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10/11/2016 - The Public is Getting 'Crazy'

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy Between Riverside and Crazy continues Pittsburgh Public Theater's 42nd season.

09/02/2016 - The Musical for Everyone

Ted Pappas opens The Public's 42nd season with a sparkling new production of The Fantasticks 

08/15/2016 - 2016-2017 Public Dining Partners

 Just announced! 

06/07/2016 - Shakespeare in American Communities partners with The Public

05/10/2016 - Venus in Fur set to steam up the O'Reilly

This eerie and erotic dark comedy by David Ives gives dominance and submission a few rousing twists.

02/15/2016 - 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winner Makes its Pittsburgh Premiere

2013 Pulitzer Prize Winner Makes its Pittsburgh Premiere

07/28/2015 - A Jam-Packed Night of Comedy

The Second City returns with “Fully Loaded,” a hilarious evening bursting at the seams with all-new improv, songs, and sketches, plus classic material written by alums including Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, and Stephen Colbert.

04/30/2015 - The Diva Who Decorates

Directed by Don Stephenson, Tom Lenk stars in Jonathan Tolins' hilarious hit about Barbra Streisand and the stuff she collects.

03/19/2015 - The Master of Passion

 Directed by Ted Pappas, Shakespeare's timeless tale of love and lies features Teagle F. Bougere in the title role and a superb cast of 18.

02/04/2015 - How I Learned What I Learned

 August Wilson's one-man play about coming of age in Pittsburgh. Co-conceived and directed by Todd Kreidler. Starring Eugene Lee.

12/29/2014 - The Most Loverly Musical

 Ted Pappas directs and choreographs a cast of 23 in Lerner and Loewe's beloved musical theater classic.

11/28/2014 - "N'At's All Folks!"

 Chicago's famed comedy troupe The Second City returns to Pittsburgh with N'At's All Folks. 

10/13/2014 - Ed Dixon's L'HOTEL Premieres at The Public

Written by Ed Dixon and directed by Ted Pappas, stars from hundreds of years apart share a wondrous Parisian hotel in this new comedy.

09/09/2014 - The Season of Legends Begins

Written with beauty and vigor, the turning point in a family's life is recalled in Tennesee Williams' essential American classic.

02/10/2014 - An Intimate Epic Takes the Stage

Teagle F. Bougere plays the gods and mortals of the Trojan War in this thrilling new adaptation by Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare and directed by Jesse Berger.

01/22/2014 - 20th Annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest

The 20th Annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest will be held February 6-17, 2014, at the O'Reilly Theater.

12/10/2013 - Last Chance to See It LIVE at the O'Reilly

The last chance at the O'Reilly to see Tom Atkins in the performance of a lifetime as Pittsburgh Steelers' founder Arthur J. Rooney, Sr in The Chief.

10/18/2013 - Shakespeare Nation

Join actress Gillian Jacobs in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Pittsburgh Public Theater's Shakespeara Monologue & Scene Contest.

10/07/2013 - America's Hottest Playwright at The Public

Pamela Berlin directs maverick American playwright Sam Shepard's rowdiest work about two battling brothers at the edge of the desert.

08/23/2013 - The "Masterpiece Season" Begins

 Tom Atkins as the Stage Manager leads a cast of 24 actors, all with Pittsburgh connections, in this colossal new staging by Ted Pappas.

07/22/2013 - C'mon Get Happy with The Second City

 The Second City returns in "Happily Ever Laughter" August 23 & 24, 3 shows only. 

04/29/2013 - The "Made In America" Season Finale

 In Jon Robin Baitz's Broadway hit, the Palm Springs life of a movie star/politician and his wife is upset by the arrival of unruly relatives.

03/22/2013 - Bruce Norris' Triple Crown Winner Takes the Stage

 Clybourne Park - Written by Bruce Norris, this sharply funny triple prize-winner is about race, real estate, and the difficulties of creating a community. 

02/07/2013 - Pittsburgh's Montae Russell Stars as Thurgood Marshall

 Directed by Ted Pappas, Montae Russell stars as our first African-American Supreme Court Justice in this play by George Stevens, Jr. 

12/11/2012 - George Merrick Stars as John Adams in 1776

Directed by Ted Pappas, this Tony-winning Best Musical tells the story of how we went from 13 colonies to the United States of America. 

11/29/2012 - The Chief Returns

 Pittsburgh Public Theater's best-selling and most beloved production returns to the O'Reilly Theater for 12 shows only, January 3 - 12, 2013.

09/10/2012 - Mark Your Calendar for BORN YESTERDAY

 Pittsburgh Public Theater presents Born Yesterday, September 27 - October 28 at the O'Reilly Theater. For tickets, call 412.316.1600 or Buy Online. 

