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March 23 – March 25, 2017
Drinko Hall at Cleveland State University
& Additional Locations Listed by Event

All events at Cleveland State University and the Tremont Tap House are FREE.
No tickets or reservations required.

Tickets for the March 25 performance of Harm’s Way at The Liminus
can be purchased at the convergence-continuum website.

Programs are recommended for adults and teens.


ONGOING THROUGHOUT FESTIVAL

The Michael Schwartz Library (Ground-floor Lobby)

THU 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM;  FRI 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM; SAT 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Damnable Artifacts: Production Memorabilia from the Plays of Mac Wellman

Featuring set models, posters, programs, scripts, props, photos, postcards, T-shirts, and vintage reviews from productions spanning the career of playwright Mac Wellman. All items are original artifacts from the collections of lighting/set designer Kyle Chepulis and graphic designer David Prittie (both of the Flea Theater, NYC) and director/performer Clyde Simon (convergence-continuum theater, Cleveland).

Find an archive of the exhibit here!


THURSDAY, MARCH 23

Events at Drinko Hall, Cleveland State University

6:00 PM
Opening Reception

7:30 PM
Staged Reading: Cleveland
Directed by Allan Byrne
Presented by Cleveland State University Department of Theatre & Dance

Cleveland (1986): In the heady days before her prom, young Joan finds it hard to concentrate on anything but the upcoming dance, even as the front porch falls off her house and her mother struggles to unclog the kitchen sink. But soon, their relatively normal lives begin unraveling into alien territory, as Joan makes some startling discoveries about her family and the world.

8:30 PM
Playwright Welcome


FRIDAY, MARCH 24

Events at Drinko Hall, Cleveland State University

7:30 PM
Production: The Sandalwood Box
Directed by Les Hunter
Presented by Baldwin Wallace University Department of Theatre and Dance

The Sandalwood Box (1996): Student Marsha Gates has lost her voice to the great Unseen, but on her way to speech therapy, she becomes entangled with Professor Claudia Marshall, a mysterious collector of catastrophes. This surreal and unsettling short explores themes of trauma and violence inside a fantastical world that is at once familiar and strange.

8:15 PM
Production: Bitter Bierce
Directed by Christopher Johnston
Presented by Playwrights Local

Bitter Bierce (2003): Journalist. War Veteran. Cynic. Author. Ambrose Bierce invites audiences into the depths of his eventful life, lacing his tale with his sarcastic definitions from “The Devil’s Dictionary.” Rich with history, humor, and tragedy, Bierce tells us the tumultuous story of his life and times, from his experiences in the Civil War and his newspaper career, to his travels and amusing run-ins with famous public figures.

9:30 PM
Reception & Late Show: The Good, the Bad, and Mac: Local Playwrights Do Mac Wellman’s Writing Prompt
Presented by The Manhattan Project – Cleveland Lab

Staged readings of ten-minute plays by local writers in response to one of Mac Wellman’s most liberating and effective challenges: Write a Bad Play. In an hour. It must be the worst possible play you can write.


SATURDAY, MARCH 25

Afternoon Events at Drinko Hall, Cleveland State University

11:30 AM
Panel Discussion: “Mac Wellman’s Breakthroughs as a Playwright, Teacher, and Mentor”

Moderated by Mike Geither, Associate Professor of Playwriting, Cleveland State University

With:

  • Rob Handel: Associate Professor of Dramatic Writing, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Les Hunter: Assistant Professor of English, Baldwin Wallace University
  • Clyde Simon: Artistic Director, convergence-continuum

1:00 PM
Staged Reading: Sincerity Forever
Directed by Jeremy Paul
Presented by Theater Ninjas

Sincerity Forever (1990): Two profane aliens have landed in the Southern town of Hillsbottom. Is God watching? Does he care? Is God a He? Mac Wellman addresses these and other questions in this Obie Award–winning play that skewers the social malignancy of ignorance.

2:15 PM
Break & Refreshments

3:00 PM
Production: The Sandalwood Box
Directed by Les Hunter
Presented by Baldwin Wallace University Department of Theatre and Dance

The Sandalwood Box (1996): See description for Friday, March 24.

3:45 PM
Production: Bitter Bierce
Directed by Christopher Johnston
Presented by Playwrights Local

Bitter Bierce (2003): See description for Friday, March 24.

5:00 PM
Playwright Q&A

Evening Events at The Liminis & The Tremont Tap House

8:00 PM
Production: Harm’s Way
Directed by Clyde Simon
Presented by convergence-continuum at The Liminis

Harm’s Way (1978) takes place in a mythical American West where every action is more than it seems. These are the fantastical adventures of Santouche, a very angry person, as he attempts to make sense of his understanding of law and order in a world of other angry persons. The action does not unfold in any specific time or place. However, all the characters drink from the same poisoned well, which is recognizably American and western. The time might be anytime in the last seventy years, or even not impossibly in the next.

10:00 PM
Festival Wrap Party at The Tremont Tap House


VENUES & DIRECTIONS

Drinko Hall

Music & Communication Building [MU] at Cleveland State University
2001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
CSU Visitor Parking Info & Parking Map

The Michael Schwartz Library

Rhodes Tower at Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Oh 44115
CSU Visitor Parking Info & Parking Map

The Liminis (convergence-continuum)

2438 Scranton Road, Cleveland, OH 44113
convergence-continuum Directions
Street parking on Scranton and surrounding roads

The Tremont Tap House

2572 Scranton Road, Cleveland, OH 44113
Tremont Tap House Directions
Street parking on Scranton and surrounding roads