Pittsburgh Playwrights “Comfort Zone” about violence & redemption

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The Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company is presenting “Comfort Zone” – a searing production about violence and redemption May 2–24 at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, 937 Liberty Avenue, 3rd floor downtown.

Directed by Mark Whitehead and written by Marlon Erik Youngblood as a one act play – “Comfort Zone”  won rave reviews during the 2012 Black and White Festival.

Youngblood has now expanded his work into a gripping full length play.

The main character Checkers, played by acclaimed actor Kevin Brown, is a very loyal and simplistic man.

Playwrights’ founder, Mark Clayton Southers, also stars in this dramatic production along with a dynamic cast.

Checkers life and others around him are thrown into turmoil after a shooting in his neighborhood “mom and pop” store.

There will be a special fundraiser on opening night, Friday May 2nd. Each ticket includes a post-show discussion with the playwright Marlon Erik Youngblood, activist Brandi Fisher, CEO/President of the Alliance for Police Accountability, as well as the legendary Cyril Wecht, the former Allegheny County coroner. The discussion will be moderated by veteran broadcaster Tené Croom.

Following the discussion there will be a wine and cheese reception with the cast, director, managing director, artistic director and board members.

Complete listing of dates and times of “Comfort Zone”:

  • Friday, May 2 (opening night) – 8 pm
  • Saturday, May 3 –  8 pm
  • Sunday, May 4 –  3 pm
  • Thursday, May 8 – 8 pm
  • Friday, May 9 – 8 pm
  • Saturday, May 10 – 8 pm
  • Sunday, May 11 –  3 pm
  • Thursday, May 15 – 8 pm
  • Friday, May 16 – 8 pm
  • Saturday, May 17 – 8 pm
  • Sunday, May 18 – 3 pm
  • Thursday, May 22 – 8 pm
  • Friday, May 23 – 8 pm
  • Saturday, May 24 – 3 pm & 8 pm

Tickets are $20 for Thursdays and weekend matinees, $25 for Friday and Saturday evening shows. Tickets are $5 more at the door except for students with valid ID and theatre artists. All tickets for opening night on Friday May 2nd are $35. Seating is general admission.

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company (http://www.pghplaywrights.com/) was founded by Mark Clayton Southers in 2003. The Playwrights is committed to developing and showcasing the works of local playwrights; from accomplished masters like August Wilson and George S. Kaufman to promising new talents. We seek to nurture a racially and culturally diverse community of playwrights, directors, actors and technical specialists to hone their craft and to network creative opportunities.

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