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David Mamet's satire "November"
October 2011

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Dr. Martin Friedman
Spring 2011

"An Ideal Husband"
by Oscar Wilde
Fall 2010

by Arthur Miller
Spring 2010

An Intimate Comedy in Three Acts
by Noel Coward
Fall 2009


Sweeney Todd
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Lakeland Theatre and Lakeland Community College are delighted to present Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award winning Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, at Lakeland Community College's Performing Arts Center. The musical runs for 10 performances February 6th through February 22, 2009.

Lakeland’s production features two of Cleveland’s most celebrated actors, Dan Folino (Equus and Beauty and the Beast) as Sweeney Todd and Alison Garrigan (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) as Mrs. Lovett. The show is directed by Martin Friedman, Larry Goodpaster is the Musical Director and Trad A. Burns is the set and lighting designer.

Victorian England is the setting for Sweeney Todd. Benjamin Barker is living a simple life with his wife and daughter when the lust of a judge throws their lives into chaos. The judge has Barker deported to Australia. Barker returns to England, many years later, under the name of Sweeney Todd. With revenge in his heart Sweeney seeks vengeance not just against those who hurt him and his family, but also against some who are innocent of any crime. Now a major film by Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd ran for over 550 performances on Broadway and won 7 Tony Awards.

Lakeland Theatre’s production is a professional production of the complete show as Sondheim and Wheeler originally wrote it.

Sweeney Todd opens on Friday, February 6 at 7:30 PM and runs three weekends. Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for seniors and $5 for students. Call 440.525.7526 or email for ticket information, group rates and reservations.

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Pride & Prejudice

Dates: Friday, October 6, 2006 - Sunday, October 22, 2006

Lakeland Theatre is once again delighted to present Jane Austen's enduring romance, "Pride and Prejudice" beginning October 6 through October 22 at Lakeland Community College's Performing Arts Center.

Lakeland is remounting the production, following a successful run two years ago. The novel is a perennial favorite - and the play is also finding its way into the hearts of both Jane Austen fans and everyone who likes a good story well told.

Lakeland artistic director Martin Friedman is again directing the play, using an adaptation written by Gate Theatre artists James Maxwell and Alan Stanford.

This is a wonderful adaptation of a beloved Jane Austen novel that is seldom seen on stage. Elizabeth duels with her prejudice and Darcy with his pride; or is it the other way around? Love trumps both pride and prejudice in one of the truly great literary romances of all time.

The Maxwell/Stanford play has been produced at the Spoleto Festival and The Guthrie Theater. Lakeland's previous production was only the third in the United States.

The production features: Equity actor Mitchell Fields; other prominent local actors including Dan Folino, Natalie Green,

Douglass Collier, Sandra Kosevich Peck, and Rose Leininger; and a terrific group of up-and-coming actors. The production staff includes set and lights by Keith Nagy and costumes by Craig Tucker and John Larger.

Pride and Prejudice opens Friday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m. and runs three weekends.

Thursday: Special Student Matinees. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 440-525-7034 or 440-525-4774 for ticket information, group rates and reservations.

Pride and Prejudice

For Reservations & Information Call

Ticket Information
$10 Adults
$8 Students/Seniors
(Special Group & Class Rates Available)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Dates: Friday, February 3, 2006 - Sunday, February 19, 2006
Lakeland Theatre announces Cat on a Hot Tin Roof By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Martin Friedman
Sets and Lights Designed by Keith Nagy
Costumes Designed by Craig Tucker Sound Design by Bill Amato
Production Stage Manager Andrea Fisher

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


Philadelphia, Here I Come!

By Brian Friel
Directed by Sarah May
Sets & Lights Designed by Keith Nagy
Costumes Designed by Craig Tucker
Sound Designed by Bill Amato
Produced by Martin Friedman

Performances begin September 30 and run through October 16, 2005
Friday, September 30 • 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 1 • 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 2 • 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Friday, October 7 • 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 8 • 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 9 • 2 p.m.
Friday, October 14 • 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 15 • 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 16 • 2 p.m.

Produced with kind permission from Samuel French, Inc.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.
For tickets and reservations call 440.525.7034 or 440.525.7474

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Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up

Lakeland Theatre is delighted to present the Cleveland premiere of an adaptation of J.M.Barrie’s Peter Pan or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. The production will run July 8 through July 24.

