The Pittsburgh New Works Festival has been dedicated to producing new plays from all over the world for 28 years! From comedy to drama and traditional to cutting edge, there’s always something for everyone to love. Presented by 18 of the Pittsburgh region’s theatre companies and top-notch acting talent from all corners of the region, New Works is something not to be missed!
Thursday Mornings and Sunday Nights
by Charlotte Giles
produced by The South Hills Players
VIVIAN has a problem with her next-door neighbors, CHERYL and GUS, a middle-aged couple so she invites them over for drinks and hors d’oeuvres with BONNIE, an elderly, spry neighbor. When VIVIAN reveals her dilemma, all of the characters uncover surprises about their past lives. Stories of infidelities, clunky marriages, and past romances. highlight some of the pitfalls of apartment living, married faithfulness, and faded memories.
Charlotte Giles became an award-winning playwright after many years of acting, theatre educating, and professional directing. Her play, Pinky and Rhubarb won first prize in the 2017 Cloverdale Playhouse Page to Stage Contest in Alabama. Her play, Directions, secured a spot in the Renegade Theatre Festival in Michigan as well as first prize in the 2016 Helen Jean Prize for Literary Excellence. She has received performances and readings of her plays in professional, community, and educational theatres. Charlotte has earned a Master of Arts at Southern Methodist University and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
by Annie LaRussa
produced by Little Lake Theatre Company
“The course of true love never did run smooth”, especially on a crashing airplane.
Annie LaRussa is a playwright/actor. She graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Theatre Program and is so happy to be living in NYC again! She has worked as an actress at The Public Theatre, South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Kenyon Festival Theatre, and many other wonderful theatres. Her recent plays include: FLESH AND BLOOD (finalist newTACTics Play Festival), FIERCE TEARS, THROBBING (Friday@TBG), GO (Jimmy’s No 43), SALLY’S DAY, and BRACE(finalist at the LaBute theatre festival) and JANE DOE 24 (first cut at PlayPenn/Fridays@TBG in New York). Annie is an invited member of The Master Group, a writing group affiliated with The Barrow Group, NYC. She has won 3 Drama-logue Awards and 2 LA Weekly Awards.
by Stephen LaRocque
produced by The Theatre Factory
A woman, recently widowed, packs up the contents of her beach house as the rising tide threatens to overtake it, and her. Faced with a choice between escaping to life in assisted living and taking a chance with the rising waters, she makes her decision…
Stephen LaRocque has worked as an actor, director, and playwright in professional and community theatres in the greater Washington DC area since 1994. He has had thirteen One-Act and three full-length plays produced in Maryland, Virginia, New Hampshire, and California.