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"Our collective mission as two of the city’s leading and most innovative arts organizations is to create new work ... Especially during these challenging times, we want to unite artists to dig into their creative space and provide our audiences with stories that are inspired by and respond to the moment we are all sharing here and now.” 

Steven Breese, Pittsburgh Playhouse artistic director and dean of the Conservatory of Performing Arts

Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse and City Theatre Company have launched Homegrown Stories, designed to support artists and alumni.

In June, the theaters commissioned five playwrights to write 10-minute plays for a digital medium in response to our current world. With a company of Point Park alumni and Pittsburgh-based artists, they will present a one-night only digital reading of the resulting works followed by a talkback with the creative team.

The performance will take place Thursday, Aug. 6th at 7 p.m. as part of City of Asylum’s The Show Must Go On(line) Series. Tickets are free, but online registration is required. 

“City Theatre and Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse have crossed the bridge in many ways and many times over the decades in the spirit of collaboration and are linked by history,” said alumnus Monteze Freeland, associate producer at City Theatre. “This moment is curated specifically to boast the varied talents of alumni, staff, and current students far and wide who have made City and Point Park an artistic home. As an alum and current producer at City Theatre, I believe in the good of both institutions, and I believe now is the time to uplift artists who have taken the bold leap to create in the face of chaos and uncertainty.”

"Our collective mission as two of the city’s leading and most innovative arts organizations is to create new work. As artists, that is an essential part of who we are and what we do," said Steven Breese, Pittsburgh Playhouse artistic director and dean of Point Park’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. "Especially during these challenging times, we want to unite artists to dig into their creative space and provide our audiences with stories that are inspired by and respond to the moment we are all sharing here and now.” 

Featured Playwrights

Production Creative Team

About the Plays

I Wanna Say
By Ngozi Anyanwu
Directed by Raecine Singletary
Featuring *Hope Anthony and *Melessie Clark

When Things Get Bad, At Least We Have Each Other
By Matt Pelfrey
Directed by Kyle Haden
Featuring Hazel LeRoy, *Caroline Nicolian and *Quinn Patrick Shannon

Helicopters
By Tammy Ryan
Directed by Rachel Stevens
Featuring *Daina Griffith, Daniel Krell and Zoey Myers

Under
By Mark Clayton Southers
Directed by Kyle Haden
Featuring Richard McBride and *Caroline Nicolian

In the Macro
By Marcus Stevens
Directed by Rachel Stevens
Featuring *Hope Anthony, *Melessie Clark and *Quinn Patrick Shannon

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association


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