Production History

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2014

June 2014: Hosted Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival. Ran June 5-13. Featured plays:

  • Shaving the Beard, by Nik Nemec, directed by Ted Hoover. With Kyle Coughlin, Anthony Chase Gullikson, and Felicia Cooper.
  • Mercy, by Staci Backauskas, directed by Ja'Sonta Roberts‐Deen. With Jezebele Zbozny-Delpercio and Brittany Dorazio.
  • (Un)Packing, by Keith Foster, directed by Ted Hoover. With Ryan Westwood and Connor Bert.
  • Nightingale, by Carol Mullen, directed by Ja'Sonta Roberts‐Deen. With Alaina Gilchrist, Crystal Noel, Samantha Westervelt, and Sarah Paulson.

Review: City Paper


Kevin Brown in Comfort ZoneMay 2014: Comfort Zone, written by Marlon Erik Youngblood. Directed by Mark Whitehead. Ran May 2 – 24. With Kevin Brown, Bryant Bently, Jamilah Chanie, Rick Southers, Cheryl El Walker, Monn Washington, Mark Clayton Southers.

Videos: Moments from the show, Audience response, Playwright interview

Reviews: City Paper, Post-Gazette

Preview: New Pittsburgh Courier

Tressa Glover in The Great OneFebruary 2014: The Great One, written by Russ Babines. Directed by Don DiGiulio. Ran February 21 – March 15. With Tressa Glover.

Reviews: Post-Gazette, City Paper

Previews: Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review

Post-Gazette interview with playwright

Videos: A scene from The Great One on KDKA TV, interview with star Tressa Glover, interview with director Don DiGiulio,

View the program booklet (PDF)


David Crawford
January 2014: Poe's Last Night, written by and starring David Crawford, Directed by Monteze Freeland. Ran January 10 - 19.

Reviews: City Paper, Post-Gazette

Followup and interview: Post-Gazette

View the program booklet (PDF)

Videos: Interview with David Crawford, Preview



2013

December 2013: The Tenth Annual Theatre Festival in Black and White: Holiday Edition!, Pittsburgh Playwrights' signature event. Festival Ran December 5th through 17th, 2013.

  • Just Jesus, by Marlon Erik Youngblood, directed by Kaitlin Mausser. With Lesely Crawford, Ife Foy, Leo Beatty, Amaru Williams, Eugene Banks.
  • True Meaning, by Andrew Ade, directed by Rita Gregory. With Tonya Lynn, Adam Rutledge, Tonia Marie. Video: playwright and director discuss the play.
  • And To All A Good Night, by Lissa Brennan, directed by Cheryl El Walker. With Jamilah Chanie, William "Bill" Blair, Sara Fisher, Willa Cotton, LaMar Darnell.
  • St Clair Xmas, by Wali Jamal, directed by Marcus Muzopappa. With Wali Jamal, Paul Guggenheimer, Judy Kaplan, Deborah Starling, Charles E Timbers Jr., Art Terry, Mont Jones.
  • Cornucopia, by Tammy Ryan, directed by Ashley Southers. With Andy Kirkland, Laura Hoffman, Aliya Sims, Candace Walker.
  • We Need A Ramadan, by Aasiyah El-Rice, directed by Vince Ventura. With Candace Walker, Mayme Williams, Sam Lothard, Camille Washington, Vince Ventura.
  • Hanukkah in the Back Country, by Judy Meiksin, directed by Kim El. With Tonya Lynn, Christine Marie, Shenita Williams.
  • Where I First Saw The Light, by Dr. Tameka Cage Conley, directed by T.C. Brown. With Dionysus Westbrooks, Ben Blazer, Jonas Chaney, Barney McKeena.
  • Christmas Star, by Ray Werner, directed by Monteze Freeland. With Trevor Butler, Les Howard, Marcia L. Jones.
  • An Ubuntu Holiday, by Kim El, directed by Stephen Santa. With Crystal Beatty, Larry Scott, Candace Walker, Nia Washington. Video: playwright and director discuss the play. Video: Watch this full one-act play.

Reviews: Post-Gazette, City Paper, New Pittsburgh Courier
Followups: Post-Gazette, City Paper
Audio interview: Essential Pittsburgh, WESA 90.5
Awards coverage: Post-Gazette
View the Festival program booklet (PDF)

A scene from SoldOctober 2013: Sold: Renn Woods in Concert (A Play In Rhythm and Blues), by Renn Woods, Directed by Mark Clayton Southers and Monteze Freeland. Ran October 5 - 20. With Renn Woods, Jamilah Chanie, Sandy Dowe, LaMar Darnell Fields, Delana Flowers, MJ Henderson, Les Howard, Aliya Sims, Leslie ‘Ezra’ Smith.

Preview: Post-Gazette

Review: New Pittsburgh Courier, Hotep the Artist

View the program booklet (PDF)



August 2013: Hosted a MerryRam production of The Cemetery Club, by Ivan Menchell, directed by Marcus Muzopappa. Ran August 15-24. With Arlene Merryman, Claire Fraley, Lynn Franks, Rich Ivaun, Karen Hanes.

July 2013: Hosted Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival. Ran July 18-27. Featured plays:

  • Is that a Gun in Your Pocket... by Carol Mullen, directed by Monteze Freeland.
  • The Session by Wali Jamal, directed by Kim El.
  • Sibling Rivalry by Kathryn Miller Haines, directed by Kaitlin Mausser.
  • Defense of Marriage by Jeff Cordell, directed by Melissa Hill Grande.

Preview: City Paper

Review: City Paper



Chrystal Bates and Mark Clayton Southers in Radio GolfJune 2013: Radio Golf, by August Wilson, Directed by Eileen J. Morris. Ran June 8 - June 29. With Chrystal Bates, Kevin Brown, Wali Jamal, Mark Clayton Southers, Art Terry.

