Clevelandâ€™s Classic Company at the Hanna Theatre presents
February 14 â€“ March 8, 2020
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Welcome..................................................................................................................... 4 About Great Lakes Theater............................................................................................ 6 News & Notes.............................................................................................................. 8 Sleuth....................................................................................................................... 11 Cast of Characters...................................................................................................... 12 The Artistic Company................................................................................................. 14 Donors....................................................................................................................... 18 Trustees..................................................................................................................... 24 Staff.......................................................................................................................... 25 Guest Services at Playhouse Square............................................................................ 30 February/March at Playhouse Square........................................................................... 31
WELCOME Dear Friends,
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n behalf of our artists, staff and board of trustees, welcome to the second half of Great Lakes Theater’s 58th season! Our mission, “to bring the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience,” guides our mainstage productions and educational programming, in the belief that theater holds the capacity to illuminate truth and enduring values, celebrate and challenge human nature and actions, and provide our student audiences a glimpse of a broader world and the wellspring of learning made possible through the arts. Our exploration of classic crime plays, beginning with Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap in 2012, continues this season with Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer. This Tony Award-winning Best Play dives deep into the mind of mystery writer Andrew Wyke and fellow game enthusiast Milo Tindle – blurring the line between imagination and reality. Our spring Shakespeare production of Much Ado About Nothing will afford audiences the opportunity to engage intimately with the Bard’s sublime battle of wits and wills. And the finale of our 58th season brings powerhouse performances to our stage in Ain’t Misbehavin’, a Tony Award-winning musical directed by Gerry McIntyre. Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a five-actor showcase of the infectious energy and masterful stylings of the legendary jazz musician, Thomas “Fats” Waller. We sincerely hope you will join us for all of the remaining productions in our 58th season! And we encourage you to read through your playbill and look around the theater tonight. You will see the names of many friends, partners, corporations and foundations — whose generous support makes all of this possible. We hope you will consider joining these donors by becoming a Member of the Great Lakes Theater family with your gift! We extend our deepest gratitude to all of our sponsors and annual Members, with continued appreciation to our partners of over 35 years at Playhouse Square and the tireless efforts of our board of trustees, dedicated administrative staff, gifted artists and the tremendous generosity of this community! We hope to see you in our audience again soon.
Charles Fee Producing Artistic Director
Bob Taylor Executive Director
“Good night, sweet prince...” — Hamlet (Act V, Scene ii) JOHN EDWIN KATZENMEYER (1939–2019) Visionary Leader | Tireless Advocate Generous Supporter | Eternal Friend
Great Lakes Theater proudly celebrates the memory and legacy of this extraordinary member of our family.
Photo: Roger Mastroianni
Great Lakes Theater
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ABOUT GREAT LAKES THEATER
Great Lakes Theater’s spring 2018 production of Beehive – The ’60s Musical (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)
he mission of Great Lakes Theater (GLT), through its mainstage productions and its education programs, is to bring the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience. Since the company’s inception in 1962, programming has been rooted in Shakespeare, but GLT’s commitment to great plays spans the breadth of all cultures, forms of theater and time periods –– including the 20th century –– and provides for the occasional mounting of new works that complement the classical repertoire. Classic theater holds the capacity to illuminate truth and enduring values, celebrate and challenge human nature and actions, revel in eloquent language, and preserve the traditions of diverse cultures and generate communal spirit. On its mainstage and through its education programs, GLT seeks to create visceral, immediate experiences for participants, asserting theater’s historic role as a vehicle for advancing the common good and helping people make the joyful and meaningful connections between classic plays and their own lives.
The company’s commitment to classic theater is magnified in the educational programming that surround its productions. Since its inception, GLT has had a strong presence in area schools, bringing students to the theater for matinee performances and sending specially trained actor-teachers to the schools for weeklong residencies developed to explore classic drama from a theatrical point of view. GLT is equally dedicated to enhancing the theater experience for adult audiences. To this end, GLT regularly serves as the catalyst for community events and programs in the arts and humanities that illuminate the plays on its stage. Great Lakes Theater is one of only a handful of American theaters that have stayed the course as a classic theater. As GLT celebrates over-a-decade in its permanent home at the Hanna Theatre, the company reaffirms its belief in the power of partnership, its determination to make this community a better place in which to live, and its commitment to ensure the legacy of classic theater in Cleveland.
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NEWS & NOTES President’s Awards
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Each season, Great Lakes Theater’s Board of Trustees and staff recognize the extraordinary service, commitment and contributions of a select few team members with a GLT President’s Award. During our 2019 season’s ceremony which took place at our annual holiday party, Gary Benz (Trustee, left, with wife Betsy) and Marilyn Niksa (Subscriber Services, right) were bestowed the honor. Combined — in the community and with audience members — they have dedicated over 15 years of service to Great Lakes Theater. We are grateful and inspired!
Great Lakes Theater productions of The Taming of the Shrew and Julius Caesar (both directed by Sara Bruner) were recognized as the “Best tour de force” of 2019 by The Plain Dealer as part of their theater Year in Review. GLT artists also received two 2019 Cleveland Critics Circle Theater Awards: Rick Martin (Best Lighting Design, Julius Caesar) and Mathew Webb (Best Sound Design, Julius Caesar). Additionally, the Cleveland Jewish News awarded GLT Best Musical (The Music Man) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy (Jonathan Dyrud, The Taming of the Shrew) in their Best Cleveland Theater of 2019 list.
Great Lakes Theater programing positively impacts the lives of 100K+ adults and students annually thanks to contributions from hundreds of generous supporters (individuals, foundations, corporations, etc.). Join us in applauding the newest members of our funder family: The Treu-Mart Fund (School Residency Program), U.S. Bank (A Christmas Carol/ Community Engagement Programming), Glenmede (Director’s Night Discussion Series/Fall Cabaret/London Tour), and St. Mary of the Woods (Salon Night Discussion Series/ Senior Matinee Series). Bravo/Brava!
From elementary school singers to award-winning choruses, Great Lakes Theater welcomed 500+ performers from 19 community choirs / ensembles to sing before the curtain rose at each performance of our annual production of A Christmas Carol in the Mimi Ohio Theatre. And joining us this season, were a few outstanding new educational choirs, like our friends with the Tri-C Vocal Arts Academy Choir (pictured above). Are you involved in a choir that might like to perform? Contact Jeremy Lewis at (216) 453-4457 or email@example.com to learn more.
