June benefit featuring playwright Eric Coble, supporting work of Dobama Theatre
Dobama Theatre will be honoring Eric Coble as their featured guest for the second annual Dobamarama scheduled for Friday, June 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Ariel International Center which is located at 1163 E. 40th Street, Cleveland. Tickets for the event are $85 and are available online at www.dobama.org.
The theme for this year’s Dobamarama is “Where in the World is Dobama Theatre?” and will celebrate the numerous Dobama artists and the impact their lives have had in the fine arts community across the country and around the world. All proceeds will go to support Dobama Theatre (located in Cleveland Heights) in its work to bring outstanding contemporary theatrical works and unique premieres to Cleveland’s fine arts audience.
The guest for the evening, Eric Coble, is no stranger to Dobama Theatre having had the world premieres of two of his works “Ten Minutes From Cleveland” and “Ten More Minutes From Cleveland” at Dobama Theatre. As part of Dobamarama, portions of the works will be presented.
“It’s an honor to be honored by Dobama,” the Cleveland Heights-based Coble said about his featured role at this year’s Dobamarama. “This is the theatre that started my career — they took a shot and gave me my first full production when I was still new to Cleveland, and then, God help them, they just kept letting me bring my work back to their doorstep.”
Coble, whose plays have been produced across the country, has been honored by earning an Emmy nomination, the AT&T Onstage Award, National Theatre Conference Playwriting Award, the AATE Distinguished Play Award for Best Adaptation, an NEA Playwright in Residence Grant, a TCG Extended Collaboration Grant, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grants.
“Maybe they were just being polite,” Coble said about Dobama, “but we’ve premiered six plays together over the years. This was my first artistic home, and as I write scripts now for theaters all over the country, I still write them to be performed in a cave-like basement (in Dobama’s former location) on Coventry. It’s a thrill to see what Dobama has become and to be a small part of that becoming.”
Ticket prices for Dobamarama include hearty hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, music, dancing and a few entertainment surprises. Event sponsors include Jones Day, BakerHostetler, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Forest City Enterprises, Benedictine High School, FirstMerit Bank, Abode Living and Adam Friedman.
For more information about Dobama Theatre, Dobamarama or Eric Coble, visit the Dobama website at www.dobama.org.
Dobama Theatre’s mission is to premiere the best contemporary plays by established and emerging playwrights. Through educational and outreach programming, Dobama Theatre nurtures the development of theatre artists and builds new audiences for the arts while provoking an examination of our contemporary world.