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Robert Cooperman

ROBERT COOPERMAN, a native of Queens, New York, is the founder and president of Stage Right Theatrics, a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation that promotes conservative plays and playwrights. Stage Right Theatrics produces the annual Conservative Theatre Festival in Columbus, OH and has produced the Ohio premieres of The Anarchist by David Mamet and Ferguson: Truth Matters by Phelim McAleer. As a playwright, Robert has had his plays produced in the New York New Works Theatre Festival: Instaurito (2016) and The Flower Stand (2015) and his full-length play, Meaning, was chosen for the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in New York City. His play, Kate ‘n’ Spence, was produced by the Evolution Theatre Company (Columbus) in 2014 and he has had one-acts performed in New York and Columbus, including Shut Up, Mr. Mandelbaum, which was a winner of the ETC New Playwrights Festival in 2013. Robert earned his Ph.D. in English (with Drama as a specialty) from The Ohio State University and is an Adjunct Professor of English and Theatre at Ohio University-Lancaster. Aside from his interest in theatre, Robert is a connoisseur of parrots and an avid New York Yankees fan. He resides in Dublin, Ohio, with his wife, Sandra, and (occasionally) his children, Matthew and Heather. For information about Stage Right Theatrics, go to https://conservativefestivaloh.com.

Just What is Conservative Theatre Anyway?

I’m delighted to share my thoughts about conservative theatre with Liberty Island.

As the founder and president of Stage Right Theatrics—the country’s only conservative theatre company—you’d think I’d have a pretty firm grip on just what “conservative theatre” means. Well, I’ve got a grip on it, but I often feel as though I’m holding onto something that’s been thoroughly greased. That’s because the concept of a “conservative theatre” is, in my mind, still evolving. Its definition has expanded over time as I have given it more thought and read/produced more plays, but it is still very much a work in progress.  Here’s where I’m at with it now.

Ohio Premiere of Controversial Pro-Police Play Needs Your Help!

Stage Right Theatrics, the country’s only conservative theatre company, is staging the Ohio premiere of Phelim McAleer’s controversial play Ferguson: Truth Matters. The production runs from July 13-15 at the Shedd Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.

Ferguson: Truth Matters dramatizes the actual grand jury testimony from the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014. All dialogue in the play is taken verbatim from the grand jury testimony of November 2014 and presents exactly what the grand jury heard, leading to the decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.