Previews: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, City Paper
Reviews: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, City Paper, New Pittsburgh Courier, Pitt News, Coal Hill Review, Hotep the Artist's blog
Video: KDKA interview, Radio Golf Recap
View the Radio Golf program booklet (PDF)


Chrystal Bates in Ma NoahApril 2013: Ma Noah, by Mark Clayton Southers, Directed by Tracey Turner. Ran April 27 - May 12. With
Chrystal Bates, Cheryl Bates-White, Heaven Bobo, DeVaughn Robinson, Trevor Butler.

Preview: Pittsburgh Magazine
Reviews: City Paper, Post-Gazette, Tameka Cage Conley, Hotep the Artist
Video interviews: Playwright Mark Clayton Southers, Actor Chrystal Bates


Kim El in Straightening CombsMarch 2013: Straightening Combs, by Kim El, Directed by Chrystal Bates. Ran March 9-31. With Kim El.

Review: City Paper


2012

Leslie ‘Ezra’ Smith and Jamilah Muhammed in Redneck Revenge

November 2012: The Ninth Annual Theatre Festival in Black and White, Pittsburgh Playwrights' signature event. Festival Ran November 3rd through November 17th, 2012.

  • The Tool, By Mike Schwartz. Directed by Ron Black. With Marcus Muzopappa, Tonya Lynn, Barney McKenna.
  • The Vows, By Devonne Goode. Directed by Kaitlin Mausser. With LaTrea Rembert, Lamar Fields, Jamilah Muhammed, Cheryl White.
  • Diseased, By Eva Diodati. Directed by Lissa Brennan. With Barney McKenna, Andy Kirtland, Lissa Brennan.
  • Styrofoam Cup, By Judy Meiksin. Directed by Myneesha Miller. With Darla Eisler, Charlotte Miley.
  • Bridge City, By Ted Elrick. Directed by Vendell Nasir II. With Alyse Hogan, Felicia Cooper, Harrison Single.
  • Perception, By Alexis Payne. Directed by Kyle Bostian. With Brittany Jovan, Andy Kirtland, Tess DeStefano.
  • The Home Stretch, By Les Abromovitz. Directed by Kim El. With AnneLouise Feeny, Claire Fraley, Staci Backauskas.
  • Casual Fridays, By Pat Golden. Directed by Michael Moats. With Vendell Nasir II, Andy Kirtland, Mauricio Acousta, Monn Washing, Ian Pisarcik, Claire Fraley.
  • Redneck Revenge, By Ray Werner. Directed by Tracey Turner. With T.C. Brown, Jamilah Muhammed, Bill Crean, Lissa Brennan, Leslie ‘Ezra’ Smith.
  • Comfort Zone, By Marlon Youngblood. Directed by Mark Whitehead. With Anthony Chisholm, Edwin Lee Gibson, Mark Clayton Southers, Cheryl El-Walker, Monn Washington.

Reviews: Post-Gazette, City Paper, New Pittsburgh Courier
Preview with video interviews: Post-Gazette
Click to view or download the festival program (PDF format)

Alan Bomar Jones and Wali Jamal in Gem of the Ocean

June 2012: Gem of the Ocean, by August Wilson, Directed by Mark Clayton Southers. Ran June 1-30. With Kevin Brown, Jonathan Berry, Chrystal Bates, Kim El, Alan Bomar Jones, David Crawford and Wali Jamal.

Reviews: WRCT, Post-Gazette, City Paper, Entertainment Central, New Pittsburgh Courier

Interview: KQV

February 2012: Gammage Project imageThe Gammage Project, by Attilio Favorini, Directed by Mark Clayton Southers. A co-production with University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre. Ran February 9th-19th at Pitt, then March 2nd-4th at the August Wilson Center. With Bill Crean, Brett Caffier, Christopher Cameron, Christopher Johns, Christopher Williams, Corey Talley, Courtney Strauss, Dylan Marquis Myers, Erika Weisbach, Ian Pisarcik, Jason Shavers, Jeffrey Parker, John Gresh, Joseph Martinez, Ken Bolden, Laci Rise Mosley, Larry John Myers, Laura Gray, Laura Carney, Les Howard, Marcus Muzopappa, Rico Parker, Shahla Khanna, and Thomas Fuchel.

Press: City Paper cover feature, Post-Gazette video, preview, overview, timeline. followup, Trib preview, overview, CBS video, Pittsburgh Today Live, University Times playwright interview, Pittsburgh Urban Media, Urban media director interview, Urban Media playwright interview, KQV audio, Essential Public Radio, New Pittsburgh Courier.

Reviews: Post-Gazette, Trib, City Paper, WRCT.

Elder Hostages, by Ray Werner, Directed by Marci Woodruff. Ran February 11th - 26th 2012. Featured Susie McGregor-Laine, David Crawford, Stevie Akers, Roger Jerome, Chris Josephs, and Tom Merit.

Preview: Post-Gazette
Reviews: City Paper, Post-Gazette, Eponymous Theatre Critic, Pittsburgh Today Live (video)



2011

November 2011: The Eighth Annual Theatre Festival in Black and White, Pittsburgh Playwrights' signature event. Festival Coordinator: Eric A. Smith. Ran November 25th through December 4th, 2011.

  • Felled Family Tree, by Ray Werner. Directed by Lonzo Green.
  • In My Sistah's Closet, by Aasiyah El-Kirk. Directed by Vince Ventura.
  • Runcible Spoon, by Constance Humphrey Egan. Directed by Myneesha Miller-King.
  • Just Fishin', by Kim El. Directed by Hallie Donner.
  • Apple Says Yes, by Andre Kimo Stone Guess. Directed by Randy Kovitz.
  • I Said Good Night, by Tameka Cage-Conley. Directed by Todd Betker.
  • The Balancing of the Budget, by Matt Henderson. Directed by Michael Jackson.
  • Shaving Lessons and Half Windsor Knots, by F.J. Hartland. Directed by Ja'Sonta Roberts-Deen.

Reviews: Post-Gazette, New Pittsburgh Courier, City Paper
Click to view or download the festival program (PDF format)

Tyla Abercrumbie and Ben Cain in King Hedley II. Photo courtesy of Aaron McClendonJune 2011: King Hedley II, by August Wilson. Directed by Eileen J. Morris. At the August Wilson Center. Ran June 3 - 12. With Benjamin Cain, Chrystal Bates, Kevin Brown, Leslie "Ezra" Smith, Jonas Chaney, and Tyla Abercrumbie.