Nunn and Caird created this adaptation of Peter Pan for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982, restoring a beloved British classic to much of its original intent. It also ran at both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Great Britain 1998. Lakeland’s production will be only the third theatre in the United States to mount this particular adaptation.

"This Peter Pan is wholly different from the Walt Disney production of the 1950’s or the musical version by Camden, Green and Styne," says director Martin Friedman. "This is a straight play that retains the exuberance of Barrie’s original story. It retains Peter - who flies but does not sing- as well as Tinkerbelle and Hook. It also diminishes the role of the Indians. Yet, it is more thoughtful than the musical, more specific to our time. Come see a re-imagining of this timeless classic."

Martin Friedman directs this production which features Magdalyn Donnelly, Brian Bowers, Mark Cipra, and Bob Keefe. The production includes lovely Victorian sets and lights by Keith Nagy, costumes by Craig Tucker and John Larger, sound by William Amato, choreography by Liz Flynn and fight choreography by Kelly Elliot and Josh Brown.

Lakeland’s production of Peter Pan opens Friday, July 8 at 8:00pm and runs three weekends at the Lakeland Performing Arts Center. Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays July 8-23 at 8:00 pm and Sundays July 10-24 at 7:30 pm. Matinees are scheduled for 2:00 on Saturdays July 9 and 23, and Sundays July 17 and 24.

Peter Pan

Born Yesterday

By Garson Kanin
Directed by Martin Friedman
Sets and Lights Designed by Keith Nagy
Costumes Designed by Craig Tucker
Sound Design by Bill Amato

The script is funny, sharp and surprisingly relevant to today’s political scene. A likeable 'dumb blonde' type, Billie Dawn has been dragged along to Washington by her tyrannical lover, the junkyard millionaire Harry Brock. When Brock asks journalist Paul Verrall to educate her in the ways and manners of the Washington elite, he gets more than he bargained for. Verrall gives Billie an education in art, literature, music and politics that sets her on a collision course with the corrupt Brock and the powerful men he has in his pocket.

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By Jane Austen
Adapted for the stage by James Maxwell
Revised by Alan Stanford
Directed by Martin Friedman
Sets and Lights Designed by Keith Nagy
Costumes Designed by Craig Thomas Sound Design by Bill Amato
Mitchell Fields* as Mr. Bennett
Hester Llwellen as Lady Catherine DeBourgh
Andrew Narten as Mr. Collins
Emily Baron as Lydia Bennett
For ticket information and group sales please call 440.525.7034 or contact Martin Friedman at

Noises Off

Putting it Together

Noises Off
Lakeland Community College Theater will present Martin Frayn’s Noises Off beginning February 6, at 8:00 pm in the Lakeland Performing Arts center.

Talley's Folly
October 10-12, 17-19 & 24-26
A Heartwarming Pulitzer and Tony Award Winning Romance
by Lanford Wilson.

Ninety-seven minutes full of emotions as two people obviously in love, waltz around their respective fortresses. A no-holds-barred romantic story.

Oct. 10 Oct. 11 Oct. 12
8 pm 8 pm 2 pm
Oct. 17 Oct. 18 Oct. 19
8 pm 8 pm 2 pm
Oct. 24 Oct. 25 Oct. 26
8 pm 8 pm 7 pm

Directed by
Sets and Lights KEITH NAGY
Lakeland Performing Arts Center
Adults $10 • Seniors/Students $8 • For ticket reservations call 440-525-7034 • All seats are reserved

Into the Woods
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's
Tony-Awarding Winning Musical

Friday, July 18
8:00 PM
Saturday, July 19
8:00 PM
Friday, July 25
8:00 PM
Saturday, July 26
2:00 PM Matinee
5:30 PM Sing-a-long
Dinner in the Court Yard
8:00 PM Show
Friday, August 1
8:00 PM
Saturday, August 2
8:00 PM


The Imaginary Invalid
By Moliére

Friday Shows
January 31, 8pm
February 7, 8pm
February 14, 8pm
Saturday Shows
February 1, 8pm
February 8, 8pm
February 15, 8pm