08/27/2012 - Introducing The Town Hall Project

Throughout 2012/13, The Public will throw open the O'Reilly Theater doors for a variety of Town Hall meetings. 

04/25/2012 - A Peek Into PRIVATE LIVES

  Director Ted Pappas closes Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Red Hot season with Noël Coward’s comedy masterpiece about the lunacy of love.  

02/16/2012 - Bruce Norris' CLYBOURNE PARK announced as part of the 2012/13 season

The Public's 38th Season is MADE IN AMERICA and features the work of nine American writers.

02/01/2012 - First Look at FREUD'S LAST SESSION

The Off-Broadway hit Freud's Last Session will enthrall Public Theater audiences, March 1 - April 1, 2012. 

12/14/2011 - Laughter. Romance. Shakespeare!

Take a romantic jaunt into the Forest of Arden with Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by Ted Pappas, January 19 - February 19, 2012.

12/12/2011 - Enjoy the Gift of Live Theater

Enjoy an $80 ticket voucher good for two of the best seats in the house for any remaining production in the 2011-2012 season.

11/09/2011 - Ted Pappas Sees RED

10/31/2011 - Meet the Cast of RED

09/26/2011 - Get the inside scoop about ELECTRA from director Ted Pappas and actor Catherine Eaton

08/31/2011 - Meet ELECTRA

07/11/2011 - Ted Pappas and The Public: Flying High

06/29/2011 - The Second City Returns with Laugh Out Loud!

05/06/2011 - God, What a Funny Play

03/25/2011 - Superior Donuts: Baked to Perfection

03/24/2011 - Letts Have Donuts! Read more about Superior Donuts' playwright Tracy Letts

03/08/2011 - Get the inside scoop on CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION from director Jesse Berger and actor Daina Michelle Griffith on the latest Theater Talk

02/24/2011 - Read all about playwright Annie Baker in "Writing for the Stage in the YouTube Age"

02/24/2011 - Get the inside scoop on the cast of CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION!

02/01/2011 - Circle Mirror Transformation Casting Announced

01/11/2011 - Read all about the kingdom of Lerner & Loewe in the latest PUBLICation

11/30/2010 - Hayden Tee to play King Arthur. Complete casting for CAMELOT announced.

Hayden Tee to play King Arthur.  Complete casting for CAMELOT announced.

11/21/2010 - Good Sports Arrive in January

11/11/2010 - Set designer Michael Schweikardt talks about TALLEY'S FOLLY architecture

09/03/2010 - Thanks to the readers of Pittsburgh Magazine for voting us 'Best Theater Company'!

09/02/2010 - Check out our 2010-11 season brochure and Get the Royal Treatment

09/01/2010 - Learn all about Ted Pappas' summer in New York and Greece with the latest "Ted's Take"

05/12/2010 - Get the scoop on the guys of Yasmina Reza's ART

03/01/2010 - Announcing Pittsburgh Public Theater's 2010/2011 Season

02/28/2010 - Get the scoop on the cast of Arthur Miller's dynamic drama THE PRICE

02/27/2010 - Get the scoop on the cast of TIME OF MY LIFE, including Paxton Whitehead as Gerry

02/23/2010 - TIME OF MY LIFE cast announced, including stage and screen favorite Paxton Whitehead

01/14/2010 - PUBlog: Making a Dream Come True

01/10/2010 - Get the scoop on the cast of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

12/20/2009 - Get the latest about Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas' summer with the newest Ted's Take

11/24/2009 - Win a trip for two to Chicago to see The Second City!

10/22/2009 - Get the scoop on the cast of THE LITTLE FOXES, including Helena Ruoti in the role of Regina

06/29/2009 - Subscribe today for a Dream Deal on our Dream Season

06/28/2009 - Support The Public!

06/04/2009 - CLICK HERE to see the first video glimpse of the world premiere of HARRY'S FRIENDLY SERVICE

05/28/2009 - HARRY'S FRIENDLY SERVICE is open for business! Click here to meet Harry and his crew.

05/27/2009 - Pittsburgh Public Theaterís Inaugural VIP* Party (*Very Important Premieres)

Please join us on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 for Pittsburgh Public Theater's Inaugural VIP* Party (*Very Important Premieres).  VIP* Honorary Co Chairs of this fundraising event, Actress, Marlo Thomas; Lyricist, Lynn Ahrens and Composer, Stephen Flaherty, will join us for an exciting evening of festivities celebrating The Public's 24 World and American Premieres.  The evening will include a private performance of our newest world premiere, Harry's Friendly Service by Rob Zellers.VIP* PartyWednesday, June 3, 2009At the O'Reilly Theater621 Penn Avenue$250 Individual Tickets include Patron's Party with Honorary Co-Chairs, private Premiere Performance and After-Party with the Cast$125 Individual Tickets include Private Premiere Performance, and After-party with the CastCocktail attireClick here to download an invitation and RSVP card to reserve your tickets now!Don't miss this opportunity to support Pittsburgh Public Theater and enjoy an unforgettable evening celebrating our 24 World and American Premieres!

