Playhouse welcomes home alumnae, playwright, and actress Ngozi Anyanwu

 

Pittsburgh, Pa. (Oct. 15, 2019) - Point Park University’s award-winning Pittsburgh Playhouse opens the Fall Theatre lineup with the Off-Broadway hit, Good Grief, Oct. 18 through 27 in the intimate setting of the Rauh Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, located at 350 Forbes Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh.  

Directed by Reginald L. Douglas, Artistic Producer of City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, this play is not only a homecoming for Point Park University alumnae, playwright Ngozi Anyanwu, but also a reunion between the director and playwright, who starred in Douglas’ City Theatre production of Citizens Market by Cori Thomas in 2018. This will also be the first time the playwright will see an actor, other than herself, as the lead.

Good Grief is about love, loss and friendship.  The story opens with N, a young woman, taking a sabbatical from her med-school program, when she soon learns that her longtime friend and almost lover, MJ, was in a terrible car crash. Described by the director as a “moving and magical memory play that rewinds and fast forwards through time,” Good Grief takes place between 1992 and 2005 in a Pennsylvania suburb as N recalls memories and events from her life with MJ and her Nigerian-American family.

Douglas, who previously directed Point Park’s production of Big Love in 2017, said he loves working with the students and helping to grow the next generation of artists, and though the title suggests a solemn topic, this show is anything but. “Good Grief is a wild theatrical journey that celebrates the love and joy of family and friendship. The play is poignant and intimate, but also features music, myth, comedy, and even on-stage wrestling to create a truly unique theatrical experience,” according to Douglas.  

“We are thrilled to welcome back many of our successful alumni, starting with Ngozi Anyanwu, and all those who will be collaborating with our resident artists, directors, designers, and producers this season; bringing back to the Pittsburgh Playhouse some of the best in the entertainment business,” said Steven Breese, Artistic Director.  “The result is the highest quality training for our students and some of the finest entertainment in the Pittsburgh region for our loyal audience.”

Tickets for the show are on sale now and range in price from $13 - $25 and can be purchased online at pittsburghplayhouse.com or by calling 412-392-8000. Patrons can check out upcoming productions at pittsburghplayhouse.com.