Of Monsters & Men, Comedy & Cake

By: Amanda Narcisi

Another great staple of Pittsburgh is celebrating its 45th anniversary next year. The Pittsburgh Public Theater will welcome in the 2019/2020 season with an outrageous musical comedy, six amazing plays featuring three new voices and bringing in two “giants of American culture”. 

“For our 45th anniversary season, we want to fill The O’Reilly with laughter, music, and compelling stories that both delight and inspire us,” Ms. Kaminski says. “It’s going to be a productive year, with shows that strike a balance between muscle and heart, power and justice, the sweetness and sting of young love. We can’t wait to share it.” 

After the roaring success of the 2018/2019 season, Welcome Home, the following shows and events will continue to pack the house and set the stage alive. 

September 12 – October 13, 2019

A Few Good Men

By Aaron Sorkin

    “You Can’t Handle the Truth” We can’t say any more than that to stress the captivating stage adaptation of A Few Good Men. Aaron Sorkin has long shock audiences with other tv shows and films like West Wing and Steve Jobs. This adaptation will take you back to the courtroom where two young marine lives are in the balance after conducting a code red on a fellow soldier at the command of an officer. It is pure drama.

November 7 – December 8, 2019

School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

By Jocelyn Bioh

    School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, brings a unique tale of Jocelyn Bioh’s mother when she emigrated from Ghana. Her mother was in a boarding school in 1986 when there was a pageant for Miss Ghana and a chance at Miss Universe. Paulina was the “it” girl and assumed she would win; however, her popularity started to plummet, and the idea of beauty is only skin deep.


December 12 – December 22, 2019

Yinzer Yuletide

Make The Public Your Holiday Hub!

For two weeks during December, the O’Reilly is being transformed into the place to be for a yinzer holiday! Pittsburgh Public Theater will pay homage to the department store windows of yesteryear, there will be shopping and shows for the whole family. During the evening there will be events for adults with frosty cocktails and live music. Stay tuned for more information on this specific event!

January 23 – February 23, 2020

Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman

Music by Alan Menken

“Feed Me, Seymour!!!” This classic musical graces the stage in January and is a great rocking time. Seymour works at Mushnik’s Florists and has found a rare plant that turns out to have quite the appetite…FOR PEOPLE! This musical will have you singing along and dancing in the isles.

March 5 – April 5, 2020

American Son

By Christopher Demos-Brown

Kendra, a black woman, and professor of psychology and her estranged husband Scott, a white FBI agent end up in a police station over their son Jamal, who is being “identified in an incident”. It is a tale of race, gender and equality, and the dynamics when an African-American intersects with law enforcement.

April 23 – May 24, 2020

Barefoot in the Park

By Neil Simon

    Barefoot in the Park was Neil Simon’s first Broadway smash when it debuted in 1963. Barefoot in the Park is set in NYC right after the honeymoon of Corie, a free spirit and Paul, a button-up lawyer. It is a great romantic comedy that proves love never fades.

June 4 – July 3, 2020

The Cake

By Bekah Brunstetter

    Della lives and owns a bakery in Winston, North Carolina. When Jen returns to Winston from New York and announces a wedding, Della is excited to make the cake, until she finds out Jen is marrying a woman. This fantastic play about same-sex and the Bible Belt is a new play by Bekah Brunstetter, a celebrated writer of TV’s “This is Us.”

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