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the queenWatch for information on CATAC/NWPL’s Season 2015-2016 at Balch Street Theatre! CATAC’s adventurous plans for Season 2015-2016 include:

  • Open rehearsals of NWPL’s The Devil’s Milk, a new trilogy about Akron and its relationship with rubber began in March 2015 with a solo performance by NWPL co-artistic director Jairo Cuesta, Death of a Man. An open rehearsal of scenes and songs from Goosetown: The Devil’s Milk, Part 2 start on June 26.Death of a Man 3
  • Goosetown: The Devil’s Milk, Part 2, written, composed, and directed by Akron theatre artist JT Buck will be in development this summer during June and August at Balch Street Theatre!
  • NWPL Summer Theatre Workshop in Akron, Ohio! July 6-19, 2015!

    Justin Hale and Debora Totti, NWPL's physical training

    Justin Hale and Debora Totti, NWPL’s physical training

  • Further collaborations with Akron’s Ma’Sue Productions!dressing with Pablo Aquart 2014
  • NWPL follows its extraordinary Summer 2014 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 for the Fall-Winter 2015-2016.
  • 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!
  • Akron School for the Arts (Firestone Theatre) and CATAC presented 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 presented 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 plus a sold-out school show on April 14! Lifeboat
  • 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.

CATAC/NWPL’s The Devil’s Milk Trilogy is supported in part by a generous grant from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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