One of Tim and Stephanie’s favorite aspects of Cleveland is its vibrant fine arts and performing arts community, and they feel that no organization better embodies this than The Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT).
On December 7, 2012, Tim and Stephanie bought out the house of CPT’s opening night of The Secret Social, an interactive musical dinner theatre experience.
Tim and Stephanie and friends joined the CPT ensemble cast as members of a secret society for a fun-filled night gathering. Theatre-goers enjoyed the acting and musical performances of the cast, as well as numerous opportunities to take the stage themselves for dance lessons, society voting, and various contests, including “produce bowling.” Fare for the evening included homemade borscht soup, paesano bread, farmer’s cheese, country sausage and local Maxim’s pizza, Tim’s favorite.
Tim and Stephanie encourage everyone to support the arts in any way they can, and to take advantage of the plethora of performing arts opportunities in the Cleveland area.
They especially encourage people to visit the Gordon Square Arts district, where CPT is located. The whole area has grown into a cultural gem for Cleveland with great food, great arts and great shopping.
The Cleveland Public Theatre was founded and incorporated in 1981 by James Levin, an Ohio-born actor and director. Levin strove to model CPT after New York’s Cafe LaMama, an experimental theatre in New York City where he had worked for three years.
Today, CPT continues to be Cleveland’s leading organization in new and avant garde theatre. Levin worked to make theatre an interactive and vibrant experience in Cleveland, starting “Shakespeare at the Zoo” in 1984 and the first New Plays Festival in 1985, an event which has now grown into a highly anticipated annual extravaganza.
CPT was first located on the second floor of an Irish Dance Hall at Detroit Ave. and West 65th Street in 1984. In 1994, CPT completed a successful capital campaign to raise $60,000 in order to purchase the building at 6415 Detroit Avenue. After renovations, the building now boasts an additional black box theatre, scene shop, and administrative offices.
In 1995 the organization added the adjoining building which housed the remains of Cleveland’s oldest standing theatre, the Gordon Square Theatre, which had been built in 1911. And in 2009, CPT added the adjacent building, a de-sanctified Orthodox Church property, to the burgeoning hub of performing arts.
CPT now provides core educational program for urban youth and homeless men and women. The organization’s educational initiatives serve about 500 at-risk individuals, and provide participants with artistic experiences, disciplined environments, and the opportunity to create and perform in their own productions.
Visit the CPT at 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland OH 44102, and check out their exciting seasonal line up at the Cleveland Public Theatre website. The CPT box office can be reached at (216) 631-2727.