Michael Barakiva with Roland and Dale Anglin and Rachel L. Fink

On June 1, the Allen Theatre evoked revelry and renewal for the 300 guests at the Cleveland Play House (CPH) Annual Gala. Its Renaissance theme signaled the return of the gala after a five-year hiatus.
Throughout its rich history, dating back to 1915, Cleveland Play House has been committed to building a better community through theatre. It inspires and entertains diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays of the highest professional standards, and proudly serves as America’s longest-running professional regional theatre.
With its education programs, it has reached an estimated 1.5 million children since 1933, primarily students of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
The fundraising event honored longtime CPH supporters Roland and Dale Anglin, as well as Paul E. Westlake, Jr, of the architectural design

Carolyn Cole and David Glorioso with Susi and Peter Meisel

firm, DLR Group. Roland Anglin is currently professor of public affairs at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Public Affairs and Education at Cleveland State University, and his wife Dale is the inaugural Director of Press Forward, a national initiative to support the revitalization of local news. Westlake, whose prior firm Westlake Reed Leskosky merged with DLR Group, was involved in the renovation of the 514-seat Allen Theatre in 2012. Artistic Director Michael Barakiva and Managing Director Rachel L. Fink presented the evening’s awards to its honorees.
Guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers while wandering artists from Inlet Dance Theatre and violinist Maestro Flux entertained. Drag Queens Samantha Echo, Erica Martinez, Dr. Lady J and Empress

Gerard Winstanley and Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

Dupree greeted guests. Christopher Kascsak of Design Studio Cleveland created a visually stunning dining room in the Allen Theatre lobby complete with candelabras, floral displays, and bold green and purple lighting.
Michael J. Meehan, Board Chair, along with CPH staff and company members of the musical “In the Heights” opened with a witty musical number on stage with song and dance. Board member Colleen Longshaw Jackson performed a comical take on a favorite “Fiddler on the Roof” song encouraging guests to give generously. “If I Were a Rich Man” became “If I Were a Rich House” as she sang alongside Playhouse Square President and CEO Craig Hassall and renowned actor/playwright Peter Lawson Jones. “Fiddler” opens May 3, 2025, at CPH as part of its 2024-25 season.
Following a live auction and Fund-A-Need, guests enjoyed buffet dinner stations with food by Driftwood Bars & Catering. The Apostle Jones band rocked the dance floor with their popular covers of pop, soul and dance tunes. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREA C. TURNER