World Premiere Kicks Off Duquesne Summer Company Season


PITTSBURGH – A father and son acting duo will be taking center stage in the world premiere of Tim Ruppert’s The Consorts (June 2-12) to kick off The Summer Company’s 23rd season. 

It’s a frigid evening in England, 1556, and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer faces a fiery execution come morning. But when fate offers him an escape, Cranmer must choose between life and death—as well as between the ghosts of Queens Anne Boleyn and Katherine of Aragon, both of whom want Cranmer’s soul.  Directed by John E. Lane, Jr., The Consorts is a witty, time-shifting drama/comedy chronicling the last days of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (John Yost), attended by Nicholas Woodson (Nathaniel Yost) and visited by the ghosts of Anne Boleyn (Coleen Garrison) and Katherine of Aragon (Jill Jeffrey).  

John Yost, the well-regarded film, TV, and voice-over artist, is a Duquesne University graduate returning to the stage after an 18-year hiatus in order to perform with his son Nathaniel, a junior theater arts major at the university. Garrison is a sophomore at Duquesne, Jeffrey is a theater arts instructor there, and playwright Rupert is also an alumni. Director Lane runs the theater arts program at the university.

All shows take place at Duquesne University’s new Genesius Theater. Tickets are $15, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. Group rates are also available. Tickets and information at

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