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6/12/017 - Press Release - Pittsburgh's Prime Stage Theatre Announces Show Details for 2017-2018 Season
(Pittsburgh, PA - June 12, 2017) Prime Stage Theatre, a Pittsburgh-based organization that presents professionally produced plays based on literary works, will bring three classic works of literature to life on stage at The New Hazlett Theater Center for the Performing Arts during its 21st season, which opens in November 2017.
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5/20/017 - Press Release - Former Steeler Matt Bahr and WTAE-TV's Sally Wiggin to Kick Off Prime Stage Theatre's A Night in the Spotlight Benefit Gala, Set forThursday, June 8 at The Priory
(Pittsburgh, PA - May 20, 2017) Former Pittsburgh Steeler Matt Bahr, WTAE-TV news anchor Sally Wiggin and Pittsburgh/Hollywood actor Brian Ceponis will welcome guests to A Night in the Spotlight...
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4/24/2017 - Press Release - Pittsburgh Native, Author of NY Times Bestseller The Perks of Being a Wallflower, To Discuss Book With Audience Following Prime Stage Theatre's May 13 Performance of Play Based on His Novel
(PITTSBURGH, PA - April 24, 2017) Stephen Chbosky, author of the 1999 New York Times bestseller The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has confirmed that he will participate in a discussion with audience members following the Saturday, May 13 performance of the play based on his novel.
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4/12/2017 - Press Release - The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Prime Stage Theatre Brings Pittsburgh Author's New York Times Bestseller to Life on the New Hazlett Stage Actors' preparations include visiting popular locations featured in the book
(PITTSBURGH, PA - April 12, 2017) For the past several weeks, Jeffrey Cordell has been leading a group of Pittsburgh teenage actors through a series of rehearsals for the regional premiere in which they'll play -- Pittsburgh teenagers. 
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4/10/2017 - Press Release: Caitlin Skaff, Assistant Director of Prime Stage Theatre’s Next Production “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” To Give Free Presentation at Ford City Library This Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.
(PITTSBURGH, PA - April 10, 2017) Have you ever wondered how a play is produced, how an actor prepares to play a role and what it’s like to work in theater?
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4/3/2017 - Press Release: Prime Stage Theatre honored with 2017 Champions of Learning Award
(PITTSBURGH, PA - April 3, 2017) Prime Stage Theatre, a Pittsburgh organization that presents professionally produced plays based on literary works, is pleased to announce that it has received the 2017 Champions of Learning Award in the Arts category.
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1/4/2017 - Press Release: Prime Stage Theatre to Present George Orwell's "1984", March 3-12, 2017; Orwell's Son, Richard Blair, to Visit Pittsburgh For Opening Weekend Event.
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1/1/2017 - Article: PA CYBER PRESS, January 1, 2017 (Written by student writer Brianna Pritts under the direction of Brooke Kosar, Newspaper Advisor) -- On Friday, November 11th, the Newspaper Club and History Club took a joint field trip to see the play "To Kill A Mockingbird", based on the book by Harper Lee.
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11/13/2016 - Press Release:PITTSBURGH, PA, November 13, 2016 -- On the heels on a very successful run of its stage production of "To Kill A Mockingbird," Pittsburgh-based Prime Stage Theatre will present a seated reading of Richard Greenberg's play "Three Days of Rain" next Sunday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Prime Stage Studio, 840 Saw Mill Run Boulevard in the city's West End.
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10/25/2016 - Press Release: MASSEY CHARITABLE TRUST PROVIDES $15,000 GRANT TO PRIME STAGE THEATRE -- The Massey Charitable Trust, an independent charitable foundation established by the late Harris B. and Doris J. Massey, has provided a $15,000 grant to Prime Stage Theatre, a Pittsburgh performing arts and educational organization. 
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10/16/2016 - Press Release: AFTER FINDING ACTING SUCCESS IN HOLLYWOOD, PITTSBURGH NATIVE RETURNS HOME Central Catholic Grad Brian Ceponis Bringing Atticus Finch to Life Next Month in Prime Stage Season Opener "To Kill a Mockingbird"
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09/26/2016 - Press Release: PITTSBURGH'S PRIME STAGE THEATRE SELECTED AS ONE OF 77 ORGANIZATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS (NEA) 2016 BIG READ - Events related to season opener To Kill a Mockingbird scheduled in Pittsburgh area through November 13.
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08/30/2016 - Press Release: PRIME STAGE THEATRE ANNOUNCES ITS 20th ANNIVERSARY SEASON PITTSBURGH - Prime Stage Theatre officially announces our 20th Season featuring adaptations of popular pieces of literary work including the regional premiere of The Perks of Being a Wallflower which has Pittsburgh Connections with the author, film and director.
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08/04/2016 - Letter: From Philip Horn, Executive Director: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Harrisburg PA
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03/04/2015 - Article: The Northside Chronicle - New Hazlett Theater welcomes Animal Farm production on eve of 70th anniversary PITTSBURGH – By Aaron Dobler, Prime Stage Theatre is bringing its production of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” to the New Hazlett Theater in Allegheny Center. The show previews on Friday, March 6 before opening March 7 and running through March 15.
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02/15/2015 - Prime Stage Theatre Celebrates the 70th Anniversary of George Orwell's Annimal Farm By Bringing Literature to Life PITTSBURGH – As Animal Farm celebrates the 70th a anniversary of it first beinng published, Prime Stagee Theatre is bringing George Orwell's legendary novella Animal Farm to the stage this March.
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10/15/2014 - The World Premiere of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Hits Pittsburgh this Halloween PITTSBURGH – Prime Stage Theatre is honored to bring the world premiere adaptation of the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to Pittsburgh just in time for Halloween. The show opens with a special dress-up preview on Oct. 31 and runs through Nov. 9 at the New Hazlett Theater located at 6 Allegheny Square East.
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09/11/2014 - Prime Stage Theatre to Produce Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Animal Farm and The Mousetrap in 2014-2015 PITTSBURGH – Prime Stage Theatre is honored to bring a world premiere adaptation of the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, along with several literary classics, to the stage for its 2014-­-2015 season.
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08/11/2014 - Prime Stage Announces New Education Director A New Face Brings Experience in Education and the Arts PITTSBURGH – Prime Stage Theatre is proud to announce Linda Haston as the new Educational Director. She will over see the Educational Department including the Literacy in ACTion program.
