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January 07, 2018

Cleveland's Classic Company at the Hanna Presents Stephen King's Unforgettable Thriller MISERY

CLEVELAND, OH - Great Lakes Theater (GLT), Cleveland’s Classic Company, commences the second half its 2017-18 season with the Midwest stage premiere of Stephen King’s unforgettable thriller, Misery adapted for the stage by William Goldman. The production will be performed in the company’s intimate and audience-friendly home at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square, February 16 – March 11, 2018. Great Lakes Theater’s own Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee, directs the production. Misery is presented through special arrangement with DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, INC.

Great Lakes Theater is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a generous public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Additionally, the Great Lakes Theater 2017-18 season is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Media sponsors for GLT’s 56th season are FORM Group and ideastream (WCLV 104.9 FM, WCPN 90.3 FM & WVIZ)
Misery marks Andrew May's return to Great Lakes Theater in a leading role. In the production, he will portray the role of Paul Sheldon, the incapacitated author who is at the mercy of his “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes, played by Kathleen Pirkl Tague. Andrew last appeared on the GLT stage in 2009 as Sir Toby Belch in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Since 2009, May starred in the international tour of War Horse, appeared in HBO's television series Big Love and assumed leading roles at Utah Shakespeare Festival and other regional theaters. Misery is Andrew’s 19th production as a GLT company member.
“We could not be more excited than to welcome Andrew May back to Great Lakes Theater in the central role of Paul Sheldon in our production of this Stephen King classic,” said Charles Fee, GLT’s Producing Artistic Director and the director of the Misery. “Andrew is simply one of the great repertory actors in the American theater…and his homecoming to Cleveland will be a wonderful celebration.”
Often hailed the number one mystery/thriller authors of our time, with over 50 worldwide bestsellers to his name, Stephen King’s intense thriller Misery will make its Midwest premiere on the Hanna Theatre stage. This has been a banner year for Stephen King who has over 25 projects at some stage of pre-production or production stemming from his chilling novels and short stories. Misery is most famous for the incredibly popular movie adaptation starring Kathy Bates and James Caan from the 90s.
Misery has thrilled audiences for decades. When successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon awakes in a secluded home, rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan” Annie Wilkes, fiction quickly becomes stark reality. While he semi-consciously convalesces under her “care,” Annie secretly reads the unpublished manuscript of his new novel Misery and becomes enraged upon discovering that he has killed off her favorite character. When Annie demands that he rewrite his novel, Paul quickly realizes that the only way to avoid his own personal unhappy ending is to outwit the sociopathic bibliophile that seems bound and determined to keep him permanently bedridden.

Great Lakes Theater’s acclaimed home at the Hanna Theatre features a visionary “Great Room” inspired design that integrates the artist and audience experience into a single unified environment. Hanna patrons select from a variety of seating opportunities including traditional theater seats, club chairs, lounge/bar seats, banquette couches and private box seating. Arranged in an intimate 550-seat thrust configuration where the audience surrounds the stage, no seat is further than 12 rows from the performance.

Great Lakes Theater offers patrons a robust series of Experience Enhancement Programming that is organized by day of week. The series highlights the Hanna’s unique amenities and affords access to artists.
·        Salon Thursdaysfeature an engaging pre-show discussion/presentation beginning one hour before curtain with a Great Lakes Theater artist. (Offered: Feb. 22 & Mar. 1, 8 ) 
·        Happy Hour Fridaysafford audience members the opportunity to gather, socialize and enjoy appetizers or beverages for sale in the Hanna’s bar and lounge beginning ninety minutes before the performance. (Offered: Feb. 16, 23 & Mar. 2, 9) 
·        Nightcap Night Saturdaysare designed to encourage audience members to stay after the evening performance and mingle with the GLT artistic company in the Hanna’s lounge. The Hanna’s bar is open ninety minutes after Nightcap Night Saturday performances. (Offered: Feb. 24  & Mar. 3, 10)
·        Ice Cream Social Sundays offer patrons the opportunity to enjoy a London theatre tradition brought state-side. Audience members are invited to purchase a cool, personal ice cream treat before the show or at intermission. Ice cream will be offered at every performance in Misery’s run, but on Ice Cream Social Sundays, the treat is half price. (Offered: Feb. 18, 25 & Mar. 4, 11)
·        Director’s Nights offer audiences the opportunity to take part in a lively pre-show discussion with GLT’s Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee, and the director of each production before Friday preview performances. (Offered: Feb. 16)
·        Playnotes Pre-Show Discussions inform patrons with illuminating introductions to the content and history of each play in GLT’s season presented by a guest scholar before Saturday matinee performances. (Offered: Feb. 24  & Mar. 3, 10)
Great Lakes Theater will continue to afford patrons extraordinary access to its artists and production process at every Hanna Theatre performance of Misery. The Hanna always opens its doors ninety minutes before each performance allowing patrons to observe the complete pre-show preparation process of GLT’s actors and technical staff. Elements traditionally hidden from audiences such as stage combat rehearsals, dance calls, prop/scenic pre-sets, technical cue rehearsals and actor warm-ups will be conducted in full view of patrons, offering GLT audiences an unprecedented glimpse into the theatrical process.

Great Lakes Theater will also renew its New Deal pricing initiative this winter - designed to increase accessibility for audiences.
As part of the program, adult tickets begin at $15 and student tickets for any seat at any performance are $13 - making GLT one of the most affordable entertainment options in the region.

The Opening Night (also Press Night) performance of Misery
is scheduled for Saturday, February 17th. A preview performance is scheduled for the preceding Friday night evening (February 16th). Curtain times for all evening performances will remain at 7:30 p.m., with a 1:30 p.m. curtain time for Saturday matinees and a 3:00 p.m. curtain time for Sunday matinees. All GLT productions will continue to offer sign-interpreted and audio-described performances.

Single performance tickets range in price from $15-$80 (student tickets are $13)
and are available by calling (216) 241-6000, by ordering online at or by visiting the Playhouse Square Ticket Office. Groups of ten or more receive discounts of up to 25% by calling (216) 453-4457.

Great Lakes Theater, the first resident company of Playhouse Square, has brought the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience since 1962. On its main stage and through its extensive education programming, Great Lakes Theater positively impacts the lives of over 100,000 adults and students annually.
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