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Ray Shepardson tribute, Kai Ryssdal and Bethesda

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Ray Shepardson tribute, Kai Ryssdal and Bethesda With Cleveland PlayhouseSquare's celebration of Ray Shepardson's life and legacy approaching, Dee Perry shares a special tribute to the late Ray Shepardson, the man who saved Cleveland's theaters in PlayhouseSquare. Later, we look back at how Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal breaks down business and listen to the husband and wife duo from the band Bethesda perform.

Additional Information

PlayhouseSquare and the Shepardson family will host a celebration for Ray Shepardson, the man who PlayhouseSquare President and CEO Art Falco said “PlayhouseSquare would not be in existence” today had it not been for his work. The ceremony will take place June 24.

Dee Perry takes us back to her conversation with Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal to highlight how he makes business concepts understandable to listeners. Ryssdal will be hosting the presentaion “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Numbers” on Friday, June 20 at the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare to celebrate 25 years of Marketplace.

Shanna Delaney and Eric Ling, of the local band Bethesda, tell us about what it took to kickstart their music. Bethesda will perform at a release party at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Thursday, June 19.


Arts and Culture, Music, Theatre, Economy


Joe Garry, director of “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” during its historic run in the State Theater Lobby and the current host of Broadway Buzz here in PlayhouseSquare

Gina Vernaci, Senior Vice President of Theatre Operations at PlayhouseSquare

Kai Ryssdal, Marketplace host

Bethesda, musicians

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Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

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Dee Perry image courtesy Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer