The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Oops!… They Did It Again
The Creative Production Team Includes:
Raymond Bobgan – Producer
Michael Seevers Jr. – Associate Director, Choreographer, Music Director
Molly Andrews-Hinders – Line Producer
Shannon McManus – Stage Manager
Beth Wood – Scenic Designer
Benjamin Gantose – Lighting Designer
Inda Blatch-Geib – Costume Designer
Kasey Gilder – Sound Designer
Jeannette Mwaki – Master Electrician/Assistant Lighting Designer
Cole Sajovie – Assistant Stage Manager/Sound Operator
Buck McDaniel – Accompanist
About Co-Creator Liz Conway
Liz Conway is thrilled to be reviving the Loush Sisters for another go-round of holiday debauchery. As co-creator and performer, Liz has been living the Loush Sister life for over 15 years. She is proud to be called a core artist at CPT and is an award-winning actor who has performed on stages throughout Northeast Ohio. She currently serves as the Board Chair at Talespinner Children’s Theatre, the only professional children’s theatre in Cleveland. When not doing extensive research into booze and pop songs, she is raising the next generation of Loush Sisters with her husband in Cleveland.
About Co-Creator, Associate Director, Choreographer, & Music Director Michael Seevers Jr.
Michael began his college studies as a Spanish Education major at Bowling Green State University, but the theatre bug was still too great and he switched his major to Theatre Management at Baldwin Wallace College. Michael is a classically trained pianist, as well as a singer, dancer, and actor. He has performed, in all capacities, all over Northeast Ohio. He won a best lead actor award for his work as Sparky in Forever Plaid. Michael was Carlo Cannoli in Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding for a year run at the Hanna Theatre. In 2001 he became “Mr. Bitch” in Cleveland Public Theatre’s wildly successful two-season run of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, culminating in the Original Cleveland Cast Recording. In 2003 during Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge at CPT, he met cast members Beth Wood and Liz Conway and the Spleeny Sisters were born – later changing the name to The Loush Sisters (that’s loose and lush, but fancy) for their 2011 Playhouse Square one-act production.
About Co-Creator, Director, & Scenic Designer Beth Wood
Beth Wood is the Associate Artistic Director & Director of Production at CPT. As a director of adventurous scripted work, she has been honored as a director of superior achievement by the Cleveland Critics Circle in 2016, 2015, and 2013, and has directed seven world premieres and eight regional premieres, during her twelve-year tenure at CPT. In 2016, she was awarded a TCG Leadership U[niversity] Continuing Ed grant to research long-term new play development models across the country. Recently, she has been working with Nikkole Salter to develop Nikkole’s new play Breakout Session (or Frogorse), a CPT commission supported by the National New Play Network, and will direct the world premiere in February 2020. Her CPT directing credits include Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Lines in the Dust by Nikkole Salter, the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of in a word by Lauren Yee, There Is a Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher, Barbecue and Antebellum by Robert O’Hara, FEVER/DREAM by Sheila Callaghan, Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang, and BOOM by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb.
“You’re just going to laugh, and have so much fun… when people leave the theatre [after seeing a Loush Sisters show], they have smiles on their faces. They forget about all their troubles for a night.”
-Michael Seevers Jr., Co-Creator, Associate Director, Choreographer, & Music Director of The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Oops!… They Did It Again
The Loush Sisters in The News-Herald
“I’m excited because it’s a wild, crazy, and very silly holiday romp… It’s such a gift to get to make a play with all of our best friends and celebrate the holidays together in this kind of zany and borderline insane way that The Loush Sisters are.” -Beth Wood
Click here or on the thumbnail to read the full article about The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Oops!… They Did It Again by John Benson in The News-Herald.
Meet Holly and Jolly
Holly and Jolly Loush learned to wow crowds at an early age from intensive training at the foot of their icon, Judy Garland (who they’ve never met), and the strict tutelage of Mama Loush, who also has a proclivity for, um, spending time with Santa (who the sisters believe is their Daddy).
After their successful “What Chew Talk In About Willis?” Tour in their basement, Holly and Jolly got their start at the esteemed Pilot Travel Center in Richfield, OH, before landing their first paid gig at Sea World in Geauga County, performing as seals* alongside their wiser sister Butter Rum (*understudy). But it wasn’t until Holly and Jolly found their home at a windowless, low-lit, seedy extraordinary low-cost dance center on West 117th Street that their careers really took off. (To read the sisters’ full story about their steps to stardom, click here.)
“The Loush Sisters are all about celebrating family… it’s just like being together with your loved ones, whether that’s your genetic family or your chosen family, and enjoying one another during the holidays.”
-Beth Wood, CPT Associate Artistic Director & Director of Production, and Co-Creator, Director, Scenic Designer, & cast member of The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Oops!… They Did It Again
“The members of the cast are powerhouses. The sound that comes from them is joyous, it is lifting, it’s powerful.”
-Liz Conway, Co-Creator & cast member of The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Oops!… They Did It Again
“Working with Beth and Liz and writing these scripts is probably the most fun I have ever had… I’ve never laughed so hard.” -Michael Seevers Jr.
The year was 2003. Beth Wood and Liz Conway were appearing in CPT’s production of Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge (we’re sensing a theme here…), where they met Michael Seevers Jr., the show’s music director. The three put together a 15-minute act for a holiday cabaret benefit CPT was holding at Bounce. Inspired by old-school Saturday Night Live‘s The Sweeney Sisters, the delightfully inappropriate duo got their start as The Spleeny Sisters.
By 2011, The Spleeny Sisters had evolved into the now-infamous Loush Sisters for a one-act production in Playhouse Square. Since then, Liz, Michael, and Beth have created four full-length productions—and are stronger than ever.
“I just love being with the girls writing the shows. We always meet at my house on the deck, so we’re outside, we light torches at night, and we always sit in the same spot. I wish people could be a fly on the wall… There’s such a synergy between the three of us, there’s such a friendship, and we can just kind of read each other’s minds.” -Michael Seevers Jr.