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World Premiere of Cleo Begins Performances at Alley Theatre

Bob Balaban directs the production starring Lisa Birnbaum as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Short as Richard Burton.

Lisa Birnbaum (Elizabeth Taylor) in costume as Cleopatra.
(© Lynn Lane)

The world-premiere production of Cleo begins performances tonight at Houston's Alley Theatre.

Bob Balaban directs Lawrence Wright's play, set during the filming of the 1963 movie "Cleopatra". Cleo is the story of the affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and the worldwide scandal that followed.

Lisa Birnbaum and Richard Short star in the production as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Also featured in the cast are Mark Capri (Rex Harrison), Brian Dykstra (Joe Mankiewicz), and Adam Gibbs (Eddie Fisher). The ensemble includes Estèe Burks, Tommy Stuart, Thomas Valdez, and Morgan Starr.

The creative team includes scenic designer Richard Hoover, costume designer Alejo Vietti, lighting designer David Weiner, and sound designers Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. Brandon Weinbrenner is the assistant director, and Hethyr Verhoef and Kristen Larson are the stage managers.

Performances continue through April 29.

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