In a long
feature and interview titled "The Cleveland Connection," former Plain Dealer
theater critic Tony Brown writes about Raymond Bobgan, executive artistic director of Cleveland Public Theatre
"Cleveland Public Theatre has long been a place of artistic collaboration that earns the right to use the word public
in its name," writes Brown. "The cutting-edge theatre has led the metamorphosis of a rough inner-city neighborhood, where once crack dens and motorcycle bars set the tone, into a burgeoning and lively arts district populated with some of Cleveland’s best restaurants and nightclubs."
Of Bobgan, Brown writes, "He turned CPT’s fiscal and creative situation around, despite all the financial risks of doing theatre in a slow economy, not by pulling back but by programming even more theatre, and a riskier kind of theatre to boot. With a relatively modest $1.2 million annual operating budget, CPT does the kind of nontraditional, discipline-bridging theatre -- and has had the kind of success with it -- that even the city’s two far-larger LORT theatres have been obliged to marvel at."
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