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Prime Stage Theatre to present regional premiere of Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" March 9-18, 2018






Prime Stage Theatre is pleased to announce that it will present the regional premiere of the stage adaptation of Maya Angelou’s classic biography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" from March 9 through 18, 2018 at The New Hazlett Theater Center for the Performing Arts on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Prime Stage, a Pittsburgh-based organization that presents professionally produced plays based on classic and contemporary literary works, is including the production as part of its 21st season developed around the theme “Humanity in the Face of Adversity.”

Angelou’s 1969 biography, a National Book Award nominee that remained on the New York Times Bestseller list for two years following its publication, has been a Book of the Month Club and EbonyBook Club selection. In 2011, Time Magazine placed the book in its list of The 100 Best and Most Influential Books Written in English Since 1923.

Like the book—a modern American classic beloved by readers around the world—the play is as joyous, painful, mysterious, and memorable as childhood itself, capturing the longing of children, the brute insult of bigotry and the wonder of words that can make the world right.

About the Production

This play—co-adapted for the stage by Myra Platt, founding co-artistic director of Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Malika Oyetimein, teaching artist at the University of Washington School of Drama and former member of the Directors Lab at Lincoln Center—conveys Angelou’s passion and power.

It also shows how she was able to gain, largely through her love of reading, the self-confidence and dignity that enabled her to not only respond to the prejudice she experienced, but also to eventually become one of the most celebrated American writers and poets of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Veteran Pittsburgh actor/director Monteze Freeland, who also serves as Quantum Theatre’s director of education, will helm the Prime Stage production, which will include live music performed by pianist Robert Doswell of the Afro American Music Institute.

According to Prime Stage Artistic Producing Director Wayne Brinda, who co-founded the organization in 1996 with his wife Connie, "This story shows that it’s possible to demonstrate grace and humanity while dealing with extraordinarily adverse, life-altering situations."

Schedule and Tickets

Performances are scheduled at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. 

Tickets for “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” are available at www.primestage.com

About Prime Stage Theatre

Prime Stage Theatre is committed to entertaining, inspiring and enriching the lives of Pittsburghers by bringing literature to life through a proprietary combination of professional theater productions and a wide and diverse range of educational programs. Since the organization was founded in 1996, the work produced by Prime Stage has been essential to the cultural life in Pittsburgh and surrounding regions, reaching more than 12,000 people each year and measurably improving literacy among audiences and participants. More information is available at PrimeStage.com.

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