Ray Caspio

"a shapeshifter of an actor" - Cleveland Plain Dealer

photo by Frankie Gallo

photo by Frankie Gallo

Uncle Toots wants one last pasta dinner in the home he’s about to lose, but more than sauce is stirred up and served when his family and longtime hospice nurse ambush him about a 60 year relationship he packed away. With you, Toots’ wide-eyed sister, Aunt Barb, multiple-war veteran, Rocky, and Obamacare’s Nurse Nancy at the dining room table, a tale of lost love awakens this contentious family to realities they’ve never faced before. Uncle Toots’ Pasta Dish is an improvised experience you help bring to life even if you decide to just shut up and eat!

Join Toots’ table at these times in the Old Stone Church (Hall):
Thursday, 7/25/2019 @ 6:45pm
Friday, 7/26/2019 @ 9:30pm
Saturday, 7/27/2019 @ Noon
Saturday, 7/27/2019 @ 5:30pm
Seating is very limited! Get your seats early!

Tickets ($12) on sale through BorderLight’s website:

created & produced by Ray Caspio

written by Ray Caspio with Ryan Lucas, Cassie Neumann Lucas,
 Kevenn T. Smith & Lauren B. Smith

creator-performers Ray Caspio, Ryan Lucas, Cassie Neumann Lucas & Lauren B. Smith

clothing consultant Kevenn T. Smith

homemade sauce prepared by Marilu Mercadante

The aged and bigoted Uncle Toots...is a flat-out hoot.
— Christine Howey, Cleveland Scene Magazine
Great fun...Touching, funny, cruel...Marvelous.
— Robert H., dinner guest
I fell in love...cast, setting, costumes, material — all of it working together to serve up a really memorable evening. Lauren [B. Smith] has never been more lovable.
— Anne M., dinner guest
Had a fantastic time...a show unlike any other. If you’ve never seen Ray [Caspio] act, you haven’t really seen the best of Cleveland theatre.
— Nick E., dinner guest

Thank you to our GoFundMe supporters making Pasta Dish happen!

David Hansen
Anne McEvoy
Judith Ross
Frances Smith

Mark Dembroski
Benjamin Gregg
Pandora Robertson

Cindy Tilocco Riley


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.