2016 - 2017 Season

An Accident - A Pittsburgh Premiere

October 2016

Written by Lydia Stryk

Directed by Linda Haston

With: Amy Landis*, Ken Bolden* Hilary Caldwell (EMC)
 


Libby is run over and critically injured in an accident. The driver, Anton, appears at her bedside. Libby’s recovery is defined by coming to terms with the man who hit her, and mirrored by Anton’s wrestle with his guilt and responsibility. The sharply defined stages of her progress occur within the context of their wary, forthright, prickly, warm, confrontational, and erotically charged interactions. Introspective at times, and often seething with cynical humor, An Accident is a visceral and emotional story about recovery, guilt, and forgiveness.
 

 Reviews:
 

"An Accident is a quiet and intense play...genuine and authentic...Director Linda Haston paces the eighty minute play beautifully..." - The Pittsburgh Tatler - Wendy Arons 

 

"...masterfully directed...stunning performances...compelling, riveting...powerful" - 'Burgh Vivant - Lonnie Jantzsch & Michael Buzzelli

 

"Landis delivers a multi-dimensioned performance over the course of her character’s journey, much of it with barely lifting a hand...One of our region’s venerable actors, Bolden delivers a wonderfully nuanced and multi-layered characterization, bringing a sympathetic humanity to Anton..." - Pittsburgh in the Round - Yvonne Hudson 

 

"I highly encourage you to check out An Accident for yourself and experience the contentious, table-turning, ultimately bittersweet and meaningful relationship played out between Landis and Bolden.” - PA Theatre Guide - Elanor Ruth Smith
 

"The play is Lydia Stryk's testament to the power of dialoque...There are instances of wit to temper the emotion, as the multilayered implications of guilt, disaster and disability are explored by the two, sometimes to unexpectedly hilarious effect." - City Paper - Gerard Stanley Hornby


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2015 - 2016 Season

Tunnel Vision - A Pittsburgh Theater and World Premiere

October 2015

A World Premiere

By Andrea Lepcio

Directed by Melissa Maxwell

Featuring: Lisa Ann Goldsmith*, Elizabeth Ruelas*
 

 

off the WALL celebrates the return of playwright Andrea Lepcio (LOOKING FOR THE PONY), whose play TUNNEL VISION is a multi-layered celebration of the Feminine.

Lepcio examines many of the daily challenges women face as well as those issues that are, typically, solely female:  the struggle to balance motherhood with the desire to have a career, the stigma that comes with not choosing the traditional path assigned our gender, the hypercritical judgment we place on ourselves in comparison to our female peers, the difficulty we find in truly loving ourselves, and the fear that sometimes comes in loving each other.

TUNNEL VISION is ultimately a journey of acceptance and redemption, from which truth, purpose and love unexpectedly emerge.

 

 Reviews:
 

"The story manages to pack quite a wallow...anyone who’s ever felt adrift in a life no longer his or her own should be able to find something to love about this production." - City Paper

 

“Tunnel Vision” gathers itself together into a parable of seduction and self-discovery.” - Post Gazette

 

“There is a poetry to the language of the play…but there is hope, a gleaming beacon of hope. Two damaged creatures escape their wretched unfulfilled lives by finding salvation in the other; the light at the end of the tunnel" - 'Burgh Vivant

 

 

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2014 - 2015 Season

The Small Room At The Top Of The Stairs - A Pittsburgh Theater Premiere

October 2014

A Pittsburgh Theater Premiere

 

Written by: Carole Frechette

Directed by: Ingrid Sonnichsen

With: Ken Bolden*, Sharon Brady*, Daina Michelle Griffth*, Amy Landis*, Amanda Brooke Lerner*.
 

 

“Somewhere in an enormous house, there is a hidden staircase.”

And thus begins Carole Frechette’s play, a contemporary variant of the Bluebeard legend. Grace finds herself irresistibly drawn to the mysterious room her husband has forbidden her to enter.  She stumbled into a fairy-tale marriage complete with her own Prince Charming and resplendent mansion, but it could all come apart if she chooses to defy his wishes. Can Grace resist temptation, and other’s voices ringing in her ears, or will she let her curiosity get the best of her and confront the secrets of the man she loves?


Reviews:
 

“…an excellent cast of actors…smartly presented by off the WALL Productions” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

“…(the) talk is talked so brilliantly by this intensely talented cast.  Director Ingrid Sonnichsen, with impeccable style, has herself fashioned a solidly built garden in which all the performers bloom.” - Pittsburgh City Paper

 

“A Cerebral Theatrical Adventure” – Pittsburgh Owl Scribe

 

“…I was thrilled with the quality of this production and cannot wait to see what the rest of the season has in store.” – The Pittsburgh Stage Magazine

 


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2013 - 2014 Season

The Zero Hour

October 2013

Written by Madeleine George

Directed by: Robyne Parrish

With: Erika Cuenca*, Daina Michelle Griffith*, John Steffenauer*.

