 1, 2022; Studio Theater
Pulls back the curtain on two married couples and the extreme transformation they can experience when the sky is the limit. You'll have a burning desire to find out what happens.

The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez
May 28- June 27, 2022, Studio Theater
A delightful, gender-bending farce...a funny and often glorious tribute to the art of drag...Lopez delivers a strong message on tolerance for the entire spectrum of human sexuality, while creating a barrelful of fun in the process.

Something Rotten!, book by John O'Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick, music and lyrics
July 8 - August 7, 2022, Senney Theater
Set in 1595 the story of two brothers, who just happen to be the nemeses of a little-known Mr. William Shakespeare, are desperate to write a hit play. A local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre will involve Singing, Dancing, AND Acting, all at the same time! Gasp! The brothers then decide to write a (wait for it) MUSICAL! The world's very first musical!




2021 MINI-SERIES AT CONVERGENCE-CONTINUUM

A Black Comedy by Elizabeth Meriwether
August 20-September 11
An unlikely and uncomfortable friendship exists between old-man alcoholic Jasper and socially awkward 17-year-old Oliver Parker. Sharply funny and keenly tragic, Oliver Parker! is anything but a typical coming-of-age story.

White by James Ijames
October 8 - 30
An exploration of black women's exploitation by feminism, by contemporary culture, and by white women.

The 20th Century Way by Tom Jacobson
December 2 - 18
The true story of two actors who hired themselves out to the Long Beach Police Department in 1914 to entrap "social vagrants" in public restrooms.




WICKED RETURNS TO PLAYHOUSE SQUARE
DEC. 8, 2021 - JAN. 2, 2022
TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, AUGUST 2




WORD FROM BW'S MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM

Matthew Harris and Caitlin Houlahan will be returning to Girl from The North Country, John Kramer will be returning to The Book of Mormon and Zach Adkins is in Diana -- waiting to hear how auditions go this summer for everyone!




RIVERDANCE Is Coming To Playhouse Square, March 3-5 Photo
Abhann Productions has announced that the 25th anniversary production of Riverdance will continue its critically acclaimed tour with a stop at Playhouse Square March 3 – 5 as a Huntington Bank Featured Performance at Playhouse Square.

Rock Entertainment Groups Nic Barlage is CPTs PAN Honoree Photo
Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan presents Pandemonium 2023—CPT's annual benefit and theatrical spectacular—on Saturday, September 9, 2023, which will honor Nic Barlage CEO of Rock Entertainment Group, which includes the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Beck Center For The Arts Displays Work of National Artists in The Body Rock Photo
Beck Center for the Arts will display The Body Rock, an exhibition by visual artists who bring edge, awareness of their culture, and talent to their work.

The National Center For Choreography-Akron Supports Minnesota-Based Artists Through McKnig Photo
The National Center for Choreography - Akron (NCCAkron) shares updates on recent collaborative residencies with MN-based dance artists, funded by the McKnight Fellowship Program for Choreographers.


From This Author - Roy Berko

Roy Berko, a life-long Clevelander, holds degrees, through the doctorate from Kent State, University of Michigan and The Pennsylvania State University. Roy was an actor for many years, appearing in... (read more about this author)


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