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December 3, 2002

Charenton Theatre Receives Two Awards
AFTRA Chair details

The Charenton Theatre Company in Cleveland, which has operated under Equity Guest Artist Agreements and Special Appearance Contracts, has received the 2002-2003 AFTRA Chair. The Chair was created and donated by local artist Leslie Nichol in 1995. It is awarded at the discretion of the local executive board of AFTRA and presented to a local theatre that has made an obvious attempt to hire local professional actors. In addition to the "chair" which stays on display at the honored theatre for the entire theatrical season, there is also a framed certificate, which reads in part: "The AFTRA Chair symbolizes the union solidarity between the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Actors' Equity Association and salutes the loyalty of this theatre for hiring Northeast Ohio professional actors."

The Cleveland Theatre Collective also presented its Danny Morris contract to the Charenton Theatre, which is using the award to hire an Equity Stage Manager for its production of Six Degrees of Separation. Diana L. Mattoni has accepted the award.

The Cleveland Theatre Collective, a local theatre arts organization dedicated to furthering the education and enlightenment of the local theatre artists, established the Danny Morris Equity Contract in order that a small local theatre may hire a local Equity member, above its number of normal local contracts. At the time of his death from cancer in 1998, Danny Morris was a member of the Cleveland Area Liaison Committee as well as the local AFTRA board.

Charenton Theater Co. was founded in 1999 on the foundation and belief that Clevelanders can make world-class theater. The name comes from the Peter Weiss play MARAT/SADE or The Persecution and Assassination of Jean Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade. This is a direct reference to their commitment to Cleveland and its artistic community - as Charenton is the city whose asylum inmates are permitted to perform plays. Charenton has established itself as Cleveland's premier small theatrical production company over the last three years by providing a solid commitment to artistic integrity and audience development. Best known for their sequence of 'Park Bench Tours' Charenton has received consistent critical acclaim as well as the support and commitment of the highest level of local theatrical professionals.