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First Date

Feb 04, 2016 - May 08, 2016

CLO Cabaret

BOY MEETS GIRL…ON A BLIND DATE… IN A MUSICAL.
Imagine you’re on a blind date and your mother shows up - followed by Grandma Ida, your opinionated best friend, your therapist and a bevy of broken-hearted exes.  Throw in a soundtrack to rival the Top 40 and you’ve got one AMAZING evening, right?  When Aaron meets Casey, a casual drink turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. Can this couple turn a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? Adult Content.

“A WINNING CROWD-PLEASER delivered with comic verve and charm.”
-The Hollywood Reporter

"This is ONE FIRST DATE YOU DON'T WANT TO END!"
-NY1

NEW! Click HERE for information on CLO Cabaret VIP Experience

Cast

Maggie Carr

Maggie Carr (Waiter, Lauren, Allison, Grandma Ida, Aaron’s Mother) is delighted to return to the CLO Cabaret, where she last appeared
in Judge Jackie Justice. Other recent Pittsburgh credits include The Country House (The REP),
Evil Dead: The Musical (NoName Players) and Kopit and Yeston's Phantom (Pittsburgh CLO). Maggie is a cowriter and costar of NoName Players' The Sisters Sorella, which just celebrated a year long run at Arcade Comedy Club, and will transition into a web series this winter. Readings and workshops: First Date (Pittsburgh CLO), Walken On Sunshine (NYC, CoCreator/Producer), Judge Jackie Justice (Pittsburgh CLO). Love to her family and friends.

Luke Halferty

Luke Halferty (Aaron) A recent graduate of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, Luke is proud to join such a wonderful cast. Most recently, he was seen as Young Scrooge in A Musical Christmas Carol with Pittsburgh CLO. Luke has also appeared regionally with Conservatory Theatre Co. (Oklahoma!, Urinetown, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The School for Scandal and The Crucible), The REP (Of Mice and Men), Playhouse Jr. (The Outsiders), St. Vincent Summer Theatre (Too Many Cooks, Jeeves in Bloom) and the All University Choir with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Proud Pittsburgher. Thanks to friends and family for their support! www.lukehalferty.com

Connor McCanlus (Waiter, British Artist, Aaron and Casey’s Future Son) is happy to be back with CLO Cabaret. Previous credits: Boeing Boeing (Robert) and  Judge Jackie Justice (Man #1). Local credits include Bricolage (Yinz'r Scrooged and Scarrie: The Musical as Carrie) barebones productions (American Falls) and monthly in No Name Players' live sitcom The Sisters Sorella. McCanlus is an improv comedian and hosts The Pittsburgh Improv Jam with comedy team Well Known Strangers every Thursday at the Cabaret at Theater Square (this room!). He is also a musical improviser and performs in a musical comedy duo babyGRAND with Missy Moreno and accompanied by James Rushin.

Caroline Nicolian (Casey) is thrilled to be returning to the CLO Cabaret for the fourth time! Her past credits here include Side by Side by Sondheim, Judge Jackie Justice and A Grand Night for Singing. She is a native of Pittsburgh and has worked for numerous theater companies in and around the city. Recently, she was seen in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris with Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater and was the understudy for Eliza Doolittle in Pittsburgh Public Theater's My Fair Lady. She received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Point Park University, and is a proud member of Actor's Equity.

Casi Riegle (Understudy) is thrilled to be back at the Pittsburgh CLO after previously performing in Yeston’s Phantom.  Favorite credits include Les Miserables (North Shore Music Theatre), Anything Goes, Les Miserables, Footloose (Kansas City Starlight), and Hairspray (New Dinner Theatre).  Point Park University graduate. So many thanks to my family and friends for all the support and the Pittsburgh CLO team for the opportunity!

Jason Shavers (Understudy, Assistant Stage Manager) has spent the past 10 years working for Pittsburgh CLO in many different capacities (performer, props master, teacher, etc.) and is thrilled to add the Cabaret to the list. He was last seen as Headmaster Marrow in Choir Boy with The REP at Pittsburgh Playhouse. Some favorite regional credits include A New Brain (Roger), every tongue confess (Brother), Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter) and Putting It Together (The Observer). Film credits include "Not Cool" (JayJay) and "Fathers and Daughters." Many thanks to this wonderful cast and creative team! Much love to friends and family! For Dad and Q.

