The free downtown event on Saturday, June 19 promises to not only shine a spotlight on Karamu House, the oldest Black theater in the country, but also to be a coming out party for Cleveland as pandemic restrictions are lifted and the city’s glorious summer gets into full swing.
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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.