Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Quantum Theatre to Present Inside Passage

Quantum Theatre presents Inside Passage, the world premiere of Pittsburgh playwright Gab Cody’s very personal play. Directed by Sam Turich and featuring film collaboration and lighting by Rob Long, Inside Passage tells Gab’s true story of long lost family and a reunion 35 years in the making among the Tlingit, indigenous people of coastal Alaska. Heartfelt and funny, the piece melds live performance and documentary film shot on-location in Alaska. Inside Passage will be performed at Provident Charter School’s Chapel Annex in Troy Hill March 2nd through 25th.

Inside Passage has been in development for over three years, transforming over time from a film to the multi-media creation audiences will experience in March. Based on Gab's true experiences, it meshes her patchy memories of growing up in Alaska with her parents, step-siblings, and Tlingit Indian foster-siblings with family lore and her true quest for reunification 35 years later.

Gab describes the work as a, “comedy drama, just like life. Or a drama comedy depending on what day it is.” An ensemble of six performers and two ill-mannered bears play a multitude of characters to describe Gab’s return to Alaska in search of siblings who may not wish to be found. Her moving story and Inside Passage’s innovative performance approach highlight the particular lenses through which diverse people may experience the same events.

Gab Cody and Sam Turich, both Pittsburgh-based artists whose work Fat Beckett appeared at Quantum in 2011, are fresh off the success of their immersive work DODO, produced by Bricolage Theatre in tandem with the Carnegie Museums, which invited audiences to explore both public and private spaces in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. In addition to her work developing immersive, devised, and site-specific theater, Gab is an award-winning filmmaker and Pittsburgh regional representative for the Dramatists Guild.

The cast of Inside Passage includes Laurie Klatscher, Kyle Haden, John Shepard, Shammen McCune, Kelsey Robinson, and Skylar Ray-Benson Davis. Rob Long leads a design team that includes Kellan Anderson as Scenic Designer, Rachel Vallozzi, Costume Designer, and Howard Paterson, Sound Engineer.
Performances are March 2nd – 25th, Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00PM, Sundays at 7:00PM. Location: the Provident Charter School Chapel Annex, 1400 Troy Hill Road, Pittsburgh, 15212. Free onsite parking. Tickets can be purchased by calling 412-362-1713 or online at Prices range from $38-$55; $18 tickets available for students and discounts for groups of 10 or more.

Special Performances:
·      Community Night on March 1st, with free tickets for residents of Troy Hill.
·      Opening/Press Night on March 2nd, with a post-show champagne reception.
·      Post-Show Q&A on March 4th, Q&A session with the cast and team.
·      Ladies Night on March 7th, a ladies-only pre-show networking reception.
·      Quantum Quaff on March 8th, a pre-show wine tasting event.
·      Quantum-on-the-Couch on March 17th, post-show discussion of the psychology of the characters led by Dr. Manuel Reich, Psychiatrist and Artistic Director Karla Boos.

Who: Quantum Theatre
What: World Premiere of Inside Passage, by Gab Cody
When: March 2 – 25th, Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00PM, Sundays at 7:00PM
Where: Provident Charter School Chapel Annex, 1400 Troy Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Beethoven/Prokofiev/Janacek Headline Weekend Concerts

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
Janáček: Sinfonietta

This weekend brings together three pieces conducted for the first time by Manfred Honeck with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Written at the height of World War II, Prokofiev described his Symphony No. 5 as “a symphony of the greatness of the human spirit, a song of praise of free and happy mankind.”

The Pittsburgh Symphony’s Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle continues with his Concerto No. 2 performed by British phenom Benjamin Grosvenor, recently named Gramophone’s “Young Artist of the Year." The program closes with Janáček’s Sinfonietta, an athletic orchestral masterpiece for large scale forces.


In 1926, Leos Janáček was asked to compose a musical salutation for the 8th Sokol Gymnastics Festival in Prague. Founded in 1862, The Sokol movement (which eventually became politically influential) was a gymnastics organization which provided “physical, moral and intellectual” training for the nation. Janáček accepted their request and feeling inspired by a military brass concert he had attended, he incorporated “fanfare motifs” into the piece, called it “Military Sinfonietta” and dedicated it to the Czechoslovak Armed Forces. The work was performed at the festival, alongside members of the Prague military band and players from the Czech Philharmonic. Now known as just “Sinfonietta,” this piece features a compelling showcase for the brass section and a triumphant, grand finale!

After both the Friday and Sunday concerts, PSO musicians Zhan Shu, Kelsey Blumenthal, Lorien Benet Hart, Kristina Yoder (violins) and John Moore (bass) will be performing Piazzolla’s Tango Suite for Four Violins and Bass. These performances, happening on stage immediately following the concer​ts, are free and open to ticketholders.

Also, soloist Benjamin Grosvenor will be signing autographs in the Grand Lobby post-concert.

Olin Fine Arts Center to Present Oscar Nominated Short Subjects

Movie lovers are invited to dress in their award season best and walk the red carpet into Olin Fine Arts Center at Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) for Oscar® Nominated Short Subjects March 2 and 3. The Center is located at 285 E. Wheeling Street in Washington, Pa.

Live Action Shorts will be presented Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Animated Shorts on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. The advance single ticket price (or season ticket package) includes tickets for both nights. Individual tickets will be available at the door for specific nights, but for the full ticket price.

General admission tickets are $12; tickets for seniors (60+), alumni and non-W&J students are $10; children (age 12 and younger) are $7. Additional information can be found at: pHONE 724-223-OLIN (6546).

The Academy Awards are Sunday, March 4. ‘Oscar’ is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Wang Ramirez at the Byham Theater!

Wednesday, March 7 • 8 pm
Byham Theater
French-Hispanic-Korean couple Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang are renowned for their emotional and powerful blend of hip-hop dance and contemporary movement.

Their newest work, Borderline, explores a weight game of constraint and freedom reflecting the realities of living together in our society. Attached to cables within a rigging system, the dancers are challenged by constraint. Yet the rigging also allows the freedom to move without restriction of gravity, evoking weightlessness like that in the imaginative world of the best martial arts films.


Discover the science of jousting, sword fighting, giants, and more at Carnegie Science Center’s next 21+ Science After Dark Event. 21+ Night Medieval Times happens on Friday, March 2, from 6-10 pm, and features historic European Martial Arts demos, an inflatable "steed" horse race, and free samples of Stateside Urbancraft Vodka.