David Toole (Waiter, Gabe, Reggie, Casey’s Father, Stoner Guy) is an actor/singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh, PA. Recent professional theatrical credits include The Last 5 Years (Jamie Wellerstein) with Front Porch Theatricals, Rent (Roger), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Disney's Tarzan the Musical (Tarzan), Les Misérables (Marius), Shrek the Musical (Donkey), West Side Story (Tony), Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph) with Pittsburgh Musical Theater. Additionally, David is the frontman for the original hard rock band "Identity X", for pop rock cover band "The Key of X", and is one of a handful of regular National Anthem singers for the Pittsburgh Penguins. David is a graduate of Robert Morris University and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Austin Winsberg (Book) is the book writer of the Broadway musical FIRST DATE, which enjoyed a sold-out run at Seattle’s 5th Ave/ACT Theatres in 2012, prior to opening at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway in August 2013. Mr. Winsberg is primarily a writer/producer for film and television. He recently adapted the live THE SOUND OF MUSIC television event, starring Carrie Underwood, for NBC. His other television credits include GOSSIP GIRL, JAKE IN PROGRESS (Creator/Executive Producer – youngest showrunner in ABC history), WEDDING ALBUM, STILL STANDING and GLORY DAYS. He has written numerous television pilots for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Showtime and ABC Family and has also written movies for New Line, Dreamworks Animation and Warner Bros. Mr. Winsberg graduated with a Theater Arts degree from Brown University. He continues to work in theater, directing and mentoring plays for the Blank Theater Company’s Annual Young Playwright’s Festival in Los Angeles.

Alan Zachary (Music & Lyrics) co-wrote songs for Broadway’s romantic comedy musical FIRST DATE, which opened at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway after selling out its run at Seattle’s 5th Ave/ACT Theaters. Mr. Zachary (with co-writer Michael Weiner) recently also wrote songs based on material by J.K. Rowling for CELESTINA WARBECK & THE BANSHEES, a musical show at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando. Currently, he is co-writing the score for an upcoming Broadway musical adaptation of the film “SECONDHAND LIONS” (Book: Rupert Holmes / Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures), which had its world premiere at Seattle’s 5th Ave Theatre. As a frequent songwriter for Disney, Mr. Zachary co-authored book, music and lyrics for the hit original stage musical TWICE CHARMED (soundtrack on Walt Disney Records) and has written songs and developed projects for Disney Animation, Disney Channel and theme parks around the globe. Other credits include: music and lyrics for DreamWorks’ THE TIME MACHINE, the Folgers Coffee hit viral commercial “HAPPY MORNING,” and projects for ABC, Amazon Studios, Paramount, Universal, VH1, Hanna-Barbera and 20th Century Fox. Mr. Zachary is a graduate of Amherst College and is the recipient of the 2012 ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award.

Michael Weiner (Music & Lyrics) is the co-composer/lyricist of the Broadway musical FIRST DATE, which enjoyed a sold-out run at Seattle’s 5th Ave/ACT Theatres in 2012, prior to opening at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway in August 2013. Most recently, Mr. Weiner (with co-writer Alan Zachary) created songs based on material by J.K. Rowling for a Harry Potter themed show, CELESTINA WARBECK & THE BANSHEES, playing in Diagon Alley at Universal Studios in Orlando. He co-wrote music and lyrics for an upcoming Broadway musical adaptation of the film SECONDHAND LIONS (Book by Rupert Holmes/Produced by Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures) which premiered at Seattle’s 5th Ave. Theatre in September 2013. Additionally, Mr. Weiner’s original American history-themed musical LIBERTY SMITH, debuted at historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. in 2011. For Disney, he has written songs/scripts for Disney Animation, Disney Channel and theme parks worldwide, including: the hit original stage musical TWICE CHARMED (soundtrack on Walt Disney Records). Mr. Weiner scored Fine Line Features’ film “MAN OF THE CENTURY” and co-wrote the song for the Folgers Coffee hit commercial “HAPPY MORNING.” He has created television, film and Internet projects at ABC, Disney, FOX, Paramount, Universal, VH1, Hanna-Barbera and Amazon Studios, and is the 2012 recipient of the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award.

