Pittsburgh Playwrights latest production

Pittsburgh Playwrights latest production

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it's very little again good morning and welcome to this edition of Alan lynne hayes-freeland show we have some pretty exciting stuff to talk about this morning a little bit later in the program we're gonna talk to a local man who's actually gone to Houston to try to help out the victims of the flooding there he's also going to talk to you about how you can get involved but we begin with some excitement if you will I'll play a production that opened this past weekend here in the city of Pittsburgh but you got a couple of weeks to go see East Texas hot links I could read so much into that name but I'm not going to do that I'm gonna let my two guests fill all that in Monta Russel sure I'll Walker welcome to the show thank you all right so what does that mean East Texas hot links what does that mean well hot links are a favorite food in those parts of the world and it really doesn't have anything to do with food okay all right Eugene Lee who is a playwright mm-hmm has performed several times at Pittsburg wrote it and he has certain idiosyncrasies he's like the texas august wilson if you will and he's been on the show oh yeah yes yes okay so really the the the hot link part of it is really not as important as the fact that it takes place in East Texas okay which is a whole different say now what's special about East Texas I don't know well in 1955 Texas just like even today they say they do things their way they do things everything I hate and so there's different kinds of rules and regulations that occur as Texans interact with each other everybody's packing form illegal you know part of the wild wild with the mentality of the wild wild west is still there so you autumn you automatically know you are in a different part of the world or at least the country when you're down in Texas and particularly in East Texas it's around the time which East Texas is very close to Houston and so the connection between Houston and Dallas hasn't occurred yet uh-huh does that transportation system is starting to be built it's – yes not sure he says everybody's packing at that time and I'm looking at this picture you and and you apparently are packing to write I play the role of Charles Etta and I've inherited the cafe from my father and I'm which you would what you would consider a great girl girls girls raised in the south and I'm tough I'm tough I can hang with the rest of them as you could see so where's the conflict dentist I would say this this first of all East Texas hotlinks is a play I did in 1994 in New York every public theater it's a 90-minute piece and at that time there was no such thing as a 90-minute play either gonna be a one-act or a full-length play with an intermission okay that time we did this was a 90-minute start-to-finish whirlwind kind of thing it's a piece that there's no animation no animal will be rolling straight through it's a piece that has stayed with me since then and I always said that if I get an opportunity to direct it I would jump on it and so when Mark announced that he was doing this one in their season not as soon as it was announced in the Gazette I was already on the phone we're putting in my dibs you know and so the confident in this piece in the part of East Texas that it takes place is called the Pineywoods this is wooded area that has like hundreds and hundreds of the pine trees of different sizes but within the within this forest if you will there's this cafe which is called the top of hill cafe in which the inhabitants are there are members of the black community so here outside it has colored only sign on it and they're embracing that that means this they're okay so there's a camaraderie that happens debates banter you know snacks and drinks and stuff like that it takes place on a Friday night now in a bigger community outside of the forest there like I said the the highway project is being built but some african-american young men who are working on the project have disappeared mysteriously and one was even found encased in cement on the highway so that murder mystery is surrounding this top of the hill cafe well you know the folks congregate and then also there's an element of betrayal within the group that causes this culture they have created to really come apart you know so this at this murder mystery happening but there's an enemy with with with on the outside that is also an enemy or to wait and that group and so this close-knit unit that you will see that you know this that you're having a ball seeing it they will start praying apart because of somebody somebody is up to no good within the group absolutely that's that's what the conflict arise okay we're looking at the picture of this cast lots of familiar faces on there in fact I think everybody on there just about has been on the show at one point in time or another and so I'm guessing that each has their own distinct personality and brings something different to the cafe yes they do there's some into some characters that are like brothers there's some they're like sons that I kind of nurtured my mother so I can I kind of change up my my sensitivity to the person that I'm talking to so there's buckshot that you know he's married but he comes in there and he gets his drink after work and and there's Roy he's nothing but he's just a flirt he just flirted that Kevin Brown no Kevin Brown is the brotherly kind of person okay you can have a good conversation with my my test free one is more he's a bad boy okay alright so my now the play open did this past week and I mentioned you had opening night on the 29th and it runs through November the 6th let's just talk about those logistics where is it and I know folks I think we have a super that tells folks where they can get tickets Pittsburgh playwrights theater I'm not sure the exact address cuz door and a native of Pittsburgh I live out of live in Los Angeles so I'm like right across from me right across on the August Wilson Center and folks can go to the Pittsburgh playwrights website get them tickets okay we got that out the way now I always ask what is the after dinner conversation what are we talking about when we go out for drinks after we've seen the play the ending is uh is it ending is powerful and so a lot of it will be oh my god what if we just watch we watched something that started out seven o'clock in the evening folks are at the place in this Friday night mm-hmm and then at the end of it it's like wow what are we just what happened what why did it happen and so I think we're gonna be talking about is like how quick things just shifted but they were always always in motion I always were foreshadowed and built up but who could predict what happens at the end so I think that's what people will be talking about what do you think they're going to talk about and with one word like did he get away Wow did he get away did he get away all right there play open it runs into the 60 November it's at the Pittsburgh playwrights you can go to their website at I believe it's PGH playwrights dot org we'll see you there thanks so much for joining us today are you Eddie get away Wow okay we're gonna take a commercial break when we come back how you can help the folks in Houston so don't go away when the Lindy's return

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