 


Rebecca and her chronically unemployed girlfriend, O, have created a happy nest in their run-down walk-up in Queens, but the more O pushes Rebecca to stop hiding their relationship, the more Rebecca's work life—writing a textbook for seventh graders about the Holocaust— begins to bleed into her personal life: She starts meeting World War II Nazis on the 7 train, passing as hipster professionals in New York City but eager to come out about who they really are. O is also sparring with convincingly real visions: her long estranged — and recently dead? — mother keeps showing up to argue with her about her choices. This almost-love story explores the relationship between honesty and cruelty: How do you tell the truth about yourself when that truth might devastate the people you love?

Reviews:

"Two amazingly talented women...Erika Cuenca & Daina Griffith...funny and polished..." - City Paper

 

"...the level of acting here goes beyond virtuosity. Cuenca and Griffith inhabit their roles...they are sexy and comic." - Coal Hill Blog

 

"...brilliant dialogue...Cuenca and Griffith...make lovely dramatic music together...full of sexual energy...erotic chemistry..." - Owlscribe

 

"...beautiful...their talent is just great...thought provoking ..." - 'Burgh Vivant

 

 "...emotionally moving and intellectually stimulating performance." - The Carnegie Shul-Newsletter
 

 

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2012 - 2013 Season

The Other Place

October 2012

Pittsburgh Theater Premiere

 

Written by: Sharr White

Directed by: Melissa Hill Grande

With: Erika Cuenca*, Virginia Wall Gruenert*, Mark Conway Thompson*, Ricardo Vila-Roger.
Featured performance artist: EMay

 

 

Just as biophysicist Juliana Smithton’s research leads to a potential breakthrough in dementia medication, her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. Who is this stranger, and why is she here? Gradually, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod.
 

Reviews:
 

"...brilliantly...ingenious...exhilarating..." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


"...Boundary-pushing...excellent..." - Pittsburgh Magazine


"...intelligent, moving...excellent..." - Observer-Reporter


"...sharp and realistic...frightfully important..." - Pittsburgh City Paper


"...New Location, Same Bold Productions." - Pittsburgh Owl Scribe


"...done superbly..." - WRCT Pittsburgh

 

"...taut and moving” - Coal Hill Review
 

 

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2011 - 2012 Season

Shaken & Stirred

October 2011

Written by: Virginia Wall Gruenert

Directed by: Robyne Parrish

With: Karen Baum*, Erika Cuenca*, Virginia Wall Gruenert*, Robyne Parrish*

 


Voted Readers’ Choice “Best of 2007″ in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Virginia Wall Gruenert’s powerful play recounts the stories of indomitable women struggling with the toll alcohol has taken on their lives, and the lives of those they love. Carrying all the despair, devastation, and fear that accompany addiction, these ladies valiantly attempt to summon up the strength to overcome.
 

Reviews:
 

“…gripping…brutally powerful…” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“…phenomenal acting…” - Pittsburgh Radio WRCT

“…brilliantly…wonderful…” - Pittsburgh OutOnline

“…glamour and pathos…” - Pittsburgh City Paper

“…powerful…moving…” - Washington Observer-Reporter

 

 

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2010 - 2011 Season

'Night Mother

October 2010

Written by: Marsha Norman

Directed by: Maggie Balsley

With:  Elena Alexandratos*, Virginia Wall Gruenert*

 

 

Written by Marsha Norman, winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
 

A middle-aged epileptic unable to hold a job, with a failed marriage and a drug-addicted son on the wrong side of the law, Jessie has decided that life is no longer worth living. As the play begins, Jessie cleans her father’s service revolver and calmly announces that she intends to kill herself. At first her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, Mama’s sense of helplessness begins to build as she desperately attempts to dissuade her daughter from carrying out the act.
 

Reviews:
 

”... acted with nothing less than brilliance...” - Washington Observer-Reporter
 

”Powerful performances in Powerful Play” - Out Online


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2009 - 2010 Season

Agnes of God - a stage play

October 2009

Wha

Written by: John Pielmeier

Directed by: Maggie Balsley

With: Erika Cuenca*, Virginia Wall Gruenert*, Ingrid Sonnichsen*

 

 

Dr. Martha Livingstone is a psychiatrist who is called in as part of the investigation when a dead infant is found at a convent. The child is found to belong to solemn, naive Sister Agnes, who offers little information about who the father is, or why (or if) she committed the crime. The Mother Superior is willing to help in the investigation anyway she can, but when the idea of a virgin birth is suggested, the agnostic Dr. Livingston finds herself in a heated dialogue pitting faith against science and asking the question: Do miracles really happen?

Reviews:

"...Erica Cuenca is so… convincing as Agnes that she left me squirming in my seat." - Pittsburgh City Paper

 

”...Spectacular Show...” - Pittsburgh OutOnline

 

"...triumphantly handled...” - Washington Observer-Reporter

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2008 - 2009 Season

Kimberly Akimbo

October 2008

Written by:  David Lindsey Abaire

Directed by: Michael E. Moats

with: Allison Cahill*, Gregory Caridi, Rachel Downie*, Stephen Santa*, Marcia Urban.

 

Reviews:


"...each actor excels..." - Pittsburgh City Paper 

"...a triumph for the actors...play of the decade..." - Washington Observer-Reporter


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November 2007

Shaken & Stirred

Created and performed by
Virginia Wall Gruenert
Directed by
Charles Van Bueren 

" ... a triumph..."
 Observer Reporter"


... Best Play 2007 ..."  
Pittsburgh Post Gazette  - Readers Choice