Pittsburgh New Works Festival Opens First Week of Main Stage Productions

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Pittsburgh New Works Festival Opens First Week of Main Stage Productions

The Main Stage of the 2011 Pittsburgh New Works Festival opens on Thursday with three new one-act plays by some of the country’s most promising new playwrights.

“Rub-A-Dub,” by Ronald Rae of Santa Clara, CA  concerns a couple on a fishing triphaving a discussion that soon gets deeper than the waters in which they are looking for the big catch.  Red Masquers produces, Jacob Wadsworth directs Ryan Kearney and Jenny Malarkey in this thoughtful comedy.

Chris Gavaler of Lexington, VA weighs in with the period drama, “The Tragedy of John Wilkes Booth,” wherein the actor/assassin directs himself in a production of The Bard’s “Macbeth.”  The Heritage Players production is directed by Carol Schafer.  Tom Kolos, Lauren Michaels, Jennifer Luta, Lesa Donati and Andrea Weinzierl comprise the cast.

Greensburg Civic Theatre’s Katya Shaffer directs the third production of week one, “Crazy” by Pittsburgh’s own Jeff Sanger.  Garrett Storm is a young man who faces family turmoil when his brother, played by Rob MacIntyre, shows signs of mental illness but refuses treatment.  Also in the cast are Amy Lindsey and Lucius Wall.

Pittsburgh New Works Festival Main Stage performances run for four weeks beginning Thursday, Sept. 8.  All performances are at Fr. Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Ave. in McKees Rocks.  Individual tickets are $10 and a season subscription is $25 and can be purchased in advance by calling ProArtsTickets at 412-394-3353 or visiting them at www.ProArtsTickets.org.  Tickets are also available at the box office on the evening of the performances.  Staged readings are free of charge.  Please visit the Pittsburgh New Works Festival and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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