Benjamin Endsley Klein (Director) was born in Charlotte, NC and studied at the University of Michigan. Pittsburgh CLO: Debut. Broadway (as Director): Ann starring Tony Nominated actress Holland Taylor as Governor Ann Richards. Broadway (as Associate Director): The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Macbeth, The Coast of Utopia, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. West End (As Associate Director): Hairspray, Love Never Dies. Regional: Hello Out There (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Sick (NJ Rep), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe), Notes to MariAnne (O'Neill Musical Theatre Festival). For more information please visit www.bendsley.com.

Douglas Levine (Music Director) is delighted to return to the CLO Cabaret for First Date. In addition to  musical direction and teaching, Doug is a composer and arranger whose original scores for theater and dance include: Mercy Train (Microscopic Opera Company), Eastburn Avenue, Mother Courage and Peer Gynt (Playhouse REP), Deadend (Attack Theatre), Mimoun (Pennsylvania Dance Theatre), Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and The Shaughraun (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre), Colorfast (Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Festival) and Shakespeare Street (Playhouse Junior). He has written music or arrangements for companies including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theatre, Dreams of Hope, Gateway to the Arts, Renaissance City Women’s Choir, Pittsburgh Musical Theater and Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. www.levinemusic.com

Kiesha Lalama (Choreographer) has created more than 50 works for stage, film and television.  Kiesha choreographed feature films, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," "Sorority Row," the hit television documentary series "Broadway or Bust" (PBS) and upcoming television series "Outsiders" (WGN). Theatrical credits include National High School Musical Theater Awards (Broadway), All Shook Up (North Shore Music Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Kansas City Starlight Theatre), Into the Woods (Arsht Center), Judge Jackie Justice, Ruthless! The Musical and A Grand Night for Singing (Pittsburgh CLO). Concert dance highlights include Shed (DCDC), Catapult (Dance Kaleidoscope), Alegria (Giordano Dance Chicago) and Torque (August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble). Lalama has created two full-length contemporary dance theater productions. The Bench received rave reviews and was named by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s “Best of Dance” Top Ten list in both 2009 and 2010. The Bench is currently under development with Titus Theatricals. HeartShakes for DCDC premiered in January 2015 receiving tremendous accolades. As an educator, Kiesha serves as an Associate Professor in the Point Park University Dance Department and as the Education Director for the Pittsburgh CLO. KieshaLalama graduated with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and has her BA in Dance from Point Park University. Kiesha is a proud member of SDC.

Tony Ferrieri (Set Designer) Awards and milestones include over 36 years with City Theatre, New Works Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, “Designer of the Year” by Pittsburgh City Paper and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Frankel Award,” “Fred Kelly Award for Outstanding Achievement,” “Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award,” features in Live Design and Stage Directions, and over 525 designs. Recent designs include: Girls Only, Boeing Boeing (CLO Cabaret); The Piano Lesson (Pgh. Playwrights Theatre); Sunset Baby, The Night Alive (City Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Quantum Theatre); You Say Tomato, I Say Shut up! (Dana Phil Playhouse Productions); A Streetcar Named Desire (barebones). Tony wishes to express his appreciation to all those who made this production possible.

Keith Truax (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be joining the company of First Date. Currently Keith is a 3rd Graduate Student at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is pursuing an MFA in Lighting Design. Pittsburgh Design Credits include; Kinetic Theatre’s Sherlock’s Last Case and Romance, PICT Classic Theatre’s Oliver Twist, Sharon’s Grave, How The Other Half Loves and Women and Scarecrow. CMU Design Credits include: Beggars Opera for School of Music, Smokers and How To Be A Good Person for School of Drama. Future Projects The Plague In Venice for CMU School of Drama. www.keithtruax.com

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First Date

Feb 04, 2016 - May 08, 2016

CLO Cabaret

BOY MEETS GIRL…ON A BLIND DATE… IN A MUSICAL.
Imagine you’re on a blind date and your mother shows up - followed by Grandma Ida, your opinionated best friend, your therapist and a bevy of broken-hearted exes.  Throw in a soundtrack to rival the Top 40 and you’ve got one AMAZING evening, right?  When Aaron meets Casey, a casual drink turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. Can this couple turn a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? Adult Content.

