Pittsburgh Public Theater's 28th season in fall 2002 will include the Pennsylvania premiere of the distinguished Canadian play, The Drawer Boy and artistic director Ted Pappas' stagings of Much Ado About Nothing and Man of La Mancha.
The resident nonprofit, in the O'Reilly Theatre in downtown Pittsburgh, announced its season Feb. 25. The season begins with Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (Sept. 26-Oct. 27), directed by Pappas; and continues with Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy Nov. 7-Dec. 8; the Cervantes-inspired musical, Man of La Mancha, Jan. 30-March 2, 2003; August Wilson's Pittsburgh-set Pulitzer Prize-winner The Piano Lesson March 13-April 13, 2003 (it's the only Wilson play not yet produced by Pitt Public); Michael Healey's comedy-drama The Drawer Boy, about two eccentric Canadian farmers who have been lifelong friends, April 23-May 25 , 2003; and a work to be announced June 5-July 6, 2003.
Additional shows in the 2002-2003 season are a visit by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, offers the new show, The Reducers, and the favorite, The History of America (abridged), Dec. 17-Jan. 5, 2003; a visit by monologuist Spalding Gray, performing Morning, Noon and Night, Jan. 9-10, 2003; Moises Kaufman's The Laramie Project, presented by the The Young Company of Pittsburgh Public Theater, July 18-28, 2003.
For ticket information, call (412) 316-1600 or visit www.ppt.org.
— By Kenneth Jones