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It’s only a coincidence that “School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play,” arrives at Pittsburgh Public Theater just days after the touring production of Broadway show “Mean Girls” left the neighboring Benedum Center.

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On today's program: business investment indicators increased in the region; the Braddock Battlefield History Center is reopening; Kim Gordon puts music to a Warhol silent film classic; and a new production tells the story of a future where holographic companions replace lost loved ones.   

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Lynn Nottage began researching the play that became Sweat in 2011. In today’s rapidly changing political landscape, that seems like eons ago. But when it premiered on Broadway in 2016, just five days before the presidential election, Sweat felt as topical as an op-ed column. One prominent critic even called it “the play that explains Trump’s win.”

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When the Pittsburgh Public Theater opens its fall season Sept. 27, it will mark the first assemblage in 19 years under a new artistic director.

Marya Sea Kaminski, who served as associate assistant director at the Seattle Repertory Theater for four years, will direct an adaption of Jane Austen's classic "Pride and Prejudice" as her inagural show. It's the first in a season with women at the forefront, including a reworking of Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

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Marya Sea Kaminski said Pittsburgh made a big impression on her the first time she drove through the Fort Pitt Tunnel. 

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Fifth grader Jaylen Hocker popped up from his front row seat at the O’Reilly Theater. He walked onto the stage, held up a hand to block the bright theater lights from his eyes and waited for the OK from a panel of judges before he began. 

“He hath disgraced me and hindered me half a million, laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies. And what’s his reason? I am a Jew," he said, reciting William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice."

    In case you have been living under a rock, this weekend marks the return of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade here in Pittsburgh. WESA’s Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here to fill you in on all your green-beer needs.

Putting The Diary Of Anne Frank On The Stage

Oct 13, 2015
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The Diary of Anne Frank hasn't been staged on Broadway since 1998 but the Pittsburgh Public Theater has opened its own production and it's receiving rave reviews. Local actor Randy Kovitz plays Anne Frank's father, Otto.

Kovitz joins us in studio to discuss the impact of Anne Frank.

Thurgood: The One-Man Play

Mar 6, 2013
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In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Before that Marshall was known for his successful arguments before the Supreme Court as an attorney, in particular for his victory in Brown v. Board of Education. The one-man play Thurgood, comes to the Pittsburgh Public Theater this month. It tells his life story: from humble beginnings in Baltimore, to landmark civil rights legislation, and his rise to the highest court in the land. We’re joined by Montae Russell, a Pittsburgh native, playing the role of Thurgood Marshall.