If These Walls Could Talk

April 04, 2014 by Amy Newton in 2013-14 Season

If These Walls Could Talk

From left: Christian Pedersen as Karl, Jessica Kitchens as Betsy, Jim Poulos and Jim, Roya Shanks as Bev, Kristen Adele as Francine, and Daniel Morgan Shelley as Albert. Photo by: Taylor Crichton.

“You can’t live in a principle, can you? Gotta live in a house.” – Clybourne Park

What do you remember most about the house where you grew up? Maybe it’s something big like the oak tree in the backyard that was just the right height for climbing, the bunk bed you transformed into a fort, or the kiddie pool that was perfect for a splash on a hot summer day. Or maybe it’s something smaller like the smell of fresh-cut grass whenever Mom mowed the lawn, the purple paint... more

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Want to Hear a Secret?

March 05, 2014 by Amy Newton in 2014-15 Season

Want to Hear a Secret?

Saturday, March 15 • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare • 1407 Euclid Avenue

Raise the curtain! Cleveland Play House is thrilled to invite you and your guests to our 2014-15 Season Announcement. We are incredibly excited to present the first season selected by Artistic Director Laura Kepley. Join us in celebration of our 99th season, and be the first to get a glimpse of the smart, compelling stories coming to our stage.

This FREE event includes scene selections from our upcoming productions, light refreshments and a Q&A. Mingle with other patrons, meet the CPH staff, and get ready for another year at the theatre. 

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 13 by calling... more

Giving Voice to a Story

February 28, 2014 by Amy Newton in 2013-14 Season

Giving Voice to a Story

Daphne Gaines as Angel Mo' and Elijah Rock as Roland Hayes. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

“Some may march or give speeches—my cause has always been music.” - Roland Hayes, Breath and Imagination

As Black History Month comes to a close, many stories of struggle and triumph for the African-American community have graced the news. Each year we have the opportunity to learn a little more about remarkable individuals who endured incredible hardship and still prevailed. Familiar names are on our lips every February, including Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, and Sojourner Truth. Yet one of the most important parts of Black History Month is listening to the lesser told stories of individuals who were just as revolutionary as other renown figures.... more

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Festival of Trees Returns!

July 24, 2013 by Julie Gilliland in General

Festival of Trees Returns! Cleveland Play House is thrilled to announce the return of a beloved holiday tradition - the Festival of Trees! This holiday season, everyone is invited to create new memories as the Festival of Trees fills the lobbies and hallways of our new home at PlayhouseSquare with dozens of beautiful, uniquely-decorated trees, all generously sponsored by our area business partners. A limited number of trees are still available for sponsorship but viewing The Festival of Trees is open to the public – and it’s free! To get information on how you can be a Festival of Trees sponsor, contact Liz Conway at 216.400.7037 or email  But we are not waiting until the holidays to start celebrating. We are currently... more

Master Teacher

June 05, 2013 by Corey Atkins, Artistic Associate-Engagement in General

Master Teacher

As a musical term, the Italian word “maestro” often gets translated as “master.” Another translation is perhaps even more apt when speaking of Leonard Bernstein: “teacher.” Both on the podium, and—in a groundbreaking move—on television, Bernstein’s passion for knowledge created a desire to instill that same passion and knowledge in others. Education is core to the Cleveland Play House mission, as well. In 1933 CPH offered the country’s first community-based theatre education programs. Today our Education programs, in tandem with our unique Engagement efforts, are more vital than ever. Like Bernstein, we have a passion for connecting communities with the power of our work. It’s fitting that, during this “summer vacation” season, we offer Hershey Felder’s play with music about a man who’s vision of... more

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A Game of Equals?

April 02, 2013 by Corey Atkins, Artistic Associate-Engagement in 2012-13 Season

A Game of Equals?

"I won. Last week. It wasn't much, but was enough. And I never win at bingo." - Stevie, Good People

For thousands of years people have been fascinated by games of chance, like bingo. The Babylonians played a dice game called “The Royal Game of Ur”; several thousand years later, lotteries were run routinely in colonial america to raise money. in fact, many of the earliest universities, including Harvard, were founded in part by using money from games of chance.

Today the lottery is a national sensation: about half of all Americans will play the lottery in their lifetime. Most tickets, however, are purchased by just 20% of the population, and that 20% is largely poor and... more

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