On the Town: Pittsburgh New Works Festival 2013, Opening Night

‘Burgh Vivant sponsored the post-show mingle for last night’s opening of the 2013 Pittsburgh New Works Festival at Off The Wall Theatre in Carnegie.  Host Brian Edward, and contributors Mike Buzzelli and Lonnie Jantsch were on hand to party with the patrons and dish out exclusive ‘Burgh Vivant gift packages.  Notable visitors included actor Bingo O’Malley, Carnegie mayor Jack Kobistek, Carnegie Library & Music Hall Director Maggie Forbes, Kim ElLynne Franks, Randy DeShong, director Naomi Grodin, and recent ‘Burgh Vivant feature, Marlene Smith-Pendleton, among many others.  Award-winning Pittsburgh playwright and New Works board member F.J. Hartland cheerfully greeted guests, and ‘Burgh Vivant had the privilege of cocktailing afterward with several of the program’s performers including Jen Luta and Andy Coleman.  The Pittsburgh New Works Festival runs through the month of September at Off The Wall theatre in Carnegie.  Tickets and schedule available HERE.

actress Jun Luta with 'Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward.
actress Jen Luta with ‘Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward.
Eugene Banks, Brian Edward, Catherine Kolos, Lynne Franks, and Tom Kolos.
Eugene Banks, Brian Edward, Catherine Kolos, Lynne Franks, and Tom Kolos.
Bob Podurgiel, Brian Edward, and recent 'Burgh Vivant feature Marlene Smith-Pendleton
Bob Podurgiel, Brian Edward, and recent ‘Burgh Vivant feature Marlene Smith-Pendleton




THE MAIN EVENT at Off The Wall Theatre – featuring ‘Burgh Vivant contributor Mike Buzzelli

‘Burgh Vivant contributor Mike Buzzelli, emcees THE MAIN EVENT, a unique performance starring Ingrid Ullrich and Josh Himes at Off the Wall Theatre in Carnegie this weekend.

Ingrid Ullrich is your ultimate overall entertainer.

Her spicy and sassy appearance on stage whether in dancing, singing, acting, or modeling can light up an audience anywhere.  Josh “Handsome Hitman” Himes is a nationally ranked Cruiserweight Champion boxer, and is said to be the future of boxing.

They combine their talents, putting on a knockout performance! Come watch this extremely funny and highly entertaining comedy of an Italian marriage sharing their lives as a dancer and a boxer. They both get to showcase their talent and swap places with one another. This swap allows them to discover what a dynamic duo they make despite their differences, and just how powerful their love truly is.

Ingrid has traveled throughout the world for various production companies including her most recent, Royal Caribbean International. She can also be seen in various magazines, including features in FHM and Maxim.

Ingrid explains her journey throughout the industry in her newly published book, ‘Ocean Dancer,’ available for purchase on Amazon and select bookstores. The significance of ‘Ocean Dancer’ is that it tells the story of how she came up with creating her own show, ‘The Main Event,’ which is her newest and ongoing production featuring top boxer, Josh Himes, her fiancee and vocals by Jewel Ullrich, her sister.

It is an experience not to be missed!  Performances are this Friday and Saturday August 23rd and 24th, 8pm at Off the Wall Theatre, 25 West Main Street, Carnegie PA.  Minutes from downtown with plenty of free parking.

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