A letter from the Editor,
To our fantastic readers,
We’ve done it; we made it through another Pittsburgh summer. Summer 2016 was a very big season for us. Not only did we review 34 shows and publish 15 features this summer, but we also successfully launched a fundraising campaign in June. Although we did not make our target goal, we did raise enough funds to continue moving forward and growing as an organization. We could not have done that without you: our loyal supporters. So thank you to our readers, from the bottom of my heart. If you missed out on our indiegogo and would still like the chance to make a donation, click here and you’ll be directed to our fiscal sponsor, New Sun Rising’s donation page.
With the release of this Fall Preview, we’d also like to announce the addition of advertising space on the site. If you or your theater or business would like to be featured in any of our advertising spots, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
There is plenty to keep us busy this fall and we don’t want you to miss a thing! We would love to hear from our readers and follow along with your autumn theater adventures so keep in touch with us on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #FallwithPITR.
Here’s to Fall,
Mara E. Nadolski
Editor in Chief, Pittsburgh in the Round
Fall brings a lot of fun for us. The next few months are jam packed with plenty of new plays, old classics, and more than enough musicals. If you’re having trouble keeping up with all the theater happening in the ‘Burgh, never fear! We’ll keep you in the loop with our first annual Fall Preview 2016! Let’s start off with the Top 5 shows we’re looking forward to most this fall.
#5 – The River at Quantum Theatre On the heels of a successful run of an adaptation of Lopa de Vega’s Peribañez, location based Quantum Theatre brings us another Jez Butterworth original: The River. In a very fitting location in Aspinwall along the Allegheny River, The River skillfully examines the nature of love, memories, and passions between a Man, a Woman and the Other Woman without spoon feeding its audience. Starring Pittsburgh favorites Siovhan Christiensen and Daina Michelle Griffith, and CMU Assistant Acting Professor, Andrew William Smith, The River runs October 7 through the 20th. For tickets and more information, click here.
#4 – Three Days in the Country by Kinetic Theatre Company – Kinetic Theatre makes it into our top 5 again this fall with Three Days in the Country: an adaptation by Patrick Marber of Ivan Turgenev’s 1854 play A Month in the Country. The romantic comedy has been inspiration for many other plays, an opera, a ballet, and even some works of Anton Chekhov. Filled with love triangles and misunderstandings, Three Days in the Country will open its U.S Premiere at the New Hazlett Theater November 18th and run through December 4. For tickets and more information, click here.
#3 – Titus Andronicus by Cup-A-Jo Productions – Pittsburgh in the Round has become very familiar with the work of Cup-A-Jo Productions over the years, from the Fringe Festival and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival to their solo works like The Sisters. Always pushing boundaries with new takes on classics, and almost always utilizing live music, Cup-A-Jo Productions’ upcoming show Titus Andronicus promises to be no different. Though Artistic Director Joanna Lowe says if you’re looking for some classic Shakespeare, you’re out of luck. This stripped down version of one of the most violent Shakespeare plays opens at Kim Barry’s outdoor Studio Sixthreefour September 30th. For tickets and more information, click here.
#2 – Enter the Imaginarium by Bricolage Production Company – Bricolage always has something new and interesting up their sleeves, and this project is no different. Enter the Imaginarium is part immersive adventure, part escape room, all imagination. Bring a group of friends along to help you explore other worlds and solve puzzles or risk getting stuck forever! Partnered with Pittsburgh Halloween staple ScareHouse, Enter the Imaginarium is set to be open indefinitely in Harmar Township. Tickets are on sale now and previews start Friday September 9th. For tickets and more information, click here.
#1 – An Accident by off the WALL Productions – Known for their mission to shed light on gender equality in the arts, off the WALL Productions at Carnegie Stage brings us a captivating drama by Lydia Stryk. Loosely based on the recovery process the playwright herself went through years ago, critics have called it a “visceral and emotional story about recovery…and even the discovery of self.” Though the play is a fictionalization of the life events of the playwright, many of the show’s themes reign true. An Accident runs at Carnegie Stage starting Friday October 14th. For tickets and more information, click here.
Check out the Top 5 Musicals You Don’t Want to Miss this Fall here.
There are so many companies starting their 2016-2017 seasons this fall and here are the highlights:
- City Theatre Company is bringing a diverse selection of productions to the stage from playwrights of all backgrounds this season. Learn about the lineup here.
- McKeesport Little Theater is a very self-aware theatre. They’ll be bringing us some classics while taking a risk or two this season. Find out more here.
- PICT Classic Theatre has a new home for the new season! Get all the information you need about the space and the upcoming season, plus our interview with Artistic Director Alan Stanford. All right here!
- Pittsburgh Opera starts up their 78th season this October with La Traviata. Find out more about their favorites filled season here.
- Prime Stage is celebrating 20 years of theater! This year’s lineup includes two classic novels and another exclusive premiere of a more contemporary novel based right here in Pittsburgh! Get the Full scoop on Prime Stages’s 20th Anniversary season here.
The Pittsburgh Savoyards, one of Pittsburgh’s oldest companies, opens their 79th season in October. Yvonne got to chat with some of the current members about their future, check it out here.
Maybe dance is more your speed. Chloe got to chat with Attack Theatre and CORNINGWORKS about their upcoming shows. See what you should expect here.
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is at it again, this time with The Comedy of Errors. See what they’re up to here.
The Pittsburgh New Works Festival begun their 26th season last month. Various new productions are being staged every weekend in September, find out what which shows you want to see here.
A few weeks ago we posted our first annual Collegiate Preview, now’s your chance to check it out in case you missed it!
And finally, one of the best known theatre spaces in town, The New Hazlett Theater, turns 10 on September 16th! With this comes their 3rd CSA season; lots of fun coming up this fall, check it out here.
We were pretty busy this summer, you might have missed a show or two. Don’t worry, here are some highlights from Summer 2016:
Floyd Collins by Front Porch Theatricals
A History of the American Film by The Summer Company
Loot by Little Lake Theatre
Driftless by Hatch Arts Collective
The Birds by 12 Peers Theater
Seven Guitars by Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company
American Idiot by Alumni Theater Company
Julius Caesar by Throughline Theatre Company
SummerFest 2016 at the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
Damn Yankees by the Pittsburgh CLO
Krapp’s Last Tape/Not, I by Tact Theater
Church Basement Ladies by South Park Theatre
Bloody Hell by the Rage of the Stage Players
The Theater Festival in Black and White at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre
Another big thank you goes out to our readers and supporters. Without you this wouldn’t be possible! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Keep track of all the fun using the hashtag #FallwithPITR