Cleveland’s Classic Company
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Shakespeare’s Sublime Battle of Wits and Wills
By William Shakespeare Directed by Charles Fee
Mar. 27 - Apr. 11 | Hanna Theatre A Sassy Musical Celebration of Fats Waller
Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz Created and Originally Directed by Richard Maltby Jr. Original Choreography and Musical Staging by Arthur Faria Musical Adaptations, Orchestrations & Arrangements by Luther Henderson Vocal & Musical Concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon Musical Arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon & William Elliott Directed by Gerry McIntyre
May 1 - 24 | Hanna Theatre
generous support provided by
Ain’t Misbehavin’ is part of the Kulas Musical Theater Series at Great Lakes Theater.
TICKETS START AT $15 • PATRONS 25 & UNDER PAY $13!
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Cleveland’s Classic Company AT THE HANNA THEATRE
2020/21 season SUBSCRIBE & SAVE BIG! A Musical Romantic Comedy JANE AUSTEN’S
September 25 - November 8, 2020 / Hanna Theatre Book, Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Shakespeare’s Epic History
October 2 - November 1, 2020 / Hanna Theatre By William Shakespeare
Northeast Ohio’s Favorite Holiday Tradition
A CHRISTMAS CAROL November 27 - December 23, 2020 / Mimi Ohio Theatre
By Charles Dickens / Adapted and originally directed by Gerald Freedman
A Hercule Poirot Thriller AGATHA CHRISTIE’S
February 12 - March 7, 2021 / Hanna Theatre By Agatha Christie
The Bard’s Final Glorious Gift to the Theater
March 26 - April 11, 2021 / Hanna Theatre By William Shakespeare
Off-Broadway’s Effervescent ‘50s Jukebox Musical
THE MARVELOUS April 30 - May 23, 2021 / Hanna Theatre
Written & Created by Roger Bean
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Hanna Theatre | February 14 – March 8, 2020
Charles Fee Producing Artistic Director
ANTHONY SHAFFER DIRECTED BY
Jeffrey C. Hawkins*
David Anthony Smith*
Lynn Robert Berg*
Fight Director Nick Steen
Scenic Designer Gage Williams
Costume Designer Esther M. Haberlen
Lighting Designer Jesse Klug
Sound Designer Josh Schmidt
Makeup Designer Lee Ernst
Text & Accent Coach Lynn Robert Berg
Production Stage Manager Sarah Kelso*
Assistant Stage Managers Nicki Cathro* Amy Essick
*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States Great Lakes Theater student subscriptions are subsidized by a generous grant from Eaton. Support for Great Lakes Theater education programs is generously provided by EY. (www.ey.com) There will be one fifteen-minute intermission.
Sleuth is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
CAST OF CHARACTERS Andrew Wyke.................................................................................David Anthony Smith* Milo Tindle........................................................................................Jeffrey C. Hawkins* Inspector Doppler................................................................................ Lynn Robert Berg* Detective Sergeant Tarrant........................................................................... Nick Steen*† Police Constable Higgs.................................................................................Aled Davies*
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† Fight Captain * Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings of this production or distributing recordings on any medium, including the internet, is strictly prohibited, a violation of the author’s rights and actionable under united states copyright law. For more information, please visit: www.samuelfrench.com/whitepaper
bash APRIL 18, 2020
HANNA THEATRE, PLAYHOUSE SQUARE
Enjoy an exhilarating live show and pop-up performances featuring Great Lakes Theater artistic company members. Then, join us backstage and party with the performers and crew after the show! • PERFORMANCES • FOOD STATIONS & OPEN BARS • • LIVE MUSIC & DANCING • RAFFLES & AUCTIONS •
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classics on tour February 4 - March 8
By David Hansen Based on the characters of Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by Lisa Ortenzi
WE’RE HITTING THE ROAD! Great Lakes Theater is thrilled to launch a touring production for students & their families. (recommended for grades 1st - 6th)
s p r i ng Join the world’s greatest detective as he utilizes his remarkable skills of sponsor: observation and deduction to confront his most sensational mystery – but who is the Bully of Baker Street? An intrepid band of actors will use humor, logic, and song to perform this original tale (adapted from the works of Arthur Conan Doyle) and provide important lessons in problem solving and empathy.
JOIN US FOR A PERFORMANCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
GreatLakesTheater.org/ClassicsOnTour Interested in booking the touring production at your school or venue? Act fast! Availability is limited. Learn more: GreatLakesTheater.org/BookToday
THE ARTISTIC COMPANY
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Lynn Robert Berg* Inspector Doppler/Text & Accent Coach Eighteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater For GLT: Gremio (The Taming of the Shrew), Macbeth (Macbeth), Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), The Ghost and Player King (Hamlet), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Richard III (Richard III), Frank Ford (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Polixenes (The Winter’s Tale), Doctor Parker (Bat Boy: The Musical), Caliban (The Tempest), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Other credits: Don Armado (Love’s Labour’s Lost), Dr. Watson (The Hound of the Baskervilles) with Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival; Hucklebee (The Fantasticks), Bill Walker (Major Barbara), Edmund (King Lear), Hastings (She Stoops to Conquer) with Idaho Shakespeare Festival. MFA from the University of Delaware Professional Theater Training Program. SLL’M Aled Davies* Police Constable Higgs Nineteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater
Previously for GLT: Mr. Fezziwig/Ensemble in A Christmas Carol, Cicero/Lepidus in Julius Caesar, Sir Wilfrid Robarts QC in Witness for the Prosecution, Seyton the Porter in Macbeth, Marcellus/The Gravedigger in Hamlet, Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, The Old Actor in The Fantasticks, Scrooge/ Samuels in A Christmas Carol, King Lear in King Lear, John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Your Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Dorn in The Seagull, Deputy Governor Danforth in The Crucible, Prospero in The Tempest, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. A proud and appreciative member of Actors’ Equity since 1984.
