Cleveland Play House has announced its 2022-2023 season, which includes a dynamic and diverse lineup of new American plays. The Tony Award winner will continue his commitment to producing thoughtful, entertaining and relevant plays throughout an eclectic five-play season beginning in September 2022. The program includes two world premieres, an inspirational one-man show, a dark sports drama and funny and a contemporary. play with uplifting music. CPH’s 2022-23 Main Stage selections will include uplifting works by José Cruz González, Ken Ludwig, Charly Evon Simpson, Mark St. Germain and Lauren Yee.
CPH Artistic Director Laura Kepley explains that CPH’s 107th season is about discovering, growing, and overcoming impossible obstacles. “Our 106th season saw the return of live theater to our performance spaces – from Where Did We Sit on the Bus? and Turn It On! in the fall, to finally be able to produce the reimagined Greek tragedy, Antigone in March – we were delighted to have you back for our “Homecoming” season at the CPH. Today, we are delighted to share with you our incredible 2022-2023 season!”
Kepley says, “At the heart of every piece is a mystery – a missing piece that the characters must find through unexpected partnerships, surprising reunions, and daring adventures. You’ll experience live music and theatrical magic, travel from the 1860s to the 1980s today, and engage with cultures close to home and spread across the globe. And our compelling new season also continues our commitment to telling stories by and featuring artists of color.
The season opens at the Allen Theater with the heartwarming comedy American Mariachi, a jubilant new play set to music by José Cruz González that follows one woman’s quest to create an all-female mariachi band. In October, cultures collide on the basketball court in Lauren Yee’s comedic sports drama The Great Leap at the intimate Outcalt Theatre. Inspired by Cleveland’s past, present and future, the world premiere of Charly Evon Simpson’s family drama I’m Back Now comes to life on the Allen Stage in February. In April, the Outcalt will become the home of the J Theater production of Becoming Dr. Ruth, a heartfelt solo play by Mark St. Germain chronicling the surprising life of the iconic sex therapist. And the season wraps up in the spring with another world premiere that features the triumphant return of a legendary detective, Ken Ludwig’s Moriarty: A New Sherlock Holmes Mystery.
For more on Cleveland Play House’s exciting 2022-23 main season, please visit www.clevelandplayhouse.com.
MAIN SEASON 2022-2023
By Jose Cruz Gonzalez
September 17-October 9, 2022
“Familia. Amor. Tradition.” These values are at the heart of mariachi music and the community where Lucha cares for his mother battling dementia. So when an old mariachi recording awakens his mother’s memory, Lucha swears to learn and perform the song live. Join Lucha as she recruits band members, searches for instruments, and resists long-held traditions to make her dream come true. Set in the 1970s and performed with live music and lots of humor, American Mariachi is a joyful and heartwarming story of family, memory and the power of song.
The big jump
By Lauren Yee
October 29 – November 20, 2022
1989. An American college basketball team travels from San Francisco to Beijing for a “friendly match” against a Chinese team. Far from being friendly, the meeting quickly becomes a high-stakes battle, as the American coach fights for his reputation and his Chinese counterpart fights for his life. Caught in the middle, a young Chinese-American player must prove his mettle on the court while revealing a long-kept secret. Cultures and generations collide in this kinetic and darkly comic sports drama.
I’m back now
By Charly Evon Simpson
February 4-26, 2023
A world premiere commissioned by the Roe Green Fund for American New Plays. Inspired by Cleveland’s past, present and future, I’m Back Now is a poignant family drama that transcends time and space. At 19, Sara travels to Cleveland to meet her biological mother Elle. As she struggles to reconcile the heritage she thought she knew with her real origins, Sara discovers that she is a descendant of Sara Lucy Bagby, the last woman ever prosecuted under the Fugitive Slave Act. Traveling back in time from the 1860s to the present day, the piece weaves together three generations of one black family in a deeply felt meditation on the stories we carry.
Production of the J Theater of
Become Dr. Ruth
By Mark St. Germain
April 1-23, 2023
The triumphant true story of America’s favorite sex therapist! Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer changed the way we talk about sex and relationships with her hit ’80s radio show, Sexually Speaking. Now she welcomes us into her home to share the unlikely path she took to becoming “Dr Ruth”. With his wry humour, warmth and frankness, Dr. Ruth recounts the many roles of his life: a child fleeing Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport; an Israeli sniper in the 1940s; a single mother in America; and finally, the global stardom sought after by presidents. This life-affirming solo exhibition is a testament to resilience, how to forge your own path, and the joy of human connection.
by Ken Ludwig
Moriarty: A New Sherlock Holmes Mystery
April 29-May 21, 2023
A world-first mystery! Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are back on the case! An investigation into the stolen letters of the King of Bohemia leads to an international mystery filled with spies, blackmail and intrigue. With world peace hanging in the balance, Holmes and Watson team up with American actress Irene Adler to take down cunning criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty and his network of devious henchmen. Five actors play over 40 roles in this all-new adventure full of danger and laughter around every corner.
For the holidays! Back on demand!
Light this up!
By Jason Michael Webb & Lelund Durond Thompson
December 3-22, 2022
Welcome to Tinselville, USA! It’s this holly-jolly town’s famous annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and you’re invited to join in the fun! This one-of-a-kind, family-friendly musical variety show features original pop, rock, gospel and jazz holiday tunes plus new arrangements of your favorite Christmas carols. Featuring songs, kicklines and cameos from beloved characters, Light It Up! is a celebration of family, friends, community and each other’s ability to make every day brighter.
Additional programming and events will be announced in the fall.
TICKETING AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
Performances for the 2022-23 main season are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., and select Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. (Titles, dates, and times are subject to change.) Accessibility programming will include ASL interpreted performances, captioned performances, audio-described performances, and more.
To guarantee seats for all productions, audiences are encouraged to join CPH’s new membership program and become a season ticket holder. Members save up to 30% off individual ticket prices and enjoy benefits, discounts, incentives and perks throughout the season. Membership packages start at $200 and are on sale now.
For more information on CPH’s membership plan or to receive more information about CPH’s accessibility programming, please visit www.clevelandplayhouse.com.