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Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company presents: The Blue Grass Mile playing now through October 29, 2023!

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company
Our City. Our Voices.

World Premiere is a Hit!
"Southers' play is triumphant. It's got plenty of humor in a taut, suspenseful drama…. twists that hit with audible gasps. A riveting evening of theater on the Hill."
– Michael Buzzelli, Burgh Vivant

"A delight to watch and uncomfortable to witness…. It's wonderful when entertainment can also provide a venue for introspection."
– Mac Hoover, onStage Pittsburgh

Written and Directed by Mark Clayton Southers
At Madison Arts Center, 3401 Milwaukee Street
PLAYING NOW – October 29th, 2023
World premiere!

This world premiere drama about Black horse jockeys in the late 1800's is the latest installment in Mark Clayton Southers' 19th Century Collection of plays.

Two Black horse jockeys (America's first professional athletes) compete for the inaugural running of the Bluegrass Mile. The year is 1899 and little do they know that the life they've come to love will never be the same. Set in a boarding home that holds history, secrets and a path to freedom, the Bluegrass Mile proves to be more than a race for prestige when the quest for truth becomes the ultimate prize.

"I was blown away by this play. The writing was beautiful, creative and powerful. The actors were incredible, as always. The set and the costumes were incredible. I was moved to tears."
– audience member Kathy Slencak
Reviews: onStage Pittsburgh, Burgh Vivant



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Our Donor's Circle initiative began in 2019. If you've already joined, thanks! if not, please consider joining today.

Members of the Donor's Circle pledge to donate $1000 or more each year for a term of three years, in support of PPTCO's operations and growth.

Patrons who join our Donor's Circle will be invited to several private events per season (once these can be done safely again), including our season announcement gathering and cast gatherings, as well as receive prime seating for our August Wilson productions. And your name will be listed in our programs and featured on our website. Plus you'll have our limitless gratitude!

If the Donor's Circle isn't the best fit for you, we would very much appreciate any help you can provide.

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company thanks the following for supporting our season of plays and special projects:

Mid Atlantic Arts Regional Resilience Fund
Hillman Foundation
Allegheny Regional Asset District
Bloomberg Philanthropies
The Heinz Endowments:
Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh
Opportunity Fund
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Eden Hall Foundation