Jeffrey C. Hawkins* Milo Tindle Seven seasons with Great Lakes Theater Favorite GLT: Mortimer in The Fantasticks, Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Reverend Hale in The Crucible, Jeffrey in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Off-Broadway: Three Wise Guys, BeyondTherapy, Three Men on a Horse, Memorandum, Incident at Vichy. Regional: Inherit the Wind, Wait Until Dark, Millionairess, The Mousetrap (REP) Book Club Play (Cincinnati Playhouse) Doubt (Flatrock Playhouse) Peter… Starcatcher, Fall of Heaven (Rep Theatre STL) Romeo and Juliet, She Stoops to Conquer, Cymbeline (Idaho Shakes) Hound of the Baskervilles (Tahoe Shakes) Boeing Boeing, (Delaware Theatre). Camera: Some movies, handful of TV, and most titles for Rockstar Games. Training: PCPA, MFA–University of Delaware. Love to Katie & fam. David Anthony Smith* Andrew Wyke Seventeen seasons with Great Lakes Theater GLT: Mayor Shinn (The Music Man), Prospero (The Tempest), Iago (Othello), Jaques (As You Like It), Duke of Buckingham (Richard III), Viscount Goring (An Ideal Husband), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Macduff (Macbeth), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing), Sergius (Arms and the Man) and Algernon (The Importance of Being Earnest). This summer, David will embark on his twentieth consecutive season with The Idaho Shakespeare Festival. He has performed at the Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theater in San Diego, South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, Sierra Rep, Madison Rep and Shakespeare festivals of Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Garden Grove, Rhode Island, Nevada and Lake Tahoe. Forever and a day — Natalia.
Nick Steen* Detective Sergeant Tarrant/ Fight Director Seven seasons with Great Lakes Theater Nick is deeply honored to return to the Hanna. Previous roles include: Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Sam in Mamma Mia!, MacDuff in Macbeth, Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, Laertes in Hamlet, Phillip Lombard in And Then There Were None, Clifford in Deathtrap, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Nick holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater. Nick hosts a webseries about cars, Gearhead Garage, that he and his wife Nicki created and a webseries about motorcycles with RumbleOn. Nick has endless gratitude for his family and Nicki. <4 you, my gorgeous fish!
Lynn Robert Berg*, Aled Davies*
Director Charles Fee Producing Artistic Director/ Sleuth Director Eighteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater Directing credits at GLT: Witness for the Prosecution, Misery, Macbeth, Hamlet, And Then There Were None, Dial “M” for Murder, Deathtrap, Blithe Spirit, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hay Fever, The Importance of Being Earnest, Arms and the Man and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Charles holds a unique position in the American theater as producing artistic director of three
independently operated, professional theater companies: Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Ohio (since 2002); Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise, Idaho (since 1991) and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Incline Village, Nevada (since 2010). His appointments have resulted in a dynamic and groundbreaking producing model for the companies, in which more than 60 plays have been shared since 2002. In 2009, Charles was honored to receive recognition for his leadership by the Cleveland Arts Prize as a recipient of the Martha Joseph Award. Other awards include The Mayor’s and Governor’s awards for Excellence in the Arts, Idaho. From 1988 to 1992, he held the position of artistic director at the Sierra Repertory Theatre in California. He has also worked with The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, the Milwaukee and Missouri repertory theaters, Actor’s Theatre of Phoenix and the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival. In addition to his work with the companies in Ohio, Idaho and Nevada, Charles is active within the community. He has served as a member of the strategic planning committee for the Morrison Center, as producer of the FUNDSY Award Gala (’96, ’98 and 2000), and as producer of the 1996 Idaho Governor’s Awards in the Arts. Charles has served on the board of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Downtown Rotary Club. He received his BA from the University of the Pacific and Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Along with his wife, Lidia and daughter, Alexa, Charles resides in Boise, Cleveland and Lake Tahoe — a feat that is only possible because of the incredible love and support of his family, and the generous communities he serves!
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Esther M. Haberlen Costume Designer Sixteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater Previous designs include The Fantasticks, Beehive: the 60’s Musical, Les Misérables, Witness for the Prosecution, Much Ado about Nothing in 2013 and nine GLT outreach productions. Fourteen and eleven seasons, respectively with GLT’s sister companies Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Other theater affiliations include Beck Center for the Arts, Dobama Theater, Cleveland Opera Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Chautauqua Conservatory Theater, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Play House/Case Western Reserve University MFA Acting and Willoughby Fine Art Association. Esther is a graduate of State University of New York-Fredonia. Jesse Klug Lighting Designer Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater
Lost. Recent Chicago credits include Bug (Steppenwolf) The First Deep Breath and Pipeline (Victory Gardens), How I Learned to Drive (Raven) and Twelfth Night (Writers Theatre — associate artist). Josh is the award-winning composer of Add1ng Mach1n3 (Minetta Lane, Next Theatre), A Minister’s Wife (Lincoln Center Theatre, Writers Theatre), Midwestern Gothic (Signature DC), and The Gift of the Magi (American Players Theatre). New York designs and scores include Therese Raquin (Roundabout/Studio 54), The House Of Blue Leaves (Walter Kerr), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Nederlander), Water By The Spoonful (Second Stage), Dinner With Friends (Roundabout), When The Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center), 3 Kinds Of Exile, Dying For It (ATLANTIC), About Alice (TFANA) and many others. Josh is currently working on commissions for the Metropolitan Opera and Mercurius Theatre (UK), and is an associate artist at UNLV/NCT. Gage Williams Scenic Designer Thirteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater
Off-Broadway: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Lortel, Hewes nominations), The Screwtape Letters (off-Broadway and national tour), Romulus, and The Hunchback Variations. Regional: Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Marriott Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Indiana Rep, American Players Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Paramount, Lookingglass, Victory Gardens, Geffen Playhouse, The Old Globe, Asolo Shakespeare Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Portland Center Stage, Northlight, Writers Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre. International: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, INFANT, Market Theatre of South Africa, Sydney Fringe Festival, as well as others on five different continents. Mr. Klug is a multiple Joseph Jefferson award winner and twenty-two-time nominee. Jessekluglightingdesign.com
Previous designs for GLT include: Witness for the Prosecution, Misery, The Fantasticks, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well, Amadeus, You Can’t Take It With You, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Hamlet, Tartuffe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Arms and the Man and Much Ado About Nothing. He has designed sets for notable regional theater and opera companies including, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Childsplay, Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Opera Company. For television, Art Director credits include productions for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, HBO, Showtime, ESPN, Disney and MTV.
Josh Schmidt Sound Designer Three seasons with Great Lakes Theater
Sarah Kelso* Production Stage Manager Five Seasons with Great Lakes Theater
Previous credits include Witness for the Prosecution, Misery and Love’s Labour’s
Previous shows: Million Dollar Quartet, Beehive the 60’s Musical, Much Ado About
Nothing, Romeo and Juliet. Ten seasons with Idaho Shakespeare Festival: Million Dollar Quartet, Beehive the 60’s Musical, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Forever Plaid, The Fantasticks, Steel Magnolias. Nine seasons with Boise Contemporary Theater: The Wolves, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, With Love and a Major Organ, Good Bitch Goes Down, Hand to God, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Storm in the Barn, A Skull in Connemara. Sarah is a graduate of Boise State University’s Department of Theatre Arts. Nicki Cathro* Assistant Stage Manager Four seasons with Great Lakes Theater
Amy Essick Assistant Stage Manager Six seasons at Great Lakes Theater Previous GLT Assistant Stage Manager/ Production Assistant credits include: Julius Caesar, Million Dollar Quartet, Mamma Mia!, Beehive: The 60’s Musical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Forever Plaid, Wait Until Dark, Twelfth Night, The Fantasticks, And Then There Were None, The Secret Garden, A Christmas Carol, The Tempest, Les Misérables, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. She is also the Company Manager for GLT and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Love to all my family and friends and thank you for all of the support!
