Just Announced: The Cast Of PERFECT WEDDING!

Just Announced: The Cast Of PERFECT WEDDING!Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce the cast of the Pittsburgh CLO premiere of PERFECT WEDDING by Robin Hawdon, May 10 - August 12, 2018 at the CLO Cabaret. Tickets for this international hit farce are now available online at CLOCabaret.com, by phone at 412-456-6666 or in person at the Theater Square Box Office.

THIS MADCAP COMEDY IS ONE WILD WALK DOWN THE AISLE!
Congratulations, Bill and Rachel! It's the day of their wedding, but there's just one problem. Bill woke up in bed next to a stranger and has no idea how she got there. With the bride-to-be due to arrive at any moment, Bill begs his Best Man to pretend she's his girlfriend, and chaos and comedy ensue! Between slamming doors, mistaken identities and two very upset would-be newlyweds, this romantic comedy reaches a fever pitch when the bride's parents and the hotel staff get in on the act, and the audience is left crying with laughter!

THE CAST
HOPE ANTHONY (Rachel) is making her CLO Cabaret debut. Previous CLO credits: Gallery of Heroes Tour of ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! The Roberto Clemente Story and as a teaching artist. Local credits include Carnegie Stage, City Theatre, Front Porch Theatricals, 12 Peers, Primestage, MTAP, The Strand, Carnegie Free Library, Gateway Clipper Fleet, New Hazlett CSA, Pittsburgh Playhouse and McKeesport Little Theater. BA from Point Park University, MT '15.

Julianne Avolio (Julie) is returning to the CLO Cabaret after appearing as the understudy in Up and Away. Recent credits include The Liar with Kinetic Theatre, various Midnight Radio performances with Bricolage, Girls Only at the CLO Cabaret, among others. She also had the privilege of performing with Tony Award-winning Mark Rylance on a new work this past year in Homestead.

Julia Geisler (Judy) returns to Pittsburgh CLO after appearances in The Toxic Avenger, Boeing Boeing and A Musical Christmas Carol. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and The University of Kansas. Ms. Geisler has worked locally with various theaters including City Theatre, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center and The Strand Theatre.

Michael Greer (Bill) returns to the CLO Cabaret where he was recently seen as Joe Jessup in Up and Away. Favorite credits: Hand to God (Timmy) with City Theatre, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! (Jeff Kahn) at the Denver Center, Shrek The Musical (Big Bad Wolf) at North Shore, Altar Boyz (Luke) and 25+ productions with Pittsburgh CLO.

Christine Laitta (Daphne) has appeared in several CLO Cabaret productions including: Up and Away, Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Broadway: SVU. Favorite roles: Edith Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank; Sister Mary Lazarus, Sister Act; Ms. Hannigan, Annie; Dora Bailey, Singin' in the Rain; Yenta, Fiddler on The Roof, Carrie, Carousel!, Scout, To Kill A Mockingbird; Lucy Schmeeler, On The Town; Maria, The Sound of Music; and Principal Anderson, PBS pilot Scientastic! Ms. Laitta originated the role of Ms. Frizzle in the First National Tour of The Magic School Bus Live! She is the creator of the popular cabaret show TV Tunes Sing-A-Long! and co-author of The Dramatically Different Classroom (Kagan Publishing).

Tim McGeever (Tom) is making his Pittsburgh CLO debut. He appeared on Broadway in Cyrano de Bergerac and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Mr. McGeever has appeared in a dozen off-Broadway shows as well at Lincoln Center, B.A.M., The Cherry Lane, The Roundabout, The Public (NYC) and others. Locally he has worked at Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre, Kinetic and more. He also played Zazu on the national tour of The Lion King.

Nancy McNulty (Understudy) is making her Pittsburgh CLO debut. Recent roles include Hannah in Rules of Seconds at Barebones, Dora in PPT's Equus and Praskovya in Quantum's Collaborators, Lizzie Curry in The Rainmaker and Hermione in The Winter's Tale at People's Light, Ann in At Home at the Zoo at The Actors Studio and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Lucille Lortel Theater. Film: Lisa in the upcoming Where'd You Go, Bernadette? Training: The New School. Lifetime member of The Actors Studio.

JASON SHAVERS (Understudy) last appeared at the CLO Cabaret in First Date. Regional credits: Terry in Wild With Happy (City Theatre), Marty in Dreamgirls (PMT), The Mute in The Fantasticks (Pittsburgh Public Theater) and Headmaster Marrow in Choir Boy (The REP). Film: Not Cool (JayJay) and Fathers & Daughters.

