Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves

Take a trip into the mind of an insomniac. Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves is now playing, through May 7, in the James Levin Theatre of the Cleveland Public Theatre. And this is a trip worth taking.

Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves explores the connection between dreams and the conscious state, reality and the imagination. What is real and what is unreal? What is concrete and what is imagined? For Ev, Zelda, and Evelyn, these questions are answered on one fateful night.

Written by Holly Holsinger, Chris Seibert, and Raymond Bobgan, Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves is a product of both CPT staff and long-time collaborators. The play stars Holsinger as Ev, Seibert as Zelda, and Anne McEvoy as Evelyn, with Bobgan serving as director. It is one of those “quirky” plays in which the audience is questioning the events both during the performance and long after it has ended. In short, it makes you think… but that is a good thing. And for those who enjoy some good “exercise for the mind,” this play comes highly recommended.

The three performers are enjoyable and convincing in their roles. And all three give us very different, but interesting characters. As Zelda, Seibert is especially animated and fun to watch. The set, that of an attic room, is symbolic of the mind, itself. Above all, Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves is a journey into a person’s psyche and innerself. And this journey makes for a very wild, but thoroughly enjoyable ride.

Often dubbed “Cleveland’s alternative theatre,” the Cleveland Public Theatre (or CPT) is known for its often edgy, avant-garde productions. The theatre was founded in 1981 by James Levin, but since, it has grown into much more than just a simple, community stage. Today the CPT campus is a thriving performing arts complex that includes multiple performance spaces, including the James Levin Theatre, the Gordon Square Theatre, and the intimate Storefront Studio, among others. This allows for CPT to offer more than just one performance at a time. And there is always something to satisfy all theatrical tastes and interests. If you have not experienced a performance at the Cleveland Public Theatre, take a chance… you will not be disappointed.

Up next at the Cleveland Public Theatre is DanceWorks ’11 in the Gordon Square Theatre (May 5 – June 5), My Barking Dog in the Storefront Studio (May 12-28), and Cut to Pieces in the James Levin Theatre (May 26 – June 4). Be sure to check out these upcoming performances.

The Cleveland Public Theatre is located in the Gordon Square Arts District of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood on Cleveland’s West Side. For a full schedule of all CPT performances and events, please visit its website at

– Submitted by Christopher S. Musselman

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One response to “Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves”

  1. Insomnia Relief says :

    Well informative article posted about the insomnia awareness .
    nice post . thanks for sharing.

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