21+ Night features cash bars, snacks available for purchase, and the chance to experience four floors of hands-on exhibits – with no kids! In addition, all participants receive a discount code for a 4-week introductory class at Pittsburgh Sword Fighters titled, “Introduction to Broken Plow Western Martial Arts & Sword Fighting,” as well as a free slot play at the Rivers Casino. Personal weapons are strictly prohibited at this event.

Proper identification is required, and all guests must show ID at the door. Tickets cost $12 in advance, and $17 at the door.

21+ Nights are sponsored by UPGRUV, Green Mountain Energy, Miller Lite, Full Pint, and Dos Equis.

For more information and to register, visit or call 412.237.3400.

Fashion Event Based on "The Game of Thrones"

Winter is ending a day early this year, as Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District hosts A Song of Thrones, a Pittsburgh Opera fashion event, on March 19th.

Based on the popular medieval fantasy epic “Game of Thrones,” A Song of Thrones captures the drama of the immensely popular television show, while spotlighting costuming and music from Pittsburgh Opera, as well as high-end fashions by designer Diana Misetic of Shadyside fashion studio & boutique Little Black Dress, who is known for having an unparalleled eye for texture and silhouette.

The fashion show will feature a clash between simple, neutral pieces and colorful, dramatic ensembles to illustrate the everyday struggle between fantasy and reality. For a dramatic finishing touch, hair and makeup stylings will be created by Studio BOOTH.

Misetic is custom-making cutting edge couture for the event, which will be worn by professional models. Her pieces will be paired with opera wardrobe from Pittsburgh Opera’s costume vault reminiscent of King’s Landing, Winterfell, and beyond, which will be modeled by Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artists.

Michele Fabrizi, Chair of Pittsburgh Opera’s Board of Directors and President/CEO of MARC USA, is chairing the event. “Last year’s fashion show, Operatically Emphatic, was a resounding success”, said Fabrizi. “A Song of Thrones looks to build on that foundation and deliver another jaw-dropping evening of couture and music.”

Studio BOOTH has partnered with jewelry artists Deborah Phillips and Murial Spitz to provide unique pieces for A Song of Thrones. These pieces, mostly composed of metal, large stones and eye-catching raw materials, will be available for purchase for guests looking to take a piece of the show home with them. In addition, Studio Booth stylist Deanna Machi, who is a Kevin Murphy Educator of the Year, will be demoing Kevin Murphy styling products to show guests how to replicate the A Song of Thrones looks. These products will also be available for purchase. In both cases, 15% of the proceeds will go to Pittsburgh Opera.

Hosted by FRIENDS of Pittsburgh Opera, the fashion show starts at 7:30 on Monday, March 19th. The evening also features a cocktail reception from 6:30 – 7:30, including hors d'oeuvres from Black Radish Kitchen such as spinach and ricotta fritters with lemon aioli, baguettes with sliced flank steak and garlic aioli, and seared tuna on gluten-free corn tortilla with salsa verde. Guests can mingle and pose for pictures with the costumed Resident Artists after the show.

Tickets are available online. General Admission is $55, which includes one Standing Room Ticket. VIP Admission, which includes one Runway Seat plus one drink ticket, is $150. Members of Pittsburgh Opera’s New Guard, a group for young professionals ages 21-40, receive a free drink ticket. In addition, sponsorship packages are available at the $500, $1,000 and $1,500 levels. For ticket or sponsorship information or questions, please contact Pittsburgh Opera Special Events Manager Ronna Pratt at 412-281-0912 x225. All ticket proceeds benefit Pittsburgh Opera.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

"Watson and Holmes" - A Mega Challenge for Even Seasoned Sleuths

Gregory Johnstone, Darren Eliker, Daryll Heysham, and David Whalen in Kinetic Theatre’s Pittsburgh Premiere production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Holmes and Watson. Credit: Rocky Raco

For those who attend a performance of the Sherlock Holmes-themed drama now at the New Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh’s North Side, a word of advice. Enjoy a stimulating cup of coffee in the lobby before entering the theater. You’ll need it to keep up with the mental agility required to follow this deliciously complex tale through its sinuous meanderings.

For 90 intermission-less minutes, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, who has several previous Holmes writings to his credit, toys with the viewers’ abilities to discern the truth, not as to who dunnit but whoisit. Like some theatrical Rubik’s cube and with the same emotional intensity evoked by the film "Cube" with its frequent and claustrophobic changes of scenario, Watson and Holmes is a definite mental challenge, albeit an invigorating and entertaining one for those who relish a good Chinese puzzle of a mystery story.

The setting is an insane asylum on a small island somewhere in Scotland where three inmates all claim to be Sherlock Holmes. The problem is that Holmes is reported to have died during an encounter with his arch nemesis, Moriarity, at Reichenbach Falls in the Swiss Alps several years prior. To separate fact from fiction, Holmes long-time friend and collaborator, Dr. John Watson (Daryll Heysham), is called upon to come to the dreary asylum and investigate thereby setting up the adventure in deduction that’s part and parcel of the Holmes modus operandi.

Greeting him brusquely at the door is a burly, no nonsense orderly (James Keegan), a somewhat Gargantuan version (in comparison) that reminded me of Count Dracula’s diminutive doorman, Igor. Enter Dr. Evans, the asylum director (energetically played by Tim McGeever), who eventually introduces him to the trio of Sherlock Holmes wannabees.

Played with immense disparate personalities and temperaments, Darren Eliker, David Whalen, and Gregory Johnstone each get their moments to shine, tell their own unique accounts and gain a large measure of plausibility. But obviously only one can be the true Sherlock, if even that many because they can all three be frauds. Right?

Gayle Pazerski, the only female cast member, plays the asylum Matron, a seemingly minor role, but one that provides her own subset of important data to those intent of solving the Holmesian conundrum.
Director Andrew Paul challenges his audience with a pace that’s swift moving yet comprehensible. And I like the way the production uses the loftiness of the back stage to evoke a feeling of vertical drop and falling, the method by which Holmes and Moriarity are purported to have met their end. It also serves additional uses in several consequential, though shortened, scenes elsewhere in the play.

If scenic designer Johnmichael Bohach’s intent was to create a minimalist set with a bone chilling atmosphere, he was certainly successful. The mood of the play is certainly shadowy and dim enough. It stands in stark contrast to the energetic sparks of insight needed to unravel this finely wrought play, which did leave me feeling uncertain as to whether or not the playwright managed to tie all the many loose ends together by the time the finale rolled around.

