Playwrights Local Presents
A World Premiere


Written by Christopher Johnston
Directed by Terrence Spivey

November 22 – December 15, 2019
Friday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Creative Space at Waterloo Arts
397 East 156th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44110

With special post-show discussions:
November 22: Talkback with the director and cast
November 23: Talkback with Kimberly Diemert (Hue Jackson Foundation)
November 24: Panel with Alicia Ley (RAHAB Ministries) and others TBA
December 7: Talkback with Rachel Lovell (Begun Center for Violence Prevention and Education)
December 15: Panel with Renee Jones (Renee Jones Empowerment Center) and others TBA


General Admission with Accommodations Upon Request
$18 Adults | $15 Seniors & Groups | $12 Students | (216) 302-8856

A portion of the proceeds from this production will benefit the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, a nurturing safe place for those that survived being trafficked or sexually assaulted to rebuild their lives.


Human Trafficking at Human Scale in Live Bodies for Sale
American Theatre
, 12 November 2019

5 Must-See Productions: Fall Theater Preview 2019
The Plain Dealer, 29 September 2019

Playwrights Local Stages Documentary Play Live Bodies for Sale by Cleveland Writer Christopher Johnston
Land of Cleve, 25 October 2019

Playwright Christopher Johnston, Director Terrence Spivey, and Detective John Morgan on Conversations in Courage with Imani Capri [Audio Recording]
WOVU 95.9 FM, 12 November 2019


“Live Bodies for Sale” is a new play about the human trafficking crisis occurring in Ohio in the immediate present. In immersive fashion, this documentary work explores the lives of several women from Cleveland who are recent survivors of this ongoing injustice. “Live Bodies for Sale” addresses how these women were forced to work as prostitutes, detailing their escapes as well as their attempts to maintain healthy lives. Based on interviews with real people, the play presents the insights of professionals who help free such victims, including Renee Jones, an urban Mother Teresa figure in Cleveland. Testimonies from Cuyahoga County task force members­­–law enforcement agents, prosecutors, and judges–­­also detail what’s being done to free victims and hunt down their traffickers.


Lauren Byrd……….Rocky Encalada

Tammy Hendricks……….Arien Hodges

Detective John Morgan……….Stephen Hood

Nicole Griffin……….Hayley Johnson

Shanice Day……….Rochelle Jones

Prosecutor Rick Bell……….Joseph Milan

Martina Frantino……….Juliette Regnier

Emily Mahoney……….Emily Taylor


Costume Designer……….Inda Blatch-Geib

Stage Manager………. Kristen Boehnlein

Lighting Designer……….Marcus Dana

Carpenter……….Tom Hayes

Sound Designer……….Beau Reinker

Prop Designer ……….Lisa L. Wiley


Program (Forthcoming)

Publicity Images (Forthcoming)


Creative Space at Waterloo Arts
397 East 156th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44110


Street parking on Waterloo Road and surrounding side streets.