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Quantum Theatre's Karla Boos, City Theatre's Monteze Freeland, Sharon Eberson, and American Theatre's Rob Weinert-Kendt and Alexandra Pierson.

Offscript: Live From Pittsburgh

This week, we share our live TCG conference session with arts journalist Sharon Eberson, City Theatre co-artistic director Monteze Freeland, and Quantum Theatre founder Karla Boos.

Offscript, American Theatre’s flagship podcast for a number of years, is back as a Facebook Live chat with the magazine’s editors and special guests as well as an audio podcast.

But this time we’ve got something special, continuing a tradition we began with the TCG conference in Washington, D.C., in 2016: Live podcasts recorded from our conference cities, in conversation with a local journalist and local artists. In D.C., it was Peter Marks, Karen Zacarías, and the Welders; in Portland, Ore., it was Amy Wang, Dámaso Rodríguez, and Maureen Porter; in St. Louis, it was Louise Newmark, Kerry Reid, and Rosalind Early; and in Miami, at our last in-person conference until this past week, we spoke to Christine Dolen, Joseph Adler, and Mario Ernesto Sanchez. At last week’s TCG Conference in Pittsburgh, June 15-18, we were honored to gather with local journalist Sharon Eberson and two local theatre leaders: Monteze Freeland, co-artistic director of City Theatre of Pittsburgh, and Karla Boos, artistic director of experimental stalwart Quantum Theatre. AT editors Rob Weinert-Kendt and Alexandra Pierson had a free-ranging discussion about what makes Pittsburgh theatre special, about how its artists and companies have fared in the face of COVID and how they’ve responded to calls for racial justice, both within and outside the theatre walls.

We’d like to thank Vijay Matthew and HowlRound for livestreaming and capturing the audio for us. You can watch the archived livestream here; session begins at 8:40.

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