Pittsburgh Public Theater to present free performances of ‘Barefoot in the Park’
TheaterShow to be performed Aug. 3-7

Pittsburgh Public Theater to present free performances of ‘Barefoot in the Park’

The Neil Simon comedy will be performed, fittingly, in a park.

Playwright Neil Simon (Photo in public domain)
Playwright Neil Simon (Photo in public domain)

Pittsburgh Public Theater will present a week of pop-up performances of “Barefoot in the Park” — written by Jewish playwright Neil Simon — in, well, a park.

The shows, which will run Aug. 3-7, will be held at the newly opened Allegheny Overlook Pop-Up Park, located on Fort Duquesne Boulevard in downtown Pittsburgh.

“When our 2019-2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 crisis, the first priority was the health and safety of our audiences, artists, and staff,” said Pittsburgh Public Theater Artistic Director, Marya Sea Kaminski in a prepared statement. “One of the productions we were all looking forward to with great anticipation was Neil Simon’s ‘Barefoot in the Park,’ which unfortunately had to be cancelled that season. Yet here we are, so many months later, bringing a pop-up production of this classic romantic comedy to an incredible new outdoor venue featuring some of the most irresistible, hilarious performers in the region. I simply cannot wait.”

The show will be directed by Kaminski and will feature music from Jewish Pittsburgher Doug Levine.

“Bringing audiences together at the Allegheny Overlook will be cause for celebration this August,” said Pittsburgh Public Theater Managing Director Lou Castelli in a prepared statement.

“Our patrons have been incredibly patient and supportive during this time, and they deserve a night of relaxation and laughter. Once again seeing friendly faces in the crowd and enjoying the magic of live theater together will make for one memorable week.”

Tickets are available at no charge. Visit ppt.org/barefoot to register. PJC

Toby Tabachnick

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