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10/24/2013 - YWCA features play about teen dating in week of anti-violence activities. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Linda Metz - Demi Cuccia was a vibrant, happy teenager and Gateway High School student who ended up in a relationship with a violent, controlling partner.
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10/23/2013 - Press Release: Prime Stage Theatre Offers Public Performance Teen Dating Awareness Program Highmark sponsored Touring Production of You Belong to Me Educates Through the Arts PITTSBURGH – Prime Stage Theatre proudly presents the Highmark sponsored Teen Dating Awareness Program. The multi-faceted platform raises awareness, encourages, and provides the tools and resources for teens, parents and educators through the arts.
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10/22/2013 - Prime Stage Theatre Opens Season With A Ghost Story Turn of the Screw hits the Stage at The New Hazlett Theater – Prime Stage Theatre is excited to open its 2013-2014 season with Turn of the Screw, adapted by Jeffery Hatcher, from the novella by Henry James.
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08/29/2013 - Press Release: Prime Stage Theatre Introduces the 2013-2014 Season: Three Great Shows - One Fantastic Season – Prime Stage Theatre is proud to announce the 2013-2014 season and the directors.
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09/14/2013 - Press Release: Prime Stage Theatre and YWCA Partner to Educate During Week Without Violence Touring Production of You Belong to Me Educates through the arts – Prime Stage Theatre is proud to announce the partnership with the YWCA of Pittsburgh and CCAC of Monroeville during the Week Without Violence.
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09/11/2013 - Press Release: Prime Stage Theatre Introduces Highmark Sponsored Teen Dating Awareness Program Touring Production of You Belong to Me Educates Through the Arts – Prime Stage Theatre proudly presents the Highmark sponsored Teen Dating Awareness Program. The multi-faceted platform raises awareness, encourages, and provides the tools and resources for teens, parents and educators through the arts.
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02/12/2013 - Press Release: Prime Stage TheatreProduces the Regional Premiere of “The Great American Novel” The Great Gatsby – Prime Stage Theatre continues its 16th season with the regional premiere of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby at the New Hazlett Theater from March 1 through March 10, 2013.
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11/06/2012 - Review: Prime Stage's 'Fahrenheit 451' warns against the dangers of distractions: Careful, or you might get burned -  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Sharon Ebersoni) - Fahrenheit 451" is Ray Bradbury's cautionary tale about a futuristic society that has given up on individual thought. Books are banned as villainous and, along with scholars and intellectuals, are as endangered as the so-called witches of 17th-century Salem. The general population is overrun by a steady stream of mind-numbing media output, guaranteed to clog the brain without jogging an original thought...
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09/28/2012 - Press Release: Prime Stage Theatre Launches  2012-2013 Season of Creative Premieres with Fahrenheit 451 – Prime Stage Theatre launches its 16th season with the regional premiere of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (November 2 through November 11, 2012). The stage adaptation of this legendary sci-fi masterpiece will be directed by Justin Fortunato.
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06/13/2012 - Press Release: Teens 4 Change Grant Award  -   Pittsburgh, PA – Prime Stage Theatre has been awarded one of the first Teens 4 Change (T4C) grants in the amount of $2,000. The grant will support the non-profit’s continued work in educating teens, parents and teachers about the warning signs of teen dating violence.
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05/15/2012 - Review: Prime Stage's 'Wrinkle' captures book's quirky characters - Tribune Review  (Kellie B Gormly) It seems that most adults read author Madeleine L'Engle's beloved novel "A Wrinkle in Time" when they were in seventh grade. It's one of those stories that sticks with you, even decades later.
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04/27/2012 - Press Release: Prime Stage Theatre marks the 50th anniversary of Madeleine L’Engel’s A Wrinkle in Time with an original stage adaptation.  - Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to the unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe.
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02/13/2012 - Press Release: Prime Stage Theatre presents The Elephant Man by Bernard  Pomerance - A True Life Story of An Extraordinary Individual By Katie Mueller - Prime Stage Theatre - known for staging adaptations of classic literature - takes on Bernard Pomerance’s Victorian English drama The Elephant Man.  
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02/10/2012 - Press Release: Prime Stage Theatre Brings the Issue of Teen Dating Violence Center Stage - Demi Brae Cuccia, a Pittsburgh area high school student, was murdered in August 2007 by her ex-boyfriend just one day after celebrating her 16th birthday. She was a victim of teen dating violence. There were warning signs, but neither Demi, her friends, nor her family were aware of them. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. Prime Stage Theatre wants to help change that with their production of Everything is Fine, which addresses this urgent, but silent, epidemic.
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01/18/2012 - Press Release: Award-Winning Artist Shares Memoir of Growing up in Pittsburgh
Monday, February 27, 2012 @ 7:30 pm -
The second of Prime Stage Theatre's new reading series, Dark Night, will feature the newly published memoir by award-winning multi-media artist Shirley Barasch, For Professional Purposes: An Artistic Journey. The reading, reception, and book signing will take place on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm at the New Hazlett Theater.
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01/13/2012 - Press Release: Prime Stage Theatre presentsThe Elephant Man - A True Life Story of an Extraordinary Individual - Prime Stage Theatre brings the profound and touching story of John Merrick to life in its production of The Elephant Man, Bernard Pomerance’s award-winning play, opening February 24 and running through March 4 at the New Hazlett Theater. Richard Keitel directs.
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11/09/2011 - Review: The Scarlet Letter - Pittsburgh City Paper (Michele Pilecki)
Ready for some literary time-traveling? In its new production of The Scarlet Letter, Prime Stage Theatre brings us a 21st-century view of a 19th-century best-selling portrayal of 17th-century New England. Think of it as two lenses: Nathaniel Hawthorne's historical interpretation of what was even then (1850) a distant past, and a modern prism on those eras from the collaboration at Prime Stage.
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11/04/2011 - Pop City Article - The Scarlet Letter adapted by Carol Gilligan
Whether it was on your required reading list in high school, rocked your neighborhood book group, or you prefer Roland Joffé's 1995 film adaptation starring Demi Moore, you're not going to want to miss Prime Stage Theatre's riveting production of The Scarlet Letter. Kicking off Prime Stage's 15th season, the adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's magnum opus runs Nov. 4-13 at the New Hazlett Theater. 
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09/27/2011 - Press Release - 2011 Prime Stage Annual Gala Fundraiser (pdf)



