Along with classes and development programs, Playwrights Local offers community engagement and site-specific events. These projects allow us to appeal to a wider demographic than our own regular patrons, and also let us expose the broader community to the benefits of dramatic writing.

Check this site for updates on our most recent projects!


WATERLOO ARTS FEST
JUNE 24, 2017

STORYTELLERS’ STAGE PROGRAMMING

For the 2017 Waterloo Arts Fest, Playwrights Local curated and underwrote a full day’s worth of programming at the Storytellers’ Stage, and produced a return engagement by fest favorites StarDrop Circus.

The lineup of this year’s storytellers included Oluremi Oliver and Deborah Wright of the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers,  Wandering Aesthetics,  Donna Willingham, Allie Theiss, Carol Weakland, Gail Nyoka, and Rachel Baird. The closing set by Story Club/Literary Cleveland was hosted by Dana Norris and included stories from Ian Whippie, Lawrence Solomon, and Diane Ferri.

As with 2016’s Fest, this was our way of giving back to our host organization, Waterloo Arts, and to the North Collinwood neighborhood.

Scroll down for photos of our performers!

Storyteller Gail Nyoka (Photo by Emanuel Wallace, Scene)

Storyteller Donna Willingham (Photo by Alex Darus, Cleveland.com)

Storyteller Carol Weakland (Photo by Alex Darus, Cleveland.com)

StarDrop Aerial Circus (Photo by Alex Darus, Cleveland.com)


BITTER BIERCE
A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
JUDSON MANOR BALLROOM
APRIL 11, 2017

On April 11, 2017, Playwrights Local performed a free outreach presentation of its production of Mac Wellman’s Bitter Bierce at Judson Manor, Cleveland’s venerable senior and assisted living home. Playwrights Local is pleased to engage the community through this type of appearance.

Thanks to Brian Pedaci, Stephanie Kugli, and Tom Hayes for making this happen on the Playwrights Local end, and to Bill Corcoran for his arrangements and work on the Judson side.

Judson Manor in Cleveland

Brian Pedaci as Ambrose Bierce


SPONSORSHIP: DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND
CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF41)
MARCH 31/APRIL 1, 2017

Playwrights Local was proud to serve as a “Community Partner” or sponsor for the world premiere of filmmaker Catherine Gund’s Dispatches from Cleveland (2017), a documentary examining race relations and police use of force here in our city.  

Combining five shorter documentary segments, Dispatches from Cleveland focuses on ordinary Clevelanders who have been long shaken by police misconduct, social discrimination, and poverty. Produced by Aubin Pictures, the film depicts intersecting movements in Cleveland and examines how residents’ love for their hometown pushes them to work together to bring about real change in one of the most racially divided cities in America.

Find information on the film and festival at: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2017/dispatches-from-cleveland

Publicity still from “Dispatches from Cleveland” (2017)

Publicity still from “Dispatches from Cleveland” (2017)


OBJECTIVELY/REASONABLE
A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
GARDEN VALLEY NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE
SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

The tireless and inspiring Jan Ridgeway asked us to bring our “community response” to the Tamir Rice shooting, Objectively/Reasonable, to the Garden Valley Neighborhood House in Cleveland. Garden Valley is a food bank, education and training center, informal gathering place, and all-around sanctuary in one of the city’s most economically challenged areas. As supporters of this essential resource, we gladly complied with Ms. Ridgeway’s request.

This command performance was presented for the benefit of Garden Valley. Check out photos below from our evening in the facility’s Phoenix Theater.

Special thanks to Ms. Ridgeway, her fast-working staff, and our talkback speakers, including activist Basheer Jones and playwright Michael Oatman.

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Ananias Dixon Performs “Complicity”

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JamekaTerri Performs “We Own That”

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Activist Basheer Jones Leads the Talkback


WATERLOO ARTS FEST
JUNE 25, 2016

KIDS’ STAGE PROGRAMMING

For the 2016 Waterloo Arts Fest, Playwrights Local curated and underwrote a days’ worth of programming for the Kids’ Stage. This was our way of giving back to our host organization, Waterloo Arts, and to the North Collinwood neighborhood.

2016 was the 14th annual production of this amazing, always-free festival. Find info on the artists, bands, craftspeople, food trucks, sponsors, and much much more at the Fest website or in the official program.

Playwrights Local was proud to bring the following acts to this year’s Fest! Scroll down for photos of all of our performers.

Talespinner Children’s Theatre 

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Pinch & Squeal (Vaudeville Duo)

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Wandering Aesthetics (Storytellers)

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StarDrop Circus (Aerial Acrobatics)

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