March 17-18
Creative Space at Waterloo Arts

April 6
None Too Fragile

All events are free

Tickets or reservations are not required

Intended for adults and teens

The Play Lab is our annual incubator program for writing and revision. Over a period of months, selected playwrights expand and revise their works-in-progress with the help of assigned dramaturgs, directors, and actors. This cycle includes feedback sessions, at-home revision, and rehearsals, and concludes with a series of public staged readings. The Play Lab helps writers improve material at any stage of development and bring news plays closer to production.

In addition to staged readings, the culminating event for the Play Lab process includes our annual Spring Workshops. These open classes cover playwriting fundamentals and special topics for adult and teen students of all skill levels. 

We’re thrilled to partner on this year’s event with Akron’s own None Too Fragile theater. Join us for the final staged reading at the home of this celebrated company. 

Creative Space at Waterloo Arts
397 E. 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110
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11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

2018 Spring Workshops

11:00 am
The Smallest Stage: Writing the Tabletop Play
with Mike Geither and Amy Schwabauer
Cleveland-based playwrights Mike Geither and Amy Schwabauer discuss the creation of their recent “tabletop play,” The Accounts of the Warren County Fair as Observed by a Young Astronaut, and explain the nuts-and-bolts of writing in this exciting new mode.

1:00 pm
The Character’s the Thing with Mary E. Weems, Ph.D.
This interactive workshop will teach participants Dr. Mary Weems’ approach to developing new work, including two-character short plays which are character- rather than plot- driven. Please bring a one-three minute original monologue to the session.

3:30 PM

The Intelligence Man by Eileen O’Leary

A staged reading directed by Erik Andrews

Dramaturgy by Lenora Inez Brown

Lucas Moss, a factory worker, is made head of a new federal intelligence agency in the Trump Administration.


2:30 PM

In Appalachia, Apertures by Brandon North

A staged reading directed by Robert Lucchesi

Dramaturgy by Les Hunter

Erica and Tyler Ricks are a couple working for an online magazine, currently compiling a photo essay about religiously themed billboards in Appalachia. While on assignment, Erica and Tyler become fascinated with the Root family, particularly the teenaged Jackson, whose obsessively taken photographs have supernatural effects. The Root family’s past trauma is exacerbated by the Ricks’ prodding, the middle-aged Joe’s drinking problem, and the elderly Lester’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The Ricks’ constant reopening of old wounds leads to several tragic events. Jackson and his sister Maggie must face these grim realities with new knowledge as shown to them by Erica and Tyler, who themselves are thrown into the Root family’s crisis.

None Too Fragile
1835 Merriman Road, Akron, Ohio 44313


7:00 PM

Concussive Blast by Tom Hayes

A staged reading directed by Sean Derry

Dramaturgy by David Todd

A veteran confronts the domestic conditions presented by his narcissistic mother, while facing the psychological, emotional, and physical challenges of returning home from war.