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!
I Forgot to Worry
by Lawrence Paone
produced by Stage Right Pittsburgh
A hostage desperately tries to determine if his surroundings are real, or if it’s all just a bad dream because he ate bacon right before bed.
Lawrence Paone was born in Malverne, New York and at an early age showed an interest in the theatre. He graduated from Drew University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. His full-length farce, Certifiably Yours was recently presented as a staged reading to benefit the New Work Series of Emerging Artists Theatre, NYC. With Matthew Aibel, Lawrence co-authored, Do You Have Anything Closer? which was produced in 2004 in the Midtown International Theatre Festival, NYC. Other credits include co-authoring the two-minute film, Continuity Malfunction; a collection of sketches, Great American Plays That Almost Weren’t; and the original screenplays, I Kill at Funerals and The Breakdown. Lawrence currently lives in Metuchen, New Jersey with his wife, Catherine LaMoreaux. He is particularly grateful that his two adult daughters, Anna and Laura, have recently moved out of the house, leaving Lawrence with nearly total control of the TV remote.
When Romcoms Go Bad
by Ken Levine
produced by Prime Stage Theatre
Putting a modern spin on those screwball romantic comedies (romcoms) of the ‘30s and ‘40S, the classic trope is set up (beautiful heroine leaves conservative fiancée for former lover who is a charming cad while her best friend offers comic relief) then turned on its ear. It’s the romcom ending you’ve never seen.
Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/playwright/major league baseball announcer. Plays include A or B? performed at the Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles and regionally, Going Going Goneproduced at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood, Our Time performed regionally, Upfronts and Personal featuring staged readings starring Jason Alexander, Ed Asner, Andrew Rannells, Wendie Malick, Joanna Gleason, Ryan O’Neal, Kurtwood Smith, David Rasche, Chip Zien, Paul Dooley, Matthew Letscher, and Jennifer Tilly. Ken has also had numerous one-acts performed around the world. He is a member of the EST Playwrights unit. Ken has written over 200 episodes of television for such shows as MASH, Cheers, Frasier, the Simpsons, and Wings. He has directed over 60 TV episodes including Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Wings, Becker, Just Shoot Me, and Dharma & Greg. Additionally, Ken has been the play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, and San Diego Padres and hosted Dodger Talk for eight seasons.
by Ashley Rice
produced by The Heritage Players
The creation story told from the perspective of the serpent (who is actually a librarian), where Eve is a savvy renegade and Adam is kind of a schmuck.
Ashley Rice is a Pittsburgh native living in Boulder, Colorado. She recently received her MFA in Theatre from Naropa University.