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Season 15 of inspiring, essential theater

2021

2022

A message from our Executive Artistic Director, Virginia Wall Gruenert

With the Covid vaccine a reality, off the WALL and Carnegie Stage are thrilled about the return to live theater in2021!
We’re actively taking steps towards insuring that any live presentations follow safety mandates and restrictions deemed necessary by Gov. Wolf and the medical experts. Our next priority is to determine how many of you, our valued patrons,
are ready to return to the theater again. Theater cannot exist without an audience.
We view you not just as spectators – you are collaborators, you are essential,
and we miss you.
That being said, off the WALL will be remounting Lissa Brennan’s HOARD in
September 2021, followed by a run in New York City in October.
featuring Virginia Wall Gruenert and Erika Cuenca, HOARD first opened in March of 2020 and was rudely interrupted by the pandemic after only four performances.
It deserves a remount, and if you didn’t see it the first time, here’s your chance.
We’re also delighted to say (speaking of remounts) the ever-popular THE CAROLS will return as our featured holiday show. If you didn’t see THIS the first time, see it.
If you have seen it, see it again. It’s that good.
From all of us to all of you – please
continue to stay safe until we all meet again in September!

Hoard

a new play

Written by Lissa Brennan
Directed by Brian Reager

Dramaturg Kira Simring
With Erika Cuenca,
Virginia Wall Gruenert

Sep. 17-18, 23-25 @ 8:00 pm
Sep. 19 @ 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.
 

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Entertainment Central Pittsburgh

Hoard  brings the Heat at off the WALL.  To say that the feather dusters begin to fly is putting it mildly.
By the end of Hoard’s 90 minutes, both women are moved and shaken, and so is the audience.

Pittsburgh
Current

Hoard
at Off The WALL

is a well researched 'Compassionate, Dark, Thrilling Ride' through
two minds who aren’t
as different as they
think they are.

PGH In The
Round

Virginia Wall Gruenert and Erika Cuenca are unequivocally the performers two-person shows should be created for—impassioned, invested and thrilling from start to finish.

PGH Lesbian 
Correspondents

This is not a neat or tidy play. It is brutal and raw with two actors whose chemistry has been well established circling around one another in an orchestrated emotional and psychological dance.

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COMING IN DEC 2021

The Carols

Book and lyrics by Jennifer Child
Music by Monica Stephenson

Directed by Erika Cuenca 

It's Christmastime in 1944. War is raging and, here at home, a group of neighbors gathers at the VFW to make the most of what they have.  

 

This new original musical comedy, first staged in 2017, is back by popular demand and tells the story of an oddball friendship between a trio of singing sisters, an out-of-work Catskills comic, a limping piano player, and their grumpy Scrooge-like landlady. The Carols is a heartfelt, laugh-out-loud and hopeful musical that looks at making something right with all the wrong people. 

"This twist on all the holiday stories you have already heard is terrifically fresh and entertaining."

Pgh in the Round 2019

This show is really funny, clever, sometimes silly and a joy to watch...beautiful songs...a crowd pleaser

'Burgh Vivant  2017

The shows below are on hold

Please check in frequently for updates

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1943 - Grist from..

A new play created and performed
by Lissa Brennan. 

Men go to WAR, Women go to WORK.

Horses, airplanes, spells, stars,

and as always,mills and murder.

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Etty

Etty Hillesum's life ended at Auschwitz when she was only 29 years old. We meet a remarkable young dutch woman, insightful, determined, poetic, sensual...

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Ins and outs..

A suburban Mom accepts her husband’s invitation to an open marriage and proceeds with a singleness of purpose no one saw coming.

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Limit of Things

Four vignettes & two one-act plays
for movement theatre

Created and performed
by Mark Conway Thompson

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Murakami Music

Murakami Music is a genre-defying performance that blurs the real and surreal. Created and performed by Eunbi Kim

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Welcome

Virginia Wall Gruenert - Exec. Artistic Director

Welcome to off the WALL productions's 
13th season of "theater for grown-ups". 

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Single Tickets

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Prices range from $ 5.00 to $ 35.00
Group Discounts are available

4.48  Psychosis  
"4.48 Psychosis
is Shakespeare for the downtrodden. A true masterpiece of powerfully physical theater, poignant emotions, and incendiary wordsmithing that transcends into a uniformed array of violent pleasures for the audience to ingest.
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