In November 2020, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre announced some changes to our online 17th season.
In addition to reordering our productions, each production will now be available to watch for free for a four week period. We’ll gladly accept any donation you wish to make, but the productions will be available at no charge.
Our season began on December 6th with Ubuntu Holiday, which was available online through January 3rd 2021. Next up: Grist From The Mill: 1902, opening January 31st 2021.
You can donate now to support our new season.
Ubuntu Holiday by Kim El
By Kim El. Directed by Mils James. December 2020. Ubuntu in the Xhosa culture in Africa roughly translates to "I am who I am because we are who we are." This comedy focuses on two African-American families. One embraces the traditions of Christmas and the other is exploring their newfound African customs of Kwanzaa. A video of our popular December 2014 production. The video was available to view on our website through January 3rd 2021.
Grist From The Mill: 1902
Written and Directed By Lissa Brennan. Premieres January 31st 2021 online! In one year in the early part of the 20th century, the deaths of 196 men in one Southwestern Pennsylvania steel mill were the result of workplace accidents. This is the story of one that wasn’t. The first of a trilogy of storytelling pieces inspired by dark folklore and murder ballads, in which the steel mills of Southwestern Pennsylvania play a pivotal role.
Written by and starring Vanessa German. Directed by Ashley Southers. Coming soon! A love poem for strange Black Girls, fat Black Girls, Winged Black Girls, the Missing Black Girls, the Black Girls who rode skateboards to school, Black Girls whose eyebrows were never on Fleek, Black Girls who dig aloneness and Black Girls who do magic.
By Mark Southers, directed by Andrew Paul. Coming soon! When the newly-formed Forensic Science Channel interviews Forensic Pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, not only does he provide detailed insight into some of America’s most brutal and provocative cases, but new information emerges centered around murders that very rarely if ever make the headlines.
Viva: BLACK [Volume 1]
By Vie Boheme. Directed by Monteze Freeland. Coming soon! Viva: BLACK [Volume 1] is an evening of song, dance, poetry and performance art thematically presented through a series of vignettes. The show aims to sift the elusiveness of Black Girl Magic. It is historically charged, reflective of today's social political landscape and candidly shared.
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company thanks the following for supporting our season of plays and special projects:
Allegheny Regional Asset District
The Heinz Endowments:
Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Grist From The Mill: 1902 illustration by Juliandra Jones / PBJ Customs