Friday, June 23, 2017

PPTC Restaging Highly Acclaimed Production before Heading off on a World Tour

A Scene from the Play L-R: Chrystal Bates, Kevin Brown, and Tami Dixon * Credit: Gail Manker

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company
Miss Julie, Clarissa and John returns for three performances!

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company's acclaimed 2016 production of Miss Julie, Clarissa and John will be on tour during the entire month of August, first at the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina, and then at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland! But first, Pittsburgh has three more chances to see it!

To help raise funds for the tour, the company will present just three performances at the end of July, right here in Pittsburgh, immediately before the show heads to North Carolina. Seating is limited, so buy your tickets now! Go to

Monteze Freeland returns to direct the original cast:

These will be full productions, including set and costumes, presented in Bricolage's theatre space (entrance right next to ours). We've very proud of this show, and can't wait to show it off in these national and international venues. So we'd appreciate any donation you can make toward our tour of this show.

More on the original 2016 production:

"A tremendously theatrical event — a celebration of the enormous and unique power of drama and how a brilliant playwright writing at the top of his game can levitate an audience." - Ted Hoover, City Paper

"A riveting reinvention ... an inspired transfer." - Sharon Eberson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Miss Julie, Clarissa and John
By Mark Clayton Southers
Directed by Monteze Freeland

Original production ran March 12-27 2016, extended through Saturday April 2 2016!
Featuring Chrystal Bates, Kevin Brown, and Tami Dixon*
Chrystal Bates
Tami Dixon

Kevin Brown

 Inspired by August Strindberg’s groundbreaking 1888 naturalistic drama Miss Julie, Mark Clayton Southers relocates the action from Sweden to a Reconstruction-era Virginia plantation.

The dangerous attraction between the landowner’s daughter and his top servant takes on new shades as its taboo nature expands from crossing boundaries of social class to also encompass racial lines. The situation is heightened further by Southers’ extensive development of the third onstage character from Strindberg’s play, who in this searing version becomes central to the conflict through her identity as the mulatto daughter of a slave woman.

The result in this world premiere production is an intense struggle that illuminates cultural dynamics of two key moments in U.S. history: then and now.

"I could go on at length about their performances but — and not to slight them — the news here is that Mark Southers has written a play that is destined for greatness." - Ted Hoover, City Paper
"A powerful dramatic experience" - Yvonne Hudson, Pittsburgh in the Round
Reviews: City Paper, Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh in the Round, Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh Tatler, New Pittsburgh Courier, Pittsburgh Owl Scribe, City Paper blog
Previews: Post-Gazette, City Paper
* Member of Actors' Equity

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