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2017/18 Season Show Archive  

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'Nina Simone: Career of a Genuine musical powerhouse 
coming back to life" - video  

BY WAYNE DAWSON

One of the divas of the 20th century, Nina Simone, was a genuine musical powerhouse. Our Wayne Dawson has more above on her soulful, untamed career that's coming to life on stage...

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'Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. signature discoverd
in Ka
ramu House guest book" - video   

BY JOHN PANA, CLEVELAND.COM

At Cleveland's Karamu House, the remembrances will also include a single signature etched in a guestbook. King visited Karamu in
1963 while in town to deliver a speech at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church.

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"Karamu House's big comeback: editorial" - article   

BY EDITORIAL BOARD, CLEVELAND.COM

 Karamu House is staging a big comeback, thanks to a team of leaders dedicated to returning this once-prestigious arts center to its rightful
place on the national stage and to making it an anchor arts and entertainment institution in the Fairfax neighborhood...

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"Thriving in Fairfax: How Karamu House got its groove back" - article

BY JEN JONES DONATELLI, FRESHWATER CLEVELAND

But thanks to a laser-focused strategic plan and the vision of CEO and president Tony Sias (who came aboard in October 2015), Karamu House is starting off the next 100 years on the right note—branding its rebirth as “Karamu 2.0.”...

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"Karamu House receives KeyBank Foundation grant" - article 

BY LAURA DEMARCO, THE PLAIN DEALER

Karamu House announced Tuesday that the performing arts center is the recipient of a $200,000 award from KeyBank Foundation "to support Karamu's student instruction in various performing arts disciplines over the next two years."...

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"Karamu House homes in on Kwanzaa's fourth principle

'cooperative economics'" - article

BY GREG BURNETT, THE PLAIN DEALER 

Karamu House plans a nontraditional celebration this year that will focus on the fourth principle, "Cooperative Economics." The organizers felt it was time to push the boundaries.

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"Cleveland's rich industrial past inspired the arts: PD 175 (historic photos)" - article

BY LAURA DEMARCO, THE PLAIN DEALER

"Nowhere is that more prominent than in the arts. Cleveland, now the 51st largest American city, is still a world-class city for the arts, from the Cleveland Orchestra to the Cleveland Museum of Art and beyond..."

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"When Northeast Ohio’s theaters collaborate, audiences benefit..." - article

BY BOB ABELMAN, CANVAS 

"Theater is often described as a collaborative art – a joining of talents on stage and behind it. But collaboration most often takes place within producing theater companies and not between them...."

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"Karamu House Announces 2017-18 Season" - article

BY AMERICAN THEATRE EDITORS

The season will feature a Nina Simone musical, a Rajiv Joseph play, and a George Bernard Shaw adaptation.

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"After a short absence Karamu House arts program returns this summer" - article

BY GREG BURNETT, THE PLAIN DEALER

"Karamu House is reviving its summer arts program after a short absence. The new program will feature dance, vocal music, creative writing,
drama, visual art ..."

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Ground Breaking & 2017-2018 Season Annoucement Celebration - photos

BY DON SNYDER I DON SNYDER PHOTOGRAPHY 

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'Karamu:100 Years in the House' Documentary - video     

BY WVIZ/PBS IDEASTREAM SPECIALS

Chronicles the incredible story of the oldest African-American performing arts theater in America, the Karamu House in the historic Fairfax neighborhood of Cleveland.

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'Karamu:100 Years in the House' Documentary - review

BY MARK DAWIDZIAK I THE PLAIN DEALER

CLEVELAND, Ohio – As a fast-paced summary of a Cleveland theatrical institution’s rich history, “Karamu: 100 Years in the House” succeeds admirably. It is heartfelt. It is often inspiring. And it certainly tells the tale in a lively, engaging and fascinating manner.

REVIEW
Karamu: 100 Years in the House

What: A 30-minute documentary narrated by James Pickens Jr.
When: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 (repeating at 1:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, and at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21).
Where: WVIZ Channel 25.

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'Karamu House celebrates black history...' - in the news

BY LAUREN WILSON I NEWSNET5.COM 

A staple in the community is now looking to switch gears.

When Jonathon L. Jackson walks on stage, he’s reminded of the greats that have come before him.

Actors and writers like Langston Hughes, Ruby Dee and Bill Cobbs have all passed through or gotten their start at the Karamu House on East 89th Street in Cleveland.

“We are a treasure and have many treasures,” said Tony Sias, President & CEO of the Karamu House.

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'Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at Karamu House' - review

 

BY MARVIN FONG I THE PLAIN DEALER

Several hundred attended a free event at Karamu House to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday

Dancers from the Cleveland School of the Arts perform during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Karamu House, Monday, January 16, 2017. (Marvin Fong / The Plain Dealer)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Several hundred attended a free event at Karamu House to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, the day to honor the civil rights leader. Inspirational drama, dancers, speeches and singing kept the attention of the crowd.

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'Blues in the Night' - preview video

A dynamite, dramatic musical - Friday, September 9 to Sunday, October 2, 2016

This Tony-nominated compilation of 26 hot and torchy blues tunes is a musical commentary on three women’s relationships with one snake of a guy. The evening’s music is raunchily forthright and good-humored with classic blues ranging from Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Great Singing Perfectly Complements a Lush Production in 'Blues in the Night' at Karamu - Review

BY CHRISTINE HOWEY I SCENE

By Christine Howey

Okay, it's not so much a play as a concert. But if you love to listen to singers croon the blues, you will not want to miss Blues in the Night, now at Karamu House.

This solid, slick and professional production is the first under the new reign of Tony Sias as president and CEO of this 100-year-old institution. And if the gloss evoked by this thoroughly enjoyable show is any sign, the future may appear to be very bright for theater at Karamu.

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Karamu House and Dobama Theatre Launch Partnership - in the news

BY AMERICAN THEATRE EDITORS

The two Cleveland theatres will share facilities, resources, and artists beginning with the 2016-17 season.

Karamu House and Dobama Theatre have announced a formal partnership that will begin with the 2016-17 season. The companies will share facilities and personnel resources, offer joint ticket programs, and present coproductions.

“This partnership exemplifies true collaboration,” said Tony Sias, Karamu president and CEO, in a statement. “We’re sharing resources and working together to remove barriers to make theatre more accessible for the masses. We are thrilled to work closely with Dobama as one of Cleveland’s professional theatre companies that produce first-rate productions of cutting-edge new plays.”

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