Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks

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The decision to stage the first all-female production in Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ 15-year history was pretty easy, says troupe founder Jennifer Tober. PSIP’s artistic committee liked local theater artist Elena Alexandratos’ pitch to do “Julius Caesar” that way from the get-go.

Ten years ago, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks staged its first production honoring the famous bard.

The premiere show, “As You Like It,” spanned two weekends in November at Frick Park, and Jennifer Tober served as director, choreographer and even costume designer.

“It was a kind of simple production, I pulled costumes from my own closet, or people wore really kind of utilitarian things that they had, and it was kind of a low-fi, low budget production,” Tober said. “And now the company has grown so much, now we have not-for-profit status and our cast has grown.”

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Jennifer Tober, founder and artistic director of Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, said their production this year puts a twist on "Romeo and Juliet."