press release about their 2015 season from local awesomeness 12 peers theater

This is another example of the awesomeness that is the local theater scene. Jess and I love visiting 12 Peers Theater as much as possible. The last production we saw took the classic Romeo and Juliet story and made it a modern day vampire drama…

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Vince Ventura
Phone: 412-496-2194
Email: vventura@12peerstheater.org
Website: www.12peerstheater.org
12 PEERS ANNOUNCES 2015 SEASON

12 Peers Theater proudly announces its 2015 season, featuring local, national, and world premieres.

PITTSBURGH, PA: 12 Peers Theater announced its2015 Season, which will feature exciting plays, all
new to Pittsburgh audiences. 12 Peers will follow up on a well-received reading from the 2013 Summer
Scribes Reading Series with the World Premiere of Existence and the Single Girl, directed by Todd
Betker. After presenting the American Premiere of David Crawford’s Poe’s Last Night in 2012, David
Crawford will return to 12 Peers to present the American Premiere of Lovecraft’s Monsters, fresh from a
successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 12 Peers will close its 2015 Season with the Pittsburgh
Premiere of Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit, a 2011 Pulitzer Prize Nominee, directed by Founding Artistic
Director, Vince Ventura

Ventura said:
“We chose these three plays for a number of reasons. First and foremost, they are all well
written, and great examples of contemporary playwriting on a local and national level. We also chose
these plays because they all deal, in some way, with disillusionment with modern life; from the
unrealistic expectations of women in Existence, to empty relationships and deep, dark secrets in the
suburbs in Detroit. Taken on their own, each play will be sure entertain, but as a season, I think we are
offering a very specific message.”

Existence and the Single Girl
By Matt Henderson
Directed by Todd Betker
Ashley is a 12-year-old girl with a severe psychological problem: she can’t stop pondering the meaning
of life. Her long-suffering mother finally decides to call a psychologist for guidance, who provides her
with the best treatment possible for a young girl with existential blues—she molds her into a pop culture
phenomenon. Attempting to find her place in the world, Ashley adopts the various teen girl pop culture
personas that are given to her, with the hope that she will discover the answer to the age-old question–
can the secret to purpose and meaning in the universe be found in a Cosmo personality quiz? Existence and the Single Girl performs Feb. 5-21, 2015.

All shows at The Maker Theater, 5940
Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh. Thurs – Sat., 8 p.m.; Industry Night, Monday Feb. 9; Tickets $17
Online, $20 at the door / $15 with student ID. Tickets & Info: 12peerstheater.org

Lovecraft’s Monsters
Written and Performed by David Crawford
March 12-21, 2015
H. P. Lovecraft spent his life haunted by harsh, unrelenting demons. Their tentacles wrapped him in
fear, pushed him into poverty, and filled his brain with horrors that found expression in some of the
world’s greatest works of “weird fiction.”
Pittsburgh based actor David Crawford portrays Lovecraft in this one man show as he fights those
demons and shapes their horrors into art.

Lovecraft’s Monsters performs March 12-21, 2015. All shows at The Maker Theater, 5940 Ellsworth
Ave., Pittsburgh. Thurs – Sat., 8 p.m.; Industry Night, Monday March 16; Tickets $17 Online, $20
at the door / $15 with student ID. Tickets & Info: 12peerstheater.org

Detroit
By Lisa D’Amour
May 14 – 30, 2015
Directed by Vince Ventura
In a first-ring suburb just outside a city that might be Detroit, Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life at
the deserted house next door and invite their new neighbors Sharon and Kenny over for a barbecue. As
the action unfolds we learn that Sharon and Kenny met at rehab, neither is employed, and they don’t own
a stick of furniture. The quintessential American back-yard party quickly turns into something more
dangerous—and filled with potential.

Detroit performs May 15-30, 2015. All shows at The Maker Theater, 5940 Ellsworth Ave.,
Pittsburgh. Thurs – Sat., 8 p.m.; Industry Night, Monday May 18; Tickets $17 Online, $20 at the
door / $15 with student ID. Tickets & Info: 12peerstheater.org.
About the Company

12 Peers Theater was founded in 2011. Taking the name from the Twelve Peers of Charlemagne, its
mission is to provide challenging and engaging theater for Pittsburgh audiences. 12 Peers Theater
highlights social, political, and ethical issues in classical and contemporary works exploring myth and
cultural identity, endeavoring to open a dialogue with the audience.

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