The Cleveland Public Theater (CPT) presents the ninth annual Station Hope live and in person on Saturday, May 28 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the grounds of Cleveland’s first authenticated Underground Railroad site St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2600 Church Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. Station Hope is a jubilant community event celebrating Cleveland’s social justice heritage and exploring contemporary struggles for freedom and equity.
Engage with over 200 artists and over 50 community and professional arts and culture organizations in Northeast Ohio as they envision, question, and search for hope. Audiences explore historic properties while watching theatre, music, storytelling and dance inspired by the most important issues of our time. Station Hope is free, family friendly and open to everyone.
Each year, more than 2,000 people attend the annual Station Hope event, which features staged artwork and performances in and around one of Greater Cleveland’s most historically significant sites. , St. John’s Episcopal Church. The public will be able to visit the interior of the church and attend a series of short performances including dance, theatre, spoken word, storytelling and music. There will also be visual art exhibits and interactive art activities on the church grounds.
Station Hope 2022 will feature pieces on Angela Davis, the challenges of childbirth, Ghanaian dance, Afghan drumming, the last slave ship Clotilda; as well as exhibits featuring the African American Quilting & Doll Guild, original “superhero” posters designed by young Black, Latino, Native American, Asian, and Arab American youth living with serious illnesses and disabilities, and a performance by the children of Lakeview Terrace, a nearby social housing estate.
Cleveland Public Theater’s Station Hope 2022 is presented in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio and the Institute of St. John’s, Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack and Ohio City Incorporated, with more than 50 participating arts groups and 200 artists individuals from the Northeast Ohio region.
About St. John’s Episcopal Church
St. John’s Episcopal Church was built from 1836 and completed in 1838. As an active church in the Underground Railroad, St. John’s was a last stop for freedom seekers across the waters of the lake Erie, and the church steeple served as a beacon of freedom. St. John’s is the oldest consecrated building in Cuyahoga County.
Station Hope is a free event and will take place Saturday, May 28 starting at 7:00 p.m. on the grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, located at 2600 Church Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. The event is open to all ages. .
To note: Due to the historical construction of the building, some interior spaces may not be accessible to people with reduced mobility.
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Guests must wear masks inside the church. For more information visit https://www.cptonline.org/performances/seasons/2021-2022/station-hope-5/
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Station Hope Auxiliary Programming
ACTION IS HOPE: VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION, FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022 | 7:00-8:30 p.m. (ET)
FREE & OPEN TO ALL
Local leaders who have changed their community through activism in different ways talk about their process and what moved them to activism. Action is Hope: A Virtual Roundtable is a call to action and a sharing of ideas to move us all towards action within our communities.
Panelists include the following:
Jaiie Dayo-Aliyaplaywright, actor, director, poet, singer, songwriter
Michael Oatmanplaywright, mentor and teacher of playwright/screenplay analysis
Marya Hornbacherjournalist, essayist, novelist, poet & New York Times bestselling author
Diane McIntyrechoreographer, dancer, director and playwright
For more information or to register, visit Hope Station 2022 | Cleveland Public Theater (cptonline.org).
For a brief video trailer on Station Hope, visit: https://vimeo.com/266567762.