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Cesear's Forum
2796 Tinkers Lane
Twinsburg, Ohio 44087




Cesear's Forum is pleased to announce it will be presenting a double bill of two neoexpressionist plays; Wallace Shawn's SUMMER EVENING, and Tom Eyen's WHAT IS MAKING GILDA SO GRAY?, at Kennedy's Down Under, Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland, Ohio, June 24th through July 30th. The parallel motifs of yearning desire and connection are pieced together through amusing, provocative language with an underlying sense of tragedy.

In the first play, SUMMER EVENING, a young couple is staying at a foreign hotel. She loses herself in cold, sensual daydreams, while he tries to express his frustrated longing for her. Their improbable expectations and uneasy appetites are deprecatingly accepted. In GILDA, happiness, security and memory haunt a couple’s relationship (one small problem: their inability to remember each other’s name). The play conjectures on whether marriage is a glorious or a sad compromise.

The plays of Mr. Eyen & Mr. Shawn share an immediacy, a “this minute” quality, although the language is not random. Stylized prose and distinct moments are connected to form a pattern, discontinuous, like a jigsaw puzzle, which the audience’s imagination completes.

Wallace Shawn is a playwright, screenwriter, and a theatre-film-television character actor. He is best known for his acting turns in films that include: Manhattan, The Princess Bride and My Dinner with Andre, the latter for which he wrote the screenplay. His plays include: AUNT DAN AND LEMON, THE DESIGNATED MOURNER, THE FEVER, THE HOTEL PLAY and MARIE AND BRUCE. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, Mr. Shawn’s heady, dramatic comedies made a name for him in New York City’s theatrical underground of the ‘80’s.

Tom Eyen (1941 – 1991) was a playwright, lyricist, director and a principal proponent of the 1960’s Off Off Broadway movement. Initially, his work was seen at the Caffe Cino & LaMama (with his Theatre of the Eye Repertory Company), then Off Broadway and London. He wrote three musicals for then unknown Bette Midler and two plays featured Divine. His humor extended to writing television scripts for the series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and he won a Tony Award for the book (& lyrics) of DREAMGIRLS. Other works include: THE WHITE WHORE AND THE BIT PLAYER, SARAH B. DIVINE, WHO KILLED MY BALD SISTER SOPHIE?, THE DIRTIEST SHOW IN TOWN and WOMEN BEHIND BARS.

SUMMER EVENING & WHAT IS MAKING GILDA SO GRAY?, June 24th through July 30th, Kennedy's Down Under, Playhouse Square Center, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Friday & Saturdays at 8 pm. Single Tickets at $15.00. Call at (216) 241-6000.