A letter from the Editor,
Well gang, we made it through another Pittsburgh winter. A few tires may have been sacrificed to the Goddess of Potholes but we all made it through in one piece, right? All erratic weather aside, Pittsburgh in the Round broke records and surpassed many goals this winter, putting us in a great place to take on Spring! And it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! So pull out your Spring jackets and get your game face on because we’re going for a ride. Keep your eyes peeled for our coverage of the 5th Annual Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ Week of Will, Throughline Theatre Company’s new home, and much, MUCH more!
As we start to bulk up our coverage of all things theatre in the Steel City, we are also starting to bulk up our writing team! If you or someone you know want to help us break records and surpass goals shoot us an email!
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Here’s to Spring!
Mara E. Nadolski
Let’s start off with the 5 shows we’re looking forward to this Spring!
#5 – Hamlet by the Pittsburgh Public Theater – After returning home for his father’s funeral, Hamlet arrives to find his mother has already remarried. The Prince of Denmark makes it his mission to find out the truth and avenge his murdered father. The Pittsburgh Public brings one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays back to the stage as Ted Pappas directs his final production as their Producing Artistic Director. Hamlet starts previews April 19. For tickets and more information click here.
#4 – King Hedley II by Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company – After last season’s production of Seven Guitars, Pittsburgh Playwrights returns to the Hill District at the childhood home of playwright August Wilson for another installment of Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle. The story follows King Hedley II, an ex con trying to get his life back on track. Directed by Pittsburgh Playwrights’ Artistic Director Mark Clayton Southers, King Hedley II opens April 27. For tickets and more information click here.
#3 – Building the Wall by 12 Peers Theater – 12 Peers returns to their new home in the Studio Theater in Pitt’s Cathedral of learning this year for their latest season. We start off that season in an alternate reality where Donald Trump’s border and immigration policies stick. This two-person play follows Rick, a former security officer currently incarcerated, and Gloria, a history professor intent on understanding what went wrong. Building the Wall opens May 24, for tickets and more information click here.
#2 – Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Throughline Theatre – Throughline Theatre has found a new home at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre downtown and they’re starting off their 2018 season with Steve Martin’s first play! In Picasso at the Lapin Agile we find Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso at a bar in the early 1900s on the verge of their greatest accomplishments. After being visited by many characters, the two men realize their talents are equally important. Picasso at the Lapin Agile opens May 4. For tickets and more information click here.
#1 – Nomad Motel by City Theatre – City Theatre continues to be committed to their mission of making a home for new plays with their world premiere of Nomad Motel. In City’s second of two world premiere plays by female playwrights we find ourselves in the various motel rooms of Alix, a teenaged girl charged with the responsibility of taking care of her younger twin brothers in her mother’s absence. This coming of age story closes out City’s 2017-2018 season starting previews on May 12. For tickets and more information click here.
While you’re here, check out our 5 Musicals You Don’t Want to Miss this Spring here.
The Pittsburgh Fringe Festival is back for a 5th year and here’s what we’ve got to look forward to this time around!
We’ve got festivals on the brain this spring! Check out what the Pittsburgh CLO is up to with their SPARK Festival here.
Little Lake Theatre will be celebrating their 70th anniversary this season! Click here to learn about what they’ll be dazzling us with this year!
We’ve been pretty busy for the last three months, here are some highlights in case you missed anything!
Inside Passage by Quantum Theatre
Oklahoma! by the Palisade Playhouse
The Drowsy Chaperone by CMU Drama
Holmes and Watson by Kinetic Theatre
Macbeth by the Duquesne University Red Masquers
Ashes & Snow by the Pittsburgh Opera
Sylvia by the Theatre Factory
Little Shop of Horrors by the University of Pittsburgh
Evil Dead by Pittsburgh Musical Theater
The Last Five Years by Split Stage Productions
Rules of Seconds by barebones productions
The Wizard of Oz by Gemini Children’s Theatre
Sex Werque at Carnegie Stage
FEMME by Folklab
Midnight Radio: A Christmas Story by Bricolage Production Company
Annie by Comtra Theatre