Pittsburgh Public's New Season Has Red, Freud's Last Session, Coward, Sophocles and More | Playbill

News Pittsburgh Public's New Season Has Red, Freud's Last Session, Coward, Sophocles and More
Pittsburgh Public Theater's 2011-12 season will include six productions, including two two-character dramas — the hot Broadway title Red and Off-Broadway's popular Freud's Last Session.

John Logan
John Logan

Producing artistic director Ted Pappas announced the 2011-12 subscription series on Feb. 1. The season will run September 2011 to June 2012 at the O'Reilly Theater, PPT's home in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, PA's cultural district.

Here's the season at a glance:

By Sophocles
Adapted by Frank McGuinness
Directed by Ted Pappas
Sept. 29-Oct. 30

"New stagings of ancient Greek plays are a signature of The Public's leader, Ted Pappas. After acclaimed productions of Medea and Oedipus the King, he will now thrill audiences with a gripping Electra, the story of a family torn apart by adultery, assassination and revenge. The tragic tale of the deceitful Clytemnestra and her fanatical children, Electra and Orestes, will be told in a crystal-clear adaptation packed with action and suspense."

By John Logan
Directed by Pamela Berlin
Nov. 10-Dec. 11

"First produced by London's Donmar Warehouse, Red then jumped to Broadway and won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play. The setting is the studio of temperamental Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko, who in 1958 accepted a commission to create paintings for The Four Seasons restaurant in New York. As he works with his young assistant, this rare commercial project leads to intense discussions about the purpose of art. Logan is the acclaimed screenwriter of 'Gladiator' and 'The Aviator.'"

As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ted Pappas
Jan. 19-Feb. 19, 2012

"Smart, feisty and funny, the role of Rosalind is one of The Bard's greatest inventions. At the palace, Rosalind and Orlando fall for each other at first sight, but their courtship is cut short when she is banished by the Duke. Disguised as a boy, Rosalind flees into the Forest of Arden, only to meet Orlando once again. What ensues for Rosalind and her companions is described as a triumph of Shakespearean romantic comedy. As You Like It is sure to create the same sense of enchantment and delight as The Public's recent A Midsummer Night's Dream." Freud's Last Session
By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Mary Robinson
March 1-April 1, 2012

"Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud pioneered the Id, the Ego and the Superego. Writer C.S. Lewis created 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.' Two men, both brilliant, yet vastly different: Freud the atheist, Lewis the believer. In this new play, which has been drawing record-breaking crowds in New York, they meet in 1939 as England goes to war against the Nazis. Their evening of electrifying conversation about God, love, sex, and the meaning of life will spark controversy long after the show is over."

Around the World in 80 Days
Based on the novel by Jules Verne
By Mark Brown
Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
April 12-May 13, 2012

"The year is 1872 and Phileas Fogg has accepted a bet to travel around the globe in record time in this classic novel brought to theatrical life. With his eccentric French manservant, the unflappable Fogg encounters a monsoon at sea, boards a runaway train and rescues an Indian princess, among other daring adventures. Five actors play dozens of outrageous characters in this mini-epic frothing with madcap excitement."

Private Lives
By Noel Coward
Directed by Ted Pappas
May 24-June 24, 2012

"After a tempestuous marriage, Amanda and Elyot got divorced. Just a few years later, however, each goes to the altar again — Amanda with Victor, and Elyot with Sibyl. Honeymooning at the same seaside hotel, a shared balcony is the fuse that detonates this sizzling comedy when the newlyweds discover they have rooms next to each other. Noel Coward’s masterpiece about the lunacy of love radiates with diamond-bright wit and style to burn."

For subscription information, call (412) 316-1600 or visit ppt.org.

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