The venerable classic Love Suicides at Sonezaki grabbed its story from the headlines, circa 1703 Japan, after a pair of Romeo and Juliet-like lovers offed themselves. Mere weeks later, a play depicting the tragic events was staged. Recently, Kramer read about suicide chat rooms, and he immediately traced a connection. "There's something everyday about it, in a weird way," he says. "People are now trying to find suicide partners online."
Love Suicide which premieres tonight as part of Cleveland Public Theatre's Big [Box] series combines narrative, video, and a little bit of music. "The play has an ability to find beauty in all kinds of odd places," says Kramer. "And, surprisingly, it ends up being quite hopeful."
Jan. 13-14, 8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 15, 3 p.m.