Doc Opera

2018 Doc Opera: Back to the Suture parody promotional image with DeLorean

Doc Opera 2018: Back to the Suture

Please join us for an unforgettable evening, as the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine proudly present Doc Opera 2018: Back to the Suture! Now in it’s 34th year, Doc Opera is an annual variety show written by, directed by, and starring students from various CWRU graduate programs, including many students from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. The evening also includes a silent auction, with donations from local businesses. VIP Admission also includes complimentary parking in the John Hay High School parking lot, reserved seating closest to the stage, and a complimentary cider toast.

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Want to see more? Check out this year’s trailer below, fashioned after the original 1985 movie trailer, or watch videos from previous years on our YouTube channel.

Our Mission

In keeping with CWRU’s commitment to give back to the community, Doc Opera is a fundraising event for two well-deserving programs: Circle Health Services and CWRU's Student Run Health Clinic. Our mission is to raise money for these two programs to provide quality healthcare and related services to those in our local community who lack adequate access or means. 

Our secondary mission is to provide a venue for creative expression and interprofessionalism among the medical community and health professional students of Cleveland. Due to increasing popularity, attendance in recent years has reached over 1,000 guests per show, enabling us to donate tens of thousands of dollars to Circle Health Services and the Student Run Health Clinic. Doc Opera is a non-profit organization that relies on area businesses to help us defray the costs of production and to contribute to the annual donation we make to the Free Clinic. We are grateful for the donations and support we have received from many diverse businesses in various neighborhoods throughout the Cleveland area.

Show Details

This year's show is on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Time Event
6:00 pm Lobby opens for silent auction
6:30 pm House opens for seating
7:00 pm Show begins
10:00 pm Dessert reception



Tickets are available for pre-purchase or at the door. Tickets can be purchased online until December 7, 2018 6:00 pm. Ticket sales are now open!

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Ticket Prices Prior to December 7, 2018 Group
$15 Student
$20 General Admission
$25 VIP


Ticket Prices at the Door Group
$17 Student
$25 General Admission




John Hay High School
2075 Stokes Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106

Event parking is available in the garage across from John Hay High School.

Per Cleveland Metro School District policy, all patrons will have to enter through a designated, secure entrance with metal detectors. Please be mindful of this when bringing items into the theater.


Our Sponsors

We are pleased to announce the following sponsors for Doc Opera 2018. Thanks for your commitment to our mission to provide healthcare in our communities!

Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation

Academy of Medicine Education Foundation

If you are interested in giving a donation, becoming a sponsor, or placing an ad in our program, please email for more information. All donations are tax-deductible, and a receipt is available upon request.