Pittsburgh Public Theater Playtime

Although we cannot gather in person during these strange and unpredictable times, there are many ways we can still come together. Home is not always a place. Home is the people we love, the experiences we share, and the stories we use to connect us across time and space. While our physical theater is closed, all of us at Pittsburgh Public Theater invite you into our artistic home in a new way. Join us online for PlayTime, Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm. PlayTime is a new online reading series, hosted live by Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski, that will bring great classic plays and the work of extraordinary Pittsburgh writers right to your living room, computer, or device. Click here to join us

Next Up — The Merchant of Venice
By William Shakespeare, Adapted by Tom McGough

Thursday, May 28 (Part I) & Friday, May 29 (Part 2)

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice has always been controversial and this smart, new adaptation refreshes the questions the play poses about bias and justice in 1594 Venice. As part of this new weekly, online play-reading series, The Public gathers an extraordinary cast to tell this story and ignite the rich and complex conversation it inspires in the company of writer/adapter W. Thomas McGough, Jr., (Chief Legal Counsel for UPMC), dramaturg Caley Chase (Huntington Theater), Sharon Eberson (theater writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), and PPT artistic director Marya Sea Kaminski.


Starring as Shylock is Maury Ginsberg, well-known from The Public's acclaimed production of Indecent. The rest of this stellar cast includes: Karen Baum (Portia), Patrick Cannon (Bassanio), Tony Bingham (Antonio), Alan Stanford (The Duke/Narrator), Emily Fury Daly (Jessica), Quinn Patrick Shannon (Gratiano), Olivia Vadnais (Nerissa), Ryan Patrick Kearney (Lorenzo), Malic Maat (Solanio/Prince of Morocco/Balthazar), Michael Trimm (Salarino/Prince of Arragon/ Stephano), and Marc Moritz (Tubal/Lancelot Gobbo).


Support Playtime

This series is free of charge, but donations are graciously accepted. A portion of donations received during each performance will go directly to the artists involved.  Click HERE for our secure PlayTime PayPal donation link. Those who contribute to Playtime will receive special recognition beginning on April 16, 2020: