all-star, all male cast
MOTHER SUPERIOR. . . . .Kevin Kelly
SISTER LEO. . . . . . . . . . . .Mark Vandevender
SISTER AMNESIA . . . . . . . . . .David L.Munell
SISTER ROBERT ANNE. . . . .Miguel Osborne
SISTER HUBERT. . . . . . . . . . .Mason Stewart
to achieve balance we need an all female orchestra!
- Conductor/Keyboard/Synthesizer/Rehearsal Accompanist
- Reed (doubling on Flute, Clarinet and Alto Sax)
Stipends provided. Direct inquiries to email@example.com
May 10-13, 2018
Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday @ 2:00 p.m.
All performances at historic Judson Manor
1890 East 107th Street (corner of Chester Ave. & E. 107th)
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
And here we are! The 'Love Letters" creative team: r. to l., the luminous Dorothy Silver, actor nonpareil; Mark Corcoran, director of "Love Letters"; actor's actor George Roth and appropriately standing and overseeing, Bill Corcoran, Artistic Director of Theatre in the Circle. Even at a first table-read, this show is funny, snarky, touching and very moving. Don't miss it!
February is for Lovers
Now is the time to plan your much-needed break from the post-holiday blues and winter blahs. Don't miss Love Letters, February 8-11. Two Cleveland theatre icons join forces and immeasurable talents to present this touching, funny and powerful play by A. R. Gurney. The esteemed actor, George Roth, and Dorothy Silver, Cleveland's most beloved actress, relate a story of an enduring love spanning half a century.
Sip champagne, nibble chocolate treats, enjoy the spectacular view of University Circle and share your love for UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
Champagne and chocolate 6:30 p.m.
Love Letters 7:30 p.m.
$30/person, space limited.
"Detsember Fantasie" is a multicultural musical celebration of December holidays. It is scored for piano, harp, cello and flute and is intended as a prelude to THE GIFT OF THE MAGI.
It begins with a fiery commentary between all of the instruments and resolves into a intriguing rendition of "Amazing Grace." Familiar melodies, often with unexpected harmonizations, are juxtaposed in such a way that the main theme is constantly evolving. All of the familiar tunes that are alluded to by the composer are in the public domain. At times it may appear to be a "Hanukkah" or "Christmas" medley because of the choice of melodies, but the intent is that the piece lightheartedly expose the contradictions that lie within the confines of a limited personal ideology or perspective.
Theatre in the Circle
Once again, partners Bill and Mark Corcoran, this time as Director/Music Director and Producer, bring their Judson Manor magic to life. The current offering is the heartwarming musical “Gift of the Magi.” The original material is a short story, written by O. Henry (a pen name for William Sydney Porter), about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift-giving, it has been a popular one for adaptation, especially for presentation at Christmas time. You will see the ending a mile away, but it plays out nicely as if Hallmark and Lifetime, decided to make people cry, but with a musical kleenex. However, this production comes from Peter Eckstrom who provided the Adaptation, Music, and Lyrics.
As the quaint and struggling love birds, Meg Martinez as Della, and Robert Kowalewski as Jim are wonderful in both voice, and their endearing characters. Martinez has a beautiful operatic tone and lands high notes as if she was throwing kernels of popcorn and effortlessly snatching them out the air. Kowalewski’s baritone finds a rich and fertile ground in the piece and shines throughout the production. Both of these artists blend beautifully.
The musicians brought together for this production are phenomenal. Piano and Conductor Elias Manos, McKinley Glasser on Cello, Elizabeth Root on Flute, and Grace Cross on Harp. They sound incredible. and may I say, what a pleasure to hear a piece where the Harp is so prevalent, and the musical is freaking amazing. What a joy!
Speaking of the sound, it was the best ever. I thought the lighting and sound were top-rate. Kudos to David Palmer/Network Sound. Walter Boswell did a very good job of turning the set into an intimate apartment setting. And along with the lighting, very nice moments were enhanced throughout the production.
To be fair, I have to say that this kind of show is not my personal favorite. First of all, I don’t think any pancake house will run out of syrup anytime soon. I was glad to have my insulin pen with me, so I didn’t drive off the road on the way home. But that is about the show. Not this production, in which talent was in full force on all fronts.
There is a matinée left Sunday, December 17th, at 2 pm. Bring your parents, grandparents out for a wonderful reminder of what the holidays should be about. Sharing love with each other, not a Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal. We all need to find the true meaning of life love and support, especially during these times.
Cleveland Stage Alliance
ANOTHER GREAT REASON FOR GIVING THANKS!
THEATRE IN THE CIRCLE SCORES GRANT FUNDING FOR 2018
We are thrilled to share some wonderful news with all of you who have supported us in bringing a bright new light to University Circle with Theatre in the Circle.
For the second consecutive year a grant has been awarded to Theatre in the Circle by Neighborhood Connections, a joint program of the Cleveland Foundation, St. Luke’s Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Since 2003, Neighborhood Connections has funded 2,300 projects for a total $7.5 million in funding. 104 grant proposals were submitted for $500 to $5000 for this first round of 2018, only 64 were funded.
Theatre in the Circle was awarded funds to help underwrite its Feb. 2017 production of the Cleveland favorite, “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris” which played to five standing-room-only performances at historic Judson Manor. Partial funding of a grant proposal for Theatre in the Circle’s 2018 season has just been announced. We are incredibly grateful to Judson Services and the Judson Foundation for their invaluable support in piloting this grant application to such a gratifying conclusion and to the staff and volunteers at Neighborhood Connections for their thoughtful and equitable consideration and evaluation of grant proposals.
On November 13, 2017, the Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture recognized the work of Theatre in the Circle by funding our first Project I grant proposal our 2018 season. We were one of 75 arts organizations applying for Project Support I. Theatre in the Circle was one of only 24 that were funded at the level requested. 44 proposals received partial funding and 7 were not funded at all. All proposals are subject to compliance and eligibility review by CAC staff and are then evaluated by an outside panel of experienced arts administrators, managers, teachers and directors from all over the country. Our proposal was highly rated for “exceptional intergenerational public benefit,” and for “very high artistic and cultural benefit.” Though the level of funding exceeded our expectations, it will cover less than 30% of our annual budget.
At a time when arts funding locally and nationally are being cut or severely reduced, we are very grateful to Neighborhood Connections, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Judson Services and the Judson Foundation for their belief and trust in the continuing work of Theatre in the Circle. Most of all we thank you for your continuing interest and enthusiasm for the work of Theatre in the Circle.