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2016-2017 SEASON


September 29 - October 30, 2016

Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Directed by Ted Pappas

The Fantasticks has the distinction of being the longest-running musical in the world. It opened in 1960, played for 42 years, and was quickly revived. With imaginatively simple staging, it tells the story of two fathers, next-door neighbors, and their elaborate scheme to bring their son and daughter together. Its iconic songs include “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.” Director Ted Pappas brings his special touch with great musicals to this stage phenomenon.


November 10 - December 11, 2016

By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Pamela Berlin

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize! Walter is a retired police officer who lives in a disorderly but very desirable rent-controlled apartment. He shares his chaotic home with son Junior, the foxy Lulu, and a convicted felon. Oh, and the dog. Things get even trickier when an ambitious couple from the NYPD and a surprising Church Lady barge in. But at the play’s heart is the attitude that, no matter what, life is full of possibilities. Those who loved Pamela Berlin’s direction of The Diary of Anne Frank won’t want to miss her staging of this dark and entertaining comedy.


December 20, 2016 - January 7, 2017

By Gene Collier 
Directed by Scott Wise

Rocky Bleier’s incredible journey took him from the football field to the battlefield and back. In this one-man show, starring Rocky himself, he shares his story: how he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968, then drafted one year later by the Army and deployed to Vietnam. Severely wounded, he thought he’d never walk again. But he did more than walk. He ran, and helped the Steelers to four Super Bowl victories. Now a family man and activist, his story is sure to leave fans cheering.


January  26 - February 26, 2017

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ted Pappas

All of Illyria is mad with merry mix-ups and not even the pompous Malvolio can stop the party in Shakespeare’s great comedy. A cast of 14 stellar actors will play some of The Bard’s most memorable characters, including the shipwrecked twin Viola, boozy Sir Toby Belch, beautiful Lady Olivia, Feste the Jester, and shrewd and shrewish Maria. With original music by composer Michael Moricz, Ted Pappas’ new production will glow with both rowdy and romantic fun.


March 9 - April 9, 2017

Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Book by John Caird
Based on the Novel by Jean Webster
Directed by Ted Pappas

Theater fans will be thrilled to discover this new two-character musical in its Pittsburgh premiere. Set in 1908, Jerusha is the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home. Her life changes dramatically when a mysterious young benefactor sends her to college. His only condition is that she write him letters, a stirring exercise which awakens her to literature and love. With music direction by F. Wade Russo, Ted Pappas' production will charm all audiences with this beguiling Cinderella story.


April 20 - May 21, 2017

By Arthur Miller
Directed by Mary B. Robinson

Willy Loman is the most famous traveling salesman in history. In this Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play from 1949, when Willy is downsized by his young boss, he caves under the strain of not being able to make ends meet. Lyrical and intense, the action shifts between memories of Willy’s glory days and his crumbling relationship with sons Biff and Happy. Staged by the director of Freud’s Last Session at The Public, Arthur Miller’s masterpiece about aging, economics, and the American Dream has retained all its relevance and power.


June 1 – July 2, 2017

By David Javerbaum
Directed by Ted Pappas

Welcome to Heaven. It’s just as dazzling as you hoped it would be. Meet God and his wingmen, those celestial celebrities Gabriel and Michael. Although God admits he has a few wrath-management issues, he’ll also crack you up with his new and improved commandments, stories about Adam & Eve, thoughts on bedtime prayer, and more. Written by David Javerbaum, former writer of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and winner of 13 Emmy Awards, An Act of God is blessed with abundant social commentary and irreverent comedy.