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2014 SEPTEMBER 4 thru SEPTEMBER 28 at

OFF THE WALL THEATER Pittsburgh New Works Festival P.O. Box 42419 Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Dear Patrons,


Welcome to the 24th season of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival and our 2nd season at Off the Wall Theater!!! We had a wonderful season last year in our new home and are looking forward to an even better one this year! And, again, we send our special thanks to Hans and Ginny Gruenert from Off the Wall Theater, the Carnegie Arts Initiative, Carnegie Community Development Corporation, Mayor Kobistek and the borough council for their continued support and encouragement. The number of plays submitted this year was 228, including, 4 from Australia, 5 from Canada, 2 from India, 1 from Nigeria, and 2 from the United Kingdom. One play came from the Merchant Marine Corp Base in Ipswitch, MA. Thirty-one states were represented with Pennsylvania, New York and California having the largest number of submissions. It is exciting to watch the festival grow and have so many of the theater companies continue to participate with us each season. Two new theater companies and another returning, after a few years hiatus, will be joining the PNWF family: The Company of Pittsburgh, R-Act Theatre Productions and Prime Stage. Welcome! We hope you will continue to follow us throughout the year on our website at www.pittsburghnew, on Facebook and Twitter. Next year will be PNWF's 25th season so look for special events and write ups about this special occasion. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Susan McGregor-Laine who will be honored at our Gala, on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Cefalo's in Carnegie. We'll be presenting the “Donna Awards” to this year's best playwright, lead actor and actress, supporting actor and actress, best director and best production. You can make reservations on our website or pay at the Box Office. Please join us at the Gala!!! As always, thank you for attending the festival and enjoy!!! Claire DeMarco, President, PNWF Board of Directors


Welcome Staff Staff Bios Program A

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(9/4, 9/12, 9/13 @ 8pm, 9/6 @ 5pm, 9/7 @ 2 pm)

Last Night Crisis on Infinite Earths Some Guy at the Airport Program B

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Lovie’s Spring The Constant Companion Raghead Program C

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The Other Half The Academy of Super Heroes Close Your Eyes Program D

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Scattered Sleeping Aide The Field

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(9/5, 9/6, 9/11 @ 8pm, 9/13 @ 5pm, 9/14 @ 2pm)

(9/18, 9/26, 9/27 @ 8pm, 9/20 @5pm, 9/21 @ 2pm)

(9/19, 9/20, 9/25 @ 8pm, 9/27 @ 5pm, 9/28 @ 2pm)

Board of Directors Gala Judging Big Thanks Staged Readings Lifetime Achievement FESTIVAL STAFF Festival Director Managing Director Readings Coordinator Play Selection Manager Audition Coordinator House Mgr./MC Award Tabulation Marketing/PR

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Mindy Rossi -Stabler Lora Oxenreiter Claire DeMarco John Lane Arran Harland Arran Harland Paul Block Andy Coleman Brian Edward Program Lora Oxenreiter Gala Coordinator Brian Edward Web Master Dek Ingraham Production Manager J.R. Shaw Asst. Production Manager Michele Betts Lighting Designer J.R. Shaw

PNWF MISSION STATEMENT The Pittsburgh New Works Festival encourages and supports the writing and production of original plays by bringing together the rich resources and expertise of Western Pennsylvania’s theater community in a series of related collaborative activities.


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STAFF BIOS J.R. SHAW (Production Manager) is thrilled to be returning to the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. This is his second year as Production Manager for the festival and his third as Lighting Designer. In addition, he is both a founding member and production manager for Phase 3 Productions. His designs have been seen for such diverse local companies as South Park Theater, Prime Stage Theater, 12 Peers Theater, Pittsburgh Playwrights, Act One Theater School and many more. MICHELE BETTS (Asst. Production Manager) is a classical vocalist who has performed with The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh and The Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh for many years. Her performance productions include; Jazz Opera: Just Above my Head, Marriage of Figaro, Carmen Jones, Lost in the Stars, Djamiileh, Die Fledermaus, Porgy and Bess and more. This is the third year for Michele as the Assistant Production Manager for the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Michele’s company Production at its “BETTS” is currently the production specialist for several art, theatre and dance companies including Afrika Yetu, Actor Civic Theatre (ACT), Kuntu Repertory Theatre, WACONGO Dance Company, Balafon Dance, Legacy Arts Project, Mary Miller and more. Her most recent productions include; Nothin’ But The Blues, Varney the Vampire, Black River, Kidri, Unbuntu, Dace Africa, Black River, Happy Endings and Day of Absence; Pump Boys and the Dinettes, Nunsense, Mahalia Jackson; Standing on Holy Ground, The City Wide Kwanzaa along with Winter in America and PEACE for the National Black Theatre Festival Winston-Salem, NC.

PNWF BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Claire DeMarco President Nancy Batko Treasurer Cathy Gialloreto Secretary Mindy Rossi-Stabler Festival Director Lora Oxenreiter Managing Director Michele Betts Michael Buzzelli Andy Coleman Brian Edward Arran Harland Dek Ingraham John Lane Every member of the Board of Directors is proud to financially support Pittsburgh New Works Festival. |





Dale Hess

Cast: Zach Sebastian Mackenzie

Stephen Wilson Travis Koury Siovhan Christensen

Producer John Lane Director Marsha Mayhak Synopsis: Twenty-something Zach, gets more than he bargained for on an Internet date. We look at two relationships, one new, one established, and see how something can change us drastically when we least expect it.

STEPHEN WILSON (Zach) is thrilled to be on stage again in his debut performance for The Pittsburgh New Works Festival. His most recent roles have been with the local theater group Stage and Steel, which produces original medieval-themed plays focusing on stage combat. He has also played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Biff in Death of a Salesman for the Charleston Stage Company in West Virginia. Stephen thanks his family, friends, and everyone else who supports community theater. TRAVIS KOURY (Sebastian) is an actor, comedian and an improviser working out of Arcade Comedy Theater, Unplanned Comedy Pittsburgh and Steel City Improv Theater. He is currently a program director and instructor at Arcade Comedy Theater and co-hosts the Pittsburgh Improv Jam with Well Known Strangers at The Pittsburgh CLO. Stage: Fatboy, Rein In The People, Live Read: The Goonies. Film: The Feeling of Falling, We Should Be Together, Hunter Family Gathering. SIOVHAN CHRISTENSEN (Mackenzie) is thrilled to be performing in her first production for the PNWF. She is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, and has performed on stages around the country and in Europe. She is a Pittsburgh native and is happy to be back in the city. She thanks her family for their continued support.



MARSHA MAYHAK (Director) is a senior at Duquesne University, majoring in Theater Arts and English Literature. This is her third year working with the festival, but her first as a director. Over the past few years, Marsha has done a variety of work with Duquesne’s Red Masquers, Gemini Children’s Theater, and The Summer Company.

DALE HESS (Playwright) is a Pittsburgh native and studied theater at the Univ. of Pittsburgh, with concentrations in stage management and lighting design. He grew up in the South Hills but currently resides in the East End. With the exception of a few 24 hour ten minute play festivals, this is his first play. He is very excited to be a part of such a wonderful festival that celebrates new works.

Red Masquers 2014/2015 Season I Am a Camera By John Van Druten October 2-4 and 9-11 Starlight Room Cabaret November 1 Premieres XXXVIII December 3-6 A Chaste Maid in Cheapside By Thomas Middleton February 5-7 and 12-14 Album By David Rimmer April 16-18 and 23-25 One Acts for Charity April 29 All shows begin at 8pm in Peter Mills Auditorium. $10 General Admission $5 for Students, or free with Duquesne ID, Carlow ID, or Red Masquers Card.

