Pittsburgh Public's 2013-14 Season Will Feature Our Town, True West, Company, Candida and More

By Michael Gioia
March 5, 2013

The Pittsburgh Public Theater has announced the lineup for its 2013-14 season, which asks the question, "What is a masterpiece?" Thornton Wilder's Our Town will be the first in the six-work season, which begins Sept. 26.



"The Masterpiece Season" is under the producing artistic direction of Ted Pappas. For more information and tickets, call (412) 316-1600 or visit PPT.org.

Here's a glance at the season:

Our Town
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Ted Pappas
Sept. 26–Oct. 27, 2013

"A story that is simple yet profound. A work of unparalleled imagination and heart. A stunning theatrical achievement that captures the experience of living in the moment. These are just a few reasons why Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town is America’s most acclaimed play. An iconic play deserves an iconic star, so we are thrilled to announce that Pittsburgh’s most beloved actor, Tom Atkins, will perform the legendary role of the Stage Manager."

True West
By Sam Shepard
Nov. 7-Dec. 8, 2013

"Two estranged brothers find themselves together in a house near the desert. One is a writer and a family man. The other is a drifter and a thief. Their epic rivalry has made this grand and mythic story Sam Shepard’s most famous play. Full of twists, action, insight, and gritty humor, True West has been a magnet for charismatic actors since its debut in 1980."

Company
Book by George Furth. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed and choreographed by Ted Pappas
Jan. 23–Feb. 23, 2014

"When Company opened in 1970 it swept the Tony Awards and propelled the Broadway musical into a new era. Set in Manhattan, Company features five married couples, three single gals — and Bobby, the only eligible bachelor in the group. Through scenes and songs they celebrate and scrutinize married life and its alternatives. These hilarious, neurotic New Yorkers are ambiguous about their relationships, but the emotional impact of Sondheim’s songs – such as 'Being Alive,' 'The Ladies Who Lunch' and 'Another Hundred People' – is crystal clear."

An Iliad
Adapted from Homer
By Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare. Translation by Robert Fagles
March 6–April 6, 2014

"Combining the majestic language of Homer with the informal way we speak today, An Iliad unleashes the thrilling tales of the Trojan War and delves into the psychology of passion and rage, ancient and modern. In this tour-de-force, one actor plays the Greek classic’s famous characters: Achilles, Hector, Agamemnon, and the beautiful Helen of Troy. Gods such as Athena and Hermes come and go. Colorful and emotionally charged, these accounts look at the impulses that drive people into battle, and ultimately reveal that human nature has not changed much in 2,000 years."

Candida
By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Ted Pappas
April 17–May 18, 2014

"Candida was a smash when it premiered in 1903 and is still a triumph of sophistication. In this sparkling comedy, Candida is in the middle of a romantic tug of war between husband James Morell, the practical parson, and Eugene Marchbanks, the passionate poet. They are surrounded by her uproarious provincial father and Morell’s eccentric staff, but it is love and marriage that are the targets of Shaw’s celebrated wit. Gretchen Egolf, the radiant Rosalind of As You Like It, will return to The Public to dazzle audiences in the role of Candida."

Noises Off
By Michael Frayn
May 29–June 29, 2014

"When the brilliant Noises Off begins, a troupe of English actors is rehearsing the sex comedy Nothing On. As we eavesdrop, the director explains his theatrical philosophy: 'Bang you’re on. Bang you’ve said it. Bang you’re off.' If only things would go that smoothly. But with these thespians, including the dim-witted starlet, the method actor without motivation, and the leading lady on her last legs, it’s total chaos and non-stop laughter."