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A Streetcar Named Desire

Presented by barebones productions

Thursday, November 20-Saturday, December 6Wednesday - Saturday 8PM, Sunday 11/30 7PM

Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War Two, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams is the story of Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman on a desperate prowl for someplace in the world to call her own. After being exiled from her hometown of Laurel, Blanche explains her unexpected appearance on Stanley and Stella’s (Blanche’s sister) doorstep as nervous exhaustion. Blanche’s efforts to impose herself between them only enrages the animal inside Stanley. As rumors of Blanche’s past begin to catch up to her, her circumstances become unbearable.

Starring Tami Dixon, Jenna C. Johnson, Patrick Jordan, Jeffrey Carpenter, Jaime Slavinski, Ben Mayer, Dante Poloni, Christopher Josephs, Cindy Jackson, Siovhan Christensen, and Ryan Borgo.

With Live music from Joe Grushecky and John Gresh on select nights.

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Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards

Presented by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments

Monday, December 8Doors at 6PM, Ceremony at 6:30PM

Celebrate the third annual Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards at a free public ceremony.  The awards honor Carol R. Brown, who led the cultural and economic transformation of downtown Pittsburgh’s cultural district as President of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust from 1986 to 2001.

Conceptual artist Lenka Clayton will be honored as Emerging Artist and interdisciplinary artist Jon Rubin will be honored as Established Artist.

The awards ceremony at the New Hazlett Theater will feature performances by previous Investing in Professional Artists program grantees:  master dancer and artistic director of Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, Mama Kadiatou; composer and co-artistic director of Squonk Opera, Jackie Dempsey; and multimedia storyteller, artist Daniel McCloskey. A festive reception will be held in the lobby of the theater following the ceremony.

Tickets are free, but must be reserved using the “buy tickets” link above.

The Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards are jointly sponsored by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments as part of a major initiative, Investing in Professional Artists: The Pittsburgh Region Artists Program, that provides resources to professional artists for the breadth of the creative process, from concept to completion.

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CSA Artist: Jennifer Myers’ TRANSLATIONS

Part of the CSA Performance Series

Friday, December 128pm

Tickets $20 in advance ($25 at the door)

Rivers, streets, sidewalks, and bridges. Visual artist and director Jennifer Myers takes performances that she originally created for public spaces and translates them into an original one-hour performance in six acts.

Starring Mimi Jong as The Musician; Jil Stifle and Jasmine Hearn as The Extinction; Joanna Reed as The Slow Activist; Gia Cacalano as The Woman Dancing; Christina Lee as The Artist; Tessa Barber as The Singer; Oreen Cohen as Witness #1; Anqwenique Wingfield as Witness #2; Scott Andrew as The Unreliable Narrator and Translator; Ji young Nam as The Last One Standing; Kylan Bjornson as The Child; Ricardo Iamuuri as The Weather.

About the Local Artist

Jennifer Myers is a visual artist living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. Her practice follows two trajectories: as a studio-based artist in sculpture, photography, printmaking, and drawing; and as director of public performances. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country.  Learn more about her work at punkypip.com.

About the CSA

The New Hazlett Theater Community Supported Art Performance Series is based on the farm share model of community supported agriculture.  For only $100, each New Hazlett CSA “shareholder” receives six fresh productions, delivered every other month to the New Hazlett Theater.

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CSA Performance Series 2014-2015

presented by the New Hazlett Theater

Friday, December 12-Thursday, June 11

Each New Hazlett CSA “shareholder” receives six fresh productions, delivered every other month to the New Hazlett Theater.  What will your share include?  Only the best new work our local creative community has to offer, from dance and music, to theater and performance art.

Becoming a shareholders allows you to directly support local artists, and it comes with several unique benefits as well.  Shareholder benefits include special events and offers, access to our Artist Harvest launch party this June, and easy ticket exchange.

The upcoming New Hazlett Theater CSA 2014-15 season lineup includes projects by:

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Become a shareholder today and in addition to these six outstanding performances, you’ll receive tickets to the world premiere of Alexis Gideon’s The Crumbling.

The CSA Performance Series is supported in part by The Benter Foundation, Hillman Foundation, and The McKinney Charitable Foundation. 

The CSA Performance Series is part of the Community Supported Arts Alliance.  For details on the visual art CSA, visit www.csapgh.com.

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Kenny Garrett Quintet

Presented by Kente Arts Alliance

Saturday, December 138PM

Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, Grammy-award winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, through his time spent with Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation.

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Ken Gargaro’s A Lyrical Christmas Carol

Thursday, December 18-21Thursday - Saturday 7:30PM, Sunday Matinee at 2PM

Dickens’ magical tale of Scrooge, ghosts, Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family returns this holiday by popular demand. This interpretation of the classic tale of redemption was created in 1991 by Ken and Jane Gargaro. It’s a heartwarming show that brims with holiday spirit with seasonal carols and the music of Bach, Mozart, and Vaughn Williams.

