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The Redeye Theatre Project kicked off its 16th season last Saturday over Zoom with one of its signature 24-hour theater events.

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

By Siddhi Shockey, Senior Staff Writer September 8, 2020
Each Redeye festival is a time for members to write crazy plays they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
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.

Pitt Stages to produce live theater this fall

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 held a web performance of “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms” Sunday night, in its first production since Pitt shifted to online classes.

Pitt Stages ‘kills’ with first production in months

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.
Dan Minkel, a North Huntingdon resident, performs as a drag queen in Pittsburgh under the name Scarlet Fairweather.

Pittsburgh drag scene adjusts to new normal

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

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

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

“Liberty Magic @ Home” dazzles audiences from a distance

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.
“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.

Pitt Stages production keeps it “Appropriate”

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

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

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...

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.

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

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.
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.

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

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.
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