Cleveland Play House Announces 2014-15 Season
99th Season First Selected By Artistic Director Laura Kepley
4/9/2014, 11:37 a.m.
CLEVELAND, OH - Artistic Director Laura Kepley announces the lineup for the 99th consecutive season of Cleveland Play House, the first she has programmed. A classic American drama, a variety of new work including a world premiere, comedies and music highlight the 2014-15 Season. “The theme of our 99th season is Legacy,” reflects Kepley. “Many of the stories this season involve a changing of the guard. As one era ends, a new, sometimes shaky, sometimes confident world sprouts up, the future of which might be doomed or might be glorious– but it will always be theatrically thrilling.”
Opening the season is Lillian Hellman’s delicious drama of family and greed, The Little Foxes. Kepley, who will direct this classic, states that, “This well-made play asks the question ‘How far will you go to get what you think you deserve?’” Kepley moves us from the scheming world of the season opener to one that celebrates loyalty, friendship and the pursuit of joy in Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On. Remarks Kepley, “This is one of the most joyous and uplifting plays I’ve ever read.” Hot music is in store for the cold winter when Olivier Award
winner Five Guys Named Moe, featuring the exhilarating music of Louis Jordan, burns up the Allen stage in January. Music is again the central force for sustaining the human spirit in The Pianist of Willesden Lane, adapted by noted composer, playwright and actor Hershey Felder and starring Mona Golabek. Two distinct comedies round out the final slots in the season: Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best New Play. Through a modern-day Chekhovian family, Kepley states, “Durang pokes fun at our culture’s obsession with youth, celebrities and instant gratification.” Closing the season is a world premiere by Cleveland-based and Broadway-produced playwright Eric Coble. Fairfield, a razor-sharp comedy that shows what can happen when the elephant in the room refuses to be ignored, is also the anchor production of the 2015 New Ground Theatre Festival. For the holidays, CPH brings Ralphie Parker and his dream of an “official Red
Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right into the stock!” back to the stage in the record-breaking production of A Christmas Story.