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January 15, 2015

A FREE Touring Production of THE GREAT GLOBE ITSELF Will Travel to Twenty-Seven Venues Across NE Ohio

Great Lakes Theater (GLT) will launch the world premiere of THE GREAT GLOBE ITSELF, a free touring production scheduled to visit twenty-seven neighborhood venues throughoutnortheast Ohio, to kick off the company’s 2015 series of Surround outreach programming. The one-act play is written and directed by David Hansen, GLT Education Outreach Associate, and features a touring company of three actors. The tour commences on March 3rd, continues through April 2nd and is designed to support Great Lakes Theater’s upcoming mainstage production of The Tempest at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which opens in April. All performances of the touring production are free and open to the public, with the exception of performances at area schools, which are private.

Great Lakes Theater and the company’s 2015 series of Surround programming, which includes THE GREAT GLOBE ITSELF, is supported by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the GAR Foundation and the Nord Family Foundation. Generous season support is also provided by The Cleveland Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

“What an amazing opportunity we have here at Great Lakes Theater to bring live, free professional theater into the community in the form of our educational outreach tours
,” said Lisa Ortenzi, Great Lakes Theater’s Director of Educational Programming about the company’s annual tour. “For 25 years, our touring productions have created meaningful dialogues with audiences at high schools, assisted living facilities, local community theaters and libraries across northeast Ohio. We look forward to engaging audiences in the theatrical process again this year. We are grateful to the many generous supporters who make this work possible and enable us to fulfill our mission while reaching out to the community.”

In THE GREAT GLOBE ITSELF, dreams become reality when one man's magical experience, while performing on a replica stage of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre during Cleveland’s 1936 Great Lakes Exposition, inspires him to rebuild the original playhouse on the River Thames. From London to the shores of Lake Erie and back again, what's past is truly prologue in an inspiring tale of three Globe Theatres that are forever united by history.

The three-actor touring company features Cleveland actors Roderick Cardwell II, Arthur Chu and James Rankin.
David Hansen, Great Lakes Theater’s Education Outreach Associate, directs the production. The design trio of Terry Martin (scenic design), Esther Haberlen (costume design) and Richard Ingraham (sound design)complete the play’s creative team.

is a sixty-minute program that includes an introduction andpost-performance discussion. Times and dates are subject to change. Call individual venues for more information.

is part of a series of community outreach programs that surrounds Great Lakes Theater’s mainstage production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare / April 10 - 26, 2015). Great Lakes Theater’s spring Surround offers multiple educational programs designed to connect the issues in the plays that Cleveland’s classic company produces to the issues in people’s own lives. All Surround events are free and open to the public.

For more information and a complete list of tour venues, dates and times, click here or contact Great Lakes Theater’s education department at (216) 453-4444.

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