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Columbus Performing Arts Center
Van Fleet Theatre
549 Franklin Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215 


June 1 - 12
Local Playwrights Festival 
produced in association with 
CATCO is Theatre!

A Point of Diminishing Returns by Cory Skyrdal
Ulysses McKinley Rutherford Harding Garfield Hayes III, a venerable but clueless Ohio politician, is hot on the campaign trail, and busily shaking hands, kissing babies, and seeking votes. Unfortunately, for this particular stump speech, Ulysses has chosen the wrong venue and the wrong audience. And when Ulysses decides to abandon his prepared remarks and speak from his heart, he and the event have nowhere to go but down.

Alexander the Great in Live and War by Amy Drake 

While studying philosophy with Aristotle Alexander meets Hephaestion who becomes his life partner, traveling companion, and comrade-in-arms. Together they face adversaries on and off the battlefield. Eventually Alexander must take a bride, or two, to expand his empire. Will Alexander and Hephaestion be able to maintain their bond when the royal household takes a Queen? What will the Oracle say? Come and find out how Alexander balances conscience with conduct.

Vetted by Sheldon Gleisser

Sitting Vice President Tobias Gatton, having barely won his party's nomination, is vetting his own Vice Presidential choices with campaign manager Cyril Amato.  When something is found in the past of Gatton's first choice, Congressman Gregory Highland, it's a clash of style and substance, reputation and truth, right and wrong.

Shall I Run Again by Jack Petersen

Haunted by ghosts from his past, the President of the United States agonizes over his decision to run for re-election.

Sticks & Stones by Cory Skurdal  

Winner of CATCO’s 2014 Playwrights Fellowship  

Janice, an older arts critic, writes an unfavorable review of the works of Kyle, a young transgender artist. Kyle responds with a blog post outing Jane as a closeted lesbian; she threatens to sue for defamation. In conversations with their attorneys, and with ghosts from their pasts and each other, Janice and Kyle battle age barriers, gender, culture and politics as they seek to comprehend each other and their very different lives and identities.

July 14 - 23

An outrageous musical comedy that combines musical theater's current "Mormon-mania" and everyone's love of the Queen of the Musicals herself, Ethel Merman.  Mormon missionaries, Aaron and Jacob, on a two-year stint to convert more Latter Day Saints  ring a buzzer that says “E.M. Welcome.” It doesn’t mean “Every Mormon Welcome” as the hopeful proselytizers imagine. The owner’s name ain’t “Welcome” either. It is the sacred bungalow of Ethel Merman, who didn’t die after all in 1984 but lives on.  This meeting of squeaky-clean, fresh-faced, sexually-stunted Utah goody goodies with the brassy, bumptious, leather-lunged Queen of musical theatre not only proves that opposites don’t just attract, they put on a show.  Haunted by a dream not unlike the one in Gypsy, Aaron is a frustrated Broadway camp follower, gaga over seeing his idol. Ripe for Times Square corruption, stage-struck Aaron keeps La Merman’s autobiography in his backpack. Resisting the urge to belt out ballads, demurer Jacob can’t immediately bring himself to desert the cause of Brigham Young, though his repressed longings for Jacob demand a different destiny.  It is up to earth-mother Ethel to teach them that the goddess is not godless and that destiny wins. 

August 4 - 13

The story of Edison, a young man with leukemia and Robert an older HIV+ man.  Toss in an aging stage star, an eccentric medium, an old-school queen, a ghost and you get a funny, thought-provoking, unconventional love story. Edison, a handsome young man with leukemia who can only get insurance to cover his chemo if he's HIV+. Robert an older man, HIV+, and a self-proclaimed "sex pig" trying to change his life. Each has what the other wants. But what will they do to get it? The comedy is a wonderful new work that blends realism with other-worldly fantasy in a script that’s fresh, smart and laced with inside-theater references.   POZ has some supremely likeable characters.  The script, alternates its humor between a warm glow and sharp, laser-like bursts. finding the most unlikely path, constantly surprising with the off-ramps, each of them shockingly funny and breathtakingly beautiful. It's funny, it's tender, and it rings with truth.  It is a love story with people we care about. If there's such a thing as farce with a heart, then POZ is it. 

September 15- 24

Based on a real event, Looped takes place in the summer of 1965, when an inebriated Tallulah Bankhead needed eight hours to redub - or loop - one line of dialogue for her last movie, Die! Die! My Darling!  Though Bankhead's outsized personality dominates the play, the sub-story involves her battle of wills with a film editor named Danny Miller, who has been selected to work that particular sound editing session. It’s the last day of postproduction on Die! Die! My Darling, one of those schlocky gothic thrillers that allowed former grande dames and sex goddesses of the screen to scrape a living in their later years, or simply pass the time before the cameras until the ultimate final cut. A single line of dialogue requires looping — rerecording to match the film — but Tallulah cannot manage to speak the requisite syllables in the proper order.  As she stalls and stutters, expressing infinite scorn for the tedious process, she perfumes the stale air of the studio with snappy one-liners on her favorite subjects, namely her own eccentric behavior and uneven career, and the consoling seductions of booze, drugs, cigarettes and sex.  Her audience consists of a beleaguered film editor, Danny who has been corralled into supervising the session because the director skipped town, and a studio technician, who watches from a booth above the studio as Tallulah toys with poor Danny like a haughty, grizzled feline batting around a hapless mouse.  

October 13 - 22

A poignant and compelling musical revue by two-time Tony Award winner William Finn, creator of the groundbreaking musical Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.   William Finn, the Tony Award-winning songwriter whose work doesn't sound like any other composer's, gets a fresh showcase.  The quirky, ruminative, agitated songs of composer-lyricist Finn fit right into the neurotic energy of the city.  Songs from Finn's Falsettos, A New Brain, The Royal Family of Broadway, Elegies: A Song Cycle and more are heard in the six-actor, one-pianist revue.  The musical tells personal, haunting, and often hilarious tales from Finn's rich and touching human songbook

November 10 -19

The story of seventeen year old Cal and his quest to prove the secret sexual history of Gaybraham Lincoln.  Along the way there is convincing evidence, time travel, a road trip to the nation’s capital, budding high-school romance, a crazy Mary Todd and sex in a stove-pipe hat.  The past and present collide in this time-hopping, pop music - Michael Jackson - infused quest as Cal sets out to uncover the colorful truth about his favorite president. It is a clever, touching and unapologetically gay comedy about history, truth and what it means to be a hero…then and now.  Cal wants to stir stuff up as much as he is: He embarks on a crusade to prove that Lincoln–a national role model, portrait on our greenbacks, and his personal hero–was homosexual, with at least two undocumented lovers.   A lavender legacy.   Cal’s private demons clearly fuel his urge for historical revisionism. His assumption that somehow it’s more right to be gay if famous mentors once were remains unquestioned until the play’s shocking finale.  


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