• Heads



    Fri, Jan. 31 – Sun, Feb. 16


Pittsburgh Premiere
By EM Lewis
Directed by John Shepard

Preview Thursday, Jan. 30
Friday, Jan. 31 – Sunday, Feb. 16
Studio Theatre

"Provocative and wonderfully threatening.” - Edward Albee

An American engineer. A British embassy employee. A network journalist. And a freelance photographer. As hostages in a war zone, each responds to the unbearable situation differently, with stark reality and difficult choices. Heads is a heartwrenching story about finding hope and intimacy in an environment with seemingly no way out.

Heads is performed with one 10-minute intermission. There is no late seating for this performance. 

Please join us for a post-show talkback with the cast of Heads, hosted by dramaturg, Kyle Bostian, following the Saturday, Feb. 8 matinee performance. 

EM Lewis won the 2008 Francesca Primus Prize for an Emerging Female Theater Artist for Heads, a play Edward Albee called “provocative and wonderfully threatening.” The Los Angeles Times named it one of the top 10 productions of 2007. The Denver Examiner remarked, “If you are looking for an evening of theatre that will get you thinking, that will leave an indelible impression long after the show has ended, and that will move you to tears – then this is for you. … Heads is a welcome, intelligent, and moving drama that is a must see.”

Lewis’ award-winning plays have been produced around the country, and around the world.  In addition to winning the Primus Prize for Heads, Lewis won the 2009 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for her play Song of Extinction, and 2010-2011 Hodder Fellowship in playwriting from Princeton University. Lewis is a member of Moving Arts Theater Company, the Dramatists Guild, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

Director John Shepard appeared on Broadway in David Mamet’s American Buffalo with Al Pacino (as well as the subsequent national tour and on the West End), and Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge (with Tony LoBianco). For The REP, Shepard has directed Buried Child, The Chicken Snake (World Premiere), One Flea Spare, The Visit, Mother Courage and, most recently, August: Osage County, which was named “Best of 2012” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Shepard teaches acting and directing at Point Park and has directed several Conservatory Theatre productions, including Evita, Marat/Sade, Candide, and Joined at the Head, among others. He has directed locally for Off the Wall (Shining City) and at theatres across the country. As an actor, he appeared in the world premieres of The Electric Baby for Quantum and Mid-Strut for The REP, and was chosen as Performer of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for his performance as Willy Loman in The REP’s 2008 production of Death of a Salesman.

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