Full reviews: Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review, City Paper, WRCT.
Previews: Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review
View the program (PDF)
Watch video preview


Chrystal Bates as Marie LaveauMarch 2011: The Commedia World of Lafcadio B (a staged reading), written and directed by Frank Gagliano. Part of the Voodoo Trilogy. Ran March 5-8. With Brian Czarniecki, Karen Baum, and Christopher Josephs.

February 2011: In The Voodoo Parlour of Marie Laveau (An Unsung Voodoo Chamber Opera), by Frank Gagliano, Directed by Kim El. Part of the Voodoo Trilogy. Ran February 25 - March 12. With Chrystal Bates, Jennifer Tober, and Mark C. Thompson.

February 2011: Congo Square (The Musical), by Frank Gagliano, Music by Claibe Richardson, Directed by Marci Woodruff, Musical Direction by Ed Tarzia. Part of the Voodoo Trilogy. Ran February 10-27 and March 8. With Monteze Freeland, Erika Cuenca, and Kevin Brown.

Voodoo Trilogy previews: City Paper, Tribune-Review
Congo Square reviews: City (O'Driscoll), City (Spencer)
Marie Laveau reviews: City Paper, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Voodoo Trilogy commentary: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Playwright Frank Gagliano's narrative, from the Voodoo Trilogy program
Video interview with Mark Clayton Southers & Monteze Freeland for Pittsburgh Theater Talk


2010

December 2010: Hosted a Three Rivers Theatre Company production of Butterflies Are Free, by by Leonard Gershe, directed by James Edwards. The production featured Garret Storm, Ariel Leasure, Elizabeth Brinkley, and Thomas Kolos.

November 11 2010: Benefit Reading of Elder Hostages, a trilogy of one-act plays (Mum’s the Word, Wandering Angus and Night Song) by Ray Werner. Directed by Marci Woodruff, John Shepard and Mark Clayton Southers. With Tom Atkins, Bingo O’Malley, Teri Bridgett and Susie McGregor-Laine. At the New Hazlett Theater.

Press: City Paper Blog, Post-Gazette



October 2010: The Seventh Annual Theatre Festival in Black and White, Pittsburgh Playwrights' signature event. Festival Coordinator: Ja’Sonta Roberts Deen. Ran October 14th through October 30th, 2010.

  • The Janitor, by August Wilson. Directed by Randy Kovitz.
  • I’ll Get You Later, by Jann Kwasneski. Directed by Leslie 2X Smith.
  • The Sunday God Gave Me, by Kim El. Directed by Andrew Huntley.
  • A Life’s Work, by John Carosella. Directed by Tracey D. Turner.
  • Enough Rope, by Robert Isenberg. Directed by Bill Nunn.
  • The Powder Room, by Charmaine Page. Directed by Melissa Hill Grande.
  • Language Barrier, by Andrew Ade. Directed by JaSonta Roberts Deen.
  • Doo Rag, by Wali Jamal. Directed by Vince Ventura.

Reviews: Post-Gazette, City Paper

June 7 2010: Reading of Breathe, by Javon Johnson, directed by Andrew Paul. Co-produced with PICT. With Crystal Bates, Shelley Delaney, Jaron Frand, Michael Hanrahan, Alan Bomar Jones, and Carter Redwood.

May-June 2010: Jitney, by August Wilson, directed by Mark Clayton Southers, ran May 8th to June 6th 2010. With Sala Udin, Les Howard, Joshua Elijah Reese, Lonzo Green, Alan Bomar Jones, Wali Jamal, Kevin Brown, Jonathan Berry, Genna Styles, Maurice Redwood, Justine Patrick, Marcus Carl Southers, Ja’Sonta Roberts Deen.

Previews: Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review
Reviews: New Pittsburgh Courier, Post-Gazette, City Paper
Video: Click to play

April 2010: The Ancestor Series, by P.J. Gibson, directed by J. Deen, Kim El, and Leslie 2X Smith, ran April 10th to April 24th. With Stephanie Akers, Chrystal Bates, Le’Naiya Blackwell, Germaine Carter, Twanda Clark, Ja’Sonta Roberts Deen, Kim El, Jacqueline Flowers, Justine Patrick, Laneece Patterson, Vema Sam’i, Leslie 2X Smith, Michaelangelo Turner, Cheryl El Walker, and Mayme Williams.

Review: City Paper

March 2010: VALU-MART, by Sean O'Leary, directed by Mark Clayton Southers, ran March 13th to March 28th. With Bill Dalzell, Tommy LaFitte, Susan McGregor-Laine, Kelly Marie McKenna, Rico Parker, and Genna Styles.

Reviews: Post-Gazette, City Paper, Pittsburgh's Out




2009

October 2009: The Revenants, by Scott T. Barsotti, directed by Mark Whitehead, ran October 16 through October 31. With Makeda Duncan-Parker, Todd E. Betker, David Conley, and Valentina Benrexi.

Review: City Paper



September 2009: Trying, by Joanna McClelland Glass, directed by Michael J. Ramsay, a benefit production that ran September 26-28. With Hal O'Leary and C.J. Farnsworth.

May 2009: Seven Guitars, by August Wilson, directed by Mark Clayton Southers, ran May 2 through May 24.

With Montae Russell, Jonathan Berry, Terri Bridget, Wali Jamal, Alan Bomar Jones, Ericka Ratcliff & Genna Styles.

Previews: Post-Gazette, New Pittsburgh Courier, City Paper, Tribune-Review. Poster (opens in new window)

Reviews: Post-Gazette, City Paper


March 2009: I Nipoti, by Mark Clayton Southers, directed by Wali Jamal, ran March 12 through March 29. With Tony Bingham, Kevin Brown, Mark Calla, Twanda Clark, Les Howard & Bob Roberts.

Preview: City Paper
Reviews: City Paper, Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review, OutOnline

February 2009: Hosted a History's Flipside production of Martin R. Delaney: The Pittsburgh Years, starring Wali Jamal and directed by Marci Woodruff.

