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May 11 - June 9, 2024 , Allen Theatre

In The Heights

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiera Alegría Hudes
Directed by James Vásquez

Run time: 120 minutes, including a 15 min. intermission
Advisory: The production contains mild profanity; mild sexual innuendo; a drunken brawl; depictions and discussions of looting and violence in the streets; haze; and intense lighting effects.

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Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc. Kulas Foundation

The unbearable July heat has the denizens of NYC’s Washington Heights neighborhood in the streets shouting, “Que calor!” Several established businesses have closed. Housing costs – and racial tensions – are on the rise. And the once vibrant, now dwindling community must rally together to preserve their culture and their way of life. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s music-filled love letter to the community of his youth, In The Heights, tells the story of the corner bodega where the coffee is hot, light, and sweet, the apartment windows that are always open, and the cool breeze that carries the percussive rhythm of the bustling city and three generations of dreams. And for this community on the brink of change, it tells a story of hope, heritage, and healing love.

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The cast of Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Trinidad Snider (ctr.) and the cast of Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Joseph Morales (ctr.) as Usnavi and the cast of Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

(l. to r.) Joseph Morales, Trinidad Snider, Rudy Martinez, and Michelle Aravena in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Joseph Morales as Usnavi and Addie Morales as Nina in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Rudy Martinez as Kevin Rosario in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

(l. to r.) Kevin Solis as Piraguero with Liliana Rodriguez and Arik Vega in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Joseph Morales as Usnavi and Trinidad Snider as Abuela Claudia in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

(l. to r.) Kirstin Angelina Henry as Carla (background), Gabriel Subervi as Sonny and Kalyn West as Vanessa in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

(foreground l. to r.) Joseph Morales as Usnavi and Kalyn West as Vanessa, with the cast of Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Michelle Aravena as Camila Rosario and Addie Morales as Nina Rosario in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

The cast of Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

(l. to r.) Courtland Davis (background), Joseph Morales, Shadia Fairuz, Kirstin Angelina Henry in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

(l. to r.) Edgar Cavazos, Valeria Flores, and Reyna Guerra in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Kalyn West as Vanessa in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

(l. to r.) Michelle Aravena, Addie Morales, Chibueze Ihuoma, and Rudy Martinez in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Chibueze Ihuoma as Benny and Addie Morales as Nina in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Joseph Morales (ctr.) as Usnavi and the cast of Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Joseph Morales as Usnavi and Gabriel Subervi as Sonny in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Addie Morales (foreground) as Nina Rosario with Luis Herrera and Amy Romero in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Kevin Solis (ctr.) as Piraguero and the cast of Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Trinidad Snider as Abuela Claudia in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Chibueze Ihuoma as Benny and Joseph Morales as Usnavi in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

(l. to r.) Courtland Davis, Luis Herrera, Edgar Cavazos, and Kalyn West in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

(l. to r.) Kalyn West (seated), Shadia Fairuz, Addie Morales (seated), and Kirstin Angelina Henry in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Trinidad Snider as Abuela Claudia and Joseph Morales as Usnavi in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

The cast of Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

(foreground l. to r.) Reyna Guerra, Arik Vega, Valeria Flores, and Edgar Cavazos in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

Courtland Davis as Graffiti Pete in Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

The cast of Cleveland Play House's production of IN THE HEIGHTS. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

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Welcome to Inside CPH for In the Heights. Click the icons and verbs below for some ideas on how you can engage more deeply with the themes and ideas of the play beyond the performance.

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If you won the lottery and got your $96,000, what would you do with it?

Can you think of a time in your life when you were torn between honoring your past / traditions and cultures / the wishes of your family and pursuing or following some of your own dreams for the future? What was the conflict? How did you resolve it? What did you gain or lose in the process?

Think about where you live. Do you have a sense of neighborhood or community pride? Who are the people who make up the place you call “home?” What are some of the rituals or traditions? Is there a sort of insider knowledge or vocabulary that you all share? How do you respond to visitors, guests, or outsiders? If this isn’t a reality where you live, what might you do to begin to build that sense of neighborliness?

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The Evolution of a Cultural Epicenter

The story of how Washington Heights came to be a vibrant, thriving community is a fascinating one. And it has several revealing similarities to and differences from Cleveland’s immigration history.

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Washington Heights Immigration History

Washington Heights spans roughly from W155th street of Manhattan northward to Dyckman Street, and stretches from the Hudson River to the Harlem River- less than two square miles now home to just over 2,000 diverse New Yorkers.

1775 - Eponymously dubbed for the fort established by George Washington during the Revolutionary War, the site now hosts a playground for families, nestled on the raised rocky pinnacle that stands as the highest natural elevation point on Manhattan. . George Washington’s headquarters resided down the hill on the eastern bluff of the island at the Morris-Jumel Mansion (on what is today 160th) for just a single month before encroaching British forces seized the real estate. Mary Morris, the house’s original matriarch was one of three women accused of treason in NY, and as such had the home confiscated and sold to cover war debts. The property was occupied by farmers and would soon be owned by NY socialite Eliza Jumel who has an absolutely FASCINATING history (check her out). Will this be a link to something?

Most of uptown Manhattan. Which proved to have a uniquely tenable soil and topography for agriculture, remained rural farmland until the subway to the area was built in 1900. Lower Manhattan’s agricultural efforts proved fairly impossible as it was prone to flooding and incompatible soil and season temperaments.

1889 - Washington Heights became the very first home of NYC professional baseball, with the NY Giants playing at the Polo Grounds at 155th on the east side of the neighborhood until 1957. The NY Mets took a residency at the stadium in 1962-1963. American League Baseball got its start just ten blocks up and a few avenues to the west at what was Hilltop Stadium (what is now Columbia Medical Center) with their debut team, the NY Highlanders (now known as the Yankees).

1900-1950s - The A line of the subway was built (1906) to 157th and with it came a construction boom and huge influx of Irish, Greek, and Jewish communities that had immigrated to America, fleeing economic hardships and political persecution. There was such an influx of German-Jewish immigrants that the northern Heights was referred to as “Frankfurt on the Hudson.” Over these five decades, the groups were able to establish a foothold in the NYC economy and identity.

