Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Works Fest Goes off the Wall

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Works Fest Goes off the Wall

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The Pittsburgh New Works Festival enters its 23rd year with changes in venue and format. The showcase for never-before-seen plays -- 18 of them, produced by 18 regional companies -- is now at the Off the Wall Theater in Carnegie, where the plays will be grouped into four programs.

Programs A and B will be performed during the first two weeks, Sept. 5-15, and Programs C and D are Sept. 19-29. Passes for all programs to be seen on specific days and Weekend Warrior passes -- all four programs on two Saturdays -- are $40. Single tickets are $15, or $17 at the door, students, $12/$14, at or 1- 888-71-TICKETS. More at

Program A (8 p.m. Sept. 5, 13-14; 5 p.m. Sept. 7; and 2 p.m. Sept. 8)

* "All Things to All People" by Kyle Zielinsky of Bethel Park; produced by The Baldwin Players. A young writer holds hostage a critic who panned his most recent production.

* "Suddenly, Last Supper" by David Katzin of Pittsburgh, produced by The Summer Company. A Last Supper spoof, as seen through the lens of Tennessee Williams

* "Moon Over Gomorrah" by Byron Wilmot of Rochester, N.Y.; produced by The Red Masquers. Mark's parents have concluded their son is gay and have gone to great lengths to prepare themselves and their small town in anticipation of his coming out. But Mark has a surprise for them.

Program B (8 p.m. Sept. 6-7, 12; 5 p.m. Sept. 14; and 2 p.m. Sept. 15)

* "Unveiled" by J. Thalia Cunningham of Delmar, N.Y.; produced by CCAC South. Through a series of cultural gaffes, a well-intentioned representative from an American NGO discovers the unexpected truth about what Afghan women really want.

* "The Perhaps" by F.J. Hartland of South Park; produced by Stage Right: When a boy is sent to live with his grandmother, he discovers an imaginary friend -- film legend Bette Davis.

* "The Test" by Paulina Shur of Latham, N. …

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