ATCA recommendation lands 2015 Regional Theater Tony© Award for Cleveland Play House
The Tony Awards Administration Committee has ratified ATCA’s recommendation of the 100 year-old Cleveland Play House for the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award, to be conferred during the Tony Awards on June 7.
For the Cleveland Plain Dealer coverage, click here. For the description on the ATCA ballot that garnered the recommendation, read on:
The Cleveland Play House is the country’s first regional theater. Founded in 1915, CPH has entertained 12 million people in its more than 1,300 productions. Longevity aside, CPH’s commitment to fostering new talent makes it extraordinary. Alan Alda and Paul Newman started their careers at Ohio’s flagship theater. In 2011, CPH left its longtime home on Cleveland’s East Side for downtown’s Playhouse Square, the nation’s second-largest performing arts center. The move into the Allen Theatre complex, with its three state-of-the art venues, allowed for more inventive staging and varied play selection. Today, the addition of CPH to Playhouse Square is the engine of an artistic renaissance that has helped revitalize downtown Cleveland. In 2012, CPH debutedThe New Ground Theatre Festival, a weeklong celebration of original and avant garde works that culminates in the public reading of a play by a promising young playwright. Participants have included Quiara Alegria Hudes and Jordan Harrison. In May, the comedy “Fairfield” by Eric Coble, will make its world premiere at CPH. Coble developed the play at the CPH Playwrights’ Unit, an initiative designed to nurture new work. Coble’s “The Velocity of Autumn,” which opened on Broadway in 2014, was born at the Playwrights’ Unit. The theater is also home to the Case Western Reserve University/ Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program. Alums of the three-year, tuition-free program include Tony Award nominee Elizabeth A. Davis, and “Mad Men’s” Rich Sommer. For these reasons and a century of excellence CPH deserves this year’s regional Tony.