Move over Hothouse, TENACITY is the hottest ticket in town this Friday night and we’ve managed to snab a pair of tickets for you, our lovely readers. In celebration of 10 years of support for Pittsburgh’s creative community, The evening features the best Sprout-supported performing arts groups and individuals, together on stage for one night only this Friday night at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in downtown Pittsburgh. Tickets include a pre-show reception from 7–8pm and a post-show party from 10–11pm featuring live music from the Turpentiners.
Since 2001, The Sprout Fund has enriched the cultural landscape of Pittsburgh by seeding new and emerging artists and performance companies, as well as supporting the cutting-edge work of the finest artistic innovators. Sprout’s funding in the arts has nurtured and cultivated the region’s talent and helped make Pittsburgh a viable environment for a thriving arts community. For those familiar with The Sprout Fund’s blockbuster summer benefit party Hothouse, TENACITY promises to elevate the annual performance showcase offered at Hothouse to a new level of energy and experience with the highest quality production, stage settings, sound, and light, on a world-class stage in Downtown’s Cultural District.
So what’s on the agenda for the evening, you ask? Lots.
Nationally-lauded poet Vanessa German performs her original spoken word operetta Love Poem For Water. Her autobiographical spoken-word poetry arouses the impenetrability of the human spirit. The power of her words, combined with her larger-than-life, intensely beautiful theatrics make for a vivid show that metaphorically explores how essential water is to every living organism on Earth.
barebones productions stages a scene excerpted from the Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out. “barebones productions is a Pittsburgh theatre company whose mission is to facilitate the growth of local theater artists through the production of challenging, entertaining, thought-provoking plays and attracts new young theater audiences by employing minimal production elements for maximum impact.” ie. “Theater without the black turtleneck.” – Taken from their Facebook page.
Bricolage enacts “Down a Country Road,” a classic 1930s radio drama from their Midnight Radio series. If you’re a regular on the blog, you know how much we love Bricolage! We had a chance to see this skit performed live when we attended Midnight Radio: Cowboys and Aliens. For a full review of the show, hop on over here. We’re excited to see them on the evening’s bill!
Hiawatha Project stages a scene from Camino, a mythical story of immigration, detention, and identity. Hiawatha Project creates original performances exploring specific social questions through myth, free association, and movement. The company strives to connect true stories and divergent communities through impactful and amusing theatrical works. We had a chance to catch Camino when it debuted back in September, and it was fantastic!
A reading from BRICKS for Young Adults, first-hand stories of young peoples’ lives impacted by cancer. BRICKS was started by Charissa Hamilton-Gribenas in the months after the death of her husband – artist, educator and activist Rick Gribenas. Rick dealt with cancer for a third of his life, knew first hand the unique struggles of a young adult diagnosed with the disease, and accomplished more in his lifetime than most people ever do. Charissa hopes to use art, music and advocacy to reach out to young adults with cancer and raise awareness of young adult cancers in our community.
Surprise celebrity guests compete in a live puppet-making contest during Tom Sarver’s Art Olympic Theater. The first Art Olympic Theatre was held at the Mattress Factory in 2007. After receiving funding from Sprout, the event traveled to the Union Project, PCA, Market Square and the New Hazlett Theater.
A balletic scene from Gravity+Grace, Frank Ferraro’s opera inspired by early-onset Parkinson’s disease.
HYBRID: Dance performs Nomad, a multimedia collaboration from Zafira Studios. HYBRID: Dance Project was inspired by the intermixing of the melting pot of dance styles at Zafira Studios. Studio owner & international artist, Olivia Kissel has teamed up with regional artists Carolina Garcia-Loyola, Sara Bauer, Patrice Langford, and Joanna Abel to explore the boundaries of urban, folk and classical dance forms; creating a hybrid language that emerges between the worlds. Nomad is a multimedia dance performance that combines the expressiveness of Tango, Jazz, Contemporary, Flamenco, Belly Dance, Russian Gypsy and Romani Dance, to embody a romantic story of longing and the solace found in imagination.
Accordion Pool Party Orchestra plays originals and favorites in an all-accordion musical revue. They played at Hothouse 2009, if you recall.
Original music composed and performed by David Bernabo & Barrett Black. Barrett is one of the fellas behind fantastic local band Dream Job, who our partners at Pittsburgh Brewing Company are sponsoring via their Iron City Sound Ambassador program.
A screening of Mombies, Gab Cody & Sam Turich’s comedic short about zombie parents in Lawrenceville
A love letter to Sprout from artist Alexi Morrissey.
Video shorts from Ambulantic Videoworks.
General admission tickets for TENACITY are $125 each or $200 for a pair. Tickets can be purchased online here. There’s also an awesome write-up on the event, much more detailed than ours on their website.
For now, on with the contest! You know the drill! Guess which Pgh establishment this piece of bathroom graffiti resides in and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to the event. We’ll announce the winners Friday morning. If more than one person guesses correctly, we will select a winner at random. Good luck, and happy party poopin’!