“A WINNING CROWD-PLEASER delivered with comic verve and charm.”
-The Hollywood Reporter

"This is ONE FIRST DATE YOU DON'T WANT TO END!"
-NY1

NEW! Click HERE for information on CLO Cabaret VIP Experience

Cast

Maggie Carr

Maggie Carr (Waiter, Lauren, Allison, Grandma Ida, Aaron’s Mother) is delighted to return to the CLO Cabaret, where she last appeared
in Judge Jackie Justice. Other recent Pittsburgh credits include The Country House (The REP),
Evil Dead: The Musical (NoName Players) and Kopit and Yeston's Phantom (Pittsburgh CLO). Maggie is a cowriter and costar of NoName Players' The Sisters Sorella, which just celebrated a year long run at Arcade Comedy Club, and will transition into a web series this winter. Readings and workshops: First Date (Pittsburgh CLO), Walken On Sunshine (NYC, CoCreator/Producer), Judge Jackie Justice (Pittsburgh CLO). Love to her family and friends.

Luke Halferty

Luke Halferty (Aaron) A recent graduate of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, Luke is proud to join such a wonderful cast. Most recently, he was seen as Young Scrooge in A Musical Christmas Carol with Pittsburgh CLO. Luke has also appeared regionally with Conservatory Theatre Co. (Oklahoma!, Urinetown, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The School for Scandal and The Crucible), The REP (Of Mice and Men), Playhouse Jr. (The Outsiders), St. Vincent Summer Theatre (Too Many Cooks, Jeeves in Bloom) and the All University Choir with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Proud Pittsburgher. Thanks to friends and family for their support! www.lukehalferty.com

Connor McCanlus (Waiter, British Artist, Aaron and Casey’s Future Son) is happy to be back with CLO Cabaret. Previous credits: Boeing Boeing (Robert) and  Judge Jackie Justice (Man #1). Local credits include Bricolage (Yinz'r Scrooged and Scarrie: The Musical as Carrie) barebones productions (American Falls) and monthly in No Name Players' live sitcom The Sisters Sorella. McCanlus is an improv comedian and hosts The Pittsburgh Improv Jam with comedy team Well Known Strangers every Thursday at the Cabaret at Theater Square (this room!). He is also a musical improviser and performs in a musical comedy duo babyGRAND with Missy Moreno and accompanied by James Rushin.

Caroline Nicolian (Casey) is thrilled to be returning to the CLO Cabaret for the fourth time! Her past credits here include Side by Side by Sondheim, Judge Jackie Justice and A Grand Night for Singing. She is a native of Pittsburgh and has worked for numerous theater companies in and around the city. Recently, she was seen in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris with Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater and was the understudy for Eliza Doolittle in Pittsburgh Public Theater's My Fair Lady. She received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Point Park University, and is a proud member of Actor's Equity.

Casi Riegle (Understudy) is thrilled to be back at the Pittsburgh CLO after previously performing in Yeston’s Phantom.  Favorite credits include Les Miserables (North Shore Music Theatre), Anything Goes, Les Miserables, Footloose (Kansas City Starlight), and Hairspray (New Dinner Theatre).  Point Park University graduate. So many thanks to my family and friends for all the support and the Pittsburgh CLO team for the opportunity!

Jason Shavers (Understudy, Assistant Stage Manager) has spent the past 10 years working for Pittsburgh CLO in many different capacities (performer, props master, teacher, etc.) and is thrilled to add the Cabaret to the list. He was last seen as Headmaster Marrow in Choir Boy with The REP at Pittsburgh Playhouse. Some favorite regional credits include A New Brain (Roger), every tongue confess (Brother), Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter) and Putting It Together (The Observer). Film credits include "Not Cool" (JayJay) and "Fathers and Daughters." Many thanks to this wonderful cast and creative team! Much love to friends and family! For Dad and Q.

