Former Clevelanders Robert Attenweiler and Scott Henkle wrote a play last summer for Brooklyn, New York's Comic Book Theater Festival. Part traditional stagecraft and part animated comics, Our Greatest Year mines the melancholy landscape of Cleveland professional sports — as seen through the eyes of a young married couple called back to Cleveland by a family illness. The play won kind words from The New York Times, along with recognition of the debt that Attenweiller and Henkle owe to the late Harvey Pekar, who also used comics to serve up bittersweet slices of personal experience.
Weekend after next, the duo — both John Carroll grads — will bring the show to a hometown audience; Our Greatest Year makes it's Cleveland premier at Dobama Theatre.
The Thursday March 22 performance is already sold out, but tickets remain for Friday March 23 and Saturday March 24. On Friday, Attenweiller and Henkle will be joined by Scott Raab, author of The Whore of Akron, for a little post-performance therapy.
Check out the video for a look at Henkle's animation. Go here for more information about the Cleveland performances. — Elaine T. Cicora