Pitt-Greensburg presents world premiere of “Dog Assassin

The Pitt-Greensburg Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a new post-Progressive Rock musical, “Dog Assassin,” created by Pitt-Greensburg faculty member Stephen Schrum, PhD, (book and lyrics) and long-time collaborator Jeremy dePrisco (music).

The musical will be performed 7:30 p.m. in Ferguson Theater (Smith Hall), on Thursday, March 22, Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24. A special matinee performance will occur Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. Tickets available at the door only: $12 regular, $6 students/seniors. Call 724-836-7483 for more information, or email Schrum at sas114@pitt.edu.

The Performing Arts Society will offer a dinner theatre option for the Saturday, March 24, performance. Tickets, $25 per person for both the meal and show, must be reserved by March 21 by contacting Melissa Raichel at mar134@pitt.edu or 724-561-8496. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the meal will be served at 6 p.m. in the Hempfield Room. The menu includes sliced roast beef with caramelized onions, pasta primavera, summer salad, twice-baked potato skins, honey glazed carrots, and angel food cake with fresh strawberries.

The production staff will then hold a post-mortem of the production at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 26, that will include a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The play concerns a grocery bagger who makes extra cash on the side in a noisy suburb filled with loud and annoying canines. But when he meets a young woman, his world turns upside down. “Dog Assassin,” with a title as surprising as “Urinetown! The Musical,” features Egyptian mythology, Eastern philosophy, Jungian psychology, spirit guides, crackpot nutrition advice, and the TV show Highlander. According to Schrum, it is a tale of self-discovery, spiritual redemption, and love.

Visual and Performing Arts major Elliot Sheedy will serve as musical director for the production, using this work as his capstone project in Theatre. For the past year, he has been working as a Green Scholar, assisting Schrum in an academic research project. In August 2011, Elliot and Schrum co-presented their work at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference, held in Chicago, on a panel entitled “The Past As Prologue to the Digital Age; Memory and Legacy As the Future's Foundation."

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg received a MetLife Creative Connections Award from New Music USA (formerly the American Music Center and Meet the Composer). The award will be used to defray the costs associated with bringing composer Jeremy dePrisco to the Pitt-Greensburg campus in March 2012 for this world premiere.

During dePrisco’s visit to campus, he will work with the Pitt-Greensburg Theatre Company to provide a richer experience for both the students and the greater community audience members. DePrisco also will offer six workshops that are free and open to both students and the greater community. These workshops take place in Ferguson Theater unless otherwise noted and include:

• Audio Production Toward Creating a CD Release: Info Gleaned from the Recording of Six Solo Albums (March 21 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.): DePrisco will talk about the pros and cons of creating a physical CD and his experience with the medium.

• Working as a Singer/Songwriter: A Practical Guide (March 21 at 4 p.m. in Village Hall): How aspects of the music business have changed.

• Working in Collaboration with Other Musicians and Theatre Artists: You Don’t Have to be in the Same Room Anymore (March 22 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.): Learn how working methods, communication styles, and personalities can contribute to collaboration.

• A Performer’s Integration of Social Media (March 23 at 1 p.m.): Using a website, Facebook, SoundCloud, etc. as your public face.

• Sound Design vs. Composition: It’s Not Just Scribbling Notes in a Lonely Writer’s Garret (March 23 at 2 p.m.): Explore the evocative aural experience through electronic design, acoustic design, and broadening the listening palette.

• DePrisco will also touch on Touring: How to Plan, What to Expect during these various workshops.

With more than 15 years of work in music and production experience, dePrisco writes and produces music and designs sound for album projects, theatre, and digital media throughout northeast and central Pennsylvania. DePrisco has produced seven solo albums and has done either composition or sound design for 23 theatre productions–many in collaboration with Schrum and James H. Slusser (Bloomsburg University).

Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a publicly assisted, four-year, liberal arts college in southwestern Pennsylvania. A regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh, which is celebrating its 225th anniversary, Pitt-Greensburg offers 24 baccalaureate degree programs, including new majors in Education and Spanish, as well as 19 minors. More than 13 percent of Pitt-Greensburg’s full-time faculty—the highest percentage of any University of Pittsburgh campus—have received the prestigious University-wide Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

 

 

 

Publication Date

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 1:43pm

Summary

The Pitt-Greensburg Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a new post-Progressive Rock musical, “Dog Assassin,” created by Pitt-Greensburg faculty member Stephen Schrum, PhD, (book and lyrics) and long-time collaborator Jeremy dePrisco (music). The musical will be performed 7:30 p.m. in Ferguson Theater (Smith Hall), on Thursday, March 22, Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24. A special matinee performance will occur Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. Tickets available at the door only: $12 regular, $6 students/seniors. Call 724-836-7483 for more information, or email Schrum at sas114@pitt.edu.