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From left, Brittny Smith, Charis Gullage and Amahri Edward-Jones of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.

Review | Donna Summer musical brings ‘Hot Stuff’ to Pittsburgh

By Sinead McDevitt, Contributing Editor November 18, 2021
Contributing editor Sinéad McDevitt argues the Donna Summer musical is a fun show that gets the audience hype, while also telling the Queen of Disco’s life story.
The Stephen Foster Memorial houses two Pitt Stages performance spaces — the Charity Randall Theatre and the Henry Heymann Theatre.

‘Less with less’: Theatre arts department faces uncertainty after budget cut

By Sophie Earwood, For The Pitt News November 4, 2021
As the curtains reopen on Pitt theater productions after no in-person shows for more than a year, the theatre arts department is facing a new challenge — its production budget has been cut significantly.
David Cerda’s “The Drag Seed” will run from Friday to Nov. 13 at Charity Randall Theatre as a Pitt Stages mainstage production.

‘The Drag Seed’ brings satire, killer drag queens to the stage

By Diana Velasquez, Culture Editor November 4, 2021
Pitt Stages’s next main stage production stars an eccentric child named Carson in the play “The Drag Seed,” who spends their days moonlighting as a drag queen.
In partnership with the August Wilson House, the University Library System at Pitt’s Hillman Library is the first stop of an exhibit showcasing new and original artwork created by ten local Pittsburgh artists.

‘Art for August’ traveling art exhibit celebrates playwright’s legacy

By Maria Scanga, Staff Writer November 2, 2021
Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson may have passed away in 2005, but the Hill District native left a strong legacy — which the “Art for August” traveling exhibit is helping keep alive.
Pitt Stages debuted Maria Treviño Orta’s “Somewhere” at the Charity Randall Theatre on Saturday. The play runs until Oct. 22.

Pitt Stages goes ‘Somewhere’ with sustainability

By Grace Hemcher, Staff Writer October 21, 2021
Pitt Stages is kicking off its in-person productions at Charity Randall Theatre for the first time since spring 2020, and the much-anticipated return to live performance at Pitt comes with an important message about mindfulness and sustainability.
A scene from the Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ all-female production of “Hamlet.” The show will run for free every Saturday and Sunday until Sept. 26 across Pittsburghs parks.

Shakespeare in the Parks presents all-female ‘Hamlet’ production

By Jessica McKenzie, Staff Writer September 7, 2021
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks reimagined the classic play “Hamlet” into an all-female production — one that challenges its company to speak “Pittsburghese” while embodying classic characters of the Elizabethan Era.
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks presented a Shakespeare-inspired comedy with “Bottom’s Up” Saturday night.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks ditches the script for ‘Bottom’s Up’

By Charlie Taylor, Senior Staff Writer June 29, 2021
The works of Shakespeare recall passionate romance, witty humor, breathtaking sword fights and, for the improv team of Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, rocket ships made entirely out of sausage.
For the 2021-2022 season, Pitt Stages is bringing back live, in-person theater this fall.

Pitt Stages to return with live, in-person theater this fall

By Ananya Pathapadu, Staff Writer June 24, 2021
Pitt stages is bringing back live, in-person theater to Oakland with a fresh slate of productions this fall, including “We Are Proud to Present…” directed by Ricardo Vila-Roger and “The Drag Seed” directed by Rebecca Hobart.
Appalachian Paris, a production by Pitt’s theater arts department, provides a guided, one-hour audio tour of Oakland.

Oakland audio tour unearths neighborhood history

By Maria Scanga, For The Pitt News June 8, 2021
There was a time when you could ride a rollercoaster in the spot that is now residential North Craig Street. Oakland trivia like this is what you would learn while on a guided, one-hour audio tour of the neighborhood, called Appalachian Paris.
Photos: The Bard in Bloom

Photos: The Bard in Bloom

By Dalia Maeroff, Senior Staff Photographer May 25, 2021

About 100 people gathered on Flagstaff Hill last Saturday afternoon to watch the winners and finalists of Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest, who performed some...

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