Reviews: City Paper, Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review

February 2009: PPTCO produces Angry Black Man Poetry in Europe.




2008

November 2008: Interesting Times, by Jerry Starr. Ran November 14-23. With Corey Rieger, Chris Josephs, Erin Perry, Debra Gordon, Vince Ventura, Nathan Hollabaugh, and Marcus Muzopappa.
Review: Post-Gazette
Also: reading of Buried: The Sago Mine Disaster, by Jerry Starr, directed by Marci Woodruff, on November 16. With Doug Mertz, Karen Baum, Bruce Hill, Deb Gordon, and Ken Bolden.

October 2008: The Best of the Theatre Festival in Black and White, Pittsburgh Playwrights' signature event, featured the most outstanding B&W plays of PPTCO’s past five seasons—the best of the best. Supported by the PA Council on the Arts, RAD, MCAI, and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Festival Coordinators: Eric A. Smith & Quentin "Q" Marshall. Ran October 16th through October 30th, 2008.

  • The Holding Cell. By Wali Jamal. Directed By Marci Woodruff. (2006 Audience favorite)
  • The Other Side. By Bob Gorczyca. Directed By Mark C. Southers. (2005 Winner)
  • Half of Zero. By Amy Hartman. Directed By Wali Jamal. (2003 Audience favorite)
  • Bones. By Javon Johnson. Directed by Mark Whitehead. (2003 Winner)
  • F.O.R.D. By David Turkel. Directed by Kim El. (2006 Winner)
  • Pieces. By Vanessa German. Directed by Corey Rieger. (2004 Winner)
  • A Question of Taste. By Andrew Ade. Directed By Ron Black. (2007 Winner)

Review: City Paper

September 2008: Dorothy 6, by James McManus, directed by Marcus Muzopappa, ran September 11 through October 5. With John Gresh, Paul Stockhausen, Nathan Hollabaugh, Claire Fraley, Judy Kaplan, and Deanna Tangeman.
Reviews: City Paper, Post-Gazette

June 17 2008: PPTCO hosted the 2008 Pittsburgh Pride Play Festival, an evening of 6 plays written and performed in semi-24 hour theatre style.

May 2008: Two Trains Running, by August Wilson, directed by Mark Clayton Southers, ran May 10 through June 8. With Anthony Chisholm, Sala Udin, Wali Jamal, Eugene Lee, Jonathan Berry, Lonzo Green, Les Howard, and Sharnece Thomas.
Press coverage: Post-Gazette preview article
Reviews: Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review, City Paper, New Pittsburgh Courier, WRCT

April 2008: Hosted a Caravan Theatre of Pittsburgh production of Risk Everything, by George F. Walker, directed by John Gresh. The production featured Sharon Brady, Dana Hardy, Tony Bingham and Mark Conway Thompson.

February 2008: Spring Reading Series.
Grant Bojarski, series coordinator.

February 1: Pennsyltucky, by Sloan MacRae.
February 2: Does He Or Doesn't She, by Dave Gassman.
February 4: TBA, by Robert Isenberg.
February 5: Human Interest, By Jason Hall
February 8: Mother Tongue, by FJ Hartland.
February 10: To Live is Deafening, by Sam Bassett.
February 13: Jerry's Pub, by Matther Croyle.
February 15: A Rollercoaster Ride Named Jane, by Eileen Davis.
February 16: The Art of Paring, by Brandon Siple.
February 18: Natural Aristocrat, by Carol Hamilton.
February 20: Silver Youth/Father, by William Brandstetter.
February 21: We Can Still Be Friends, by Robert Scott & Ken Levarse.
February 22: Two Halves, by Moshe Sherman.
February 24: Camp Life, by Robert Kreashko.
February 27: In A Sunday Minute, by Kim EL.
February 29: Dead Weight, by Joseph Talarico.


2007

December 2007: Bridge Club, by Matt M. Smith, directed by John E. Lane, Jr., ran November 15th through December 1st, 2007. Matt Smith's first full-length play brings existentialism into the new millennium. An ad hoc support group meets to vomit up the stories that have brought them to their current lot in life. A searing indictment of religion, love, friendship and modern views of sex. With Grant Bojarski, T.R. Butler, Stephanie Figer, and Jeannine Foster-McKelvia.
Reviews: Post-Gazette, City.

October 2007: The Fifth Annual Theatre Festival in Black and White, Pittsburgh Playwrights' signature event, featured eight one-act plays, half by African-American playwrights and half by Caucasian playwrights, with a twist that the Caucasian plays are directed by African-American directors, and vice versa. Supported by MCAI, Mellon and The Pittsburgh Foundation. Festival Coordinator: John Gresh. Ran October 17th through October 28th, 2007.

  • Sympathy for a Vampire, by Erick Q. Irvis, directed by Roger Babusci. With Jeff Miller, Hilary Larkin, Deborah Pomeco, Zack McCoy, Thomas Fuchel, and Lamont Jones.
  • Cake Without Frosting, by F.J. Hartland, directed by Joseph Martinez. With Brenda Marks and Shaun Nicole McCarthy.
  • 1892/1982 Two Steel Stories, by Lynne Conner, directed by Ron Black. With Thomas Fuchel and Ezra Smith.
  • Mr. Ding Dong Daddy, by Jamal Williams, directed by John Gresh. With Don Marshall and Jennifer Chervenak.
  • Play it Out, by James Michael Shoberg, directed by Carter Redwood. With Nathan Hollabaugh and Deanna Tangeman.
  • The Only Good Artist is a Dead One, by Rage Stevenson, directed by James Wong. With Phat Man Dee, Cory Tamler, John Graham, and Dominique Johnson.
  • Out of Focus, by France Luce Benson, directed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith. With Brandon Williams and Ashley Coney.
  • A Question of Taste, by Andrew Ade, directed by Jeanine Foster McKelvia. With Joshua Elijah Reese, Ben Blakey, and Lonzo Green.

Preview: Post-Gazette.
Reviews: Post-Gazette, City.


