Pittsburgh Public Theater has announced that the company’s 2022-2023 season, IT’S A NEW DAY, will begin in October 2022 and run through June 2023. This season contains stories filled with heart and humor that will warm everyone’s hearts. us with a renewed sense of what it means to be a neighbor, to be a family, and to be connected to the people we find ourselves next to after too many years apart.
“For our first full season since 2019, we’re kicking off with a promise to our audiences, artists and our city that it’s a new day to the Audience. We’ve all been changed for two years, but this season we’re taking a big, bold step step forward to return to the stage and for each other, invigorated by beloved stories that illuminate our histories and exciting new voices that shape our future. We have all been on such a journey over the past few years. I can’t wait to invite Pittsburgh and our public family to share this moment with us, revel in the sound of laughter and the adventure of live performance through a wide range of stories next year. believe that the best is yet to come at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and for all of us.” – Pittsburgh Public Theater Artistic Director, Marya Sea Kaminski
2022-2023 PITTSBURGH PUBLIC THEATER SEASON
A GRAPE IN THE SUN
October 12 – 30, 2022
By Lorraine Hansberry
AWARD-WINNING AMERICAN CLASSIC TONY
Lorraine Hansberry was just 28 when she became the first black woman produced on Broadway with her groundbreaking drama about the Youngers, a tight-knit family living in a small apartment in 1950s Chicago who receive a large payout. life insurance after the death of their patriarch Big Walter. They each have a dream for money – adult son Walter sees this as his only chance to go into business and become self-sufficient; his sister Beneatha dreams of becoming a doctor and hopes the money can help pay for her medical studies; and just as she tends to the tough little plant struggling for sunlight on her windowsill, mum hopes to use the money to find a new home with a small space where her grandson Travis can play Sun. In its Pittsburgh Public debut, Hansberry’s American masterpiece continues to resonate through our shared history as a testament to love in the face of challenge and daring in the wake of dreams deferred.
A CHRISTMAS STORY
November 30 – December 18, 2022
Play by Philip Grecian • Directed by Marya Sea Kaminski
Production Sponsor Richard W. Moriarty, MD
A TIMELESS HOLIDAY STORY LIKE NO OTHER
“You’ll poke your eye out!” All nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants is to find a Red Ryder Carbine Action BB gun under the tree on Christmas morning. To get one, he embarks on a hysterical, hijink-filled adventure that triggers all the trappings of the perfect family vacation — an exploding furnace, a Little Orphan Annie decoder brooch, an innocent experience with a wet tongue on a lamp post. cold and a wild rash of theatrical fantasies not for the “fra-gee-lay” of the heart. After more than 40 festive seasons delighting audiences, Jean Shepherd’s tale of her upbringing in the 1940s Midwest isn’t just a Christmas story, it’s the Christmas story.
A SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM IN HARLEM
February 1 – 19, 2023
Originally by William Shakespeare • Adapted and directed by Justin Emeka
AN ILLUMINATING REINVENTION OF A LEGENDARY COMEDY
“The course of true love never ran smoothly…” In this heightened and hilarious tale of the bard’s most magical romantic comedy, resident director Justin Emeka draws inspiration from the art and Harlem Renaissance music to breathe new life into Shakespeare’s beloved story and humor, contemporary fashions and ancient rituals. In this adaptation, the world of mischievous fairies, amorous Athenians, and crude mechanics is our world and celebrates black culture with imaginative influences from around the world. For Shakespeare scholars and visionaries, this production is the stuff on which dreams are made.
March 22 – April 9, 2023
By Robert Harling • Directed by Marya Sea Kaminski
LAUGHTER THROUGH TEARS IS THE BEST EMOTION
Before the iconic 1989 film broke national box office records, Louisiana salon owner Truvy first took to the stage. The colorful cast of regulars and employees who frequent her establishment includes a mother-daughter duo planning a wedding, a woman “in a bad mood for 40 years” and a mysterious newcomer. Through laughter, tears and a thick mist of hairspray, these women face trials and triumphs armed with their greatest strength: each other.
April 26 – May 14, 2023
By Lauren Yee • Directed by Desdemona Chiang
WORLD PREMIERE OF ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST EXCITING NEW VOICES
Travel between two eras and two generations as acclaimed playwright Lauren Yee sets the stage for us to travel back and forth in her hilarious and heartfelt new play. On parallel rides, Joe drives from DC to Portland trying to win the heart of his unknown new fiancée Jenny and, twenty years later, takes the same roads back to have one last adventure with their adopted daughter Lucy before delivering her to the ‘university. With a few unexpected detours along the way, immigrants Jenny and Joe navigate the strange territory of their new home as their daughter Lucy pieces together their bittersweet family history in this beautiful new comedy about the efforts we will make for the people we we like. A world premiere co-production with Portland Center Stage.
FRIDA… A SELF-PORTRAIT
June 7 – 25, 2023
Written and performed by Vanessa Severo • Directed by Joanie Schultz
AN EXTRAORDINARY TOUR DE FORCE FOR WOMEN
The legendary life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo unfolds before us in this exquisite and muscular tale of how she exercised her creative genius to survive a debilitating accident, to embody a magnificent parade of historic moments, and to transcend her marriage. passionate with Diego Rivera. Terrible and rambunctious, she lived boldly, loved wildly, and painted prolifically to see herself more clearly and see the world around her. With stunning direction and irresistible charm, Brazilian American writer and performer Vanessa Severo illuminates Frida’s story with her own experience, unearthing a powerful common ground between them and inviting us to discover Kahlo’s rare genius. .
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