Prime Stage Theatre To Open 21st Season On November 3, 2017
With U.S. Premiere of “All Quiet On the Western Front”
Prime Stage Theatre will open its 21st season in November 2017 with the U.S. premiere of "All Quiet On the Western Front," adapted from Erich Maria Remarque's 1929 novel.
The play runs from November 3 to 12, 2017 at The New Hazlett Theater Center for the Performing Arts at Allegheny Square on the North Side. Tickets are available at PrimeStage.com.
About the production
The play tells the story of Paul Bäumer, a German teen who joins the German army shortly after the start of World War I. He, his friends and schoolmates arrive at the Western Front, where they meet Stanislaus Katczinsky, an older soldier who becomes Paul's mentor. While fighting at the front, Bäumer and his comrades engage in frequent battles and endure the horrors of trench warfare.
Adapted for the stage by British writer Robin Kingsland, the play was first performed at the Nottingham (England) Playhouse Theatre Company in 2006. One reviewer noted: “This is a superb production in every sense. It's taken an exceptionally long time for someone to realise the potential of All Quiet on the Western Front as a stage play. It's every bit as powerful and perceptive now as it was when Remarque first wrote the novel."
The Prime Stage production, now in rehearsals under the direction of Pittsburgh theater veteran Scott P. Calhoon, is the first of Prime Stage’s three productions that embody the 2017-2018 season’s theme, Humanity in the face of adversity.
Prime Stage’s Artistic Producing Director Wayne Brinda, who with his wife, Connie Brinda, founded the organization in 1996, says, “The play, like the book, takes the audience back to World War I. It depicts both the beauty and ugliness of war and humanity, the extreme mental and physical stress suffered by German soldiers on the battlefield, and the detachment many soldiers experienced after returning home.”
Brinda adds that in addition to presenting the production, Prime Stage will publicly honor local veterans, current members of the military and their family members during the run of the play.
Collaboration with Soldiers & Sailors Hall, Britsburgh
To ensure accuracy in the stage production’s depiction of soldiers and situations during World War I, Prime Stage has partnered with Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. Michael Kraus, the organization’s curator and historian, and Tim Neff, Soldiers & Sailors’ education director, are providing Prime Stage with valuable insights about World War I, how soldiers conducted themselves, battlefield conditions and more.
Prime Stage is also partnering with British-American Connections Pittsburgh (Britsburgh), a local organization that promotes British culture. Britsburgh previously worked with Prime Stage during last season’s production of “1984.”
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