2019-2020 CATCO is Theatre Season2019-09-24T14:08:33+00:00

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Season!

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November 6–24, 2019
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Application Pending

January 23–February 16, 2020
Studio Three, Riffe Center

Moonlight and Magnolias

March 11–29, 2020
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Nureyev's Eyes

April 15–May 3, 2020
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Desperate Measures

June 3–21, 2020
Studio Two, Riffe Center

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra

August 8–September 1, 2019
Studio Three, Riffe Center

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November 6-24, 2019
Studio Two, Riffe Center

APPLICATION PENDING

Jan 23 – Feb 16, 2020
Studio Three, Riffe Center

MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS

March 11-29, 2020
Studio Two, Riffe Center

NUREYEV’S EYES

April 15 – May 3, 2020
Studio Two, Riffe Center

DESPERATE MEASURES

June 3-21, 2020
Studio Two, Riffe Center

MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA

August 8 – September 1, 2019
Studio Three, Riffe Center

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CATCO’s 2019-20 season is rich with all of the things we hope to find in the theatre–the nostalgia derived from the songbook of an American icon; the rich and textured story of one man’s search for identity; a one woman tour de force about a preschool admissions counselor that could have been ripped from tomorrow’s headlines; a hilarious reenactment of the creation of an American classic film; the tender retelling of the friendship between two artists; and the re-imagining of a classic play by William Shakespeare. This season is a carefully curated collection of work that I am thrilled for us to experience together. Please join us for a season that delights, challenges, and transports.

2019-20 CATCO is Kids Season

Learn more about the shows and packages presented by CATCO is Kids next season for theatre lovers of all ages in your household!

Past CATCO is Theatre Seasons

The Last Smoker in America2019-05-22T14:07:15+00:00

September 29-October 24, 2010
Studio One, Riffe Center

In this world premiere musical by Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show) and Drama Desk nominee Peter Melnick (Adrift in Macao), smoking has been outlawed in America, but Pam is finding it impossible to quit. Her struggle is complicated by husband Ernie, who dreams of being a rock star, and their teenage son Jimmy, who listens to so much rap music he’s convinced he’s black.

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It’s a Wonderful Life2019-06-05T21:46:08+00:00

November 23-December 12, 2010
Studio One, Riffe Center

Experience the story of idealistic George Bailey as he struggles to cope with misfortune and considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve in a version never-before-seen in central Ohio.

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The Santaland Diaries2019-05-22T14:08:08+00:00

December 2-26, 2010
Studio Three, Riffe Center

Laugh yourself silly once again with a repeat engagement of The Santaland Diaries, a wildly funny one-act play written by David Sedaris, NPR commentator and one of America’s leading humorists. CATCO favorite Jon Putnam once again stars in this back-by-popular-demand, hilarious account of Sedaris’ experiences working as the least-jolly department store elf during the busiest retail time of the year.

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I Am My Own Wife2019-05-22T14:09:35+00:00

February 2-20, 2011
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Charlotte von Mahlsdorf was a riddle inside of a puzzle, a secret inside an enigma. She survived the Nazis and then East German Communists while protecting Edison phonographs, regulator clocks, quaint antiques, and ultimately other people. But was she savior or collaborator, hero or traitor, noble or corrupt? The answer emerges in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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What the Butler Saw2019-05-22T14:09:02+00:00

March 30-April 17, 2011
Studio One, Riffe Center

A psychiatric clinic becomes a comic carnival of chaos as mistaken identities, attempted seductions, red herrings, lost relatives and political intrigues unfold in this classic farce.

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Evil Dead: The Musical2019-05-22T14:09:26+00:00

June 1-19, 2011
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons are telling bad jokes… and all to music!

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Souvenir2019-05-22T14:12:13+00:00

November 22-December 11, 2011
Studio Two, Riffe Center

New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins fancied she could sing. Forget that she had no sense of rhythm or pitch, and was barely able to sustain a note– she was convinced that she had talent!

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The Rubenstein Kiss2019-05-22T14:13:56+00:00

February 1-19, 2012
Studio Two, Riffe Center

A combination of the Cold War and the McCarthy hearings sets the tone for betrayal in the United States.

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Next Fall2019-05-22T14:11:27+00:00

March 14-April 1, 2012
Studio Two, Riffe Center

The poignant theme is that each of our belief systems is as individual as our thumb prints.

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The 39 Steps2019-05-22T14:13:42+00:00

May 9 – June 3, 2012
Studio One, Riffe Center

Alfred Hitchcock’s film adaptation of John Buchan’s novel recreated by four actors in this Monty Python-esque stage homage.

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Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo2019-05-22T14:15:30+00:00

October 10 – 28, 2012
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Is God watching us?