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Nicki is thrilled to be returning for her fourth season at the Hanna. Previously she’s worked as Stage Manager for Julius Caesar and A Christmas Carol; Assistant Stage Manager for Witness for the Prosecution, Misery, Macbeth and Pride and Prejudice; Production Assistant for Hamlet, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and A Midsummer
Night’s Dream at Great Lakes Theater and ISF. Nicki earned her BFA in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of North Texas. She also works in film production and photography and is incredibly lucky to work with her husband Nick <4. For more information on her media company, visit www.cavernmedia.com.
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DONORS The trustees, staff and artistic company of Great Lakes Theater express our deepest gratitude to the hundreds of supporters of Cleveland’s Classic Company. The donors listed below and on the following pages made generous gifts to our Annual Fund between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. “I can no other answer make but thanks.” Twelfth Night, Act III, Scene iii
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Make a Contribution Great Lakes Theater served more than 125,000 students and adults last season through its Hanna and Mimi Ohio Theatre mainstage productions and education programs throughout northeast Ohio. This would not have been possible without the annual support of the hundreds of generous donors listed below. Please consider joining the Great Lakes Theater family by making a contribution to support Cleveland’s Classic Company. Visit the “Support Us” section of our website (GreatLakesTheater.org) or call us at (216) 453-4449 to learn more about our Membership and donation opportunities.
Sponsors: $100,000 and above Cuyahoga Arts & Culture*** $50,000 to $99,999 The Cleveland Foundation*** The George Gund Foundation*** The Kulas Foundation*** The John P. Murphy Foundation***
The David & Inez Myers Foundation*** Ohio Arts Council*** The Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation***
$25,000 to $49,999 The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation** The Community Foundation of Lorain County*** The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation*** The Reinberger Foundation***
Shakespeare in American Communities: National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest* John & Barbara Schubert***
*3 – 5 consecutive years as a donor **6 – 9 consecutive years as a donor ***10 or more consecutive years as a donor
THE LEGACY SOCIETY
Great Lakes Theater’s Legacy Society honors individuals, families, foundations and other generous donors that make gifts to Great Lakes Theater’s Endowment Fund or have made a provision for Great Lakes Theater through their estate plans. Please consider becoming a member of the growing list of generous Great Lakes Theater Legacy Society supporters and help ensure that classic theater endures for future generations in northeast Ohio by designating Great Lakes Theater a beneficiary in your will, trust or other estate plans.
“Evermore thanks.” Judie & Bruce Amsel Kathleen L. Barber° Marilyn° & Paul° Brentlinger Willard & Donna Carmel Mary° & Leigh Carter Natalie & Morton° Epstein Gerald Freedman GAR Foundation Edward S. Godleski Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
Richard II, Act II, Scene ii
Mary Jane Davis Hartwell° Samuel S. Hartwell The Hershey Foundation Jack° & Mary Ann Katzenmeyer Kate Lunsford Thomas° & Margaret Lynch Charitable Trust Mary Anne° & Jack McGrath Janet & Bob° Neary James A . Nelson° Donald & Anne Palmer
Jean Z.° & John S.° Piety Tim & Lynn Pistell Ron° & Nancy° Pottorff Professor Alan Miles Ruben & Judge Betty Willis Ruben The John Sherwin Family George° & Marjorie° Springer Thomas G. & Ruth M. Stafford Arthur L. Thomas Audrey° & Dick° Watts
A Gift to the Great Lakes Theater Endowment Fund was received from the following donor between July 1, 2019 and January 10, 2020.
Edward S. Godleski Gifts to the Great Lakes Theater Endowment Fund were received in memory of Jack Katzenmeyer° from:
C.A . Litzler Co., Inc. Janet E. Neary David P. Porter & Margaret K. Poutasse
Georgianna T. Roberts John & Barbara Schubert Thomas G. & Ruth M. Stafford
Bob Taylor & Jeff Herrmann Lyle & Phil Toohey Ruth Zilber
A Gift to the Great Lakes Theater Endowment Fund was received in memory of Thomas Young° from:
David P. Porter & Margaret K. Poutasse
°Deceased: The legacy of these generous donors lives on for future generations.
LEAVE A LEGACY!
For more information regarding planned gifts, please contact Todd Krispinsky, Director of Institutional Advancement. (216) 453-4449 | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SHAKESPEARE SOCIETY Annual Fund donors of $1,000 and above are members of Great Lakes Theater’s “Shakespeare Society” and are entitled to special, exclusive benefits, including invitations to special events and activities. For more information, contact Todd Krispinsky at (216) 453-4449 or via email at email@example.com.
