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Pitt acquires archive of late playwright August Wilson

Playwright August Wilson was born and raised in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.
October 29, 2020
Wilson wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays “Fences” and “The Piano Lesson,” which are part of his 10-play “Pittsburgh Cycle,” or “American Century Cycle.”

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks turns the virtually impossible into the virtually possible

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park livestreamed a “Cymbeline” performance on Friday evening.
October 2, 2020
Last Friday’s performance of “Cymbeline” was different from any the company had put on before.

Arts professionals, students reflect on changing industries

Noah Kotzin, a senior music composition major, faces uncertainty in the workforce after graduation due to the pandemic’s effect on the music industry.
September 29, 2020
With many theater and venue doors closed to the public, students and professionals in the arts industry are having to open doors of their own during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Redeye Theatre Project celebrates Sweet 16 with virtual ‘Zoom-stival’

The Redeye Theatre Project kicked off its 16th season last Saturday over Zoom with one of its signature 24-hour theater events.
September 8, 2020
Each Redeye festival is a time for members to write crazy plays they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

Pitt Stages to produce live theater this fall

The theater arts department has yet to decide whether this year’s Pitt Stages shows will take place in person or be moved to a virtual platform due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
July 20, 2020
According to Annmarie Duggan, the department chair for theater arts, the department has yet to decide whether the shows scheduled for the upcoming academic year will take place in person or be moved to a virtual platform due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Pitt Stages ‘kills’ with first production in months

Pitt Stages held a web performance of “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms” Sunday night, in its first production since Pitt shifted to online classes.
July 14, 2020
About 500 people attended a web performance of “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms” put on by Pitt Stages, its first production since Pitt shifted to online classes in March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Pittsburgh drag scene adjusts to new normal

Dan Minkel, a North Huntingdon resident, performs as a drag queen in Pittsburgh under the name Scarlet Fairweather.
June 23, 2020
Most drag queens and kings earn money and practice their craft by performing at bars, which closed March 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the City’s drag scene has far from disappeared.

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.
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.”
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.
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.
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