THESE GIRLS HAVE DEMONS

Meghan Brown (Book & Lyrics)
Sarah Taylor Ellis (Music)
Direction by Kristin McCarthy Parker
Music Direction by Mila Henry

Reading
Saturday, April 7, 3:00pm | 719 Liberty Avenue, 4th Floor
Sunday, April 8, 3:00pm | 719 Liberty Avenue, 4th Floor

After an ill-advised slumber party foray into the dark arts, teenagers Daisy, Hayley, Sophie, and Morgan find themselves possessed by demons. Like, actual demons. They quickly realize their “nice girl” tactics aren’t going to cut it; these raging demons begin wreaking havoc on the girls’ lives—or do they? While terrorizing the town, the girls are finally getting what they want! As the demons grow more powerful, the girls must decide—will they give in to the anger that might destroy them, or fight to somehow become good again?

CREATIVE TEAM

MEGHAN BROWN (Book & Lyrics) is an Ovation Award-winning playwright and a founding member of the Temblors. Plays include The Pliant Girls, Cowboy Elektra, Shine Darkly Illyria and The Gypsy Machine. Meghan wrote the lyrics for Untuned Ears Hear Nothing but Discord (music: Ben Toth), which premiered at Lincoln Center as part of In Need of Music: The Songs of Ben Toth, and wrote the book and lyrics for EMMA (music: Sarah Ellis), which is currently being developed in London. www.MeghanBrown.net

SARAH TAYLOR ELLIS (Music) composes musicals about women. Her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma with Meghan Brown will be workshopped with director Thom Southerland in London this April. Sarah’s chamber musical of The Trojan Women with Ellen McLaughlin had a reading directed by Rachel Dickstein in NYC this January. Apples and Oranges Studios and The Civilians have developed her work. Sarah is the composer-in-residence at the Nightingale-Bamford School, and she holds a Ph.D. in Theater & Performance Studies from UCLA. www.staylorellis.com

MILA HENRY (Music Director) Credits: New York Musical Festival, Feinstein’s/54 Below, PROTOTYPE. Assistant Conductor: The Blind (Lincoln Center), As One (BAM). Vocal Director: The World is Round (BAM). Pianist: We Shall Not Be Moved (Opera Philadelphia), Thumbprint (LA Opera), Fierce Grace (Library of Congress). milahenry.com 

KRISTIN McCARTHY PARKER (Director) is a freelance director in New York City and founding member of Recent Cutbacks. Her work includes Matt Cox’s Puffs (New World Stages) and Kapow-i GoGo, Recent Cutbacks’ KEVIN!!!!!, Hold On To Your Butts, and Fly, You Fools!. She has directed and developed work at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Primary Stages, Ma-Yi, 59E59, Chicago’s The Second City Training Center, The Flea, HERE Arts, Dixon Place, Columbia University, Mason Gross School of the Arts - Rutgers University, Atlantic Acting School, and the University of Florida, among others. This spring, she will travel to Melbourne to direct the Australian premiere of Puffs. Assistantships include Ed Iskandar, Michael Greif, Wendy Goldberg, and Trip Cullman. www.kristinmccarthyparker.com

CAST

MYHA'LA HERROLD (Morgan) is excited to be joining Pittsburgh CLO for their Spark Festival! Previous roles include Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon Jumamosi Tour, and most recently as Kitty in CMU's The Drowsy Chaperone.

GRETA KLECKNER (Daisy) is very excited to be a part of such a wonderfully creative endeavor! Favorite credits: Elf (National Tour), Damn Yankees (National Tour), DeeDee in Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (St. Vincent Summer Theatre), Agnes Gooch in Mame (Allenberry Playhouse), Godspell (Westchester Broadway Theatre). Thanks to PCLO, Mama, family, friends, and Wendy for your love and support. @gretakleckner gretakleckner.com

ALEX MANALO (Sophie) is a Musical Theatre graduate from Point Park University. She has worked with several theater companies throughout the city such as CLO, Gallery of Heroes, MTAP, Carnivale Theatrics, Front Porch Theatrics, Pittsburgh Playhouse, City Theatre, and Stage Right. Hats off to the amazing cast and crew of CLO's Spark Festival. IG: alexmanalo_

KATE MARGALITE (Hayley) is thrilled to be returning to Pittsburgh CLO. A Manhattan native, she is a senior Musical Theatre Major at Carnegie Mellon University. Favorite past credits include Damn Yankees and Shrek at Pittsburgh CLO, and The Drowsy Chaperone at Carnegie Mellon. Favorite pastimes include spending time with her incredible and supportive friends and family. Instagram: @katemargalite

JORDAN PLUTZER (Brian/Excorist) is very excited to be making his PCLO debut! Most recent shows include The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair) and Loves Labors Won (Costard) both at CMU as well as Baskervilles (John Watson) at Weathervane Playhouse. Love to family, friends, and teachers for their constant support.