1940s-1980s - Dovetailing into the 40s through the 60s, having gained social, financial, and political traction within NYC, these groups started moving north, south, and east. In the gradual exodus, New York saw a major surge of immigrants coming from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, and just a short time after, from the Dominican Republic. While each culture made a definite and distinct impact on the neighborhood, the Dominican culture reached a greater prominence within the Washington Heights neighborhood. This was primarily due to three major factors:

  • 1. From 1916-1924, there was an American military occupation of the Dominican Republic. There’s a lot of fascinating history to piece through there, but in a very broad way, it laid the groundwork for a degree of cultural exposure.

  • 2. From 1931-1961, a militia-empowered dictator, Rafael Trujillo, ruled over the Dominican Republic. In 1961, the Trujillo regime had come to an end, and with it, the emigration ban placed on Dominicans. Politically, in the void left by the brutal dictatorship, there was great difficulty in settling a new government structure and how the country as a whole could rebuild itself. By 1965 there arose a civil war and another US occupation. For these reasons especially, the exodus to America was very strong, aided by a diverse city with an international hub for flights.

  • 3. By 1966, the Fourth Republic was established under a Reformist party leader. This was another fascinating few decades of socio-political development, but that said, in an overly broad way, the Dominican Republic stabilized significantly in a relatively short period of time. Because of this, there was and remains the capacity for families and individuals to have one foot in NYC and one foot in DR. The level of financial remittance from Dominican communities in the U.S. back and forth with families and communities in the Dominican Republic is substantial - evidence that the bonds between DR and NY are very strong financially and culturally.

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Cleveland Immigration History

In 1914-1915, many southern African Americans migrated northward where there were more enterprising factory jobs during WWI in the resource rich area near Lake Erie.

Immigration restriction legislation kept immigration suppressed in the Midwest. Displaced immigrant communities who came to settle in America migrated to larger metropolis hubs like NYC and Chicago.

1948 witnessed the repeal of the National Origins Act and a loosening of a number of immigration restrictions in the Midwest. It’s at this point in Cleveland’s history that opportunities for communities from the Indian Diaspora, China, and Korea were able to make a home. During the 50s and 60s, social and political upheaval across Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and the Middle East created a surge of diverse immigrant communities that came to Cleveland.

Throughout the 50s and 60s, a huge population of Puerto Rican immigrants came to Cleveland through a range of recruitment efforts for the wide variety of work opportunities that were booming in the region. Originally Puerto Ricans made a home on the east side of Cleveland, but, like NYC, after establishing themselves, moved closer to where the jobs and financial resources of the city existed: to the Near-West and in the Flats districts of Cleveland.

When Castro took power in 1959, there was a swift and significant increase in the number of Cubans who immigrated to Cleveland. By 1980, the Cuban population of Cleveland tripled but then declined substantially over the next ten years as families moved to other neighborhoods a bit further out such as Lorain, Painesville, and Brooklyn.

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PIVOT!

DO NOT miss the cool stuff happening right here in your own backyard.

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The Pivot Center on West 25th Street has something for everyone. In just one building they host LatinUs Theatre - the premier globally Hispanic theater in Cleveland, Ohio. Their productions are in Spanish and they build inclusively large-scale projections of English subtitles into their set design. Seeing their work is a feast for those who love the performing arts.

If media arts are your thing, check out the gallery at the Community Arts Center - a branch of the Cleveland Art Museum - to see incredible larger-than-life sculptures, mammoth puppets, costumes, masks, and other works of art. You can catch some of the wearable pieces on full display at Parade the Circle on Saturday June 8 from 12:00-4:00.

Stroll just across the lobby to grab some artwork for yourself from Future Ink Graphics (FIG) who have all sorts of gorgeous prints and other locally made artwork.

Down the hall you can take in the rotating gallery of paintings and photographs on your way to Inlet Dance Company, a troupe that has been growing for twenty two years now, offering full scale dance productions, special event programming, educational opportunities, and space rental.

And if you’re feeling worn out from a full day of art exploration, no sweat; inside FIG’s commercial space is Dahila Coffee complete with sweet treats and caffeinated goodness.

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One of the many compelling story elements of this play is its encapsulation of what it means to be home. If you’ve ever moved away or had to leave home for work or school, you probably understand Nina’s plight: the bittersweetness of nostalgia, the heartbreak of missing special spots and your family (whether blood or chosen), and the joy of reunions.

Tell us a bit about your favorite spots and memories around Cleveland, or the surprisingly little things you’ve missed when you’ve taken time away from home. Post on social media and tag us at #IntheHeightsCPH or write to us at insidecph@clevelandplayhouse.com.

I’ve never been a gardener nor a super outdoors-y person, but something that always reminds me of home is the smell of hydrangeas. Growing up, hydrangeas grew in our backyard intermixed with some pine trees. On a breezy summer day, the smell would perfume my folks’ house. When I moved to NYC after college, anytime I would catch the smallest whiff of a hydrangea walking through a park or by the rare botanical-heavy window-sill garden, I would be immediately transported to the kitchen window of my parents’ home on a summer day taking in its simple sweet freshness.

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IF WE COULD, WE WOULD

Of course, we’re referring to hosting a genuine piragua stand in our lobby after its tempting product placement in In the Heights.

Piragua is a staple sweet treat of Puerto Rican culture: shaved ice, with a sweet syrup poured over it, with a traditional conical or canoe shape jutting upwards from the lip of the cup it’s served in (as opposed to the rounded shape of the Americanized commercial snow cone).

Fun Fact: Piragua translates to “canoe.” Etymologically it’s a combination of two Spanish words, piramide (pyramid) and agua (water), and was originally used to describe the pyramid-shaped boats.

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Luckily this sweet treat can be enjoyed from your own home with a little preparation.

When making your own piragua, it’s so important to work with shaved ice instead of blended crushed ice. Texturally it’s a world of a difference AND it hugely impacts how the syrup coats the ice and is enjoyed during consumption. Don’t skimp on the shaved part. There’s a wide variety of stand-alone electrical ice shavers and Kitchen aid-like attachments if you have such equipment. Simpler and more affordable is an actual handheld steel ice shaver. Their online retail cost lands somewhere around $12-$30. experience

Secondly - freeze yourself some pucks or blocks of ice. Repurposing old tupperware or sanitized desktop office drawers can be perfect. Puck molds for electric shavers or shaving attachments can also be found online.

