Ray Caspio

Performance & Teaching Artist


Dec
1
Dec 18

The SantaLand Diaries

Outcalt Theatre @ Playhouse Square
1501 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

Written by David Sedaris
Adapted by Joe Mantello
Directed by Cathleen O’Malley
Starring Ray Caspio

Tickets: http://www.playhousesquare.org/events/detail/the-santaland-diaries-1

Join Cleveland Public Theatre at Playhouse Square for David Sedaris’ acclaimed holiday comedy. The Santaland Diaries follows the story of Crumpet, a jaded and out-of-work actor who takes a job as a Macy’s Christmas elf.

Ray Caspio returns as Crumpet for the second year in a row!

Ray Caspio as Crumpet in the 2015 production of The SantaLand Diaries.

Ray Caspio as Crumpet in the 2015 production of The SantaLand Diaries.

 
Nov
17
Nov 19

Give Me the Map

Written by Robert Hawkes
Directed by Susan Soltis
Starring Robert Hawkes & Ray Caspio

The first scene of King Lear goes badly for the old man, as we know. But what the heck was he expecting anyway? Hawkes' one-act prologue to the tale seeks to answer that very question as the King (Robert Hawkes) and his Fool (Ray Caspio) try desperately to control events that have not even happened yet.

Tickets: https://convergencecontinuum.ticketleap.com/give-me-the-map/dates
Or call (216) 687-0074

 
Oct
21
Oct 22

Your Ask is Mine, Parts 1 & 2 @ Positive Reinforcements

Negative Space Gallery
3820 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114


Theater Ninjas' two-night only celebration of short-form works of theater, music, comedy, horror and radio plays. October 21 and 22, only! 7:30pm.

YOUR ASK IS MINE, PARTS 1 & 2
created and performed by Ray Caspio and Uncle Toots

10 minutes. Ray and You.
10 minutes. Toots and You.
No more, no less.
Unscripted.

What can we share together in that chunk of time based on your anonymous response to "What question have you always wanted to ask someone but never do?"

Positive Reinforcements features performances by:
Ray Caspio & Uncle Toots • Cleveland Opera Theater • Lauren Joy Fraley • Franny Gallagher • Eric M.C. Gonzalez • Christopher Hisey • Cathleen O'Malley • Jeremy Paul • Amy Schwabauer

Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door
http://theaterninjas.com/tickets

 
Oct
8
2:30 pm14:30

Stories ARThe Best Medicine

Cleveland Museum of Art
Recital Hall
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106


Stories have power.

Stories erase stigma.

Stories bring us together.

Listen.

The MetroHealth System's Arts-in-Medicine Department and the Cleveland Museum of Art partner to bring you the final showcase of Stories ARThe Best Medicine. 

For four weeks, storytellers from MetroHealth's HIV/AIDS community worked with performance and teaching artist, and 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow, Ray Caspio, to find, craft, and perform their unique stories inspired by the Cleveland Museum of Art's collection. Join us to witness who these storytellers are and discover something about yourself in the process.

Free, no reservations required.  

More information: http://www.clevelandart.org/events/special-events/stories-arthe-best-medicine

 
Feb
16
Mar 10

The Secret Adversary

http://www.greatlakestheater.org/education/outreach-tour for dates and locations

Agatha Christie's
THE SECRET ADVERSARY
A Tommy and Tuppence Adventure
World premiere adaptation by David Hansen
Directed by Lisa Ortenzi

Agatha Christie introduces her young adventurers Tommy and Tuppence in this free, 70 minute touring play! In this world-premiere adaptation, young Thomas Beresford and Prudence "Tuppence" Cowley decide to become adventurers for hire and swiftly find themselves in an international plot to bring down the British government. Time is not on their side as they plot to uncover the mysterious "Mister Brown". Five actors bring this suspenseful tale to life.

The five-actor touring company features Cleveland actors Ray Caspio, Deborah Cluts, James Rankin, Brittni Shambaugh, and Devon Turchan. Lisa Ortenzi, Great Lakes Theater’s Director of Educational Programming, directs the production. The design trio of Terry Martin (scenic design), Esther Haberlen (costume design) and Richard Ingraham (sound design) complete the play’s creative team.

Free and open to the public. - See more at: http://www.greatlakestheater.org/newsroom/press-releases/2016/01/a-world-premiere-adaptation-of-agatha-christies-the-secret-adversary-tours-to-twenty-one-venues-acro#sthash.mwceWgSB.dpuf

Feb
6
Feb 27

The Art of Storytelling: Workshops

Four Saturdays, February 6–27, 2016, 11:00–1:30 p.m., with a final storyteller’s showcase on Saturday, February 27, 2:00, Lecture Hall.

"Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced teller of tales, this four-week workshop challenges you to find new depths in both art and yourself as you craft, polish, and perform a personal narrative inspired by works on view at the museum. With exercises in performance, writing, and more, discover how art can become a catalyst for powerful stories and personal expression. Can’t make the workshop? Join the storytellers as they share their stories in a final showcase on February 27."

Registration & workshop information can be found at the Cleveland Museum of Art's website:
http://www.clevelandart.org/learn/workshop/art-storytelling

Last year's inaugural session of "The Art of Storytelling" was one of the most rewarding, magical experiences I've ever been a part of, not to mention a huge part of achieving my Creative Workforce Fellowship. I'm thrilled The Cleveland Museum of Art felt the same way and wants to do it again. 

In The Art of Storytelling, we celebrate, as an ensemble, the myriad ways visual art can effect the individual. You will be guided through the creation of your piece. You will develop tools and learn techniques to cultivate an authentic, honest performance and then get on stage and share the truth of how art has impacted you. If you've had no writing and performance experience: great. If you've had writing and performance experience: great.

This workshop will benefit everyone.

Here are the goals of last year's risk-taking, heart-sharing storytellers that were not only met, but surpassed:

•"To create a moving or funny story + have the courage to tell it." 
•"To shape a story that will be theatrical and enlightening." 
•"Fun" 
•"To refine writing style to better connect with people, make story more enticing, engaging, relevant."
•"Learn how to select events from my own + other's lives that would form a compelling story, and how to describe those events." 
•"Create a piece. Surprise myself." 
•"Make the ghosts of my family storytellers proud of me. To do it well."
•"To create a strong image of feeling in another's head. As well as learn techniques in both writing and performing arts."

Please consider being a part of the next session this February: class size is limited.

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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.