Set in 1964 in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, Violet is a beautiful musical that follows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young woman who embarks on a journey from North Carolina to Tulsa, Oklahoma in the hopes that a TV evangelist can cure her. On her journey of self-discovery, she meets a young black soldier who teaches her about true beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider.
Monteze Freeland’s Kalopsia
Part of the CSA Performance Series
Thursday, June 18PM
“When I was 25, a therapist told me that I was retarded.”
Kalopsia (kal-op-see-uh) is the delusion of things being more beautiful than what they are. Both courageous and comic, this daring new musical takes a look inside the world of mental illness in the black community. Kalopsia is a no-holds-barred journey into a surreal world of music, glam, faith, and healing.
Monteze is an actor, director, playwright and Artistic Director of The LAB Project. Monteze is also a teaching artist who is the current Director of Education for Quantum Theatre and Artistic Associate for Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company.
About the CSA
The New Hazlett CSA, the first and only performance series of its kind, introduces you to the freshest, most original artists in the Pittsburgh area. Since the seeds were first planted in 2013, the New Hazlett Theater CSA Performance Series has brought over 100 new and emerging artists to the stage. From dance to music, original plays to experimental animation, our CSA pushes the boundaries of performance at every show.
Presented by Cello Fury
Saturday, June 38PM
Kick off your summer with Cello Fury for an evening of original music. See the band up close in a historic theater. With seating available on three sides, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. VIP tickets guarantee early access to the venue, along with first priority seating and a pre-show meet and greet with the band.
Dinner at Soba
A dinner benefiting the New Hazlett Theater
Tuesday, June 136PM
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Soba hosts an elegant evening benefiting the New Hazlett Theater. Soba’s pan-Asian cuisine is best experienced in a group since the array of small plates and entrees is intended for sampling and sharing. So join us and other close friends of the New Hazlett for an engaging evening of fine dining and art.
Presented by Kinetic Theatre
Fri-Sun, June 16-July 2
Written by Lucas Hnath
Directed by Andrew Paul
Musical Direction and Arrangements by Douglas Levine
“Among the best, fairest and most provocative discussions of religion I’ve ever seen in an American theater… marvelous.”
– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“This terrific play about the mysteries of faith by Lucas Hnath – one of the brightest new voices of his generation – is mesmerizing”
– Charles Isherwood, New York Times
Pastor Paul has spent 20 years successfully growing his church from a modest storefront to a gleaming megachurch, but he no longer believes in Hell, and he’s about to preach a sermon about it. He thinks all of the people in his church are going to be happy to hear what he has to say. He’s wrong…
The Christians is epic and unexpectedly intimate, an unflinching look at faith in America.
Presented by Front Porch Theatricals
Fri-Sun, August 18-27
Based on the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Tim Burton movie, Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, (Wild Party) and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent “big fish” of a tale, itself. Spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love.