David Toole (Waiter, Gabe, Reggie, Casey’s Father, Stoner Guy) is an actor/singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh, PA. Recent professional theatrical credits include The Last 5 Years (Jamie Wellerstein) with Front Porch Theatricals, Rent (Roger), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Disney's Tarzan the Musical (Tarzan), Les Misérables (Marius), Shrek the Musical (Donkey), West Side Story (Tony), Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph) with Pittsburgh Musical Theater. Additionally, David is the frontman for the original hard rock band "Identity X", for pop rock cover band "The Key of X", and is one of a handful of regular National Anthem singers for the Pittsburgh Penguins. David is a graduate of Robert Morris University and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Austin Winsberg (Book) is the book writer of the Broadway musical FIRST DATE, which enjoyed a sold-out run at Seattle’s 5th Ave/ACT Theatres in 2012, prior to opening at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway in August 2013. Mr. Winsberg is primarily a writer/producer for film and television. He recently adapted the live THE SOUND OF MUSIC television event, starring Carrie Underwood, for NBC. His other television credits include GOSSIP GIRL, JAKE IN PROGRESS (Creator/Executive Producer – youngest showrunner in ABC history), WEDDING ALBUM, STILL STANDING and GLORY DAYS. He has written numerous television pilots for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Showtime and ABC Family and has also written movies for New Line, Dreamworks Animation and Warner Bros. Mr. Winsberg graduated with a Theater Arts degree from Brown University. He continues to work in theater, directing and mentoring plays for the Blank Theater Company’s Annual Young Playwright’s Festival in Los Angeles.

Alan Zachary (Music & Lyrics) co-wrote songs for Broadway’s romantic comedy musical FIRST DATE, which opened at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway after selling out its run at Seattle’s 5th Ave/ACT Theaters. Mr. Zachary (with co-writer Michael Weiner) recently also wrote songs based on material by J.K. Rowling for CELESTINA WARBECK & THE BANSHEES, a musical show at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando. Currently, he is co-writing the score for an upcoming Broadway musical adaptation of the film “SECONDHAND LIONS” (Book: Rupert Holmes / Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures), which had its world premiere at Seattle’s 5th Ave Theatre. As a frequent songwriter for Disney, Mr. Zachary co-authored book, music and lyrics for the hit original stage musical TWICE CHARMED (soundtrack on Walt Disney Records) and has written songs and developed projects for Disney Animation, Disney Channel and theme parks around the globe. Other credits include: music and lyrics for DreamWorks’ THE TIME MACHINE, the Folgers Coffee hit viral commercial “HAPPY MORNING,” and projects for ABC, Amazon Studios, Paramount, Universal, VH1, Hanna-Barbera and 20th Century Fox. Mr. Zachary is a graduate of Amherst College and is the recipient of the 2012 ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award.

Michael Weiner (Music & Lyrics) is the co-composer/lyricist of the Broadway musical FIRST DATE, which enjoyed a sold-out run at Seattle’s 5th Ave/ACT Theatres in 2012, prior to opening at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway in August 2013. Most recently, Mr. Weiner (with co-writer Alan Zachary) created songs based on material by J.K. Rowling for a Harry Potter themed show, CELESTINA WARBECK & THE BANSHEES, playing in Diagon Alley at Universal Studios in Orlando. He co-wrote music and lyrics for an upcoming Broadway musical adaptation of the film SECONDHAND LIONS (Book by Rupert Holmes/Produced by Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures) which premiered at Seattle’s 5th Ave. Theatre in September 2013. Additionally, Mr. Weiner’s original American history-themed musical LIBERTY SMITH, debuted at historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. in 2011. For Disney, he has written songs/scripts for Disney Animation, Disney Channel and theme parks worldwide, including: the hit original stage musical TWICE CHARMED (soundtrack on Walt Disney Records). Mr. Weiner scored Fine Line Features’ film “MAN OF THE CENTURY” and co-wrote the song for the Folgers Coffee hit commercial “HAPPY MORNING.” He has created television, film and Internet projects at ABC, Disney, FOX, Paramount, Universal, VH1, Hanna-Barbera and Amazon Studios, and is the 2012 recipient of the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award.