September 2007: James McBride, by Mark Clayton Southers, directed by Andrew Paul, ran September 13th through 29th. With Roger Jerome, Bruce Hill, Joshua Elijah Reese, James Keegan, Jay Keenan, Cheryl El Walker, Theo Allyn, and Joseph Martinez.
Preview: Post-Gazette.
Images: Poster.
Reviews: Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review, City.

August 2007: Hosted a LTD Productions and Winter Morning Pictures LLC production of Eighteen, by Allison Moore, directed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith. With Tony Bingham, Dana Hardy, Sara Manganello.

July 2007: Hosted a Caravan Theatre of Pittsburgh production of Savage in Limbo, by John Patrick Shanley, directed by John Gresh. With Tony Bingham, Dana Hardy, Bridget Carey, Gregory Johnstone, Amy Marsalis.

June 2007: Hosted a Cup-A-Jo Productions production of A Thurber Carnival, by James Thurber, directed by David Minniefield. With Joanna Lowe, Everett Lowe, Alyssa Herron, Christopher Kirsch, Brad Minnigh, Emily Paton, Joseph Roots, Molly Beth Seremet.

June 2007: Fourth Annual Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival.

  • Their Town, by Paula Martinac, directed by Adam Kukic. With Todd Betker, Diana Ifft, Paige Spara, Jaime Slavinsky, Scott van de Mark, Joe Stitman, Leah Klocko, John Feightner, Lou Bojarski.
  • And a Happy New Year, by Aaron Jefferson Tindall, directed by F.J. Hartland. With Christopher Maxwell, Grant Scavello, Jillian Vitko.
  • The Session, by Wali Jamal, directed by Kim El. With Courtney Day Nassar, Tamara R. Wilkes, Marcus Muzopappa, Jessica Kennedy.
  • Beyond Dirt Knees, by Ryan M. McKelvey, directed by Jeffrey R. Simpson. With Patrick Orr, Robert O'Toole, Dennis Gills, Sarah Wolford, Christopher Maxwell.
  • Call Girl, by Carol Mullen, directed by Wali Jamal. With Courtney Day Nassar, Jessica Kennedy, Laura Hoffman.

May 2007: The Music Lesson, by Tammy Ryan, directed by John Gresh, ran May 11th through May 26th, 2007. With Judy Kaplan, Nadia Cook-Loshilov, Imani Milliones, Aman Milliones, Lalicia Roman, and Mark Tierno.
Reviews: Post-Gazette, City Paper (response)
Images: Postcard


March 2007: Staged Reading Series, which presented a different play every day throughout March.
March 1: Same Time Tomorrow, by John Reoli.
March 2: Before the Wedding, by Lawrence Graves.
March 3: A Shade Darker, by Rosa DeFerrari. Euphoria/Ataraxia, by Aaron Jefferson Tindall.
March 4: A Window to Home, by Ernest McCarty.
March 5: None.
March 6: Break Room, by Robert Isenberg.
March 7: Burning Wood, by Erick Irvis.
March 8: TBA, by Christiane Leach.
March 9: The Magic Room, by Carlana Rhoten.
March 10: Welcome Home, by Ted Hoover.
March 11: Typist, by Kim Zelonis.
March 12: Parlour Games of the Chimera Gemini, by Dan Kirk.
March 13: Switched at Birth, by Denise Pullen.
March 14: Bustenai, by Leibel Cohen.
March 15: Moonlight & Love Songs, by Scott Sickles.
March 16: None.
March 17: Rose, by Michael Swartz.
March 18: Hall of Famer, by Sue Danks. Benjamin Franklin, by Sue Danks. The Chimes of War, by J.R. Hall.
March 19: Mad Honey, by Amy Hartman.
March 20: The Sisters of Zivena, by Christina Kukucka.
March 21: Switched at Birth, by Denise Pullen. Ramblings (1a), by Mel Packer.
March 22: Cherry Smoke, by James McManus.
March 23: Pig, by Tammy Ryan.
March 24: The Art of Paring (1a), by Brandon Siple.
March 25: The Tree Grows Strong, by Bob Gorczyca. Job, by Corey Rieger.
March 26: James McBride, by Mark Clayton Southers. Waxworks, by Jeanne Drennan.
March 27: Unmasked, by Renee Aldrich.
March 28: For the Sake of the Show, by Wali Jamal.
March 29: Not Eureka, by Cory Tamler. Fueled, by Tara Adelizzi.
March 30: South Star, by Rebecca Gorman. Wake Up Screaming, by Michael McGovern.
March 31: Pit Fall, by Brendon Bates.
April 1: The Only Good Artist Is A Dead Artist, by Rage Stevenson. Parlour Games of the Chimera Gemini, by Dan Kirk.

Press: New Pittsburgh Courier
Post-Gazette (also mentioned here, here, here, and here).


2006


December 2006: Corps Values, by Brendon Bates, directed by John Gresh. With Joshua Elijah Reese, Wali Jamal, Marcus Muzopappa, Joseph Martinez, Ezra Smith, Leo Beatty, Tom Chung, and David Conley.
Reviews: Post-Gazette, City Paper
Interview with the playwright
Winner of two Onyx awards: Best Sound (Brendon Elder), Best Minority Actor (Joseph Martinez).

October 2006: Fourth Annual Festival in Black and White:

  • Assassination, by Brendon Bates, directed by Wali Jamal. With Jodi Lincoln, Nadia Cook-Loshilov, Jeffrey Carpenter, Dan Kirk.
  • A Summer's Tale, by Astrid Cook, directed by Shanae Sharon. With Nadia Cook-Loshilov, Jodi Lincoln, Carter Redwood, Ron Black, Marcia L. Jones, Pat Sena Samreny, Rick DeCarlo, Don Lubic.
  • Around Midnight, by Christina Maria Acosta, directed by Dan Kirk. With David Conley, Marika Christie.
  • Holding Cell, by Wali Jamal, directed by Mark Whitehead. With David Conley, Jeff David Miller, Michael Belgrove, Ezra Smith, Lonzo Green.
  • The Kitchen, by Rob Zellers, directed by Jeannine Foster-McKelvia. With Ken Bolden, Wali Jamal, Carter Redwood, Nancy Mimless.
  • F.O.R.D., by David Turkel, directed by Mark Clayton Southers. With John Gresh, Lissa Brennan, Wali Jamal, Mayme Williams.
  • Ridin' Dirty, by Brenton Mock, directed by Dan Kirk. With David Conley, Gregory "Rico" Parker.
  • Gossip, by Dan Kirk, directed by Ron Black. With Aaliyah Habeeb, John Feightner, Rosa DeFerrari.
  • For the Love of Friends, by Nailah Blu Lewis, directed by Stephanie Figer. With Cheryl El-Walker, Kim El.
  • The Exile of King Harold, by Mark Clayton Southers, directed by Ginger Lawrence. With Don Marshall.

