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E-Newsletter, Pittsburgh New Works Festival

John served on the board of directors and public relations committee for the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, where his involvement included media relations, working on the festival's web site, photography, and writing and editing the festival's year-round e-mail newsletter. He created and launched the newsletter in 1999 with a twofold purpose: to promote the annual festival, and as a free service to support the regional arts community. The e-newsletter was mailed regularly to actors, producers, theater companies, the arts media, and theater fans.

Pittsburgh Theatre News
Presented by the Pittsburgh New Works Festival
March 7, 2002

1. Sunday Night Live 10th Anniversary set for this Sunday
2. Pulitzer Prize-winning play coming to Pittsburgh Public Theater
3. City Theatre to present Fuddy Mears lecture by CMU professor
4. Summer Company to hold auditions

Congratulations to Sunday Night Live for reaching a significant milestone! This week, SNL celebrates ten years of presenting play readings in Pittsburgh. The party is set for this Sunday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Penn Avenue Theatre in Bloomfield.

Live entertainment includes The Amazing Red Rob's Teenage Rock-n-Roll Beach Party Side-Show, starring Escape artist Rob Neill and his assistant, Samantha Camp; stand-up Comedy by Buzz Nutley and friends; Wali Jamal Abdullah; musical guests Amanda Denman and Ed Tarzia, Colette Schreiber and Don Cameron; Karen Dryer; comedy by Andy Zibritosky, the Lounge Lizard; fortune-teller Naomi Grodin; and poetry by Bob Scott.

Also, door prizes, food, Yuengling beer and more. Your Donation of $ 10.00 will help Sunday Night Live pursue 501C-3 non-profit Incorporation.

Upcoming SNL programs are:
APRIL 7: Faith, Hope and Love (a romantic comedy screenplay) by LeeAnn Fulena
APRIL 14: Ashes To Africa by Mark Clayton Southers
APRIL 28: Broken Reflections: Snow White II (a screenplay) by Jim Weldon
MAY 5: Raw Talent (a comedic screenplay) by Matthew Wolfarth.

Sunday Night Live is produced by Randy Laxton and Christopher Scott. For more details or to book plays, contact Christopher Scott at (412) 734-1784 (SNL Hotline) or e-mail cscott@c-wlaw.com.

Dinner with Friends, Donald MarguliesŐ contemporary drama that looks at the ups and downs of modern love and fidelity, will open on Friday, March 22 at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, downtown. Previews begin Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m.

This often funny, insightful drama stars Rufus Collins as Tom, Raye Lankford as Beth, Michael Oberlander as Gabe, and, Henny Russell as Karen, and is directed by Michael Montel. "This is a very important, modern play where many in the audience will recognize themselves or someone they know," said PPTŐs Artistic Director Ted Pappas. "We have four incredibly talented actors and a brilliant director that will bring this production to life."

The design team includes Bill Clarke (set designer), Lorraine Venberg (costume designer), and Marilyn Rennagel (lighting designer), and Zach Moore (sound designer). Fred Noel is the production stage manager, and Alison Paleos is assistant stage manager. Gregory D. Sendler is composing the music.

The play runs through April 14, with performances Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m., and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on March 30, and April 6 and 13. Tickets range from $21 to 43. Full-time students or anyone 26 and under, with valid ID, may purchase advance tickets for $10 (available at door for Friday and Saturday evening performances).

For tickets and further information, call 412-316-1600 or visit the PublicŐs Box Office at the OŐReilly Theater, 621 Penn Avenue. Tickets and more information are also available at www.ppt.org. Groups (10 or more) interested in discounted tickets should call Catherine Craig at (412) 316-8200, ext. 704.

Dinner with Friends is sponsored by Alpern, Rosenthal and Company.

Also, the PPT's Mondays with the Public series continues with this production, on March 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Helen Wayne Rauh Rehearsal Hall. It's free, however, reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling the box office at (412) 316-1600.

Lost in the Funhouse: The Persistence of Self in Fuddy Meers will be the topic of a post-show discussion led by Michael Witmore, professor at Carnegie Mellon University, on Sunday, March 10 after the 2 p.m. matinee (about 4 p.m) at City Theatre, South Side.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and is part of the City Specials series at City Theatre. Call 412-431-CITY for more details.

SUMMER COMPANY TO HOLD AUDITIONS Auditions for Summer Company's The Madwoman of Chillot by Jean Giraudoux (running June 6 through15),and Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen (running July 18 through 27), will be held on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 from 3 to 6 pm. in the Peter Mills Auditorium, Rockwell Hall on the Duquesne University Campus.

Both plays will be directed by John E. Lane, Jr. Auditions are by appointment. Call Steve Fatla at 412-578-6685 to arrange your time.


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