The Mac Wellman Homecoming Festival is a three-day celebration of a groundbreaking playwright from Cleveland, Ohio, one who is widely recognized as among the most influential voices of the Off-Off-Broadway era. Based for many years in New York, Wellman has authored dozens of plays, with productions spanning throughout North America as well as England, Germany, China, and Japan. In addition, he is regarded as a significant teacher of playwriting, and has impacted many of today’s most important emerging writers from his position as head of the master of fine arts program at Brooklyn College. Mac Wellman is a major figure in American letters and an essential presence in the lineage of playwrights from the Cleveland area. 

This is the first Cleveland-based event honoring Mac Wellman, who has been celebrated in numerous other contexts—including the “Horizontal Avalanche” Festival encompassing thirty plays in four cities—but never in his hometown. 

Join us in giving long-overdue recognition to one of Northeast Ohio’s most lauded playwriting products.

Presented by Playwrights Local in partnership with Cleveland State University Department of English, the NEOMFA Creative Writing Program, and the Michael Schwartz Library

With performances by Playwrights LocalTheater Ninjasconvergence-continuum, CSU Department of Theatre and Dance, Baldwin Wallace University Department of Theatre and Dance, and The Manhattan Project – Cleveland Lab, and contributions by many others. 

Curated by David Todd

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