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Aug 5: Seven CMU Drama Seniors Form "PigPen" Theater Company; To Perform at New York City's Fringe Festival Aug. 13-21

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Seven CMU Drama Seniors Form "PigPen" Theater Company;
To Perform at New York City's Fringe Festival Aug. 13-21

PigpenPITTSBURGH—Seven Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama seniors have formed a theater company called "PigPen" (, and will perform at this year's New York International Fringe Festival, Aug. 13-21. Arya Shahi, Ben Ferguson, Dan Weschler, Ryan Melia, Curtis Gillen, Alex Falberg and Matt Nuernberger created the group for a performance in the School of Drama's "PLAYGROUND: a Festival of Independent Student Work" in 2008. They have performed regionally at playhouses in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Martha's Vineyard.

PigPen will be debuting their fifth original show, "The Nightmare Story," at this year's Fringe Festival. The story is about a woman tormented by nightmares and her only son, who is the key to her salvation. Show times are 8 p.m., Friday Aug. 13; 2:15 p.m., Sunday Aug. 15; 9 p.m., Wednesday Aug. 18; 4:45 p.m., Friday Aug. 20; and 7 p.m., Saturday Aug. 21. All performances are at The Club at La Mama, 74A East 4th Street (2nd Avenue & Bowery) in New York City.   

PigPen shows have received high praise. According to Gwyn McAllister of the Martha's Vineyard Times, the shows are "brilliantly choreographed theater with a flow that could only be wrought by a group accustomed to working closely together."

PigPen creates atmospheric fables with a unique blend of puppetry, shadow play, group movement, live music and clever lighting effects.

At 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, PigPen will perform a preview of "The Mountain Song" at The Irondale Center in Brooklyn. The show tells the tale of a carpenter who climbs mountains and traverses rivers in order to attend his daughter's wedding - without a clue as to where it's taking place. McAllister called it a highly entertaining rustic tale of mythical proportions. "Fast-paced, wonderfully acted, and full of wit and humor, the charming show will keep the kids captivated, while delighting the adults in the audience," McAllister said.


Pictured above is the Pigpen theater company.