Book of Ezra


"It's not just a dynamic performance. It's also a stage memoir fraught with vulnerability." - Tyler Plosia, City Paper

"My best theatre experience in many, many years." - Dr. Michael Ramsay

"A dizzying account of growing up black in the East End.... Its chief appeal is the personality of the character/performer/author, a mix of angry, charming, vulnerable and defensive." - Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Book of Ezra poster


Book of Ezra

Written by & Starring Leslie Ezra Smith
Directed By Mark Clayton Southers

October 4 – 25 2014

Reviews: City Paper, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Previews: City Paper preview (cover story), New Pittsburgh Courier


Tickets now available!

Our 2014-2015 Season

 

Leslie Ezra Smith

Leslie Ezra Smith

Book of Ezra

Written by & Starring Leslie Ezra Smith
Directed By Mark Clayton Southers

October 4 – 25 2014

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s exciting 2014-2015 season kicks off October 4 with the premiere of a one-man play, Book of Ezra, written and performed by spoken word artist and national slam poet Leslie Ezra Smith.

Book of Ezra chronicles his coming of age and consciousness – growing up as a Black man in America.

Playwrights founder and producing artistic director Mark Clayton Southers will direct.

Tickets now available!

Kim El

Kim El

Ubuntu Holiday

By Kim El
Directed By Mils James
December 19 - 30 2014

Ubuntu Holiday by Kim El is a full-length version of a one-act play that was performed as part of the 2013 Theatre Festival in Black and White.

This gentle but thought-provoking comedy, directed by Mils James, is set at a Kwanzaa celebration interrupted by a distrustful Christian guest. Rancor and controversy threaten to disrupt the otherwise festive atmosphere. However, in the end the joy and good feelings of the season win out.

Tickets now available!

Ray Werner

Ray Werner

Christmas Star

By Ray Werner
Directed By Monteze Freeland
December 12 - 28 2014

Running in repertory with Ubuntu Holiday will be Ray Werner's Christmas Star, directed by Monteze Freeland.

Also a product of the 2013 Theatre Festival in Black and White, Christmas Star tells the story of an Iraq war veteran, his Vietnam-veteran father and bewildered mother, gathering for a Christmas Eve celebration.

Patriotism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the meaning of family all jostle for attention in this thought-provoking holiday-themed play.

Tickets now available!

Pittsburgh

First Annual Pittsburgh Playwrights One-Act Play Festival

February 2015

Formerly known as the Theatre Festival in Black and White, the First Annual Pittsburgh Playwrights One-Act Play Festival is open to all Pittsburgh playwrights. This festival will shine a light on Pittsburgh's diverse communities by soliciting plays from an array of playwrights from various cultural backgrounds. The only requirement is that you've lived in the Pittsburgh area for at least two years at some point.

The scripts selected will receive a fully staged production during the festival. The festival will conclude with an awards ceremony where Pittsburgh Playwrights will recognize the talent during the festival.

Ernest McCarty

Ernest McCarty

Dinah

Written and Directed By Ernest McCarty
March 20 – April 12 2015

Dinah, a dazzling play about the legendary blues singer Dinah Washington, will run from March 20 – April 12.

Ernest McCarty is both director and playwright of this play set during the last year of the short life of the remarkable woman called the Queen of the Blues.

Dinah includes a riveting array of musical numbers and biographical vignettes.

This show provides a powerful insight into the tragic and often controversial life of one of the most popular African-American singers of the 1950s.

August Wilson

August Wilson

Fences

By August Wilson
Directed By Mark Clayton Southers
May 1–31 2015

Returning to familiar ground, Pittsburgh Playwrights artistic director Mark Clayton Southers will direct August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Fences, running May 1 – May 31.

The production will reconfirm Southers and Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company as among the foremost interpreters of the work of Pittsburgh's most famous playwright.

Set in the 1950s, Fences evokes the early rumblings of the civil rights movement. The central character, Troy Maxson, a middle-aged resident of Pittsburgh's Hill District, is unable to shed the legacy of his failure as a young baseball player. The play follows Troy's struggle to accept the generational changes that allowed his son to succeed in ways Troy never could.


Book of Ezra

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
October 2014
At the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre
937 Liberty Avenue, 3rd floor
Oct 4
8 pm
Oct 5
3 pm



  Oct 10
8 pm
Oct 11
8 pm
Oct 12
3 pm



  Oct 17
8 pm
Oct 18
8 pm
Oct 19
3 pm



  Oct 24
8 pm
Oct 25
8 pm


 


Ubuntu Holiday / Christmas Star

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
December 2014
At the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre
937 Liberty Avenue, 3rd floor
Dec 11
Star 8 pm
Preview
Dec 12
Star 8 pm
Dec 13
Star 8 pm
Dec 14
Star 2 pm



Dec 18
Ubuntu 8 pm
Preview
Dec 19
Ubuntu 8 pm
Dec 20
Star 2 pm
Ubuntu 8 pm
Dec 21
Ubuntu 2 pm
Star 7 pm



  Dec 26
Ubuntu 8 pm
Dec 27
Star 2 pm
Ubuntu 8 pm
Dec 28
Ubuntu 2 pm
Star 7 pm
Dec 29
Ubuntu 7 pm
Dec 30
Ubuntu 7 pm

     

 

Our new partner Construction Junction!

Construction Junction logoWelcome to our new partner Construction Junction!

Construction Junction generously supplies our theatre with a variety of building and construction materials.

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