Pitt Rep Presents 'Slasher,' Comedic Look at Horror

Issue Date: 
October 25, 2010

Life is a scream for aspiring actress Sheena in Slasher, presented by Pitt Repertory Theatre Oct. 29-Nov. 7 in Pitt’s Charity Randall Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial.

Slasher is described as a satirical twist on horror films as iconic “last-girl standing” Sheena lands a part in a low-budget flick, only to have her debut marred by a smarmy D-list director and her feminist mother, who adds new meaning to the word “cut!” Written by Allison Moore and directed by Holly Thuma, head of undergraduate performance at the University, Slasher will be performed evenings at 8 and Sundays at 2 p.m.; there is no Monday performance.

Tickets are $25 general admission; $20 for Pitt faculty, staff, and alumni; and $12 for students. To order tickets, call 412-624-PLAY (7529) or visit www.play.pitt.edu. Tickets also are available at the downstairs box office of the Stephen Foster Memorial, on Forbes Avenue adjacent to the Cathedral of Learning, from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

At 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7, following the matinee performance, the public is invited to attend a free panel discussion in the Charity Randall Theatre that will explore some of the issues associated with Slasher—feminism, violence against women, and the sociology of female relationships. Panelists include:

• Frayda Cohen, interim chair of Pitt’s Women’s Studies Program;

• Veronica Fitzpatrick, a Pitt graduate student with a concentration in film studies;

• Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, Pitt assistant professor of theater arts; and

• Christine Whalen, visiting assistant professor of sociology at Pitt.

Media are welcome to cover a special presentation Oct. 29 for those attending the play through the PITT ARTS program. Prior to the performance, from 7:20 to 7:45 p.m., several members of Slasher’s stage crew will be in the Charity Randall Theatre balcony to discuss their roles in bringing the story to life.

—Sharon S. Blake