A Position of Relative Importance

A Position of Relative ImportanceA POSITION OF RELATIVE IMPORTANCE

A new comedy by Hal Borden

Directed by Brian Zoldessy

and featuring Luke Brett, Carly Germany*, Drew Rothman, Greg Violand* and Brian Zoldessy*

(*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers)

Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m.
Monday, July 14 at 7 p.m.

Co-produced and hosted by:
DOBAMA THEATRE, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights

Frank Truman has a masters in philosophy from NYU, lives at home, and boasts “barista of the month” as his greatest professional achievement. His attempts to climb the corporate ladder are thwarted when potential employers do an Internet search: his name has been co-opted by the cantankerous retiree Joseph Silverman, author of a controversial blog. When Frank tracks down Silverman and begs him to adopt another nom de screen , the old man offers a different kind of help: a job interview at a mysterious company. It’s then we see how far an ambitious young man will go to land a job he knows nothing about.

HAL BORDEN earned a master’s degree in Screenwriting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, where he won the Hal Kanter Comedy Writing Award. A Position of Relative Importance shared first prize at the 2013 FutureFest Festival of New Plays in Dayton, won top honors at Penobscot Theatre’s Northern Writes Festival, and was a finalist in new play contests at Abingdon Theater (NYC), Bloomington Playwrights Project (IN), and Tangent Theatre Tivoli (NY), among other honors. Borden, the proud father of two dachshunds, writes – and practices trademark law – in Philadelphia. He will attend the Sunday performance.


Reservations requested at (216) 393-PLAY; or interplayjewishtheatre@gmail.com

Future Interplay Readings at Dobama:

September 15, 2014 Divided Among Themselves by Hank Kimmel

Standing on Ceremony

Standing on Ceremony
Beth Wood & Molly Andrews-Hinders

Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays

by Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moisés Kaufman, Neil Labute, Wendy MacLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright

Conceived by Brian Schipper
Directed by Craig J. George

Co-produced with Cleveland Public Theatre, in honor of Gay Pride Month and part of the Maltz Museum’s Begin the Conversation project.

Featuring Molly Andrews-Hinders, Maryann Elder, Jeffrey Grover*, Stuart Hoffman, Matt O’Shea, and Beth Wood

Written by some of America’s most prominent, current playwrights, nine vignettes provide an evening of enjoyment and laughter, promoting gay marriage rights and exploring our evolving (and sometimes not) society.  Also on the table: a fabulous reception!

Scenes and MAMAlogues

Li Stebner, Stuart Hoffman, Laura Perrotta*

Scenes and MAMAlogues

by Leslie Ayvazian, Barrie Cole, Eric Coble, Jennifer Maisel and Bara Swain

Produced and directed by Faye Sholiton

With Li Stebner, Stuart Hoffman and Laura Perrotta* (*member, Actors’ Equity Association)

At the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

A celebration of Mother’s Day, the program featured Leslie Ayvazian’s Plan Day; Jennifer Maisel’s The Twentieth Thing; Bara Swain’s The Hotel Lobbyist; and monologues from Eric Coble’s Bright Ideas and Barrie Cole’s The Dream.

End Days

End Days

Dylan White and Li Stebner
Dylan White and Li Stebner
(Credit: Dean Stebner)

by Deborah Zoe Laufer

Directed by Fred Sternfeld

Featuring: Dan Folino*, Lara Knox*, Laura Perrotta*, George Roth*, Li Stebner and Dylan White

MONDAY, APRIL 28 at 7:00 PM

at DOBAMA THEATRE, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a 16-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her, hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking and Jesus will save them all.

Deborah Zoe Laufer is winner of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, the Lilly Award and an ACTA Steinberg citation. END DAYS has received more than 50 productions worldwide and has been translated into German, Russian and Greek. Other titles include: Leveling Up, Sirens, Out of Sterno, and The Last Schwartz.

Be sure to see the world premiere production of her play Informed Consent, April 25-May 18, part of the 2014 New Ground Theatre Festival at Cleveland Play House.

*Member AEA

Reservations for readings at Dobama: interplayjewishtheatre@gmail.com

Or leave a clear voice message at: 216 393-PLAY

Future Interplay Readings at Dobama:

July 13-14, 2014 A Position of Relative Importance by Hal Borden

September 15, 2014 Divided Among Themselves by Hank Kimmel


“Veils” – Annie Pesch & Risa Hillsman


by Tom Coash

Directed by Faye Sholiton

Featuring Annie Pesch and Risa Hillsman

Observing Arab-American History Month at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage as part of their “Begin the Conversation” project.

A tense drama unfolds when Intisar, a veiled, African-American Muslim student arrives to spend a year at the American Egyptian University in Cairo. There she meets Samar, her liberal Egyptian roommate who has no use for the veil. Along the way, both women become embroiled in the Arab Spring uprising. Against a tumultuous political landscape, they attempt to find their footing, only to discover they are on opposite sides of a bitter and dangerous cultural divide.