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Cleveland Play House announces 2018-2019 season

• Mar 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Play House Artistic Director Laura Kepley recently announced the 2018-2019 season to a standing-room-only gathering in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square.

“This season will inspire and invigorate our loyal patron base and introduce new audiences to what CPH does best — tell stories that matter in productions that are imaginative, thrilling, and entertaining,” she said.

The 2018-2019 Season Subscriber Series begins in September with the launch of the U.S. tour of London’s long-running hit “The Woman in Black,” a mystery thriller based on the novel by Susan Hill.

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Sweat” then will heat up the Outcalt Theatre with a story of the working class struggling to make ends meet in the Rust Belt. “An Iliad” hits the stage in January, featuring two women in a modern, visceral telling of the ancient Greek story of war and vengeance. Next up is the return of CPH favorite Ken Ludwig and his rollicking new comedy, “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood.” Several exciting shows are under consideration for the next spring slot.

The season comes to a hilarious and poignant conclusion with a look over the fence — the neighbor’s fence — in “Native Gardens.” From Cleveland favorites to new voices, every show features strong, determined characters staring down the obstacles for the greater good.

In addition to the six-play Subscriber Series, CPH has announced two special attractions: the family holiday favorite “A Christmas Story” in November and December, and “The Wolves,” a full immersion into the world of teenage girls, which will be featured in the 2019 New Ground Theatre Festival.

Subscriptions are on sale now. Subscribers save up to 25 percent off individual ticket prices and receive many great benefits throughout the season. Full and flexible season packages begin at $262. Single-show tickets will be on sale this summer. To purchase subscriptions or to receive more information, call 216-400-7096 or visit clevelandplayhouse.com. The full season is online.

Founded in 1915 and recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Cleveland Play House is America's first professional regional theater. It has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres and over its long history, more than 12 million people have attended 1,600-plus productions.

The Cleveland Play House is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Cleveland Play House is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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Sept. 15 – Oct. 7

Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt

Directed by Robin Herford

Allen Theatre

Halloween comes early this year with a bone-chilling ghost story that will shake you to your core. Arthur Kipps never believed in the supernatural until he came face to face with evil. Tonight—desperate to exorcise his demons—he will tell his haunting tale…no matter the consequences. For over 28 years, The Woman in Black has thrilled audiences on London’s West End. Now, CPH launches the North American tour of this spine-tingling production.



Oct. 13 – Nov. 4

By Lynn Nottage

Directed by Laura Kepley

Outcalt Theatre

The American Dream has its back up against the wall in this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. In Reading, PA, there’s talk of union lock-outs, massive lay-offs, and jobs going overseas. As rumors quickly become reality, a group of life-long friends gather at their local bar to joke and blow off steam while struggling to stand together as everything else falls apart. Inspired by true stories, Sweat is a compelling portrait of pride and survival in the Rust Belt.



Jan. 12 – Feb. 10

By Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare

Based on Homer’s The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles

Directed by Tarah Flanagan and Andrew Carlson

Outcalt Theatre

One actor. One musician. The Trojan War. With vivid storytelling and live cello, two women transform a bare stage into a raging battlefield where gods, heroes, and empires clash in a quest for vengeance and glory. This searing adaptation of Homer’s timeless epic catapults an ancient tale of fate and fury into the present day.



Feb. 2 – 24

By Ken Ludwig

Directed by TBD

Allen Theatre

Cleveland favorite Ken Ludwig (Baskerville, A Comedy of Tenors) is back with a rollicking new take on a beloved legend. A greedy prince has taken control of England, and it is up to dashing outlaw Robin Hood to save the day. Join up and take aim with Robin and his band of Merry Men—and women!— as they champion the underdog and fight for justice. Laughs, romance, and plenty of arrows fly in this all-out comic adventure.



March 23 – April 14

Directed by TBD

Outcalt Theatre

Several exciting shows are under consideration for this spring slot. We cannot wait to announce this show!



April 27 – May 19

By Karen Zacarías

Directed by Robert Barry Fleming

Allen Theatre

They say good fences make good neighbors, but that’s the not the case with the Del Valles and the Butleys. What starts out as a squabble over a backyard property line hilariously erupts into a full-blown border dispute. Native Gardens comically unearths deeply-rooted assumptions, plants the seeds for understanding, and blossoms into colorful, thought-provoking entertainment.



Nov. 23 - Dec. 23

By Philip Grecian.

Directed by TBD

Based on the motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark

Allen Theatre

He’s back! One boy. One holiday wish. And a world that seems to be conspiring to make certain it doesn’t come true. The record-breaking show returns to the CPH stage in all its pink-bunny-suit, glowing-leg-lamp, triple-dog-daring glory. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family.




By Sarah DeLappe

Directed by TBD

Presented as part of the 2019 New Ground Theatre Festival

Helen Theatre

Game on! The Wolves are undefeated, and they plan to stay that way. Fiercely competitive and enormously talented, these nine high schoolers gather each Saturday to battle it out at their indoor soccer league and leave it all—body and soul—on the field. But, when the world outside the game starts to creep onto their turf, will the pack be able to stick together? A ferociously funny and achingly honest portrait of the warriors that are teenage girls.

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All CPH performances are in the Allen or Outcalt Theatres at Playhouse Square, Cleveland. Shows preview at 7:30 p.m. the first Saturday, 6:30 p.m. the first Sunday, 7 p.m. the first Tuesday and 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday and Thursday, with 2:30 p.m. matinees most Saturdays and Sundays. They open at 7:30 p.m. the first Friday and close on a Sunday. There is one Thursday matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. for each production.

Subscriptions are on sale now. Subscribers save up to 25% off individual ticket prices and receive many great benefits throughout the season. Full and flexible season packages begin at just $262. To purchase subscriptions or to receive more information, call 216-400-7096 or visit clevelandplayhouse.com

Single show tickets: On sale this summer

Prices for single tickets begin at $25 with special discounts available: $15 rush tickets for currently enrolled students under age 25 with valid student ID, and Young Professional discounts available with YP-CPH Membership. Groups of 10 or more save up to 50 percent off single ticket prices; call 216-400-7027.

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