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the queenWatch for information on CATAC/NWPL’s Season 2014-2015 at Balch Street Theatre!CATAC’s adventurous plans for Season 2014-2015 include:

  • Akron School for the Arts (Firestone Theatre) and CATAC present Dear Gabby: The Confessions of an Over-Achiever, performed by students from Firestone High School and directed by Elynmarie Kazle on Wednesday, December 10 and Friday, December 12 at 7pm. A show for the whole family. Tickets are $5 and proceeds go to support CATAC’s activities at Balch Street Theatre.
  • The Catherine Wheels Company of Scotland presents Lifeboat, a play about friendship and survival for 4th grade and older on April 13 and April 14 at 7:30pm at Daum Theatre in Kolbe Hall on The University of Akron campus. Watch for more information!
  • Open rehearsals of NWPL’s The Devil’s Milk, a new trilogy about Akron and its relationship with rubber begin in March 2015 with a solo performance by NWPL co-artistic director Jairo Cuesta, The Death of a Man.
  • Lifeboat by Catherine Wheels Theatre of Scotland, a remarkable performance of survival and friendship for the whole family! To be presented at The Daum Theatre, University of Akron campus in April 2015!
  • NWPL follows its extraordinary summer production of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando with company members Terence Cranendonk, Jamie Hale, Justin Hale and Debora Totti in Edward Albee‘s classic play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by James Slowiak. This is sure to be a theatrical must see! Performances are scheduled to begin April 23, 2015 for two weeks.
  • A new edition of PLAY! Akron’s Alternative Theatre Festival in Spring 2015!
  • Further collaborations with Akron’s emerging young theatre companies:  Ma’Sue Productions and Wandering Aesthetics!
  • Performance Ecology Workshops in July 2015!
  • The 2014-2015 began with NWPL’s production of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando adapted by Sarah Ruhl, in conjunction with the 2014 Gay Games Cleveland/Akron, August 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, at 8pm; August 10 at 2pm, Balch Street Theatre. Directed by NWPL co-artistic director James Slowiak and featuring company members Jairo Cuesta and Debora Totti along with local actors Rosilyn Jentner, Jeremiah Clapp and India Burton (as Orlando). Contemporary American playwright Sarah Ruhl (In the Next Room or the vibrator play) brilliantly renders Woolf’s gender-flipping 1928 novel into a theatrical fantasia of transformation and poetry that provided a perfect vehicle for NWPL’s unique physical and vocal performance style. CATAC/NWPL was proud to be an Arts Partner of the 2014 Gay Games!
  • Plus classes, workshops, family and community activities, play readings, contact dance jam sessions, open training sessions, Creative Placemaking and more!

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CATAC/NWPL is sponsored in part by grants from:

The Arthur Kelly Fund of Akron Community Foundation

The 2013 exchange with TAPIT/new works is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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