Either place the pucks into your electric shaver or scrape your steel shaver across the block of ice and put the shavings into a cup - packing it in tightly to hold its shape when you pour the syrup. You want to pack the cup full and then stack on one more packing portion to the top of your treat.

Now for the syrup!

Make your own fruity syrups by combining macerated fruits, fruit nectars, sugar, and a bit of water and bringing it all to a simmering boil. Strain the mixture through a sieve and chill the contents so that it is ready to pour over your cool treat. The typical ratio for a plain simple syrup (sugar water) is 1:1 sugar to water. Depending on the level of liquid garnered from the fruit and your preferred level of sweetness, alter that ratio accordingly.

A signature of piragua syrups is sweet cream or crema. To make the piragua crema syrup add evaporated milk, condensed milk, heavy cream, and vanilla extract together, whisking until it is homogeneously mixed. Allow the mixture to chill, then pour over your shaved ice.

Explore making your own syrups and see if you can come up with any home-spun favorites.

Artists

Michelle Aravena

Michelle Aravena

(Camila Rosario) Broadway: Beetlejuice (Miss Argentina), A Bronx Tale (Rosina us), Rocky (Angie, Adrian us), Jersey Boys, A Chorus Line (Trica,revival) Sound of Music (Lincoln Center). Nat. Tours: A Bronx Tale (Rosina), West Side Story (Anita), Jersey Boys, Les Miserables (Fantine us), Mamma Mia (Sophie) Favorite regional: Billy more(Camila Rosario) Broadway: Beetlejuice (Miss Argentina), A Bronx Tale (Rosina us), Rocky (Angie, Adrian us), Jersey Boys, A Chorus Line (Trica,revival) Sound of Music (Lincoln Center). Nat. Tours: A Bronx Tale (Rosina), West Side Story (Anita), Jersey Boys, Les Miserables (Fantine us), Mamma Mia (Sophie) Favorite regional: Billy Elliot (Mrs Wilkinson) Paramount, Evita (Eva Peron) Drury Lane, St Louis Rep, Guys and Dolls (Adelaide) TUTS, Damn Yankees (Lola) Marriot, Bye Bye Birdie (Rose, Jeff nom.), West Side Story (Anita, Jeff award) Drury Lane. Other Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, Asolo, Bucks County, Old Globe, Olney. Michelle is the proud owner of Bookedbymichelle.com. Thanks to 44 West Entertainment. All for Jack and Jordan!

Edgar Cavazos

Edgar Cavazos

(Ensemble, U/S Kevin & Piraguero) is a Mexican Actor thrilled to be working at Cleveland Play House. Recently he was part of the workshop of ¡Americano! A new musical at the New 42nd street Studios. He was also seen at the revival of Evita at NYCC/Encores! Into the Woods more(Ensemble, U/S Kevin & Piraguero) is a Mexican Actor thrilled to be working at Cleveland Play House. Recently he was part of the workshop of ¡Americano! A new musical at the New 42nd street Studios. He was also seen at the revival of Evita at NYCC/Encores! Into the Woods (pre-production) at NYCC/Encores! Other credits include The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Aida.Off Broadway, National Tours: Comfort Women, A new musical and Jesus Christ Superstar. Regional: On Your Feet!, Evita, In The Heights, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar.TV: Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon and NBC Upfronts. Edgar is also part of Ben Platt's music video called "Temporary Love". This is for you Lolito, Frida and Oliver. Thanks to my husband Rolando for all your support.Viva Mèxico. Gracias Avalon Family.

Aamar-Malik Culbreth

Aamar-Malik Culbreth

(Swing, U/S Benny) is a Cleveland-based performer originally from North Carolina and he is so grateful and honored to be making his Cleveland Play House debut with this beautiful group of artists. Some of his favorite roles include Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream more(Swing, U/S Benny) is a Cleveland-based performer originally from North Carolina and he is so grateful and honored to be making his Cleveland Play House debut with this beautiful group of artists. Some of his favorite roles include Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Youngblood in Jitney (Beck Center), Tiny in Kill Move Paradise, Edmond Hodges in What We Look Like (Dobama Theatre), Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet, Ken U/S in Ain’t Misbehavin, Seymour/Audrey 2 U/S Little Shop of Horrors (Idaho Shakespeare Festival) Pippin in Pippin, and Everybody in Everybody (Baldwin Wallace University). BWMT #ArtistsForCeaseFire #FreePalestine

Courtland Davis

Courtland Davis

(Graffiti Pete) is an American actor, director, dancer & singer. He performed on FOX TV SYTYCD S15. He directed and starred in his first short film called Left Alone, which can be seen on his YouTube channel CourtTooReal. His drive and passion with creating and growing in the arts more(Graffiti Pete) is an American actor, director, dancer & singer. He performed on FOX TV SYTYCD S15. He directed and starred in his first short film called Left Alone, which can be seen on his YouTube channel CourtTooReal. His drive and passion with creating and growing in the arts is what makes Courtland Davis the artist he is today!

Shadia Fairuz

Shadia Fairuz

(Daniela) is thrilled to be making her Cleveland Play House debut. She is a New York based actor, singer, and vocal coach. Recently seen in the World Premiere of “Real Women Have Curves World the musical” at the American Repertory Theater (Featured Ensemble, u/s Carmen, Rosali, Ms. Wright, Fulvia). more(Daniela) is thrilled to be making her Cleveland Play House debut. She is a New York based actor, singer, and vocal coach. Recently seen in the World Premiere of “Real Women Have Curves World the musical” at the American Repertory Theater (Featured Ensemble, u/s Carmen, Rosali, Ms. Wright, Fulvia). Other highlights include Broadway: Sing Street (u/s Penny, Sandra); 1st Nat. Broadway Tour, On Your Feet!(u/s Gloria Fajardo, Consuelo); On Your Feet! (Gloria Fajardo) North Carolina Theater (Broadwayworld Best Supporting Nominee); In the Heights (Daniela, Camila): La Mirada Theatre CA, Saugatuck PAC, MI (Broadwayworld Best Actor Nominee), Engeman Theater, NY; Gala Theatre, DC (Helen Hayes, Best Supporting Actor Nominee); Axelrod PAC, NJ; I Like It Like That (opposite grammy winner Tito Nieves), Off-Broadway. TV/Film: Hallmark, Sugar Plum Twist (Supporting); CBS, The Late Show. Education: Masters In Music, Mannes School of Music. www.shadiafairuz.com. Follow her @shadiafairuz. Rep: DGRW.

