I'm Back Now

Staged Reading

Cleveland Play House

Cleveland, OH (Playhouse Square)
Professional Theatre

By: Charly Evon Simpson

Saturday, May 14th, 2022

Show Description:

Inspired by Cleveland’s past, present, and future, I’m Back Now is a poignant family drama that transcends time and space. At 19, Sara travels to Cleveland to meet her birth mother Elle. As she strives to reconcile the legacy she thought she knew with her actual origins, Sara discovers that she is a descendant of Sara Lucy Bagby, the last woman ever prosecuted under the Fugitive Slave Act. Traveling through time from the 1860s to today, the play weaves together three generations of one Black family in a deeply felt meditation on the histories we carry.

Staff and Cast

Director: Stori Ayers



5:30pm Saturday

Runtime: 1h 30m (no intermission)


$20 (General Admission)

(216) 241-6000

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Health and Safety Guidelines

NEW GROUND THEATRE FESTIVAL Audiences attending are required to wear masks in the Helen Theatre. Everyone in the theater, regardless of age, must wear acceptable face coverings at all times. All face coverings must cover the nose and mouth and comply with CDC guidelines for acceptable face coverings.

Content Advisories

Strong language, discussion of enslavement, and death of loved ones.


Allen Theater Complex
1407 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115