So many things to consider, so little time to ponder them in quiet repose. That’s one of the advantages reading a detective novel has over a theatrical production. But for a fun evening guaranteed to get the gray matter roused and motivated, "Holmes and Watson" just might be the ticket.

A production of the Kinetic Theater Company, "Holmes and Watson" is at the Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh’s North Side through March 4. For tickets, phone 888-718-4253 or visit website

Friday, February 23, 2018

CLO Offers Early Bird Discount for Groups

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Early Bird Rates for Groups of 10+ are set to expire as of April 1 for ON YOUR FEET!, TITANIC, THE FULL MONTY, BRIGADOON, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. Gather your group and lock in the best seats at the best prices of the season to save up to 30% off individual show ticket prices!

Groups of 10 or more receive exclusive benefits:

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Res Works Pittsburgh Presents Little Match Girl

Little Match Girl Passion

Saturday, March 17, 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 18, 8:00 pm
The Chapel at Homewood Cemetery
1599 South Dallas Avenue, Squirrel Hill

Musical Prelude
& Walking Tour
Free to the public
7pm on Saturday March 17
6pm & 7pm on Sunday March 18

Jennie Benford, Director of Programming at Homewood Cemetery will lead the tour, which will include the oldest sections of the cemetery, dating back to 1878.

Click Here for Tickets

 Lorna McGhee, flute
Maureen Conlon Gutierrez, violin
Meghan DeWald, soprano
Barbara LeMay, mezzo-soprano
Ian McEuen, tenor
Matthew Scollin, bass-baritone
Resonance Chamber Orchestra
& Festival Chorus
Maria Sensi Sellner, conductor
 Bach - Komm, Jesu, Komm
Bach - Concerto for Flute in C Major
Dafnis - How Long Ago
Golijov - Lua descolorida
MacMillan - Lux Aeterna
Bernstein - Halil
Pärt - Fratres
Lang - little match girl passion
Pittsburgh premiere

Thursday, February 22, 2018

2018 Oscars Facts: 90th Academy Awards By The Numbers

With the 90th Academy Awards just 10 days away, WalletHub today released its 2018 Oscars Facts report, which includes an infographic filled with fun facts about the event as well as a Q&A with a panel of entertainment experts.

Here are some highlights from the report:

* $44M: Total cost of Oscars ceremony

* $10M: Cost of the look for an A-list actress attending the Oscars

* $2.6M: Cost of a 30-second commercial during the Oscars telecast (48% less than the Super Bowl)

* $24.7K: Cost of the 16,500-square-foot Oscars red carpet

* $900: Current value of the 24-karat gold-plated Oscar statuette

* 2nd: Year in which both a woman and a black man were nominated for Best Director

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Reading of "The Merchant of Venice" Everyone Welcome

The Cast of HENRY V, A Previous PSIP Production Credit: Catherine Aceto

Bring Your Own Bard (BYOB), the Shakespeare reading series produced by Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, continues the 2018 season with a reading of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE on Mon., Feb. 26.

"Perhaps less often produced due to the complicated nature of the plot, The Merchant of Venice is a play that deserves to be heard and discussed," says PSIP artist and board member Yvonne Hudson, who leads the program. "Our program will feature excerpts but we will provide some context and background for further explanation and discussion."

Featured as Shylock in the reading is Ronald H. Siebert who portrayed the title role in PSIP’s King Lear in 2014.

BYOB takes place on Mon., February 26 at the Té Café, 2000 Murray Ave. (at Beacon Ave) in Squirrel Hill. Doors open at 7:15 pm and readings begin at 7:30 pm.

About The Merchant of Venice
The play's intersecting plot lines involve family, faith, business, and the law and some of some the Bard's most complex yet enigmatic characters.

Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, is often considered a negatively stereotypical character, while many question the ethics of other characters as the nature of friendship, love, and legal semantics are tested.

Merchant lands in the top of half of Shakespeare's works as rated according to frequency of productions tallied in the site Priceconomics and constitutes about three percent of professional performances as tracked by the site Shakepeareances since 2011.

"Given the productions of 'most popular' plays by PSIP and other companies and the interest of our audiences to read and discuss other works,” says Hudson, “reading Merchant provides a chance to explore a play that was in its time considered a comedy while it is regarded as multi-faceted and relevant through today's lens."

Resource links will be featured in the PSIP Facebook event for use before and after the reading, providing academic and production criticism as well as the opportunity for discussion.

Whether a seasoned actor or an energetic neophyte, all are welcome to perform Shakespeare in an informal and fun evening celebrating the Bard’s most famous and most obscure works. Come with a reading from Merchant prepared, or try a role assigned by host Yvonne Hudson (who most recently appeared as the Nurse in PSIP's ROMEO AND JULIET and is seen in her solo show MRS SHAKESPEARE), or just sit back and enjoy.

About BYOB
Bring Your Own Bard (BYOB) is PSIP's informal scene night in which professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces in a light-hearted evening. BYOB is for those who really want to read Shakespeare out loud in a comfortable setting.

All ages and levels of experience welcome to read or listen. Kids are welcome. Beverages and light fare available for purchase. Suggested $10 donation at the door to support PSIP's 14th season of free performances in Pittsburgh city parks.

Bring Your Own Bard takes place the last Monday of every month from January-May, 2018. Watch for details on special events on these days in upcoming months.

Anyone interested in reading on February 26 may contact PSIP at, call 412.512-0589, or visit Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.

About Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks
PITTSBURGH SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS is the city’s outdoor Shakespeare company and has been offering free Shakespeare productions in city parks since 2005. Now in its 14th season under Founder and Artistic Director Jennifer Tober, PSIP has entertained thousands of patrons in city parks since its inception.

From April 19 through April 30, PSIP's annual Week of Will takes place around the Bard's birthday on April 23.

