Staged readings of new full-length plays
Fresh from our intensive incubator program
Presented on a rolling basis
Creative Space at Waterloo Arts
397 East 156th Street | Cleveland, OH 44110
Free | Recommended for Adults & Teens
Tickets or Reservations Not Required
This Girlz Lyfe
Written by Ernesta Jefferson
Directed by Terrence Spivey
Dramaturgy by David Todd
Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 pm
Thiz Girlz Lyfe tells the story of Nasheema Morgan, an exotic dancer in present-day Cleveland, Ohio. Nasheema appears to have everything she needs: a house, a handsome man, and a loving daughter. But beneath that facade, things are spiraling out of control. Nasheema’s husband expresses his anger with violence and belittling. The party scene that she turns to puts her daughter at greater risk. Nasheema can only deal with so much before she must find a way out.
Written by Caroline Knecht
Directed by Erik Andrews
Dramaturgy by Lenora Inez Brown
Friday, April 5 at 7:00 pm
The Cardinal is about a holiday dinner gone awry. It’s a story of legends, legacies, and the complicated bonds that tie family members together (or don’t). The entirety of the play takes place in four rooms of one house: the dining room, the front porch, the bathroom, and the basement. All scenes transpire on Thanksgiving 2016 in Ohio.
The Demon on the Mountaintop
Written by Robert M.K. Daniels
Directed by Tyson Douglas Rand
Dramaturgy by Greg A. Smith
Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 pm
The Demon on the Mountaintop is a contemporary fairy tale for adults. The town of Valleytop sits at the foot of a mountain, above which a Demon resides. The Demon’s only pleasure is derived from cursing the town below. Every generation, the people of Valleytop send up a young woman...not so the Demon will stop, but so he’ll curse them less than he otherwise would. Now, a young woman named Lydia refuses to become a sacrifice, and puts her town as well as the nearby Mountainbottom at risk. Lydia must negotiate not only with a Demon, but with a ‘hero’ named Billy Ray who’s sent by Mountainbottom to save the day. Lydia must stop the Demon, end the curse, and fend off Billy Ray’s advances.