Mamaí plans benefit performance
On the heels of its critically acclaimed second season, Mamaí Theatre Company is presenting Rockaby, a rarely seen 14-minute play by Samuel Beckett, on Sunday, March 29 at Dobama Theatre on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.
The March 29 benefit event begins at 7:30 p.m. with a dessert reception, followed by the performance. After the play, host Dee Perry, of WVIZ-TV and WCLV Radio, will moderate a Q&A with Rockaby actor Dorothy Silver and members of Mamaí, and the evening will end with raffle winners collecting fabulous gift baskets donated by Big Fun, Dobama Theatre, fire food and drink, Nighttown and Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa.
In Rockaby, a one-act, one-woman play, directed by Curt Arnold, a woman dressed in an evening gown sits in a wooden rocking chair with no other props or scenery on stage. She sits totally still with the chair seeming to rock of its own accord, creating an eerie atmosphere. As she rocks, she hears an expressionless voice—her own—recounting details from her life. Rockaby has been described as “a performance poem in the shape of a play.”
Dorothy Silver, the woman in the rocking chair, has acted in and directed many local productions. She most recently performed in ‘Night, Mother and The Velocity of Autumn at the Beck Center for the Arts, and 4000 Miles at Dobama Theatre. During her decades in the theater, Silver served as resident guest director at Karamu Theatre and director of theatre and cultural arts at the Jewish Community Center. Her other directing credits include productions at The Cleveland Play House and Great Lakes Theater, and American Place Theatre in New York City. She has also appeared in several feature films, including "The Shawshank Redemption."
Dee Perry, the evening's host, is also well known to Clevelanders. She began her career at WABQ-AM in 1976 and worked at several local radio stations before moving to Atlanta. Returning to Northeast Ohio in 1989, Perry joined WCPN 90.3 FM as the host of “Morning Edition,” and later hosted her own midday jazz show at the station. In 1996, Perry stepped into a new spotlight as host and senior producer for the arts and culture program “Around Noon,” which later became “The Sound of Applause.” In 2001, Perry became host and managing producer of “Applause,” the arts and culture show on WVIZ/PBS.
Tickets for this one-night-only special event are $75, of which $50 is tax deductible. Reservations can be made online at www.mamaitheatreco.org, by phone at 216-382-5146, or by sending a check to Mamaí Theatre Company, 1719 Wood Road, Cleveland Heights, 44121.
Jewel Moulthrop is a Cleveland Heights resident and member of the Heights Observer's Advisory Committee.