With City Theatre Company Directed by Marc Masterson By Matt Schatz Starring Catherine LeFrere & Ben Rosenblatt
MARCH - MAY 2019
“Siblings Mordy and Jane communicate like proper millennials: primarily through text message and loaded with sarcasm. Their lives flailing on opposite coasts, they hatch an outrageous plan to relieve their mother of the burden of Zad-Zad, their centenarian – and particularly prickly – grandfather. A world premiere dark comedy for the digital age, The Burdens explores pop culture, connection, and the value of actual face time. “
“Madison Hack’s costuming here is rich with well-observed detail, down to his awkwardly mashed “bedhead” of hair “ -Wendy Arons
Written by Aaron Posner Produced by 12 Peers Theater Company Directed by Vince Ventura Starring Matt Henderson, Sara Fisher, Sarah Chelli, Chris Cattell, Maura Underwood, Stefan Lingenfelter & David Maslow
”An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. Original songs composed by James Sugg draw the famously subtextual inner thoughts of Chekhov’s characters explicitly to the surface. Stupid Fucking Bird will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness. “
Set Design by Hank Bullington Lighting Design by Greg Messmer
Written by Robert Schenkkan Produced by 12 Peers Theater Company Directed by Ricardo Vila-Roger Starring Lauren Bethea & Tom Kolos
“On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Rick finds himself caught up as the frontman of the new administration’s edicts and loses his humanity. In a play that recalls George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Nazi regime, Building the Wall is a terrifying and gripping exploration of what happens if we let fear win. “
With City Theatre Company Directed by Laura Savia By James Lecesne Starring Keith Randolph Smith
"Leonard Pelkey is a teenager intent on living life out loud while marooned in a sleepy Jersey shore town. When he suddenly vanishes, a hardboiled detective takes the case, unraveling the mystery with the help of a colorful band of locals. Written by Academy Award-winner James Lecesne, this hilarious and heartwarming one-man show celebrates the power of one person to uplift an entire community."
Brought to you by Bricolage Production Company, this immersive theatrical adventure was created in collaboration with Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh as part of its Carnegie Nexus initiative. Designed to alter how modern audiences interact with cultural institutions, this heavily sensory-based and intimate piece will take place at Carnegie Museums’ historic Oakland facility. Embark on a personalized experience at the intersections of art and science, exploring public spaces in new ways and navigating behind-the-scenes areas normally off limits to traditional museum visitors.
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Written by Anne Washburn Produced by 12 Peers Theater Company Directed by Vince Ventura Starring Sara Fisher, Cassidy Adkins, Everett Lowe, Joe York, Maura Underwood, Gayle Pazerski, Brittany Tague & Matt Henderson
All masks & props fabricated by me.
"Shortly after an unspecified apocalyptic event, a group of survivors gather together and begin to attempt to recount the episode "Cape Feare" of the television show The Simpsons. The second act picks up with the same group seven years later, who have now formed a theatrical troupe that specializes in performing Simpsons episodes, with commercials and all. The final act is set an additional 75 years in the future. The same episode of The Simpsons, now a familiar myth, has been reworked into a musical pageant, with the story, characters, and morals repurposed to fit the artistic and dramatic needs of a culture still reeling from destruction of civilization and the near-extinction of humanity decades earlier.”
Set Design by Hank Bullington Lighting Design by Michael Boone
Commissioned for the EQT Children's Theater Festival - May 12 - May 15 2016
Welcome to Here was a sensory-sensitive adventure that provided a space for friends and families to celebrate, explore and belong. This production was designed to welcome individuals with autism spectrum disorders and sensory sensitivities, but everyone was invited! An ensemble of artists from Bricolage Production Company, alongside members of the ASD community, created this highly anticipated world premiere.
Written by Conor McPherson Produced by 12 Peers Theater Company Directed by Vince Ventura Starring Sara Fisher, Gale Pazerski, & Nick Mitchell
" Daphne du Maurier’s short story, also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, is boldly adapted by Conor McPherson—a gripping, unsettling, and moving look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds. They find relative sanctuary but not comfort or peace; there’s no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor may still be alive and watching them. Another refugee, the young and attractive Julia, arrives with some news of the outside world, but her presence also brings discord. Their survival becomes even more doubtful when paranoia takes hold of the makeshift fortress—an internal threat to match that of the birds outside.”
Written By Scott Barsotti Produced by No Name Players Directed by Steven Wilson Starring Alex Manalo, Siovhan Christensen, Sol Crespo, Tressa Glover, Cindy Jackson, Moira Quigley & Kelly Trumbell
"The task is stirring a pot…all day, every day. The sisters don’t share it as they once did. With Nannette busy racing stock cars and Roxette off doing her own thing, the others are left to shoulder the burden. But Paulette is fed up; Collette is clueless; and Babette, crippled in more ways than one, is volatile. Juliette does her best to maintain order and civility…for now. But why must they do this? And where else can fights go when you already use your fists?
When Roxette brings her new girlfriend home and calls everyone together, old venom bubbles up and grievance flares, setting into motion an impossible moral struggle. A play about gatherings, sacrifice, and the dark art of obligation."
Written by Lisa D’Amour Produced by 12 Peers Theater Company Directed by Vince Ventura Starring Sara Fisher, Brett Sullivan Santry, John Feightner, & Alyssa Herron
"Mary and Ben live in an unnamed suburb near a midsize American city, but the city is never specified. Ben has just lost his job as a bank loan officer and is starting a new job operating an Internet site to give help to people who are in debt. Mary and Ben are hosting their new neighbors, Sharon and Kenny, with a backyard barbecue. Sharon and Kenny live next door in a rented house which has no furniture. During the course of the play, the characters discuss suburban angst related to upward mobility, spousal relationships and economic anxiety."