As Pittsburgh’s university campuses resume classes at full throttle, we caught up with the University of Pittsburgh’s Pitt Stages to get the scoop on their upcoming lineup featuring three plays and a modern musical along with a new logo look.
“Here at Pitt Stages, we are committed to bringing a diverse array of voices to our campus and the city of Pittsburgh. Our 2023-24 season epitomizes this commitment. We are proud of our talented staff, students, and faculty who are already using their tremendous artistry and skill to bring these stories to life.” – Cynthia Croot, Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh.
Here is how the season shapes up:
John Proctor is the Villain | October 20 – 29, 2023, at The Charity Randall Theatre | Written by Kimberly Belflower, Directed by Kelly Trumbull
At a rural high school in Georgia, a group of lively teens are studying The Crucible while navigating young love, sex ed, and a few school scandals. Holding a contemporary lens to the American classic, they question who is the hero and what is the truth, discovering their own power in the process. Alternately touching and bitingly funny, this new comedy captures a generation in mid-transformation, running on pop music, optimism, and fury, writing their own coming-of-age story.
Corsicana | The Henry Heymann Theatre | November 10 – 17, 2023 | Written by Will Arbery, Directed by Alison Mahoney
In Corsicana, a small city in the heart of Texas, a woman with Down syndrome and her half-brother find themselves unmoored after their mother’s death. Their close family friend, Justice, introduces them to a local artist named Lot, a recluse and outsider, hoping he and Ginny can make a song together that will somehow help. In this restless quartet about caretaking and caregiving, in which the very fabric of reality is up for debate, Will Arbery charts the quiet, particular contracts of the heart that forge a new family.
Cheating Fate | The Henry Heymann Theatre | February 16 – 25, 2024 | Written by Pitt MFA candidate Karim Chebli and Sra Abdo, Directed by Karim Chebli
Cheating Fate is a composed of four interrelated short plays taking place in a single building in Beirut, Lebanon. The play highlights the devastating effects of corruption as local authorities manipulate the fate of the capital’s inhabitants. Weaving together the residents’ experiences as they face modern forms of racism, discrimination, and inequality, the story takes the audience on a journey that emphasizes the importance of unity in the face of adversity.
Spring Awakening | The Charity Randall Theatre | April 6 – 14, 2024 | Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik, Based on the Play by Frank Weekend, Directed by Ricardo Villa-Roger
The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening, is set in late 19th-century Germany. It follows a group of teenagers as they navigate their way through the challenges of adolescence, including sexual awakening, emotional turmoil, and the lack of proper education on these matters. This landmark musical uses an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality, and rock and roll to underscore the emotions and struggles of the characters. Spring Awakening explores sexual repression, the consequences of inadequate education, and the generational gap between parents and their children.
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