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The Twelve Dates of Christmas2019-05-22T14:17:41+00:00

November 23 – December 23, 2012
Studio Three, Riffe Center

Does eggnog heal a broken heart?

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The Story of My Life2019-05-22T14:17:16+00:00

November 28 – December 16, 2012
Studio Two, Riffe Center

When did you meet your best friend?

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Red2019-05-22T14:16:38+00:00

February 13 – March 3, 2013
Studio One, Riffe Center

Yes, but is it art?

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Avenue Q2019-05-22T14:14:54+00:00

April 3-21, 2013
Studio One, Riffe Center

The puppets are coming, but they aren’t from Sesame Street.

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Five Guys Named Moe2019-05-22T14:16:00+00:00

May 1 – 26, 2013
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Is you is or is you ain’t my baby?

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee2019-05-22T14:26:10+00:00

July 31 – August 18, 2013
Studio One, Riffe Center

How do you spell FUN?

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Fully Committed2019-05-22T14:19:43+00:00

November 6 – 24, 2013
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Sam Peliczowski may be an out-of-work actor, but he is a powerhouse dealmaker when he mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s top restaurant. A cast of desperate callers will stop at nothing to land the perfect table.

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Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits: Vol. 1 (Reprise)2019-05-22T14:19:07+00:00

January 10-February 1, 2014
Studio Three, Riffe Center

A satirical send-up of Broadway musicals from Les Miz to Mamma MiaWicked to The Phantom of the Opera. Nothing is sacred in this hit musical review.

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Shipwrecked! An Entertainment2019-05-22T14:21:02+00:00

February 5 – 23, 2014
Studio Two, Riffe Center

A breathless story of a seafaring, Victorian gentleman whose adventures spring to life like a theatrical pop-up book.

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change2019-05-22T14:20:21+00:00

March 6-April 13, 2014
Studio Three, Riffe Center

Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.

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Steel Magnolias2019-05-22T14:21:34+00:00

March 26 – April 13, 2014
Studio One, Riffe Center

A circle of chatty Southern ladies keeps the pulse of life in a small Louisiana town from the town’s epicenter, Truvy’s beauty salon.

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Always… Patsy Cline2019-05-22T14:18:32+00:00

May 28 – June 22, 2014
Studio Two, Riffe Center

In 1961 Louise Seger struck up a conversation with Patsy Cline in a honky-tonk.

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels2019-05-22T14:28:32+00:00

July 23-August 10, 2014
Studio One, Riffe Center

Two conmen live the high life on the French Riviera. When the American Soap Queen arrives on the scene, a wager is made.

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Forever Plaid2019-05-22T14:29:03+00:00

September 25-November 9, 2014
Studio Three, Riffe Center

Delight in this boy group singing ‘50’s standards in four-part harmony.

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My Name Is Asher Lev2019-06-05T21:46:42+00:00

October 22-November 9, 2014
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Asher Lev is a Hasidic Jew. He is also a prodigy who must be a painter, though it flies in the face of family, community and tradition. His gift must be realized, but at what cost?

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[title of show]2019-05-22T14:27:23+00:00

June 18-July 25, 2015
Studio Three, Riffe Center

A musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical—with a little help from their friends.

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The Elephant Man2019-05-22T14:33:14+00:00

October 21-November 8, 2015
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Fresh from its Broadway revival, this Tony® Award-winning tour-de-force has touched the hearts of theatre-goers since its British debut in 1978.

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Mothers and Sons2019-05-22T14:31:30+00:00

February 10-28, 2016
Studio One, Riffe Center

Pulitzer Prize winner Terrence McNally has written one of the most compelling and defining plays about the AIDS crisis and its aftermath

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike2019-05-22T14:33:45+00:00

April 6-24, 2016
Studio One, Riffe Center

Hilarity runs wild in this 2013 Tony® Award winner for Best Play as movie star Masha supports her middle-aged, single siblings whose academician parents were Chekov enthusiasts.

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Ring of Fire2019-05-22T14:32:40+00:00

June 1-26, 2016
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Presented in collaboration with CATCO and Porthouse Theatre

“Daddy Sang Bass.” “A Boy Named Sue.” “I’ve Been Everywhere.” “Folsom Prison Blues.” The music of Johnny Cash performed by five actor/musicians explains why we do what we do.

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An Act of God2019-05-22T14:34:27+00:00

September 7–25, 2016
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Imagine you’re on the set of a late-night talk show with God, who is explaining the Ten Commandments and waxing philosophical on Thomas Jefferson, J.R. Ewing, Kanye West, etc.

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Gross Indecency2019-05-22T14:35:46+00:00

November 2–20, 2016
Studio Two, Riffe Center

In three short months the most celebrated playwright and wit of Victorian England, who brought us The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, plummeted from the darling of British society and the world into humiliation and ruin.

