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Holiday Jam 2018

Fri-Sat, November 30-December 1Doors Open 6:30PM / Show Starts 7:30PM

Now in its fourth year, the Holiday Jam has become an annual musical celebration that audiences call “an awesome show!” The house band includes old friends who played together for years as part of the WQED program Live from Studio A. The Pittsburgh-based lineup of the Holiday Jam is packed with talent, a group of nationally recognized musicians bringing their best for home audiences. Come hear what will be an unforgettable night of music featuring unique arrangements blending jazz, rock, and innovative renditions of holiday classics.

The musicians are: Pete Hewlett – vocals, guitar; Lisa Bleil – vocals; Scott Anderson – keyboards, vocals; Eric DeFade – saxophone; Steve Delach – guitar; Brian Stahurski – bass; Joe Waslousky – drums; Benny Benack, Jr. – saxophone and clarinet; Joe Herndon – trumpet; Bob Matchett – trombone. Maria Becoates-Bey and Benny Benack III are scheduled to appear as special guests.
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Porto Domi

Presented by New Hazlett as part of the Community Supported Art Performance Series

Thu-Fri, December 6-78PM

This heartfelt, silly, and imaginative all-ages puppet show follows a young girl and her best friend, a garden snail, on a bus ride to find the meaning of home with the people they meet. Using large-scale marionettes, projection, shadow puppetry, and dance, Porto Domi explores adapting to unexpected situations and the joy of finding new friends.

A puppeteer, dancer, actor, educator, and maker. Felicia’s work is primarily centered around movement and gesture as a language for expression and the illustration of a human compulsion to find order in chaos through narrative complexities. She has completed artistic residencies with folkLAB, Bread & Puppet Theater, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pearl Arts Studios, and has been the recipient of a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Garage parking is available for $7 cash only

For more information on accessible seating or assistive listening devices please contact the New Hazlett Theater at 412-320-4610 or


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James Carter Quintet

Presented by Kente Arts Alliance

Saturday, December 8Doors Open 7PM / Show Starts 8PM

A Tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

After Wynton Marsalis, no one caused more of an uproar than James Carter when he appeared on the New York jazz scene from his native Detroit.

Carter’s debut recording, JC on the Set, issued in Japan when he was only 23 and in the States a year later in 1993, was universally acclaimed as the finest debut by a saxophonist in decades.

Carter plays both tenor and soprano saxophone and has an encyclopedic knowledge of jazz and an unprecedented technical mastery of practically all sizes of both saxophones and clarinets.

All of this stems from a deep passion for Afro-American music.

With his powerful sound and his enormous energy, Carter is appropriately recognized as one of the best jazz artists of his generation.

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Auntie Mame

An all-star staged reading presented by 'Burgh Vivant

Sunday, December 9Doors Open 5:30PM / Show Starts 6:30PM

Written by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee, and based on the bestselling novel by Patrick Dennis, Auntie Mame is one of the most outrageous plays of all time, following the exploits of wild Manhattan socialite Mame Dennis and her orphaned nephew during the late 1920s. This one-night-only benefit staged reading features an all-star cast of talent, with 2013 Post-Gazette Performer of the Year Daina Griffith in the title role.

For questions or ticket information, contact ‘Burgh Vivant:, 412-600-5292

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A Lyrical Christmas Carol

Presented by Pittsburgh Musical Theater

Thu-Sun, December 13-167:30 PM Evenings; 2 PM Matinees

On Christmas Eve, Scrooge sits in his house with not a kind word for anyone; he just wants to be left alone until the ‘humbug’ of Christmas is over. But four ghostly visitors-his former business partner, followed by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come-show him the error of his ways, and by the time Christmas Day dawns, Scrooge is a changed person. The entire family will enjoy this timeless classic peppered with your favorite Christmas carols.
For tickets please contact the Pittsburgh Musical Theater Box Office and Audience Services Manager, Amber Kocher at (412) 539-0900 x232 or

Thursday, December 13th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Friday, December 14th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 15th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, December 16th, 2018 @ 2:00pm

The Guardians: A Holiday Production

Tuesday, December 18Doors Open 6PM / Show Starts 7PM

The Guardians is an action-packed, music-laden holiday experience. It depicts the stories of three families who have supernatural beings looking after them. Join us for this thought-provoking and fast-moving production. Talent includes the Brown Chapel Heir Force Players; soloists Shelia Beasley, Tonya Carrington, and DaMarra Chanel; Blessed & Chosen Mime Ministry; and dancers Miracle Bynum, Gwendolyn Ratliff and Towanda Young. The Guardians is directed by award-winning actress/director Rita Gregory. You will also have an opportunity to do some last-minute holiday shopping at our vendor booths.

For ticket information and details, call 412-471-4332.

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You Can Call Me Al

Presented by New Hazlett as part of the Community Supported Art Performance Series

Thu-Fri, February 7-8

How do we confront the things that scare us the most when our memories begin to fail us? You Can Call Me Al is a long-form story about growing up, getting gay, coming out, living with mental illness, and uncovering family secrets. By letting go of shame, they reveal what it means to be fully queer and fully vulnerable.

As an artist and educator based in Pittsburgh, Ali embraces the complexity of the queer identity to create new and engaging ways to explore LGBTQIA life within local communities. They currently serves as the Artistic Program Director at Dreams of Hope and previously as the Education & Outreach Director and the Interim Artistic Director of About Face Theatre Company.

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In the Time of the Butterflies

Presented by Prime Stage Theatre

Fri-Sun, March 8-17

“Julia Alvarez’ novel is as lovely as a butterfly at rest, and as moving as one in flight.” ~ Burlington Free Press. Experience the spirit, passions and courageous acts of the Mirabal sisters – “The Butterflies” – as they inspired a fight for freedom in the Dominican Republic. Their legacy led to the UN creating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Directed by Ricardo Vila-Roger
Presented with the NEA Big Read, which is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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Presented by New Hazlett as part of the Community Supported Art Performance Series

Thu-Fri, April 11-12

Hope propels five characters through a surreal and hostile world. In this immersive multi-disciplinary dance performance, the players of Dolina are brought together by fate, transform, and rely on one another as they find the inner strength to keep pushing forward.

A Pittsburgh-based dancer and choreographer, Kasia graduated with a BFA in dance from the University of Michigan. There she learned choreography by guest artists Andrea Miller, Meredith Monk, and Richard Alston, among others. During her time at the University, Kasia also showed her choreography at the American College Dance Association conference.

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Twelfth Night

Presented by Prime Stage Theatre

Fri-Sun, May 3-12

Match wits with one of Shakespeare’s most dynamic heroines in this hilarious tale of love, music and courage. Set in the colorful world of Portugal, Twelfth Night tickles the imagination as Viola disguises herself as a page boy to find her twin brother but finds herself at the center of a crazy love triangle. If music be the food of love, play on!

Directed by Andy Kirtland

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Her Holiness, The Winter Dog

Presented by New Hazlett as part of the Community Supported Art Performance Series

Thu-Fri, May 30-31

In a dystopian future, humans cause the extinction of all animals. Now they must use humans to replace their sacred pets. To protect their status and religious values, three sisters hire a guardian of faith who dresses and lives as a dog. As their spiritual leader, The Winter Dog incites change— but not in the way they expect.

A contemporary chamber ensemble that challenges the boundaries of performance and celebrates women as leaders in the arts. Commissioned by Kamratōn, the opera is composed by Curtis Rumrill and librettist Zachary Webber, and will be premiered under the musical direction of Daniel Curtis, by Kamratōn, Quince Ensemble, and Shana Simmons Dance.