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This Week's Featured Regional Theater: Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Ohio
Great Lakes Theater (GLT), northeast Ohio's professional classic theater since 1962, is one of the nation's pre-eminent regional theater companies. GLT, which features a resident company of artists, brings the world's greatest plays to life each season from September through May in its revolutionary home at the re-imagined Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. The company also presents the region's annual production of A Christmas Carol at PlayhouseSquare's Ohio Theatre.
Under the leadership of current Producing Artistic Director Charles Fee, GLT has pioneered a unique and nationally recognized producing partnership with the Idaho and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals featuring entirely shared seasons with a single resident artistic company. Over the past eight seasons, the companies have shared thirty productions.
In 2008, GLT opened its revolutionary new home at the re-imagined 1921 Hanna Theatre facilitated by a successful $19.2M capital campaign - ensuring the legacy of the classics in Cleveland for generations to come. GLT's efforts infused the historic theater with bold contemporary design sensibilities and state-of-the-art technologies making it one of the most innovative theater spaces in the country.
Great Lakes Theater's impressive, re-imagined home is an ideal metaphor for this great classical theater company Ð a symbol of its commitment to community, to creating world-class theater and to thinking creatively while working collaboratively.
On its main stage and through its extensive educational outreach initiatives, Great Lakes Theater programming reaches over 75,000 adults and students each season. The mission of the Great Lakes Theater is to bring the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience.
Charles Fee, Producing Artistic Director of Great Lakes Theater (GLT), unveiled an ambitious, five-production array of classics to headline the company's 2013-14 season. Great Lakes Theater's fifty-second year is scheduled to run from September 2013 through April 2014 at PlayhouseSquare's Hanna and Ohio Theatres.
GLT will commence its 2013-14 season with Shakespeare's royal epic, Richard III, presented in rotating repertory with Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical, Sweeney Todd (September 27 - November 4, 2013). The company's annual production of Dickens' holiday classic, A Christmas Carol (November 30 - December 22, 2013) will celebrate its 25th anniversary and bisect the season. In the spring, GLT will present Broadway's longest running comic thriller, Deathtrap by Ira Levin (February 21 - March 17, 2014) followed by Shakespeare's enchanting romantic comedy, As You Like It (April 4 - 19, 2014).
Joseph Hanreddy, an acclaimed artist and the former artistic director of Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Madison Repertory Theatre, will make his Great Lakes Theater debut in 2013 when he directs GLT's season-opening production of Richard III. Conversely, a decorated Great Lakes Theater veteran and resident artist, Victoria Bussert will celebrate her 27th year at GLT when she helms the company's production of Sweeney Todd. During the holiday season, longtime artistic company member Sara Bruner will return to stage GLT's annual production of A Christmas Carol. The directors of Deathtrap and As You Like It will be named at a later date.
Great Lakes Theater's 2013-14 season is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. GLT receives additional season support from The Cleveland Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.