The New Ground Theatre Festival Returns to the Cleveland Play House with New Works

Fri 5/11-Sat May 19

The 13th annual New Ground Theatre Festival, presented by the Cleveland Playhouse, is a weeklong immersion in new theater pieces, offered as full-scale productions, solo performances and readings. It includes the Roe Green award to a major American playwright with a project in development who conducts readings and conversations with the audience. This year there are two: Nick Gandiello’s Cicada, on Sun 5/13, a timely story about a woman trying to balance political aspirations and family issues, which surface in a smear campaign, and Chelsea Marcantel’s Tiny Houses, on Sat 5/19, which uses the tiny house fad to look at issues created by shrinking one’s world dramatically

The centerpiece production, running from May 5-27 in the Outcalt Theatre, is Marco Ramirez’s The Royale, the story of a black boxer fighting racism and segregation in 1910, based on the real-life story of boxer Jack Johnson. There’s a pre-show conversation 45 minutes prior to each performance.

Find a full listing of events at new-ground-theatre-festival.

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