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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2017 Pittsburgh New Works Festival starts tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 3:59 PM

The festival returns for its 27th season of new one-act plays, written by playwrights from around the U.S. and produced by local theater troupes. As in recent years, all shows will be staged at Carnegie Stages.

The festival is divided into four programs of three plays each, labeled A, B, C and D. Programs A and B run in repertory from opening night through next weekend, and C and D run the following two weeks.

Program A, running tomorrow through Sept. 9, includes: “Roosevelt’s Ghosts,” about early personal tragedy in the life of Teddy Roosevelt, by Warrensburg, Mo., playwright Aaron Scully (produced by CCAC South Campus Theatre); “The Pivot,” a genre-bending piece by California-based Seth Freeman, a veteran, Emmy-winning writer for screen and television (Lincoln Heights) (Summer Company); and “Doing Time,” East Aurora, N.Y.-based playwright Mary Poindexter McLaughlin’s play about an old man and a young man discussing the meaning of life (Theatre Factory). The first performance of Program A is at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Program B
, Sept. 1-10, features: “Exit Strategy,” a break-up comedy by Fairbanks, Alaska-based Tom Moran (The Heritage Players); “All Sales Final,” by New York City-based John Yarbrough, about a dying man auctioning off his life-insurance policy (Cup-A-Jo Productions); and “Sparrows,” about two friends “trapped in a memory on repeat,” by Nanticoke, Pa.-based Evan W. Sanders (Duquesne University Red Masquers). The first performance of Program B is at 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 1.

Each program is performed five times.

Programs C and D each features three new plays. Program C runs Sept. 14-23, and Program D runs Sept. 15-24.

Tickets are $12-17 for single shows or $40 for a festival pass, and are available here.

Carnegie Stages is located at 25 W. Main St., in Carnegie.

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