Playwrights Local Announces “Hey Siri” Opening March 20




New drama by Mary E. Weems, Ph.D. explores the impact of technology on three urban lives. Directed by Michael Oatman, the production runs March 20 through 29 at Waterloo Arts in Cleveland.

Cleveland, OH; February 13, 2020

Playwrights Local announces the world premiere of “Hey Siri,” an exploration of urban life in the age of technology by Cleveland-based playwright Mary E. Weems, Ph.D. Featuring direction by Michael Oatman, this timely new drama runs March 20 through 29 at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts in Cleveland.

The new drama “Hey Siri” by Mary E. Weems, Ph.D. explores the lives of three very different callers in the same city. Mack is an Iraqi War veteran who suffers from PTSD. Elizabeth is a former doll hoarder without a single relative or friend. Lucky is an agoraphobic whose mother died from a heroin overdose. What happens when all of these isolated people turn to Siri, the voice of their iPhones, for salvation? Is there insight behind Siri’s responses or is her intelligence truly artificial? “Hey Siri” tests the value of this pervasive technology when these three users start asking real questions.

Playwright Mary E. Weems, Ph.D. has had numerous works published or produced since 1997. In 2009, a selection from her work "At Last" was presented as part of the Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland. In June 2009, her monologue "Rainwater" was selected for the "Queer Shorts 4" Playfest in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2002, her piece "Woman in the Tree" was part of the University of Louisville's 6th Annual Juneteenth Festival of New Works, and in 1998, her play “Another Way to Dance” won the Chilcote Award at Cleveland Public Theatre. Dr. Weems' play “Move to the Back of the Bus,” an overview of the Civil Rights Movement, was produced by Young Audiences from 1998 through 2007. Currently, Dr. Weems is seeking additional production possibilities for “Closure,” her play about the financial crisis which opened the 2010-11 season at Karamu House. Dr. Mary E. Weems is the 2015 recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize’s “Emerging Artist Award in Literature.” Additional information about her can be found at

The cast of “Hey Siri” includes Michelle Broome, Mim Goloboff, Tamicka Scruggs, and Darryl Tatum. Design for the production is by Inda Blatch­-Geib (costumes), Tara Codella (lights), Todd Plone (set), and Lisa L. Wiley (props). The staff includes L.J. Chandler (stage manager), Tom Hayes (carpenter), Autumn Jacobs (assistant director), and David Todd (production manager), 

“Hey Siri”runs March 20 through 29, 2020, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. All shows will be at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts (397 E. 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110). Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and groups, and $12 for students. Group packages can be arranged by contacting Playwrights Local at info@playwrightslocal.orgor (216) 302-8856. For complete information, visit

“Hey Siri” is presented thanks to the generous support of The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Additional funding for the company is provided by The AHS Foundation, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, The Cyrus Eaton Foundation, Dramatists Guild Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, and The Ohio Arts Council, as well as private donors listed at

About the Company

Playwrights Local is a theater company in Cleveland. As a playwrights’ center, our goal is to provide a home for dramatic writing in Northeast Ohio. We offer classes and workshops, produce original plays, provide networking opportunities, and engage the community through outreach projects. Learn more about programs such as our Young Playwrights Collective and our annual Open Call for Submissions at Make your tax-deductible contributions to our 501(c)(3) group at


Tom Hayes, Managing Director

Playwrights Local

(216) 302-8856 

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Playwrights Local is a theater company based in North Collinwood. Our specialization is the development and production of new plays by writers from Greater Cleveland.

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