David Rossmer & Dan Lipton (Book, Music & Lyrics)

Writing Residency

Joan Sweete has always been drawn to the old-fashioned idea of true love with one person, which puts her at odds with the wild west of romance in 2163 – different philosophies and factions spin off like religious sects: Experimental Monogamists? Serial Polyamorists? Emotional Quartets…? And you thought online dating today was hard. When Joan wins a contest to test the PerfectMate, an emotionally savvy robot created by A.I. powerhouse The Eden Corporation, she thinks she may have found her match – but it turns out perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Commissioned by Pittsburgh CLO through the EQT Commissioning Fund.



DAVID ROSSMER & DAN LIPTON (Book, Music & Lyrics) are currently writing Monopoly, Hasbro’s Broadway-bound musical, with Tony Award®-nominee Rick Elice (Jersey Boys). Their TV show Rated P, developed by Kelly Ripa, sold to ABC Studios. They created the comedy improv variety show Don't Quit Your Night Job, a long-running cult hit which began at Joe’s Pub, ran off-Broadway and remains a draw on YouTube and at BroadwayCon. Their song “They Don’t Let You In The Opera” written for Kelli O’Hara has been performed by the Tony Award® winner in concerts across the country, including Carnegie Hall and at the Library of Congress. Representation: CAA


CHRIS PELUSO (The PerfectMate)  Broadway/tour: BEAUTIFUL, MAMMA MIA, ASSASSINS, LESTAT, and WICKED. West end/UK: MISS SAIGON, SHOWBOAT, WOMAN IN WHITE, DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY. Lincoln Center: THE GLORIOUS ONES. Thanks to PCLO for my training and helping all of these opportunities become possible.

MEG PRYOR (Susan Botelli) Recent: Killer Queen in PMT’s We Will Rock You and Miss A. in Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage at CLO Cabaret.  National Tours: Grease (Marty) and Damn Yankees (Gloria). NYC: Shelley in Closer Than You Think (World Premiere), Shylock in Merchant of Venice. Regional: Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Mrs. Parker in Bat Boy, Serraghina in Nine, and both Sheila and Judy in A Chorus Line. Improv: UCB NYC, Magnet Theater, and Arcade Comedy Theater (The High Scores). Proud member Actors Equity Association.

JULIA SMOLKA (Joan Sweete) ) is excited to be back this year working on another new works musical! She was last seen in Pump Boys & Dinettes at the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret. Julia works independently as a musician (singer/ songwriter), where she performs at local restaurants, cafés, festivals and weddings. Also, a front singer with The Bachelor Boys Band. Proud graduate of Point Park Conservatory of the Performing Arts.