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Avon Circle ($10,000 to $24,999) The Abington Foundation** The Eva L. & Joseph M. Bruening Foundation*** Eaton Corporation*** FirstEnergy Foundation* The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation Jack & Mary Ann Katzenmeyer*** Susan & John Lebold* Thomas & Margaret Lynch Charitable Trust Donald W. Morrison*** Janet E. Neary*** The Nord Family Foundation*** Nordson Corporation Foundation*** Don & Anne Palmer*** Tim & Lynn Pistell*** Georgianna T. Roberts*** The Shubert Foundation*** Thomas G. & Ruth M. Stafford*** The Thomas H. White Foundation***
Stratford Circle ($5,000 to $9,999) Fred & Mary Behm*** Mr. Todd M. Burger & Ms. Kristie Beck** Carol Dolan & Greggory Hill*** Evelyn Dolejs** Natalie Epstein*** Ernst & Young, LLP*** The FORM Group The Harry K. & Emma R. Fox Foundation*** Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Hartwell*** Paul R. & Denise Horstman Keen** Mary Elizabeth Huber* Diane Kathleen Hupp* Mr. & Mrs. Leslie H. Moeller*** Greg Pribulsky & Donna Heinz Robert C. & Emily C. Williams**
Globe Circle ($2,500 to $4,999)
Anonymous (2) Chuck & Bonnie Abbey*** Michelle R. Arendt*** Walt & Laura Avdey***
BakerHostetler, LLP Dalia & Robert Baker*** Gina L. Beebe David & Carolyn Bialosky** Glenn & Jenny Brown*** Bill & Judie Caster** Mr. & Mrs. Homer D. W. Chisholm*** The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation*** Gail Cudak & Thomas Young*** Timothy J. Downing & Ken Press*** Charles, Lidia & Alexa Fee** Dianne V. Foley** Lynn M. Gattozzi Elizabeth Grove & Rich Bedell* Mr. & Mrs. Arthur C. Hall III William W. Jacobs*** Katie Kennedy & Doug White* Faisal Khan & Angela DiCorleto* Donna M. Koler* Mr. & Mrs. John J. Lane** The Laub Foundation*** Victor C. Laughlin, M.D. Memorial Foundation Trust*** The Lubrizol Foundation*** David and Denise Maiorana Mrs. Mary J. Mayer*** Jack McGrath*** Mr. & Mrs. John C. Morley*** Karen Nemec** Nicholas & Sue Peay*** Dr. Scott & Mrs. Judy Pendergast*** Michael & Barbara Peterman*** Thomas A. Piraino & Barbara C. McWilliams** David P. Porter & Margaret K. Poutasse*** Pablo R. Ros Kim Sherwin*** Sally J. Staley*** Christopher & Gail Steward* Geoff & Catherine Tanner Kris & George Tesar Arthur L. Thomas* Ulmer & Berne LLP*** Ms. Rebecca A. Zuti & Mr. Anthony D. DeCello**
Folio Circle ($1,000 to $2,499) Anonymous (1)
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Welcome! The following individuals made their first gift, returned as active donors or increased their gift to Great Lakes Theater’s Annual Fund during the period of July 1, 2019 through January 10, 2020. The Great Lakes Theater family is grateful for your support Mary S. Baker Robyn & David Barrie Ms. Pamela Benson Paul & Heather Blonsky V. Elizabeth Brown Bernice A. Bolek Beverly & Bruce Cameron Bill & Judie Caster Christopher & Nancy Coburn Stan & Lisa Corwin Carol Dolan & Greggory Hill Eva & Larry Dolan Mr. Theodore Elrick Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Fishwick Mary Eileen Fogarty
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Endowment Fund Gifts to the Great Lakes Theater Endowment Fund were received from the following donors between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Edward S. Godleski
Gifts were received in honor of: Carol Dolan by: Mary Dolan & David Haracz Jane Lehr Ecker by: Dr. Gary & Leslie Gelesh Dr. Howard Epstein by: Ms. Cheryle Gibson Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Hartwell by: The Lassman Family Janet Neary by: Ms. Emily Holdge Brasfield Mrs. Robert H. Martindale by: David Wildermuth Rebecca Zuti by: Barbara & David Ackerman
Gifts were received in memory of: Claudine Clinton by: Mary Slowey William W. Jacobs by: Mr. Stephen Benowitz Mr. Jason Bergman Karen & Patrick DeOssie Friends & Co-workers of Aubrey Jacobs Norman A. Bloch & Janice M. Gelfand Sheldon D. & Marilyn A. Gerson Ms. Deborah Glosserman Mr. Bryan Hayes Mr. David J. Hooker & Mrs. Nancy H. Hooker Mr. Donald H. Messinger & Mrs. Sara S. Messinger Mrs. Joan A. Naro & Mr. Rodney L. Naro Mrs. Janet Neary Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Peterman Ms. Diane Petras Mr. Charles Royer Selfhelp Austin Street Senior Center Mr. Mark Shafer Mr. Glenn Siegler Thomas G. & Ruth M. Stafford Bob Taylor & Jeff Herrmann Thompson Hine LLP Utopia Beach Club Ms. Cathy Waldman Mr. & Mrs. Jerome F. Weiss Mr. & Mrs. Steve Willensky Nicole Wilson Morley Winograd Sasha Wyrick Ms. Kim Zarney Jack Katzenmeyer for the Great Lakes Theater Endowment Fund by: (See page 19.) Donald Mayer by: Thomas G. & Ruth M. Stafford Elsa Pavlik by: Womenâ€™s Committee of Great Lakes Theater
Lindsay Morgenthaler by: The Gries Family Foundation Thomas Young by: Janet E. Neary David P. Porter & Margaret K. Poutasse Georgianna T. Roberts Thomas G. & Ruth M. Stafford Bob Taylor & Jeff Herrmann
The Sherwin-Williams Company Many companies, like the ones listed above, match all or a portion of their employees’ charitable giving. Is your employer a matching gift company? Find out by contacting your employer or the Great Lakes Theater Development Office at (216) 453-4449.
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Eaton Corporation GlaxoSmithKline Foundation IBM Corporation The Lubrizol Foundation Nordson Corporation Foundation PNC Foundation Schneider Electric North America Foundation
Formed in 1961, the committee is Great Lakes Theater’s longest standing volunteer support group. Members act as hosts for our actors, provide support in our administrative office and at events, and cheer us on throughout the season. If you would like
to become a member, call Joanne Hulec at (216) 252-8717 for more information. Officers Janice Campbell, President Kathy Berkshire, Co-Vice Chair Barb Chernus, Co-Vice Chair Viola McDowell, Recording Secretary Bernice Bolek, Corresponding Secretary Nanci Kirkpatrick, Treasurer *3 – 5 consecutive years as a donor
° Deceased: The legacy of these generous donors lives on for future generations.
Every effort is made to ensure that our donor records are current and correct. Please contact Great Lakes Theater’s Development Office at (216) 453-4449 or via email at tkrispinsky@ greatlakestheater.org with questions or to report updates and revisions.