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Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery2019-05-22T14:35:07+00:00

January 25–February 12, 2017
Studio One, Riffe Center

Sherlock Holmes and Watson take on a classic conundrum in this madcap mystery farce.

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Sex with Strangers2019-05-22T14:38:03+00:00

February 15–March 5, 2017
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Opposites attract when Olivia, a serious mid-career novelist and Ethan, an author of dirty books (to call them erotica would press a point) meet.

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Henry Ford’s Model E2019-05-22T14:36:51+00:00

April 19–May 7, 2017
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Henry Ford was a complex genius. He tried to mold his son, Edsel, in his own image. The result was a family rivalry that was both cruel and tragic.

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I Do! I Do!2019-05-22T14:37:22+00:00

May 31–June 18, 2017
Studio Two, Riffe Center

A Broadway classic, this fun-loving musical spans 50 years of marriage between Agnes and Michael Snow and the changes that go with it.

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Eubie!2019-05-22T14:40:28+00:00

September 7-15, 2018
Lincoln Theatre

CATCO’s contribution to central Ohio’s celebration of the Harlem RenaissanceEubie! took Broadway by storm when it premiered in 1978.

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Breaking the Code2019-05-22T14:39:43+00:00

October 24–November 11, 2018
Van Fleet Theatre, CPAC

Mathematical genius Alan Turing was a pioneer in the field of computers and computer science. His work breaking Nazi code during World War II saved countless lives, yet he plummeted into ruin after his secret life was discovered.

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Every Brilliant Thing2019-05-22T14:40:58+00:00

January 23–February 10, 2019
Studio Two, Riffe Center

A young man tries to make sense of his mother’s chronic depression.

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Life Sucks.2019-05-22T14:41:29+00:00

March 20–April 7, 2019
Studio One, Riffe Center

A contemporary spin on Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, in which a group of individuals explores life’s most perplexing questions and ponders whether life really does suck.

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Fun Home2019-05-22T14:02:42+00:00

September 13–October 1, 2017
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Fun Home—winner of five 2015 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical—is an iconic example of the power of drama that supplants dialogue with music. It is an emotionally charged story of a young woman’s discovery of her own sexuality and her attempts to unlock the mysteries surrounding her family and gay father’s life.

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American Buffalo2019-05-22T14:02:33+00:00

November 30–December 9, 2017
Studio One, Riffe Center

CAPA, in association with CATCO, presents Deaf West Theatre’s explosively profane production of Mamet’s early play. In this acclaimed production, first performed by Los Angeles-based Deaf West in 2015, all of the characters communicate using American Sign Language. The depth of the stakes between the characters is magnified by the expressiveness of this trio of misfits.

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Daddy Long Legs2019-05-22T14:02:20+00:00

January 31–February 18, 2018
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Regional Premiere

A heartwarming Cinderella story about a witty and winsome young woman and her mysterious benefactor, based on the treasured novel that inspired the classic 1955 film!

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The Realistic Joneses2019-05-22T14:02:06+00:00

March 7–25, 2018
Studio One, Riffe Center

Meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses ponder some of life’s big questions and must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.

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Educating Rita2019-05-22T14:01:53+00:00

April 11–29, 2018
Studio Two, Riffe Center

Classes clash in this hilarious, biting comedy! Frank, a midlife university lecturer and “would-be” poet, becomes the tutor for Rita, a 26-year-old hairdresser. She is determined to discover the key to happiness through intellectual pursuit; he is certain that happiness is elusive, if not impossible. Both of their lives are transformed as they discover that they are each right and wrong at the same time.

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Aspects of Love2019-05-22T14:01:32+00:00

May 30–June 17, 2018
Studio One, Riffe Center

Love takes many forms—love between couples; romantic infatuation; the devotion of married people; the ties of children to their parents. This chamber musical examines all of them as it weaves a magical dream of poetic poignancy. Love Changes Everything is the theme song of this drama and “nothing in the world will ever be the same.”

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Holmes & Watson2019-05-24T16:28:28+00:00

May 29–June 16, 2019
Van Fleet Theatre, CPAC

Sherlock Holmes is dead … or so it is assumed. But as Holmes’ body was never retrieved, several frauds, fakes and charlatans have since come forward to lay claim to his identity, and it falls to Dr. Watson to disprove them.

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The Christmas Schooner2019-06-10T13:35:35+00:00

November 28–December 16, 2018
Shedd Theatre, CPAC

The crew of a Great Lakes schooner risks everything to bring the Christmas spirit to Chicago in the late 19th century. Families and kids of all ages will be touched by this heartwarming musical that reveals the real meaning of Christmas.

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