University of Pittsburgh
July 14, 2008

Pitt's Kuntu Repertory Theatre to be Part of Annual Pittsburgh New Works Festival

Auditions for staged reading scheduled for July 26 and 27

Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH-Actors of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to audition for the18th annual Pittsburgh New Works Festival, which will include a staged reading of "Thinking Outside the Box," an original one-act play by Michael Wolfson to be presented by the University of Pittsburgh's Kuntu Repertory Theatre.

Auditions for "Thinking Outside the Box" and other productions will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26 and 27 at Open Stage Theatre, 2835 Smallman Street, Strip District. Actors may select the plays for which they'd like to audition.

Actors should be prepared to deliver a two-minute non-classical monologue and provide a headshot and resume. To make an appointment, call 412-881-6888 or visit

"Thinking Outside the Box" is about a reality game show and a potential contestant who has a rather unorthodox audition. Kuntu's reading, to be directed by Jeannine Foster-McKelvia, is slated for 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Open Stage Theatre. Admission is free.

The Pittsburgh New Works Festival will present staged readings on Aug. 24 and Aug. 31. Main stage productions run Thursday through Sunday Sept. 4-28. The festival is dedicated to fostering the development of original one-act plays written by local and national playwrights that are being produced for the first time by local theater companies.