09/15/2011 - Press Release - Futures without Violence is pleased to endorse and support Everything is Fine, a program created by the Prime Stage Teen Advisory Board to raise awareness of teen dating violence among teens, teachers, parents and families.
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08/31/2011 - Press Release - 2011-2012 Professional Development Workshops (pdf)


 
Review: Antigone - Marguerite McCrory



Review: The Glass Menagerie - Pittsburgh Tribune Review



Review: The Glass Menagerie - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Review: The Glass Menagerie - Pittsburgh City Paper (Ted Hoover)



Review: The Glass Menagerie - Pittsburgh City Paper (Bill O'Driscoll)


11/03/2010 - Prime Stage's 'Sleepy Hollow' aims to rattle all of the audiences' senses By Kellie B. Gormly, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - Prime Stage Theatre's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" brings a classic, eloquently written ghost story from the page onto the stage in a production that requires viewers to use their imaginations
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10/20/2010 - MAHS English students take new approach By Patrick Cloonan, MCKEESPORT DAILY NEWS
- It doesn't take long to read "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by 19th century American author Washington Irving. It's slightly less than 12,000 words, the equivalent of about 20 full-length newspaper articles.
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10/13/2010 - New Partnership with Bookseller Brings Free Readings to the Community
- Prime Stage Theatre, in partnership with Joseph-Beth Booksellers,will hold a free reading from the book, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, at the bookstore located at Southside Works on October 16, 2010 from Noon to 2:00 pm.
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02/15/2010 - Hampton teacher earns first Prime Stage Theatre 'Inspiring' award - By Alice T. Carter, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - Hampton Middle School teacher Deborah Van Maele will be honored Feb. 26 as the first recipient of Prime Stage Theatre's "Inspiring Teachers - Inspiring Readers" award.
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