Valeria Flores

Valeria Flores

(Ensemble) (she/her) is a proud peruana and feels grateful to be making her Cleveland Play House debut with a show that means so much to her. She is currently studying at Baldwin Wallace as a first-year music theatre major and was recently featured in Pippin (Ensemble, Fastrada u/s). At more(Ensemble) (she/her) is a proud peruana and feels grateful to be making her Cleveland Play House debut with a show that means so much to her. She is currently studying at Baldwin Wallace as a first-year music theatre major and was recently featured in Pippin (Ensemble, Fastrada u/s). At Paper Mill Playhouse, Valeria received a Rising Star Award nomination and has choreographed for their New Voices Concert. Some of her earlier credits include Chicago (Velma), Sweet Charity (Charity), and Spelling Bee (Olive). Para mi familia: los quiero mucho Mamita, Papito, y Alvarito! IG: @_valeria.flores

Alyssa V. Gomez

Alyssa V. Gomez

(Ensemble) (she/they) is honored to make her Cleveland Play House debut with a show so close to her heart. Alyssa is an NYC born, bred, and based Nuyorican Actor, Director, and Founder of CO-OP Productions. As a performer, Alyssa was last seen originating the role of “Ceci” in the more(Ensemble) (she/they) is honored to make her Cleveland Play House debut with a show so close to her heart. Alyssa is an NYC born, bred, and based Nuyorican Actor, Director, and Founder of CO-OP Productions. As a performer, Alyssa was last seen originating the role of “Ceci” in the world premiere of ¡Americano! at the Phoenix Theatre Company. Select credits include Motown the Musical (2nd Broadway National Tour), In The Heights (Milwaukee Rep, Seattle Rep, Portland Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Rent (Ivoryton Playhouse). Additional industry credits include On Your Feet (Company Manager – 2nd National), Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Assistant Company Manager – 1st National), ¡Americano! (Assistant Director/Cultural Coordinator – New World Stages). Television credits include Royal Pains, Hightown, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Much love to mi familia! www.alyssavgomez.com @alyssavgomez

Reyna Guerra

Reyna Guerra

(Ensemble, U/S Vanessa) is a multi-hyphenated artist and entrepreneur. As a proud Afro-Latina born and raised in the Bronx. She is thrilled to be bringing a little piece of el barrio to the Cleveland playhouse. National Tour: Tina The Tina Turner Musical (Ikette/Ensemble). Off-Broadway: Runaways (New York City Center) more(Ensemble, U/S Vanessa) is a multi-hyphenated artist and entrepreneur. As a proud Afro-Latina born and raised in the Bronx. She is thrilled to be bringing a little piece of el barrio to the Cleveland playhouse. National Tour: Tina The Tina Turner Musical (Ikette/Ensemble). Off-Broadway: Runaways (New York City Center) and West Side Story (Carnegie Hall). Film: In The Heights (Warner Bros). Other Credits include The Public Theatre Gala 16’, 17, and ‘18, Hair to Hamilton and Women of the public. She is the founder of New Eden Cosmetics. She believes the true beauty and power of her work lies in who she is doing it for. To create, to inspire and make a change through her artistry. Special thanks to her village, Papi, Rey, Zu, mami for their love and support. Tio Tico y mi querida prima Keyla esta es para ti. Hebrews 1:3 @reina2x reynaguerra.com

Kirstin Angelina Henry

Kirstin Angelina Henry

(Carla) (she/her) has been coming to CPH ever since she was a kid and still feels it's a dream to be performing here. She is even more blessed to be able to work alongside her Mom and forever idol, Trinidad Snider. She wants to thank the creative team for more(Carla) (she/her) has been coming to CPH ever since she was a kid and still feels it's a dream to be performing here. She is even more blessed to be able to work alongside her Mom and forever idol, Trinidad Snider. She wants to thank the creative team for such a beautiful process, James Vásquez for trusting her to be the silly girl who always says she’s from Queens, her family and friends for their endless support, her stellar agency Pantera Murphy for keeping her moving through this industry, and an extra thank you to all of you for continuing to support live theatre. Her past credits include: Paw Patrol Live Heroes Unite National Tour (U/S Rocky, Princess, Liberty, Everest, Ensemble), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), West Side Story (Rosalia), and Heathers (Veronica). She dedicates her performances to Kevin Kelly, Kevin O'Boyle, GG, and her Papa.

Luis Herrera

Luis Herrera

(Ensemble, U/S Usnavi, Graffiti Pete, and Sonny) is thrilled to be making his Cleveland Play House debut with In The Heights! Off-Broadway: Aloha Boricua (Puertorican Traveling Theater). Regional: La Havana Madrid ( South Coast Repertory), Guys and Dolls (ACT), Rent (ACT), Man of La Mancha (Plaza Theatricals), Sweeney Todd more(Ensemble, U/S Usnavi, Graffiti Pete, and Sonny) is thrilled to be making his Cleveland Play House debut with In The Heights! Off-Broadway: Aloha Boricua (Puertorican Traveling Theater). Regional: La Havana Madrid ( South Coast Repertory), Guys and Dolls (ACT), Rent (ACT), Man of La Mancha (Plaza Theatricals), Sweeney Todd ( Park Playhouse), In The Heights (Paramount Theater), Once on this Island (Porchlight Music Theater). Grateful to God and his family! Also, thank you to his agency, PMA! Follow his journey @luisherreraofficial

Chibueze Ihuoma

Chibueze Ihuoma

(Benny) (he/him) is a nigerian-american actor, musician, and model based in New York. A New Jersey native, he was last seen in Cleveland as Orpheus in the touring company of Hadestown. Being a child of immigrants himself, he is so grateful to be a part of this beautiful story. more(Benny) (he/him) is a nigerian-american actor, musician, and model based in New York. A New Jersey native, he was last seen in Cleveland as Orpheus in the touring company of Hadestown. Being a child of immigrants himself, he is so grateful to be a part of this beautiful story. He believes in the richness and strength of those who come to America and build vibrant communities, and no amount of legislation or adversity can erase their impact. Chibueze’s other stage credits include: Hadestown (Broadway), The Lost Boys (Workshop), and Once (Hangar Theater). He also performs in various music venues throughout NYC. Huge thanks to his teams at CESD and Vision Talent, his mentors at NYU Tisch (‘21), and every loved one that supported him on his journey. Especially a certain Clevelander in his life ♥? Instagram: @chibreezy7. chibuezeihuoma.com.