PSIP’s next production of a Shakespeare play will be presented on weekends in September at various city parks with admission free for all. (Details to be announced…)

PSIP is on the web at:
Facebook: Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks
Twitter: @PghShakespeare

Monday, February 19, 2018

Pittsburgh Has Eight Nominees for the 2018 James Beard Awards

Pittsburgh from the West End Bridge Credit: Bill Rockwell

Looking over the 2018 James Beard Award Semi-Finalists I found these Pittsburgh candidates:
1) Casey Renee, Whitfield, Pittsburgh for Outstanding Pastry Chef
2) Legume Bistro, Pittsburgh for Outstanding Restaurant
3) Rick DeShantz and Tolga Sevdik, Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group, Pittsburgh (Meat & Potatoes, Butcher and the Rye, Tako, and others for Outstanding Restaurateur
4) Meredith Meyer Grelli and Alex Grelli, Wigle Whiskey, Pittsburgh for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
5) Becca Hegarty, Bitter Ends Garden & Luncheonette, Pittsburgh for Rising Star Chef of the Year
6) Wei Zhu, Chengdu Gourmet, Pittsburgh for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic
7) Bethany Zozula, Whitfield, Pittsburgh for Best Chef, Mid- Atlantic
Foodies, Take Notice! And good luck nominees!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Journey to Camelot, Oz, Africa, and the Disney Kingdom at the Rangos Giant Cinema

Suffering from the winter blues? The Rangos Giant Cinema has cinematic cures of the comedic, educational, and family-friendly varieties taking the screen in February and March.

Here’s what’s coming up at The Rangos Giant Cinema:

In a present-day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King Beast and Queen Belle is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella, Maleficent, the Evil Queen, and Jafar, who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers, and step-sisters.

These villainous descendants are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes, including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma. Should they follow in their nefarious parents' footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

Showing 3 pm Feb. 24 and 25. Tickets for Descendants are $10. Rated G.

Using a trove of footage unearthed from the National Geographic archives, JANE tells the true story of Jane Goodall as a young woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. The film, from award-winning director Brett Morgen, offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of the trailblazer.

Showing 7 pm Feb. 24 and 25 and 4 pm Feb. 26-28. The 4 pm matinee shows cost $8 for nonmembers / $7 for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members. The 7 pm shows cost $10 for nonmembers / $8 for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members. Rated PG.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Sing-Along / Quotable Version
In this zany cult classic, King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

The film has been re-mastered to the highest definition and includes a new Terry Gilliam feature - The Lost Animations!

On your way to Camelot, stop by our lobby photo booth to have your photo taken with a creature SO FOUL, SO CRUEL, that NO MAN yet has fought with it and lived…the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog!

Showing 7 pm and 9:30 pm March 2 and 4 pm and 7 pm March 3 and 4. The 4 pm matinee shows cost $7 for nonmembers / $5 for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members. The 7 pm and 9:30 pm shows cost $10 for nonmembers / $8 for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members. Rated PG.

The Wizard of Oz
See the 1939 classic that has captivated families and dazzled movie-lovers for decades – on our GIANT screen! Travel along with Dorothy Gale as she is swept away from a farm in Kansas to the magical land of Oz in a tornado. She sets off on a journey with her new friends –  The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and The Cowardly Lion – to see the Wizard, in hopes he can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Showing 4 pm and 7 pm March 16-18. Tickets are $9.95 for all showings. Carnegie Museums members receive $2 off. Rated PG.

Additionally, catch our current lineup of educational films - Amazon Adventure 3D, Tiny Giants 3D, Animalopolis, and DREAM BIG 3D - during the day!

Find showtimes and purchase tickets at

The Rangos features a 70-by-38-foot Certified Giant Screen, two industry-leading Christie® laser-illuminated 4K laser digital projectors and a premium Dolby Atmos® surround sound system with 45 speakers.

The Rangos Giant Cinema is part of Carnegie Science Center’s broader expansion and renovation project. The project also includes the new PPG Science Pavilion, which will open in June 2018 and house a new suite of FedEx STEM learning labs with outdoor learning spaces, the Scaife Exhibit Gallery, and PointView Hall, a conference and event space with unparalleled views of the Pittsburgh skyline.

For more information about The Rangos Giant Cinema, call 412-237-3400 or visit

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Soba with Four Course Dinner

Soba's Chef Lily Tran’s Year of the Dog tasting menu celebrates the flavorful cuisine of the Sichuan region in the heart of China; peppery, tangy and with an unabashed love for garlic. The optional, adventurous beverage pairing travels from beer to a sour cocktail, then wine on to sake.

First Course
sichuan chicken wing
pork dumpling
char sui rib
spring roll
Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA, Milton, Delaware

scallion pancake, braised duck leg, napa daikon slaw, hoisin
Sichuan sour, Eagle Rare bourbon, sichuan pepper, lemon

black cod
black bean garlic sauce, scallion, celery, jasmine rice
Rudi Weist Dry Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany 2016

mango with sticky rice
coconut milk, sesame seeds
Dewatsuru Sakura Emaki Rose Sake, \Akita, Japan nv

tasting menu $40
wine pairings $25
5847 Ellsworth Ave, Shadyside
412 362-5656

Monday, February 12, 2018

The World’s Greatest Detective Returns to the Stage in Brand New Thriller, Holmes and Watson

David Whalen as Sherlock Holmes In The Mask of Moriarty. Credit: Suellen Fitzsimmons

This new play, by Jeffrey Hatcher (who wrote the screenplay for the 2015 film, Mr. Holmes, which starred Ian McKellen), receives its Pittsburgh premiere in an atmospheric Kinetic Theatre production starring David Whalen.

Kinetic Theatre Company opens its 2018 season with the Pittsburgh premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s ingenious new thriller, Holmes and Watson.  The set-up: Sherlock Holmes has not been seen for more than three years and is presumed dead following his confrontation with Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls. Dr. Watson is called upon to disprove the many frauds, fakes, and charlatans who have popped up claiming to be Holmes.

Suddenly… a newspaper clipping arrives. A remote mental institution on an island off the coast of Scotland reports that three patients have recently been admitted, each claiming to be the late detective.  Don’t be fooled by the deceptively simple title. Showbiz Chicago calls Holmes and Watson “a bold and thrilling piece of theater that builds its suspense slowly until it reaches a solution that is so shocking it will fool even the sharpest minds and seasoned mystery lovers in their seats.”

A thrilling whodunit for the whole family, Holmes and Watson plays from February 16th through March 4th at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher grew up in Steubenville, Ohio before attending New York University to study acting. After a brief career on stage, he turned his hand to writing. His many award-winning original plays have been performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally across the United States, and abroad. They include Three Viewings, Scotland Road, Neddy, and Korczak’s Children.

