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Our 20th Anniversary 2023 Season

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Book, music and lyrics by Ray Werner
Composer and Music Director: Dwayne Fulton
With arrangements by Mike Gallagher, Bruce Foley, Jerry McCarthy & Walter Woodward
Directed by Gregory Lehane
At Madison Arts Center, 3401 Milwaukee Street
Ran March 17th – 26th, 2023

A new musical about the amazing Pastor of Old St. Patrick’s in The Strip who fed over 3 million meals to the homeless during The Great Depression.

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By Karuna Das
Directed by Bianca LaVerne Jones
At Madison Arts Center, 3401 Milwaukee Street
April 14th – 30th 23rd, 2023
World premiere!

Ancient myths. Modern agriculture.
Tribalism. War. Climate crisis. White supremacy.
The recent past. A potential future.
Change the story.

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By Dr. Randall Benson and Ross Howard
Directed by Marcus Muzopappa
At Madison Arts Center, 3401 Milwaukee Street
June 16th – 25th, 2023

“Engaging, emotionally charged storytelling”
– Sharon Eberson, onStage Pittsburgh

The story of “Iron Mike” Webster (1952-2002), the first NFL player to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disorder linked to repeated head impacts, and a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers for a record-breaking fifteen seasons.

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“Brown is sensational as the beleaguered Holly…. Watts is charismatic. He commands the stage every time he steps into a scene…. Mark Clayton Southers does a magnificent job with the material…. An emotional experience.”
– Michael Buzzelli, Burgh Vivant

By August Wilson
Directed by Mark Clayton Southers
Outdoors at August Wilson House
August 5th – September 9th, 2023

August Wilson’s Tony-nominated drama set in a boarding house in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1911. The play explores the lives of African Americans at the start of the Great Migration to the North as they seek their own identities and contend with racism and discrimination.

“Roosevelt Watts Jr.’s powerful and fierce portrayal of Loomis is the center…. Entertains with Wilson’s natural conversational style and embrace of the commonplace.”
– Bob Hoover, onStage Pittsburgh

A coproduction with August Wilson House. Extended through September 9th!

August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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A delight to watch and uncomfortable to witness…. It’s wonderful when entertainment can also provide a venue for introspection.”
– Mac Hoover, onStage Pittsburgh

By Mark Clayton Southers
Directed by Mark Clayton Southers
At Madison Arts Center, 3401 Milwaukee Street
October 7th – 29th, 2023
World premiere!

“Southers’ play is triumphant. It’s got plenty of humor in a taut, suspenseful drama…. twists that hit with audible gasps. A riveting evening of theater on the Hill.”
– Michael Buzzelli, Burgh Vivant

This world premiere drama about Black horse jockeys in the late 1800’s is the latest installment in Mark Clayton Southers’ 19th Century Collection of plays.

“I was blown away by this play. The writing was beautiful, creative and powerful. The actors were incredible, as always. The set and the costumes were incredible. I was moved to tears.”
– audience member Kathy Slencak

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More Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre News

Check out this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about our future plans! Read Tony Norman’s article on Next Pittsburgh. And see Pittsburgh Magazine’s writeup with photos and video.

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre was recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s Cultural Treasures! Read more in this in-depth article (PDF)!

Pittsburgh Playwrights names theater for actor Carter Redwood!

Applications for Ground Up Theatre Training are Open!

For 17 years Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company has trained people on and behind the stage. Artists sought us out to help them start their careers because they saw people like themselves here.  We knew our method of giving individual attention while expecting accountability fostered growth, but we were always too busy to establish a formal training program, until now. With the help of the RK Mellon Foundation, we are proud to announce the establishment of the Ground Up Theatre Training program. We’ve assessed the regional theatre environment, and determined that our training will focus on:

  • Sound Design for Stage
  • The Art of Lighting Design
  • Costume Design and Assistance
  • Stage Management
  • Scenic Design and Construction
  • Stage Combat
  • Makeup Design and Application

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“This is an excellent educational and enlightening experience. Thank you!” – Sharon Simpson

“This is the best idea ever!! Thank you!!!” – Mia Jennings

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company thanks the following for supporting our season of plays and special projects:

Mid Atlantic Arts Regional Resilience Fund
Hillman Foundation
Allegheny Regional Asset District
Bloomberg Philanthropies
The Heinz Endowments
Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh
The Opportunity Fund
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Eden Hall Foundation

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre was selected a Pittsburgh Cultural Treasure by Heinz Endowments in collaboration with the Poise Foundation, a national initiative by the Ford Foundation.

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