Shine Bright at Cleveland Public Theatre’s Pandemonium

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One of the things I love about this city is its desire to climb high. Dream big. Shine bright.

For over 30 years, Cleveland Public Theatre has lit up Cleveland’s west side with brilliant creativity and innovation. Every season they bring to the Gordon Square Arts District productions that embrace the risk and adventure of life, while also showcasing new, local talent.

They’ve aspired to – and succeeded in – celebrating the remarkable, the experimental, the weird in CLE.

Video from Cleveland Public Theatre’s Pandemonium: House of Dreams

At the end of September, CPT’s latest season starts with their Springboard Staged Reading Festival and continues through June with 19 more productions and events. Keep an eye out in October for your chance to win vouchers good for one of these performances.

However, before all of that, join Cleveland Public Theatre on September 7 for the one annual event that both celebrates and supports these groundbreaking works.

Equal parts fringe festival, out-of-this-world dance party, and Cleveland chefs showcase, Pandemonium is possibly the most unusual and incredible fundraiser I’ve attended in Cleveland.

Cleveland Public Theatre's Pandemonium - September 7

Cleveland Public Theatre’s Pandemonium – September 7

At last year’s Pandemonium (you can read my recap here), we experienced over 10 performances in just one night – and that wasn’t even half of what went on.

Pandemonium 2013 is aptly themed Shine as it will put dozens of local theatre, dance, visual and performance artists in the spotlight including:

  • Dance performances by GroundWorks, Verb Ballets, Inlet Dance Theatre, Wind and Sand Dance Company, Double-Edge Dance, Duece Dance;
  • Live music by Bethesda, Neil Chastian & Byron Lee “DJ Funk Shway”, Global Connections, Last Call Cleveland, Opera Per Tutti, Juliette Regnier, Alison Garrigan and Bobby Williams;
  • Original work by Raymond Bobgan, CPT’s The Dark Room, Caitlin Lewins, Melissa Crum, Christine Howey, Pandora Robertson, Cathleen O’Malley & Lauren Fraley, Theater Ninjas and more.
When dessert was serbed at Pandemonium 2012, the living centerpieces were a fitting touch to the evening

When dessert was serbed at Pandemonium 2012, the living centerpieces were a fantastic touch to the evening

Because adventure can leave you hungry, chefs from Luxe Kitchen and Lounge, Root Cafe, Tartine Bistro, Battery Park Wine Bar, Touch Food Truck, and XYZ Grill and Tavern will be on hand, along with food and drink from other neighborhood restaurants for a feast of divine proportions.

All of it takes place on the Cleveland Public Theatre campus in Gordon Square. I remember last year being amazed by just how much can fit throughout the theatre’s historic buildings.

Pop-up performances took place in side hallways and tucked away in corners. Seeking them out and stumbling upon the unexpected was the real fun of the evening.

Performances tucked away in the most unexpected places at CPT's Pandemonium

Performances tucked away in the most unexpected places at CPT’s Pandemonium

Pandemonium starts at 7pm on Saturday, September 7 and goes late into the night. Tickets cost $135 ($75 is tax deductible) and include everything – valet parking, all of the performances, food and drinks.

Don’t miss it — purchase your tickets online at or by calling the box office at (216) 631 2727 ext 205.

Disclosure: I was invited to attend Pandemonium with a guest but am unable to due to a scheduling conflict. My choice to post about this event and my opinions of it are 100% my own.

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