**6 – 9 consecutive years as a donor ***10 or more consecutive years as a donor
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Gary D. Benz Kim Bixenstine * Todd M. Burger * Gail L. Cudak Anthea Daniels Carolyn Dickson † Leslie Dickson Barry Doggett † Carol Dolan * Timothy J. Downing * Dr. Howard G. Epstein Natalie Epstein † Dianne V. Foley* Stephen H. Gariepy Lynn M. Gattozzi Arthur C. Hall III * Mary Elizabeth Huber Diane Kathleen Hupp Joseph H. James
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Uma M. Rajeshwar Georgianna T. Roberts † Ana G. Rodriguez John D. Schubert † Peter Shimrak † Thomas G. Stafford *† Sally J. Staley Diana W. Stromberg Catherine Tanner Kristine M. Tesar * Arthur L. Thomas Nancy Wellener Patrick Zohn
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STRATEGIC ALLIANCE In 2002, Great Lakes Theater (Cleveland, Ohio) and Idaho Shakespeare Festival (Boise, Idaho) conceived a unique, strategic producing alliance designed to maximize return on organizational investments, increase production efficiencies, create long term work opportunities for artists and share best practices. In 2010, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (Incline Village, Nevada) joined the collaborative — further contributing to the momentum of the revolutionary producing prototype's success. The long term results have been remarkable. The alliance's three independent, 501c3 regional theaters have shared over 60 jointly-created productions — each featuring long term, multi-city employment opportunities for artistic company members. This revolutionary producing model has realized its vision and exceeded expectations while simultaneously resulting in notable audience growth for each company.
STAFF Leadership Charles Fee, Producing Artistic Director Bob Taylor, Executive Director
Management Team Director of Educational Services.................Kelly Schaffer Florian Production Manager................................Jeff Herrmann Director of Institutional Advancement.................Todd Krispinsky Director of Educational Programming...... Lisa Ortenzi
Artistic Artistic Associate................................Laura Welsh Berg
Company Doctor.......Dr. Donald Ford & Cleveland Clinic Trinity High School Costume Interns..........................Joi Bailey, Nya Davis
Finance & Administration
Manager of Finance & Administration...................Stephanie Reed
Great Lakes Theater is a member of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT) and operates under agreements with LORT, Actorsâ€™ Equity Association, American Federation of Musicians, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and the United Scenic Artists, which are unions representing professional actors, stage managers, musicians, stagehands, directors, choreographers, and designers, respectively, in the United States.
Institutional Advancement Audience & Community Engagement Coordinator.............................................. Jeremy Lewis Advancement & Annual Fund Administrator............................... Olivia M. McParland Marketing & Communications Manager................................................. Kacey Shapiro
Production Assistant Production Manager.................Shaun Oâ€™Neill Company Manager....................................... Amy Essick Technical Director.......................................Mark Cytron Assistant Technical Director.............Richard Haberlen Master Carpenter.......................................Lindsay Loar Carpenter/Welder........................................Val Kozlenko Carpenters...............William Langenhop, Ralph Melari, Paul Miller, Gary Zsigrai Scene Shop Intern.....................................Marco Liguori Properties Master..............................Bernadine Cockey
Education Assistant.................Chennelle Bryant-Harris Education Outreach Associate................David Hansen School Residency Program Actor-Teachers.....................Tyler Collins, Craig Ester, Adam Graber, Klara Hricik, Tim Keo , Adrionna Powell Lawrence, Kimberly Martin, Zyrece Montgomery
Properties Assistant..................................Logan Jacisin Properties Intern...........................................Derek Alley Costume Director............................ Esther M. Haberlen Assistant Costume Shop Manager/Tailor......Leah Loar First Hand........................................... Christina Spencer Stitcher/Crafts Artisan............................Zachary Hickle Design Assistant/ Wardrobe Supervisor..................... Mackenzie Malone Hair Design.....................................Wigs & Whiskers, ltd Costume Shop Intern.................................Bridget Kline Master Electrician.....................................Tammy Taylor Charge Scenic Artist.................................... Ruth Lohse Scenic Artist........................................Justine Schneider Audio Supervisor.....................................Brian Chismar Production Stage Manager...................... Sarah Kelso* Assistant Stage Managers.....Nicki Cathro*, Amy Essick Hanna Theatre Crew............Thomas Boddy, Chris Guy, Shaun Milligan, Nathan Tulenson
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PLAYHOUSE SQUARE HISTORY
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A Phoenix from the Ashes In 1964, the Mimi Ohio Theatre lobby and auditorium were destroyed by fire. When the fledgling Playhouse Square organization restored the spaces in 1982, funding and time constraints made it possible only for the auditorium to be fully restored. Thanks to a gift from the George Gund Foundation, the lobby was re-created in its original splendor in 2016. You can watch a documentary about the project, “Restoring the Legacy,” on Playhouse Square’s YouTube channel.
Hanna Theatre Trivia Since its opening in 1921, the Hanna Theatre has been the site of two world premieres: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Me and Juliette in 1953 and, in 1974, Odyssey by Michel Legrand starring Yul Brynner. Another first occurred in 1937, when Gilbert and Sullivan’s first Cleveland-staged opera was performed at the Hanna by the D’Oyly Carte Company from London.
Re-Creating History We call the completed Mimi Ohio Theatre George Gund Foundation Lobby project a “re-creation” rather than a restoration. Why? There was nothing left to restore after a 1964 fire destroyed the space. To reproduce the lobby’s original 1921 splendor, architects, restoration specialists and Playhouse Square staff conducted exhaustive research of the original drawings by architect Thomas Lamb, photo archives and a few remaining bits of ornamental plaster detail to gain a thorough understanding of the space and inform the plans for re-creating the lobby.
Broadway to Buildings
Where do the arts and real estate go handin-hand? At Playhouse Square, of course! As the theaters began to be restored in the early 1980s, it was thought that developers would step in to build and open businesses around them. When that didn’t happen,
Playhouse Square began to steward development of the surrounding neighborhood. In 1999, Playhouse Square became the first performing arts center with a real estate services division, which manages the one million square feet of property owned by the organization and another 1.5 million square feet outside the theater district. Other performing arts centers have since looked to our expertise as a model.
YPs Take the Lead Best known as the masterminds behind the annual Jump Back Ball benefit, Playhouse Square’s young professionals group – Partners – was formed in 1991. Since then, hundreds of young professionals engage with Playhouse Square each year to build leadership skills, raise funds and volunteer in support of our not-for-profit mission, enjoy shows together, network and have fun!
Keeping Up the KeyBank State Theatre First restored more than 30 years ago, the KeyBank State Theatre was repainted from the street to the proscenium in 2015. The new, cohesive color palette showcases the beauty and craftsmanship of the nearly 100-year-old theater. It took 25 painters 12,500 hours and 595 gallons of paint in 15 different colors to complete the project, which also included 6000 sheets of new metal leafing in the auditorium dome and the application of a historically accurate wall-covering design. While the theater was dark, its lighting fixtures and restrooms received major upgrades.
