Upcoming productions


Our 2015-2016 Season


Miss Julie, Clarissa and John

By Mark Clayton Southers
Directed by Monteze Freeland
March 12-27 2016

Inspired by August Strindberg’s groundbreaking 1888 naturalistic drama Miss Julie, Mark Clayton Southers relocates the action from Sweden to a Reconstruction-era Virginia plantation. The dangerous attraction between the landowner’s daughter and his top servant takes on new shades as its taboo nature expands from crossing boundaries of social class to also encompass racial lines. The situation is heightened further by Southers’ extensive development of the third onstage character from Strindberg’s play, who in this searing version becomes central to the conflict through her identity as the mulatto daughter of a slave woman. The result in our world premiere production is an intense struggle that illuminates cultural dynamics of two key moments in U.S. history: then and now.

Featuring Chrystal Bates, Kevin Brown, and Tami Dixon

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Theatre Festival in Black and White


The Theatre Festival in Black and White

June 2016

Our signature one-act theatre festival returns for its twelfth year with another selection of entertaining short plays. We've scheduled it in conjunction with the Three Rivers Arts Festival, so you can come downtown and catch both. If you're a playwright, check out our script submission announcement.

Earlier this season:

George S. Kaufman

George S. Kaufman

Dulcy

By George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly
Directed By Corey Rieger
September 26 – October 11 2015

Though brimming with good intentions, the bubbly but meddling Dulcy seems to always cause calamity whenever she puts her mind to helping her husband. This wonderfully quirky 1921 comedy was penned by Pittsburgh native George S. Kaufman, often called Broadway's greatest comic playwright, and frequent collaborator Marc Connelly, a native of McKeesport (and both Pulitzer Prize winners). In our rollicking production, directed by Corey Rieger, the setting is updated from the roaring '20s to 2015.

August Wilson

August Wilson

The Piano Lesson

By August Wilson
Directed by Mark Clayton Southers
November 13-21 2015

August Wilson's 1990 Pulitzer-winning drama is set in 1936 Pittsburgh's Hill District. The Piano Lesson focuses on conflict between a brother and sister who differ on what to do with a family heirloom, a piano.  The brother, Boy Willie, is a sharecropper who wants to sell the piano to buy the land where his ancestors toiled as slaves. The sister, Berniece, remains emphatic about keeping the piano, which shows the carved faces of their ancestors during the days of their enslavement. Presented on the stage of the August Wilson Center.