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PCT to present one-man play

November 19, 2010
The Herald-Star

From staff reports

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Education and Community Engagement Department is presenting "runt," a one-man play by award-winning Canadian-Jamaican writer/actor Michael Phillip Edwards Dec. 2-12 at the Trust Arts Education Center, located at 805 Liberty Ave.

"runt" is an autobiographical story of one man's journey from cowering child to an autonomous man.

As the "runt," the writer details his relationship with his very charismatic father, a domineering man of "self-made fortune - and cursed to the bone." Set in the male-dominated society of Jamaica, Edwards shares stories of his life.

"It's a fantastic project and we're very proud to have an opportunity to bring this show to Pittsburgh," said Janis Burley Wilson, education/community engagement vice president.

"It's a very important theater piece, acclaimed internationally, and now Pittsburgh will be among the fortunate cities to have witnessed 'runt.'"

The show won the Fringe First award at the international Edinburgh Theater Festival in Scotland and the Sony Gold Award for Best Radio Drama when it was broadcasted on the BBC.

Edward will conduct acting/writing workshops. One workshop will be hosted by Mark Clayton Southers of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre and Patrick Jordan of Barebones Theatre Co. at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Trust Education Center.

The cost of this workshop is $25 and includes a post-workshop reception. To register, call (412) 471-6079.

On Dec. 4, Edward will host a "Meet the Playwright" post-show talk, and there will be a "Jamaica Night" post-show party with Disc Jockey Soy Sos Dec. 11.

Tickets are $25.75 and are available at the Box Office at Theater Square, online at and by phone at (412) 456-6666.

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