Ray Caspio

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The SantaLand Diaries

Photo by Steve Wagner, Courtesy Cleveland Public Theatre

Opening today and running through December 20th for 19 performances at Playhouse Square: The SantaLand Diaries!


written by David Sedaris
adapted by Joe Mantello
directed by Cathleen O’Malley
starring Ray Caspio

Outcalt Theatre at Playhouse Square, 1407 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

Produced by Cleveland Public Theatre, The SantaLand Diaries by acclaimed author David Sedaris is the semi-autobiographical story of a 33-year-old out-of-work actor who takes a job as “Crumpet,” a Macy’s Christmas Elf, in 1989. Crumpet’s hilarious recount of the trials and tribulations of the Holiday Season is sure to bring a smile to even the grouchiest face! Starring Ray Caspio.

Tickets: $30.00, various dates and times
Available through Playhouse Square's box office:

Press coverage:
Interview with Dee Perry on The Sound of Applause
Thrillist Cleveland: "The one man tour de force Ray Caspio"
News Herald: Ray Caspio finds lots with which to identify in David Sedaris' "The SantaLand Diaries"

Peek at Cleveland Public Theatre's Pandemonium

Here is a gallery of photos from PEEK, a performance installation produced at Cleveland Public Theatre's annual fundraiser event, Pandemonium, this past Saturday. This was my first installation and third year performing at Pandemonium.

Reading from Carl Jung's Liber Novus (Red Book) outside of a bathroom – with Kevenn and Lauren observing me: one in drawing, the other in writing – made for quite an incredible experience. Not to mention the near constant audience over two hours we were fortunate to have!

Some press coverage:
Cleveland Magazine

A flirtation in oration and creation.
Produced by Ray Caspio
Performed and Designed by Ray Caspio, Kevenn T. Smith, and Lauren B. Smith
Special thanks to Faye Hargate, Joan Hargate, Ben Gantose, Beth Wood, and Raymond Bobgan

background photos by Frank J. Lanza Photography, courtesy of Theater Ninjas
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Ray Caspio received a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Fellowships is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Funding for the Fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.