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Pittsburgh Public Theater Postpones New Musical ‘SCOTLAND, PA,’ Adds ‘Virginia Woolf’

By SHARON EBERSON

Pittsburgh Public Theater has subtracted one show and added another for its 50th season, postponing the debut of SCOTLAND, PA and adding Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf to its 2024-25 schedule.

The dark musical comedy SCOTLAND, PA, based on the movie of the same name, features a book by Fox Chapel native Michael Mitnick, songs by Adam Gwon, and was to be directed in Pittsburgh by Lonny Price, who directed the show in 2019 at the Roundabout Theatre in NYC, where it was a New York Times Critics Pick. 

The 2001 movie SCOTLAND, PA, by screenwriter Billy Morrissette, is a modernized retelling of Macbeth. Set in the 1970s, in a Pennsylvania suburb, it is the story of Joe McBeth, a hamburger-stand employee who is driven to success by his scheming wife.

The Pittsburgh Public Theater production was postponed when commercial partner Hal Luftig Productions, a producer of Kinky Boots and the Roundabout show, was “no longer able to support the production next season.”

“Without this investment, we must postpone this production until a future season. We look forward to collaborating with director Lonny Price and the rest of the extraordinary Scotland, PA creative team when we are able to produce this daring new musical fully and responsibly, and will keep you informed on its development,” the Public’s statement said.

This is the third time around for Pittsburgh Public and Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (in 1982 and 1999, previously), but the first time since moving into the Downtown O’Reilly Theater

In the play, “disillusioned professor George and his domineering wife Martha invite an unsuspecting younger couple over for drinks. The evening devolves into a series of cruel mind games and bitter confrontations, revealing deep-seated resentments and hidden truths about both couples.”

The Tony Award-winning play of 1963 is set for the March 19-April 6, 2025, with no changes to performance dates or times. Details about the creative team and cast are TBA.

Visit for more information on the show. For those with questions about season-ticket packages, visit PPT.org/Subscribe, call 412-316-1600 or email [email protected].

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