Cleveland theaters are finally emerging from a long, dark period of closure. They’re not done with the pandemic, however. Their play selections for the coming 2021-2022 season reflect continued awareness of such lingering ills as systemic racism, police violence, and wrongful incarceration.
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By Christopher Johnston
Most Cleveland theaters are not expecting to produce another show until 2021 at the earliest, and the shutdown and loss of ticket sales have led to layoffs and budget cuts. Despite these challenges, they plan to reopen. Right now, they’re taking time to complete renovations and upgrades and plan for reopening safely while trying out new approaches with virtual programming.