Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre presents National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere BR'ER COTTON

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is proud to present the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Br'er Cotton, a poetic and timely new play by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, directed by Jennifer L. Nelson.Br'er Cotton is onstage March 29 - April 21, in CPT's historic Gordon Square Theatre.

The first weekend of preview performances, March 29 - 31, is presented FREE to the public. Reserve tickets by phone, 216-631-2727 x501, or online, www.cptonline.org, using code FIRST.

According to CPT's Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan, "We begin the run of Br'er Cotton, a crucial and timely story, with a weekend of free preview performances. The goal is to open the doors up wide. This important piece will spark dialogue about racial identity in America, systemic racism, repercussions of slavery, and other incredibly hard to talk about pieces of our existence here in the U.S. Br'er Cotton is also a deeply moving and magical play about generations of people with very different perspectives. How do we navigate our unique experience, what we've been taught and what we think we know, and how do we listen inside a polarized and divisive environment?"

Lynchburg, Virginia. The former site of a thriving cotton mill is now an impoverished neighborhood. Deeply affected by recent killings of young black men like himself, Ruffrino, a 14-year-old "militant," incites riots at school and online. More and more at odds with his mother and grandfather, the boy's anger grows beyond containment while the family home literally sinks into the cotton field and no one seems to notice but him.

In partnership with the National New Play Network (NNPN), Br'er Cotton is produced at Cleveland Public Theatre as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theatres are Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX) and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble (Los Angeles, CA). For more information, please visit www.nnpn.org.

The National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country's alliance of nonprofit theatres that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. NNPN strives to pioneer, implement, and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theatres collaborate to support new plays and playwrights. For more information about NNPN, visitwww.nnpn.org.

NNPN's flagship initiative, the Rolling World Premiere Program, supports three or more theatres that choose to mount the same new play within a 12-month period. The result is an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, in which a playwright develops a new work with multiple creative teams in at least three different communities. The playwright is part of the process, working on the script and making adjustments based on what is learned from each production. To learn more, visit:www.nnpn.org/programs/rolling-world-premieres.

The cast is Sara Bogomolny, Joshua McElroy, Peter Lawson Jones,* Beau Reinker, and Samantha V. Richards. (*Actor appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.)

Br'er Cotton was written by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, and is directed by Jennifer L. Nelson. The production team is Raymond Bobgan (Producer); Beth Wood (Line Producer); Andrew Aaron Valdez (Assistant Director); Elizabeth Cammett (Stage Manager); Inda Blatch-Geib (Costume Designer); Wes Calkin (Scenic Designer); Benjamin Gantose (Lighting Designer); James Kosmatka (Sound Designer); T. Paul Lowry (Video Designer); Ryan T. Patterson (FX Advisor).

Br'er Cotton (March 29 - April 21, 2018) previews March 29, 30, 31, and April 5 (no show 2). Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday nights at 7:30pm in CPT's Gordon Square Theatre, located at 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102, in the heart of the Gordon Square Arts District. Tickets are $12-30. Students/Seniors receive $3 off on Friday and Saturday nights. All Thursdays and Mondays are $12.

Photos by Steve Wagner

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Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre presents  National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere BR'ER COTTON
Cleveland Public Theatre presents BR’ER COTTON

Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre presents  National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere BR'ER COTTON
Cleveland Public Theatre presents BR’ER COTTON

Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre presents  National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere BR'ER COTTON
Cleveland Public Theatre presents BR’ER COTTON

Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre presents  National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere BR'ER COTTON
Cleveland Public Theatre presents BR’ER COTTON

Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre presents  National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere BR'ER COTTON
Cleveland Public Theatre presents BR’ER COTTON

Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre presents  National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere BR'ER COTTON
Cleveland Public Theatre presents BR’ER COTTON

Photo Flash: Cleveland Public Theatre presents  National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere BR'ER COTTON
Cleveland Public Theatre presents BR’ER COTTON

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