Cleveland Public Theatre
Professional Theatre

STEP: Awakening Heart

Show Description:
Cleveland Public Theatre’s celebrated Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) is Cleveland’s longest-running arts and job training program for urban teens. STEP returns to Cleveland city parks this summer, celey the STEP 2016 ensemble, AWAKENING HEART is a reimagining of civilization’s oldest known epic, the tale of Gilgamesh. In this ancient Sumerian text, a mighty king – part-god, part-man – must confront his own heart and humanity, hidden behind a wall of wealth and power. Gilgamesh meets his match in earthy Enkidu, and their clash propels Gilgamesh into a world of Goddesses, Gods, Sprits, Rebels, Lovers, Death and the Keeper of the Elixir of Life. Woven with original dance and song, Awakening Heart features the creativity of Cleveland youth as they find their voice, speak truth to power, and affirm the greater human pursuit for connection, love and life. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy free theatre in the park!

Staff and Cast:

Director: Adam Seeholzer and Molly Andrews-Hinders

Yasmin Adam, Janea Anderson, Makia Broadnax, Hatim Elsair, Felicia Harris, Axel Irizarry Negron, Jeliel King-Weaver, Tasheania Lee, Terriona Lee, Ahmed Mohammed, Ruba Mohammed, Alvin O’Neill Jr., Naseya Owens, Neivay Patterson, Stephanie Perez, Ja’Nique Perryman, Alex Ramirez, Aaryan Stewart, Anthony Stiegelmeyer, Denzel Williams
Tickets and Press

August 2 - August 12


Showtimes and Locations:

Tuesday 8/2/16 Tues Herman Park (W 58 & Herman Ave I Rain Location: Cleveland Public Theatre 6415 Detroit Ave) 7pm

Wednesday 8/3/16 Wed Riverside Park Community Center (17800 Parkmount Ave I Rain Location: Community Room) 2PM

Thursday 8/4/16 Thurs Outhwaite Community Center (2452 E 46 & Quincy Ave I Rain Location: Gymnasium) 3pm

Friday 8/5/16 Fri Lincoln Park (W 14 & Starkweather Ave I Rain Location: Pilgrim Church 2592 W 14) 7pm

Saturday 8/6/16 Sat St. John’s Church (2600 Church Ave & W 26 I Rain Location: Church) 5pm

Monday 8/8/16 Mon St. Stanislaus - Iron Ward Festival (3649 E 65 & Forman Ave I Rain Location: Social Center 6601 Baxter) 7pm

Tuesday 8/9/16 Tues Harvard Community Services Center (18240 Harvard Ave East I Rain Location: Community Room) 12noon

Tuesday 8/9/16 Tues Saint Luke’s Foundation – Britt Oval (11327 Shaker Blvd I Rain Location: Gymnasium) 7pm

Wednesday 8/10/16 Wed Denison Elementary School (3799 W 33 & Denison Ave I Rain Location: Gymnasium) 7pm

Thursday 8/11/16 Thurs Thomas Jefferson Academy (3145 W 46 & Clark Ave I Rain Location: Gymnasium) 3pm

Friday 8/12/16 Fri Gilmore Park (W 134 & Puritas Ave I Rain Location: TBD) 6pm