Preview: Post-Gazette.
Review: Post-Gazette.

September 2006: The Piano Lesson, by August Wilson, directed by Mark Clayton Southers. With D. J. Howard, Alan Bomar Jones, David Conley, Vanessa German, Wali Jamal, Taylor Whitley, Kevin Brown, Marika Christie, Monique Pappas, Don Lubic.
Reviews: City Paper
Winner of seven Onyx awards: Best Production, Best Direction (Mark Clayton Southers), Best Equity Actor (Alan Bomar Jones), Best Supporting Actors (Kevin Brown and Wali Jamal), Best Up and Coming Youth Actress (Taylor Whitley), Best Costumes (Deryck Tines).

June 2006: Third Annual Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival.

  • Getting Better/Couldn't Get Much Worse, by Michael Schwartz, directed by Tiffany Hickman. With Charlie Murphy, Scott Miller.
  • The Burning Half, by Bridget Harris, directed by Lora Oxenreiter. With Lauren Michelle Masi, Alyssa Herron, Libbi Fern Short, James Schoberg, Erica Harsch.
  • Manly Men Doing Manly Things, by Scott Sickles, directed by Tara Adelizzi. With Ryan M. McKelvey, Charles Murphy.
  • Postcards from a Dead Dog, by F. J. Hartland, directed by Melissa Hill Grande. With Joseph McGranaghan, Arlene Merryman.
  • In Common, by Gayle Pazerski, directed by Michelle Zinger. With Ryan M. McKelvey, Annie Claffey, Justin Lawrence.
  • Rain, by John Reoli, directed by Daniel Kirk. With Jim Altes, Joseph Martinez, John Feightner, Geoffrey Miller.
  • Reunion, by Allison J, directed by Gunther Kusior. With Jill Jeffrey, Rebekah Hukill, Jessica Kennedy, Elizabeth Criss.
  • Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?, by Carol Mullen, directed by Mark Chaitin. With A. J. Tindall, Justin Lawrence.

May 2006: Hoodwinked, by Mark Clayton Southers, directed by Ron OJ Parson. With Leslie "Ezra" Smith, Ruel Davis, Mark S. Thompson, Shanae Sharon, Barbara Russell.

April 2006: Hosted a Boston Baked Beans Theater Company production of Barefoot in the Park, by Neil Simon, directed by John Lane. With Bridget Carey, Jeffrey R. Simpson, Allison Cahill, Paul Stockhausen, Everett Lowe.

March 2006: Hosted a Pittsburgh Playhouse Repertory Company production of Criminal Genius, by George F. Walker, directed by Richard Keitel. With Ray Andrecheck, Jason McCune, Randy Kovitz, Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Erica Highberg.

March 2006: Jonathan, by Judy Meiksin, directed by Eileen J. Morris. With Bridget Carey, Jeff Simpson, J. P. Patrick, Pat Samremy, Charlotte Sonne.
Review: Post-Gazette.

February 2006: Robert Smalls: The Legend of the Black Mariner, by Wali Jamal Abdullah, directed by J. P. Patrick. With Clyde Adams, Kerry Allen, Nia Arrington, David Dietz, Toniaray Digiacomo, Kim El, Cheryl M. El-Walker, John Feightner, Jonathan R. Graff, Lonzo Green, Romairas "Romeo" Harp, Alyssa Herron, Aisha Jordan, Don Marshall, Cierra McClary, Marcus Muzopappa, Matt O'Neill, Joshua Ray, Joseph A. Roots, Arrion "Lake" J. Rose, Emmanuel Walker, Mayme Williams.

February 2006: Third Annual August in February, Vignettes by August Wilson, coproduction with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at Byham Theater. Including excerpts from:
Fences, directed by Eileen J. Morris. With Jonas Chaney, Rita Gregory, Ben Blakey, Kevin Brown, Jonathan Berry, Joshua Reese, Taylor Whitley.
Two Trains Running, directed by Vernell A. Lillie. With Nathan James, Shanae Sharon, Art Terry, Alex Morris, Ben Cain, Jonathan Berry.
Jitney, directed by Wali Jamal. With Ben Cain, Sala Udin, Lonzo Green, Mark Smith.
Joe Turner's Come and Gone. With Ben Cain, Wali Jamal, Doug Pona, Mark C. Thompson, Teri Bridgett, Christina Acosta, Vanessa German, Taylor
Whitley.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Tre Garrett. With Jay Jones, Wali Jamal, Chuck Timbers, Don Marshall.
The Piano Lesson, directed by Mark Southers. With Eileen J. Morris, Alex Morris.


2005


December 2005: Jet Lag, written and directed by Robert Isenberg. With Erica Highberg, Adam Kukic, Joseph Lyons, Zilda Alvez.

December 2005: Stain, by Corey Rieger, directed by Mark Clayton Southers. With Jay Keenan, Jeffrey Simpson, J.P. Patrick, Marcus Muzopappa, Michelle LeWay, Stephanie Figer, Everett Lowe, Bridget Carey.
Review: Post-Gazette.