His plays A Picasso, Mercy of a Storm, Work Song, and his adaptation of Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde have all been performed at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre. He adapted his acclaimed stage play Compleat Female Stage Beauty (which premiered in Pittsburgh at City Theatre) for the screen and has also written the screenplays for Mr. Holmes (starring Ian McKellen), Casanova, Secretary, and Boys Don’t Cry. Hatcher wrote the book for the Broadway musical Never Gonna Dance, based on the Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers film Swing Time. His adaptation of Gogol’s The Government Inspector had an extended run last year Off-Broadway in a production by the Red Bull Theatre.

Hatcher has won grants and awards from the NEA, TCG, Lila Wallace Fund, Rosenthal New Play Prize, Frankel Award, Barrymore Award, and others. He is a four-time participant at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild, New Dramatists, The Playwrights’ Center, and the Writers Guild of America.

David Whalen, Daryll Heysham, and Tim McGeever lead the seven-member cast for Holmes and Watson. Whalen has played Holmes in Pittsburgh on four occasions in The Mask of Moriarty, The Crucifer of Blood, Sherlock’s Last Case, and The Hound of the Baskervilles. A Pittsburgh native, he was the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Performer of the Year in 2007. His many local productions include The Christians, Romance, and Three Days in the Country for Kinetic, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and former President George W. Bush in Stuff Happens at PICT, Monster in the Hall at City Theatre, and Othello, A Servant of Two Masters, and Candida at Pittsburgh Public Theatre.

He recently completed the Cincinnati Playhouse/Baltimore Center Stage co-production of Shakespeare in Love and is currently appearing in Arthur Miller’s The Price at the Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida.

Daryll Heysham (Watson) played Inspector Lestrade in the PICT productions of The Mask of Moriarty and The Crucifer of Blood. He has appeared locally in The Pitmen Painters (PICT), The Clockmaker (City Theatre), and Harry’s Friendly Service (Pittsburgh Public Theatre). Daryll recently completed a lengthy run in the acclaimed off-Broadway staging of William Nicholson’s Shadowlands.

Tim McGeever plays Dr. Evans, chief overseer of the mental institution. He has performed on Broadway in Cyrano de Bergerac (starring Kevin Kline), Don’t Dress for Dinner, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses with the Roundabout Theatre, in Clybourne Park and An Act of God at Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and in Hand to God and Time Stands Still at City Theatre. Actors Darren Eliker, James Keegan, Gregory Johnstone, and Gayle Pazerski will join them in Holmes and Watson.

The design team for Holmes and Watson features many frequent Kinetic collaborators and is led by scenic designer Johnmichael Bohach, who has created a stunning, multi-level design that allows us to simultaneously experience the remoteness of the island setting and the chilling institutional feel of the madhouse.

Bohach has previously designed both Sherlock’s Last Case and The Hound of the Baskervilles for Kinetic Theatre as well as last season’s productions of The Christians and Love, Love, Love.

Costumer Kim Brown returns to Kinetic after designing Sherlock’s Last Case, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Christians, and The Liar. The highly atmospheric lighting design is by Alex Stevens (Cock, The Christians) with assistance from sound designer Angela Baughman (Three Days in the Country, The Liar) and projection designer Joe Spinogatti (The Christians). Steve Tolin and Tolin FX provide the gunshots and special effects.

Andrew Paul has directed all ten of Kinetic Theatre’s Pittsburgh premiere productions: Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange, David Mamet’s Romance, Conor McPherson’s adaptation of Strindberg’s The Dance of Death, Charles Marowitz’s Sherlock’s Last Case, Mike Bartlett’s Cock and Love, Love, Love, Peepolykus’ adaptation of Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, the American premiere of Patrick Marber’s Three Days in the Country, Lucas Hnath’s The Christians, and David Ives’ adaptation of Corneille’s The Liar.

He recently directed extended runs of Peepolykus’ The Hound of the Baskervilles at Nevada Conservatory Theatre in Las Vegas and the Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida. His production of David Ives’ The School for Lies at San Diego’s North Coast Repertory Theatre was one of five nominees for the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Production of 2014 - as voted upon by the San Diego Theatre Critics – and his production of George Brant’s award-winning play Grounded at Cockroach Theatre in Las Vegas garnered actress Mindy Woodhead Best Actress at last year’s Vegas Valley Theatre Awards.

In September, Andrew directed Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out at Nevada Conservatory Theatre and in May he will direct the West Coast premiere of Patrick Marber’s Three Days in the Country at the Antaeus Theatre in Los Angeles.

Paul previously co-founded the acclaimed Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre (PICT) and served as the company's producing artistic director from 1996 to 2013.  Under his leadership, PICT produced more than a hundred plays, festivals devoted to the plays of Samuel Beckett, John Millington Synge, Harold Pinter, and Anton Chekhov, and two successful international tours:

Andrew's 2002 production of Brian Friel's Faith Healer starring Bingo O'Malley played to acclaim at thirteen venues in Ireland and Northern Ireland and he appeared as an actor in the 2003 PICT production of Shaw's Major Barbara which performed 14 sold-out performances at the Galway Arts Festival and transferred to Dublin for three weeks of performances at the Pavilion Theatre.

In 2008, he directed and collaborated with Sir David Hare on the non-English language premiere of his play Stuff Happens at the Slaski Theatre in Katowice, Poland.  In 2010, Andrew was a featured speaker at the World Theatre Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan.

FACT SHEET – Holmes and Watson by Jeffrey Hatcher
Pittsburgh Premiere
Directed by Andrew Paul
New Hazlett Theater
6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Cast: David Whalen, Daryll Heysham, Tim McGeever, Darren Eliker, James Keegan, Gregory Johnstone, and Gayle Pazerski
Design Team: Johnmichael Bohach (scenic design); Kim Brown (costume design); Alex Stevens (lighting design); Angela Baughman (sound design); Joe Spinogatti (projection design); Steve Tolin (Special FX); Natalie Baker Shirer (dialect coach); Sarah Gabrick (production stage manager).

First Week:         Friday, February 16 – Previews, 8:00 p.m.
            Saturday, February 17 – Opening Night, 8:00 p.m.
            Sunday, February 18 – 2:00 p.m.
Second Week:         Thursday – Saturday, February 22, 23, 24 - 8:00 p.m.
            Sunday, February 25 – 2:00 p.m.
Third Week:        Wednesday, February 28 – 8:00 Pay What You Want performance
            Thursday – Saturday, March 1, 2, 3 - 8:00 p.m.
            Sunday, March 4 – 2:00 p.m. Closing
Tickets:        $36 in advance
        $40 at the door
        $20 for persons 25 and younger, at the door with valid I.D.
        $25 artist rate

Tickets available at ShowClix by calling 1.888.718.4253, or online at or by visiting the Kinetic website at

Pre-Sale Tickets for Chelsea Handler Now Available

The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is pleased to welcome comedian, TV host, writer and activist Chelsea Handler to the  Benedum Center on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 PM in a benefit performance for the LGBT community.