Rudy Martinez

Rudy Martinez

(Kevin Rosario) is making his Cleveland Play House debut. He is excited to be stepping back into Washington Heights, having recently played Kevin at Marriott Theatre. Other favorite roles include Quixote in Man of La Mancha, J. Bowden Hapgood in Anyone Can Whistle, Sweeney and Judge Turpin in Sweeney more(Kevin Rosario) is making his Cleveland Play House debut. He is excited to be stepping back into Washington Heights, having recently played Kevin at Marriott Theatre. Other favorite roles include Quixote in Man of La Mancha, J. Bowden Hapgood in Anyone Can Whistle, Sweeney and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Baker in Into The Woods, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Che, Magaldi and Peron in Evita, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Gomez in The Addams Family, Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Balladeer in Assassins, and George Banks in Mary Poppins. When not performing, Rudy is the man behind custom cake company Man Bakes Cake. His television appearances include Food Network's Halloween Baking Championship (Winner Season 1) and Cake Wars (Finalist). His life and baking hijinx can be found here @manbakescake

Addie Morales

Addie Morales

(Nina Rosario) (she/her/ella) has recently concluded her run on the Broadway National Tour of Les Misérables as Cosette. Favorite regional credits include Evita (Drury Lane Theatre), In The Heights and The Sound of Music (Marriott Theatre), Steel Magnolias (Casa Mañana), West Side Story (Barrington Stage Company, North Carolina Theatre, more(Nina Rosario) (she/her/ella) has recently concluded her run on the Broadway National Tour of Les Misérables as Cosette. Favorite regional credits include Evita (Drury Lane Theatre), In The Heights and The Sound of Music (Marriott Theatre), Steel Magnolias (Casa Mañana), West Side Story (Barrington Stage Company, North Carolina Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago). TV: “Law and Order: SVU”. Many thanks to CTG, James, and the entire creative team. Para mi familia y lo más importante - para mi “Abuela Claudia,” RIP Zoila Galan. @addie_amber

Joseph Morales

Joseph Morales

(Usnavi) is thrilled to return to Washington Heights again after playing Usnavi in the First Broadway National Tour of In the Heights. Previous credits include: Hamilton in Hamilton (Original Chicago Company/Original Philip Company), If/Then, Bombay Dreams, Rock of Ages. Regional: Marriott Theatre, The Old Globe, Pioneer Theatre Company, La more(Usnavi) is thrilled to return to Washington Heights again after playing Usnavi in the First Broadway National Tour of In the Heights. Previous credits include: Hamilton in Hamilton (Original Chicago Company/Original Philip Company), If/Then, Bombay Dreams, Rock of Ages. Regional: Marriott Theatre, The Old Globe, Pioneer Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, East West Players, Paper Mill Playhouse. TV: Chicago Med, Colony. @josephamorales

Liliana Rodriguez

Liliana Rodriguez

(Ensemble, U/S Nina and Daniela) (she/ her) recently appeared in The Old Globe’s Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Other regional credits include Sunday In The Park With George (CCAE Theatricals), An American In Paris (MTW), The Wedding Singer, Something Rotten!, On Your Feet! (Moonlight Amphitheatre), Evita (Cygnet more(Ensemble, U/S Nina and Daniela) (she/ her) recently appeared in The Old Globe’s Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Other regional credits include Sunday In The Park With George (CCAE Theatricals), An American In Paris (MTW), The Wedding Singer, Something Rotten!, On Your Feet! (Moonlight Amphitheatre), Evita (Cygnet Theatre), In The Heights, Catch Me If You Can, All Shook Up (SDMT), I Too Sing America and 1968: Revolution Remastered (Goodman Theatre). Education: AA in Musical Theatre, Grossmont College. @lilianarodriguez_10 on Instagram.

Amy Romero

Amy Romero

(Associate Choreographer, Swing, U/S Carla, and Dan) is thrilled and humbled to be a part of this wonderful team at CPH. As an Afro-Latina, Amy is grateful for the opportunity to share the stories of various cultures through the performing arts. Recently, she has toured with recording artist Lisa more(Associate Choreographer, Swing, U/S Carla, and Dan) is thrilled and humbled to be a part of this wonderful team at CPH. As an Afro-Latina, Amy is grateful for the opportunity to share the stories of various cultures through the performing arts. Recently, she has toured with recording artist Lisa Lisa. Her regional theater credits include West Side Story at The Lyric Opera of Chicago, West Side Story at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in Italy, On Your Feet! en Español at GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, D.C., On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan at North Carolina Theatre, The Wiz (Florida), and the NYC workshop of Thoughts of a Colored Man. National tour credits include Legally Blonde U.S. National Tour and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live National Tour. IG: @shylah_amy3

Trinidad Snider

Trinidad Snider

(Abuela Claudia) (She/Her) is extremely humbled and honored to make her CPH debut! For the past 5 years, she has served as the Artistic Director at Near West Theatre. She has performed and directed on various Cleveland stages over the past 35 years. This will be the 2nd time more(Abuela Claudia) (She/Her) is extremely humbled and honored to make her CPH debut! For the past 5 years, she has served as the Artistic Director at Near West Theatre. She has performed and directed on various Cleveland stages over the past 35 years. This will be the 2nd time she’s shared the stage with her fabulous and talented daughter, Kirstin. She would like to thank James, Derek, and the entire production team for trusting her with this opportunity, the NWT team for their paciencia y fe throughout this process, and her husband Michael, and their other children; Colin, Dylan, and Michaela. She encourages folks to continue to support their local theaters and artists. Past credits include: Dee Dee (The Prom), Mombi (Land of Oz), and Anita (West Side Story). Headshot Credit: Shiny Penny Studios. In Memory of KJK. #TPOG