MISSION STATEMENT The Duquesne University Red Masquers is proud to lay claim to being the oldest amateur theater company in Pittsburgh. Known as the Red Masquers since 1914, the group traces its roots back to the late 1800s.



Chris Gavaler

Cast: Art Bob Clifford Priest

Bruce E. Travers Bruno Plodun William “Mikey” Rogers Josef Landon

Producer Stage Manager Director

Jay Breckenridge Nicole Zalak Carol Schafer

Synopsis: Three workmen debate super heroes while moving statues in a church. BRUCE E. TRAVERS (Art) is performing in his second Pittsburgh New Works Festival production. Three years ago, he played an Iraqi baker in Bread. He just completed a run in Red Barn Theatre’s Old Love. He has previously starred in Comtra Theatre’s Deathtrap, Leading Ladies, The Crucible, My Fair Lady, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He performed in CTP’s Rumors and Baldwin Players’ Dracula and Witness for the Prosecution. He was seen in the Kean Theatre’s productions of 12 Angry Men and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Bruce resides in Ross Township with his wife Robyn and stepson James, and thanks them for their support. Enjoy the show! BRUNO PLODUN (Bob) is excited to work with both The Heritage Players and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival for the first time. WILLIAM “MIKEY” ROGERS (Clifford) is a junior theatre major at California University of Pennsylvania. Previous roles include 9 to 5: The Musical (Dwayne), Dissolution of a Delicate Soul (Boy), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius). This is his first PNWF performance and he is extremely grateful to be working with such a talented team! JOSEF LANDON (Priest) is thrilled to be performing with Heritage Players for the Pittsburg New Works Festival. He counts Amadeus (Emperor) and The Grapes of Wrath (Mayor of Hooverville) among his favorite roles. Most recently, Josef served as stage manager for No Name Players’ Evil Dead: The Musical. NICOLE ZALAK (Stage Manager) recently finished college with her degree in Theatre Performance and Directing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. There she staged Tammy Ryan’s Lindsay’s Oyster. She finished off her college career directing her Senior Thesis, David Mamet’s Oleanna, and most recently, directed a production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible with The Heritage Players. This is her first time involved with the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.



JAY BRECKENRIDGE (Producer) has just retired from his position as Professor of Theatre Arts at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport, where he developed and directed student productions each term for oh-somany years. He still performs throughout the region as a juggler, storyteller, and stilt walker. CAROL SCHAFER (Director) is Associate Professor of Theatre, Integrative Arts, and Women’s Studies at Penn State Beaver. She has previously worked in Texas and Virginia as a director, a producer, a dramaturge, and a playwright. CHRIS GAVALER (Playwright) is a four time winner of the Outstanding Playwright Award with Pittsburgh New Works Festival. He has published two novels, School For Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (Harper Collins 2002), and his short fiction appears in over three dozen national journals. He teaches at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and blogs about pop culture at



Patrick Rutledge

Cast: Dawn Rob

Jessie Cadle Sean David Butler

Producer Director

John Lane Jacob Wadsworth

Synopsis: It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that there’s something weird about Rob. That much is clear to Dawn from the moment she meets him at the airport terminal and he starts to show a talent for telling the future. There’s something strange about the man—and, as it turns out, the truth of the strangeness may intertwine her life with his in ways she could never imagine.

Heritage Players Upcoming Productions Little Women (the musical)

October 17-19, 24-26, 2014

Children’s Holiday Show

December, 2014


March, 2015


May, 2015

MISSION STATEMENT Formed in 1997 to bring live theater to the Bethel Park community, The Heritage Players provide opportunities for local actors, directors and designers—of various ages and levels of expertise—to develop their skills. They offer year -round theater workshops for children and adults as well as a season of theater productions. While maintaining storage and rehearsal space in the historic School House Arts Center, the group currently performs just up Park Avenue in Bethel Park Community Center.


JESSIE CADLE (Dawn) is honored to be a part of the New Works Festival. When not acting with a script, you can find Jessie making up words as she goes at the Arcade Comedy Theater downtown where she produces and performs improv comedy. From 9 to 5, she works as a copywriter for an advertising agency — though she's probably not proving she can write successfully with this bio. She'd like to thank the cast, director and writer for this opportunity and her friends and family for their love and support. SEAN DAVID BUTLER (Rob) is thrilled to be making his fourth appearance with the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, and his debut with the Summer Company. In last year’s festival, he worked with McKeesport Little Theater and their production of Dinner Theater for the Absurd (Eugene). Most recently, he was seen on and behind the MLT stage as both the understudy for Jebadiah and Assistant Director in Brian Edward’s Amish Burlesque. Some of his favorite credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Chief Bromden; MLT), 12 Angry Men (Juror #11; Prime Stage Theater), 110 Degrees in the Shade (Noah Curry; MLT), Romeo and Juliet (Capulet and Fight Captain; COPA of Point Park University), The Nerd (Rick Steadman; South Park Theater), and Spectator in The Dark Knight Rises. Sean would love to thank all those connected with the Festival for another amazing opportunity, The Summer Company for the chance to work with them, and his friends and family for their love and support.


JACOB WADSWORTH (Director) is incredibly grateful to be a part of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival for his fifth year. Over the past 5 years Jacob has been involved by stage managing, directing and being a play reading judge. In previous years with the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Jacob has directed Rub-A-Dub by Ronald Rae and Moon Over Gomorah by Byron Wilmot for the Duquesne University Red Masquers. Jacob is the recipient of the 2013 Donna Award for Outstanding Director for his direction of Moon Over Gomorah. When he isn’t doing theater, Jacob works as the Assistant to the Director of Reading Clinic at Duquesne University and as a staff member at the Gemini Children’s Theater. Jacob would like to thank The Summer Company for giving him this opportunity, the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, and Sean and Jessie for their great work and friendship.

PATRICK RUTLEDGE (Playwright) grew up in Dubois, PA with his mother and father, Joan and Steve, and his little brother Timmy and big sister Anna. He began his involvement with theater when he was eight years old and has wanted to be a writer ever since.


The Summer Company exists to produce quality productions of classical and soon to be classical plays in the company of friends.





Kelly Bancroft

Cast: Lovie Herman Mrs. Herman Dr. McIntosh Silas Nurse Coroner

Elizabeth Irvine Sandy Boggs Randy Berner Scott Vickinovak Linda Tracey Kennedy Michael Alexander

Producer J.R. Shaw Director Dek Ingraham Synopsis: Lovie Herman has suffered unexplained illness since she was a child , but neither she nor her mother have found relief for her withering pain. Traveling to Cleveland, the 19 year old small town girl has finally found a physician to diagnose her complaint that “serpents inside of her are slowly consuming her”. Based on a true story of a young woman in 1910, Lovie’s Spring explores the inner workings of a mystery that was never solved. The cause of death on her death certificate has been crossed-out. Are the serpents real or figments of her - and the doctor’s - imagination?

