March 2019

After our holiday hiatus we jump back into the blog with a note from our Marketing Director, Hannah Brizzi

The Great Works Continues was an article I stumbled upon early last year. It lists the 25 Best American Plays Since Angels in America. Kushner’s classic is my favorite play of all time. I read it in college and became obsessed with Harper’s journey. Throughline Theatre Company performed Angels in America in 2014 to celebrate their five year anniversary. Looking at the article though, I realized that the number of plays that I read was pretty low. Yes, I had read the Shakespeare classics and a couple of odd-ball plays in college like Dog Sees God and Rockaby, but I saw that my literary journey could use an update.  I started diving in and devouring plays like Ruined, The Humans and This Is Our Youth. I added a couple more to the list and without even knowing it was going to be a part of our season, I picked up ‘Night, Mother by Marsha Norman. It had rave reviews and during it’s professional runs had featured acclaimed actors like Kathy Bates and Sissy Spacek. It’s not an easy read. The play tackles difficult issues like mental health and suicide. Throughline recognizes the seriousness of these issues and will be sharing opportunities for awareness and prevention as our show approaches.

There are so many fantastic plays out there that aren’t the typical ones you see all the time. I’m so proud to be a part of a company that is featuring those interesting and original plays, along with brand-new plays like How To Die Alone from the New Play Exchange.

September 2018

Our Marketing Director, Hannah Brizzi, shares her thoughts on the past season and how we can make next season great:

What a season it has been! We have recently closed our 2018 season, one that I was lucky enough to be a part of. Pittsburgh never ceases to amaze me with it's incredible talent. When I showed up at the read-through for Picasso at the Lapin Agile, I was blown away by the talent around me. I hadn't done a comedy for a long time and I forgot how much fun rehearsals can be when you are just laughing constantly.

The laughs continued when I attended Ubu Roi and The Inspector General. When I read the scripts months ago, I couldn't imagine what these shows would look like up on their feet. I'm continually in admiration of our directors and creative teams and their incredible visions.

If there is one thing I realized during my time here at Throughline Theatre Company, it is how much work goes into making the shows happen. We are talking hours behind the scenes of people working late nights and weekends to get these shows up, noticed and seen. All on a volunteer basis. Yep, people might not know that we don't get paid. So that means it is just a team of very enthusiastic theater lovers that want to do everything they can to bring theater to the public. It is honestly the best kind of people to be around. I would encourage you to help us out by joining Patreon today. For as little as one fancy drink from Starbucks a month (seriously, the price of your Pumpkin Spice Latte), you can make an incredible difference for Throughline. Learn more about here:

Thanks for reading and supporting local art!

October 2017

For our first post Hannah Brizzi, Marketing Administrator, discusses one of her favorite Throughline performances and some of the reasons why she loves volunteering her time with us:

"I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in numerous seasons of Throughline Theatre Company. A couple years back, I acted in their all-female production of "Everyman." It was incredible to work with a bunch of fierce, talented, incredible ladies (plus our fearless co-director Joey Yow). I love how this past season, The Fair Sex, featured numerous plays with female centered plots and a bunch of juicy roles for us to play. I remember when Sean Sears announced we were doing “The Vibrator Play.” I gasped at the table out of excitement. It’s a fantastic show with a solid message, and not nearly as scandalous as it might sound. Throughline always does exciting work that is inclusive to all. I’m proud to be a part of it."