Coming Soon to the OPEN STAGE STUDENT MATINEE SERIES
MADE IN AMERICA
Thrilling drama, side-splitting comedy, and an inspirational musical by American writers will transform The O'Reilly into an exhilerating town hall in 2012/2013!
Pittsburgh Public Theater's 38th season is an epic celebration of our cultural and political heritage. The 2012/2013 line-up will feature a six-play Subscription Series plus one Special Event, all by American writers and composers and set in cities across the USA. MADE IN AMERICA will exalt in the complexity and joy of the American Dream - past, present, and future. Let the fireworks begin!
by Garson Kanin directed by Ted Pappas
This hilarious classic comedy tells the tale of Billie Dawn's transformation from ditzy showgirl to solid citizen. The makeover begins when her crooked boyfriend, Harry Brock, goes to Washington to buy himself a Senator and decides that Billie is too dumb to mingle with the political smart set. He hires a nerdy journalist to teach her how to fit in, and what transpires is the stuff of Broadway and Hollywood legend. Born Yesterday is one of the American theater's absolute essentials.
OPEN STAGE PERFORMANCE: October 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM
by David Lindsay-Abaire directed by Tracy Brigden
The distance between Boston's Chestnut Hill and the Lower End is measured by more than miles. Mike and Margaret both grew up poor, but he made it out and became a doctor while she is stuck - a single mother who gets by on sarcasm and bingo games with her pals. When the meet again, an invitation leads Margaret to his luxurious home and into a turbulent converstaion with Mike and his surprising wife. This tough and tender play looks at luck, choices, blame, pride, and what people will do to survive.
OPEN STAGE PERFORMANCE: November 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM
book by Peter Stone music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards directed by Ted Pappas
The founding of our nation comes to star-spangled life in this grand Tony Award-winning Best Musical. In 1776 you'll see the heroes of the American revolution like you've never seen them before - in rousing songs and dances, comic encounters, and impassioned politics. The stakes have never been higher as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin wrangle to get everyone on the same page - namely, the Declaration of Independence. Directed by Ted Pappas, theatrical fireworks will fill the O'Reilly Theater in this thrilling story of how we went from 13 colonies, to the United States of America.
OPEN STAGE PERFORMANCE: January 30 and February 6, 2013 at 11:15 AM
by George Stevens, Jr.
In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became our first African-American Supreme Court Justice. In this exuberant one-man play we hear Thurgood's story in his own words - from humble beginnings as a waiter in Batlmore, to behind the scenes with leaders such as General MacArthur, Robert Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, to his triumphant rise to the highest court in the land. A journey of epic proportions, Thurgood is an eye-opening, humorous, and uplifting portrait of a true American hero.
OPEN STAGE PERFORMANCE: March 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM
by Bruce Norris directed by Pamela Berlin
With brilliant wit this winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama inspects one house in two separate years: 1959 and 2009. In Act One, the mid-20th century problem centers on a black family moving into Chicago's white Clybourne Park. In Act Two, it's 50 years later and the issue is white gentrification in the now black neighborhood. Norris has concieved a perceptive and sharply funny play about the minefield of personalities that must be negotiated before a community can be created.
OPEN STAGE PERFORMANCE: April 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM
For reservations, call Katie in Group Sales at 412.316.8200 ext. 704. For more information on the OPEN STAGE series, click on the "For Teachers" link or call the Education Department at 412.316.8200 ext. 715.
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