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The August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh

Midday News Round-Up: The August Wilson Center Rescued!

The August Wilson Center gets a second life, Broadway sells a lot of tickets and a free download in today’s mid-day news round-up.

As editors over here at American Theatre, we spend a lot of time reading the Internet for you. So instead of scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed on your coffee break, check out these stories that have been culled by AT‘s editors for your perusal.

  • The August Wilson Center in downtown Pittsburgh, which was set to be closed and sold due to mismanagement, has been given a second life. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: “Just when it appeared that the Downtown building would fall into the hands of a New York City developer or be sold at sheriff sale, a consortium of local foundations—aided by Pittsburgh and Allegheny County—increased its offer, triggering an eleventh-hour deal Monday that preserves the center as a hub for African-American arts and culture.” In addition, in a piece published today, $1 million owed by the center to creditors will not be paid.


  • Speaking of August Wilson, according to the Kansas City Star, he doesn’t attract “African-American viewers in big numbers.” What does, writes Robert Trussell, are African-American writers whose “work can be seen in for-profit tours that play some of the biggest theaters in each market, fueled by TV spots and promotions in black churches.” We’ll leave it to you do agree and disagree with that assessment here.


  • The theatre lives! September’s audience and ticket numbers were at their highest level on Broadway since the 2008 recession, writes Patrick Healy for the New York Times, “thanks to an unusual combination of new plays and long-running musicals. Thirty of Broadway’s 40 theaters are lit, several more than normal at this time of year. Average ticket prices even topped $100 in mid-September, a sign of atypically high demand.”


  • Here’s a Halloween partywaiting to happen. There’s a hidden theatre underneath Boston, on 162 Boylston St. It was built in 1896 and is closed to the public, but you can see a cool write-up, with photos, by Robin Lubbock at WBUR.


  •  TCG staffer and theatremaker Devon Berkshire writes about balancing raising a child and being an artist. “My good days are still messy as hell, and I still walk through them wondering with nearly every moment when I will be fun again. When I will wear lipstick again. When I will be an artist again.”


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