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Twelfth Night & the World Premiere of a new Comedy by Stoney Richards

About Twelfth Night

Nick Hrutkay stages a one-hour version of Twelfth Night. One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, PSiP’s production of Twelfth Night takes a tropical twist in this immersive reimagining of mistaken identity, music, and unrequited love. Illyria is a society in limbo held captive by loss. That is, until a sea- drenched stranger arrives and unexpectedly unleashes the chaotic and transformative power of love. This 60-minute exotic excursion will cause immense joy and compulsion to sing along to tons of fun music, tossing beach balls, and having a cold drink from the bar at a beautiful venue, Soluna in the Strip District. Matt Calvetti serves as music director and musician.

About Shakespeare: First Drafts by Charles David “Stoney” Richards

Master Classes are all the rage these days. Alan Irvine directs the premiere of Shakespeare: First Drafts, a new one-act by Charles David “Stoney” Richards, who also plays the Bard in this comic take on familiar works. William Shakespeare jumps on the bandwagon, determined to cash in on his several centuries of fame. Will reveals his creative process by staging glimpses into the hilariously rough first attempts at some of his iconic scenes and characters. Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, none of which worked quite right the first time around—and that was before overly helpful actors and union foremen got their hands on those scripts.

Shakespeare’s festive comedy moves to the tropics where love, loss, and mistaken identities reign! Is Sebastian looking for his lost Shaker of Salt? Only a Jimmy Buffet song might sort our mysteries at SOLUNA! 

FOUR evening performances of TWELFTH NIGHT and SHAKESPEARE: FIRST DRAFTS at SoLuna

Week of Will Events also include the following with more online features announced and all event details on Facebook and the PSiP website.
Events are free with donations requested with the exception of PSiP’s four evenings at Soluna and Brawling Bard’s Pittsburgh Fringe show.

Purchase tickets online as seating is limited!
PSiP’s Double Bill
Brawling Bard Fringe events

Week of Will features the events listed above.
Watch our social media and website for details.
Questions? or call 412-404-8531.

Actors appearing in the double bill include:

Charles David “Stoney” Richards as Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Shakespeare in his own new play. Jennifer Tober, PSiP artistic director, appears as Duke Orsino then various roles including Romeo in the second play.

The casts feature: Catherine Baird (Viola, Sebastian/Shylock etc); Harper York (Olivia/Lear, Lady Macbeth, etc); Lexie Hellinger (Feste, Sebastian/Portia, etc); Matt Henderson (Maria/Witch, Prospero, Antonio); Clark Atkinson (Andrew Aguecheek/Juliet, Fool, etc); Bob Colbert (Sir Toby/Macbeth); and Tracy D. Turner (Master Tilney). Actors will appear in a variety of other supporting roles.  

Matt Calvetti is music director and performs as the musician. MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OUR SEPTEMBER PRODUCTION 
“CLEOPATRA & ANTONY” – An all-female production of Shakespare’s romantic history.

SATURDAY & SUNDAYS in September in Pittsburgh parks TBA!
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The 19th season will pay tribute to the late actor Ronald H. Siebert, who performed in many PSiP shows and events, who died in December 2022.

“Ron graced our stage many times, most notably as King Cymbeline, King Lear, and the Friar in Romeo and Juliet,” Jennifer Tober said. “Ron was a wonderful actor, a great mentor, and a gentle friend to all.”

Ronald H. Siebert, member, Actors’ Equity Association.
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Catherine Aceto, Lynette Asson, Aaron Crutchfield, Erika Fricke, Yvonne Hudson, Alan Irvine,  Jonathan Poli, Tracey D. Turner, Anne Valdes
Jennifer Tober, Founder and Artistic Director

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Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ productions are supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Production Sponsors

Additional support from:

  • The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • PNC Charitable Trust
  • The Fine Foundation
  • The Heinz Small Arts Initiatives
  • Opportunity Fund
  • Arts Equity Reimagined/Covid-19 Arts Working Group

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks celebrates 19 seasons of bringing FREE Shakespeare plays to the Steel City!