Pre-season Special Event: NEOMFA Playwrights Festival, February 11-20
For the fifth year, convergence-continuum continues its successful collaboration with Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Cleveland State University. This time we will be presenting two new full-length plays and two new one-act plays by four different local MFA playwrights. One full-length play plus a one-act play will be presented as a double bill on one weekend (Thu-Sat at 8 pm), and the other full-length and one-act will be presented on the other. Tickets for Festival plays are only $10 general admission, $5 students. Further details on the plays and playwrights will be posted on our website (convergence-continuum.org) and Facebook page and sent out in postcards and emails in January. These plays are the work of four of the playwrights undertaking three years of intensive study in the NEOMFA in Creative Writing program, a consortium of Cleveland State University, Kent State University, University of Akron and Youngstown State University. Be part of the process. Check out what the next generation of playwrights is up to!
SERIES ONE: DOMESTIC DYNAMITE / FAMILY FALLOUT
In this three-play series the common thread is that each deals with both the compassionate and corrosive attributes of family life and/or what constitutes the notion of family in contemporary American culture.
Series One is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
- BOOTYCANDY by Robert O’Hara, March 25 – April 16 (Ohio premiere)
Directed by Terrence Spivey (Artistic Director, Karamu Theater)
Bootycandy, which just completed a highly successful off-Broadway run in Oct 2014, is a semi-autobiographical, raucous and decidedly un-politically-correct satire that tells the story of Sutter, who is on an outrageous odyssey from the 1970’s to the present through his childhood home, his church, dive bars and a nursing home in a wild series of scenes, sermons and meta-theatrics that link up to portray his growing up gay and black in America.
- THREE TALL WOMEN by Edward Albee, May 20 – June 11
Directed by Tom Kondilas
Our modern American classic for the season earned a Pulitzer and three Best Play awards for 1994. Edward Albee has, in Three Tall Women, created a masterwork which follows a 93-year-old women’s reflections on her family, now departed or estranged, and how it has shaped her life and identity.
- HARBOR by Chad Beguelin, July 8 – 30 (Ohio premiere)
Directed by Cory Molner
Family and children are on playwright Chad Beguelin’s mind in Harbor as it tells the story of two newlyweds, Kevin & Ted, living in tranquil affluent domesticity, until Kevin’s vagabond, pothead (and pregnant) sister, Lottie, and her 15-yr-old daughter (father unknown) show up. The bonds of kinship are tested in this alternately biting and touching comedy about the meaning of family.
SERIES TWO: STORIES SURREAL
The series includes two world-premiere productions by Cleveland playwrights,
and the Ohio premiere of a slyly funny and weird off-off-Broadway treat.
- SELFIES AT THE CLOWN MOTEL by Christopher Johnston, August 26 – September 17 (World premiere)
Directed by Clyde Simon
Clowns can be funny, sad and sometimes scary – and in this world-premiere production, by Cleveland playwright Christopher Johnston, set in a clown-themed motel, they can be very human, too.
- LIKE I SAY by Len Jenkin, October 14 – November 5 (Ohio premiere)
Directed by Tyson Douglas Rand
Like I Say is an unpredictable, structurally bizarre and strangely comic whirlwind of a play with stories within stories, weird puppet shows, an Alpine zombie resort, and much more. A truly wild ride.
- THE KNIFE IS MONEY, THE FORK IS LOVE by Jonathan Wilhelm, December 2 – 17 (World premiere)
Directed by Geoffrey Hoffman
In this world-premiere production by Cleveland playwright Jonathan Wilhelm, it’s 1932, and Tobias, a young man enamored with radio serials and pulp fiction, receives a package which leads him on a search for the members of a secret society. It’s also present day in the theater, where the actors are trying to work out Tobias’ strange story. Confusion and much comedy ensue as they try to untangle the tale for us.
PLUS! ONE-WEEKEND SPECIAL EVENTS: ‘Tweener Productions
In between regular season productions we’ll once again be presenting special solo shows performed by some of the area’s outstanding actors. Details will be posted on our website (convergence-continuum.org), Facebook page (click here), and in postcards and emails throughout the year.