Pittsburgh New Works Festival's Blast from the Past

Every September for the last 25 years the Pittsburgh New Works Festival has brought together artists from all walks of life in their annual festival celebrating the art of writing new plays. There are 18 plays chosen for full productions from hundreds of submissions from around not only the country, but the world.

Artist Spotlight: Clare Drobot

Every year, July is surprisingly busy. We’re juggling work, weddings, vacations, new projects and exercise routines. I know I’m definitely starting to sweat just considering my conflicting rehearsal schedules, part-time job, and this new writing gig. It’s exhausting. A fun, fireworks display type of exhausting – but still, the kind where you can barely form complex thought afterward.

Visit a Bit of the Emerald Island with Little Lake

This past Thursday, the Little Lake Theater held its opening presentation of John Patrick Shanley’s, Outside Mullingar.

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It Could be Anyone and Anything Could Happen

Pulling up to the Apple Hill Playhouse on Thursday evening I wasn’t sure if I was about to see a performance or sing karaoke at a roadside country bar thrown in the middle of a residential neighborhood. The half lit interchangeable roadside sign assured me I was in the correct place, though, as I pulled in to the gravel lot and attempted to find a parking space amongst the multitude of cars and a business bus toting a handful of senior citizens eager to see the show.

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Pittsburgh New Works Festival Celebrates 25 years

It’s 1990 and the average cost of gas was $1.86, the Hubble Telescope is launched and, most importantly, it is the birth year of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.

Death Can Haunt You and Make You Pine for the Ones You Love

South Park Theatre, a beautiful yet modest stage, hidden deep in the South hills of Pittsburgh, has given us the chance to enjoy the play Pine as written by Eugenie Carabatos and directed by Vince Ventura.  The city owes a debt of gratitude to this theater and all of the other venues throughout the region that strive to bring high quality art to the stage.  Not all of them succeed, but The South Park Theatre has done so time and time again.

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"SummerFest" Crowns Season With a Richard Strauss Rarity.

Saturday night’s performance of the rarely heard Capriccio was the best work the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh has done this year, which is saying much, since “SummerFest” has been a series of successes. The size of the audience seemed to be somewhat affected by the stifling weather, Pittsburgh’s apparent and baffling hesitancy over German opera, or both, but the listeners made up in enthusiasm what they lacked slightly in numbers.

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Just in Love with Love

Alright, scoff if you must but here goes: I'm a fan of The Wedding Singer musical. It's yet another musical based off of a popular movie (granted that trend wasn't as popular when it premiered on Broadway in 2006). Its source material comes from a very short list titled "Good Adam Sandler movies". But it's fun. And it gives me memories of when I stage managed a community theater production of it years ago.

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Artist Spotlight: Matt Henderson

He would politely disagree with me, nibbling at his English muffin and slightly wide-eyed at the thought, repeating humbly, “that’s not a thing,” but I still think of Matt Henderson as a leader in Pittsburgh theatre. Perhaps he’s not the authoritative, hear-me-roar kind of leader who could direct a cast full of ferocious actors.

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