About Respect


Respect: written and conceived by Dorothy Marcic


Sharyon CulbersonSharyon Culberson - (Ensemble)
Sharyon is trilled to be joining the Chicago cast of RESPECT. Her background combines both musical theater and improvisational comedy. Her recent appearances include local productions of "The Adventures of Kid Zero" at the Apollo Theatre, "A Woman Called Truth" and "Sideways Stories of the Wayside School" at the Vittum Theater, and "Africa and Plumbridge" at the Theatre Building Chicago and the New York Fringe festival. She is also an ensemble member of the locally acclaimed musical improv troupe"Jazz Hands Across America," and has had numerous appearances across the country with the San Francisco based improvisational comedy troupe "Oui Be Negreos." Although she has appeared in productions in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Florida, she is quite pleased to return to her hometown theater scene in Chicago, IL.

JeanetteJeanette Fitzpatrick - (Ensemble)
Jeanette is thrilled to be moving from sunny southern Florida to the windy city of Chicago with Respect. A New Jersey girl still at heart, she received her BA in theatre from Wagner College, located in NYC. She has performed on the international tour of Grease, where she played Jenny Casino, as well as understudied the roles of Rizzo and Ms. Lynch. Other favorite credits include: Irene Roth in Crazy for You, Josefine/Monica in Romance, Romance and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, earning her an Irene Ryan Nomination for best female lead. Special thanks to my mom and dad for their undieing faith and support. Much love and thanks to bk, who has helped make my dreams come true.

Lara FilipLara Filip - (Ensemble)
Lara is very happy to be back at CCPA, with Respect. She was last seen here as the Narrator in Joseph. Past credits include National tours or Evita (the Mistress), and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy); as well as numerous productions in the Chicago-land area. She has been seen on the stages of Pheasant Run, Drury Lane, The Royal George, The Mercury Theatre, Theatre at the Center and Victory Gardens. In the past several years Lara's focus has shifted to directing, serving for several years as a resident playwright and Associate Director for Theatre-Hikes. Most recently she is proud to have co-founded Landscape Theatre Ensemble, serving as the Artistic Director. Much love to Dave and the puppies.

Barbara MyersBarbara L.W. Myers - (Ensemble)
Barbara is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. While there, she appeared in a number of productions, including the Chicago premiere of Children of Eden. Since graduating, favorite performances in the Chicago area include Clara in Family of Mann at Backstage Theater Co., Mamie Till Mobley in The State of Mississippi and the Face of Emmett Till at Pegasus Players, and Delia in Blues for an Alabama Sky at Illinois Theatre Center. Barbara would like to thank Paul, Ben, Mom, Dad, Teddy, Donald, her family and good friends for all of their love, laughter and support.

Karan PappasKaran Pappas - (Ensemble)
Karen is thrilled to be part of the ensemble of RESPECT. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana she is proud to make her first main stage appearance in Chicago. She was last seen as Angela in "Honky Tonk Angels" at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse and as Mrs. Cratchit in Troupe America's national tour of "A Christmas Carol." Other regional credits include: Trudy in "Social Security," Judy/Ginger in "Ruthless," and Gutrune in "Das Barbecu." Many heartfelt thanks go out to her family and husband for their constant love and support.

Emily PriceEmily Price - (Ensemble)
Emily is very excited to be returning to Chicago with the cast of RESPECT! A graduate of Northwestern University, Chicago theatre credits include TITANIC, DAMN YANKEES, COMPANY, GRAND HOTEL, CAMELOT, and two years in the WAA-MU SHOW. One of the original cast members of RESPECT, Emily has performed the show at the Cuillo Center in West Palm Beach and Stage door's 26th St. Theater in Ft. Lauderdale. Emily is a soloist with the Voices of Baha, performing in Carnegie Hall and the Mozart concert Haus in Vienna, and with such orchestras as the Czech National Symphony and the Budapest Symphony. She is featured on many recordings made by Global Music. Love and thanks to the creative team of RESPECT!


Tempe ThomasTempe Thomas - (Ensemble)
Tempe has performed locally with the Goodman Theatre News Stages Series (Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky, Clea), Light Opera Works (My Night at Jacques', Pierette; Pirates of Penzance, daughter), Emergence Theatre Company (27, Maya), First Folio Shakespeare Festival (As You Like It, Page/Celia U/S), Theatre Building Chicago (The Prairie, Stinging Nettle), and Emerald City Theatre Company (Wizard of Oz, Glinda; Cinderella, Temperance; Peter Pan, Tinkerbell; Where the Wild Things Are, Swing Max). She is a proud graduate of Northwestern University.