ELIZABETH IRVINE (Lovie Herman) is in the 10th grade at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12. She is there for theatre. She has appeared in Pittsburgh Shakespeare In the Parks’s production of The Tempest, and Brawling Bard’s production of The Complete Guide to Murder and Mayhem By Will Shakespear. She is fascinated with folklore, and has done numerous school projects on vampires, fairies, and other magical creatures. SANDY BOGGS (Mrs. Herman) is ecstatic to be performing with PNWF again, it's some of her favorite theater in Pittsburgh. For the last 8 years she's been spending her summers at South Park doing Children's Theater; directing, painting and mentoring young theater artists. She's done a lot of theater but the last two were a juxtaposition that challenged her most. She went from being Aunt Bella in Lost in Yonkers (Northern Lights Theater Company) to Uncle Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker (Carnegie Performing Arts Center) "And that's why I love theater!" I thank God, my husband and daughter, Dek, J.R., and Phase 3 for this opportunity. RANDY BERNER (Dr. McIntosh) is pumped to do his first role in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. While active in theater in college and afterward, it has just been the past year and a half with major support from his lovely wife Debra, that Randy has gotten back on the boards after 30 years away. Most recently he has appeared as Sir Nathaniel with the Poor Yorick Players in Love's Labours Lost in Monroeville and as Harry in Prisoner of Second Ave at the Apple Hill Playhouse. At the McKeesport Little Theater last year he received the 2013 Directors Choice Award for his role as Tito Merelli in Lend Me A Tenor. SCOTT VICKINOVAC (Silas) is pleased to take part in his third New Works Festival. His previous roles in the festival



include Bob in The Test as well as Parkhill in the staged reading of Witness Seven. He has also previously appeared in The Rage of the Stage Players productions of Oliver Twisted, Winnie-the-Pooh and the Seven Deadly Sins and Hooked. He has also appeared in productions with The Summer Company and McCaffery Mysteries. A 2010 graduate of IUP, Scott has been actively pursuing theatre since 2012, and is pleased to report that it is, in fact, the most rewarding thing to do with a B.A. in English. LINDA TRACEY KENNEDY (Nurse) played the daughter in The Man Who Came To Dinner for her first stage appearance at the age of 17. She has worked in summer stock,( 6 seasons) at Shawnee Theatre of Bloomfield in the state of Indiana and several productions at Terre Haute Community Theatre, also in the state of Indiana. When returning to Pittsburgh, she continued acting on stage and working in film and commercials. Her most loved roles were, as Beatric in The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man In The Moon Marigolds and as Amanda in The Glass Menagerie. MICHAEL ALEXANDER (Coroner) is very excited to be performing in his first New Works Festival in the role of the Coroner. He most recently appeared on the Mt. Lebanon High School stage as Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Other roles include Father Brendan Flynn in Doubt, John Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Mr. Mayor in Seussical. He will be attending the University of Pittsburgh in the fall, as well as auditioning for various colleges to pursue theatre. Michael would like to thank his friends, family, and anyone who has supported his dreams thus far. DEK INGRAHAM (Director) is originally from Ohio, where he attended Marietta College, majoring in Theatre with an emphasis in acting and directing. Dek is also a freelance actor and director. He has performed in more than 75 productions throughout Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He has appeared locally with Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, South Park Theatre, The Rage of the Stage Players, among others. As a director, he helmed the North American premiere of The Master's Boy and was Associate Director for the London premiere of The Guys.

KELLY BANCROFT (Playwright) Kelly’s play Arriving at Bessie, won the New Voice’s Award at Youngstown Playhouse. Lovie’s Spring was a finalist for the Tennessee Williams One Act Play Award. New to playwriting, Kelly’s prose and poetry has appeared in TIME, Puerto del Sole, and Mudfish. She is a recipient of two Ragdale Foundation fellowships and an Ohio Arts Council grant. She lives in Youngstown, OH.


THE CONSTANT COMPANION by Benjamin Dean Cast: Liz Fran

Candice Fisher Christina Bordini


Joanna Lowe

Synopsis: It is the future. Modern psychology, technology and robotics have entered the criminal justice system. LIZ has been sentenced to “learn how to live with herself.” Herself, in this case, is her genetically-derived cyborg clone. Her name is FRAN.

CANDICE FISHER (Liz) is excited to have the opportunity to take part in her first New Works Festival after last appearing on stage in 9 to 5: The Musical (Roz) with Mon River Arts. New York theatre:Singeasy! (Abingdon Theater Company) and the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown for the Titanic Artifact Exhibition in Times Square. Other favorite roles include: Noises Off (Poppy NortonTaylor), The Secret Garden (Martha), Bye, Bye Birdie (Ursula Merkle), and "Elizabeth DuBois," the hostess of Hundred Acres Manor. Education: AMDA NY, Pittsburgh CLO. CHRISTINA BORDINI (Fran) is a Pittsburgh native and is excited to be making her PNWF debut. Christina attended California Univ. of PA, where she acquired her BA in Theatre with a minor in Musical Theatre. She works at City Theatre, & also directs/performs in Hello Donny! A Showtunes Sing-Along at the CLO Cabaret Backstage Bar. Christina would like to thank her family & friends for their love & support.

MISSION STATEMENT Acting Beyond the Stage. Phase 3 Productions exists to bring thought-provoking, accessible theatre to the Pittsburgh community. Our work does not end at the door, but engages the community though socially aware themes and community partnerships.



JOANNA LOWE (Producer/Director) founded Cup-A-Jo in 2004 and is an actor, director, spoken word artist, and published poet. Her most recent theatre production was 40 Minute Divorce, an original play mounted in May for Pittsburgh's very first Fringe Festival featuring her original spoken word, backed up with musical, writing, and dance collaboration. As a spoken word artist, Joanna was featured on WRCT 88.3 on the Saturday Light Brigade in June, and regularly performs around the Pittsburgh area. To enjoy Joanna's talent in the comfort of your own home, check out her most recent film accomplishment, Corpsing, which can be found on OnDemand, Xfinity, iTunes, The Google Play Store, on German television, in Latin American theaters, and for sale internationally!


BENJAMIN DEAN (Playwright) began his theater studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, training to be an actor. He continued his education in the graduate acting program at the Univ. of Washington in Seattle. He performed professionally for several years, but while acting with the Paper Bag Players in NYC in 1987, he wrote his first script, The Playground, which received a staged reading at Circle in the Square. On the West coast in ‘94, his farce Not Just Another Christmas Carol premiered in Santa Rosa, CA to critical acclaim and a year later, his comedy Feet Of Clay received a reading at Sony Pictures Studios in LA. Dean took some time off from writing for over 10 years but has returned with new plays, Family Time, which won an award at the New Rocky Mountain Voices playwriting competition and received a production last year in CO, and Constant Companion, which you will see today. Benjamin currently lives in Colorado.

Synopsis: Nick, a NYC firefighter, is surprised when Sarah, his blind date, shows up wearing an Islamic veil. An ugly incident early in the day, has affected Sarah’s outlook on men and veiling, making Nick’s reaction doubly important to their future. Will sparks fly?

MISSION STATEMENT Cup-A-Jo Productions is an artists’ collaborative, furthering new and established works in an effort to focus on the artist by tackling a variety of subjects, exploring non-traditional venues and styles and mixing theater with film, dance, music and poetry.




Tom Coash

Cast: Nick Sarah

John Siciliano Jennifer Luta

Stage Manager Producer Director

Rose-Lorene Miller Linda L. Baker Mark A. Calla

JOHN SICILIANO (Nick) is happy to be back in his hometown and performing in the PNWF. He has been in Los Angeles where he had recurring roles on “The Young and the Restless” and “ER.” He also was a guest star on “Workaholics,” “NCIS Los Angeles,” “NCIS,” FX’s “Over There,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Scrubs,” “LAX,” and Showtime’s “Sleeper Cell.” He has been seen in films such as “SpongeBob SquarePants, The Movie”, “End Games”, and the “Wager.” He was hosting shows such as “Reel Hollywood,” “Planet X” and “Guys Night Out.” His Stage Credits include Operation Infiltration for the Prop Theater in Chicago, IL., American History X for CBS Diversity Showcase, Cripperella in the Tribeca Theater Festival, The Outsiders, West, and In The Boom Boom Room at The University of Southern California and starred and wrote the play, Siciliano that ran Off-Off Broadway and ended in Los Angeles where it aired on the Fox Family show “Courage.” JENNIFER LUTA (Sarah) is thrilled to be back with the PNWF, having previously appeared in All Things to All People; Art Initiates Life; The Tragedy of John Wilkes Booth; The Joy of Theft; and Passing the HAT. She is a graduate of Point Park University where she majored in Musical Theatre. Some favorite roles include: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Margaret); Collected Stories (Lisa); Steel Magnolias (Shelby); Ancient History (Ruth); The Baker’s Wife (Genevieve); and The Secret Garden (Lily). ROSE-LORENE MILLER (Stage Manager) is delighted to be involved with the PNWF for the third time. She has previously been stage manager for the PNWF productions of Helping Out and Dinner Theater of the Absurd. She has been the stage manager for numerous MLT productions and has performed in MLT’s productions of Urinetown (Josephine Strong), Hats (Maryann), The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix) and The Westing Game (Berthe). She is most proud to have been a part of last summer’s Gemini Theater production of Kidults: An Evening of One Acts by FJ Hartland as the mother in Shaving Lessons and Half Windsor Knots. Thanks to Linda and Mark for including me in this production.