03/24/2009 - Ted Pappas gives you the inside scoop on the latest news from The Public

03/23/2009 - TGIF live music with Irish band Hooley

Stay after the Friday, April 17 performance of A Moon for the Misbegotten for live music in the lobby by Hooley and complimentary coffee provided by Dunkin Donuts.Hooley ('hoo·lee), Irish for "a party", has been Pittsburgh's traditional Irish music and dance ensemble since 1991. Hooley's performances center around expertly-played traditional Irish instrumentals ranging from toe-tapping jigs, reels, polkas, slides and slip jigs to slow airs and stately hornpipes and marches.  Interspersed throughout each concert are rousing traditional and original Irish songs, stirring recitations, intricate Turlough O'Carolan compositions, and virtuoso hard- and soft-shoe old-style Irish step dancing. Photo: Jim Alexander

02/21/2009 - Just announced by popular demand: added performance of MIDSUMMER on Sunday, February 21 at 7PM! Get your tickets now for the best seats.

02/17/2009 - Click here to get the scoop on the cast of THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND

02/16/2009 - Experience a hilarious home renovation odyssey in "DeeConstruction," a FREE new play reading event.

"PUBLIC EXPOSURE" FREE NEW PLAY READING SERIESMONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 7:00 P.M.O'REILLY THEATERHelen Wayne Rauh Rehearsal Hall (3rd floor)OVID: CHANGING THE UNIVERSE, ONE HEART AT A TIMEOvid's Metamorphoses has been an inspiration for 2,000 years. Why do we keep revisiting these ancient stories? Mark Possanza, an Associate Professor in the Classics Department at the University of Pittsburgh, will tell us in this free lecture.Reservations are recommended. Call 412.316.1600. Visit for more.

02/11/2009 - Just announced - Important date changes for the 2010 Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest

Just announced - important date changes for the 2010 Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest

02/01/2009 - Because of the Super Bowl, there will be no performance of METAMORPHOSES on Sunday, February 1 at 7 p.m.

01/15/2009 - Want to learn more about the cast of METAMORPHOSES?

12/18/2008 - The Second City comes to Pittsburgh Public Theater! Check out the commercial here.

11/24/2008 - Helena Ruoti is "brilliant" as Ann Landers. Read the review here.

11/14/2008 - TGIF Live Music after the show with singer Joy Ike

FRIDAY'S PLAY TIME!After the Friday, November 14th performance of THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS, stick around for a live performance with singer Joy Ike. Or if you're in the area, join us at 9:30 in the O'Reilly Theater lobby for a sensational live performance and complimentary coffee!Joy Ike's music is a mix of jazz, neo-soul, and pop and has often been compared to Sarah McLachlan, Fiona Apple, Corrinne Bailey Rae and Norah Jones. In 2007 she was voted 2nd for best solo artist by the Pittsburgh City Paper and her new CD, Good Morning, has received favorable reviews from various publications including the Post-Gazette. For more information visit or Coffee provided by Dunkin' Donuts.

10/29/2008 - The Public Exposure new play reading series returns on Monday, November 17 with Todd Kreidler's STAYERS AND GOERS

10/14/2008 - RADIO GOLF is "thrilling" and "indispensable" -- read Chris Rawson's review on

07/07/2008 - THE CHIEF co-author Rob Zellers wins Edgerton Award!

06/23/2008 - Dive into the 2008-2009 season!

06/16/2008 - Read how The Public "Breaks New Ground" with THE ODD COUPLE

06/11/2008 - Family Matinee Events Continue with Magician Paul Gertner

05/06/2008 - THE GLORIOUS ONES, which had its World Premiere at The Public, garners FIVE Drama Desk Nominations!

05/04/2008 - Tickets for THE CHIEF are on sale now!

05/01/2008 - The Public celebrates A CLASS ACT on Thursday, May 15

02/18/2008 - Get the scoop on next season from Ted Pappas

01/28/2008 - Setting the scene with designer James Noone

01/24/2008 - Becoming AMADEUS: An interview with Harris Doran

01/02/2008 - Enjoy the view from your seat with our new virtual seating chart!

11/30/2007 - FULL SPEED AHEAD! Read an all-new "Ted's Take."

11/26/2007 - THIS WONDERFUL LIFE "fun...spontaneous...leaves you wanting more."

11/18/2007 - Read how Mark Setlock puts the "wonderful" in THIS WONDERFUL LIFE.

06/27/2007 - Greetings from the Aegean! Ted Pappas checks in from Greece

03/30/2007 - Be sure to visit Ted's Take,
our producing artistic director's
first blog entry.