After a successful partnership with ModernFormations during The Pittsburgh Monologue Project, 12 Peers Theater is back to bring you a series of new play workshops and cabarets featuring some of Pittsburgh's most talented artists. The Cultivating Culture Series, a series of performances of new work designed to foster a culture of creativity as well as engage with the culture of Pittsburgh, are all being held at ModernFormations Gallery, September 8 & 22 and October 13 & 27.
The Ghosts in Aisle 30
By Matt Henderson
September 8th, 2012
World Premiere Workshop
Kevin is single, jobless, living with his parents, and about to turn 30. When he has a very awkward and embarrassing encounter with a former high school classmate in Wal-Mart, his life plunges down a surreal rabbit hole where the ghosts of his past lurk just behind the toilet paper, the uncomfortable truth of his present is waiting to spring out behind the hand moisturizer, and the answers to whether he will be able to survive his impending adulthood will be discovered through playing the Wal-Mart-sponsored game show somewhere near the shoe racks. Retail therapy is given a whole new meaning in this surreal comedy about the perils of life in the Boomerang Generation and all the social stigma that comes with it.
12 Peers Cabaret
Featuring Daina Michelle Griffith and BrIan Edward
September 22nd, 2012
12 Peers Theater presents a way to get to know all of your favorite peers in the 12 Peers Cabaret! Each peer will perform a cabaret that range from serious to hysterical. The cabarets will feature Daina Michelle Griffith ("Dark Knight Rises", Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre, The REP), 12 Peers favorite BrIan Edward (Creator of Amish Burlesque), 12 Peers Theater Artistic Director Vince Ventura, and Associate Artistic Director Sara Fisher in cabarets that let them express themselves in a way never seen before!
Wine and Spirits
By Michael McGovern
October 13th, 2012
World Premiere Workshop
Are you ready to step inside the old dark house? Join the Chambers family for the reading of Uncle Wallace's will. Wine and Spirits takes you back to the thrillers of the 1930's and 40's. Ghosts! Séances! Zombies! A Hollywood starlet and a voodoo man! You won't know who's alive, dead or in between! A screamingly good time is guaranteed ... if you can make it to the end...
Poe's Last Night
Written and Performed by David Crawford
Poe's Last Night is the story of Edgar Allan Poe's final hours on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland. Disoriented, feverish, desperate, he fights for life and for insight into his stormy years. Within the play, Poe performs several of his most evocative works, including "Alone," "The Raven," and "The Cask of Amontillado."
Portraying Poe is David Crawford, a veteran actor whose work with Poe grew out of his interaction with horror fans as Dr. James Foster in George Romero's Dawn of the Dead.
The Cultivating Culture Series performs September 8 & 22, October 13 & 27, 2012. All shows at ModernFormations, 4919 Penn Ave., Garfield. Second and Fourth Sat., 8 p.m.; Admission is free for second Sat. Workshops, $10 for fourth Sat Cabarets.; Tickets & Info: 12peerstheater.org.
12 Peers Theater was founded in 2011 and operates in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. We are dedicated to bringing stimulating and thought provoking theater to all Pittsburgh audiences. Taking our name from the Twelve Peers of Charlemagne, our mission is to provide challenging and engaging theater. 12 Peers Theater will highlight social, political, and ethical issues, that exist in both classical and contemporary works. We will accomplish this by exploring myth and cultural identity, as well as by using unique and theatrically realized means; all of which strive to open a dialogue with the audience. Through this dialogue, 12 Peers Theater will focus on strengthening community and educational values.