The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, will produce four works, including one world premiere and one Pittsburgh premiere, in the 2012 - 2013 season, which opens Sept. 7, 2012 and runs through April 6, 2013 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
The REP's 2012 – 2013 season is as follows:
August: Osage County
By Tracy Letts
Directed by John Shepard
Friday, Sept. 7 – Sunday, September 23
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, Tracy Letts' August: Osage County is a wild ride that tells the story of the Westons, a hysterical yet horrifically dysfunctional clan that comes together at their Oklahoma home when the patriarch disappears. Forced to confront unspoken truths and secrets, the family must also contend with Violet, a pill-popping, deeply unsettled woman at the center of this storm. Los Angeles Times says it is "sensationally entertaining…a feast for actors and audiences alike." Time Magazine named it the "#1 Show of the Year!" Described by Variety as a "very juicy…epic evening…( a) richly entertaining dysfunctional-family juggles the hilarious, the poignant and the appalling on a scale seldom seen," August: Osage County is a tale brimming with savory characters told with unremitting honesty.
By PatRick Hamilton
Directed by Elmore James
Friday, Sept. 28 – Sunday, Oct. 14
For the mere sake of adventure, danger, and the "fun of the thing," Wyndham Brandon persuades his weak-minded friend, Charles Granillo, to assist him in the murder of a fellow undergraduate. They place the body in a wooden chest, invite a few acquaintances, and host a dinner party with the chest as the supper table. Horror and tension swell gradually; thunder grows outside, the guests leave, and we see the reactions of the two murderers to the strange, twisted series of events. Elmore James creates an edgy, American-ized version of this psychological drama brimming with shock and suspense.
James is a theater director, musical performer, opera singer and is a teacher of acting and musical theater, having worked both here in the United States and in Europe, having worked on Broadway, in regional theater and in opera, at the Metropolitan Opera House as well as the opera houses of Italy, Germany, France and Scandinavia. He has directed everything from Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Harold Pinter and Lanford Wilson to Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Weber. His award-winning career spans over 40 years.
Becky's New Car
By Steven Dietz
Directed by Kim Martin
Friday, Feb. 1 – Sunday, Feb. 17
Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage-with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn't dare. Becky's New Car is a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.
Variety says, "Perhaps the highest praise that can be given to Steven Dietz's praiseworthy new comedy is that it's funny…gently and consistently funny-right up to the point that it's touching, and then even a little bit after that. Becky's New Car takes the audience on a smart, comic cruise through the perils of middle-aged longing and regret."
Antarktikos (World Premiere)
By Andrea Stolowitz
Directed by Sheila McKenna