Ray Caspio

"a shapeshifter of an actor" - Cleveland Plain Dealer

to Dec 30

Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars

by Eric Coble
from the graphic novels by Tony Lee & Dan Boultwood
directed by Nathan Motta
December 1 - 30, 2017

starring Christopher Bohan, Ray Caspio, Neda Spears, Laura Starnik, Adler Chefitz, Ananias J. Dixon,  Colin Frothingham, David Gretchko, Patrick Hensel, Elise Pakiela & Miranda Leann Scholl, Emma Blemaster (US), Lexi Cowan (US), Jake Glosser (US), Rose Scalish (US) & Easton Sumlin (US)

Dobama Theatre
2340 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Tickets: https://dobama.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0Si000000JiM4eEAF


It’s December on the streets of London, Sherlock Holmes is missing, and a young girl’s grandfather has been abducted. Who will save the day? The Baker Street Irregulars— a group of orphans, pickpockets, inventors, and artists hired by Sherlock himself to help solve cases. Can a gang of street kids find Sherlock, unravel a mystery from their own past, and defeat a masked villain who just might be the evil Professor Moriarty himself? The game’s afoot!

a fun holiday show for all ages that investigates what it means to be family

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7:00 PM19:00

Uncle Toots' Parlor

created by Ray Caspio & Uncle Toots
performer-creators Ray Caspio, Nick Earl, Ryan Lucas & Cassie Neumann
clothing consultant & makeup design Kevenn T. Smith
produced by Ray Caspio & Kevenn T. Smith

Uncle Toots’ good friend, Rocky, is a contestant on tomorrow’s episode of the hit game show, Presidential Firing Squad! — part of the President’s GREAT new health care plan — so come
on over to the Toots Tower Parlor in celebration of Rocky’s potential final hours!

at Cleveland Public Theatre's PANDEMONIUM: UNLEASH
Tickets: http://www.cptonline.org/support/pandemonium/

Photo by Frankie Gallo

Photo by Frankie Gallo

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to 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.

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to 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

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to 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.

created and performed by Ray Caspio and Uncle Toots

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

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

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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.


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

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2:00 PM14:00

The Art of Storytelling: Showcase


This four-week workshop challenged our storytellers to find new depths in both art and themselves as they crafted, polished, and rehearsed a personal narrative inspired by works on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Join us in the CMA's Lecture Hall as they share their stories in this final showcase!

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to Mar 10

The Secret Adversary

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

Agatha Christie's
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

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to 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:

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." 
•"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.