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    RAY CASPIO: OH, MY STARS! Opens June 6th

    Oh, My Stars!, my first solo illustration exhibit, will feature limited edition hand-signed pieces spanning the past six years of my illustration work. It opens June 6-22 at Maria Neil Art Project!

    Opening Reception:
    Friday, June 6, 5-10pm

    Maria Neil Art Project

    15813 Waterloo Road
    Cleveland, OH 44110

    Ray Caspio is an actor, performance artist and illustrator. He will be featured in the annex next to Native Cleveland with an exhibition of his drawings of some of the most memorable and entertaining women of vintage television. Get reacquainted with Laverne & Shirley, Maude, Wonder Woman, Alexis Carrington and Samantha Stephens through Ray’s intricate and fun drawings.

    We’ll be partnering with Star Pop vintage + modern to show some fun items that compliment the art on display. Star Pop's vintage pieces are the perfect compliment to Ray's work!

    Ray's biggest influences have come from '60s, '70s, and '80s pop culture. Growing up, television was his life and he was enamored with strong female characters, many of whom were funny, campy, and capable of superhuman feats; most of whom existed before he was born. Oh, My Stars! is the ongoing exploration of the personalities who have fascinated, shaped, and taught him since he first learned to twitch his nose in his grandma's front room while writing cursive L's on every page of his baby book.

    The exhibition opens on June 6 and runs through June 22 and will be shown at the Native-Cleveland Annex between Native Cleveland and Star Pop.

    The one drawing I have from my childhood, circa 1983!


    CODE: PRELUDES Press & Final Weekend

    "Caspio stands out...
    he could read a description of the Heartbleed bug backwards
    and still be riveting."
    -Christine Howey

    "Ray Caspio [is]...a transcendent actor.
    Complete confidence colored with impeccable performance brilliance.
    His monologue towards the end of the play is a gift."

    Here's an interview on 90.3's The Sound of Applause with Theater Ninjas' Artistic Director Jeremy Paul, programmer Eric Faehnrich, and myself discussing CODE: PRELUDES. You'll also hear a bit of my scene as Alan Turing:

    Land of Cleve interviewed me and reviewed the "impressive,immersive, intense" CODE: PRELUDES.

    There are only four more chances to catch this Theater Ninjas production at 78th Street Studios!
    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30.
    Sunday at 2:00.



    Code: Preludes

    Two weekends left! $10 tickets tonight!—2

    "Caspio stands out in his monologue later in the show; it seems he could read a description of the Heartbleed bug backwards and still be riveting."
    Christine Howey

    "This show is more than a play, it’s more than a performance art piece. It is something I personally have never experienced before, and I’m not sure how to even describe it. I can, however, wholeheartedly recommend that everyone go experience this ‘experience.’"
    Land of Cleve


    Tingle-Tangled in [sic]

    This weekend only, I'll be performing Tingle-Tangle immediately following Theater Ninjas' production of [sic] at 78th Street Studios! I'm excited about these performances for many reasons, one of which happens to be the beautiful compositions by Sean Ellis.

    Tickets are $10-$20 and available through Square or the Ninjas box office at (440) 941-1482.

    Click here for a wonderful interview I did with CellarDoorCLE's insightful Nikki Delamotte
    all about Tingle-Tangle and equality.

    Quoting Nikki, "Theater or non-theater fan, Tingle-Tangle is a really great piece for anyone who cares about the importance of equality and equal rights. (Hopefully, that includes you.)"

    Tingle-Tangle from Theater Ninjas on Vimeo.



    Song of Desire

    Laura Ruth Bidwell's exhibition, Song of Desire – in which I'm honored to be one of her subjects – opened tonight at the Gordon Square Arts District's 1point618 Gallery:

    "Captivated by the striking beauty, charisma, and strength of what the artist describes as 'the celebrities among us,' Laura Ruth Bidwell has produced a series of portraits that capture the experience of encountering and celebrating the extraordinary."

    To see the image catalogue, click here.

    The exhibition runs through March 7th.