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“The mission of the Pittsburgh PlayLab new play reading series is to develop and host world premieres of new plays with unique and diverse perspectives. A play reading is a very intimate experience and we feel the plays we’ve chosen will connect with audiences in compelling and meaningful ways.“

Steven Breese, Pittsburgh Playhouse Artistic Director and Dean of the Conservatory of Performing Arts

Poised to be a regional launching pad for new plays and playwriting talent, Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse announces the winners of Pittsburgh PlayLab: A New Play Reading Series @ the Playhouse.

 “The mission of the Pittsburgh PlayLab new play reading series is to develop and host world premieres of new plays with unique and diverse perspectives.  A play reading is a very intimate experience, and we feel the plays we’ve chosen will connect with audiences in compelling and meaningful ways,“ said Steven Breese, Pittsburgh Playhouse Artistic Director and Dean of the Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Two plays have been selected from over 100 submissions to kick off the series. Waiting for Fair by F.J. Hartland of Johnstown, PA., is a play that explores how one couple, united on a blind date, navigate and explore their most intimate desires and fondest hopes; and, Climbing the Good Walls by New York City-based playwright Robin Rice, is centered around “A Time of Quarantine” where families, friends, individuals and groups are separated yet somehow unite through common fears, hopes and shared humanity.

Waiting for Fair, directed by Malle Winters, will be broadcast on Friday, October 30th at 7:30 pm. Climbing the Good Walls, directed by Richard Keitel will be broadcast on Saturday, October 31st at 7:30 pm. 

Tickets are free; registration is required HERE.

“These are fascinating plays, filled with humor, insight and universal human struggles. We are thrilled to be able to present them for the first time at the Pittsburgh Playhouse,” said Breese. In addition to hosting world premieres, the Pittsburgh PlayLab hopes to launch new/emerging plays so that they have a life beyond their world premiere.  “New works nourish the theater of today and tomorrow. It’s our hope that the plays we feature will resonate with our audiences and will be discovered by new audiences everywhere.”  


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