Point Park's REP to stage world premiere of 'Antarktikos'

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The REP, Point Park University's professional theater company, presents the world premiere of emerging playwright Andrea Stolowitz's "Antarktikos," a time- and mind-bending drama that was a finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award's Prize in Drama.

The plot finds Susan, a writer in residence at the South Pole, in a seemingly impossible conversation with Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, leader of the 1912 British Antarctic expedition. Susan's daughter, 21-year-old Hilary, embarks on an adventure with an insomniac EMT named Alex, who becomes the hapless link among them.

"We the audience are not suspended between events .... In 'Antarktikos,' Stolowitz suspends us instead between two conditions. ... Stolowitz's 'Antarktikos' will continue to haunt its viewers long after a performance of it ends," wrote H.L. Hix, an Oregon Literary Arts Drama Fellowship judge.

Directed by Sheila McKenna, "Antarktikos" runs through April 7 in the Studio Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Oakland. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, plus 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 (no performance on Easter).

Tickets: $24-$27 at 412-392-8000 or at www.pittsburghplayhouse.com. The post-show discussion series will be held on March 29.

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