The Gammage Project



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On October 12, 1995, Jonny Gammage, cousin of former Pittsburgh Steeler Ray Seals, was stopped by Lieutenant Milton Mulholland of the Brentwood, Pa., police department. Seven minutes later, Gammage was dead.  The bare facts, as troubling as they may be, fail to capture the often unaddressed problems of race relations in the Pittsburgh region.  This original docudrama, coproduced by Pitt Rep and Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, goes beyond issues of Black and White in order to expose the suppressed emotions that continue to affect race relations in our area today.

Produced in conjunction with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company with additional performances at the August Wilson Center, March 2-4.

Each production is followed by a talkback with a member of the community portrayed in the play along with a member of the production team.  Schedule of talkback hosts.

Reviews

One was a young businessman, the other an honors high school student. Their paths never crossed, but Jonny Gammage and Jordan Miles are inextricably linked as black men who were injured, one fatally, while being subdued by white police officers. Read the full review »

Gammage's haunting last words to an officer at the scene -- "Keith, Keith, I'm 31. I'm only 31." -- will echo across Oakland's Henry Heymann Theatre and the August Wilson Center, Downtown. Beginning Feb. 9, the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company and the Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre will stage "The Gammage Project," a dramatization of his death and the legal cases against three suburban officers that rippled from it. Read the full review »

Cast

Bill Crean

Bill Crean is a local voice talent and commercial actor who has performed extensively in area theaters.
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Brett Caffier

Brett is a Junior pursuing a Politics & Philosophy major at Pitt and is working towards a performance-based Theater minor.
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Christopher Cameron

Christopher Cameron is a Mechanical Engineering major at the University of Pittsburgh participating in his second Pitt production.
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Christopher Johns

Christopher Johns is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh who recently appeared in the musical productions Broadway in the Burgh and Into the Woods.
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Christopher Williams

Christopher is a freshman chemical engineer in the Swanson School of Engineering.
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Corey Talley

Corey Talley is a student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Film Studies and Theatre arts on a performance track.
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Courtney Strauss

Courtney is a senior English writing major and a theatre minor.
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Dylan Marquis Myers

Dylan is a sophomore at Pitt majoring in Theater Arts.
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Erika Weisbach

Erika is a Freshman studying English Literature, History, and Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Ian Pisarcik

Ian is a freelance actor and writer. A Pittsburgh native, Pisarcik has recently appeared in professional and college level theater productions
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Jason Shavers

Jason is a graduate of Point Park University.
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Jeffrey Parker

Jeffrey is currently a senior theater major here at Pitt University.
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John Gresh

John is honored to be part of this production. John has acted on the stages of Quantum Theatre, barebones productions, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, and others.
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Joseph Martinez

Joseph is originally from San Lorenzo, CA. In May of 2011, he earned his M.F.A. in Acting from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.
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Ken Bolden

Ken grew up near Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Duquesne University with a BA in English Literature, focusing on 17th and 18th century poets, he went to conservatory in England at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
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Laci Rise Mosley

(Londoner, Swing Beggar Woman) is a junior Business Marketing major and Theatre Arts minor at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Larry John Myers

Larry has previously appeared with the Pitt Rep in Waiting for Godot and Moby Dick, Rehearsed (2001) and in The Hudsucker Proxy and Our Town (1999).
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Laura Gray

Laura is a junior Theatre Arts/English Literature double major and is thrilled to be performing in her Pitt Rep mainstage debut.
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Laura Carney

Laura is a Junior Studio Arts/Theatre Arts double major.
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Les Howard

Les is a veteran actor and local jazz singer and once produced his own entertainment variety television show, here on local public access television.
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Marcus Muzapoppa

Marcus has been working with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre since 2006.
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Shahla Khanna

Shala is thrilled to be in her first Pitt Rep show, The Gammage Project.
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Thomas Fuchel

Thomas has performed at Pittsburgh Playwrights, Prime Stage Theater, Open Stage Theatre, South Park Theatre, The Summer Theater, The Grand Theater, and other theaters here and in New York.
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