October 2005: Third Annual Theatre Festival In Black & White.
Burned Wood, by Erick Q. Irvis, directed by J.P. Patrick. With Jonathan Berry, Wali Jamal, Shaun McCarthy, Lonzo Green, Roger Randolph III, Emmanual Walker.
The Other Side, by Bob Gorczyca, directed by Wali Jamal. With Joseph Martinez, Mark Thompson, Wali Jamal.
When Souls Whisper, by Kim El, directed by Mark Whitehead. With Maya Randolph, Cheryl El-Walker, Delbert Taylor, Kim El.
Awash, by J. P. Patrick, directed by Eileen J. Morris. With Shelby Wyzykowski, Stephanie Figer, Eric Williams, Julie Unitas, Christina Acosta/Beth Ratas, Erik Schark.
Detention, by Wali Jamal, directed by Tara Adelizzi. With Taylor Whitley, Nadia Cook-Lashilov, Amy Watson, Meredith Pierce.
Whose Hero, by JaSonta Roberts Deen, directed by Mark Thompson. With Meredith Pierce, Erik Schark, Michelle LeWay, Leslie "Ezra" Smith, Leigha Hanby.
Hidden in Harlem, by Ginny Cunningham, directed by Ben Cain. With Leslie "Ezra" Smith, Mayme Williams, Meredith Pierce, Charmaine Page.
Phobia, by Heather Lynn McNeish, directed by Art Terry. With Jaime Slavinsky, Laura Jeanne Cerniglia, Matt Marceau.
Twenty Questions, by Rob Gorman, directed by Jeannine Foster McKelvia. With Chad McWreath, Gwen Morton.
Mixed Messages, by Lynn Jackson, directed by Joanna Lowe. With Anji Corley, JaSonta Roberts Deen, Art Terry, Shaun McCarthy, Chad McWreath.
Preview: Post-Gazette.
Review: Post-Gazette, Awards followup.

August 2005: Joe Turner's Come and Gone, by August Wilson, directed by Eileen J. Morris. With Ben Cain, Wali Jamal, Doug Pona, Mark Thompson, Teri Bridget, Christina Maria Acosta, Jonathan Berry, Twanda Clark, Anji Corley, Michael A. Curry, Taylor Erniece Whitley.
Review: Post-Gazette.

June 2005: Second Annual Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival.
How Gay? So Gay, by Jeffrey Cordell, directed by Jeffrey Cordell. With Sentell Harper, Kevin Koch, Richard C. Smith.
Break Room, by Gayle Pazerski, directed by Brian Czarniecki. With Meg Stiles, Kendra McLaughlin, Regan Harris.
Little Buddies, by Americus Rocco, directed by Ginger Lawrence. With Marcia Urban, P. J. Tiberio, Robert DiDonato, Joe Pauley.
I Won't Dance, Don't Ask Me, by Paula Martinac, directed by Mark Clayton Southers. With Bridget Carey, Nathan Hollabaugh.
Clean Sheets, by F. J. Hartland, directed by Beth Hommel. With John Feightner, Chris Sullivan, Jason Kirsch.
Laughing All the Way, by Carol Mullen, directed by Nona Gerard. With Gab Bonnesso, Autumn Ayers.
Sibling Rivalry, by Kathryn Miller Haines, directed by David Minniefield. With Katie Case, Alaina Salks, Liz Labacz.
Places We've Lived, by Milan Stitt, directed by Ted Hoover. With Jett Canary, Eric Hess.

May 2005: Nine Days in the Sun, by Mark Clayton Southers, directed by Corey Rieger. With Jeff Ash, Jonathan Berry, Vicki Thompson Bey, Ken Champion, Nadia Cook-Loshilov, Lonzo Green, Wali Jamal, Kori Mallon, Charlie Murphy, Meredith Pierce, Carter Redwood, Jennifer Sinatra, Mark Smith, Mark Thompson, Mayme Williams.

April 2005: August in April, Vignettes by August Wilson, coproduction with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at Byham Theater. Including excepts from King Hedley II, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Jitney, and other plays by August Wilson. Directed by Mark Clayton Southers, Eileen Morris, Vernell Lillie, Corey Rieger, Ron OJ Parson, and Art Terry. With Lamman Rucker, Ben Cain, Don Marshall, Art Terry, Lonzo Green, Daniel Wright, Ruel Davis, Teri Bridges, Vanessa German, Nathan James, Leo Beatty, Wali Jamal, Rita Gregory, Tyla Abercrumbie.

March 2005: Marian Visions, by Ted Hoover, directed by Ted Hoover. With Bridget Carey, Audrey Castracane, Don DiGiulio, Tressa Glover, Dale Irvin, Lori Maxwell, Corey Rieger, Jeffrey R. Simpson.

January 2005: The Butter and Egg Man, by George S. Kaufman, directed by John E. Lane, Jr. With Jeff Simpson, Bridget Carey, Dan Brown, Don DiGiulio, Juliette Mariani, Jim Hee, Connie Culbertson, Jay Keenan, John Reoli, Chris Sullivan, Jill Jeffrey, Liz Colteryahn.
Preview: Post-Gazette.


2004


October 2004: Second Annual Theatre Festival In Black & White.
The Barbeque, by Michael Schwartz, directed by Rita Gregory. With Alex
Knell, Ken Fischer, Sandy Binder, Alex Silberblatt, Gunther Kusior,
Jason Kirsch.
The Powerhouse, by Tawanda R. Washington, directed by Gunther Kusior. With Lesa Guzzo, Kim El, Ja' Sonta Roberts, Gunther Kusior, Tawanda R. Washington.
Bruhs, by Jeff Benson Jr, directed by Ginger Lawrence. With Wali Jamal, Meredith Pierce, Jonathan Berry, Freedom Murphy.
The Honeypot Redux, by Chance Muehleck, directed by Art Terry. With Bridget Carey, Corey Rieger, Jeffrey R. Simpson.
Flounder, by Corey Rieger, directed by Linda Haston. With Bridget Carey, Gregory Caridi, Sam Nicotero.
Ties That Bind, by Randy Kirk, directed by Eileen J. Morris. With Lani Cataldi, Andrew Cornelius, Corey Rieger.
Tigger's Tat, by Wali Jamal, directed by Joanna Lowe. With David Minniefield, Meredith Pierce, Art Terry, Daniel Wright.
Pieces, by Vanessa German, directed by Roni Ostfield. With Vanessa German, Tressa Glover.
Crows on the Cornfield, by Lynne Wyant, directed by Carter Redwood. With Robert Isenberg, Sam Karas.
First Son, by Terrance Hayes, directed by Adam Kukic. With Lonzo Green, Marcia L. Jones, Daniel Wright.
Dancing Tomatoes, by Tony Zelonis, directed by Tracey Turner. With Charlie Murphy, Adam Kukic, Jessica Obed, Jennifer Obed-Moats.
The Cure, by Mark Clayton Southers, directed by Fred Betzner. With Lonzo Green, Mark Thompson, Mayme Williams, Meredith Pierce, Maurice Redwood.
Review: Post-Gazette.

