University of Pittsburgh
January 29, 2013

Pitt Repertory Theatre Presents Zanna, Don’t! Feb. 14-March 3

Coupons available for Valentine’s Day Performance

Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH—A story set in a parallel universe where homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuality is taboo comes to the stage as the University of Pittsburgh-based Pitt Repertory Theatre presents Zanna, Don’t! Feb. 14-March 3.

Zanna, Don’t! tells the story of goings-on at Heartsville High School, set in the Midwest, where the jocks on the chess team dominate the school’s social ladder, the Girls’ Intramural Mechanical Bull-Riding Team set the rules for fashion, and every senior wants to be crowned Prom King and King or Queen and Queen. But the small community is turned on its head when Zanna and his friends stage a musical featuring a scandalous heterosexual kiss.

Zanna, Don’t! was written by Tim Acito and Alexander Dinelaris and is directed by visiting lecturer Robert C.T. Steele with vocal direction by theatre arts professor Stacey Cabaj and musical direction by Harry Jamison, a senior music major at Pitt. Junior theatre arts major Rocky Paterra stars in the title role. 

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays in the Henry Heymann Theatre in Pitt’s Stephen Foster Memorial, Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, Oakland. For tickets or for more information, visit or call 412-624-PLAY (7529). Pitt Rep will present a special preview performance on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, with a special “Buy One Get One Free” date-night offer.  Use the “2forLove” coupon code when ordering online or by phone.

Following the play’s official opening night, Feb. 15, a postshow reception will take place in the Stephen Foster Memorial’s Fred Kelly Lobby.