By Sharon Eberson
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company plans to inaugurate the company’s new Hill District venue with a five-play 2023 season, founder and producing artistic director Mark Clayton Southers announced on Facebook.
The company’s 20th anniversary schedule will include the debut of The Bluegrass Mile, a new addition to Southers’ 19th-century cycle of plays. Other premieres include the musical Shantytown. The Ballad of Fr. James Cox by Ray Werner and Pyramid Builders by Karuna Das.
Playwrights also will produce 12:52 The Mike Webster Story by Sonny Jani and Ross Howard, which was performed in 2021 by Iron Horse Theatre in Ambridge.
The play was described by sportshistorynetwork.com as “a sprawling journey through the mind, body and soul of the Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers center, whose premature death and resulting autopsy first revealed the permanent and neurological risks involved from playing pro football. … If ever there was a story that captures the grit, determination and strength of the human character, this is it.”
Pittsburgh Playwrights will end its season with an August Wilson play, possibly returning to the site of this year’s production of Jitney, on the backyard stage of the August Wilson House at 1727 Bedford Ave.
Earlier this year, Southers purchased the former Madison Elementary School, a century-old+ building in the Upper Hill, as his company’s new home. Playwrights was established in 2003 in Bloomfield/Garfield, and, since 2005, has called several sites home in the Pittsburgh Cultural District.
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