A New Brain

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Written by:

William Finn and James Lapine

Directed by:

Tru Verret-Fleming

Musical Directions by:

Becki Toth

Music and Lyrics by:

William Finn


Wednesday, February 23, 2022 to Sunday, February 27, 2022

Show Times:

Tuesday thru Saturday 8:00 PM
Sunday at 2:00 PM


Charity Randall Theatre
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We are sorry to announce that we must cancel the following performances of A NEW BRAIN.

  • Friday, February 18, 2022 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 2:00 PM

If you have tickets for these dates, please email the box office.

We apologize for any inconvience and thank you for your understanding.

By the Tony Award-winning authors of Falsettos, here is an energetic, sardonic, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. Gordon collapses into his lunch and awakes in the hospital, surrounded by his maritime-enthusiast lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor, and the nurses. Reluctantly, he had been composing a song for a children’s television show that features a frog – Mr. Bungee – and the specter of this large green character and the unfinished work haunts him throughout his medical ordeal. What was thought to be a tumor turns out to be something more operable, and Gordon recovers, grateful for a chance to compose the songs he yearns to produce.

Patrons are required to be fully vaccinated and wearing masks to attend.

University of Pittsburgh campuses are closed to the general public, but open to University members and registered guests. University members can register a guest online. Registered guests will receive a confirmation email that they are required to present, along with a photo ID, upon arrival on campus. By arriving on campus, guests are agreeing to follow the health rules that the University has in place at the time and are affirming that they are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

All guests will need to be fully vaccinated with a vaccine that has been authorized by the World Health Organization and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the venue. Please plan to prove vaccination status by bringing either your vaccination card or a photo of your card on your smartphone.

"Fully vaccinated" means on the day of the performance date as shown on the valid ticket, a guest is:
•    At least 14 days after their second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or
•    At least 14 days after their single dose of a single-dose vaccine

Proof of vaccination must come directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination. Use of a Digital Vaccination Passport App is also acceptable.

Click here to view the production program.

A NEW BRAIN is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

Music and the Brain: A Conversation about the Music in 'A New Brain'

A moderated conversation between Julia Kreutzer (dramaturg), Ryan Steinly (actor), Dr. Eric Yttri (Professor of Neuroscience), and Emerson Voss (composer, artist, and educator) about the music of 'A New Brain' by William Finn, opening February 23, 2022 at Pitt Stages.

Art and the Brain: A Conversation about Neuroscience and 'A New Brain' 

A moderated conversation between Julia Kreutzer (dramaturg), Ryan Steinly (actor), Dr. Eric Yttri (Professor of Neuroscience), Nathan A. Schneider (neuroscience PhD), and Jessica Nuwer (post-doctoral scholar in Neuropharmacology) about themes of 'A New Brain' by William Finn, opening February 23, 2022 at Pitt Stages.

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A New Brain