For tickets, call (412) 539-0900 x232

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CSA Artists: Jil Stifel and Ben Sota

Part of the CSA Performance Series

Thursday, February 128pm

When contemporary circus meets dance, anything is possible.  Dropped into a sweeping landscape performers ignite the world around them.  In this new collaboration between Jil Stifel and Ben Sota, moments of quirkiness melt into shifting perceptions and reveal hidden beauty.

About the Local Artists

Jil Stifel is a collaborative artist who works in movement, dance and performance. Her choreography and multi-media projects have been presented in the United States and Japan. She teaches dance at the University of Pittsburgh and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Highest Honors in dance from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Learn more at jilstifel.com.

Ben Sota is the artistic director of Zanny Umbrella Cirus. He studied circus at Flic Circus school in Turin Italy, the San Francisco Circus Center, Trapeze Arts, and Acro Sports, and he has produced over thirty shows and performed at the National Council on Foundation, the National Storytelling Convention, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, at Al Hussein Amphitheater in Amman Jordan, and at hundreds of other venues. Learn more at zannyumbrellacircus.com.

Jil Stifel and Ben Sota receive state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

About the CSA

The New Hazlett Theater Community Supported Art Performance Series is based on the farm share model of community supported agriculture.  For only $100, each New Hazlett CSA “shareholder” receives six fresh productions, delivered every other month to the New Hazlett Theater.

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The Crumbling

Friday, February 20-21

Alexis Gideon and a team of artistic collaborators present the world premiere of The Crumbling, a 21 minute narrative stop-motion animated opera that combines projected video with live music.  Follow the trials of an apprentice librarian as she tries to save her city from crumbling down around her.  Explore the importance of word and symbol in a decaying culture, as well as the marginalization and persecution of people based on heritage, gender, race or belief, and all that is lost in such persecution.

For production stills and additional information, visit Alexis’s website.

About Gideon

The Crumbling is Gideon’s fourth stop-motion animated video opera. He has performed his earlier work over 350 times and in 11 countries, including at New Museum of Contemporary Art (Manhattan, NY), Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), Times Zone Festival (Bari, Italy) and Suedpol (Luzerne, Switzerland). Gideon came to Pittsburgh just over a year ago and says he was drawn to the city for its vibrant art scene and down-to-earth attitude.

Directed by Alexis Gideon
Written by Jacob Rubin (Best New American Voices, New York Magazine, Slate) and Alexis Gideon
Music Composed, Performed and Produced by Alexis Gideon
Animation and Cinematography by Alexis Gideon
Character and Set Fabrication by Cynthia Star (Paranorman, Coraline) and Alexis Gideon
Costume Fabrication by Casey Droege (Six X Ate, CSA PGH) and Alexis Gideon
Background Sky Conception and Execution by Gretchen Neidert (Pittsburgh Filmmakers) and Alexis Gideon
Additional Mystic Artwork by Celeste Neuhaus (International Symposium for Electronic Art, LACMA)
Lighting Consultation by Andrew David Ostrowski
Title Design by Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul, The Changers)
Audio Mastering by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering

Funding for Alexis Gideon was provided by the Investing in Professional Artists Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.

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CSA Artist: Anya Martin

Part of the CSA Performance Series

Thursday, April 28pm

Anya Martin, along with the Hiawatha Project and a team of performing artists, disassembles the legendary hero of the American railroad, John Henry.  JH: Mechanics of a Legend looks deep into our cultural past for the human behind the folklore.

What convergence of events gave rise to this icon myth?  The likes of Johnny Cash, Harry Belafonte, and Bruce Springsteen have all drawn on Henry for inspiration in their folk ballads, but are Henry’s roots only legend or is there truth in the stories?

About the Local Artist

Anya is the artistic director and lead conceptual artist, playwright, and director of the Hiawatha Project.  Hiawatha strives to create original ensemble-based performances inspired by specific social issues.  Learn more at hiawathaproject.org.

About the CSA

The New Hazlett Theater Community Supported Art Performance Series is based on the farm share model of community supported agriculture.  For only $100, each New Hazlett CSA “shareholder” receives six fresh productions, delivered every other month to the New Hazlett Theater.

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CSA Double Feature

Part of the CSA Performance Series

Thursday, June 118pm

Teena Marie Custer examines how we create personas across social networks with a brand new solo hip-hop dance performance.  Included with this performance, Roberta Guido uses dance to explore the powerful effects of touch on human emotion.

About the Local Artists

Teena Marie Custer is a b-girl and hip hop dance theatre artist based in Pittsburgh, PA.  Teena Marie battles and performs internationally with her all female street dance group, Venus Fly Trap, as well as her local Pittsburgh crew, Get Down Gang. Her hip hop dance theater solo, “The Be-Girl Diaries” was selected to be performed at Sadler’s Wells Theater in London, England.

Roberta Guido is a student at The College at Brockport, New York, where she has danced in numerous performances.  In the coming year, Roberta aims to create new work outside the university setting and establish herself as an artist and dancer.

About the CSA

The New Hazlett Theater Community Supported Art Performance Series is based on the farm share model of community supported agriculture.  For only $100, each New Hazlett CSA “shareholder” receives six fresh productions, delivered every other month to the New Hazlett Theater.