PNWF 2011 ImageDo something new.

        18 theatre companies.  18 new plays.




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Performances will be held at the Father Ryan Arts Center located at 420 Chartiers Avenue in McKees Rocks.  Free off street parking is available.


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2011 Pittsburgh New Works Festival


Join 18 Pittsburgh region theatre companies as they bring 18 new plays from all over the world to the stage for the very first time!  YOU can be a part of it!   Do it your way.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show or, if you feel adventurous, give the playwrights your opinions and help them shape the future of the plays.  Try doing that with Shakespeare!


Each weekend brings three never before produced plays, each from a different theatre company.  It's a variety that can't be beat!  See a single night for just $10 per ticket or see all four weekends of the festival for only $25.  It's the best theatre deal in town! 

Mainstage Schedule


September 8 - October 2, 2011

Thursday-Friday at 8pm         
Saturday at 5 and 8pm           Sunday at 2pm

Week 2

September 15 - 18 


A Stitch in Time Saves Nine 

Written by Robert Isenberg
Produced by Summer Company

Two ex-lovers meet after five years of estrangement. One believes that the meeting is a happy accident. The other comes bearing news.


Funeral in the Rain

Written by F.J. Hartland
Produced by McKeesport Little Theater
Eleven characters. Eleven umbrellas. One life.


Off-Color Remarks
Written by Andrew Ade
Produced by CCAC
An unlikely pair, an elderly man and a teenage boy, forced to interact in an art gallery, negotiate an understanding of painting, women and personal integrity.

Week 3

September 22 - 25 



Written by Don Gordon
Produced by Thoreau NM
Henry and Estelle meet in a bar. They spend five hours together sharing their views on love, loneliness, fears, failures, horse racing and Estelle's one brief, unforgettable, experience with another woman. By closing time the inevitable couldn't be more obvious. It just might be a love story.


Written by Kim Zelonis Dale
Produced by The Theatre Factory
Meg discovers how strange motherhood can be when faced Gillian, a proselytizer of the breast pump.  Meg has no interest in hooking herself up to a machine like a cow at a dairy farm, but Gillian convinces her to give it a try. Pump is an only slightly exaggerated depiction of the bizarre ritual of breast milk expression.


The Horse We Rode in On
Written by Barbara Miller
Produced by Baldwin Players Theater
Joe and Ann Givens decide it is high time they set some boundaries, discipline their children and take control of their own lives.


Week 4

September 29 - October 2 


Strutting and Fretting 

Written by Matt Henderson

Produced by Cup-A-Jo Productions
Two aging actors, caught up in the importance of appearance, learn an interesting life lesson.


Sleeping With Strangers
Written by Jack Karp
Produced by The Rage of the Stage Players
A pair of lovers learn that we don't really fall in love with another person, as much as we fall in love with who we imagine that person to be.


Red Brick Road
Written by Sara Baines-Miller
Produced by Phase 3 Productions
A woman, abused as a child, relives the horrors and, together, with the help of her lost inner child, confronts her abuser.

About Us
The Pittsburgh New Works Festival is dedicated to fostering the development of original one-act plays. PNWF is an annual event. Each September, 18 new one-act plays are produced by different theater companies during the four weeks of the festival.


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Pittsburgh New Works Festival

P.O. Box 42419

Pittsburgh, PA 15203




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