Theater: February 2018: Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents, Cultural District


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES 

THE COHEN AND GRIGSBY TRUST PRESENTS SERIES

WILL FEATURE AN ARRAY OF DIVERSE, DYNAMIC,
INSPIRATIONAL & UNIQUE THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES
BY AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS IN FEBRUARY 2018
INCLUDING

THE HOLLYWOOD SPECIAL EFFECTS SHOW
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MUSICAL THRONES: A PARODY OF ICE AND FIRE
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BOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD: A JOURNEY THROUGH HINDI CINEMA
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POSTSECRET: THE SHOW 

PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series brings an array of diverse, unique theatrical performances by award-winning artists to the Cultural District this February, as follows listed in chronological order: The Hollywood Special Effects Show, MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire, Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindi Cinema, and PostSecret: The Show.

The Hollywood Special Effects Show
Monday, February 5, 2018 | Byham Theater | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $25.
Audiences will be able to get closer to the action than ever before as this interactive and explosive family show goes behind the scenes of many favorite blockbuster films to discover the science and secrets of creating movie magic. Live on stage, the show’s team will give a revealing insight into the world of special effects, taking families on an exciting journey as they feel the heat of an onstage inferno, marvel at gruesome sci-fi monsters, are blown away by apocalyptic weather and hold on tight through huge explosions!

The Hollywood Special Effects Show uses more pyrotechnics than any other touring theatre show, and for some sequences, the audience is protected by bullet proof glass placed across the stage. The animatronic dinosaur that appears in the show was built by specialists in Japan, and the large air cannon used in the finale of the show is capable of firing a projectile over an incredible 1500 feet!  The team of professionals behind this special effects show have also been involved in other touring productions: The Dark Knight Rises, Guardians of The Galaxy, The Phantom of the Opera, and Game of Thrones.  This show uses pyrotechnic effects. Effects may include, but are not limited to: strobe lighting, smoke and haze, airbursts, and gunflashes. To view a video preview: https://vimeo.com/140079784

MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire
Thursday, February 8, 2018 | Byham Theater | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $35
Fans of the most talked about show on television can now get their fantasy fix live on stage with the hilarious send-up MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire. Composed by the hysterical mad men behind the long-running SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, Jon and Al Kaplan, MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire brings your most beloved and be-hated characters to life as you journey through all 6 seasons of the Emmy Award winning Game of Thrones series. Sing and dance along with Daenerys and her dragons, Tyrion, Joffrey and all the jolly members of the Lannister and Stark families in this love letter to fans.

You will be transported to Thrones’ magical locations (if you close your eyes) where bloodthirsty musical theater comics leave no joke unturned in serving up Thrones’ notorious violence, power struggles, and more – plus worse yet – a ballad or two. This show is preparing for battle so saddle up and come on down to King’s Landing – and hold onto your swords! This show contains adult content and is recommended for audience ages 12 and up.

L.A. Theatre Works in The Mountaintop
Saturday, February 17, 2018 | August Wilson Center | 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $25.
On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 the night before the killing is a mystery. In her internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall fantasizes what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid.

Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop is rife with humor and political jabs, while giving us a glimpse at the human side of Martin Luther King Jr.  Hours after his famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line, “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” the celebrated Reverend reveals his hopes, regrets, and fears, creating a masterful bridge between mortality and immortality.  In 2018, America and the world marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., yet, struggles to resolve racial tension remain a challenge for communities everywhere. The Mountaintop premiered in London in 2009 and subsequently ran on Broadway starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson. The Mountaintop contains some mature language.

Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindi Cinema
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | Byham Theater | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $30.
The artistry of Hindi cinema comes alive during this exuberant stage show that fuses live music, dance, and imagery that will thrill lifelong fans and novices alike. Join a passionate group of performers as they trace the evolution of Bollywood, from black-and-white classics to colorful blockbusters, and bring the spirit and romance of India’s grand palaces, mountain vistas, and sweeping mustard fields.  Bollywood Boulevard premiered on August 3, 2017 at Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

PostSecret: The Show
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | Byham Theater | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $30.
PostSecret: The Show is an immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves, and on rare occasions, share with others. Projected images, videos, three actors and a guitarist guide the audience through crowd-sourced narratives revealing the true stories behind the secrets. See the hopeful, shocking, and painful secrets that brought hundreds of millions to the PostSecret blog, became six best-selling books and are currently in a Smithsonian art exhibition. Frank Warren, Internet phenomenon and recipient of the Mental Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award, collaborated with an award-winning team of theatre professionals to bring PostSecret to life, theatrically, for the first time. PostSecret: The Show is a breakthrough in audience sourced storytelling that reaches beyond the confines of the stage, reminding audiences that secrets can be both walls and bridges.   This show content contains adult themes and is recommended for audience ages 16 and up.  

Tickets and Information
Tickets are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at TrustArts.org, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at TrustArts.org/GroupSales or in person at Theater Square Box Office.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series
The Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series will feature an exceptional season of dazzling area premiers, returning favorites and one of a kind performances – for all ages.  From music to dance, comedy, theater and more, the series will bring an array of national and international award-winning performers to the unique stages of the Benedum Center, Byham Theater and August Wilson Center located in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.  Cohen & Grigsby has been the presenting sponsor of the series since the 2008-2009 season.  For more information about the current Cohen &Grigsby Trust Presents series, visit: www.TrustArts.org.

For more information about Cohen & Grigsby, visit: www.cohenlaw.com.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District.  The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. www.TrustArts.org

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