NEXT Up: Peter Kope


Peter Kope  the the co-founder and artistic director of Attack Theatre shares his busy and creative itinerary this week. He and his wife and co-founder have a son named Xander, pictured here.

Monday, October 6

I have to admit that I am a printed paper and coffee man. So the Post-Gazette and I start the early morning together. I try to make it to Rob Roger’s editorial before Xander wakes up.

8 a.m. – Walk our son Xander to the bus. He is in first grade at Kentucky Avenue School. Each morning we watch the cars, the ants, the dogs, birds, salamanders or snakes that show up while we wait for the bus. It is my favorite morning time.

The rest of the day – Tax Day! Yes for those of you who file extensions…Michele and I will buckle down and magically find all those receipts! We promised ourselves a break and will grab a coffee at Tazza D’oro in Highland Park. Nice to be able to walk to a great neighborhood coffee shop.

Tuesday, October 7

10 a.m. – City Councilman Dan Gilman is sponsoring a resolution honoring Attack Theatre’s 20th Season Anniversary. So Michele de la Reza and I will be there to experience our city government in action live in council chambers.

Lunch – It’s Taco Tuesday at Penn Avenue Fish Market in the Strip and that’s where I’ll be to celebrate and enjoy some great fish. They recently expanded, so there will be space even on Taco Tuesday, and they are just a few blocks from the studio space that we share at The Pittsburgh Opera building.

3 – 7 p.m. – Rehearsal and notes at the Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood. Yes, Are You Still There? The show opened last weekend, but there are always a few tweaks.

8 p.m. – Are You Still There? This is the third of six performances. University of Pittsburgh students will be in the audience tonight courtesy of Pitt Arts, as well as students from the University of Pittsburgh Dance Ensemble. I will lead a special post show talkback and question and answer session. It’s actually one of my favorite activities we do around our performances. The students ask great questions and don’t let us BS too much.

Wednesday, October 8

11 a.m. – I teach movement and dance for the vocal majors in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon on Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s a great experience to be on campus and I usually hit the food trucks on Margaret Morrison or grab a “Puppy Love Combo” from Joe’s Hotdogs at Tech Street for lunch.

Afternoon: Construction Junction in Point Breeze- I try to stop here once a week or so just to check things out. There is always something tantalizingly or justifiably useful that I need at this mecca of odd things–from giant foam boulders to cool chairs, this is just a nice place to pick up a few hundred door knobs if that’s what you need.

Dinner – There are two different barbecue places in Homewood that I like. Both have those giant barrel grills parked in front of the building and are always busy—The Dream BBQ (7600 N. Braddock) and Showcase Barbecue (6800 Frankstown). I like them both…my go-to is 4 bones, greens and potato salad. I will pick up my order in the afternoon, have a little nosh and have plenty left over for a late night snack. I get the sauce on the side to enjoy the flavors.

8pm – Are You Still There? – performance number four. The Pittsburgh Coliseum is actually a former trolley garage as well as former roller rink. Tonight I’m breaking out my Roller Blades for a post show skate.

Thursday, October 9

Noon – Meeting with our friends from Chatham Baroque to discuss our Monteverdi project that will debut in April. We’ll meet at the Pittsburgh Opera building and decide on coffee and snacks, either at Marty’s Market or the new Public Market. Both are great decisions and I can pick up milk for tomorrow at either one.

4 p.m. – Pick up Xander from school and head to Oakland for a hair cut from his favorite stylist, Bess, at Hair Friends located above Peter’s Pub. Not a kids’ salon, but fun to chat with owner Bill Rizzo, who has been there since before I moved to Pittsburgh in 1992. The interior feels lived-in with creaking hardwood floors and big house plants. The walls are covered in photographs with jazz and blues music playing in the background.