Crazy Man

1/14/2015 - 1/24/2015
12:00 AM
11:59 PM
Dietz Theatre Series
"4000 Miles" -- Nov. 5 to 15, 2014

Running Wednesday, Jan. 14 to Saturday, Jan 24, 2015

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Wednesdays — Jan. 14 and 21 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays — Jan. 15 and 22 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — Jan. 16 and 23 —  at 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays — Jan. 17 and 24 — at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 18 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2:30 p.m.

A drama by Michael Oatman
Directed by Jennifer Kay Jeter

About the Play

A World Premiere Production!

Presented with support from

The John S. and James L, Knight Foundation

Sponsored by Margaret J. Dietz

A new play commissioned by Weathervane Playhouse, Crazy Man is an urban fable that examines the tenuous racial bonds that both bind and divide the United States.

Set in a so-called “post-racial” America, Crazy Man depicts the incredible journey of John, an upper-middle-class black professional accused of beating a white bicycle messenger to death.

Into this stew of race and class is added a neighborhood pest in the form of a mentally ill homeless man, who is despised by John for his mere existence. In Crazy Man, audiences will witness what makes one man erupt.

► Warning: Due to strong, adult language and mature themes, the play is not suitable for children.

Press Clippings

CLICK HERE to read the Beacon Journal's preview of the show!

CLICK HERE to view photos from the show on Weathervane's Flickr page!

About the Playwright

MICHAEL OATMAN — a Cleveland-born playwright, actor and director — held the honor of being only the second playwright in residence in Karamu House’s storied, nearly 100-year history in Cleveland. (The first was Langston Hughes.) In 2011, The Cleveland Arts Prize awarded Oatman the Emerging Artist Award in Literature. Oatman’s short play Warpaint was the 2009 Finalist for the Kennedy Center Best Short Play, and his play The Chittlin’ Thief was named Best Comedy of 2008 by The African American Playwrights Exchange. Northeast Ohio audiences have seen Oatman's work at Cleveland Play House FusionFest, Cleveland Public Theatre, Karamu House, Cleveland State University and the Ingenuity Festival. Profiles of Oatman and his work — which includes Eclipse: The War Between Pac and B.I.G., My Africa, A Solitary Voice and Drowning the Flame — have been featured in both The New York Times and American Theatre. He holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Cleveland State University.

TICKET INFORMATION

$21
$19 for Weathervane subscribers
$5 for children (ages 17 and younger) and college students

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE VENUE

Crazy Man is presented in Weathervane Playhouse's John L. Dietz Theater, the intimate 48-seat "second stage." All seats are sold on a general admission basis ("first come, first seated"). Typically, seating for each performance begins 30 minutes before curtain. Ticketholders are encouraged to arrive no later than 10 minutes before the performance. Crazy Man is performed with NO intermission. Latecomers will not be seated until an appropriate break in the play's action.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online.

THE CAST

TYSON SEBREE
John

DANEA RHODES
Regina

JASEN J. SMITH
Peter

NICOLAS WALKER
Crazy Man / Elam

NICHOLE STRONG
Ms. Lewis

AIMEE LAMBES
Sara

JERMAINE HARRIS
Akil / Skills

DEANDRE HAIRSTON-KARIM
Twon

EULA "BILL" ROBERTS
Frederick / Black Business Man / Cowlings

JIM HAGAN
Guard / White Business Man

TYLER PERREN
Spencer

THE CREATIVE TEAM

JENNIFER KAY JETER
Director

ALEX BRISKI
Stage Manager

ARMANI WHITING
Assistant Stage Manager

CRAIG JOSEPH
Dramaturge

ERIN KATZ FORD
Lighting Designer

HANNAH VINOGRAD
Properties Designer

JENNIFER KAY JETER
Sound Co-Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer, Sound Co-Designer and Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

Box Office Info

Mondays: CLOSED
Tuesdays—Fridays: 11 am to 5 pm
Performance Saturdays: Noon to 5 pm

The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the end of each performance.

Get tickets by phone at 330-836-2626
or purchase online.*

*A $3.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.
*A $2.00 per-ticket facility-and-handling fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*Group orders are not available online.

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