Friday, November 12, 2010

Pittsburgh Premiere of "runt"


Media Contact:
Veronica Corpuz

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Education and Community Engagement Department presents the Pittsburgh premiere of


The Trust Arts Education Center

December 2-12, 2010

Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Education and Community Engagement Departmis presenting “runt,” a one-man play by award-winning, Canadian/Jamaican writer/actor, Michael Phillip Edwards, December 2-12, 2010 at the Trust Arts Education Center at 805 Liberty Avenue. “runt” is a powerful autobiographical story of one man’s journey from cowering child to an autonomous man.

As the “runt,” the writer details his relationship with his very charismatic father; a domineering man of “self-made fortune--and cursed to the bone.” Set in the male-dominated society of Jamaica, Michael Phillip Edwards shares stories of his life that have guided him to his self awareness, independence from the projections of others, and the ability to stand on his own.

Edward’s meticulous characterization, powerful writing, and mighty performance have garnered numerous accolades for “runt. According to the LA Times, “runt confronts fear in taut, moving dialogue.” The show won the Fringe First award at the international Edinburgh Theater Festival in Scotland, the Sony Gold Award for Best Radio Drama when it was broadcasted on the BBC.

Janis Burley Wilson, VP for Education/Community Engagement says, “It’s a fantastic project and we’re very proud to have an opportunity to bring this show to Pittsburgh. It’s a very important theatre piece, acclaimed internationally, and now Pittsburgh will be among the fortunate cities to have witnessed ‘runt.’”

Michael Phillip Edward will be here in Pittsburgh for an extended stay, conducting acting/writing workshops on what he calls “The runt Method,” and engaging with Pittsburgh’s rich theatre community. One workshop in particular, will be hosted by Mark Clayton Southers of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre and Patrick Jordan of Barebones Theatre Company on Monday, November 29, at 7:00 pm at the Trust Education Center. The cost of this workshop is $25 and includes a post-workshop reception. To register, call 412-471-6079.



A Play written by and starring

Michael Phillip Edwards

Thursday-Saturday, December 2-4 and December 9-11, at 8PM

Sunday, December 5 and December 12 at 2PM

A “raw, comic, electric ride”, Runt is an autobiographical account of the struggles between himself “the Runt” and his Jamaican father.

Winner of the Fringe First award at the Edinburgh Festival in 2001

Winner of the BBC Sony Gold Award for best Radio Drama, 2003

Nov. 29, “RUNT” method acting/writing workshop, conducted by Michael Phillip Edwards, post-workshop reception hosted by Patrick Jordan (Barebones Productions) and Mark Clayton Southers (Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company)

December 4, Meet the Playwright and Post-Show Talk

December 11, Jamaica Night Post-Show Party with DJ Soy Sos

Tickets: $25.75

Outlets: Box Office at Theater Square,, 412-456-6666

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