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Pittsburgh Playwrights relocates, plans 4 productions for 2011-12 season

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By Alice T. Carter
Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company has found a new home in the Cultural District.

The new performance space is on the third floor of 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust owns the Edwardian-style building, where Bricolage Production Company offers performances on the ground floor.

It's the third home for the company Mark Clayton Southers founded in 2003 as the resident company of Garfield's Penn Theater. In 2005, the company moved to a 75-seat space at 542 Penn Ave. in the Cultural District.

Plans are going forward for the company to stage four productions during its 2011-12 season. Specific dates and ticket prices for all productions will be announced later this month.

The season will begin in November with "Theatre Festival in Black and White," which involves a diverse group of artists in the production of eight one-act plays.

February will bring the world premiere of "The Jonny Gamage Project," a docu-drama that explores the circumstances and aftermath of Gamage's violent death in 1995. Southers and Attilio Favorini, founding chair of the University of Pittsburgh's department of theater arts, co-wrote the play, and Southers will direct. "The Jonny Gamage Project" will be done as a joint production with Pitt's Repertory Theatre and will be performed Feb. 9-19 both at the Stephen Foster Memorial in Oakland and at Pittsburgh Playwrights' new venue.

Also on the season schedule are "Elder Hostages," three one-act plays written by Ray Werner that examine the realities of older people.

The season closes with a production of August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean," which will open in June. Southers will direct the company's ninth production of Wilson's 10-play Pittsburgh Century Cycle that will be performed at the August Wilson Center, Downtown.

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