Founded in 1915, the Cleveland Play House remains the longest-running professional theatre in the country, but its history has never been studied by anyone outside of the institution itself. Jeffrey Ullom – Assistant Professor of Theater and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Theater at Case Western Reserve University – contextualizes the history of Cleveland’s famous theater to look beyond the subjective legacy and explore how and why this institution is able to persevere decade after decade. This event is co-sponsored with The Laura & Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program.
Cost for dinner and lecture is $40. Register HERE or by calling the Laura & Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at 216-368-2090.
Jeffrey Ullom is an assistant professor and Director of Undergraduate Theater Studies at Case Western Reserve University. His research interests have focused on contemporary American theatre, especially new play development in the regional theatre circuit and on Broadway. His first book The Humana Festival: A History of New Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Southern Illinois University Press, 2008) charts the growth of the nation’s leading new play festival and its ability to endure economic, administrative, and artistic challenges. He also has published his work internationally in numerous journals, including Theatre History Studies, Contemporary Drama, Theatre Topics, Studies in Musical Theatre, Theatre Journal and the Journal of American Drama and Theatre. Ullom coauthored a new translation of Lope de Vega’s La Doma Boba (The Lady Simpleton) and also contributed a chapter to Angels in the American Theater: Patrons, Patronage, and Philanthropy (edited by Robert A. Schanke). His second book, America’s First Regional Theatre is a history of the Cleveland Play House (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).