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Playwrights Local Announces The 4th Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival

Fourth annual free festival of plays, workshops, screenings, and special sessions on September 29 at Waterloo Arts.

Cleveland, OH, August 15, 2018 --( Playwrights Local announces The 4th Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival, its latest free, annual gathering for playwrights, theater-goers, and all arts lovers. Presented on Saturday, September 29, the Festival features open classes and craft talks, new plays by local authors, a special video screening, a unique “tabletop play,” and much more. Sessions run from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts in North Collinwood (397 East 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110). All offerings are open to the public, and tickets or reservations are not required. The Festival is intended for adults and teens.

Featured writers in The 4th Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival include John Busser, Cornell Hubert Calhoun III, JC Cifranic, Erin E. Dolan, Agnes Herrmann, Gail Nyoka, Reys Phillips, and Amy Schwabauer. Partner companies co-presenting in the Festival include The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, The Dramatists Guild - Ohio Region, Literary Cleveland, Powerful Long Ladder Ensemble, and Upstairs Web-Series.

The 4th Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival begins with a free workshop entitled “The Sherlock Project,” led by accomplished playwright Eric Schmiedl. That is followed by a craft talk on “Writing Plays That Get Produced” featuring panelists Andrew Black, Amy Drake, and Faye Sholiton, and moderated by Les Hunter. Staged readings, audience talkbacks, screenings, and a full performance of a “tabletop play” round out the day-long event. A complete schedule can be found online at Playwrights Local’s website: Additional information is available by calling (216) 302­-8856.

“The Cleveland Playwrights Festival is a foundational event for us,” says David Todd, Artistic Director of Playwrights Local. “It promotes our cause in a direct way, and it gets the word out about a lot of amazing playwrights, teachers, and performers. It also gives us a chance to partner with groups that we support, and that support us, from the theater community. We’ve collaborated with all of these companies, or with members of all of them, over our first three seasons, and they’ve all helped us find our place in the Cleveland scene.”

Playwrights Local is a theater company based in Cleveland. Billed as a playwrights’ center, the organization’s goal is to provide a home base for novice and experienced dramatic writers in Northeast Ohio. They offer classes and workshops, produce original plays, provide professional development opportunities, and engage the community through site-specific projects. Tax-deductible contributions to this 501(c)(3) group can be made at Playwrights Local’s website:

Tom Hayes, Managing Director
Playwrights Local
(216) 302-8856
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Tom Hayes
(216) 302-8856

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