By Sharon Eberson
Carter Redwood, star of the CBS TV series FBI:International, received a surprise gift while home for the holidays — a Pittsburgh theater will soon bear his name.
Last week, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company founder and artistic producing director Mark Clayton Southers took Redwood on a visit to the former Madison Elementary School – where Redwood was a student – to present it as the company’s new digs. Then Southers sprung the surprise.
The Pittsburgh native and Carnegie Mellon alumnus was near tears when Southers delivered the news (see video above.) Redwood, whose show is based in Budapest, Hungary, said he hadn’t been back to the site of the former school in 18 years. Madison Elementary, a 120-year-old building, was purchased last year by Southers as Pittsburgh Playwrights new home. A grand opening date for the venue in the Upper Hill District is not yet set for 2023, Playwrights’ 20th anniversary season.
The Carter Woodson Redwood Theatre honors the actors’ roots with Pittsburgh Playwrights. Redwood also has been seen on local stages for City Theatre and New Horizon Theater, among others. He knew where he was headed even as a teenager, when he began directing for Playwrights and Pittsburgh New Works, and was a multiple winner in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest.
Categories: Feature Stories