"An Evening with Chelsea Handler” will be hosted by six-time Emmy winner Bruce Vilanch who, for quite a few years could be found on Hollywood Squares to the left of Whoopi Goldberg (“if that's possible” according to his bio).

Beginning at 9 AM on Monday, February 12, click here and enter promo code LATELY to buy tickets before they go on sale to the public on February 14.

After a successful career in television comedy that lasted over 10 years, Chelsea Handler ended her most recent talk show Chelsea and in October 2017, announced that she was going to pursue political activism.

"Like so many across the country, the presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me.  From the national level down to the grassroots, it's clear our decisions at the ballot box will mark a defining moment for our nation," Handler wrote on Twitter. "My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way.  I want to travel the country and visit areas and people I don't know enough about and gain a better understanding. I have joined forces with EMILY's List to elect more women to public office, register people to vote, and campaign for candidates who are fighting for women's rights, LGBT rights, and gun control.”

Over the years, Chelsea's appeal to her fans is that she’s always been an open book, sharing personal stories about her one-night stands, DUI and relationship with alcohol.  She has authored five books that have made the New York Times Best Seller List, four of which have reached number one. She has her own columns in Cosmopolitan and NOW, a UK celebrity magazine.

Chelsea was the host of the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards and received the "Ally for Equality Award" from the Human Rights Campaign.  She was named a Grand Marshal of LA Pride and also took part in the "I AM EQUAL" Photo Documentary project in memory of her mother, Rita, who died from complications of cancer. 

 Here's what Chelsea has to say:

"I want to talk to people who have different opinions than I do and I want to come together. I don't want us to be so angry and mean-spirited, I want to have fun with politics. There's no reason — it sounds super, super corny but — there's no reason we can't all have a healthy discussion instead of everyone hating each other so much."   

“You need to be informed.  It’s about educating yourself. It’s about motivating yourself and not standing by and hoping that other people fix things for you. You can’t sit around and complain and not be active.”

Just in Time for St. Paddy's Day

The History Center’s Irish Genealogy Workshop on Sunday, March 4 will include a special curator-led tour of the museum’s Irish American collection on display in the Special Collections Gallery. (Photo courtesy of Heinz History Center)

Program: Irish Genealogy Workshop
Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15222
Admission: $30 for members, $40 for non-members
Registration:  Advance registration is required. For more information, and to register, please visit or call 412-454-6361

Join Irish genealogy experts Fintan Mullan, executive director, and Gillian Hunt, research officer, of the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, Ireland for a workshop that will provide valuable insight into the rich genealogical sources found in Ireland. This in-depth workshop will benefit beginners and seasoned genealogists alike.  Mr. Mullan and Ms. Hunt will examine a multitude of historic records and electronic resources that will enhance your Irish genealogy research.

Irish Genealogy Workshop presentations include:
§  Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research
§  Using Landed Estate Records to Trace Farming Families in the 18th and 19th Centuries
§  The Great Famine in Ireland: Sources for Research
§  Church Records in Genealogical Research
§  The Importance of Gravestone Inscriptions for Irish Research         
§  Records Relating to Law and Order in Ireland
§  Solving Your Brick Walls Q&A Session

Annie, Robert, Frank, and Jennie Sleeth in front of family home in Wilmerding, Pa. c. 1900-1916. (Photo courtesy of Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center)

Participants may pre-order a box lunch for an additional $10.95.

In addition to the Ulster Historical Foundation, representatives from the Westmoreland County Historical Society, the Detre Library & Archives of the Heinz History Center, and other area genealogical societies will be on hand to share information about local resources and tips with fellow researchers.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a special curator-led tour of the History Center’s Irish American collection on display within the museum’s fourth floor Special Collections Gallery.

The Westmoreland County Historical Society presents this workshop in partnership with the Senator John Heinz History Center.  Please visit and follow our activities on the Westmoreland County Historical Society Facebook page, and on Twitter @WCHistory. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Wants You to be Its Valentine

Will you be our valentine?

This Valentine's Day, treat your sweetheart to a romantic date in the heart of the Cultural District. Our theaters, galleries, restaurants, and bars are swoon-worthy spots for a memorable night out.

Plan Your Date >

Waitress at the Benedum Center for One Week in March

Desi Oakley, Charity Angel  Dawson, and Lenne Klingaman in the National Tour of Waitress Credit: Joan Marcus

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is thrilled to announce WAITRESS will play at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street for a limited one-week engagement from Tuesday, March 6 through Sunday, March 11, 2018.  This tour is part of the 2017-2018 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Broadway Across America.

Tickets (starting at $30) are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-4800, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at or in person at Theater Square Box Office. Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  On Wednesday, March 7, PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh ticket holders are invited to attend a pre-show talk, Know the Show Before You Go, at 6:30 p.m., at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Avenue.  To register, visit

Lenne Klingaman and Jeremy Moore in the national Tour of Waitress Credit: Joan Marcus

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles ("Brave," "Love Song"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Dangereuse Liasons, Waiting For Godot) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland).

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
"It's an empowering musical of the highest order!" raves the Chicago Tribune.  "WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!" says Entertainment Weekly and "a monumental contribution to Broadway!" according to Marie Claire.  Don't miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

For more tour information, please visit

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Twitter: @WaitressMusical
Instagram: @WaitressMusical

Friday, February 9, 2018

Travelin' with Tania Grubbs on Valentine's Day

Vocalist Tania Grubbs

The holiday falls in the middle of the week, but that's no reason not to make it special!   Vocalist Tania Grubbs and her quintet Travelin' will be joined by Pittsburgh Jazz great Mike Tomaro on saxophone.  This eclectic ensemble delivers soulful interpretations of timeless jazz classics at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall. In Carnegie, Pa. 

Guest 21+ will receive a complimentary glass of prosecco.  Everyone will enjoy this special tribute to Valentine's Day and the many musical moods of love!

Tickets are $10 at the door. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m.
Start your evening with us, and you decide where you go next!

