November 2012 Issue
Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare celebrates 90 years of theatrical success.
Although Ray Shepardson didn’t know it when he slipped through the door of Cleveland’s State Theatre 42 years ago, he was keeping a date with destiny. In fact, it was the rendezvous that ultimately led to his life’s calling.
In February 1970, Shepardson, a Cleveland schools administrator, was looking for a place to hold a scholars’ luncheon. He wandered into the vacant State Theatre. During the 1920s, the State and her sisters — the Palace, Ohio and Allen — were grand vaudeville houses. But, as people sought entertainment closer to their suburban homes, the stage lights were extinguished. By the time Shep-ardson saw the State, each theater had become a decrepit eyesore slated for demolition. To read more, click here to subscribe