Kevin Solis

Kevin Solis

(Piraguero) is extremely excited to be making his Cleveland Play House debut! Regional productions include Dallas Theater Center: In the Heights (Piraguero), Into The Woods (Jack u/s, Rapunzel’s Prince u/s, Steward u/s), The Odyssey (Featured Musician), and Babalu: La Vida Es Muy Larga (Orchestra), The Old Globe: How The more(Piraguero) is extremely excited to be making his Cleveland Play House debut! Regional productions include Dallas Theater Center: In the Heights (Piraguero), Into The Woods (Jack u/s, Rapunzel’s Prince u/s, Steward u/s), The Odyssey (Featured Musician), and Babalu: La Vida Es Muy Larga (Orchestra), The Old Globe: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Papa Who), La Mirada: In the Heights (Piraguero), Casa Mañana: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Elf/Bumble/Birdfish), Theater Three: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Man 2), Cara Mía Theater Co: The House on Mango Street (Cousin Louie/Ensemble), and Shakespeare Dallas: Romeo and Juliet (Peter/Balthasar)!. Special thanks to his Family, Friends, and amazing girlfriend Christina for all the love and support! Proverbs 3:5-6. Keep Up with Kev on TikTok and Instagram: Sirkevykev

Gabriel Subervi

Gabriel Subervi

(Sonny) (he/him) is so grateful for this opportunity to be performing in his debut at the Cleveland Play House. He is a rising sophomore at Baldwin Wallace University majoring in music theatre. Coming from New Jersey, he received a Rising Star Award from Paper Mill Playhouse for his portrayal more(Sonny) (he/him) is so grateful for this opportunity to be performing in his debut at the Cleveland Play House. He is a rising sophomore at Baldwin Wallace University majoring in music theatre. Coming from New Jersey, he received a Rising Star Award from Paper Mill Playhouse for his portrayal of the Doctor and Escapologist (Matilda) and honorable mention for his portrayal of Jack Kelly (Newsies). Most of Gabriel’s performances have been at the Ridge Performing Arts Center and include: Ed Boone (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time), Rum Tum Tugger (Cats), Cedric / Mr. Voldy (Puffs), Benny Southstreet (Guys & Dolls), Freddie Filmore (It’s A Wonderful Life), and Philostrate/Fairy (A Midsummer-night’s Dream), and at the NJ Youth Actors, Lt. Shaw (The Secret Garden). Gabriel would like to thank his entire familia for all of the love and support. Gracias Mami y Papi! IG: gabesub_75

Arik Vega

Arik Vega

(Ensemble, U/S Sonny, Usnavi, Graffiti Pete) is originally from West Texas, and earned his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He has performed regionally at Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, The Fireside Theatre, and Studio Tenn to name a more(Ensemble, U/S Sonny, Usnavi, Graffiti Pete) is originally from West Texas, and earned his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He has performed regionally at Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, The Fireside Theatre, and Studio Tenn to name a few. Vega has also worked professionally as a wedding/basic ballroom dance instructor and fight choreographer. He has been seen on television in Chicago Fire (NBCUniversal), as well as McDonald's, Maytag, and UPS commercials. Currently in television circulation, he can be seen as a medical scribe in an Oak Street Health commercial. You may follow his journey on Instagram @arikvega.

Kalyn West

Kalyn West

(Vanessa) (she/they) The Prom Broadway (Shelby, u/s Emma, Alyssa); The Gardens of Anuncia LCT Off Broadway (Young Anuncia); Gigantic Off Broadway (Marlie); The Prom 1st National Tour (Alyssa Greene); Mean Girls 1st National Tour (Ensemble). NY: Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat ATF (Kat Johnson); The Demise NYMF (Natalie); PopStar more(Vanessa) (she/they) The Prom Broadway (Shelby, u/s Emma, Alyssa); The Gardens of Anuncia LCT Off Broadway (Young Anuncia); Gigantic Off Broadway (Marlie); The Prom 1st National Tour (Alyssa Greene); Mean Girls 1st National Tour (Ensemble). NY: Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat ATF (Kat Johnson); The Demise NYMF (Natalie); PopStar Alchemy Theater Productions (Katie). Regional: The Gardens of Anuncia The Old Globe (Young Anuncia); Moby Dick A.R.T. (Stubb); Hunchback of Notre Dame Fulton (Esmeralda); Prince of Egypt TheatreWorks (Ensemble); In The Heights Fulton (Vanessa); RENT Casa Mañana (Mimi); Back Home Again Lesher Center (Aggie); The Music Man Flatrock Playhouse (Zaneeta); ASS by Ellen Simon Pioneer Theatre Company (Ana). TV/Film: Blue Bloods, Season 6 CBS (Rachel); Imitation Girl Ilium Pictures (Gabby) Big thanks to my love, my fam, and my excellent team at The Talent House & IKIGAI management. www.kalynwest.com

Quiara Alegría Hudes

Quiara Alegría Hudes

(Book) is the recipient of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Broadway: In the Heights (2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony nomination for Best Book, Pulitzer Finalist). Off-Broadway: Water by the Spoonful (Pulitzer Prize), In the Heights (Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), The Happiest Song Plays more(Book) is the recipient of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Broadway: In the Heights (2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony nomination for Best Book, Pulitzer Finalist). Off-Broadway: Water by the Spoonful (Pulitzer Prize), In the Heights (Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), The Happiest Song Plays Last, Daphne’s Dive (upcoming, Signature Theatre). Off-Off-Broadway: Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue (Pulitzer Finalist). Regional: 26 Miles (Alliance Theatre), Barrio Grrrl! (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts). National tours: In the Heights and Barrio Grrrl! Other Honors: Playwright in Residence at Signature Theatre, The Roe Green Award, The United States Artists Fontanals Fellowship. B.A. from Yale, M.F.A. from Brown, where she studied with Paula Vogel. Board Member at Philadelphia Young Playwrights, which produced her first play in the tenth grade.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

