New Works Festival kicks off 26th year of World Premier Plays
Program C (SEPT. 15–24)
•“THREAD” by Evan Saunders of Pittsburgh, Pa.—presented by The Summer Company.
•“YOUR PRINCESS IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE” by Whitney Rowland of Pittsburgh, Pa.—presented by McKeesport Little Theater.
•“KEY RING” by Steven Peterson of Chicago, Ill.—presented by The Duquesne University Red Masquers.
Program D (SEPT. 16–25)
•“BROTHERHOOD” by Garry Kluger of La Crescenta, Calif.—presented by The Theatre Factory.
•“INFLUENCE” by Jennifer Tromble of North Tonawanda, N.Y.—presented by The Heritage Players.
•“ONCE UPON A MATTRESS STORE” by Stephen Engel of Pacific Palisades, Calif.—presented by Stage Right Pittsburgh. All performances will be held at Carnegie Stage (formerly Off the Wall Theater), 25 W. Main Street, in Carnegie. Mainstage performance times are 8 p.m. Th.-Sat. with additional matinees at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Single tickets start at $12 and Festival Passes are available for $40. Tickets are available via PittsburghNewWorks.org or by calling ShowClix at 888-71-TICKETS.
Sun Ra Arkestra Live
Sept. 19—Sun Ra Arkestra Live at the New HazletTheater at 7 p.m.Music in the Park. This summer music lovers can once again relax on the lawn at Highland Park to the sounds of jazz performed by Pittsburgh’s finest musicians during the ever-popular “Reservoir of Jazz” concert series.
SEPT. 23—Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of MCG Jazz’s historic 30th annual concert series! BNY Mellon Jazz presents: Grammy-nominated Michael Feinstein to kick off our historic season with four shows over two nights, beginning Sept. 23. Please note that Bobby McFerrin will no longer be opening the season due to health issues. Also, Brian Culbertson is currently touring for his new FUNK! album and will make a stop at MCG on Oct. 25 for two shows.
Civil Rights Exhibition
Sept. 23-Nov. 20—August Wilson Center For African American Culture This exhibition begins with pages from Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, a little-known 1950s comic book about the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and culminates with selected works from March (2013-16), a graphic novel trilogy that recounts the life and social activism of Rep. John Lewis. It also includes political cartoons about the civil rights struggles from the 1950s to today.
The Bold & The Sanctified
Sept. 24—Herron Enterprises presents “The Bold & The Sanctified II” stage play at 8 p.m. at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Cultural District. The show, written and directed by Sherri Lynn, stars American Idol winner Ruben Studdard. See if two small churches, one Black and one White, who combine their congregations for financial reasons, can overcome racial conflict and tensions and make it work. There will also be a matinee performance at 3 p.m. For more information, call 412-426-5301 or visit, http://www.boldandsanctified.net.
Tom Jones Live
SEPT. 29—Tom Jones at the Benedum Theater. Jones’ 50-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for five decades, he has garnered—at the age of 76—the best reviews of his career for his most recent albums, Long Lost Suitcase, Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame (Island/Universal). Critics across the world are unanimous in their approval and admiration for both the recorded work and the performance of it in concert.
Until Oct. 7—91.3 WYEP is accepting applications from area teen musicians to participate in the 2016-17 Reimagination Recording Project. Now in its fourth year, the Reimagination Recording Project partners teen musicians with professional mentors to record and produce their own original music. Since 2013, the program has engaged with more than 70 area teen musicians, including Urban Pathways Sounds of Steel, Center of Life Youth Jazz Combo, Mt. Lebanon recording artist Daya and many more. Applications will be accepted at wyep.org/reimagine-media until midnight Oct. 7. All applications will be reviewed, and those selected to participate in the project will be notified in mid-October, with studio sessions and workshops beginning in November 2016.
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