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CSA Artists: Jil Stifel and Ben Sota

Part of the CSA Performance Series

Thursday, February 128pm

TICKETS: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
(CSA Half-Season Shares Also Available

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.

WaywardLand from Jil Stifel on Vimeo.

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

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

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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CSA Performance Series 2014-2015

presented by the New Hazlett Theater

Thursday, February 12-Thursday, June 11

There’s still time to become a CSA shareholder and directly support local art.  Subscribe now to the second half of the New Hazlett 2014-2015 CSA Performance Series and receive a ticket to the world premiere of Alexis Gideon’s The Crumbling.

The second half of our CSA series includes:

As a special bonus, you’ll also receive tickets to the world premiere of Alexis Gideon’s The CrumblingFebruary 20-21.

Each New Hazlett CSA “shareholder” receives 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 in June, and easy ticket exchange.

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


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Remainder | Northside: Works in Progress

Presented by Attack Theatre

Sunday, February 152PM - 4PM

Join Attack Theatre for a works-in-progress showing of Remainder | Northside. Become a part of  the  creative conversation and experience a demonstration of the process that will inform and inspire  this world premiere at the New Hazlett Theater.

Leading up to a world premiere performance in June 2015, this project uses a dialogue-based process with Northside youth to spark artistic inspiration and the creation of original dance and music.  Remainder | Northside is a process of listening, responding, and creating. The final performance is what remains.

During this afternoon gathering, meet the creative team and learn about the Northside workshops, performances and interactions that comprise this project. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on this event, the process or the final performance in June, please visit or call 412-281-3305.

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The Crumbling

Friday, February 20-21

TICKETS $12 in advance  |  $15 at the door

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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The Pittsburgh Moth GrandSLAM III: When Worlds Collide

Presented by The Moth

Thursday, February 26Doors at 7:00PM, Show at 8:00PM

The Moth presents the GrandSLAM, a battle of wits and words – fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking and all points between. Listen to ten tellers tell stories of dog people versus cat people. Fire versus ice. Politics versus Truth. Krispy Kreme versus Tofu. You say Potato, I say Potatoe.

The Moth is dedicated to finding intriguing people to tell inspired stories. At The Moth StorySLAM, those people find us. On this night, using words as weapons, they battle to determine Pittsburgh’s Moth GrandSLAM Story Champion.

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Presented by RAE Productions with Millennium Pittsburgh

Friday, February 278PM

Unified in diversity, this is ONE.  With performances by a cadre of Pittsburgh-based dancers, including Millennium instructors and members of the COMPANY, ONE features some of the best choreographers and dance artists the city has to offer.  Everything from contemporary dance, to hip hop, ballet, and jazz.

Performers include:
Textures Contemporary Ballet
fireWALL Dance Company
KG Dynasty
And the 2014-2015 Company Members & Apprentices

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B.U.S. 10

PResented by Bricolage

Saturday, February 286:30PM

See an incredible line-up of local artists risking their creative necks to support Bricolage’s 2015 season. Inspired by a 90-minute city bus ride, these artists have just 24 hours to write, direct, and memorize six new 10-minute plays. Come aboard, take a seat, and watch the story unfold.

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Animal Farm

Presented by Prime Stage Thetre

Friday, March 6-15

Two legs bad.  Four legs good!
Two legs bad.  Four legs good!

The chant rings out across the farm in this theatrical interpretation of George Orwell’s classic story.  Animals overthrow their farmer masters, revolutionizing society.  But is it for the better?

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Unleashed Emotions

Presented by Texture Contemporary Ballet

Friday, March 20-22Friday - Saturday 8PM, Sunday 2PM

Explore joy, desire, passion and rebirth in this exciting show of both old and new works by choreographers Alan Obuzor and Kelsey Bartman. Bartman premieres a new ballet, using the music of Olafur Arnalds, Patrick Wolfe, Ludovico Einaudi and others. Obuzor, inspired by the music of late artist Eva Cassidy, will present a new piece sure to stir feelings in all who watch it.

Two past pas de deuxs will return to the stage, one being Hydroplaning Flower, last performed two years ago. Also, Another Story, depicting the journey of how a relationship became broken.

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At Once There Was a House


Wednesday, March 25-29Wednesday 7PM, Thursday - Friday 8PM, Sunday 2PM

A zany theatrical ride exploring what happened to Dick and Jane.  Vignettes range from humorous to poignant, from comical to disturbing.  With choreography by Beth Corning and performances by Corning, John Gresh, Yaov Kaddar, Tamar Rachelle Tolentino, and Michele de la Reza.

On Friday, March 27, come be a part of CORNINGWORKS’ 5th Birthday Bash, a post-performance champagne reception.

Tickets go on sale this February, 2015


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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

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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Legally Blonde Jr

Presented by Pittsburgh Musical Theatrer

Thursday, April 9-12Thursday - Saturday 7:30PM, Sunday at 2PM (April 9-11 10AM matinees)

When Elle’s high school boyfriend Warner dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she’s not “serious” enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate Emmett and spunky hairdresser Paulette along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive – in fact, law may be her natural calling after all as she quickly begins outsmarting her peers.


The Dance of Death

Presented by Kinetic Theatre

Friday, April 17-Sunday, May 38PM, Sunday Matinees at 2PM

By August Strindberg
In a new version by Conor McPherson
Directed by Andrew Paul

Meet Edgar and Alice, a witty, long-married couple.  Married perhaps 25 years too long, this career military man and his grand dame of a former stage actress wife reside in a former prison on a remote island off the Swedish coast.  Rarely seen live, The Dance of Death is a caustic, hilarious black comedy.  Kinetic Theatre’s Pittsburgh premiere production stars Sam Tsoutsouvas and Helena Ruoti, each in the role of this or any other lifetime, with Mark Staley as Kurt, the long-suffering soul who set them up.

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The Mousetrap

Presented by Prime Stage Thetre

Friday, May 8-17

A murder at Monkswell Manor.  Who will be next?  Colonel Metcalf, the neurotic Christopher Wren, the unpleasant Mrs. Boyle, the mysterious Miss Casewell, the unexpected guest Mr. Paravicini, or the young couple Moliie and Giles Ralston? A s everyone accuses each other, can you trap the murderer before Sgt. Trotter does or before someone else dies?

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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.