Open Stage Student Matinees are weekday performances designed for students and take place on designated Wednesday mornings. Open Stage matinees are followed by a talkback where you can discuss the play with the cast and Pittsburgh Public Theater staff. Students attending the matinee receive a copy of the theater newsletter, PUBLICATION, available online by clicking Articles under Show Descriptions.

Students may access Resource Guides that correspond to each of the shows.

For reservations call Group Sales at 412.316.8200 x704.
For more information, call the Education Department at 412.316.8200 x715

All Open Stage Student Matinee tickets are just $15.75.


A story that is simple yet profound. A work of unparalleled imagination and heart. A stunning theatrical achievement that captures the experience of living in the moment. These are just a few reasons why Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town is America's most acclaimed play. An iconic play deserves an iconic star, so we are thrilled that our town's remarkable Tom Atkins will lead a cast of 24 actors all with Pittsburgh connections.
by Thornton Wilder, directed by Ted Pappas

OPEN STAGE: Wednesday, October 2 at 10:30AM; Wednesday, October 9 at 10:30AM.


Two estranged brothers find themselves together in a house near the desert. One is a writer and family man. The other is a drifter and a thief. Their epic rivalry has made this Sam Shepard's most famous play. Full of twists, action, insight, and gritty humor, True West is an excellent and thought provoking theater-going experience for mature high school students. Staged by Clybourne Park director Pamela Berlin.

by Sam Shepard, directed by Pamela Berlin

OPEN STAGE: Wednesday, November 13 at 11:30AM.




When the landmark musical Company opened in 1970 it swept the Tony Awards and propelled the Broadway musical into a new era. Set in Manhattan, Company features five married couples, three single gals - and Bobby, the only eligible bachelor in the group. Through scenes and songs they celebrate and scrutinize married life and its alternatives. The songs in Company have enormous emotional impact - some of the very best songs ever written by the most important American musical theater artist of our time.
book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed and choreographed by Ted Pappas

OPEN STAGE: Wednesday, February 5 at 11:00AM.


Combining the majestic language of Homer with the informal way we speak today, An Iliad unleashes the thrilling tales of the Trojan War and delves into the psychology of passion and rage, ancient and modern. In this tour-de-force, one actor plays the Greek classic's famous characters Achilles, Hector, Agammemnon, and the beautiful Helen of Troy, while gods such as Athena and Hermes come and go. Colorful and emotionally charged, these accounts look at the impulses that drive people into battle, and ultimately reveal that human nature has not changed much in 2,000 years. An Iliad is truly a transformative act of theatrical magic. Recommended for high school students.

adapted from Homer, by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, translation by Robert Fagles, directed by Jesse Berger

OPEN STAGE: Wednesday, March 12th at 11:30AM.


Candida is the perfect introduction to George Bernard Shaw for your students. In this sparkling comedy,  the charming and wisei hearted observer, Candida is in the middle of a romantic tug of war between husband John Morell, the practical parson, and Eugene Marchbanks, the passionate poet. They are surrounded by her uproarious provincial father and Morell's eccentric staff, but it is love and marriage that are the targets of Shaw's celebrated wit. Gretchen Egolf, the radiant Rosalind of As You Like It, returns to The Public to dazzle audiences in the role of Candida. Recommended for middle and high school students.

by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Ted Pappas

OPEN STAGE: Wednesday, April 23 at 11:00AM.

For reservations call Group Sales at 412.316.8200 x704.
For more information, call the Education Department at 412.316.8200 x715