Benjamin Endsley Klein (Director) was born in Charlotte, NC and studied at the University of Michigan. Pittsburgh CLO: Debut. Broadway (as Director): Ann starring Tony Nominated actress Holland Taylor as Governor Ann Richards. Broadway (as Associate Director): The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Macbeth, The Coast of Utopia, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. West End (As Associate Director): Hairspray, Love Never Dies. Regional: Hello Out There (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Sick (NJ Rep), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe), Notes to MariAnne (O'Neill Musical Theatre Festival). For more information please visit www.bendsley.com.

Douglas Levine (Music Director) is delighted to return to the CLO Cabaret for First Date. In addition to  musical direction and teaching, Doug is a composer and arranger whose original scores for theater and dance include: Mercy Train (Microscopic Opera Company), Eastburn Avenue, Mother Courage and Peer Gynt (Playhouse REP), Deadend (Attack Theatre), Mimoun (Pennsylvania Dance Theatre), Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and The Shaughraun (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre), Colorfast (Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Festival) and Shakespeare Street (Playhouse Junior). He has written music or arrangements for companies including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theatre, Dreams of Hope, Gateway to the Arts, Renaissance City Women’s Choir, Pittsburgh Musical Theater and Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. www.levinemusic.com

Kiesha Lalama (Choreographer) has created more than 50 works for stage, film and television.  Kiesha choreographed feature films, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," "Sorority Row," the hit television documentary series "Broadway or Bust" (PBS) and upcoming television series "Outsiders" (WGN). Theatrical credits include National High School Musical Theater Awards (Broadway), All Shook Up (North Shore Music Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Kansas City Starlight Theatre), Into the Woods (Arsht Center), Judge Jackie Justice, Ruthless! The Musical and A Grand Night for Singing (Pittsburgh CLO). Concert dance highlights include Shed (DCDC), Catapult (Dance Kaleidoscope), Alegria (Giordano Dance Chicago) and Torque (August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble). Lalama has created two full-length contemporary dance theater productions. The Bench received rave reviews and was named by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s “Best of Dance” Top Ten list in both 2009 and 2010. The Bench is currently under development with Titus Theatricals. HeartShakes for DCDC premiered in January 2015 receiving tremendous accolades. As an educator, Kiesha serves as an Associate Professor in the Point Park University Dance Department and as the Education Director for the Pittsburgh CLO. KieshaLalama graduated with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and has her BA in Dance from Point Park University. Kiesha is a proud member of SDC.

Tony Ferrieri (Set Designer) Awards and milestones include over 36 years with City Theatre, New Works Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, “Designer of the Year” by Pittsburgh City Paper and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Frankel Award,” “Fred Kelly Award for Outstanding Achievement,” “Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award,” features in Live Design and Stage Directions, and over 525 designs. Recent designs include: Girls Only, Boeing Boeing (CLO Cabaret); The Piano Lesson (Pgh. Playwrights Theatre); Sunset Baby, The Night Alive (City Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Quantum Theatre); You Say Tomato, I Say Shut up! (Dana Phil Playhouse Productions); A Streetcar Named Desire (barebones). Tony wishes to express his appreciation to all those who made this production possible.

Keith Truax (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be joining the company of First Date. Currently Keith is a 3rd Graduate Student at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is pursuing an MFA in Lighting Design. Pittsburgh Design Credits include; Kinetic Theatre’s Sherlock’s Last Case and Romance, PICT Classic Theatre’s Oliver Twist, Sharon’s Grave, How The Other Half Loves and Women and Scarecrow. CMU Design Credits include: Beggars Opera for School of Music, Smokers and How To Be A Good Person for School of Drama. Future Projects The Plague In Venice for CMU School of Drama. www.keithtruax.com