Listen Locally Downstairs in the Studio
Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
300 Beechwood Avenue
Carnegie, PA   15106

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Swan Lake and More - News from Pittsburgh Ballet Theater

Artist Amanda Cockrane Credit: Duane Rieder
5 Reasons Swan Lake is Iconic
From the ballet itself to films and fashion inspired by it, Swan Lake has captured the public imagination for over 100 years. Here are five things that make this one of the most famous ballets of all time.

Benedum Center Photo Courtesy Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day is just a few days away! Here are four ideas to help you plan a romantic date or wrap up a gift from the heart. Check out the gift guide here.

Artists Stephen Hadala, Amanda Cochrane, & Yoshiaki Nakano Credit" Rich Sofranko
The Story of Swan Lake
You may know it's a romance. You may even detect a dark side. But, do you know the real story of Swan Lake? Read the "Spark Notes" here.

PBT to Debut in Fancy Free 

PBT is thrilled to announce that Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free, which inspired the Broadway hit On the Town, joins West Side Story Suite and In the Night on PBT's May 4-6, tribute to Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein. Set on a hot summer night, this irresistible ballet follows the escapades of three sailors on leave in WWII-era New York City. Save your seats to this all-premiere program.  
Yoshiaki Nakano Credit: Duane Rieder

Next Up: On Stage & In Studio

Feb. 16-25: Celebrate Valentine's weekend with ballet's greatest love story: Swan Lake with the PBT Orchestra. Find tickets here.  

Feb. 3: Learn iconic choreography from Swan Lake in this Community Division workshop for adult dancers. Learn more here.  

March 16-25: Don't miss seven inventive world premieres by our own company dancers! Get your ticket to PBT: New Works here.  

May 4-6: Don't wait until Spring to snag seats to UPMC Presents West Side Story Suite In the Night Fancy Free. Cheer our dancers on as they make their vocal debuts.  



With the 90th Academy Awards drawing near, The Rangos Giant Cinema at Carnegie Science Center is pleased to announce it will show the 2018 Oscar-nominated short films from the animated and live action categories Feb. 16 – 22.

From amphibians exploring an abandoned house, to a social worker teaching a deaf girl the gift of communication, the 2018 Oscar-nominated short films showcase a wide breadth of topics, filmmaking techniques, and genres.

The animated shorts will show at 4 p. m. Feb. 16 – 22 and 7 p. m  Feb. 19 and 21. The titles include:

Dear Basketball - Basketball great Kobe Bryant collaborated with visionary animator Glen Keane and legendary composer John Williams on an animated short film that explores what it means to achieve your dream, and then leave it behind.

Garden Party - In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.

Lou - When a toy stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.

Negative Space - Even though Sam's father is hardly ever home because he is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase.

Revolting Rhymes - Revolting Rhymes interweaves Roald Dahl’s retellings of classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings.

The animated shorts, which run 83 minutes, are rated PG. Most of the films are rated G, but Garden Party contains imagery that may be disturbing to younger viewers. It is suitable for children age 8 and up.

The live action short films will show at 7 p. m. Feb. 16-18, 20, and 22. The titles include:

DeKalb Elementary - Inspired by a 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

My Nephew Emmett - In 1955, a Mississippi preacher tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew, Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood. Based on true events.

The Eleven O’Clock - The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control.

The Silent Child - The Silent Child centers around a profoundly deaf four-year-old girl named Libby who is born into a middle-class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

Watu Wote (All of Us) - For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.

The live action shorts, which run 97 minutes, are rated R for violence and some language.

All 4 p. m. matinee shows cost $8 for nonmembers / $7 for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members. All 7 pm shows cost $10 for nonmembers / $8 for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members. Tickets can be purchased at

For screener requests, please contact Manager of Marketing, Public Relations, and Social Media Nicole Chynoweth at 412.237.1537.

The Rangos features a 70-by-38-foot Certified Giant Screen, two industry-leading Christie® laser-illuminated 4K laser digital projectors and a premium Dolby Atmos® surround sound system with 45 speakers.

For more information about The Rangos Giant Cinema, call 412.237.3400 or visit

Event Horizon - A New Multimedia Exhibition to Open at Space Gallery

 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the opening of Event Horizon, the newest exhibition at SPACE Gallery, 812 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Featuring national and international artists, the exhibition will open on February 9, with an opening reception held on February 10 from 5:30-10:00 p.m.

Event Horizon refers to the point of no return, no looking back, a precipice, the threshold between space and non-space. Each artist is distinct in their use of media and strategies of representation, but all are concerned with the edge between the screen and reality, as a place of manipulation and interpretation.  The show brings together works by artists Leah Beeferman (Providence, RI/Helsinki, FI), Jerstin Crosby (Chapel Hill, NC), Steve Gurysh (Pittsburgh, PA), Jessica Langley (Colorado Springs, CO) and Elizabeth McTernan (Berlin, Germany).

“Event Horizon is a collaboratively organized exhibition. All of the artists were brought together through a string of interrelated and overlapping ideas, although they all work in different media,” shares artist Jessica Langley.

“We have been in conversation for over three years in the making of this project, which has changed and evolved as the political landscape has shifted and scientists have continued to sound alarms about the changing climate,” adds Jerstin Crosby.

The exhibition at SPACE is the second iteration of this exhibition, which first appeared at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens in spring 2016. This exhibition offers a chance to show new works in a much larger setting.

SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue. Gallery Hours: Wed & Thurs: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. SPACE is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. For more information please visit:

"Ashes and Snow" - "BREAKING BAD meets Samuel Beckett...a journey to a Dante-esque underworld."

Eric Ferring as the Protagonist in Pittsburgh Opera's "Ashes and Snow" Credit: David Bachman Photography

by Douglas J. Cuomo,
Directed by Jonathan Moore • February 17, 20, 23 & 25, 2018
 Performances are at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 2425 Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Opera is proud to produce its second world premiere in two years. Ashes & Snow, composed by Douglas J. Cuomo and directed by Jonathan Moore, is based on Wilhelm Müller’s 24 poem cycle used as the text for Franz Schubert’s famous Winterreise (“Winter Journey”).

The 24 poems and songs of the Winterreise tell an anguished story of lost love, through what is essentially a single dramatic monologue, sung here by Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist tenor Eric Ferring.

Eric Ferring Credit" David Bachman Photography

Ashes & Snow is set in the present day, and unfolds in a run-down motel room in the desert of the American West. The protagonist must confront his demons and face up to everything he has done, and all he has lost, in his life. He is searching for forgiveness, enlightenment and atonement.

