John Busser and Cathleen O’Malley in Entanglement

Playwright Kendell Berry recording This or That 

Baldwin Wallace student Paige Cummings records a scene for CreakerBox Radio

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The BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival returns to downtown Cleveland July 22-24, 2021 as an outdoor theatrical event. Enjoy dozens of innovative, contemporary performances on open air stages, green spaces, and other special locations. The festival will also host interactive and virtual options to be enjoyed remotely, as well as site-specific audio experiences. Learn more at and View 2021 Festival trailer.

Radio on the Lake Theatre and the BorderLight Festival are excited to present a world premiere project written by Les Hunter and directed by Jimmy Noriega. This self-guided audio journey will take place outdoors in Cleveland’s historic Erie St. Cemetery between East 9th and East 14th Streets. Grab your phone and your earbuds, pass through the Gothic gateway, and explore the stories that intrigue you. As you wander this hidden and beautiful burial ground, you’ll hear from the fascinating, long forgotten characters who reside there, many of whom played founding roles in our city. Behind the weathered gravestones you may meet Revolutionary and Civil War veterans, Native American chiefs, an orphaned newsboy, or a formerly enslaved person who would become a leader of the Civil Rights movement.

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Coming Soon!

Playwrights Local

Radio on the Lake Theatre has previously partnered with Playwrights Local on two “Podplays”, and is partnering again on an exciting new project - PL Radio. It’s a new series of audio plays funded through support from the Ohio Arts Council and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.  New works by Julia Fisher, Tom Hayes, Agnes Herrmann, Gail Nyoka and Faye Sholiton will be announced in the coming weeks.

To hear our past performances with Playwrights Local, please visit the links below:

Entanglement ︎︎︎

Every Play is a Radio Play When You’re Blind ︎︎︎

February 15, 2021

Radio on the Lake Theatre’s Inspired By... program is featured on News 5 as part of Black History Month celebration!

The final play of our current Inspired By... series, This or That by Kendell Berry, deals with issues of race and identity in high school.  Here’s a story about the play and the program that recently aired on News 5!

Students Mark Black History Month by Sparking Conversation with Radio Plays

January 3, 2021

Radio on the Lake Theatre is featured on Spectrum News1! 

Jenna Jordan interviews Artistic Director John Watts and actors from Baldwin Wallace University

Throwback Theatre Troupe Revives Radio Dramas 

Scenes from various Radio on the Lake Theatre productions

December 22, 2020

Radio on the Lake Theatre’s Executive Director Caroline Breder-Watts was recently interviewed by WKSU’s Mark Arehart about radio plays during the holidays.

You can hear their conversation here:

Are the 2020 Holidays the Perfect Time to Embrace the Radio Drama? ︎︎︎

Left to right - Caroline Breder-Watts, John Busser and Stuart Hoffman perform War of the Worlds

August 15, 2020

The City is Our Stage

Radio on the Lake Theatre was proud to be a part of The City is Our Stage on August 15, 2020.  Audience members traveled throughout the Cleveland area to enjoy performances from many different local arts organizations.  ROTLT performed the famous “alien invasion” scene from the classic radio play War of the Worlds.  

In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ROTLT is looking for new and innovative ways to bring theater to life.  Thanks to everyone who visited us for this exciting initiative.

L: Casey Venema in Double Indemnity 
R: Left to right, Stuart Hoffman, Brian Pedaci and Samatha Cocco in Double Indemnity

September 9, 2020

LIVE!(streamed) @ Silver Hall

Radio on the Lake Theatre presents: 

Double Indemnity

as part of LIVE!(streamed) @ Silver Hall presented by
the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center

This free streaming series aims to highlight local and regional talent on stage while performing to an empty venue.

Watch the video here: Double Indemnity at the Maltz ︎︎︎

Fall 2020

Read about Radio on the Lake Theatre in the Fall 2020 issue of Shaker Life Magazine!

“Use Your Imagination” by Grant Segall ︎︎︎ 

May 14, 2020

Radio on the Lake Theatre was recently featured on WWFM—The Classical Network!

Listen here:
“A Tempo: Theater Companies Explore World of Radio Plays” by Rachel Katz ︎︎︎

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