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    Theater Recognition for 2014

    Elated for the recognition my 2014 theatrical work with Theater Ninjas received from Cleveland press outlets:

    Sound of Applause's Best of Theatre 2014: for TingleTangle (at 23 minute mark)
    Cleveland Scene's Best Risk-Taking:
    for TingleTangle
    Tpography's Special Project Recognition: for TingleTangle
    Tpography's Best Actor (nomination): for "Turing" in Code: Preludes
    Land of Cleve's Top Theatrical Experiences: for TingleTangle



    Adam West's Batman shakes a mean cape!

    I'm feeling inspired after watching the entire Batman TV series on Blu-Ray. The colors, the absurdity, the fashion, the villains, the multi-layered performances, the bad performances, the fun!

    10"x12" signed prints available: e-mail for information.


    Charles Chaplin

    Men are joining my Oh, My Stars! series!

    Here's Charlie Chaplin, The Little Tramp, in black and white and color, inspired by his performance in City Lights!

    Available in black & white through my RedBubble store on:

    clothing, prints, posters, cards, postcards, phone and iPad cases, mugs, pillows, tote bags, and duvet covers!

    Available in color: a hand-signed 8"x8" photographic print
    from my Oh, My Stars! series.

    Limited edition of 12.
    E-mail me for price and shipping information.


    TingleTangle Extended!

    Photo Frank LanzaTickets:

    "So don’t tarry. If you’re in the mood for a fascinating trip that will have you laughing out loud multiple times, get a zesty taste of gender and sexual transience in TingleTangle."
    - Christine Howey, Cleveland Scene and Rave and Pan

    “Presented in the creative context of a decadent Weimar-era cabaret – with its naughty period song list, bawdy humor and displays of nudity and sexuality – TingleTangle boils down to an intriguing personal journey with creator and featured performer Ray Caspio. It is a journey worth taking.“
    - Bob Abelman, Cleveland Jewish News

    "Ray Caspio...once again proves he is definitely an actor who is willing to take creative chances. ...intensely honest and unflinching...humorous, heartbreaking, and in many ways, heroic."
    - Land of Cleve

    "Ray Caspio...identifying pivotal moments in his sexuality that are painful, explosive, and heartwarming...opens his heart and his soul on this personal journey...Whether delivering slices of his life in dialogue or singing his emotional journey, the path of his sexual life is honest, beautiful, shocking, and inspiring. You have one more weekend of performances to go underground to reach your destination. You will come back up with a challenge to free yourself to be who you are."


    Theater Ninjas' TingleTangle @ Guide to Kulchur

    Ray Caspio & Eric M. C. Gonzalez in TingleTangle. Photo courtesy of Theater Ninjas. Photographer Frank Lanza.
    June 1, 2002, I sat next to my grandma in the balcony at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and witnessed Liza Minnelli perform her "comeback" concert, Liza's Back. Liza was a performer who was fully alive, conversing with her audience, and living in the present moment: flaws and all. I set a goal for myself that night.

    Today, TingleTangle: the show I conceived and am performing in.
    Sexuality, gender, marriage equality.
    Sexy, hysterical, thought-provoking.

    Cleveland Centennial (David Hansen)
    Land of Cleve
    The Sound of Applause: NPR/WCPN 90.3 Ideastream interview with Dee Perry

    Theater Ninjas' TingleTangle is an evening of personal storytelling, gender-bending songs and no-punches pulled conversations about sexuality, gender, oppression, hate speech and compassion's transgressive power. An avant garde Muppet Show mixed with Weimar sex and danger. This cabaret-inspired performance responds to a conflicted, changing world, with love, empathy, humor and the desire to understand…not to mention some out-and-out desire!

    TingleTangle revels in the nuances of identity and how we all use performance to communicate our truest selves to the world. Forming TingleTangle’s core are monologues and songs by me, drawing on my experiences as a married gay man dealing with prejudice, identity, and acceptance. I am honored to work with a talented, generous ensemble of actors who perform original comedy sketches and interactive stories, with composition and live accompaniment by Eric M. C. Gonzalez.


    Limited seating, limited run! There is nothing else like this happening in Cleveland theater.

    Illustration by Ray Caspio
    conceived by Ray Caspio
    directed by Jeremy Paul
    original composition & arrangements by Eric M. C. Gonzalez
    featuring Ray Caspio, Katie Beck, Valerie C. Kilmer, Ryan Lucas, Dan Rand & Amy Schwabauer
    stage manager Kaitlin Kelly
    assistant stage manager & dramaturge Christina Dennis
    costume design Kevenn T. Smith
    lighting design Benjamin Gantose

    Theater Ninjas is the Food Truck of Cleveland Theater. We’re a nomadic company who seeks out new and exciting spaces to perform. Working in non-traditional venues gives us an opportunity to reimagine how and why we tell stories, and helps us to create deep, fascinating worlds for the audience to explore. We’re always experimenting; always rethinking what theater can be: as entertainment, as art and as out-of-the-ordinary experiences.