LINDA L. BAKER (Producer) Since 2007, has produced/ executive produced numerous plays and musicals for McKeesport Little Theater including PNWF plays The Dinner Theatre of the Absurd and the 2012 PNWF Outstanding Play Helping Out by James Michael Shoberg. She recently produced MLT’s best show Amish Burlesque featuring Goody Plenty and the Amlets written and directed by PNWF’s own Brian Edward. If you don’t see her at tonight’s performance it’s because she’s on stage in MLT’s current production of Oklahoma! Much love to my husband, Patrick, the fabulous Baker boys, my friends and partners-incrime Mark and Rose, and our wonderful cast, crew and playwright who make it all worthwhile. MARK A. CALLA (Director) is happy to return again to the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Last year he directed The Dinner Theatre of the Absurd, also for MLT. He continues to enjoy supplementing his nasty corporate daytimes with theatrical flights of fancy in the evening. Recent directing projects: A Pirate’s Tale; The 39 Steps; Guys and Dolls; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; City of Angels; and Moonlight and Magnolias. Recent performances: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Shaving Lessons and Half-Windsor Knots; The Drowsy Chaperone; and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. TOM COASH (Playwright) is a New Haven, CT playwright, director, and literary manager. Coash, who was the 1999 PNWF Outstanding Playwright Award winner for his play Ukimwi, has worked for such theatres as the Manhattan Theatre Club and Actors Theatre of Louisville. His plays have been produced around the world and have won numerous playwriting awards. Prior to New Haven, he spent three years in Bermuda and four years teaching playwriting at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. His new play, Veils, was named winner of both the Clauder Competition at Portland Stage (Maine), where it had its World Premiere in 2014, and the Edgerton Foundation National New Play Award. Raghead has been selected for publication in the Best 10 Minute Plays of 2015 (Smith & Kraus).

McKeesport Little Theater 2014 – 2015 Season Oklahoma! – September 12 – 28, 2014 Death by Chocolate – November 7 – 23, 2014 Lunch Lady Cabaret – March 13 – 29, 2015 Charley’s Aunt – May 1 – 17, 2015



PARTNERS IN THE ARTS Duquesne University salutes the talented and dedicated playwrights, directors, actors, technicians and volunteers who make the Pittsburgh New Works Festival an unrivaled success. Duquesne is proud to foster support of the Theater Arts through our own performance groups: The Red Masquers, The Medieval and Renaissance Players, Spotlight Musical Theater Group, and The Summer Company. Join us as we celebrate our second century of bringing theater to Pittsburgh.



Judging Scripts This year, 35 individuals served as play readers/judges for the Festival. Working anonymously, these volunteers deserve great credit for their dedication and hard work reading 228 scripts among them. Each of the submissions was read by at least two readers who graded and provided feedback on the playwright’s work based on guidelines provided them. The commentary they provided was pointed, practical and intelligent. Points were given on each of the areas listed on the guideline sheet. Ultimately, the top 30 scripts are passed along to the directors from each company who choose the play they want to produce. The readers dedication has provided a great service to the playwrights honing their craft and is a vital and integral part of the Festival. We thank them for their gracious contribution in making PNWF a premiere theatrical event.



BIG THANKS FROM THE PNWF BOARD The Pittsburgh New Works Festival would not be possible without the generous donation of time and financial support from our dedicated team of volunteers. We offer our thanks to the following, knowing full well that we cannot even begin to acknowledge the immense debt the Pittsburgh New Works Festival owes to the army of friends and volunteers, businesses and corporations that have so generously donated their time, money and service to make this, and our past 23 seasons, a success. Our very special thanks to Hans and Ginny Gruenert, Kim Crawford and the staff of Off The Wall Theater, who opened their doors and their hearts to the Festival. Thanks to the judges and award presenters, and to the cadre of readers whose expertise and dedication of time, reading all of the play submissions year to year make the Festival possible. Thanks to Paul Block, a respected CPA, for managing the ballot tabulation. Our great appreciation to the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council for their guidance through the years and a hearty welcome to YELP for being our brand new media sponsor this year. Many thanks to all of our Board members, past and present who work throughout the year to keep the Festival going for the last 23 years. Special note should be given to John Lane for managing the play selection process each year; to Dek Ingraham for his website and social media expertise; to Andy Coleman and Brian Edward for their wit, and marketing and PR prowess, Claire DeMarco for her leadership as President of the Board and Lora Oxenreiter for acting as liaison to our participating companies and our playwrights each season. Our sincerest gratitude to the playwrights, producing companies, director, producers, actors, stage managers and crew who work hard to provide you with top notch entertainment each season. The Board of Directors has been humbled by the over-whelming support we have received from the Carnegie Initiative and the community of Carnegie and we thank them for their warm welcome. We look forward to making Carnegie the home of the Festival for many years to come. And to our audience, we hope that you enjoy the Festival and thank you for your patronage and continued support. Celebrate with us next year as we mark our 25th anniversary season!! The PNWF Board of Directors






Garry Michael Kluger

Cast: Fran Phyllis Roberta Marilyn

Michelle Bress Louise Fox Naomi Grodin Christine Marie

Producer Wendy L. Rea Stage Management Director Alice McCallister Co-Stage Manger/Facilitating Director Kate McKissock Assistant Stage Manager Joe Muttersbaugh Technical Design Annette LaSerre Assist Production Manager/Consultant Manda LaRosa Director lance-eric skapura Special Thanks - Furball Studios. Synopsis: Fran, Roberta and Phyllis have the unpleasant task of gathering the outfit that their friend Marilyn will be buried in. As they go about the task, the subject of Marilyn’s past is discussed, a long held secret is revealed and the friends come to grips with the memory of a woman they thought they had known. MICHELLE BRESS (Fran) is relatively new to Pittsburgh, and this is her first foray into the world of the PNWF. She has been acting since high school and has appeared in movies, commercials, and industrials. But her first love is live theatre, having acted in over 30 productions. Favorites include Penny in You Can't Take It With You, Miss Tipdale in Not Now Darling, and Birdie in Little Foxes. She is thrilled to have this new opportunity to create yet another character. LOUISE FOX (Phyllis) is delighted to be working once again with Thoreau, NM (TNM). Last year she portrayed Dr. Sara Zadran in J. Thalia Cunningham's Unveiled, and this year she is excited to be a part of The Other Half. It is always a pleasure to participate in this one-of-a-kind event. NAOMI GRODIN (Roberta) is delighted to be working with lance and Wendy and is excited to be performing in PNWF again. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, PNWF 2010, for her portrayal as Madame Vodama (The Fortune Teller). She is directing F.J. Hartland's Scattered, (Program D), and was last seen in Brighton Beach Memoirs (Little Lake Theatre). She has worked with many Pittsburgh theater companies including: The Summer Company, 12 Peers, Pittsburgh Playwrights, unseam’d Shakespeare, Open Stage, Little Lake, McKeesport, South Park, and The Baldwin Players. Ask about her alter ego, Magda, who is an amazing Palmist. CHRISTINE MARIE (Marilyn) is the owner and artistic director of Industrial Gardens, having produced 70+ short films and events in the last 5 years. She has also been an actress with several other companies, with roles including Margot in Helping Out (McKeesport/PNWF), Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (CCAC South), Persephone in Ella Noir,


