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Pitt Stages: what we’ll see this fall

Pitt Stages: what we’ll see this fall

By Justin Gardner, For The Pitt News

August 23, 2019

This upcoming semester, Pitt Stages is offering a total of four different shows. Two are Mainstage productions, directed professionally, while the others are student labs, which are directed by students at the University of Pittsburgh.

Opinion | Hipster help wanted: Reviving old art forms

Opinion | Hipster help wanted: Reviving old art forms

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

November 29, 2018

Millennials are quick to scoff at old art forms like the theater organ — but young ’uns shouldn’t write it off quickly. Many theaters put a modern spin on old art, making it fresh and entertaining.

Photos: Redeye Theater

Photos: Redeye Theater

October 23, 2018

Redeye Theater hosted its second 24-hour playwriting, producing and performance event of the semester this weekend. Students worked through the night to produce and perform five original plays and musicals — “The Midnight Snack,” “Frog Bones Can’t Handle That Kind of Stress,” “The Case...

Musical Theatre Club gears up for Legally Blonde

Musical Theatre Club gears up for Legally Blonde

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

April 11, 2018

Chloe Torrence circled a group of actors and singers onstage at the Charity Randall Theatre, kicking off her normal weeknight routine. “Starting tonight, you cannot call ‘line’ anymore,” Torrence said. “We start tech rehearsals soon, so you should know your lines by now.” The junior theatre arts ...

Gianni Downs: The scenic route

Gianni Downs: The scenic route

By Marissa Perino & Issi Glatts

March 27, 2018

By the time the show opens, Gianni Downs’ work is already done. As a scenic designer, Downs' favorite parts of the creative process all happen before opening night. His field is one of the crucial elements behind any onstage performance. He speaks of his process as an extension of history. “T...

Pitt Stage’s Marie Antionette wows with symbolism and decadence

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 a historical play, but a “meditation on excess,” as director Le’Mil Eiland notes in the program. After ...

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

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 want to return to the Steel City. Pitt’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” a 1982 off-...

Students celebrate sexuality in The Vagina Monologues

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 Campus Women’s Organization’s production of “The Vagina Monologues” — a play about the reclama...

Rhodessa Jones brings art and activism to Pitt

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. “Theater has been the one lover that has never let me down — it demands a lot of me, but t...

Pitt playwrights compete in festival

Pitt playwrights compete in festival

By Caroline Bourque and Shahum Ajmal | Pitt News Staff

January 23, 2018

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 third annual Playwriting Festival, hosted by the Pitt Performance Collaborative, three students had the c...

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