Cleveland Public Theatre presents the 2nd U.S. Production of Antebellum Opening Friday, February 24, Preview February 23.

Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan proudly presents the 2nd U.S. Production of Antebellum, an intense exploration of discrimination written by nationally recognized playwright, Robert O’Hara.

Against the backdrops of a southern plantation, a German concentration camp, the world premiere of Gone With The Wind and Berlin cabarets, two stories merge into one love story that bridges time, space and gender. Through juxtaposed realities of Nazi cruelty and Hollywood dreams, this sweeping romance challenges the intolerance of race, religion, and sexual orientation, and the discrimination on both sides of the Atlantic.

Antebellum is directed by Associate Artistic Director Beth Wood, featuring Laurel Hoffman Audrey Lovy Nicholas Sweeney and Dana Hart. The creative team includes: Beth Wood (Set Designer), Andrew Kaletta (Lighting Designer), Melanie Boeman. (Costume Designer), Richard B. Ingraham (Sound Designer), Michael Seevers, Jr. (Music Director) and Tim Cable (German Coach).

“While America fought for the end of a genocide in World War II, Jim Crowe laws remained in full force. This painful irony is beautifully revealed in Antebellum. However, at the core, this play is quite simply a powerful story of struggle against all odds and incredible oppression, and a timely reminder for us to be wary of hatred, extremism, and oppression,” says Bobgan, “and Beth Wood is the perfect director to lead this project. This is one of the shows I have been looking forward to all season!”

Beth Wood, an actress, educator, director and theatre technician, holds a BA in Communications and Theatre from John Carroll University. A former Actor-Teacher for Great Lakes Theater Festival, she has taught a variety of theatre and acting courses at Lakeland Community College, The Beck Center, and Shaker On Stage. Beth’s directing credits include BOOM by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them by C hristopher Durang, FEVER/DREAM by Sheila Callaghan and The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris.

Robert O’Hara recently released his Film Writing and Directing debut, The Inheritance. He received the 2010 NAACP Best Director Award for his direction of Eclipsed by Danai Guiria. He received 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play for Antebellum and an OBIE Award for his Direction of the World Premiere of the critically acclaimed In the Continuum at Primary Stages. He wrote and directed the World Premiere of Insurrection: Holding History at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the piece received the Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Play and was subsequently published by both TCG and Dramatist Play Service. His new play Etiquette of Vigilance was produced in the Steppenwolf First Look Festival 2010. His play, Bootycandy, was presented at the Woolly Mammoth Theater in 2011. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s TISCH School of the Arts.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Rebecca Hill, at, 216.631.2727 x212 or visit


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