Season 43 at Pittsburgh Public Theater

By: Amanda Narcisi

This fall brings the end of an era when Ted Pappas departs Pittsburgh Public Theater and he has personally picked the last of his seven shows.  

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The season starts with EQUUS. Equus is a sensational broadway play where a teenage stable boy commits a major crime and the psychiatrist who tries to exorcise his demons. Equus opens on September 28th and closes October 29th with various shows in-between.

The Humans is the winner of Best Play in 2016 Tony Awards and will be at Pittsburgh Public Theater from November 9th through December 10th. The Humans is about Brigid and Richard and there new home and the Thanksgiving dinner that shortly follows filled with family and current events and the feelings that resonate with everyone today.

Rocky Bleier returns for a special engagement of Rocky Bleier in The Play. This will be a special nine show run where this one man play tells Rocky’s story from Football to War and back again including his Super Bowl run with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Play runs December 8th through January 6th, 2018.

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is ruckus comedy about ancient Rome and includes togas and an amazing score of songs. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is runs January 25th through February 25th.

Hisenberg is a new age story about a boy, Georgie, meets and kisses a girl, Alex, and is instantly captivated by her fire and spunk. Hisenberg is by Simon Stephens who won a Tony for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Hisenberg runs from March 8th through April 8th.

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To finish out the season Pittsburgh Public Theater brings two Shakespearean events to the O’Reilly Theater. On April 19th Hamlet opens with the classic story of a young man who is in turmoil over the king, his father, murdered by his uncle and then wears the crown and marries his mother. Hamlet feels the need to justify his fathers murder and also wrestles with murder is a sin.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company returns to Pittsburgh Public Theater for a new hilarious play that brings all the best character from all of Shakespeare works and combined them and their famous lines and monologues. William Shakespeare’s Long Lost Play opens on May 31st and runs through July 1st.

All plays take place at The O”Reilly Theater. Each show will have various showtimes throughout the week. Six-play packages are available online at or at 412-316-1600 and individual tickets will start around August or September. All photos from Pittsburgh Public Theater website.