Two Pittsburgh Premieres, Site-Specific Shows & Podcasts Slated for 12 Peers Theater's 7th Season

Two Pittsburgh Premieres, Site-Specific Shows & Podcasts Slated for 12 Peers Theater's 7th Season

12 Peers Theater announces their seventh season featuring the second season of both The Modern Myths Podcast and Mythburgh, a site-specific performance and storytelling series.

12 Peers Theater's Main Stage season will include two local premieres, Building the Wall, a gripping exploration of what happens when we let fear win, and Stupid Fucking Bird, a new play with music that is "sort of adapted from Chekhov's The Seagull."

"12 Peers Theater's 2018 Season at its core is about examining the effectiveness of our institutions, communities, and our culture," says 12 Peers Theater Artistic Director Vince Ventura. "These plays are new, exciting, and experimental, but they also force us to ask challenging questions about the fairness and openness of our current American society."



Throughout 2018

Locations and Dates TBA

Telling the stories that make Pittsburgh unique, online and in person

MYTHBURGH finds myth and inspiration in the creepy, epic, weird, and truly Pittsburgh stories, told by Pittsburghers and adapted by local playwrights into short plays and digital content. Featuring a recurring cast of characters with their own online lives and a site-specific location, Mythburgh will push the limits of live theatre and engage audiences online and in person.


Throughout 2018

Available at and on iTunes

Live play readings on demand

12 Peers Theater continues its groundbreaking year-round podcast featuring readings of mythic new plays and exclusive interviews with the playwrights. The Modern Myths Podcast brings live theatre to you on demand and features some of the most exciting playwrights from across the country.


By Robert Schenkkan

May 24 - June 10, 2018

Richard E. Rauh Studio Theater

The University of Pittsburgh

On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Rick finds himself caught up as the frontman of the new administration's edicts and loses his humanity. In a play that recalls George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Nazi regime, Building the Wall is a terrifying and gripping exploration of what happens if we let fear win.


By Aaron Posner

Directed by Vince Ventura

July 26 - August 12, 2018

Richard E. Rauh Studio Theater

The University of Pittsburgh

Sort of adapted from Chekhov's The Seagull

An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother's generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov's The Seagull, Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. Original songs composed by James Sugg draw the famously subtextual inner thoughts of Chekhov's characters explicitly to the surface. Stupid Fucking Bird will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness.

Season Passes: $30 (including Building the Wall and Stupid Fucking Bird). Flex Passes: $56 (including four ticket vouchers to be used at any 2018 Main Stage performance). Single Tickets range from Name Your Own Price to $20 and go on sale November 24, 2017. MYTHBURGH tickets are always Name Your Own Price. THE MODERN MYTHS PODCAST is available for free at or on iTunes. All Sunday and Monday performances in the 2018 Main Stage season are Name Your Own Price. Season Passes, Flex Passes, Single Tickets, or Reservations for Name Your Own Price performances can be made by calling 412.626.6784 or online at

Robert Schenkkan is a Pulitzer-prize winning, Tony Award-winning, Writer's Guild Award-winning, three-time Emmy-nominated writer of stage, television, and film. He is the author of fourteen original full-length plays, two musicals, and a collection of one-act plays. He co-wrote the feature film, HACKSAW RIDGE (six Academy Award nominations) and THE QUIET AMERICAN, and his television credits include: ALL THE WAY, THE PACIFIC, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN and SPARTACUS.

Aaron Posner is a Helen Hayes- and Barrymore Award-winning director and playwright. He is a founder and former Artistic Director of Philadelphia's Arden Theatre, an Associate Artist at both the Folger Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and has directed at major regional theaters from coast to coast including the Folger, Seattle Rep, Portland Center Stage, The Alliance, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Rep, California Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Roundhouse Theatre, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Theatre J, American Players Theatre, and many more. His adaptations include Chaim Potok's The Chosen and My Name Is Asher Lev (both of which have enjoyed successful runs at more than 50 other theaters across the country and the latter of which ran for ten months off-Broadway in 2012-2013 and won both the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway Play and the John Gassner Award), as well as Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion, Mark Twain's A Murder, A Mystery, and a Marriage, an adaptation of three Kurt Vonnegut short stories, entitled Who Am I This Time? (and other conundrums of love). His Chekhov-inspired Stupid Fucking Bird debuted at Woolly Mammoth and received eight Helen Hayes nominations. Posner was raised in Eugene, Oregon, graduated from Northwestern University, is an Eisenhower Fellow, and lives near Washington, D.C.

Founded in 2011, and taking their name from the Twelve Peers of Charlemagne, 12 Peers Theater is a 501(c)(3) organization operating in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. 12 Peers Theater's mission is to provide challenging and engaging theater through contemporary works exploring myth and cultural identity.

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