Mr. Ferring will be accompanied by three on-stage musicians, led from the piano by Pittsburgh Opera Director of Musical Studies Mark Trawka. Also included is a trumpet, an electric guitar played by the composer himself, and electronic sound effects. The musical style is ‘21st century art-song,’ infused with acid jazz and punk energy, to create a very raw and emotional experience.

BREAKING BAD is a trademark of Sony Pictures Television Inc. This production contains brief nudity.

The Artistic Team
* Eric Ferring in "Ashes and Snow"
Conductor - Douglas J. Cuomo
Director - Jonathan Moore
Scenery & Properties Designer  - Brandon McNeel
Video Designer - Joseph Seamans
Lighting Designer - Cindy Limauro
Assistant Director - Frances Rabalais*
Sound Design - Kristian Tchetchko
Stage Manager - Emily Grand

*Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist 

The poems upon which Ashes & Snow is based “tell the story of a lonely traveller who ventures out into the snow on a journey to rid himself of his lost love. Along the way he experiences a turmoil of different emotions, mostly ranging from despair to greater despair.” - Jeanell Carrigan

The following brief synopsis of each of the Winterreise’s 24 poems is adapted from Wikipedia.

"Good Night": “A stranger I arrived; a stranger I depart.” In May, he won the love of a girl and hoped to marry her. But now the world is dreary, and he must leave, in winter, in the dead of night, finding his own way in the trackless snow. He writes “Good Night” on her gate as he passes to show he thought of her.

"The Weathervane": The weathervane on her house creaks in the shifting winds, mocking him and showing the inconstant hearts inside. “What do they care about my suffering? Their child is a wealthy bride!”

"Frozen Tears": He notices he has been crying and chides his tears for being only lukewarm so that they freeze. They come out of his heart hot enough to melt all the winter’s ice!

"Numbness": He looks in vain for her footprints beneath the snow where she once walked with him through the green meadow; he wants to melt away the snow and ice with his tears. He has nothing to remember her by except his pain. She is frozen in his heart; if it thaws, her image will flow away.

"The Linden Tree": The tree, a reminder of happier days, seems to call him, promising rest. But he turns away, into the cold wind. And now, miles away, he still hears it calling him: “Here you would find peace.”

"Flood Water": The cold snow thirstily sucks up his tears; when the warm winds blow, the snow and ice will melt, and the brook will carry them through the town to where his sweetheart lives.

"On the River": The gaily rushing river lies silent under a hard crust. In the ice, he carves a memorial to their love. The river is an image of his heart swelling up powerfully beneath the frozen surface.

"A Backwards Glance": He recounts his headlong flight from the town and recalls his springtime arrival in the “city of inconstancy,” and two girlish eyes that captivated him. When he thinks of that time, he would like to go back and stand silently in front of her house.

"Will o’ the Wisp": The false light of the will-o’-the-wisp has led him astray, but he’s used to that. Every path leads to the same goal. Our joys and sorrows are but a trick of the light. Every stream reaches the sea, every sorrow its grave.

"Rest": Only now that he has stopped to rest does he realize how tired & sore he is. And in the quiet he feels for the first time the “worm” which stings him inwardly.

"Dream of Spring": He dreams of springtime and love, but wakes to cold and darkness and the shrieking of ravens. He sees frost leaves painted on the window. When will they turn green? When will he again embrace his beloved?

"Solitude": He wanders, like a sad and lonely cloud, through the bright and happy life around him. “Even when the storms were raging. I was not so miserable.”

"The Post": He hears a postal horn. “Why does my heart leap up so? There’s no letter for you! But maybe there’s some news of her?”

"The Gray Head": Frost has turned his hair gray and he rejoices at being an old man. But when it thaws, he is horrified to be a youth again: “How far it is still to the grave.”

"The Crow": A crow has been following him. It has never left him, expecting to take his body as its prey. “It won’t be much longer now. Crow, show me constancy unto death!”

"Last Hope": He gambles on a leaf quivering in the wind. If it falls from the tree, all his hopes are dashed. He falls to the ground himself and weeps over the “grave” of his hopes.

"In the Village": Dogs bark, and all the people are asleep, dreaming of success and failure, finding on their pillows what eluded them in life. “I am done with all dreaming. Why should I linger among the sleepers?”

"The Stormy Morning": The storm is an image of his heart, wild and cold like the winter.
"Illusion": A dancing light wants to lead him astray, and he is glad to go along. “Behind ice and night and horror” it shows him a warm, bright house and a loving wife within. Illusion is all he has to go on.

"The Signpost": “Why do I take secret ways and avoid the other travelers? I’ve committed no crime. What foolish desire drives me to seek the wastelands?” He journeys endlessly, seeking peace and finding none. A signpost points the way: “I must travel a road where no one has ever yet returned.”

"The Inn": He comes to a graveyard and wants to enter. But all the rooms in this “inn” are taken; he resolves to go on his way with his faithful walking-stick.

"Courage": He shakes the snow from his face and sings cheerfully to silence his heart’s stirrings, striding into the world, against wind and weather: “If there’s no God on earth, then we ourselves are gods!”

"The False Suns": He sees three suns staring at him in the sky. “You are not my suns! Once I too had three, but the best two have now set. If only the third would follow, I’ll be happier in the darkness.”

"The Hurdy-Gurdy Man": Back of the village stands a hurdy-gurdy man (organ grinder), cranking his instrument with frozen fingers. His begging bowl is always empty; no one listens, and the dogs growl at him. But his playing never stops. “Strange old man. Shall I come with you? Will you play your hurdy-gurdy to accompany my songs?”

Full texts of the songs, with a good translation by Celia Sgroi, are available as a PDF at
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Run time: 1 hour 14 minutes, with no intermissions

This performance contains brief nudity.
Understand Every Word: Sung in English with English supertitles shown at all performances
Study Guide provided by our education department
Audio Description available at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Braille Programs available at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Large-Print Programs available at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters

 Ashes & Snow is being developed in partnership with American Opera Projects (AOP).

AOP is at the forefront of the contemporary opera movement, commissioning, developing, presenting, and producing opera and music theatre projects, collaborating with young, rising, and established artists.

This will be the fourth Pittsburgh Opera project involving AOP, and the third in the past two years. AOP developed Paul’s Case and co-produced its 2013 premiere, produced the world premiere of As One, which Pittsburgh Opera performed in February 2017, and developed The Summer King, which made its world premiere at the Benedum Center in April 2017.