Conservatory Theatre Company Announces New Season Monday, June 29, 2015
A scene from "21," presented by the Conservatory Theatre Company during the 2014-15 season.
Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company will present five productions in the 2015-2016 season, ranging from classic works of theatre to popular, contemporary, Tony award-winning musicals. The season begins Oct. 16 and runs through March 27, 2016, at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., in the city's Oakland neighborhood. The 2015-2016 season includes:
Into the Woods
Oct. 16-25; preview Oct. 15, Rockwell Theatre
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine
Directed by Zeva Barzell, associate professor of theatre
One of the most popular contemporary musicals, Into the Woods hilariously intertwines several fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm with an original story involving a childless baker and his wife, who've been cursed by a witch. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1987 and won several Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Book. It has since been produced numerous times, including revivals in 2002 on Broadway and 2010 in London. Pittsburgh's Rob Marshall directed a highly successful film version, starring Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt, last year.
The Wild Duck
Nov. 6-22; preview Nov. 5, Studio Theatre
By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Shirley Tannenbaum, retired professor of theatre
More than 130 years after it was first published, Ibsen's emotionally stirring play about family secrets and the pursuit of absolute truth remains one of the great works of theatre.
Our Lady of 121st Street
Dec. 4-13; preview Dec. 3, Rauh Theatre
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Steven Wilson, alumnus (COPA '96)
An episodic comedy about friends who reunite in their former neighborhood after the death of a nun, Our Lady of 121st Street was hailed by New York Observer drama critic John Heilpern as "the best new play in a decade." Heilpern called Guirgis "an unmistakable great talent in the wilderness." In April, Guirgis was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play, Between Riverside and Crazy.
The Bluest Eye
Feb. 26-28, March 10-13; preview Feb. 25, Rauh Theatre
By Lydia Diamond, based on the novel by Toni Morrison
Directed by Monica Payne
Award-winning playwright Lydia Diamond's adaptation of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison's powerful debut novel, The Bluest Eye is a provocative, poignant and deeply humane story of an 11-year-old black girl in Lorain, Oh., who believes her family and friends will love her if she had blue eyes.
The Drowsy Chaperone
March 18-27; preview March 17
Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Directed by Jack Allison, assistant professor of theatre
The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, is "a loving send-up of the Jazz age musical that features one show-stopping song and dance number after another."
Season subscriptions, which save patrons more than 35 percent off single-ticket prices, are available now. Five-show season packages are $50-$70. Those who purchase three subscriptions get the fourth free. Single tickets are $20-$24 and go on sale at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8. To order tickets, contact the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412-392-8000, or visit www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.