What’s in a Logo? The Playhouse Square logo we use today – a tilted burgundy square with a capital P in its center – was introduced in 2008 to capture the enduring spirit of entertainment and excitement. Each of the logo’s graphic elements has meaning: the exclamation point with a star in the “P” symbolizes excitement and innovation; the swirl in the “P” represents creativity and forward motion; the tilted square symbolizes
Playhouse Square as a destination; and the burgundy color gives nod to the color scheme of our historic theaters.
Going Green While red is the color most often associated with theaters, Playhouse Square is making efforts to go “green.” You will find receptacles for recycling paper, plastic and cans, along with those designated specifically for the program you’re currently reading, throughout the complex. Lighting fixtures are being switched to LED for increased energy efficiency. And the Playhouse Square administrative office is making strides towards going paperless.
Patterns in Plaster
No Butts About It In the 1920s, women were being enticed by such advertising as reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet. Although ladies who smoked in public were still frowned upon in 1922, the management decided to buck the controversy by creating the private Egyptian Smoking Room. Located off the main lobby, it allowed female guests a proper place to smoke. The room’s walls were of Hindu design; its carved furniture upholstered in a black and gold brocade Egyptian motif; wrought iron Egyptian-styled lamps were topped with red silk shades, and a rare carpet from India covered the floor.
Theatrical Vermin In No Need of the Orkin Man Mice and flies are two pests you would never stand for in your house, but both are necessary to every theater house! Mice are actually special shields placed over microphones on the floor at the front of a stage. Flies is the entire area above the stage (not visible to the audience) where scenery is hung and stored. Flymen (stagehands operating the counterweight system and flying scenery) often are located on the fly floor, which is the work area above the stage floor.
Young STARS Shine At Playhouse Square You might see volunteer RedCoats from time to time who look like they’re not old enough to vote — and they aren’t. These youths are part of the successful STARS (Students Take A Role at the Square) program, where older students volunteer to usher at Broadway Series shows, concerts and other special events at the theaters. While the STARS program can be interesting and fun for all students, it becomes a particularly invaluable opportunity to gain experience and behind-the-scenes knowledge for those students who are planning future careers in the performing arts.
As you walk through the theaters, you may notice various patterns within the plaster decoration. Common are dentil, lamb tongue, rope and rosettes. Other patterns you may see have been associated with certain meanings since they were first used hundreds or even thousands of years ago, such as the acanthus leaf (immortality), egg and dart (life and death), and the palm leaf, first used in ancient Egypt as a reference to the Nile River. In the KeyBank State Theatre, if you look closely and carefully, you can find ox skulls, which were believed to offer protection from natural elements. And throughout the theaters, you will find griffins, mythical creatures thought of as guardians.
Although the room retains the name of the Egyptian Smoking Room to this day, it is now used for administrative purposes because no smoking is allowed in any of the Playhouse Square spaces.
Say Goodnight, Gracie Legendary comedy duo George Burns and Gracie Allen were married in Cleveland January 7, 1926 during their Playhouse Square booking. A brief, early-morning ceremony was performed by a Justice of the Peace, after which the newlyweds checked into the Statler Hotel. George’s older brother and his family (who lived in Akron) came up to Cleveland that afternoon to celebrate with the couple before George and Gracie returned to their room to honeymoon.
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At 2 a.m. the phone rang. It was fellow comedian Jack Benny calling from Omaha. Immediately recognizing Jack’s voice, George cut him off saying, “Send up two orders of ham and eggs,” then hung up. Ten minutes later the phone rang. It was Benny again. This time George interrupted his friend with, “You forgot the ketchup!” and hung up on Benny a second time. Half an hour later came a knock at the door. It was a waiter with two orders of ham and eggs. Trying to keep a straight face the waiter announced, “Compliments of Mr. Jack Benny from Omaha!” As George liked to tell it, the newlyweds ate their Benny breakfast at 2:30 a.m., and, when they were done, Gracie said, “George, this was the high point of the night!”
history of the State. Likewise, Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary fame also performed at the KeyBank State Theatre several times during its early restoration. She became so enthusiastic over the restoration process that she would climb the scaffolding and help paint the ceiling. Like Chita, on a return visit, Mary pointed out the ceiling area that she had helped paint (just-above-and-to-the-left of the Men’s Room doorway on the mezzanine).
The KeyBank State Theatre Murals
A Change in History?
The four murals on the walls of the KeyBank State Theatre lobby were painted by American Modernist James Daugherty (1890-1974), whose work hangs in the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and the Smithsonian. One of the murals, The Spirit of Cinema, was featured on the cover of Life magazine on February 20, 1970. It was that national attention that became the convincing argument to save the venue from the wrecking ball. Destruction of the State would also have meant the loss of the original historic Daugherty murals, since they are painted directly on the walls. Today they are the only Daugherty works which remain at the original site where they were painted.
One of many fascinating items to be found in the book Playhouse Square: An Entertaining History deals with the infamous John Wilkes Booth. Booth performed locally at the old Academy of Music, which was one of the first drama schools in the country and was located at 1371 W. 6th Street. It was at that Cleveland Academy where he would play his last role prior to performing at Washington D.C.’s Ford Theatre where he would assassinate President Lincoln. (Might history have been changed if the Academy had held over Booth’s play for an extended run?)
Performers Help Restore Playhouse Square
During her 1996 run of Kiss of the Spider Woman, legendary Broadway star Chita Rivera was given a guided tour of Playhouse Square. As she followed her tour guide into the State auditorium, an excited Chita pointed to the mezzanine railing and proudly exclaimed, I helped paint that! Indeed, she had. In 1984, Chita had last played Playhouse Square when much restoration remained, and during her free time willingly added her brush strokes to the
The GE Chandelier Officially the world’s largest outdoor chandelier, the 20-foot tall GE Chandelier is adorned with 4200 crystals. To find out how it was made, visit the Playhouse Square YouTube channel.
What Would It Cost to Build Them Today? Even though the Connor Palace is not the largest of the Playhouse Square venues, it was the most costly to build ($3.5 million) by the time it premiered on Nov. 6, 1922. The largest theater, the State, (opened Feb. 5, 1921) was built at a cost of $2 million; the Ohio (Feb. 14, 1921) also cost $2 million, and the Allen’s costs totaled $1.9 million when it opened April 1, 1921. (Exact building costs for the Hanna Theatre — which opened March 28, 1921 — have yet to be uncovered.)
Connor Palace Trivia
KeyBank State Theatre Trivia
Before the days of clothes dryers, touring performers were often forced to pull stilldamp clothes off the drying line when it was time to pack and leave. During the vaudeville era, the Connor Palace (known then as the Palace) became known as one of the most performer-friendly venues in the country because of its many backstage amenities, one of which included a drying room. In this large room, wet clothes could be hung and hot air was continuously blown into the area to hasten the drying time.
