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Check out this production from our friends at Hiawatha Project, with PPTCO’s Artistic Associate Monteze Freeland!

JH: Mechanics of a Legend

a Hiawatha Project original show
Directed by Anya Martin
Devised with Kyle Bostian, Tom Driscoll, Delana Flowers, Monteze Freeland, Anya Martin, Angela Baughman, Britton Mauk

Feb 9-18 at the August Wilson Center
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The legend of John Henry, the only African American tall tale character, is not just a myth — he was a real man and the truth of his story is rooted in the dawn of a new nation and the American machine age. His legacy, left to us in song, tells of the mighty railroad man who races a steam drill until his heart bursts, leaving his fabled hammer to his great love, Polly Ann.

JH: MECHANICS OF A LEGEND melds the language of mechanics, century old ballads and primary historical records to explore the legend of John Henry. A diverse team of artists joins forces with theater making company, Hiawatha Project, to measure the myth, the man, and the machine, revealing a poetic and dangerous truth inside the machinations of history.

PPTCO Artistic Associate Monteze Freeland returns as the title character, John Henry, in this Hiawatha Project original show at the August Wilson Center. Watch interview videos with Monteze and other production artists.

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As part of our mission to develop and showcase the works of local playwrights, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company is proud to present three World Premiere plays by local playwrights in 2017!

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Findings

FindingsBy Arlene Weiner
Directed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith
March 4th – 19th, 2017 – World Premiere!

Jennifer prides herself on being able to see every crisis as an opportunity. Can she keep on “bright-siding” when her doted-on daughter runs away, her sister’s behavior threatens the family with ruin, and a secret from the past may burst into the open? Buy individual tickets now.

Lights Out

Lights OutBy Steve Hallock
Directed by Cheryl El-Walker
April 1st – 15th, 2017 – World Premiere!

A power outage that stalls a Pittsburgh trolley in a tunnel beneath Mount Washington on a late Friday night leads to a set of encounters among a train of strangers that spark fear, accusations, confessions, guilt, and love as the riders share thoughts of wisdom, philosophy, music and religion, mixed in with a few drinks and some jazz and blues riffs. Buy individual tickets now.

Hercules Didn’t Wade in the Water

Hercules Didn’t Wade in the WaterBy Michael A. Jones
Directed by Wali Jamal
May 6th – 21st, 2017 – World Premiere!

It is 2005. Two men cling for life on a rooftop, surrounded by murky water, festered with disease and the unknown. Two women are hundred of miles away, striving to see their dreams of life, love and the pursuit of happiness come to fruition. All of this set against the threat of one of America’s greatest disasters. Buy individual tickets now.

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Keepin’ up with Playwrights

Pittsburgh and St. Louis casts of Miss Julie, Clarissa and John meet in St. Louis

Playwright Mark Clayton Southers and Miss Julie's St. Louis cast, with Ron Himes, founder of St. Louis Black Rep
Playwright Mark Clayton Southers and Miss Julie’s St. Louis cast, with Ron Himes, founder of St. Louis Black Rep

The Black Rep in St. Louis, the largest professional African-American theatre company in the nation, opened its 40th season with Pittsburgh playwright Mark Clayton Southers’ Miss Julie, Clarissa and John. The production was picked up after its world premiere at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre in March 2016. Miss Julie received rave reviews both in Pittsburgh and St. Louis!

St. Louis cast, Playwrights managing director Joy Southers, actors Kevin Brown and Chrystal Bates, production team member Ashley Southers
St. Louis cast, Playwrights managing director Joy Southers, actors Kevin Brown and Chrystal Bates, production team member Ashley Southers

Veteran actors Crystal Bates (Clarissa) and Kevin Brown (John) from the first production of Miss Julie traveled to the Midwest to give support to the sophomore production and had an opportunity to see their characters played by different actors.

Playwrights hopes to keep the momentum going and see more productions of Miss Julie, Clarissa and John on national and international stages in the coming year. Check back for all the latest news and updates on where it’s headed in 2017.

New ‘Theatre Festival in Black and White’ format targets middle and high school students with Bill Nunn tribute

Pittsburgh native and actor Bill Nunn with Pittsburgh Playwrights veterans and founder Mark Clayton Southers
Pittsburgh native and actor Bill Nunn with Pittsburgh Playwrights veterans and founder Mark Clayton Southers

This year Pittsburgh Playwrights’ Theatre Festival in Black and White takes on a new format. Students will submit original one-act plays, and if the student’s script is selected, they’ll work with our team to improve their scripts and then see them produced at Pittsburgh Playwrights during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, directed by theater professionals.

This year’s festival will acknowledge the work and life of the late, great Pittsburgh actor Bill Nunn, who also worked to bring arts education to youth. Bill Nunn has also collaborated with Pittsburgh Playwrights over the years.

Script submission details will be available on our website starting in early 2017.