October 2002

This engaging and pulsating Pulitzer Prize winning play has not had a full-scale professional production in Cleveland for at least fifteen years. Certainly one of America's greatest plays, by the only United States playwright ever awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Long Day's Journey into Night offers a searing examination of a family teetering on the brink of disaster.
Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Martin Friedman
Featuring Mitchell Fields as James Tyrone
Lakeland Theatre will present Long Day's Journey into Night at Lakeland Community College's Performing Arts Center between February 1 and February 18, 2002 for a total of nine performances. The Lakeland production of Long Day's Journey into Night features prominent Equity actor Mitchell Fields as James Tyrone, Mary Jane Nottage as Mary Tyrone, Andrew Narten as Jamie Tyrone and Tim Coles as Edmund Tyrone. Dr. Martin Friedman directs this production with sets and lights by Keith Nagy. Only O'Neill can make the harrowing and the hilarious, genius and madness so much alike--the intensity and difficulty of the roles make this seldom produced masterpiece a feast for both the actor and the audience.
$10 General Admission
$8 Seniors / Students
Group rates available, call (440) 525-7034 or (440) 975-4774
By the author of Love Letters and the Dining Room, Gurney examines the relationship between a man and his dog and, of course, his wife. The battle of the sexes takes on a new look; and it's distinctly four-legged. Starred Sarah Jessica Parker on Broadway.
"I can only call it one of the most beautiful, funny touching and profound plays I have ever seen…"
The New York Daily News
A.R. Gurney
Directed by Martin Friedman
Sets & Lights Designed by Keith Nagy
Featuring: Joel Nunlet, Susan Lucier, Deb Holthus, Elizabeth Wood and Daniel Smith
$10 General Admission
$8 Seniors / Students
Group rates available, call (440) 525-7034 or (440) 975-4774
October 12
8 pm
October 13
8 pm
October 14
October 19
8 pm
October 20
8 pm
October 21
October 26
8 pm
October 27
8 pm
October 28

Bed and Sofa by Polly Pen
Directed by Gustavo Urdaneta
Featuring Curtis Proctor and Beth Cubbison
Running time: 1 hour and 15 minutes; no intermission
A musical drama for mature audiences

June 29 8pm
June 30 8pm
July 1 2pm
July 12 8pm
July 14 8pm
July 15 2pm
July 19 8pm
July 21 2pm

Bed and Sofa will be performed in repertory with:

She Loves Me by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock
Directed by Martin Friedman
Featuring Gregory Violand and Maryann Nagel
Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
A musical comedy for the whole family
July 6 8pm
July 7 8pm
July 8 2pm AND 7pm
July 13 8pm
July 14 2pm
July 15 7pm
July 20 8pm
July 21 8pm
July 22 2pm AND 7pm

For more information and tickets please call 440.525.7034

Plaza Suite by Neil Simon

Lakeland Theatre Presents Neil Simon's Plaza Suite.
Directed by Martin Friedman.
Featuring Mitchell Fields as Sam Nash, Jesse Kiplinger & Roy Hubley
Also featuring Mary Jane Nottage & Tim Coles
Set & Lighting Design by Keith Nagy
Choose from 3 weekends & 9 performances.

January 26, 27, 28 & February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10
1/26 8pm
1/27 8pm
1/28 2pm
2/2 8pm
2/3 8pm
2/4 7:30pm
2/9 8pm
2/10 2pm & 8pm

Neil Simon's classic comedy trilogy Plaza Suite
features three couples in three modern fables, each set in Suite 719 of New York's legendary luxury hotel, The Plaza. The three acts tell the stories of "Visitor from Mamaroneck," "Visitor from Hollywood," and "Visitor from Forest Hills," as Simon deftly creates memorable characters from ordinary people in an extraordinary setting and circumstance.

Lakeland Theatre Presents...
I Hate Hamlet, Paul Rudnick's witty, acerbic laugh-out-loud funny examination of the art and commerce of theatre.

  • Directed by Martin Friedman
  • Set & lighting design by Keith Nagy
  • Costume design by Ed Eckert

Chris Carpenter (Andrew Rally), Joel Nunley (John Barrymore), Curtis Proctor (Gary Lefkowitz), Kathy Yates (Lillian Troy), Trish Kopaitich (Deirdre McDavey), Marsha Dingldein (Felicia Dantine).

9 performances were presented between Fri. October 13 - Sat. October 28.2000.

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