- 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 provides a perfect vehicle for NWPL’s unique physical and vocal performance style. Don’t miss this sweeping and elegant staging as a way to support Cleveland/Akron’s hosting of the 2014 Gay Games! CATAC/NWPL is proud to be an Arts Partner of the 2014 Gay Games! Join the fun! Tickets at: orlando.brownpapertickets.com
- NWPL company members Justin Hale and Jamie Hale in a two-actor version of Henrik Ibsen‘s classic play A Doll’s House, directed by Chris Buck. What if we didn’t lose our childhood sense of wonder and awe as we grew older? What if we just misplaced it? Two actors, a husband and wife, attempt to mirror the dolls in Ibsen’s play and rediscover something pulled apart by time. Through the actor’s craft and the story of Nora and Helmer, A Doll’s House opens the doors in our minds (for both actor and audience) as we attempt to rediscover that tiny doll in each of us and awaken a new spirit of wonder and play.
- Open rehearsals of NWPL’s The Devil’s Milk, a new trilogy about Akron and its relationship with rubber.
- 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!
- 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!
- Plus classes, workshops, family and community activities, play readings, contact dance jam sessions, open training sessions, Creative Placemaking and more!
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.