Cleveland Play House will honor a new class of individuals who have contributed to its vibrant history with a Hall of Fame induction ceremony and luncheon on Oct. 9 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at Cibrèo Privato.
The CPH Heritage Award will be presented to Patricia Eversole, in recognition of her near half century of service to CPH. Her first CPH position was as the night operator, fielding calls and, literally, connecting wires to keep CPH connected. The operator station was housed in the ticket office and so, in true CPH fashion, she became an “early multitasker” when pressed into service as a ticket office representative. There she took great care of patrons and honed her skills in customer service, knowing by heart the sometimes unique qualities and preferences of CPH subscribers. While there, Eversole also became adept at reconciling box office settlements, a talent that would serve her well as she transitioned full time into accounting, where she made certain that the CPH lights stayed on — and often placated clamoring vendors. In true the-show-must-go-on fashion, she has made her mark in the way most appreciated by her fellow CPH employees: by making certain payroll was done EVERY week, even when that meant interruption of her vacation, coming in during a Valentine’s Day blizzard, or the strategic scheduling of her honeymoon so as to not miss payroll.”
The 2016 HOF inductees include:
“I am thrilled with the CPH legends that our Heritage Council has recommended for induction to our Hall of Fame this year,” CPH Managing Director Kevin Moore said. “Jonathan Bolt and Will Rhys are actor/directors from a golden era of CPH artistry, the 1970s and ‘80s, with Will serving as acting artistic director in the 1980s. Leonore Klewer was a legendary leader for us, guiding our business operations throughout the 1950s and ‘60s. I am particularly pleased that my predecessor and friend, Dean Gladden, will be inducted in honor of his nearly 20 years as managing director, and that this year’s Heritage Award will go to an outstanding CPH staff member, Patricia Eversole, who is celebrating her 45th year with us. The remarkable longevity of Cleveland Play House is made possible by the people who made it happen, day after day, play after play, season after season, for over a century. These five individuals have all contributed to that rich legacy, and it is a tremendous pleasure to induct them into the CPH Hall of Fame.”