1/14/2015 - 1/24/2015
Dietz Theatre Series
Running Wednesday, Jan. 14 to Saturday, Jan 24, 2015
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
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.
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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.
$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.
JASEN J. SMITH
Crazy Man / Elam
Akil / Skills
EULA "BILL" ROBERTS
Frederick / Black Business Man / Cowlings
Guard / White Business Man
THE CREATIVE TEAM
JENNIFER KAY JETER
Assistant Stage Manager
ERIN KATZ FORD
JENNIFER KAY JETER
JASEN J. SMITH
ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer, Sound Co-Designer and Technical Director
Assistant Technical Director