September 2004: Dorothy Six, by James McManus, directed by Mark Clayton Southers. With John Gresh, Joanna Lowe, Gunther Kusior, Ola Creston, Claire Fraley, Paul Stockhausen. Revival of May 2004 production, at Homestead's historic Pump House. Ran September 19 through October 17.

August 2004: Fences, by August Wilson, directed by Eileen J. Morris. With Jonas Chaney, Chuck Timbers, Rita Gregory, Jonathan Berry, Kevin Brown, Ruel Davis, Taylor Whitley, Micah-Shai Randall Turner.
Review: Post-Gazette.

June 2004: First Annual Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival.
After Life, by Paula Martinac, directed by Mark Clayton Southers. With Allison Cahill, Elizabeth Downey, T. C. Brown, Bridget Carey.
Audition 101, by Sean Michael O'Donnell and Thomas Protulipac, directed by Linda Haston. With Gunther Kusior, Sean Gray, Tanya Kalinsky, Chelsey E. Shannon, Kim Downs, Christine Zavakos.
One Seat in the Shade, by John Reoli, directed by Jeffrey R. Simpson. With John E. Lane Jr., Christopher Kirsch, Don DiGiulio, Susaan Jamshidi.
Memories of Lesbos and You, by Terry Baum, directed by Joe Pauley. With Kath Donnelly, Gina Preciado.
Defense of Marriage, by Jeffrey M. Cordell, directed by Ted Hoover. With Grant Rhinehart, Varian Huddleston.
One More Chance, by Carol Mullen, directed by Adam Kucic. With Bridget Carey, Jen Obed Moats, Tressa Glover.
California Roll, by Robert Isenberg, directed by Tracey D. Turner. With Julie Moreau, Julia Beardsley, Matthew Bartko.
Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach, by Paul Rudnick, directed by Sheila McCarthy. With Ted Hoover, Brian Lord.

May 2004: Dorothy Six, by James McManus, directed by Mark Clayton Southers. With John Gresh, Joanna Lowe, Gunther Kusior, Ola Creston, Claire Fraley, Paul Stockhausen.

May 2004: Out of Control, by Bridget Harris, directed by Jason A. Fleece. With Dalla Andracchio, Lori Maxwell, Scott Van de Mark, Claire Fraley, Lesa Guzzo, Monica Fillipone.

March 2004: Being Margaret, by Laura Clark, directed by Ginger Lawrence. With Jeannine Foster-McKelvin, Joanna Lowe, Lonzo Green, Mike Kerin, Mike Kerin, Gunther Kusior, Adam Kukic, Don Anderson.

March 2004: Meagher, by Michael Finnegan, directed by Jeffrey R. Simpson. With John Yost, Geoffrey Miller, Robert Isenberg, Chris Hammel, T.C. Brown, Don DiGuilio, Tressa Glover.

February 2004: August in February, Vignettes by August Wilson, coproduction with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at Byham Theater.

February 2004: Harriet Tubman Loved Somebody, by William F. Mayfield, directed by Tracey Turner. With Tracey Turner, Wali Jamal, Vanessa German, Toni Thomas.


2003

November 2003: Hambone, by Javon Johnson, directed by Tre Garrett. With Khalil Lee, Art Terry, Ruel Davis, Ron Black, Ron Maderas.
Review: Post-Gazette.

October 2003: First Annual Theatre Festival In Black & White.
The Big Snow of 1950, by Lynn Wyant, directed by Eileen J. Morris.
The Girls From Kankakee, by Mark Clayton Southers, directed by Amy Hartman. With Nialah Lewis, Brenda Marks, Monique Pappas, Eileen Morris.
Half of Zero, by Amy Hartman, directed by Mark Clayton Southers. With Cheryl Young, Allison Cahill.
Slam-Dunk, by Judy Meiksin, directed by Linda Haston. With Vanessa German, Ginger Lawrence.
Bones, by Javon Johnson, directed by Corey Rieger. With Lonzo Green, Jeff Simpson.
The Letter, by Robert Isenberg, directed by Mark Clayton Southers.
[List of included plays is incomplete.]
Review: Post-Gazette.

September 2003: When the Water Turns Clear, by Mark Clayton Southers, directed by Ginger Lawrence. With Mark Clayton Southers, Wali Jamal, Harry O’Toole, Carter Redwood, Jay Jones, Marcia Jones, Benjamin Blakee, Kimberly A. Harris, Nathan Hollabaugh.

July 2003: Midsummer Nights Chamber Theatre, Stage and Script Readings of Full-Length Plays.
Dire Straits, by Phil Alan Zarecki
The Royalton Scram, by Suzanne Danks
Ring of Hope, by Maureen Jenkins
Ma Noah, by Mark Clayton Southers
West of Hell (or You’re on Your Own), by Daniel J. Kirk
The Unicorn, by Lynne Wyant
Olivia, by Laura J. Clark
[List of included plays may be incomplete]

June 2003: Boppin' with the Ancestors, by Rob Penny, directed by Mark Clayton Southers. With Jay Jones, Rico Parker, Wali Jamal, Les Howard.
Review: Post-Gazette.

March 2003: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, by August Wilson, directed by Eileen J. Morris. With Garbie Dukes, Charles E. Timbers Jr., Wali Jamal, Jay Jones, Teri Bridgett. [Cast list incomplete.]
Previews: Post-Gazette, Post-Gazette.
Review: Post-Gazette.
Follow up: Post-Gazette.