Showin' Up Black

Test Flight: Week 2

Cleveland Public Theatre

Cleveland, OH (Gordon Square)
Professional Theatre

By: Jeanne Madison

January 26 - January 28, 2023

Show Description:

On the eve of their daughter’s cotillion, the Hopegoodes, an affluent African American family, see their plans for the perfect debutante ball collide with a Black Lives Matter protest. And that’s not all that collides―their secrets and competing desires get shaken loose by the nearness of the protest, and tear at the fabric of this family, challenging what, exactly, it is to be Black. The stakes are high when the Hopegoodes come face-to-face with a reality they thought they had escaped by living in their gated community. With sharp, and witty dialog, this story will captivate from the first line to the surprise ending.

Staff and Cast

Director: Michael Oatman



7:30pm Thursday*
7:30pm Friday
7:30pm Saturday

*Thursdays are COVID-Conscious performances, Click here for COVID-19 Safety Protocols.


EVERY TICKET is Choose-What-You-Pay, available online, over the phone, and at the Box Office.

(216) 631-2727

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Health and Safety Guidelines


As we approach a lower rate of COVID-19 transmission in Cuyahoga County per the CDC, vaccinations are strongly recommended but not required for patrons at CPT effective March 1st, 2022.


Ticket holders who have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms are asked to remain at home and contact the box office to discuss flexible options for their tickets.


Effective November 22, 2022, masks are optional, but recommended for patrons, staff, and volunteers in all public areas of CPT.

We realize that all people are unique and have different levels of comfort while attending live performances; thus, we are offering patrons the option of attending one of our Covid-Conscious performances on Thursdays for Test Flight and Danceworks; and Sundays for mainstage performances. The events/shows where these performances are offered will be indicated on each event’s page. Patrons will be required to wear masks for the duration of these events. Per the CDC, the masks that offer the best protection against Covid-19 are N95, K95 or surgical. Masks will be available upon request at the box office.


CPT has added ionization to our HVAC system, which is known to reduce risk from COVID-19.


All productions will be ticketed up to full capacity.


Please consider digital ticket delivery for a touch-free experience.


We are following enhanced cleaning and strict disinfection protocols.


We have hand sanitizer available and encourage guests to wash their hands frequently.

Content Advisories

Contains depiction of gun violence.


James Levin Theatre
Cleveland Public Theatre
6415 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102