Dorothy MarcicDorothy Marcic - (Playwright)
Dorothy is a professor at Vanderbilt University and the author of twelve books, including RESPECT: Women and Popular Music, the basis for this performance, a project she has been working on since 1999. She grew up in Pewaukee, Wisconsin and actually had an Aunt Lilly, Uncle Vernie, and a mother named Leone, all of whose stories are incorporated in the show. To read more about these family members/characters visit the show's web site at www.respectamusicaljourney.com. Dorothy's other books include Understanding Management, Managing with the Wisdom of Love, and four titles with Golden Books. Many years ago Dr. Marcic worked on the TV show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. She has traveled the U.S. and the world doing the one-woman show, The Musical History of Women, which has been well-received in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Holland, England and South Africa. She's appeared on C-SPAN, CMT, and Bravo Network. As a Fulbright Scholar, she taught at the University of Economics in Prague, where she lived for four years. She is married to Dick Daft and has three incredible daughters--Roxanne, Solange and Elizabeth--who are her proudest achievements. She is grateful to the women in her family for inspiring much of the piece. She also wants to thank the wonderful cast and crew, especially Gail Shank, who believed in the show and made this production possible. Her personal web site is www.drdorothy.com

Peter LoewyPeter Loewy- Director
Mr. Loewy is very pleased to return to The Cuillo Centre where he directed last season's smash musical comedy, PAGEANT. He is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Forum Theatre Company, in Metuchen N.J now celebrating its 20th season. He has produced and directed over 90 plays and musicals at the Forum. Mr. Loewy worked on Broadway with librettist Michael Stewart, director Joe Layton and legendary producer David Merrick on such shows as BARNUM; BRING BACK BIRDIE and 42ND STREET. He has directed world premier plays and musicals throughout the country. KISS THE BRIDE a world premiere farce at Theatre Fest, the professional theatre in residence at Montclair State University, the musical CROONERS at the Phoenix theatre in Arizona and the musical, KUNI -LEML, at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, to name a few. Mr. Loewy also toured his hilarious production of the Allen Sherman musical, HELLO MUDDAH, HELLO FADDUH to both Boston and Florida. He imported from London's King Head Theatre the musical MR. CINDERS and subsequently produced and directed the North American premier at the Forum Theatre. He commissioned a new work about WWII freedom fighter, Hannah Sennesh, entitled, HANNAH SENNESH, THE MISSION HOME which he directed at The Forum Theatre Company and later was transferred to The Kings Head Theatre in London. Television and film credits include the Emmy Award winning children's series, "Unicorn Tales", for NBC. He also developed and wrote the award winning short subject musical DRACULA BITES THE BIG APPLE. He would like to thank, Gail, Zac, Dean, Bob and the entire staff of the Cuillo Centre for their dedication to this production and working tirelessly to bring the highest quality entertainment to the theatergoers of South Florida.

Phil HintonPhil Hinton - Production Music Director/ Music Arrangements
Phil was, for many years, a pianist, arranger and conductor for the BBC in London, UK. He has also arranged and conducted more than 250 albums for artists such as Anthony Newley, Shirley Bassey, Howard Keel, Elton John, Vince Hill, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Paul McCartney to name just a few. He was Shirley Bassey's personal music director for three years and Vince Hill's for nine years. Since permanently relocating to the USA in 1994, he has directed countless theatre shows all over the USA as well as having toured with Aretha Franklin and Jim Baily. He has also given many classical and jazz piano recitals around the USA and on several cruise ships, including the world-famous QE2. Phil was also conductor of the Florida Pops Concert orchestra for three years.

Sarah Moeller (Stage manager)
Sarah Moeller's excited to be working with a fantastic group of women and phenomenal production team in her first Chicago theatre production. Her stage management experience includes The Balcony, Cabaret, Cosi Fan Tutte and a production of Le Nozze di Figaro in Italy. Additional directing credits include Exit the King, Tone Clusters and The Diary of Adam and Eve. As a graduate of Millikin University she has a Directing BFA and a Music BA with emphasis in voice and piano. Thank you to all of my family and friends for their love and support.

