Pittsburgh CLO today announced the cast for the Pittsburgh premiere of original comedy Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women, which will run May 23 through September 2 at the CLO Cabaret. Tickets start at $34.75 and are available at CLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square.
Theo Allyn (Cast July 6-September 2) makes her CLO Cabaret debut. She was last seen at City Theatre in Kim Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still, directed by Matt Morrow. Currently a Teaching Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pittsburgh, she recently appeared in Pitt Rep's Sweeney Todd, directed by Lisa Jackson-Schebetta and Shakespeare's Lovers and Fighters, directed by Sam Turich. Regional theater includes Izzy in Rabbit Hole (Hudson Stage), Gretchen in All Through the Night (Red Fern Theatre), and Mezzulah in Mezzulah, 1946 (Florida Stage), in addition to local work at Pittsburgh Public Theater, Off the Wall, Bricolage, the REP, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical.
Claudia Carson (Director) has been with Girls Only since 2008 as Director, Choreographer, Production Manager and Stage Manager. She has mounted productions in Des Moines, Iowa; Charlotte; North Carolina; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Minneapolis, Minnesota and Denver Colorado. Her directing credits include productions at The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Schwayder Theatre, and Bonfils Theatre. Claudia was also the resident choreographer for The Arvada Center for 8 years.
Barbara Gehring (Creator, Cast May 23-July 1) is a veteran of improv, sketch comedy and theatre, as well as being one of the busiest commercial actors in the Denver market. She is the proud Canadian member of the international comedy trio A.C.E. and has dazzled audiences nationally and worldwide with her energetic performances. Ms. Gehring has to her credit several films, has appeared on Fox Sports Network's "Best Damn Sports Show" and in countless national and local television commercials. When not performing on stage or on camera, she is mother and comedienne to her daughter Isabella (her original understudy for the show) and her son Gavin (the only male to have attended Girls Only…for 9 months).
Linda Klein (Creator, Cast May 23-July 1) has been a member of the Denver comedy scene for the last 15 years and one-third of the comedy trio A.C.E. for most of that time. During her years with A.C.E. she has co-written and performed in over 50 original productions and graced stages nationwide, including Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Klein has a dense background in theatrical improvisation and works as a commercial actor. She sits on the board of directors for the non-profit Self Improvement Opportunities and is an active member of her local P.E.O. chapter.
Christine Laitta (Cast July 6-September 2) returns to the CLO Cabaret after appearances in I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change,Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Broadway: SVU. Her other credits include: The Sound of Music, To Kill A Mockingbird, Carouseland Hairspray. She continues to perform her very successful original cabaret Chris Laitta's TV TUNES Sing-A-Long. Ms. Laitta is the co-author of "The Dramatically Different Classroom" (Kagan Publishing), an interdisciplinary hands-on book that enables teachers to infuse Drama and Music into all classroom activities.