(Music & Lyrics) is a Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning songwriter, actor and director. He is the creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony-winning Hamilton and In the Heights. His additional Broadway credits include Freestyle Love Supreme (2020 Special Tony Award recipient, co-founder, guest star), Bring It more(Music & Lyrics) is a Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning songwriter, actor and director. He is the creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony-winning Hamilton and In the Heights. His additional Broadway credits include Freestyle Love Supreme (2020 Special Tony Award recipient, co-founder, guest star), Bring It On: The Musical (co-composer/co-lyricist, Tony nomination for Best Musical), and West Side Story (2009 revival, Spanish translations).Miranda is the recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award, the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors and the 2019 Portrait of a Nation Prize. He received an Emmy Award with Tom Kitt for their song “Bigger” from the 67th Annual Tony Awards.Mr. Miranda and The Miranda Family actively support initiatives that increase the representation of people of color throughout the arts and government, ensure access to women’s reproductive health, and promote resilience in Puerto Rico.His 2021 film credits include: In The Heights, Vivo, Encanto and his directorial film debut, tick, tick… BOOM! Additional TV/film credits include: Hamilton, His Dark Materials, Fosse/Verdon, We The People, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Curb Your Enthusiasm (2018 Emmy Nomination, Guest Actor), Saturday Night Live (2017 Emmy Nomination, Guest Actor), Sesame Street, The Electric Company, House, DuckTales, 200 Cartas, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Moana (2017 Oscar nomination, Grammy Award for Best Original Song) and Mary Poppins Returns. Miranda received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2002. He lives with his family in New York.

James Vásquez

(Director) is excited to make his Cleveland Play House debut. He is a Resident Artist at The Old Globe Theatre, where he directed the world premiere of American Mariachi, the west coast premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things, and their annual production of Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas, more(Director) is excited to make his Cleveland Play House debut. He is a Resident Artist at The Old Globe Theatre, where he directed the world premiere of American Mariachi, the west coast premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things, and their annual production of Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas, among others. Nationally, James' work has been seen at Goodspeed Musicals, Denver Center Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Children's Theatre Company, Marriott Theatre, and Two River Theatre, and developmental workshops with South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, and Lively McCabe Entertainment. James is an amateur gardener, lover of dogs, and a graduate of the Juilliard School. www.jamesvasquez.com

Julio Agustín

(Choreographer) (he/él/theirs) is a New York-based theatrical multihyphenate. His recent directing/choreography credits include Sister Act at Geva Theatre and On Your Feet at North Carolina Theatre. He specializes in Radical Inclusivity (Re-envisioning the Classics with Contemporary Practices) and has received award nominations for La Dulce Caridad at New Haarlem more(Choreographer) (he/él/theirs) is a New York-based theatrical multihyphenate. His recent directing/choreography credits include Sister Act at Geva Theatre and On Your Feet at North Carolina Theatre. He specializes in Radical Inclusivity (Re-envisioning the Classics with Contemporary Practices) and has received award nominations for La Dulce Caridad at New Haarlem Arts Theatre. NYC; Guys and Dolls at Theatre Under the Stars; and In the Heights at The Hangar Theatre. Performing credits include the original Broadway companies of Fosse, Steel Pier, Never Gonna Dance, Bells Are Ringing revival (“Carl”), and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (“Ambite”), as well as Chicago, the musical. Julio earned his Master’s degree in Directing from Penn State, and is the author of The Professional Actor’s Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call and “Navigating the Musical Theatre Industry for Latinx Actors” in Latinx Actor Training. He gives special thanks to Michael, James, Susan Gurman, and husband John. JulioAgustin.com / @JulioAgustinNYC

Noah Landis

(Music Director) is thrilled to return to Playhouse Square, where he previously performed with the national tour of A Bronx Tale in 2019. He is a New York-based music director, conductor, pianist, and orchestrator. Broadway/NYC: Hamilton, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. National Tours: Hamilton (Angelica tour), A Bronx Tale more(Music Director) is thrilled to return to Playhouse Square, where he previously performed with the national tour of A Bronx Tale in 2019. He is a New York-based music director, conductor, pianist, and orchestrator. Broadway/NYC: Hamilton, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. National Tours: Hamilton (Angelica tour), A Bronx Tale (1st National), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Regional: In The Heights (Gateway Playhouse, Long Island & Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire IL), Damn Yankees, Man of La Mancha, How To Succeed… (Marriott Theatre). Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Thanks always to my many teachers, and special thanks to James and the CPH team for bringing me on! Honored to help tell this story. noahlandis.com / IG: @thenoahland

Diggle

(Scenic Designer) (he/him/his) Proud Gay Mexican designer with Indigenous Mexica (Aztec) roots. Selected credits: Travels (Ars Nova); The Harder They Come (Public Theater); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Stir (Old Globe), Cowboy Bob (Alley Theatre); Hair, Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really (Portland Center Stage); Gruesome Playground Injuries (St. more(Scenic Designer) (he/him/his) Proud Gay Mexican designer with Indigenous Mexica (Aztec) roots. Selected credits: Travels (Ars Nova); The Harder They Come (Public Theater); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Stir (Old Globe), Cowboy Bob (Alley Theatre); Hair, Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really (Portland Center Stage); Gruesome Playground Injuries (St. Louis Rep); Fires in the Mirror (Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre); Shakespeare: Call and Response (Public’s Mobile Unit); The Conversationalists (Bushwick Starr); Decky Does a Bronco (Royal Family Productions); Electra, Fade (DTC). Princess Grace Honoria. Scenic Design Professor for SMU's graduate design program. web: diggledesigns.com ig: @diggle_deisgns

Lex Liang

(Costume Designer) is delighted to be back at CPH where he previously designed Shakespeare in Love (SD/CD), Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville (CD), The Three Musketeers (CD), The Little Foxes (SD/CD) and many others. Int’l/Nat’l Tours/NYC/Off-B’way: 100+ productions, including Judy Gold’s Yes, I Can Say That! currently playing at Primary Stages, more(Costume Designer) is delighted to be back at CPH where he previously designed Shakespeare in Love (SD/CD), Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville (CD), The Three Musketeers (CD), The Little Foxes (SD/CD) and many others. Int’l/Nat’l Tours/NYC/Off-B’way: 100+ productions, including Judy Gold’s Yes, I Can Say That! currently playing at Primary Stages, directed by BD Wong. Other recent work includes the world premieres of Emma, Mr. Holland’s Opus, The Tattooed Lady, and May We All. Other Regional: Actor’s Theatre Louisville, Alliance Theatre, Asolo, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center, Geva, Guthrie, La Jolla, Long Wharf, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Playmaker’s Rep, Portland Center Stage, St. Louis Rep, Syracuse Stage, Woolly Mammoth, ... Lex is the founder and principal of LDC Design Associates, the experiential event design and production company in NYC. Recent projects/clients include Absolut Vodka, Operation Smile, Johnson & Johnson, Ubuntu Pathways, Invesco, The Tony Awards Gala, NYFW, NYWFF, William Hill, and others. www.LexLiang.com @Lex92

