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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.

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor

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.

By Maggie Young, Contributing Editor

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.

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor

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.

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.

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