On stage: Comfort Zone

ComfortZone_mediumPittsburgh Playwrights Theatre

Through May 24

8 p.m. & 3 p.m.

You still have one more week to see Comfort Zone, the latest play produced by Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company. Running through May 24th, the gripping contemporary drama is playing at the company’s Cultural District HQ located on the third floor of 937 Liberty Avenue.

Written by Marlon Erik Youngblood, Comfort Zone is set in a neighborhood mom & pop store and chronicles the gripping aftermath of a shooting and how it impacts a community. Described as a “gritty urban tale that examines the tragic consequences of violence affecting our families and community through a thought-provoking theatre experience,” Comfort Zone stars Kevin Brown as the central character Checkers, along with a dynamic cast featuring Bryant Bently, Jamilah Chanie, Rick Southers, Cheryl El Walker, Monn Washington and Mark Clayton Southers.

Directed by Mark Whitehead, the powerful full-length play explores universal themes of healing, judgment, redemption, family, justice, and personal and collective responsibility within a community. PPTCO’s new production is based on the riveting hit show from the Theatre Festival in Black & White which was held in 2012.

Opening night of Comfort Zone on May 2nd included a post-show discussion with Youngblood, who was joined by Brandi Fisher, activist and president/CEO of the Alliance for Police Accountability; Cyril Wecht, former Allegheny County coroner; and moderator Tene Croom.

Founded by Mark Clayton Southers in 2003, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company develops and showcases works by local playwrights, from accomplished masters such as August Wilson and George S. Kaufman to emerging new talents. The company is dedicated to nurturing a racially and culturally diverse community of playwrights, directors, actors and technical specialists.

Check out a video interview with playwright Marlon Erik Youngblood. Purchase tickets.

Photo by Eric A. Smith