Jon Rezin - Cast Album Producer/Engineer


Bob Cuillo - Co-Producer
Bob is a long-time resident of Palm Beach and New York and has been involved in the performing arts as a producer, former musician and recording artist. He co-produced the Broadway play So Long on Lonely Street and was a partner in the 1979 Jerry Lewis comeback film Hardly Working. His recent productions include The Florida Follies at the Parker Playhouse, the Palm Beach, New York and Boston productions of Menopause The Musical, the Tony nominated Broadway musical Dream, the Broadway comedy More To Love both the Broadway and the London productions of Jackie: An American Life, the Broadway production of Epic Proportions, directed by Jerry Zaks and starring Kristin Chenowith, Associate Producer for the Off-Broadway 2000 Pulizter Prize winner Dinner with Friends, Co-Producer of the London production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and The Betrayal of Nora Blake. Bob is a major benefactor of the arts in the Palm Beaches and has supported the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, as well as many charitable causes. He is also the former president of the Florida Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. He has served as director of the Governors Club and the Epilepsy Society of Palm Beach County. He is an active member of the Sail Fish Club of Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Yacht Club, and the Governors Club. In 1996, he was honored by the National Italian-American Foundation with their most prestigious award, The Presidents Award for Lifetime Achievement in Business. He is presently the Chairman & CEO of the Broadway production company Intermezzo Inc. and Stage Door Productions, Inc that produce shows both on Broadway, Off-Broadway and all over the world.

Richard DaftRichard Daft - Co-Producer
Dick Daft is a partner in Darse Productions and RESPECT is his first theatrical production. He became interested in theater production when his wife, Dorothy Marcic, wrote the musical, RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women. His primary career is as a professor of business management at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He has written twelve books, including best-selling textbooks, on management and leadership, and he has consulted on management issues with many corporations. His hobby is involvement with start-up enterprises. Dick grew up in a small town in Nebraska and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska. He completed his graduate work in organization management at the University of Chicago. Dick has two daughters, Danielle and Amy, and four wonderful grandchildren from his previous marriage. He is proud to share parenting duties with Dorothy of their three daughters, Roxanne, Solange, and Elizabeth, who serve as global citizens by frequently volunteering, studying or working abroad.

Gail ShankGail Shank - Co-Producer
Gail has been involved with the Cuillo Centre For The Arts since its inception here on Clematis Street and is please to have been an integral part of the theatre's success. She wishes to thank Mr. Cuillo for the opportunity to co-produce RESPECT with him, and would like to express her thanks to the cast and the crew of the show, as well as the staff at the Cuillo Centre for the support they have provided. It has been a wonderful experience to work with such a talented and strong group of individuals. Gail would also like to express her appreciation for the support and understanding of her family; Pete, Randi, Dustin, Cara and Lillianne.

Special thanks to (in alphabetical order):
Lupita Ahangarzaseh, Nan Allison, Betty Anderson, Leslie Asplund, Baha'i Community of Nashville, The Baha'i Women's Institute of Palm Beach County, Black & White Boutique, Mandy Blevins, Lana Bogan, Ken Bowers, Ron Browning, Becky Buckosh , Liz Byler, Ken Cabot, Stephanie Capps, Paula Chavis, Gwen and David Clayborne, Laura D'Angelo, Sam Davis, Melinda Doolittle, Adrienne Ewing-Roush, The Ferdowsis, Vali Forrister, Carol Fox, Ridvan Foxhall (Website Designer), David Friedlander, Julie Gann, Loree Gold, Mackenzie Grant, Heidi Grebacher, Bob Guenette, Elizabeth Hai, Roxanne Hai, Solange Hai, Tony Hai, Nick Harkin, Hatcher & Fell Photography, Robbie Keane, Kimberley Lamarque, Ben & Francine Levy, Julian Ludwig, Kevin Madill & Connie Florence, Shidan Majidi, Dr. Susan Mike, Jennifer Manocherian, Alison & Parker McGee, Gina Mendello, Janet & Dick Mittelsteadt, Wendi Momen, Halli Moore, Helen Naylor, Peter Neaman & Victoria Marsick, Andrew Newell, Barbara Nicholson & Lysa Parker, Douglas Paik, Lee Potts, Darwin Price, Tom Price, Karen Pritchard, David Probst, Stella Reed, Jon Rezin, Reza & Ramona & Ruha Rehani, Nick Ritchie, Debby & Bob Rosenfeld, Mark & Maxine Rossman, Joel And Joanne Rothstein, Joe Sabatino, Barry Scott, Marietta Shipley, Lucy Shropshire, Carolyn & Michael Stalcup, Michelle Stearns, Shannon Stordock, Vanderbilt University, Susan Voss, Bill Walker, Maggie Winz, Valerie Wynn, Jack Zink.

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