María-Cristina Fusté

(Lighting Designer) has a career in lighting design with credits in New York, Puerto Rico, major U.S. cities, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, México, and the Dominican Republic. She is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre Company. Broadway: Associate on Jagged Little Pill (2021). Off Broadway: Sancocho (WP more(Lighting Designer) has a career in lighting design with credits in New York, Puerto Rico, major U.S. cities, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, México, and the Dominican Republic. She is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre Company. Broadway: Associate on Jagged Little Pill (2021). Off Broadway: Sancocho (WP Theater), Songs About Trains (Working Theater/Radical Evolution); Fur, Mud, and The Conduct of Life (Boundless Theatre Company) Regional: Measure for Measure (Chicago Shakespeare Co); American Mariachi (Goodman Theatre, Chicago/ Alabama Shakespeare/ Cleveland Play House); Anna in the Tropics (Barrington Stage); Sweat (People’s Light Theater); In The Heights (Westport Country Playhouse / Aurora Theater / Colorado Springs Arts Center). Opera: Cecilia Valdés (Teatro Colón); Tosca, Bluebeard’s Castle, Madama Butterfly, Don Pasquale, and L’Elisir d’Amore (Ópera de Puerto Rico). MFA in Lighting Design NYU. Awards: Princess Grace Award 2018, Suzi Bass Award 2016/ 2017, HOLA and ATI Awards 2022. LATA Award 2023. www.mcfuste.com

Sharath Patel

(Sound Designer) works nationally and internationally focusing on experimental, commercial, academic, political and socially conscious theatre. Recent designs: Cleveland Play House, The Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, A.C.T., Dallas Theater Center, Portland Center Stage, TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley, Indiana Rep, Asolo Rep, American Rep, Seattle Rep, Artists Rep, Milwaukee Rep, more(Sound Designer) works nationally and internationally focusing on experimental, commercial, academic, political and socially conscious theatre. Recent designs: Cleveland Play House, The Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, A.C.T., Dallas Theater Center, Portland Center Stage, TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley, Indiana Rep, Asolo Rep, American Rep, Seattle Rep, Artists Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cal Shakes, Alabama Shakes, Theatrical Outfit, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Tantrum Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, The Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Arena Stage, Hypokrit Theatre Company, Virginia Stage Company, Geffen Playhouse, East West Players, Theatrical Outfit. Additional work in New York City, San Francisco, L.A., D.C., Boston, Norfolk, Raleigh, Aspen, India, France, England, Germany, Romania, Vietnam. Affiliations: USA829 IATSE, Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association, Arts Envoy for the U.S. Department of State, National Respondent for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Resident Artists at Artists Rep. BFA: Ohio University. MFA: Yale School of Drama. sharathpatel.com

Kellen Eason

(Wig Designer) (he/him) is a Portland, OR based wig & make-up designer. Recent designs include Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Luisa Miller, and Deceit Outwitted at Sarasota Opera. The Barber of Seville at Florida Grand Opera. Porgy and Bess, A Thousand Acres, and Americian Apollo at Des Moines Metro Opera. more(Wig Designer) (he/him) is a Portland, OR based wig & make-up designer. Recent designs include Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Luisa Miller, and Deceit Outwitted at Sarasota Opera. The Barber of Seville at Florida Grand Opera. Porgy and Bess, A Thousand Acres, and Americian Apollo at Des Moines Metro Opera. Recent Musical Theater include Jersey Boys at the Gateway Playhouse.

Karie Koppel

(Casting Director) Off-Broadway: Deadly Stages,‘Til Death, Queens Girl In The World, Eve Ensler’s Fruit Trilogy, The Gentleman Caller, The Boy Who Danced On Air, and Mother of Invention. Regional credits include: Denver Center Theatre, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Cape Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Trinity more(Casting Director) Off-Broadway: Deadly Stages,‘Til Death, Queens Girl In The World, Eve Ensler’s Fruit Trilogy, The Gentleman Caller, The Boy Who Danced On Air, and Mother of Invention. Regional credits include: Denver Center Theatre, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Cape Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Trinity Rep, Arena Stage, The Magic Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Northern Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, Syracuse Stage, Bucks County Playhouse, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival. National Tours: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Middletown. Feature Films: The Empath, The House of Usher and The Visit; upcoming Smashing and Red Card. For PBS: “Walter Winchell,” “The Vote,” “Charles M Russell,” “Across The Pacific.”?Karie is also the Director of Casting for GFour Productions.

Colt Luedtke

(Stage Manager) is excited to make his CPH debut! New York credits include; Broadway: Funny Girl, Chess (Benefit Concert), Off-Broadway: What The Constitution Means To Me (New York Theatre Workshop), Atlantic Theater Company, New York City Center, The Public Theatre. Regional credits include: The 5th Avenue Theatre, Paper Mill more(Stage Manager) is excited to make his CPH debut! New York credits include; Broadway: Funny Girl, Chess (Benefit Concert), Off-Broadway: What The Constitution Means To Me (New York Theatre Workshop), Atlantic Theater Company, New York City Center, The Public Theatre. Regional credits include: The 5th Avenue Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Arvada Center, Two River Theater, Northern Stage, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

Kitty Wen

(Assistant Stage Manager) is grateful to be return with Cleveland Play House. CPH credits included Teddy Bear Mountain(SM), The Great Leap(ASM)and Becoming Dr. Ruth(ASM), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein(PA). Previous stage management credits include Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Cain Park, Karamu House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Ohio City Theatre Project, Baldwin Wallace, Independence more(Assistant Stage Manager) is grateful to be return with Cleveland Play House. CPH credits included Teddy Bear Mountain(SM), The Great Leap(ASM)and Becoming Dr. Ruth(ASM), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein(PA). Previous stage management credits include Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Cain Park, Karamu House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Ohio City Theatre Project, Baldwin Wallace, Independence Theatre, and Cassidy Theatre, among others. She previously completed her Disney College Program and Dobama Theatre Internship and graduated with a BA from Baldwin Wallace University.

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