Opera Ignite is excited to participate in the 2015 Pittsburgh Fringe Festival! The festival supports adventurous and exploratory performing artists by showcasing their uncensored artistic expression in a professional environment to equally as adventurous audiences and opportunities.
By Shannon Reed
Starring Christina Farrell and Shannon Reed
Featuring Nicholas Benninger
Directed by Brett Sullivan Santry
Produced by Opera Ignite
Run Time: 60 minutes
Suggested for ages 12 and up. Show contains adult themes.
Friday, May 8 at 7:30pm
Saturday, May 9 at 4:00pm
Sunday, May 10 at 1:00pm
New Kirche Contemporary Art Center, 810 Tripoli Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Ticket information coming soon! Visit Pittsburgh Fringe for more info.
Thorton Wilder’s short plays, Aretha Franklin’s recording of “Respect” and a post-apocalyptic America are just three elements cooked into these two short, funny, and thought-provoking plays, presented by Opera Ignite. In Bonnie and Clementine, on Their Way to the Grand Canyon,, Explore the Limits of the Dramatic Form, two sisters take a road trip that never quite leaves the theatrical space. In Welcome to Your Life, a couple of friends struggle to make meaning out of the difficult choices life has handed them in post-war America. “A feast” is how Post-Gazette theatre critic Christopher Rawson has described local actor, writer and playwright Shannon Reed’s award-winning work. Her first produced play was part of the 2005 Pittsburgh New Works Festival, and her plays have subsequently been presented in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Denver. She now teaches at the University of Pittsburgh, where she just completed her MFA in Creative Writing. Onstage, Shannon joins local actor and musician Christina Farrell, an internationally recognized teaching artist and the Founding Director of Opera Ignite in these must-see shows. Both are directed by Pittsburgh native, actor, director, and teaching artist Brett Sullivan Santry, who is also the Educational Outreach Coordinator for Unseam’d Shakespeare as well as a Co-Founder of Pittsburgh Classic Players. You can learn about Shannon’s work at www.shannonreed.org.
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