Our 2015-2016 Season
George S. Kaufman
By George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly
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.
The Piano Lesson
By August Wilson
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.
Mark Clayton Southers
Miss Julie, Clarissa and John
By Mark Clayton Southers
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.
The Theatre Festival in Black and White
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, watch for our script submission announcement later in 2015.
Earlier this season: