Thursday, October 29, 2009

Phase 3 Productions Finds Home in Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh

Phase 3 Productions 5314 Butler Street, Suite 2 Pittsburgh PA, 15201 Theatre. Evolved.


Contact: Melissa Hill Grande

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Phase 3 Productions opens 2009-2010 season with Roberto Zucco

Pittsburgh, PA – October 29, 2009. Phase 3 Productions has located a performance venue and announces their production of Roberto Zucco, the first play in their 2009 – 2010 season. The company lost their performance space when the Brew House (located on Pittsburgh’s South Side) was condemned in September.

Roberto Zucco will be performed in downtown Pittsburgh, at 125 7th Street, on the 6th floor. The play is a compelling look at the world through a criminal’s eyes. After escaping from prison, Zucco is pursued by both the police and a mysterious girl. Even if they do capture him, can anyone hope to contain the elemental force that is Roberto Zucco?

The play is inspired by the exploits of a real man who was Public Enemy Number One in France, Italy and Switzerland in the 1980s, and is directed by Dek Ingraham. It was written by Bernard-Marie Koltes and translated by Martin Crimp.

The production features Douglas Baker as Zucco, with Fredi Bernstein, Emily Cordes, Josh Inklovich, James Masciovecchio, Matthew McNear, Sajith Pillai, Joe Roots and Jamisa Spalding. Fight direction is by Tonya Lynn, with production design by J.R. Shaw and costume design by Rachel Parent and Melissa Hill Grande.

Roberto Zucco previews on Friday, November 6th, opens on Saturday November 7th, and runs through November 22nd at 125 7th Street on the 6th floor, downtown. (Elevator available.)

Douglas Baker plays the role of Roberto Zucco. Baker’s recent Pittsburgh credits include George Gibbs in Our Town (Prime Stage), and Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks). He also recently participated in the MFA New Playwrights' workshop at the Kennedy Center in D.C.

Ingraham’s Pittsburgh directing credits The Moustrap (Heritage Players) and The Seahorse (South Park Theatre). He also served as Associate Director for the London premiere of The Guys (Rosemary Branch Theatre) and helmed the North American premiere of The Master's Boy (Friederich Theatre).

The play is the first show in Phase 3’s 2009-2010 season, which features the theme of violence. The community partner for the season is the Pittsburgh Center for Victims of Violence and Crime. Zucco looks at crime through the perspective of the violator; the second play of the season, Irish playwright Frank McGuinness’ Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, uses the perspective of victims to spark discussion. The final play of the season, Lion in the Streets by Canadian playwright Judith Thompson, shows the aftermath of crime in a community.
Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me runs Feb. 26 - March 14, 2010, and tells the story of an Irishman, an Englishman and an American who are being held hostage by terrorists in Lebanon. Will they be able to maintain their essential humanity under these horrifying conditions? Lion in the Streets runs June 4 through 20, 2010, and follows Isobel, the ghost of a young Portuguese immigrant who observes the lives of her former neighbors years after her murder.

Phase 3 Productions is comprised of Executive Director Rachel S. Parent, Managing Artistic Director Dek Ingraham, Artistic Director Melissa Hill Grande, and Production Manager J.R. Shaw. The company’s central mission is to include relevant social awareness in their productions.

The Pittsburgh Center for Victims of Violence and Crime (CVVC) provides victim advocacy and support services, crisis intervention, counseling and community education programs that address the causes and impacts of all types of violence and crime. Their website is

Roberto Zucco previews November 6th at 8 p.m., opens November 7th at 8 p.m., and continues with performances November 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st at 8 p.m., with a closing matinee performance on November 22nd at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students, senior citizens, and persons under 25. Previews are $12 for adults and $10 for students, senior citizens, and persons under 25. Tickets are available through ShowClix at 1-888-71-TICKETS or online at

For more information visit the Phase 3 website at

Roberto Zucco Fact Sheet

Roberto Zucco by Bernard-Marie Koltes
Directed by Dek Ingraham

125 7th Street, 6th floor, downtown Pittsburgh

Cast: Douglas Baker, Fredi Bernstein, Emily Cordes, Josh Inklovich, James Masciovecchio, Matthew McNear, Sajith Pillai, Joe Roots and Jamisa Spalding

Designers: J.R. Shaw (Production design), Rachel Parent and Melissa Hill Grande (Costumes)

Fight Direction: Tonya Lynn

Stage Manager: Jen Atwood

Performance Dates and Times:

First Week: Friday, November 6, PREVIEW, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 7, OPENING, 8 p.m.

Second Week: Friday – Saturday, November 13 - 14, 8 p.m.

Third Week: Friday-Saturday, November 20 - 21, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 22, 2 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $15 for Adults
$12 for Senior Citizens, Students, and Under-25s

Preview tickets: $12 for Adults
$10 for Senior Citizens, Students, and Under -25s

For Tickets, Call ShowClix at 1-888-71-TICKETS or visit the ShowClix website at

For more information, visit
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