Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan presents the world premiere of poor little Lulu, by nationally recognized director and creator Matthew Earnest.
Part classical chamber piece, part gritty garage ‘happening’, and part drag cabaret; this vintage circus of comic debauchery is based on Frank Wedekind’s revolutionary plays Earth Spirit (1895) and Pandora’s Box (1904). poor little Lulu chronicles the exploits of Lulu – a sexual outlaw in a society riven by lust and greed – who is tossed from man to man, and ultimately lands in the clutches of Jack the Ripper. poor little Lulu is both a cautionary fable and a freewheeling peepshow.
Matthew Earnest is a freelance director who works in many forms—from conventional plays, to creating new works and directing his own literary adaptations and translations.
In 2010 Cleveland Public Theatre produced the premiere of Earnest’s Wanderlust, based on the non-fiction book by Rebecca Solnit which toured to the Ice House Festival in New York. He works independently at theaters around the U.S., and is an associate artist at Germany’s English Theatre Berlin and at the University of Delaware’s PTTP. In 2011, Earnest joined Nicole Perrone to found the Lunar Strategem, an international touring company based in rural West Virginia, that has provided support for CPT’s development of poor little Lulu.
“We wanted to bring Earnest back, because of his vibrant vision and his caring approach to devising new work. He is bold, fun, and sexy, and brings a great energy to the stage for audiences to enjoy,” says Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan.
poor little Lulu opens at CPT Friday, March 9 and runs thru Saturday March 24, (with a preview Thursday, March 8) in the James Levin Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District. Performances are at 7:00 pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Mondays. Tickets are $10- $25 and FREE BEER FRIDAY!