In its 75-seat theater in the heart of Pittsburgh's downtown Cultural District, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company produces exciting plays by both emerging and established Pittsburgh-affiliated playwrights, building a bridge between cultures, particularly between the African-American community and the Caucasian communities. Past productions have included work by celebrated Pittsburgh natives August Wilson and George S. Kaufman, and artistic director Mark Clayton Southers. PPTCO's signature event in the annual Theater Festival in Black & White, held every October and consisting of five one-act plays written by African-American writers and directed by white directors, and vice versa. PPTCO also produces the annual Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival every June, showcasing work by local playwrights, gay and straight, on gay themes.
"â€¦consistently thrilling writingâ€¦some of the best playwriting going on in the city right now."--Ted Hoover, Pittsburgh City Paper