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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.

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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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