Briefs: Playwrights Theatre Sets Next Week of Readings
A play-a-day marathon of readings showcasing the work of local playwrights is underway at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre.
The company will perform a reading of at least one new play every day during March. On a few select days, two plays will be read.
Scheduled for readings during the next seven days are:
"Burning Wood" by Erick Irvis, 8 p.m. today
A new, as-yet-untitled play by Christiane Leach, 8 p.m. Thursday
"The Magic Room" by Carlana Rhoten, 8 p.m. Friday
"Welcome Home" by Ted Hoover, 8 p.m. Saturday
"Typist" by Kim Zelonis, 3 p.m. Sunday
"Parlour Games of the Chimera Gemini" by Dan Kirk, 8 p.m. Monday
"Switched at Birth" by Denise Pullen, 8 p.m. Tuesday
"Bustenai" by Leibel Cohen, 8 p.m. March 14
The readings all take place at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, 542 Penn Ave., Downtown.
Admission: Suggested donation $3-$5.
-- Alice T. Carter
Chamber concert focuses on film composers
Pittsburgh Symphony clarinetist Ron Samuels' fifth annual clarinet chamber music concert Tuesday evening at Duquesne University will focus on composers best known for their movie scores.
The clarinetist will be joined by Zachary Smith, horn; Mikhail Istomin, cello; and Natasha Snitkovsky, piano; in trios by Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota, and the "Elegia" by Georges Delerue.
Samuels will be accompanied by short film clips when he speaks briefly from the stage about his enthusiasm for each of the composers. For example, his comments about Miklos Rosza and his Sonatina for solo clarinet will be accompanied by samples from "Ben- Hur" and "The Lost Weekend."
The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday at PNC Recital Hall at the Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, Uptown. Admission is free.
-- Mark Kanny
South Side architect featured at NYC show
South Side architect Gerald Lee Morosco will be a guest at a book- signing Saturday at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City.
Morosco will be signing copies of his new book, "How to Work With An Architect," which tries to explain and rationalize the client- professional relationship.
He will be there for an hour at 1 p.m. Saturday and is one of 10 authors featured in the Thursday-Sunday event. It will be held at Pier 94, which is billed as the UnConvention Center, at 54th Street along the Hudson River.
-- Bob Karlovits
Cultural events in the city
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Live Nation present "Doubt" at 7:30 p.m. Performances continue through Sunday at the Benedum Center, Seventh Street and Penn Avenue, Downtown. $19.50-$53.50. 412-456-6666.
Pittsburgh Public Theater presents "Life x 3" at 8 p.m. Performances continue through April 8 at the O'Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Downtown. $34.50-$49.50. 412-316-1600.
France agrees to locate museum in Middle East
France and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement Tuesday to open a branch of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, despite criticism that the French government is peddling the country's artistic treasures.
Abu Dhabi officials want the Louvre to be one of five satellite art museums they hope to build on uninhabited Saadiyat Island, just off the city's Gulf-side corniche.
New York's Guggenheim museum also has signed on to build a franchise in the wealthy Gulf state.
Tuesday's deal was said to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. …