The New Ground Theatre Festival Moves Heaven and Earth at the Cleveland Play House

Thu 5/11-Sat 5/13 @ 7:30PM

Thu 5/18-Sat 5/20 @ 7:30PM

Sun 5/14 @ 3PM

Sat 5/20 @ 3PM & 5:30PM

The Helen and the Outcalt Theatres, recent state-of-the-art additions to PlayhouseSquare, were designed for bold, new experimental work and readings of in-progress projects, sometimes presented in the round. They provide ground zero for the annual New Ground Theatre Festival.

Held under the auspices of the Cleveland Play House, these are devoted to fresh stage productions, often with local ties. Highlights of the 2017 New Ground acreage:

These Mortal Hosts: Cleveland Heights playwright Eric Coble’s look at how a possible series of miracles disrupts the lives of inhabitants in a little Colorado town. It has a full two-week run.

The Chinese Lady: Detroit-born playwright Lloyd Suh’s fact-based depiction of ethnicity and the American experience is based on the first Chinese woman brought to the young USA, in 1934. It has a single rendering on Sat 5/20.

Nolan Williams Project: A musicalized piece by Oberlin graduation Williams covers the 100-year history of Philadelphia soul food restaurant, in song and dish. It has a single rendering on Sat 5/20.

Ticket prices vary. Two free events are included, both in the Allen Theatre lobby: A set of dramatic monologues rendered by diverse authors on Sat 5/13 @ 5pm at the Allen Theatre and a conversation with Lloyd Suh on Sat 5/20 @ 1:30pm.


[Written by Charles Cassady]

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