2023-24 SEASON

Comedic chaos in the White House. Memories under the night stars. Navigating emotions in an anxiety-provoking world. Chats in the break room. One life hanging in a crystal ball.

The (newly renamed!) Contemporary Theatre of Ohio’s 23/24 season is a thrilling rollercoaster! From stories of power and comedy, the wonder of the stars, love, grief, anxiety, to struggles of working life, and a wild ride into the afterlife… this lineup has been designed to engage and uplift audiences of all ages. Each production offers a unique perspective and a thought-provoking message, leaving you with more than you came with! Humor, heart, and an emphasis on the power of human connection leads the way into this season. So, whether you have been a long time CATCO fan or are jumping into this new moment with The Contemporary, we can’t wait to see you in the theatre!

POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Sept 21 – Oct 8, 2023

Brace yourself for an uproarious journey through the White House corridors, where chaos reigns supreme and a series of ill-conceived comments by the President threaten to derail everything. With the fate of the nation hanging in the balance, a rather uniquely paired-up group of women bands together to try to save the President’s life all while preventing the public from finding out the truth. This fast-paced comedy is packed with hilarious one-liners and outrageous situations that will have you laughing out loud, while also celebrating the strength and resilience of women in the face of adversit


Good Grief

Nov 2–19, 2023

A young woman searches for answers in the stars, her family, and the boy next-door. Nkechi, a first-generation Nigerian-American and a med-school dropout, is looking for identity and healing in the aftermath of the devastating loss of her best friend. This play is a moving and magical exploration of grief and hope, that takes us on a journey from the fuzzy edges of mourning to the limitless expanse of the stars. Even in the darkest of times, there can be moments of beauty, joy, and profound connection. What is left of someone when they are gone?


A Christmas Carol

Dec 14–23,2023

Get ready for the magic of the holiday season like never before with a unique retelling of the classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol.” This one-person show brings the story to life in a virtuosic performance that will leave you spellbound. Featuring audience-favorite Angela Iannone (9 to 5, An Iliad), you will be transported to the timeless world of Scrooge, haunting spirits, and redemption.


The Worries of Wesley (Or: How I Learned to Stop Having Anxiety, Not Really, But I am Trying)

Jan 25–Feb 4, 2024

Meet Wesley, a bright and curious kid who loves school, has great friends, and supportive parents. But sometimes, the world can feel overwhelming, especially for someone with anxiety. Join Wesley on a journey of self-discovery as they learn to listen to their brain, heart, and lungs in order to live with their worries. Because let’s face it, everyone has things to worry about! Through Wesley’s story, young people and their families will discover ways to better understand their own emotions and rely on the people around them when they need help. The Worries of Wesley is a heartwarming and uplifting experience that will leave young people and adults alike feeling empowered and ready to tackle life’s challenges with confidence.


Skeleton Crew

Feb 29–Mar 17, 2024

As the auto-industry changes in Detroit, four auto-factory coworkers have formed an unbreakable bond in the break room. But as rumors of the factory’s closure and the recession loom, tensions rise, and alliances are questioned. With a powerful cast and sharp writing, this play takes a deep dive into the complexities of factory work in America. Don’t miss this intimate exploration of the lives of four workers as they struggle to survive in an economy that seems to have left them behind.


Ride the Cyclone

Apr 18–May 5, 2024

Get ready for the ride of a lifetime – or, the end of a lifetime that is! After a tragic rollercoaster accident claims the lives of several high school choir students, they find themselves in the afterlife at a dilapidated carnival, face-to-face with the mechanical fortune teller, The Amazing Karnak. In his crystal ball, Karnak sees that only one student can be returned to the land of the living, and it is up to them to decide which among them is most deserving. As the students compete to prove their worthiness, they sing and dance their way through a series of hilarious and touching performances, revealing their deepest hopes and fears. Twisted, bizarre, and hilarious, buckle your seatbelts because you won’t want to miss this wild ride!


The Day the Music Came Back

June 27–30, 2024

Sometime in the future, a group of teens meets up to discuss something they know nothing about—music. It was banned before they were born. Around the time their parents were babies. So this generation has never heard music on a radio, on an iPod, or even at a concert. They live in a world where you can be arrested just for talking about music. If you are caught with a musical instrument or listening to music, you will be “extinguished”…right on the spot. But this group of teens decides the risk is worth it.




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