Cleveland, like every other city, has a series of stories that it likes to tell about itself when it comes to sports, and everything else. Harvey Pekar's Cleveland, the posthumous comic novel by the city's sainted sourpuss bard, tells a story that both explodes and enhances the familiar Cleveland mythos.
In which our heroes do their best to work off the emotional and physical hangover of a whirlwind Cleveland premiere for their Cleveland sports tragicomedy, "Our Greatest Year." Also: making people care, turning strangers into non-strangers, and the quest for oreos.
In which our heroes see their Cleveland sports tragicomedy, "Our Greatest Year," through opening night in Cleveland. It's more exciting than "opening night in Cleveland" suggests—thanks in large part to audiences that have learned well to laugh at their own pain.
"Our Greatest Year," a play about Cleveland sports and the misery they bring, enjoyed a well-received 2011 debut in New York City. Now, the collaboration between playwright Robert Attenweiler and artist/animator/writer Scott Henkle, is coming home to Cleveland. The first in a series of production diary entries.