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Pittsburgh New Works Festival Announces New Plays, New Venue, and New Format

Press release regarding the Pittsburgh New Works Festival's 23rd season including information about the plays being performed, change of performance venue, and new performance format.

Pittsburgh, PA, July 14, 2013 --( When the 2013 Pittsburgh New Works Festival takes to the stage this September, it will be more than just the 18 scripts that are new. To kick off its twenty-third season, the Festival will feature a new venue and a new performance format.

Off The Wall Theatre in Carnegie will be the new home for the Festival. According to PNWF President Claire DeMarco, “We were so impressed with the Off The Wall space. It is so beautiful and so well-equipped. And we know our patrons will enjoy the convenient parking right across the street and easy access to Carnegie’s many restaurants and shops!”

Another change will be the schedule. The Festival will run September 5-29 and the plays have been assigned to Programs A, B, C, and D. The first week Programs A and B will run in repertory with Program A on Thursday night, Program B on Friday night, Program A will play the Saturday matinee with Program B in the evening. Week one will close with Program A. The order will be reversed during the second week with Program B beginning the week on Thursday. Programs C and D will run in repertory the second week. A full schedule can be found at

Festival Managing Director Lora Oxenreiter said, “So often our patrons had to miss an entire program because they were on vacation during one week of the Festival. Now that’s no longer an issue.” She continued, “Also, this means someone could see six of the shows on a Saturday, enjoying a meal of one of Carnegie’s restaurants between the matinee and the evening.” Oxenreiter added, “Best of all, regular attendees of the Festival who are used to attending on a particular night, don’t have to make any adjustments.”

The Festival received a record number of submissions, more than 250 in total, coming from as far away as India, Finland, and Israel. Five Pittsburgh playwrights are represented among the eighteen plays selected.

Program A includes: All Things to All People by Kyle Zielinsky of Bethel Park, PA (produced by the Baldwin Players), Suddenly, Last Supper by David Katzin of Pittsburgh (produced by the Summer Company) and Moon Over Gomorrah by Byron Wilmot of Rochester, NY (produced by The Red Masquers).

Program B features: Unveiled by J. Thalia Cunningham of Delmar, NY (produced by CCAC South), The Perhaps by F. J. Hartland of South Park, PA (produced by Stage Right) and The Test by Pauline Shur of Latham, NY (produced by Cup-A-Jo).

Program C is comprised of: Bored of Education by Georgina Marsh of Mayville, NY (produced by The Theatre Factory), Even by Karen Lewis of Saranac Lake, NY (produced by Phase 3 Productions) and One 2nd by Sara Baines-Miller of Pittsburgh (produced by Greensburg Civic Theatre).

Program D will show: Dinner Theatre of the Absurd by Mike Melczak of Oakmont, PA (produced by McKeesport Little Theatre), Whistleblower by Carolyn Kras of La Grange, IL (produced by The Heritage Players) and Hotline by Cheryl Navo of American Armed Forces, Europe (produced by Thoreau MN).

Two weeks of readings that are free to the public will kick off the Festival. On August 18 will be Waiting for Dr. Hoffman by Michelle Willens of New York City (produced by Comtra), Ch-ch-ch by Mark Cornell of Chapel Hill, NC (produced by 12 Peers Theatre) and Witness Seven by David Clow of South Passadena, CA. August 25 will feature A Cricket, A Grasshopper by Tal Rayman of Tel Aviv, Israel (produced by Pittsburgh New Works Festival), What Grows Back by Hilary King of Avondale Estates, GA (produced by Actors Civic Theatre) and I Love You, Lynn Swan by Michael Soloway of Denver, CO (produced by New Horizon Theatre).

The Pittsburgh New Works Festival is celebrating its 23rd year of bringing together Pittsburgh region theatre companies to produce world premieres of new plays.

For more information about the plays, new location and schedule, see the Pittsburgh New Works website at
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