The stage of the KeyBank State Theatre is so large that a typical high school gymnasium (complete with basketball court and bleachers) could easily fit on stage. As another point of comparison, three of the Mimi Ohio Theatre stages could fit onto the State’s stage.
There Goes the Neighborhood! The 1870s ushered in the golden age for Euclid Avenue as the street became a stretch of grand mansions, with grounds often extending as far as Lake Erie, and stately elm trees arching over the avenue. Called Millionaire’s Row, it was the address where all the best families lived. But by Cleveland’s Centennial in 1896, Euclid Avenue residents were likely muttering, Well, there goes the neighborhood! as the dirt street was paved with sandstone, and businessmen began to buy up and tear down the mansions and towering elms to make way for commercial ventures. Streetcar lines on the once totally residential stretch hastened the creation of a commercial district, forcing wealthy families to move even farther east on Euclid Avenue. In another 30 years, the district would see the birth of the five main theaters that would eventually become Playhouse Square.
In his biography, Moe Howard & The Three Stooges, Moe Howard wrote about the plight of dressing rooms on the road. Although dressing rooms were usually spartan at best and a hovel at worst, Howard had nothing but praise for the Connor Palace (known then as the Palace Theatre): “This theater was built without missing a thought for the actors’ comfort. The Palace was beautiful not only outside and in the auditorium, but also backstage. Most impressive was the second floor, which sported a regulation-size pool table, chess tables, comfortable chairs, an ice machine and soft drinks, playing cards, cigars — it had all the facilities of a private club. In the basement was a laundry room. There was even a nursery for youngsters. Best of all were the dressing rooms, heavily carpeted with mirrored walls and make-up tables. They had everything in them, right down to padded coat hangers.”
World’s Longest Lobby Explained In 1920 as the Loew’s chain anticipated building in the area that would come to be known as Playhouse Square, it was discovered there wasn’t sufficient room to build two theaters side by side in the available space. Since it was important that the proposed theater marquees be located on Euclid Avenue, an architectural plan was devised. Even though the KeyBank State Theatre would be completed and open 21 months before the Connor Palace, it was decided to build the State behind the Connor Palace. This led to the construction of the State’s 320-foot-long lobby, reported to be the longest theater lobby in the world. The Mimi Ohio Theatre would then be built on the other side of the State, giving all three theaters the desired Euclid Avenue marquee frontage.
Repeat three times: Performer packs pickle for perfect pipes. Singer Anita Baker surprised backstage workers during her sold out shows by keeping an ample supply of pickle juice in her dressing room — using it to gargle! (No report as to whether Anita acquired the pickle practice during her two pregnancies.) Likewise, another unusual gargling agent was the preference of singer Millie Jackson who required a certain imported beer as her gargle-of-choice.
Connor Palace: A Three Stooges Favorite
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FEB./MAR. AT PLAYHOUSE SQUARE OUTCALT/ HELEN/ MIMI CONNOR KEYBANK US BANK WESTFIELD ALLEN ALLEN ALLEN HANNA KENNEDY’S OHIO PALACE STATE PLAZA STUDIO Sunday
Clue The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites
Flanagan’s Wake Clue The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites
Anastasia Clue CIFF Presents: GET SHORTY Getting Near to Baby
Anastasia Flanagan’s Wake Clue Getting Near to Baby
Anastasia Flanagan’s Wake Clue Sleuth Getting Near to Baby
Anastasia Flanagan’s Wake Clue Sleuth Cie Herve Koubi Getting Near to Baby
Anastasia Flanagan’s Wake Clue Sleuth Divorciadas, Evangélicas y Vegetarianas
Anastasia Flanagan’s Wake Clue Sleuth Divorciadas, Evangélicas y Vegetarianas
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Anastasia Clue Getting Near to Baby
Anastasia Anastasia Anastasia Clue Clue Clue The Man in the Arena The Man in the Arena
Anastasia Clue Sleuth
Sleuth Real Inspector Hound Divorciadas, Evangélicas y Vegetarianas Steven Curtis Chapman
Sleuth The Real Inspector Hound Jump Back Ball Divorciadas, Evangélicas y Vegetarianas Sleuth SENSORY-FRIENDLY: Sleuth Sleuth Sleuth Flanagan’s Wake What Do You Do With What Do You Do With The Real Inspector Flanagan’s Wake An Idea? An Idea? Hound The Real Inspector The Real Inspector Hound 2020-2021 Broadway What Do You Do With Hound Season Launch An Idea? What Do You Do With Joe Bonamassa What Do You Do With Special Iliza: The Forever Tour An Idea? An Idea? Joe Bonamassa
Sleuth One Community The Real Inspector Reads with Eric Hound Klinenberg What Do You Do With An Idea?
Jesus Christ Superstar The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar That Golden Girls Show - A Puppet Parody Antoine Dunn
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar Middletown
Jesus Christ Superstar Great Big Bway Show Chazz Palminteri Jesus/Superstar Much Ado/Nothing Antigone The Musical Box
Jesus Christ Superstar Antigone
Anastasia Clue Sleuth The Tap Pack
Anastasia Clue Sleuth
16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Sleuth Sleuth Coral Kingdoms and The Real Inspector Empires of Ice Hound
Sleuth The Real Inspector Hound Divorciadas, Evangélicas y Vegetarianas
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Anastasia Clue Sleuth The Choir of Man
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Jesus Christ Superstar Sex n’ the City: A (super unathorized) Musical Parody
Jesus Christ Superstar Flanagan’s Wake That Golden Girls Show - A Puppet Parody
Jesus Christ Superstar Flanagan’s Wake That Golden Girls Show Stephen Petronio Dance
Jesus Christ Superstar Middletown The Price is Right Live
Jesus Christ Superstar Flanagan’s Wake Middletown A Cappella Live Shen Yun
Jesus Christ Superstar Flanagan’s Wake Middletown Shen Yun Great Big Bway Show The Dollop
Jesus Christ Superstar Middletown
Jesus Christ Superstar Flanagan’s Wake Middletown Much Ado About Nothing Casting Crowns
Jesus Christ Superstar Flanagan’s Wake Middletown Much Ado/Nothing Antigone Rain: Beatles Tribute
8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Jesus Christ Superstar Middletown CIFF Opening Night
22/29 23/30 24/31 25 26 27 28 Diary of a Wombat Antigone
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