Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Comedy Theater Premieres Live Reading of “The Sandlot” Featuring Local Actors and Comics

Arcade Comedy Theater continues to expand its programming to new and exciting forms of comedy by collaborating with local filmmaker Chris Preksta on a live screenplay reading. Friday, March 22 at 8pm and 10pm, the venue will produce a live reading of the 1993 screenplay "The Sandlot." For an inspired twist, the performance will feature adult actors and comedians playing the children's roles in the film, and kids cast as the adults. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the box office the night of the show—tickets are still available for the 10pm show.

Chris Preksta, whose credits include the YouTube sensation Pittsburgh Dad and the Syfy series Mercury Men, approached the Arcade with the idea early in the theater's development. Within hours of pitching the idea, Preksta had already talked to David Mickey Evans, the director and co-­‐writer of the "The Sandlot." Preksta, who assembled the cast, is directing the show and providing the narration.

"When he said that he wanted to do it at Arcade, I was immediately on board,” says co-­‐creative director Mike Rubino, who first met with Preksta about the show. “This kind of new, collaborative programming was what we wanted to foster at the theater."

The cast for "The Sandlot," includes a mix of local talent from the theater, stand-­‐up, and improv worlds: Pittsburgh Dad himself Curt Wootton; Pittsburgh Magazine's "Best Local Comic" Aaron Kleiber; star of the recent Steeltown Film Factory movie "Escape from St. Quentin" Nick Staso; along with Mike Rubino, Abby Fudor, John Feightner, Larry Phillis, Dave Fedor, Missy Moreno, Amy Staggs, Mark Tierno, Jeff Brancolini, and Chris Preksta.

“Events like this are popular in LA and New York, and I've always wanted to attend one, but I had never seen something like this offered in Pittsburgh,” says Preksta. This idea is proving to be popular here too: when the 8pm show sold out a week in advance, Arcade added a second performance on Friday, March 22 at 10pm.

Arcade Comedy Theater opened its doors in February 2013 and is a non-­‐profit organization dedicated to elevating and advancing the art of comedy in Pittsburgh. They produce and present shows every Friday and Saturday at 8pm and 10pm. On Saturday, March 23, the theater will also feature two installments of the local radio adventure show, Dodge Intrepid and the Pages of Time. For more information, visit arcadecomedytheater.com 

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