Ginny in Brimstone & Grind: A Chance in Hell, Amber in Hell (TNM) and Teri in The Session (Pittsburgh Playwright's Pride Play Fest). ALICE McCALLISTER (Co-Stage Manager, Stage Management Director) is pleased to be working again with TNM. A graduate of Theater Arts from the University of Pittsburgh, Alice has worked on many shows, including Little Shop, Twelve Angry Men, and Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said. Recent works as Stage/ Production Mgr. with 12 Peers include The Weird, The Pittsburgh Monologue Project, Tick, Tick, BOOM, and Underneath the Lintel. Alice would like to thank her super-awesome husband and her parents for all their support! Finally, thanks to TNM and PNWF for giving Baby McC its first theater gig! ANNETTE LaSERRE (Designer) is happy to be working with Thoreau again after taking many years off from theatre. She received her BA in Theatre Arts from University of Pittsburgh, a master degree in Psychology, and is currently working on her PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology. For the past 14 years she has been a proud member of the US Army. MANDA LaROSA (Assist Prod Mgr./Consultant) This is Manda's second production with TNM, having worked tech with Hell. She is excited to be able to contribute to The Other Half as well. Currently, Manda is finishing her degree in Psychiatric Nursing with an additional concentration in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. KATE McKISSOCK (Co-Stage Manager) prefers to remain enigmatic. JOE MUTTERSBAUGH (Assistant Stage Manger) helped TNM with Hell, and is back for more! WENDY L. REA (Producer) does proofreading/editing by day, and free-lance stage lighting when she can. lance-eric skapura (Director) As the Artistic Director for TNM, lance has co-produced and directed over 30-some plays during the course of 20-some years. GARRY MICHAEL KLUGER (Playwright) began acting at age 8, continuing until he realized that the last 8 roles he'd auditioned for were in the elf/leprechaun genre, so he concentrated on his writing. The author of three books, nine plays, and 150+ shows for Disneyland, Disney World, WDI, Disney Down Under, and the Head Writer for all of their shows in the Innoventions Bldg, Garry was also the Head Writer for the FX Network show, The FX Friday Night FiX, and The Ultimate Guide, a 10-part documentary on Discovery. He also produced and wrote for the original Office Hours, TV pilot, and is a writing member of Theatre West -one of the oldest and most prestigious theatre companies in LA. In 2009 Garry was honored with the prestigious Red Carpet Award from Women In Theatre for his contributions to the Los Angeles theatre scene.

MISSION STATEMENT: to produce thoughtful & entertaining productions; to pay the talent who make our productions possible; to maintain a non-traditional casting policy; to commission & produce original pieces; to support local theater artists; to produce in alternative venues; to make theater available to underserved populations.



The Academy of Super Heroes by

Tom Cavanaugh


Doctor Captain Cosmic Mrs. Evelyn Cosmic Balloon Boy The Magician

Sundiata Rice Michael Shahen Ashante Barry Andy Coleman Brian Edward

PRODUCTION STAFF Producer Mary Chess Randolph Stage Manager Michele Lee Betts Visual Arts Director Matthew Critchfield Composer Gerald Homme Director James Critchfield Time: The Present, somewhere in America Synopsis A tour is being given to the audience by a doctor and several super hero students who reveal themselves and their super hero problems with an interesting twist at the end. SUNDIATA RICE (Doctor) is a freshman at C.A.P.A., Second-degree black belt, who has a passion and love for the acting. Sundi, as his family calls him, is happy to make his debut with the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. As a young actor Sundi was cast as O, age 12, in Blood First a NaRa Films production set to premier in theatres this fall. In 2013, Sundi, was cast as Sean in the Pittsburgh Playhouse production of Soldier’s Heart.

MICHAEL SHAHEN (Captain Cosmic) has appeared in many local independent short films, feature films and student films. He starred in a short film, The Right Way, which won the 2012 Audience Choice Award at in the Pittsburgh Film Kitchen Contest. He also won Best Supporting Male Actor as Mr. Kendal in, Helping Out, with PNWF, 2012. Michael has also appeared in stage performances such as The Love List (Leon), Stanton’s Garage (Ron), The Foursome (Rick), Wait until Dark (Mike), The Sea Horse (Harry), The Odd Couple (Oscar) and I Hate Hamlet (Gary). He holds a BA in Theater from Point Park University and is currently working towards another BA in Digital Film. ASHANTE BARRY (Mrs. Evelyn Cosmic/Cosmic Woman) attended Rodgers CAPA & CAPA H.S. for theater and later musical theater. While at CAPA, she performed in The Children of Eden, Ms. Firecracker Contest, The Bad Seed, and The Shapers of History, to name a few. She didn’t go to college for musical theater; however she directed her path towards nursing. Several years passed, and she made the bold decision at age 29 to see if she could awaken her love of theater again. In early 2014, she took classes at the Donna Belajac casting studio with acting instructor, Jill Wadsworth. Today’s performance will be her first since high school. She is very excited to perform after 14 years and prays that from this experience, many more opportunities will come. ANDY COLEMAN (Balloon Boy) has been training his body for this role for years. Most recently, he had the opportunity to workshop and perform in the Throughline Theatre Company's world premiere of A New Death by Pittsburgh playwright C.S. Wyatt. Other recent credits: Amish Burlesque (Jebadiah), Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, Avenue Q (Brian), The 39 Steps (Clown) and A Year With Frog & Toad (Toad). He is a 2006 graduate of Point Park University with a degree in Advertising / PR and also serves as Communications Director for PNWF. Connect on twitter @BeardAndBlazer. BRIAN EDWARD (The Magician) is a performing artist, director and playwright. He is the author of several produced plays including the nationally acclaimed touring musical Amish Burlesque. He is the resident emcee for Off The Wall Theatre’s cabaret series, and has performed locally with The REP, 12 Peers Theater, Little Lake Theater, Pittsburgh Opera, and The Pittsburgh New Works Festival, where he was voted Outstanding Lead Actor in 2011 and 2012. Brian was named among the top supporting actors in Pittsburgh by the Post Gazette in 2001, and among the top leading actors in 2002. He is the Executive Producer and Host of ’Burgh Vivant Pittsburgh’s cultural talk magazine.


MICHELE LEE BETTS (Stage Manager) is a native of Pittsburgh and is very happy to be back with Actors Civic Theater again this year. Ms. Betts also serves on the PNWF Board of Directors. She is a classical vocalist who performs with local churches along with The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh and The Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. She currently stage manages for several performance companies including: the National Black Theatre Festival Winston-Salem; Actors Civic Theatre (ACT); & Kuntu Repertory Theatre, Michele is the Founder and CEO of Mama Bear, a non-profit agency that mentors young ladies between the ages of 14-24. MARY CHESS RANDOLPH (Producer/ACT’s Artistic Director) directed for New Works in 2013, with the staged reading What Grows Back. Her favorite directorial projects include: Willy Wonka; A Christmas Carol~A Ghost Story; and I Do! I Do! This summer marked her ninth year as Stage and Music Director for the JCC Performing Arts Camp. Mary also teaches Musical Theater and Acting at the Father Ryan Arts Center. She was nominated for best performance by a leading female actor in last year’s PNWF for Phase 3 Production’s Even, by Karen Lewis. MATTHEW CRITCHFIELD (Visual Artist) is excited to be a part of PNWF as Visual Artist Director. Matthew has worked as a visual artist, caricature artist and arts educator for half a decade. He graduated from Edinboro University with a degree in Cinema and Animation. Matthew is also no stranger to the stage, having performed in many of CAPA's All School Musicals, Parade (The Judge), Aida (Zoser), The Secret Garden (Dr. Craven) and Children of Eden (Father). He also regularly posts new artwork and imaginings on his Facebook art page: artofmatthewcritchfield.

