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.

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.


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

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 

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.


03/06 -  03/21/20

The story of a woman whose life and home are cluttered by past trauma, and the young woman who attempts to rescue her, and perhaps herself,in the healing process.

1943 - Grist from..

04/24  - 04/25/20

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.


05/07 - 05/09/20

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...

Ins and outs..

05/28 - 05/30/20

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

Limit of Things

06/11 - 06/15/20 

Four vignettes & two one-act plays
for movement theatre

Created and performed
by Mark Conway Thompson

Murakami Music

08/07 - 08-08/20 

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


Virginia Wall Gruenert - Exec. Artistic Director

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

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