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Pitt Stage’s Marie Antionette wows with symbolism and decadence

By Amanda Reed | Contributing Editor February 20, 2018

Pitt’s production of “Marie Antoinette” has everything needed to recall the history of its title character — chandeliers, a guillotine and plenty of wigs. But make no mistake — this is not...

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Review: Pitt Stages puts modern spin on Little Shop of Horrors

By Amanda Reed | Contributing Editor February 15, 2018

Upon walking into the Charity Randall Theatre in Oakland Friday night, I was immediately transported from the dreary Pittsburgh weather to the even drearier Skid Row. But after two hours there, I didn’t...

Natalie Miller (left), Emily Rush, and Savannah Garber (right) perform as part of the Vagina Monologues hosted by the Pitt Campus Women’s Organization in the O’Hara Student Center this weekend. (Photo by Issi Glatts | Assistant Visual Editor)

Students celebrate sexuality in The Vagina Monologues

By Siddhi Shockey | Staff Writer February 13, 2018

Cheers roared throughout the O’Hara Ballroom as the individuals on stage repeated the word “mine” over and over in an effort to reclaim their sexuality, prompting the audience to join in. The...

Rhodessa Jones, co-artistic director of San Francisco’s performance company Cultural Odyssey, was chosen by Pitt Arts to be Pitt’s artist-in-residence for the month of February. (Photo courtesy of Rhodessa Jones)

Rhodessa Jones brings art and activism to Pitt

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer February 8, 2018

Since she found theater, San Francisco-based artist Rhodessa Jones said she has always had a place in the world — whether it be to share her ups and downs or to offer other women a chance to speak out....

As part of the third annual Playwriting Festival, Pitt students showcased three original plays in the Cathedral of Learning Jan. 21. (Photo Courtesy of Allen Howard/HDIC Productions)

Pitt playwrights compete in festival

Onstage, two actors sparred, bickered and gestured toward an imaginary hole in the floor as a willing audience played along — bringing to life a story from the mind of a fellow Pitt student. At the...

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‘Six a breast’: an exploration into the absurdities of womanhood

By Connor Wurst / For The Pitt News September 13, 2017

A woman — illuminated by a single spotlight and clad in a bathrobe, a towel wrapped around her head and a pale green face mask — stands alone on stage and releases an enraged scream. The opening...

A Scope and Scalpel exhibit in Scaife Hall showcases playbills from med student productions over the past 63 years. (Photo by Maria Heines | Staff Photographer)

Breaking a leg: Pitt med students archive their plays in art exhibit

By Marissa Perino / Staff Writer July 11, 2017

Nestled deep within Falk Library atop Cardiac Hill sits one of Pitt’s most unknown gems — a small art exhibit comprised of artifacts from past plays performed by Pitt’s medical school. Annually,...

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Spelling bee play takes students back to middle school

By Matt Maielli / Senior Staff Writer February 15, 2017

You don’t need to know how to spell “dramaturgy” to see the theatre department’s newest play — but it would probably help. While some of the vocabulary may require a college reading level,...

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Review: ‘Hair’ a timely tale of sex, drugs and rock and roll

By Matt Maielli / Senior Staff Writer November 15, 2016

As the entire cast of Pitt Stages’ “Hair” strips naked under low blue stage lights upstage, a hippie mulling over his Vietnam draft card downstage sings, “Where is the something? Where is the someone...

As Miller welds, a red sheet protects the rest of the shop from the extremely bright light of the welding torch.

Setting the stage: Pitt Stages scene shop preps for ‘Hair’

The environment of the University of Pittsburgh Stages scene shop is always changing. Some days, a few people quietly paint, listening to music. Other days, they swap headphones for earplugs as their...

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