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2nd Stage@PrimeStage

2nd Stage@Prime Stage engages audiences in exciting and immersive new ways. Play readings support our Main Stage productions by reinforcing themes and opening a dialogue with audiences. The Series also provides hands-on theatre coaching, strengthening our artistic community and opportunities for audience members to experience the artistic process from the other side of the stage.

Experience the artistic process from the other side of the stage!

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Dialects Workshop

February 28, 2016

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Prime Stage Studio

Tickets $15 online ($20 at the door)


Expand your skills with dialect coaching from Prime Stage’s Dialect Coach and 2nd Stage@Prime Stage Program Director Vince Ventura. Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of dialect work and preparation. Vince also presents the basics of Received Pronunciation (High British), Cockney, and American Southern.

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The Exonerated

March 20, 2016

7:00 PM

Prime Stage Studio

 

Tickets $15 online ($20 at the door)

 

Directed by Vince Ventura

Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, The Exonerated tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. In this ninety-minute play, we meet Kerry, a sensitive Texan brutalized on death row for twenty-two years before being exonerated by DNA evidence; we meet Gary, a Midwestern organic farmer condemned for the murder of his own parents and later exonerated when two motorcycle-gang members confess. We meet Robert, an African-American horse groomer who spent seven years on death row for the murder of a white woman before evidence emerges that the victim was found clutching hair from a Caucasian attacker. We hear from David, a shy man with aspirations to the ministry, bullied into confessing at eighteen to a robbery/murder he had nothing to do with, scarred from a youth spent in prison and struggling to regain his faith; and from Sunny, a bright-spirited hippie who, along with her husband, spent seventeen years in prison for the murder of two police officers—while another man confessed and was ignored by the courts. And we meet Delbert, a poet who serves as the play's center, convicted of a rape/murder in the Deep South of the 1970s and later freed when evidence surfaced showing that he was not even in the town when the crime occurred. Moving between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong—and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it.

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2nd Stage Program Director
Vince Ventura, a Pittsburgh native, completed his Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater at Point Park University. Currently, Vince is the Program Director for 2nd Stage@Prime Stage, as well as serving as Founding Artistic Director of 12 Peers Theater. Vince has directed for 12 Peers Theater, South Park Theatre, The Pittsburgh New Works Festival, The Theatre Festival in Black and White, and StoRox High School. As an actor, Vince has performed with 12 Peers Theater, The City Theatre Company, The REP, The Jewish Theater of Pittsburgh, Unseam'd Shakespeare Co., The Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co., Prime Stage Theatre, Open Stage Theater, and The Pittsburgh New Works Festival.
www.vinceventura.com

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