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Microscopic Opera Company - Mar 4, 2010

Pittsburgh's newest (and smallest) opera company debuts with Milton Grainger's "The Proposal," and the world premiere staging of Jake Heggie's "To Hell and Back." QED's Stephen Baum interviews the MOC's creative team: Erica Olden, Andres Cladera, and Lisa Ann Goldsmith.

Time After Time - Mar 1, 2010

The Conservatory Theater Company at Point Park University presents the world premiere of "Time After Time," based on Karl Alexander's novel about H. G. Wells' pursuit of Jack the Ripper through time -- from 19th century London to today's America. QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham talks with the creators of "Time After Time."

Such Sweet Sorrow - Feb 19, 2010

For Lent, Chatham Baroque expresses the sorrows of the Virgin Mary through Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, instrumental sonatas and laments. Special guests Abigail Haynes Lennox, soprano, and Ian Howell, countertenor, describe the nature of this Stabat Mater, written by a master of comic opera.

La Danse & Oscar season - Feb 10, 2010

Andrew Swensen of Pittsburgh Filmmakers describes the documentary "La Danse," an inside look at the Paris Opera Ballet; and the upcoming schedule of Oscar contenders.

Stephen Massicotte "The Clockmaker" - Feb 2, 2010

After last season's hit, "Mary's Wedding," City Theatre stages the US premiere of Stephen Massicotte's newest play, "The Clockmaker." The Canadian playwright talks about his inventive approach to narrative timelines and his intent to do the unexpected.

1934: A New Deal for Artists - Feb 1, 2010

The Frick's Sarah Hall gives a tour of "1934: A New Deal for Artists," an exhibition from the Smithsonian to mark the 75th anniversary of the Public Works of Art Program. The show features 52 works by 51 diverse artists who captured portraits, cityscapes, city life, landscapes and rural life in a unique visual record of America at a specific time.

Dance Alloy's Greer Reed-Jones - Dec 2, 2009

A Pittsburgh native and alumna of Dayton Contemporary Dance Co., Greer Reed-Jones became Artistic Director of Dance Alloy in summer '09. As she prepares her first main stage concert with the Alloy, she talks about her vision for the company, the program "Alloy Unlocked," and meeting her husband, jazz trumpet sensation Sean Jones.

Quantum Theatre's "Candide" - Oct 28, 2009

Artistic Director Karla Boos and conductor Andres Cladera talk about staging Bernstein's Candide at the former Don Allen Auto City, the work's interesting history, and unique mix of farce and beauty. The leads sing, "You Were Dead, You Know."

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Oct 24, 2009

City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden directs Jeffrey Hatcher's "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," in which four actors play Hyde. Steubenville native Hatcher is a City Theater favorite [Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Muderers].

Pittsburgh Public Theater 2009-2010 - Oct 10, 2009

Pittsburgh Public Theater's Ted Pappas previews his company's season of eight productions, starting with "Ella" and including Pappas' own production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

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