Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre Presents FIRE ON THE WATER

Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre Presents FIRE ON THE WATER

Cleveland Public Theatre presents a reimagining of the celebrated Cleveland-original production, Fire on the Water. Fire on the Water is presented in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the burning of the Cuyahoga River. The production is onstage from February 14 through March 2, 2019, in CPT's historic Gordon Square Theatre.

Led by CPT's Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan (Conceiver, Lead Playwright, Co-Director) and CPT's 2018/2019 National New Play Network (NNPN) Producer in Residence India Nicole Burton (Co-Director), Fire on the Water weaves together multiple short works created by some of Northeast Ohio's most compelling theatre makers, including John Dayo-Aliya, Alison Garrigan (Talespinner Children's Theatre), Cathleen O'Malley, Jeremy Paul (Maelstrom Collaborative Arts), Darius J. Stubbs, and Dr. Mary E. Weems. The show will feature original music composed by CPT's 2018/2019 Kulas Theatre Composer Fellow, Buck McDaniel.

Fire on the Water, the acclaimed multimedia theatrical event, returns to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River in an all-new version. Fire on the Water is a fast-paced series of short plays inspired by this pivotal moment in Cleveland's history. Created by a team of playwrights, directors, and actors, the production features original work woven into a powerful production exploring how the environment shapes identity, while celebrating the remarkable recovery of Cleveland's waterways.

According to CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan: "Rivers and bays burned across the United States-this was nothing new. What made the 1969 fire so important was the national attention Cleveland received, and the response from our leaders Carl and Louis Stokes. The action they took ultimately led to the formation of the Clean Water Act. As Clevelanders, we can be both ashamed of the history and destruction we have wrought on our environment, and we can be proud of our leadership in repairing the damage. Now, we sit at a critical point where we must remember our responsibility to the future. The intent of Fire on the Water is not to create a 'commercial' for the environment or to promote a series of practices like recycling. The idea has always been to look at the fundamental, spiritual, imaginary, and creative worlds shaping the way we understand the environment. What happens when we remember the environment is not a lifeless, purely physical phenomenon, but something in which we and our interior selves, our dream selves, connect with?"

Fire on the Water weaves together a dynamic assortment of short theatrical works based on historical events, reinterpreted in a textured and multimedia pageant that includes comedy and satire, original mythology, dramatic monologue, puppetry and movement, layered with live music, and unfolding over multiple stages in CPT's historic Gordon Square Theatre. Described as a "360 degree" experience, audience members will be seated in 100 rolling office chairs during the show to best enjoy the dynamic performances happening above, around, and between them.

Photo Credit: Steve Wagner

Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre Presents FIRE ON THE WATER
Mary-Francis R. Miller and Adam Seeholzer.

Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre Presents FIRE ON THE WATER
Mary-Francis R. Miller, Faye Hargate, Kay Shy, and Hillary Wheelock

Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre Presents FIRE ON THE WATER
Terah McGowan, Michael Levin, Luka Blackhill, Brinden Harvey

Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre Presents FIRE ON THE WATER
Shatara Jordan, Anastasia Urozhaeva

Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre Presents FIRE ON THE WATER
Daniel McKinnon, Zach Palumbo, and Courtney Nicole Auman

Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre Presents FIRE ON THE WATER
Mary-FrancisR. Miller, Kay Shy, and Hillary Wheelock.

Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre Presents FIRE ON THE WATER
Faye Hargate and the ensemble of Fire on the Water.

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