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Stories from the Heart
STOP (Students Together Organizing Prevention) Program

Stories from the Heart


KST's Alloy Studios
5530 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Monday, May 20th at 7:00

This is a free event

Title and synopsis for the 4 plays
written and performed by students at Phase 4 Learning Center:

Group 1

Asha's Intake
With nowhere else to turn, Asha takes their teacher's advice and decides to start going to therapy for the religious trauma they are experiencing.

Sam and Marley go to Milkshake Factory
Marley has dissociative amnesia due to a sexual assualt. Sam was groomed into hypersexuality and is outwardly attention seeking. Marley's confession that she has no recollection of their friends' party befuddles and worries Sam as she remembers telling Marley about something else that happened that night.

Group 2

A story about young Candance's boyfriend getting caught cheating when her best friend Sabrina catfished him on the internet.

The repercussions of gun violence with inner-city youth told through prose and rap.

funded by the Elsie H. Hillman Foundation

In partnership with Phase 4.

I Never Saw Another Butterfly
CATEGORY: 2025 enGAGE Performance

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

By Celeste Raspanti
Directed by Wayne Brinda

April 3, 4 and 5, 2025

Streaming will be available April 21st

In the Terezin concentration camp, Austrian artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis teaches Jewish children to make poems and drawings in secret art classes. Witness her passion, the children’s creativity, and the irrepressible power of Art to bring hope and healing into the darkest hours of the Holocaust.


Past Events

Saving Face: Memoir of a Circus Clown

Prime Stage Theatre Presents our Monday Special:

Saving Face: Memoir of a Circus Clown


Presented by Mike Perry

Great Storytelling that you don’t want to miss!

Monday, May 6, 2024. 7:00-8:00 p.m.
New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh PA 15212

Interview: WQED: Voice of the Arts - Mike Perry - Saving Face: Memoir of a Circus Clown

Article: Local Pittsburgh: Mike Perry premieres “Saving Face: Memoir of a Circus Clown”

Tickets: $27 adults; $17 for students

Mike Perry uses the art of storytelling to explore the primal origins of theatrical expression. Saving Face: Memoir of a Circus Clown is one of his most profound and moving tales, drawn from his years as a circus clown for Ringling Brothers Circus.

“There is an authenticity to Mike Perry’s storytelling that is effective and affecting. His ability to distill a real human experience into an engaging performance is the result of craft and precision.”

Says Perry:

"Once upon a time, a child would say I’m afraid, and the adult would say, 'It’s okay.' Today, a child picks up a phone and says I’m afraid, and an algorithm says, 'Yes, you are, and here’s why.' In the digital algorithm age people are being told what they like, and curiosity is suffering as a result."

Saving Face: Memoir of a Circus Clown is a chance to re-ignite your own curiosity about how we see the world when we forget someone else is watching.

Here’s a style sample of Mike's earlier work, Tobias the Ragman (video):


2024-2025 SEASON

"28th Season of Strength, Voices and Hope"


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