The REP presents world premiere of ‘Antarktikos’
Directed by Sheila McKenna, preview March 21, play runs March 22-April 7 at The Pittsburgh Playhouse
PITTSBURGH – The REP, Point Park University’s professional theatre company, presents the world premiere of emerging playwright Andrea Stolowitz’s Antarktikos, a mind-bending drama about heroism, fear and what it means to say goodbye.
A finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award’s Prize in Drama, Antarktikos previews Thursday, March 21, and runs Friday, March 22-April 7, in the Studio Theatre at The Pittsburgh Playhouse. Performances are 8 p.m., Thursday – Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Because there will be no performance on Easter, March 31, there will be a performance of Antarktikos added on Wednesday, March 27.
|Amy Landis as Susan, Billy Hepfinger as Alex|
In Antarktikos, Susan, a writer in residence at the South Pole, finds herself in an unlikely conversation with Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, leader of the 1912 British Antarctic expedition. Meanwhile, Susan’s daughter, Hilary, embarks on an adventure with an insomniac EMT named Alex in this remarkable play, in which both time and place blur, geographies blend and destinies emerge.
|Billy Hepfinger as Alex, Morgan Wolk as Hilary|
The REP’s production of Antarktikos features Tony Bingham as Joe Foster, Billy Hepfinger as Alex, Amy Landis as Susan and Morgan Wolk as Hilary. Scenic design is by Stephanie Mayer-Staley, lighting design by Todd Wren, sound design by Steve Shapiro, and costume design by Cathleen Crocker-Perry,
|Tony Bingham as Scott, Amy Landis as Susan|
Stolowitz’s plays have been developed and produced nationally and internationally at theaters such as the Old Globe (San Diego), The Long Wharf (New Haven, Conn.), Victory Gardens (Chicago), and The Cherry Lane (New York City). The Los Angeles Times called her work “heartbreaking,” while the Orange County Register characterized her approach as a “brave refusal to sugarcoat the issues and tough decisions.” Her play, Knowing Cairo, had its world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre, and earned San Diego’s Best New Play Award and a Los Angeles Times’ Critic’s Pick. Her play, Ithaka, will have its world premiere in May at the Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Ore.
Photos by Drew Yenchak