JAMES CRITCHFIELD (Director/ACT Executive Director) is back with PNWF for his 6th straight year. James has worked as an actor, singer, producer, director, administrator, and educator in Western PA for over 30 years and is presently the Education Director at the Father Ryan Arts Center. He holds degrees in Acting & Theater Education from Point Park Univ. and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. Performance credits include many of the region’s professional theaters. His favorite roles: Fiddler (Tevye), Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Wizard of Oz (Wizard), and Our Town (Stage Manager) to name a few. He is very proud of his Son, Matthew, and all of his work as a professional artist including this production’s original comic character projections.

TOM CAVANAUGH (Playwright) received his M.F.A. in Playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. His full length play Behold was a 2010 finalist in the New American Playwrights Development Program at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and was one of three winners of the 2011 Pickering Award for Excellence in Playwriting. His one act play, Wonder won the Irene Bashore Award for Playwriting from Firstage Los Angeles. Tom’s full length play Adam and Yoshi is a finalist in The 2nd Annual McKinney Repertory Theatre New Play Competition in McKinney, Texas, one of three finalist for the 2013 New American Playwrights Development Program at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and won the 2012 Make the House Roar Prize for Comic Plays at the Lionheart Theater in Georgia. Tom’s screenplay THE WILDERNESS TREATMENT won an Honorable Mention at the 2012 Movie Awards and was a finalist at the 2013 Beverly Hills Film Festival.

Actors Civic Theater Presents Charles Dickens’s Holiday Classic

A Christmas Carol - A

Ghost Story

Friday, Dec. 5 — Sunday, Dec. 14 Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30 PM and Sundays @ 2:00 PM Father Ryan Arts Center of Focus On Renewal, (412) 771-3052 Mission Statement: ACT is the resident professional theater company at the Father Ryan Arts Center’s Baverso Theater - strives to provide quality, professional entertainment while keeping the price affordable to those who may not otherwise be able to enjoy the theatrical experience.




James Harmon Brown


Miranda Jake

Shay Port Bruce Crocker

Producer Stage Manager Director

George Jaber Kalyn Populo Lora Oxenreiter

Synopsis: A man and a woman, now long divorced, meet one last time on the occasion of her impending death. SHAY PORT (Miranda) New York stage: Crowbar (OffBroadway); A Scrap of Paper; A Flea in Her Ear; The Bald Soprano; Jack or the Submission; Co-Ed Prison Sluts: The Musical; Hot Keys; Vinegar Tom; TV: “Mad TV”, “What Should You Do”. Film: Leave No Trace, Breather. BRUCE CROCKER (Jake) Local stage: Black Tie; Talking Pictures; Ancestral Voices; The Art of Dining; The Dining Room; The Foursome; Rounding Third; On Golden Pond; Camping with Henry and Tom; Orientation Day. KALYN POPULO (Stage Manager) is excited to be back working with Lora Oxenreiter and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival for a third year! The Test (Theatre Factory); Unveiled; Art Imitates Life (CCAC South). Other past credits Hairspray; Fiddler on the Roof; Lend Me a Tenor; Measure for Measure; RENT and Urinetown with CCAC South. Hot on the Arts and Sweet, Sweet Jazz with TJ Arts. Next month Kalyn will be stage managing Alice in Wonderland at the Grand Theatre in Elizabeth. Thanks to George Jaber and Lora Oxenreiter. As always love to JEASTCK. GEORGE JABER (Producer) has been doing Pittsburgh Theatre since 1979. Having produced, directed, designed and built over 200 productions, George is appreciative of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival and is the only producer to have mounted a show every season for the same company since the festival began. A member of IATSE Studio Mechanics Local #489, George has been a Film Carpenter and Set Dresser since 1989 and continues to seek work where wood may be salvaged. George was honored in 2010 as the recipient of the New Works Lifetime Achievement Award and is still glowing.


LORA OXENREITER (Director) is a graduate of California University of PA and a former teacher of Public Speaking and Theater Arts, This will be her 16th year participating in the Festival. Lora has been actively involved in theater for over forty years. She got the bug when she stepped into the theater at college. All these years later, she is still at it, directing for an assortment of theater companies and schools. Memorable among them are, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater, South Park Theater, Actors Civic Theater, McKeesport Little Theater, Phase 3, Prime Stage, University of Pittsburgh, CCAC South Campus, PNWF and Mon River Arts, to name a few. She is most proud of her work as the director of the musical at Ambridge Area High School. She teaches acting to teens at Brenda’s Notes in Ambridge. Her work with young actors is the most rewarding experience each year. Though she has worked in every aspect of theater, including 14 years as the Box Office Manager for City Theater, she is most comfortable in the director’s seat. Lora sits on the Board of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival and also serves as the Managing Director.

JAMES HARMON BROWN (Playwright) is a Los Angeles-based writer who has spent the past twenty-five years writing such prime-time television shows as “Dynasty” and “Father Dowling Mysteries”, in addition to serving as head writer for such daytime series as “All My Children”, “The Guiding Light” and “Port Charles”.

CCAC South Campus Theatre presents

Crimes of the Heart

October 16-18 and 23-24

Student Dance Show November 14-15

A Spring Play

Late March TBA

Student Dance Show April 12-13, 2015

MISSION STATEMENT CCAC South Campus offers a year-round season of musicals and plays utilizing local professional and community personnel, and produces two academic shows during the scholastic year. Students may attain an Associates degree in Theater.




Congratulations to the playwrights, actors and staff of our Staged Readings performed in August!!!

The Art of Seduction



by Michael Wolfson

Produced by PNWF directed by Brian Edward


The Double Half-Broken Line by Christopher Cotten

Produced by Company of Pittsburgh directed by Nick Mitchell

The Wager

by William Sikorski

Produced by Comtra directed by Cathy Gialloreto

F.J. Hartland

Cast: Logan June Chet Michael

Joel Ambrose Carrie Lee Martz Eric Mathew Craig Newham

Roadway to Heaven

Producer Stage Manager Director

Produced by Prime Stage directed by Joe Warik

Synopsis: “Sometimes letting someone go is the ultimate act of love” - Cassia Leo, “Bring It Home”

by Marla E. Schwartz


by Austin Uram

Produced by R-ACT Theater directed by Mike Nelson

Blowjobs in the Park by Tyler Jennings

Produced by Industrial Gardens directed by Christine Marie

David Grande Roxanne Huber Naomi Grodin

JOEL AMBROSE (Logan) is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh New Works after performing in last year’s Hotline with Thoreau, NM (2013 Outstanding Actor). Previously, Joel has worked with The Summer Company, Theatre Sans Serif, Future Tenant, Prime Stage, Pitt Rep, and as Gary in the Pittsburgh-based web series, “The Baritas” ( When he’s not wearing flip flops, Joel has his running shoes on. He’s currently training for the Marine Corps Marathon as an Athlete for Equality with the Human Rights Campaign; you can donate to his HRC campaign at He appreciates all donations, cheers, waves, and honks. Love is love. Shaboom. CARRIE LEE MARTZ (June) is a professional actress and voice actor in Pittsburgh, represented by The Talent Group. She’s performed in classic stage plays such as A Christmas Carol and The Wizard of Oz, as well as many original and more obscure works, most recently playing Betina Embree in Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain at South Park Theatre. Carrie is also very active in film and voiceover. She just completed the film “Breakdown with Everything But the Name,” the web series pilot for DMT Corporation, and the narration for the audiobook, “The Case of the Killer Divorce.” In addition, Carrie writes a weekly blog that offers career advice to other actors. Please check out her website for more information: ERIC MATHEWS (Chet) is a first-time performer with the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. His acting credits include: Pittsburgh Stage - The Coarse Actor's Show; Three Penny Opera; Rhinoceros; Private Lives. Birmingham, UK Stage Dracula; The Way of the World; Women Beware Women. CRAIG NEWHAM (Michael) Credits: Pittsburgh New Works: One 2nd (Donna award nomination for best supporting actor); Greensburg Civic Theater: The 39 Steps; The Ellis School: Oliver (Best actor achievement award); Film: “Exposures” (Best editing at Macon Film Festival). DAVID GRANDE (Producer) is glad to be involved with the 2014 Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Currently the president of The Baldwin Players, Grande has appeared in more than 40 community theater productions in Pennsylvania, Ohio and WV. He lists his favorite characters as Falstaff in