THE CREATIVE TEAM
Michael Barakiva is an Armenian/Israeli-American theater director and writer who currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY and The Upstart Creatures in New York, NY. His first novel, One Man Guy (Macmillan, FSG), was ranked the #1 Gay Young Adult novel on Goodreads in 2014. The stand-alone sequel, Hold My Hand, is due out in Summer, 2019.

As a director, Mr. Barakiva has worked in New York and across the country developing new plays and staging classics. Off-Broadway credits include Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne (Primary Stages), White People by Neil Cuthbert and They Float Up by Jacquelyn Reingold (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC). Regional credits include UP by Bridget Carpenter (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Burn This by Lanford Wilson (Shakespeare Santa Cruz) and The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, Turn of the Screw by Jeffrey Hatcher and Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward (all at Syracuse Stage).

Mr. Barakiva is a recipient of the David Merrick Prize in Drama, a Drama League Summer Fellowship, a Granada Fellowship at UC Davis and the Phil Killian Fellowship in Directing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Vassar College and the Juilliard School, where he studied as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Directing.

TONY FERRIERI (Scenic Designer) has designed nearly 550 productions and received many awards over his 39-year career, including New Works Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, "Designer of the Year" by Pittsburgh City Paper and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's, "Frankel Award," "Fred Kelly Award for Outstanding Achievement," and "Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award," features in Live Design and Stage Directions. Recent design credits include: Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating Mating and Marriage, Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Toxic Avenger, The 39 Steps - for Pittsburgh CLO; Mary Poppins, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Additional Scenery Designer/Scenic Coordinator), Shrek, The Phantom of the Opera, The Little Mermaid - for LPPAC; Feeding the Dragon for Primary Stages at The Cherry Lane Theatre in NY and for Hartford Stage in CT; Citizens Market, A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, Late Nite Catechism, Wild With Happy, Feeding the Dragon, Hand to God, Sex With Strangers - for City Theatre Company; Uncle Tom's Cabin - for Point Park University; Miss Julie Clarissa and John, The Piano Lesson - for Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company; The Master Builder, Scared of Sarah - for Off The Wall; Tell it to the Marines - for The International Poetry Forum and You Say Tomato I Say Shut Up! - for Dana Phil Playhouse Productions. Other credits include designs for Bricolage, Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh, Carrnivale Theatrics, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, Emelin Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Madison Rep, TheatreWorks, 1812 Productions, Playhouse Conservatory, Tuesday Musical Club and Unseam'd Shakespeare Co.

TODD NONN (Lighting Designer) is a freelance designer/technician/artist from Pittsburgh. He designs lighting for many productions with Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Pittsburgh Opera, Robert Morris University, Attack Theatre and Bodiography Contemporary Ballet. He also serves as the Technical Director for Squonk Opera. Mr. Nonn is the principal designer at BOLD Design Inc., his latest endeavor; creating unique lighting, exciting custom sets, props and other technical elements for productions and installations. He has worked on and designed shows in many places across the country including NYC, Williamstown Theatre Festival and countless other companies and venues. When not designing shows he is backstage making the show happen as a member of IATSE Local #3.

VALERIE M. WEBSTER (Costume Designer) is joining Pittsburgh CLO for the first time. Her design credits include: An Act of God (Pittsburgh Public Theater), The Drowsy Chaperone (Northern Stage), La Didone, La Calisto, Giasone, La Finta Pazza (Yale Baroque Opera Project), Fall Scenes 2012, The Scarf/Dido &Aeneas (Yale Opera), Sylvia, Black Nativity (Long Wharf Theatre), Higgins In Harlem (Playhouse on Park), My Way, Fully Committed (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Histoire du Soldat (Arkansas Symphony Orchestra) and the feature films The Answer and Solas 9.

Performance Schedule

Wednesdays

7:30pm

Thursdays

1:00pm* & 7:30pm

Fridays

7:30pm

Saturdays

2:00pm & 7:30pm

Sundays

2:00pm

*Select Thursdays with a buffet lunch on May 24, June 21, July 26

Pittsburgh CLO graciously acknowledges the generosity of the Charity Randall Foundation for sponsoring the 2018 Cabaret series.

Since 1946, Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons yearly who attend its performances at three venues in the Cultural District: a seasonal subscription series at the Benedum Center, A Musical Christmas Carol at the Byham Theater and year-round shows at the CLO Cabaret. Its dedication to the musical theater art form includes educational programs such as the CLO Academy for Performance and Art, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award and The National High School Theatre Awards. As part of its new works development, the organization has been involved with 22 Broadway shows (30 Tony Awards), and in 2014 produced the world premiere of An American in Paris, on Broadway (4 Tony Awards) and in London's West End. For more information please visit pittsburghCLO.org.

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