Phoenix Theatre http://wesa.fm en The Phoenix: A Rising Theatre in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/phoenix-rising-theatre-pittsburgh <p>“One door closing, is another one opening up” says Andrew Paul, former artistic director and co-founder of Pittsburgh Irish &amp; Classical Theatre.</p><p>This appears to be&nbsp; a relevant motto for him and Pittsburgh theater veteran <a href="http://www.markclaytonsouthers.com/index.html">Mark Clayton Southers</a>, founder of the 10-year-old <a href="http://www.pghplaywrights.com/">Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company</a>, and former arts director at the August Wilson Center. Southers and Paul had been let go from their former theatres earlier this year.</p><p>Now the two journeymen are collaborating to start a new theater company in Pittsburgh called,&nbsp;<a href="http://phoenixtheatrepgh.org/">The Phoenix</a>, designed to produce cutting edge plays and a focus on diverse casts. The company will be christened this evening with an opening night performance of the play <em>Blue/Orange</em>, which deals with issues related to race and the mental health care system. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:22:21 +0000 Nick Frost 19121 at http://wesa.fm The Phoenix: A Rising Theatre in Pittsburgh