The Merry Wives of Windsor, Felix in The Odd Couple, and Henry Albertson, the old Shakespearian actor in The Fantastiks. As a director, Grande has 20 shows to his credit. He will be directing The Mousetrap for Old Schoolhouse Players this October. David, his wife, Lisa, and son, Liam, live in Bethel Park. ROXANNE HUBER (Stage Manager) is excited to be working in her first ever Pittsburgh New Works Festival. She graduated from Lock Haven University with a Bachelor of Arts in Technical Theater and a Fine Arts minor in Music. Previous Stage Management Works include; A New Death (Throughline Theater Company), Pinocchio 3.5 (Millbrook Playhouse), Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) (Millbrook Playhouse), and Fall Dance Concert (Lock Haven University). Roxanne is also a member of Alpha Psi Omega: National Honorary Theater Fraternity. NAOMI GRODIN (Director) is pleased to direct for The Baldwin Players for the 6th year in a row although this is her 10th consecutive year directing in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Naomi has also directed for Open Stage Theater and Robert Morris Colonial Theater in Pittsburgh and numerous theater companies in New York. Also a local actress, she has acted with many local theater companies including Unseamed Shakespeare, 12 Peers, Open Stage, South Park Theatre, Little Lake Theatre, The Red Masquers, Future Tenent and The Baldwin Players. She will be appearing as Roberta in The Other Half in Program C. Naomi is an accomplished palmist (ask her about her alter ego Magda). Thanks to her cast, David, The Players and her fabulous family.

F.J. HARTLAND (Playwright) is honored to make his record-setting fourteenth appearance at PNWF. Previous productions include The Perhaps (Best Play 2013), Funeral in the Rain (Best Play 2011), Shaving Lessons and HalfWindsor Knots (Best Play 2010) and Postcards from a Dead Dog (Best Play 2005). His play Shuffle, Ball Change…and DIE! was performed at the Gemini Theatre in August. In February 2015 Stage Right (Boyd) will present the world premiere of his Vermillion Sunset. F.J.’s plays have been published by Samuel French, United Stages,, and The Louisville Review. This year he has directed The Mystery of Irma Vep and Polyester, the Musical for Theatre Factory. A professional actor, he will appear in The Whale at Off The Wall Theater in May 2015. Currently, F.J. resides in Johnstown and is the Director of Theatre at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA.


Hamilton Kreeger

Cast: Emma Ted

Ruthy Stapleton Mark Yochum

Producer Director

Deb Wein Joe Eberle

Synopsis: A bout of insomnia draws a widower and a young woman, sharing a bed, into a life altering conversation.

RUTHY STAPLETON (Emma) is thrilled to join Stage Right for her first show in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Hailing from Rockville, Maryland, Ruthy came to the Pittsburgh area by way of Brigham Young University, where she studied Linguistics and earned her stage stripes. Most recently, Ruthy has been featured as Eve in The Creation of the World and Other Business; Edna Edison in The Prisoner of Second Avenue; and in the cast of The Cellar Dwellers weekly improvisational comedy. Ruthy loves graphic design, writing, and the occasional zombie movie. MARK YOCHUM (Ted) Mark returns to the PNWF after a long absence. He was Best Actor in 2000 in Light. His play, La Vitra Loco was given a staged reading at the 2012 Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Mark has performed at many local venues, from the Robert Morris Colonial Theatre in Same Time, Next Year in 1980 to Throughline Theatre's 2014 production of Angels in America, Parts I and II, as the evil Roy Cohn. In between, he has been Felix Unger, Mortimer Brewster, Toby Belch, Shelley "the Machine" Levine, and half the citizens of Tuna, Texas.

The Baldwin Players present Dearly Departed on Oct. 3-4-5, 1112-13 at the Baldwin Community United Methodist Church. Curtain 8 p.m. Fridays and Satudays @ 2 p.m Sundays. For reservations, call 412-881-1002. $15 for show, $28 for show/dinner. Come celebrate our final show in the church before moving to our new location in the Spring of 2015 as this colorful, dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics struggle to get the family patriarch buried before his widow puts “Mean and Surly” on the tombstone.


The Baldwin Players are dedicated to presenting quality theater and an opportunity for our actors, crew members, production technicians, and audiences to grow and learn through a wide variety of productions.



DEB WEIN (Producer) became involved in the Pittsburgh theater scene in 2004, after a 25 year stint playing her favorite role as the stay at home mom of three sons. She has either appeared in, directed, produced or costumed shows with Prime Stage, Organic Theater of Pittsburgh, ACT, and her home base, Stage Right. She is thrilled to be involved again this year with the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. JOE EBERLE (Director) Joe directed F.J. Hartland’s, The Perhaps, in last year’s New Works Festival for Stage Right. It won the Donna Award for Best Play and Best Supporting Actress. It was also nominated for Best Production and Best Actor. Joe’s other directing credits for New Works include La Vitra Loco, written by Sleeping Aide cast member Mark Yochum, and Interlude. Some of his favorite acting roles for Stage Right include Dickie in The Fox on the Fairway, Lenny in Rumors, and Yvan in Art. He also appeared as juror #6 in 12 Angry Men for Prime Stage. Joe’s film credits include She’s Out of My League and The Next Three Days. Over the summer, Joe completed work on the independent short film, All Raccoons are Bandits, to be released in early 2015. HAMILTON KREEGER (Playwright) Hamilton Kreeger is the pen name of a writer and lawyer living in Baltimore, MD.

STAGE RIGHT 50th Season

The Mousetrap October 16-18, 23-25, 2014

(Yet Another) Evening of One Acts Feb. 12-14, 19-21, 2015

Godspell Apr. 16-18, 23-25, 2015

All shows at the Boyd Community Center 412-228-0566

MISSION STATEMENT For nearly 50 years, Stage Right has been made up of a group of energetic volunteers dedicated to having fun while bringing fine, live theater to our area. Participation is open to anyone with interests in performing and/or helping behind-the-scenes. For more information about our company, and for photos of past performances, please visit our web site:




Jeff DeSantis

Cast: Eddie Brian Kevin Maggie

Leo Lacher Chad Bruns Dave Joseph Kauleen Cloutier

Producer Stage Manager Director Synopsis:

Sue Kurey Kathryn DeFrancesco Scott P. Calhoon

A father, who is recovering from alcoholism, learns that his estranged son is headed down the same path. His plan? Take his son to the Iowa cornfield where “Field of Dreams” was filmed for some father/son bonding, just like in the movies. LEO LACHER (Eddie) After a long absence from the stage, Leo is happy to be involved with New Works. A life-long Pittsburgher, Leo attended Clarion University and has spent most of his career in the private sector. He currently is being trained at the Donna Belajac Actors Studio. Past shows have included, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Once Upon a Mattress, Jesus Christ Superstar and, most recently, The Crucible with Heritage Players. Leo has also been active in the local film scene, working on Dark Knight Rises, Promised Land and Foxcatcher. Much love and thanks to Jennifer, who makes chasing this dream possible!!! CHAD BRUNS (Brian) whose dream is to one day pet a kangaroo (in case you were wondering) received his training from the Donna Belajac Actors’ Studio, the University of Pittsburgh and Second City. Theatre credits include Moon Over Buffalo, Farragut North; Film credits include Warrior, Abduction, Two Lines of Vagrancy, Devil’s Night and I Had Fun. Chad is also a talented writer; in the third grade he won the Munhall firefighters slogan contest “Fires are Fast, Fires are slow, whatever you do, stay down low.” Now Chad would never call himself a hero, but he would probably be cool with you doing it. He thanks his friends, family and agents for their support, his acting teacher Jill Wadsworth, and everyone involved with making this production a pleasurable experience. DAVE JOSEPH (Kevin) is thrilled to, once again, participate in the PNWF (1998, Winner-Outstanding Supporting Actor; 2013, Nominated-Outstanding Lead Actor)! Earlier this year Dave won his dream-role as Mel Edison in Neil Simon's The Prisoner of Second Avenue. Later this year, Dave will make his directorial debut with R-ACT Theatre Productions' Writer's Block. Dave admits he's blessed to have the undying support of his wife Amy and their two children. “No one deserves the amount of love and support you give me. My love to the end.” KAULEEN CLOUTIER (Maggie) is happy to be participating in her third PNWF. No stranger to the stage, she has started to venture into film, completing a television pilot for “Burghatory,” a Pittsburgh-based series that is currently being pitched on the West coast. Some of her favorite roles include Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors), Doris Waverly (The Owl and the Pussycat) and Aldonza (Man of La Mancha). Kauleen would like to ex-


tend her most sincere gratitude to her friends and family, without whom she wouldn’t be the person she is today. KATHRYN DeFRANCESCO (Stage Manager) is very excited to be participating in her first New Works Festival. She has been working with The Theatre Factory for the last two years in just about every capacity since her first show, from costuming, to working in the light booth, and even had her first onstage performance in the KidsWorks production of Charlotte’s Web. She is very proud to be representing the theatre that has become her home. SUE KUREY (Producer) is the Managing Director for The Theatre Factory and a former New Works Board member. She thanks Scott for once again directing this years’ production and Katie for stepping up as stage manager. Thanks to the New Works Festival for the opportunity to produce this beautiful play. Break legs to all the participating companies. SCOTT P. CALHOON (Director) is the former Artistic Director and resident designer at The Theatre Factory. His favorite works as a director have included: The Light in the Piazza, Little Shop of Horrors, Chicago, Forever Plaid, Mister Roberts and Steel Magnolias. The Secret Garden and Company both garnered him Best Director awards from the Pittsburgh PostGazette and a best set award for the latter. Scott received the Outstanding Director Award for Pump, which also achieved the Outstanding Production Award, from PNWF in 2011. Scott has held artistic positions with Gargaro Productions, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Pittsburgh Playhouse and Wisconsin’s Northern Lights Playhouse and Pinewood Dinner Theatre.

JEFF DeSANTIS (Playwright) began writing comedy and drama sketches while he was a member of the Cellar Dwellers. Since then, he has written several scripts which were produced by Beaver County’s R-ACT Theater Productions, including Tap Dancing on the Radio in 2002, and, Someone’s In the Kitchen in 2009. The Theatre Factory 2014-2015 Season: Nunsense, Lost In Yonkers, It’s A Wonderful Life (a Live Radio Play), Lend Me A Tenor, My Way (A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra), Chicago KidsWorks: James & The Giant Peach, O’Sullivan Stew (a new musical), The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe For dates: or 412-374-9200

MISSION STATEMENT The Theatre Factory is a non-profit organization committed to the community through quality theater, culture and educational programs and encouraging participation by all ages. KidWorks is a division of The Theatre Factory, presenting a full season of children’s theater featuring classic and contemporary shows. It is designed to instill in children an appreciation of the Arts and an understanding of theater while maintaining the highest quality in entertainment. It is a totally new and exciting theater experience for kids . . . of all ages.



Susan McGregor-Laine Susie is a native Brit but has made her home here since January 1968. Susie was born and educated in England while her parents lived and worked in Kuwait. She went to business college in London, worked there for a short time before returning to Kuwait to visit her parents. While there, (1965/66) she joined the Kuwait Players and her theater career was born. She made her stage debut as the Princess in the well -known Pantomime Aladdin. It was a singing role and even though she was in the school choir she was clearly not going to make a musical career for herself. In May 1967, Susie and her best friend, decided that life in Hong Kong sounded like fun, even though Communist riots were going on, there was a curfew in place, and Hong Kong’s water supply from China was reduced to 4 hours of water every 4th day, they went anyway. They found a flat together on Hong Kong Island and partied when not trying to earn a living doing temp jobs. In Hong Kong she played the role of an obnoxious 14-year-old schoolgirl, then made an appearance as a dancing cloud in another Brit Pantomime, Jack & The Beanstalk. They did not ask her to sing solos, only in the chorus! However, one of Susie’s temp jobs took her to Indonesia and the Isle of Bali for about six weeks. There, she worked for Alcoa, which set in motion her eventual travel to Pittsburgh. On January 1st 1968, Susie set sail on a freighter from Hong Kong, via the Panama Canal, to Staten Island in NYC. An experience not to be missed – 6 weeks at sea, only 12 passengers and a cargo load of tuna. A few days in NYC, then a Greyhound to Pittsburgh where she started work in the Alcoa Legal Department and remained there until she retired in 2006 after a long and successful career in the corporate world of the USA. Shortly after arriving in Pittsburgh, Susan joined the Upper St. Clair Playhouse where she worked as an actor, chorus girl, Stage Manager, and run crew in numerous productions for Upper St. Clair and Stage 62. In 1980 she got her first role at Little Lake Theatre. Susie has had the opportunity to take on some challenging, demanding and wonderful roles with many different theatres, namely The Pittsburgh Public Theater, the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Quantum Theatre, PICT, barebones productions, The Summer Company, The Red Masquers, Little Lake Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Red Barn Theatre, Apple Hill Playhouse, Prime Stage, and Open Stage. She was named as one of the 10 best actresses in Pittsburgh for her role in A Perfect Ganesh. Susie has been a ballerina mouse, Sancho’s mule in Man of La Mancha, a very convincing, very fat obnoxious Texan in Anton in Show Business at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, and a woman with Alzheimers in local playwright, Ray Werner’s, Elder Hostages. She has played Mary Tyron in Long Day’s Journey Into Night for The Summer Company and Lettice Douffet in Lettice and Lovage for Open Stage. She has starred in plays by O’Neill, Coward, Shaw, Chekhov, Shaw, Williams and countless others. She has never yet performed Shakespeare. Some of her other favorite productions include The Madwoman of Chaillot, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Importance of Being Earnest, Juno and the Paycock, The Cripple of Inishman, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Enchanted April, The Dresser, Portia Coughlan, A Woman of No Importance, Uncle Vanya, Heartbreak House, Hedda Gabler, Noises Off, Beyond Therapy, PIG, Frozen, Rabbit Hole, and India Ink. Susie has also done voice-over work for the famous Duquesne Tamburitzens. Every June 16, for the past four years, Susie has been found in the Map Room in Regents Square drinking gin and performing a reading from the famous Molly Bloom Soliloquy. She has also made some movies. In January, 2015, Susie will be appearing at The Pittsburgh Public Theatre as Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady, (it is not a singing role) so mark your calendar.




2014 PNWF Program  
2014 PNWF Program