Playhouse Square’s Gina Vernaci Kicks Off the 2014-15 South Franklin Circle Dialogue Series

The South Franklin Circle Dialogue Series kicks off its sixth consecutive season of stimulating lectures on Wednesday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. with Gina Vernaci, senior vice president of theater operations for downtown Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. Ms. Vernaci will present “There is Nothing like a Dame,” a preview of the theater district’s 2014-15 KeyBank Broadway Series.

As the country’s largest not-for-profit performing arts center outside of New York, Playhouse Square utilizes the arts to engage individuals and attract over one million guests per year to its 1,000+ annual events. These audiences act as the catalyst for economic growth and vitality in the Northeast Ohio region.

The Dialogues Series continues Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30 with Jeff Heinen, president of Heinen’s Inc., a Northeast Ohio-based, family-owned grocery store. In his talk, “Heinen’s: From 1929 to Downtown Cleveland,” Heinen will discuss plans to open a 33,000-square-foot-store in the Rotunda of the legendary, long vacant Ameritrust complex, which anchors the corner of East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland.

The monthly South Franklin Circle Dialogue Series ignites engaged thinking by hosting speakers from Cleveland and around the globe who address thought-provoking topics. The Chautauqua-influenced series has included speakers such as Rev. Otis Moss, Jr., Arun Gandhi and Aaron David Miller.

The programming committee, composed of South Franklin Circle residents and chaired by Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, delivers content that piques members’ interest through ongoing brainstorming and solicitation of feedback. The Series fits right in with South Franklin Circle’s mission to promote an active, healthy lifestyle encompassing culture and engagement. “We’re intellectually curious people who enjoy lifelong learning,” says resident Rev. Campbell. “We are inspired by each other’s energy.”

Stay tuned—Rev. Campbell promises many stimulating forums for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, including a political debate, the return of civil rights activist Rev. Otis Moss, Jr., and Ronn Richard, president and CEO of The Cleveland Foundation.

“It’s exciting working with the committee to come up with ideas for speakers,” says Campbell. “We all learn something because we all bring something different to the table.”

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