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Seeing live, local theater is a piece of ‘The Cake’

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s online production of “The Cake” streams Thursday at 7 p.m. on PPT’s website and Facebook page.

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor

June 2, 2020

A small town bakery becomes a battleground for marriage equality as family ties, religious identity and progressive values clash in the latest comedy from Pittsburgh Public Theater.

“Liberty Magic @ Home” dazzles audiences from a distance

Magicians stream shows live Friday nights as part of “Liberty Magic @ Home.”

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor

May 12, 2020

Robert Ramirez balances a bucket on a keyboard in his living room, mixing and magically unmixing brightly colored liquids while bantering with audiences via webcam. This setup may seem humble, but it’s the new reality for Ramirez and his fellow magician, Siegfried Tieber.

Pitt Stages production keeps it “Appropriate”

“Appropriate,” written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Ricardo Vila-Roger, a professor in Pitt’s Department of Theatre Arts, will premiere Thursday at 8 p.m. and continue through March 1.

By Diana Velasquez, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

“Appropriate,” written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, an American playwright and MacArthur Fellow, and directed by Ricardo Vila-Roger, a professor in Pitt’s Department of Theatre Arts, will premiere Thursday at 8 p.m. and continue through March 1.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks announces ‘Cymbeline’ for 16th season

The Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park group stages an improv performance called “Sister’s of Atlanta.”

By MJ LaRocque, Staff Writer

February 18, 2020

Two women stood in the middle of a bar playing an improv game where they created a new Shakespeare play they called “The Sisters of Atalanta.” The two acted as a father and his boss, trying to reach a marriage agreement between the man’s daughter and a pile of sand. The theatrics were part of Pittsburgh Shakes...

Pitt students hit the road: What it’s like to be a travelling actor

Sean Cook poses with Pitt students at the EQT Young Playwrights Festival at the City Theatre, where he cast all Pitt students and had a staged reading at a professional equity theater.

By Beatrice McDermott, For The Pitt News

February 6, 2020

Margaret Pryor estimates that she performed at least 320 productions of  “Damn Yankees” and “Grease” in the span of two years in the late ’90s. But it wasn’t just the amount of shows that made the work hard — having to frequently move cities was also pretty exhausting.

A tragedy of botany and madness in Pitt’s production of “The Verge”

Directed by Andrea Gunoe, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in theater arts, and written by playwright Susan Glaspell, “The Verge” will run from Feb. 6 to Feb. 16 at the Charity Randall Theater.

By Simon Sweeney, For The Pitt News

February 6, 2020

A woman stands alone onstage in a greenhouse completely cluttered by pots, dirt and plants. Occasionally, another person or two will join her for a time, but the true stars of “The Verge” are this woman and her plants.

Fading into ‘Oblivion’

Director Sean Cook’s production of “Oblivion” will open Feb. 5 and run until Feb. 9 in the Henry Heymann Theater.

By Ananya Pathapadu, For The Pitt News

February 4, 2020

"Oblivion" opens Feb. 5 and runs until Feb. 9 in the Henry Heymann Theater. Cook said he found the dichotomy to be particularly relevant within what he describes as a divided country.

Performance Collaborative brings student productions to life

Performance Collaborative is a student-run club in the University’s theater department that focuses on promoting student-created work.

By Matthew Monroy, Senior Staff Writer

January 27, 2020

Launched in 2011, the Performance Collaborative focuses on promoting student-created and lesser-known work through a variety of workshops and festivals.

From Phipps to the Carnegie Museum of Art: all the culture new to Pitt in 2020

The Phipps Conservatory will have its “Orchid and Tropical Bonsai show: Out of the World” from Jan. 18 to March 8.

By Delilah Bourque, Culture Editor

January 6, 2020

As the spring semester begins and classes resume, finding something to do is a challenge for many in the dreary, often cold and wet weather in the Pittsburgh wintertime.

Spend six weeks with “The Wolves” in one night

“The Wolves” storyline follows six weeks in the lives of a girls’ soccer team.

By Sinead McDevitt, Staff Writer

November 21, 2019

Pitt Mainstage’s performance of “The Wolves,” directed by Kelly Trumbull, a visiting assistant professor in the Theatre Arts Department, opened this past Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Richard E. Rauh Studio Theatre.

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