Season 13 of inspiring, essential theater
A message from our Executive Artistic Director, Virginia Wall Gruenert
I’m sure for most of us, 2020 feels like the longest year of
our lives, even though it’s only at its halfway point.
These last months have been surprising, baffling, heartrending,
and harrowing, making it difficult to dig deep for good news.
But dig deep we must.
When Allegheny County went “green,” we at off the WALL
looked at each other and said, “Okay. Now what?”
The basic job description of actors and crew is diametrically
opposed to the rules of social distancing. That alone is reason
nough for us to postpone off the WALL’s stage productions until at least next spring.
That said, we are blessed with a beautiful performance space in Carnegie Stage, and have professed our support of local artists since day one. Therefore, we’re attempting to find a way to keep the art coming and the artists working. One-person plays and dance performances? They can be done, and still maintain all social distancing rules. Readying the space is another story – even if we’re only allowed to sell 50% of our small house. Disinfecting, enforcing the wearing of masks and a six-foot distance on our valued patrons at the box office, concession bar, and restrooms? I have nightmares about it. But we have time to figure it out.
We miss everyone in the off the WALL family – actors, crew, designers, front of house, and audience – but we are adamant about not compromising anyone’s health and well-being. When we’re ready to come back, you’ll be the first to know. In the meantime, we wish all of you a summer full of socially distant BBQ’s, birthday parties, graduations, and good news.
Below is a short clip from our last (for now) performance of Hoard. Enjoy!
The Shows below are on hold
Please check in frequently for updates
a new play
Written by Lissa Brennan
With Erika Cuenca,
Virginia Wall Gruenert
March 6 - 7, 12 - 14, 19 - 21 @ 8:00 pm
March 8 & 15 @ 3:00 pm
Starring off the WALL productions’ Executive Artistic Director Virginia Wall Gruenert and Associate Artistic Director Erika Cuenca, local playwright Lissa Brennan has crafted a story written precisely for these two actresses.
This play is not for the faint of heart; Brennan has done her research. Both Viv and Claire have emotional skeletons in their closets, though some are more visible than others. Viv’s ‘things’ in her house serve to protect her just as the 'walls' in Claire's heart. Each woman is wounded, guarding her pain, neither wishing to reveal it until it is unwillingly pried out of her fingers.
Brennan skillfully unravels the story of these two strangers with wit, compassion and venom.