1. Gompers at
the City Theatre
2. Mrs. Shakespeare -The Bard's Wife Emerges from Literature’s Shadows
3. Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawai'i
4. Symphony with a Splash
5. The King & I
Man Walking at the Pittsburgh Opera
7. Upcoming-Benefit Auction of fine art photographs at the Silver Eye
May 6 May 30, 2004
By Adam Rapp
Tickets $10 student, $20-$30 faculty/staff through PITT ARTS, 929 WPU.
Directed by Tracy Brigden
Featuring Anthony Rapp (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Robin Walsh and
The town of Gompers has seen better days. Ever since the mill closed, it’s
been a slow decline to small-time crime and big-time disappointment. But
when a blue Jesus appears walking on water and a golden greyhound is born
under a tree, the citizens of Gompers learn how elusive a true miracle can
be. From the author of City Theatre’s Blackbird.
2. Mrs. Shakespeare -The Bard's Wife Emerges From Literature’s Shadows
Sat., May 15 at 8 pm and Sun., May 16 at 2 pm
Center of Light, 9799 Laurel Ave., North Huntingdon, PA
Tickets-$12 or $10 for seniors & students, $22 for reserved seating and
Saturday night post-show reception. Call Center of Light: 724-864-3020
Illuminating one of literature’s mysteries, actress and writer Yvonne
Hudson interweaves sonnets, soliloquies, and songs from Shakespeare’s
works with her original script when she appears as Mrs. Shakespeare:
Will’s first and last love.
A production of New Place Collaborations, the 75-minute solo performance
allows the character of Anne Hathaway Shakespeare to give an intimate
account of her marriage to a famous glover’s son from Stratford-Upon-Avon
as she asks the audience "Did you know Shakespeare had a wife?" Mrs.
Shakespeare depicts the highs and lows of the Shakespeares’ life together
and some 23 years they spent apart, featuring speeches by characters from
18 plays and Elizabethan songs.
"Anne discovers her own voice in Mrs. Shakespeare," says Ms. Hudson, who
communications director for the University of Pittsburgh's Department of
Theatre Arts where she earned a master's degree and is continuing Ph.D.
studies. "She finds that many of her husband’s words capture her own
emotions, illustrating the universality of Shakespeare’s works. My script
also conveys how William Shakespeare’s life experiences are clearly
reflected in the plays and sonnets."
At Center of Light, audiences members will enjoy pre-show piano selections
a half hour before curtain and opportunities to talk with Hudson follow
the performances. On Saturday, patrons may also reserved seating and a
post-show reception package. The Sunday performance will be followed by an
The Center of Light is located off Route 30, just west of the Irwin PA
turnpike exit in North Huntingdon. Call or visit the Center web site for
3. Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawai'i
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
opens May 15
Admission: Free for Members & Children under 3, $10 for Adults.
$7 for Seniors/Children 3-18/Students with valid ID.
The trade winds blow a tropical breeze into Pittsburgh this summer as
Carnegie Museum of Natural History presents Remains of a Rainbow: Rare
Plants and Animals of Hawai'i, a traveling exhibit featuring
spectacular photographs of the amazing plants and animals that call the
50th state home.
Many of these species are on the very brink of extinction. It has been
said that more species have been lost in Hawai'i during the past 200 years
than in the whole of North America since Columbus. Remains of a Rainbow
glories in flora and fauna found nowhere else on our planet. Hawaiian
plants and animals from CMNH collections will also be on display.
4 . Symphony with a Splash
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Thursday, May 13
Happy Hour - 5:00 PM, Concert - 6:45 PM
Tickets $10 for students and $13 for faculty/staff through PITT ARTS, 929
WPU. Deadline for orders Thursday at noon.
Classical music isn't all European -- American Classical music has a
vibe of its own, styled after our culture, history and unique
influences. Enjoy the sound and spirit of America's classics, from brass
bands, Broadway, jazz and yes, Liberace (!) at this concert of our own
The coolest networking happy hour, mixes with one of the world's best
orchestras at the Pittsburgh Symphony's brand new Symphony with a
Splash Concert Series.
At Symphony With A Splash Concerts, Pittsburgh Symphony
Heinz Hall becomes the Pittsburgh Symphony Lounge, where you can chill out
after work (and miss out on rush hour traffic), enjoy cocktails, live jazz
music and a light bite, while meeting and mingling with other young
Then, sit back, relax, and enjoy short shots of popular and innovative
classical music, in a behind-the-scenes style concert by the Pittsburgh
Hosted by Greg Sandow, composer, professor of Classical Music in a Pop
Music World at Julliard and music critic for the Wall Street Journal,
you'll discover inside angles, and new insights about the music you'll
hear and even walk away with new ways to listen to any music!
5. The King & I
Pittsburgh CLO performing at the Benedum Center
$12 tickets for students, $14 staff/faculty through PITT ARTS, 929 WPU
Roll out the red carpet for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I.
This regal musical blends romance, humor and heartbreak into one of the
most unique love stories of all time. Stage and television star Sandy
Duncan stars as a young English widow who just may teach the King of Siam
the lesson of a lifetime!
Walking, by Jake Heggie - Libretto by Terrence McNally
June 5, 8, 11, 13
$15 Student tickets through PITT ARTS, 929 WPU
A remorseless man on death row. A woman of God who seeks his spiritual
Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean that inspired the award-winning
film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, this critically acclaimed,
musically lush and socially relevant co-production is a powerful testament
to the coming of age of American opera.
Dead Man Walking is the centerpiece production for the first-ever National
Performing Arts Convention in Pittsburgh, June 2004.
7. Benefit Auction of fine-art photographs
Silver Eye Center for Photography
Saturday, May 22, 2004, at 10:00 a.m., at 1015 East Carson Street,
Pittsburgh’s historic South Side
Photography is selling briskly at auctions in New York and London
where virtually every gallery now represents the work of photographic
image-makers. Members of the general public as well as aficionados will
have plenty to discover in this year’s auction exhibition at Silver Eye.
Prints by established and emerging photographers from the western
Pennsylvania region mingle well with celebrated names from around the
Benefit Auction 2004 includes work by Lewis Hine , Charles “Teenie”
Harris, Zeke Berman, Ruth Bernhard , Esther Bubley, Dawoud Bey, Wendy
Ewald, Henry Horenstein, David Levinthal, Robert Lyons, Rosamond Wolff
Purcell, and Jerry Uelsmann, Charlee Brodsky, Pamela Bryan, Aaronel de Roy
Gruber, Annie O’Neill, Mark Perrott, Martin Prekop, Donald Robinson,
Joseph Seamans, William D. Wade and more.
Photographs in the
auction can be found at
By supporting the Silver Eye Benefit Auction, participants can have the
pleasure of adding to existing collections, or begin a collection, while
simultaneously contributing important revenue to a growing small-arts
organization in Pittsburgh. The income raised in this Benefit Auction will
go to support the exhibitions and programs of the organization.
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