×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Point Park University, RWS Collaborating on New Plays and Musicals (EXCLUSIVE)

Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse is collaborating with the entertainment production company RWS Entertainment Group to identify and put on new theatrical productions.

The shows will debut in the university’s new, 90,411-square-foot, state-of-the-art teaching and entertainment center, with the hopes that these plays and musicals will eventually make their way to New York City or other major metropolitan areas. The first show borne out of this alliance will be “The Old Man and the Sea,” an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s Nobel Prize-winning novella about an aging Cuban fisherman. It’s the work of A.E. Hotchner, a friend of the novelist and his official biographer, who is also 102 years old. The play will have just three actors and will also rely heavily on video.

“It’s immersive storytelling about the struggle that Hemingway had to write the novel,” said RWS CEO and founder Ryan Stana. “It’s also a major vehicle for a Cuban or Hispanic actor.”

Stana received a bachelor of fine arts in theater arts from Point Park and serves as a current university trustee. After visiting the new space, he became convinced it could be a major launching pad for shows that would have a tougher time getting a venue without the benefit of a conservatory or repertory run.

“There’s such a craving for new work, but it’s harder to do them commercially,” Stana said.

There’s an educational component to the collaboration as well.

“Our students will be involved in every aspect of this production — from the creation of the stage sets to the lighting,” said Point Park University president Paul Hennigan. “It gives them invaluable hands-on experience.”

“The Old Man and the Sea” will be staged by Point Park’s Conservatory of Performing Arts and Playhouse artistic director Ronald Allan-Lindblom. Principal casting will be handled by Binder Casting, a subsidiary of RWS Entertainment Group, which has cast the Broadway productions of “The Lion King,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” and “Gypsy,” as well as the film adaptations of “Dreamgirls” and “Hairspray.”

Founded in 2003, RWS has worked with resorts, theme parks, and special events, as well as such clients as Holland America Line, NBCUniversal, and Six Flags.

“The Old Man and the Sea” runs from Jan. 31 to Feb. 17. The hope is that Point Park University and RWS will mount at least one production a year together.

More Legit

  • Alexander Dinelaris

    'Jekyll and Hyde' Movie in the Works Based on Broadway Musical

    The Broadway musical “Jekyll and Hyde” is getting the movie treatment from Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris. Dinelaris, who is writing and producing the adaptation, won an Oscar for the “Birdman” script and was a co-producer on “The Revenant.” He is producing “Jekyll and Hyde” as the first project under his New York-based development company, [...]

  • Sam Mendes

    Listen: The 'Balls-Out Theatricality' of Sam Mendes

    If you find yourself directing a Broadway play with a cast so big it includes a goose, two rabbits, more kids than you can count and an actual infant, what do you do? If you’re Sam Mendes, you embrace the “balls-out theatricality” of it all. Listen to this week’s podcast below: “There is a kind [...]

  • James Corden Tony Awards

    James Corden to Host 2019 Tony Awards (EXCLUSIVE)

    James Corden has been tapped to once again host the Tony Awards, Variety has learned exclusively. “The Late Late Show” host previously emceed the annual theater awards show in 2016, and won the Tony for best actor in a play for his performance in “One Man, Two Guvnors” in 2012. “I’m thrilled to be returning to [...]

  • Frozen review Broadway

    ‘Frozen’ the Musical Opening in London in 2020

    “Frozen” the musical is coming to London and will open in the West End in fall 2020. The Michael Grandage-directed Disney Theatrical Productions stage show has been on Broadway for a year. Grandage’s production is now set to re-open Andrew Lloyd Webber’s refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are behind the [...]

  • Nantucket Sleigh Ride review

    Off Broadway Review: John Guare's 'Nantucket Sleigh Ride'

    Anyone who doesn’t have a cottage on the Cape or the Islands, as they say in Massachusetts, might be puzzled by the title of John Guare’s new play.  “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” is no Revere Beach amusement park ride, but an old whaling term for the death throes of a whale that is still attached to [...]

  • Kiss Me Kate review

    Broadway Review: 'Kiss Me, Kate'

    No, Kate doesn’t get spanked. And for those wondering how the dicey ending of “Kiss Me, Kate” — that musical mashup of “The Taming of the Shrew” and backstage battling exes — would come across in these more sensitive times, well, that’s also been reconsidered for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival of the Cole [...]

  • Betrayal review Tom Hiddleston

    West End Review: Tom Hiddleston in 'Betrayal'

    It takes three to tango, and Jamie Lloyd’s “Betrayal” completely grasps that. Having made it his mission to modernize the way we stage Harold Pinter’s plays, his chic, stripped-down staging starring Tom Hiddleston as a cuckolded husband might be his best attempt yet. Pared back and played out on an empty stage, this masterful play [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content