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 Directed by Celeste Cosentino :: MainStage Theatre :: Cleveland Premiere!
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Fridays & Saturdays @8pm :: Sundays @2pm

Loosely based on Euripides' tragedy Medea, this is the prophetic tale of Hester Swane, an Irish Traveller, who attempts to come to terms with a lifetime of abandonment in a world where all whom she has loved have discarded her. Set on the bleak, ghostly landscape of the Bog of Cats, this provocative drama discloses one woman's courageous attempts to lay claim to that which is hers, as her world is torn in two. Starring Cleveland's own Derdriu Ring* as Hester. *(Member of Actors’ Equity Association)

Run Time: Approximately 2 hrs.
Please Note: This production contains scene with strong violence and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

"…this contemporary Irish variation on Medea [offers] a compelling look into a mind warped by human unkindness…it would be folly to miss this memorable illumination of a descent into darkness." -Bay Area Reporter.

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From the writer of The Handmaid’s Tale :: Directed by Celeste Cosentino :: MainStage Theatre:: Regional Premiere!
::Fridays & Saturdays @8pm. ::Sundays @2pm.

Homer's Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus's ten year journey home to Ithaca after the ten year Trojan War, fraught with many perils, mythic creatures, and divine beings. By the time he makes it back to Ithaca, he finds his home overrun with one hundred and eight suitors all vying for his faithful and cunning wife Penelope's hand in marriage. Odysseus, with help from his son Telemachus and his patron goddess Athena, kills all of the suitors and the twelve palace maids found to be disloyal.
Told by her twelve maids and herself, Penelope’s story varies little from the classic tale told by Homer, except in pointing out that there are other explanations for the heroic escapades.

Approximate Run Time: 2 hrs and 30 min.
Please Note: There are strong themes and language used in this production.

" 'The Penelopiad' is a delicious slice of Canadian theatre at its best, from its dark beginning to its startlingly poignant end."
-The London Free Press

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Directed by Sarah May :: MainStageTheatre:: Ensemble Premiere!
::Fridays & Saturdays @8pm. ::Sundays @2pm.

New York circa 1905 is a time and place where rigid social divides along the lines of race, religion, and class exist alongside a burgeoning population of immigrants from abroad and people from all over the U.S., who have moved to the city to seek their fortunes, bringing diversity, excitement,and change. Esther Mills, a skilled African-American seamstress, is able to navigate this changing, dangerous world with her needle and thread, as her talents are much in demand.

Approximate Run Time: 2hrs 30min.

" 'Intimate Apparel is, by turns, beautiful and tragic, hopeful and heartbreaking.' " -DC Metro.

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Directed by Katia Schwarz :: MainStageTheatre ::Cleveland Premiere!
::Fridays & Saturdays @8pm. ::Sundays @2pm.

The Kindertransport was a British rescue mission that took place at the beginning of WWII. Over 10,000 Jewish children from various countries were placed in British foster homes. Helga and Werner Schlesinger are parents faced with the difficult choice of keeping their beloved daughter Eva in Germany with them, or letting her become one of the Kindertransport children, who are sent to the UK, alone. 'Kindertransport' depicts the agony of separating a child from her parents and wrestles with the consequences of that choice, an act of sacrifice that also wreaks devastating results.
Starring Cleveland's own Dorothy Silver and Laura Perotta Ford*.

"'Kindertransport' is an important play to see whether you know about these children or not. It allows you to see that the result of how we treat any children fleeing persecution spans generations, and that mark, good or bad, reflects our own humanity."
-DC Metro Theatre Arts

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Directed by Joanna May Cullinan :: Musical Director Jordan Cooper :: MainStageTheatre:: Ensemble Premiere!
::Fridays & Saturdays @8pm. ::Sundays @2pm.

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

WINNER! Best Musical - 2015 Tony® Awards! :: WINNER! Best Score (Jeanine Tesori & Lisa Kron) - 2015 Tony® Awards! WINNER! Best Book of a Musical (Lisa Kron) - 2015 Tony® Awards! :: WINNER! Best Musical - New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award! ::
FINALIST! Pulitzer Prize for Drama

"A rare beauty, extraordinary and heart-gripping." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times