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Stage and Theater

Like any major metropolis in the United States, the Steel City has a robust theater and performance arts scene, and many of the productions have fallen within the realm of Geek Culture. The Pittsburgh Public Theater, for instance, was the stage that Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy made his Shakespearean debut in 1975, while the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has conducted musical forays into science fiction and video games. The Pittsburgh theater community likewise includes such cutting-edge companies as Bricolage, Unseam’d Shakespeare and No Name Players, as well as the Arcade Comedy Theater. Old school radio dramas, original comic book-tinged plays and pop culture-themed musicals have all been performed in the Steel City, while role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons has been transformed into both a spectator sport and dance routine—all adding to the uniqueness of the region’s entertainment options.

 

Beyond the Bridges

Evil Dead: The Musical In 2003, a group of Canadian theater students reimagined the Evil Dead films of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell into a cult hit musical that made its Pittsburgh premier in June 2014.

The Intergalactic Nemesis Jason Neulander of Austin, TX, discusses the “live-action graphic novel” that premiered as a radio serial in 1996 before evolving into multimedia production that has toured the world.

 

Pittsburgh-Based Theaters

Arcade Comedy Theater and the Carousel A 1940s nightclub, located in the same block of Liberty Avenue as the present-day Arcade Comedy Theater, witnessed a steady stream of legendary performers.

 

Pittsburgh Stage and Theater Productions

Dodge Intrepid and the Pages of Time The actors behind the old school radio drama, which features a 1940s time travelling librarian from Aliquippa, discuss the success of their onstage performances.

Dungeons & Dragons as Improv Comedy Pittsburgh actor/writer Fred Betzner discusses Knights of the Arcade, which features improv comedy actors playing the popular role playing game live and onstage.

No Name Players and The Sisters Sorella The Pittsburgh-based theater troupe developed a television-style sitcom performed live onstage at the Arcade Comedy Theater, with new “episodes” every month.

Pittsburgh Batman The superhero play written by hip hop artist Lord Grunge of Grand Buffet debuted at the Bricolage Theater in 2013, returning to the Steel City the following year at the Kelly-Strayhorn.

A Pittsburgh Star Wars Cabaret Missy Moreno and Friends hosted a night of comedy and music in celebration of “May the 4th Be With You” and the Star Wars saga at the Arcade Comedy Theater in 2014.

 

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