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10th Annual Theatre Festival in Black & White -- Holiday Edition! Program B

10th Annual Theatre Festival in Black & White -- Holiday Edition!

Pittsburgh Playwright's Theatre Company (PPTCO)

December 5 -[masked]

This seasonal edition of PPTCO's signature one-act theatre festival is a holiday treat not to be missed!!

Audiences will be treated to brand-new one act plays (ranging from 15-40 minutes each) that touch upon holiday traditions of many faiths. See below for the titles of these plays which will no doubt be bringing many laughs and maybe even a few tears!

For those that have never been to PPTCO, this is one of our region's little gems. For example, PPTCO's stunning production of the August Wilson classic "Two Trains Running" was rated by the Post Gazette as the #2 best locally produced play in 2008 as well as making the Top 10 list for the entire decade 2000-2009.

One of the unique aspects of the Theatre Festival in Black & White is that they pair black playwrights with white directors, and white playwrights with black directors while incorporating other cultural collaborations. In addition to providing superb theatre (e.g., great reviews), this also has the benefit of achieving very diverse audiences. Over the years, the Theatre Festival in Black & White has also offered opportunities for 'seasoned' professional actors as well as aspiring, talented student actors to perform together onstage. Because PPTCO seats about 100 people, this is intimate theatre where audiences feel like they are watching real life.

This festival includes 10 brand-new one-act plays on rotation (see Program A and Program B below) which are ticked separately. For more information, including a video preview of several of the holidahy plays, please visit

All advance tickets are $20. And Meetup members can also pay $20 at the door (as compared to the normal $25 door). Seating is General Admission.

Please note: After the performance, we'll have the option of going out for a drink at a nearby spot such as the Cabaret Theater.

Program A, coordinated by Eric A. Smith

by Marlon Erik Youngblood
Directed by Kaitlin Mausser

by Andrew Ade
Directed by Rita Gregory

by Lissa Brennan
Directed by Cheryl El Walker

by Wali Jamal
Directed by Marcus Muzopappa

by Tammy Ryan
Directed by Ashley Southers

Program B, coordinated by Mark Clayton Southers

by Aasiyah El-Rice
Directed by Vince Ventura

by Judy Meiksin
Directed by Kim El

by Dr. Tameka Cage Conley
Directed by T.C. Brown

by Ray Werner
Directed by Monteze Freeland

by Kim El
Directed by Stephen Santa

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Super awesome !

    December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    December 12, 2013

  • Mark

    Here is another great review of the festival from today's Post Gazette

    December 12, 2013

  • Mark

    As a reminder, we should plan to meet in the theater lobby to mingle a bit and check out some art work beginning at 6:30 PM. These plays begin at 7 PM (not 8 PM). The show is General Admission, so if you get there early, people can get the best seats and sit together if desired.

    December 11, 2013

  • Mark

    About the Plays in Program B "We Need a Ramadan" It's the 23rd day of Ramadan and a family fears eviction in the Hill District. "Hanukkah in the Back Country" When Julie's girlfriend of six years walks out on their relationship right before Hanukkah, her big sister takes her for a hike in the back country. "Where I First Saw the Light" It's Christmas Eve and two young men (one white, one black) are in a cemetery visiting the graves of their fathers. Painful family secrets are revealed. "Christmas Star" It's Christmas Eve, and Kenny comes home from Iraq with a wounded foot and post-traumatic stress disorder to a family that is divided over the war. "An Ubuntu Holiday" As an African-American family prepares to celebrate Kwanzaa, their teenage daughter invites her African-American classmate/neighbor over for the festivities, but her classmate's Christian mother does not want her daughter involved because she thinks Kwanzaa is anti-Christmas.

    December 11, 2013

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