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Curtains rise on the 2016-17 Pitt Stages season

By Marissa Perino / For The Pitt News October 6, 2016

Two stories below the Cathedral of Learning’s Commons, the theatre department’s costume shop is filled with busy students.   Storyboards line the unfinished basement walls and sewing machines hum...


A Life of Imagination: Wilder Dies at 83

By Oliver Jia / For The Pitt News September 1, 2016

As Gene Wilder, in his eponymous role as Willy Wonka in 1971’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” leads a group of awestruck youngsters and parents into his chocolate factory for the first...

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Pittsburgh Comedy Festival: Quincy Jones Brings Laughs, Controversy to Heymann Theater

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer August 29, 2016

Near the end of Quincy Jones’ stand-up set at this weekend’s Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, it looked like he might have gone too far — the room quieted as he playfully tried to riff on a hypothetical...

Camille Rankine reads from her collection 'Incorrect Merciful Impulses' / photo by Matt Maielli

Words cut deep: Pitt co-sponsers “Celebrating Black Poetry”

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer June 21, 2016

Black poetry has a well-established home in Pittsburgh. The Kelly Strayhorn Theater hosted four poets on Sunday, June 19, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cave Canem — Latin for “beware the...

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All work, one play: Redeye Film Festival

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer April 18, 2016

Not all passion projects last 24 hours, but they do for students participating in Pitt’s Redeye Theatre Project. Twenty-nine students participated in the Redeye Theatre Project, a 24-hour theater festival...

What not to miss on campus this week

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor April 12, 2016

Donald Trump’s Wednesday visit may be grabbing all the local headlines, but his isn’t the only event worth noting this week. The second to last week of class doesn’t usually garner the same amount...

The meaning of life: math and literature collide in new play

The meaning of life: math and literature collide in new play

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer March 31, 2016

Turns out “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” might have been on to something. While the meaning of life might not in fact be the number 42, a new play at the Henry Heymann Theater suggests...

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Conversation spoils dinner, not thought in ‘Disgraced’

By Madeline Franke / for The Pitt News March 21, 2016

What’s the difference between living in America and being American? Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning play “Disgraced,” which debuted at Pittsburgh Public Theater March 10, and runs through...

Wenhao Wu | Senior Staff Photographer

‘Fences’ finds fresh audience at staged reading

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer March 16, 2016

The title of August Wilson’s “Fences” might sound like a dividing play, but Wednesday afternoon it united an auditorium full of people. Visiting anthropology professor Philip Kao’s Intro to Cultural...

Daisy, played by Claire Sabatine, avoids Monsieur Papillon, played by Zaberi Husain, and his overly-affectionate  conversation. Nikki Moriello | Senior Staff Photographer

Ivory cast: Pitt theater debuts “Rhinoceros”

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer February 18, 2016

Even the most outlandish trends, be it political ideology or viral internet meme, can generate a following — even rhinoceroses.  Tonight, Pitt’s theater department will put that theory into practice...

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