Saturday, August 26, 2006

Pick Your... PLAY!!!

OK, so if you made it to any of the six amazing plays presented by Bricolage Theatre during their first annual Staged Reading Performance Series... Then check your e-mail because it's time to pick your favorite play. The winning play will receive a full production later in the season.

PGHTC Weekly Pick

OK, so if you missed it last weekend you can stop crying and get your butt to the Pittsburgh New Works Festival TONIGHT!

For the second week in a row the Pittsburgh New Works Festival has made the cut and became the PGHTC Weekly Pick! So, get to the second round of seated-readings showcasing this year’s Honorable Mention plays: The Art of Seduction by Michael Wolfson, The Party by Dennis Boutsikanis and SOULs, Inc. by Jan O’Connor.
Admission is free and the drinks are good (and good for you!)
Sunday, Aug 27th
Dowe's, Downtown

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Honorable... Plays!

It's was a humid Sunday evening in August and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival's Readings at Dowe's on 9th provided all the essentials: Chilled Wine, AC and an evening of great entertainment.

This year’s three Honorable Mention plays: Host by Jim Mandler, Acts of Contrition by Patricia Montley, and Androids Are Like That by Roger Strauss were presented as seated readings to a mixed house of theatre goers, all sipping on chilled drinks that matched the even chill-er atmosphere inside the upscale jazz club.

All three plays were thick and cunning, but Acts of Contrition by Patricia Montley was the night's highlight. A play examining the theme of forgiveness in 12 short vignettes ranging from a dying woman's final plea to a young boy's refusal to apologize for hitting his brother. A true crowd pleaser!

If these were the runners-up, I can't wait to see what's coming next!

Friday, August 18, 2006

PGHTC Weekly Pick x2

Yeah, that's right... We cheated and have TWO can't miss 'em, gotta get to, limited engagement live theatre picks for this weekend (and we could've had more... It's a rich week for the Pittsburgh Theatre Scene, so if you feel like getting some extra credit and hitting a few more shows, check out The City Paper's - Event Listings)

OK, So here are the picks...
1. On Sunday night, you must get to Pittsburgh New Works Festival for seated-readings of this year’s three Honorable Mention plays: Host by Jim Mandler, Acts of Contrition by Patricia Montley, Androids Are Like That by Roger Strauss.
Sunday, Aug 20th
Dowe's, Downtown

2. Bricolage Theatre presents a staged reading of SCarrie!... a new musical spoof of the Stephen King novel.
Sunday Aug 20th and Monday Aug 21st
Bricolage Theatre, Downtown
937 Liberty Avenue
3rd floor

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

A Theatre Must-Have!

Just a friendly reminder to all playwrights & theatre artists... The 24th Edition of The Dramatist's Sourcebook will be released on September 1st! Reserve your copy NOW at Amazon!

Friday, August 11, 2006

PGHTC Weekly Pick

Pandora’s Box Theatre Company gets the big nod from PGHTC for this balls-y combo...

Ninety minute adaptations of Shakespeare's TITUS ANDRONICUS and Molière's AMPHITRYON, performed in rotating repertory August 16 through 27, at the Studio Theatre in Oakland.

Be there, or miss out!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

In With The New!

As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's, ever enlightening, Christopher Rawson pointed out in his In The Wings column this past Thursday, the Pittsburgh New Works Festival is just around the corner!

This year's selection seems meaty, well-balanced and diverse, but only two Pittsburgh playwrights will be represented, a bit of a bummer... but be sure to mark your calanders and get out there and support natives Chris Bondi and Paula Martinac.

LIFT-OFF for a different kind of CAST-ing call!

Pittsburgh is getting its very own Theatre Podcast...

That's right, PGHTC is starting a Pittsburgh Theatre Connect Podcast. We're ready with the hardware and now we need YOU!

We're currently looking for Pittsburgh Theatre Practicioners and/or devoted audience members to feature in our podcast series.

Oh, come on... We all have a story to tell!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Arts Savoy Pittsburgh

Ok, so there's a lot of quality theatre happening in between these three rivers of ours... But how do we stack up against the rest of the nation? According to a recent survey from American Style, we're sitting pretty at #3 in the mid-sized city category! Let's keep it up!

PGH Theatre Connect - The Wright Way

Every month we will feature a contemporary playwright (some local, some not so local...) The only criteria: All writers have been (or should be) produced in Pittsburgh!

So, here's our August 2006 playwright: Diana Son

Son is one of the few contemporary playwrights that has found a true balance between writing for the theater and writing and for television. Ms. Son's break-out play was the deftly crafted Stop, Kiss which premiered in 1999 at NYC's Public Theater. Since that production, this story of love, loss & growth has been told on numerous regional and university stages across the country, including a 2002 production here in Pittsburgh presented by Cloven Hoof Productions.

After a long stint away from the stage (spent raising a new family and writing for "Law & Order: Criminal Intent") Son returns to NYC's Public Theater with her newest play, Satellites which focuses on two new parents trying to maintain their identities while rediscovering each other.

All of Diana's work looks at the individual journey through the exploration of complex social issues. Her characters are dynamic and often breaking through racial stereotypes. Let's bring her back to the 'burgh!