Essential Pittsburgh
7:01 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Pittsburghers Relive Speeches of JFK & Share Remembrances

President Kennedy riding in a motorcade through Dallas, TX before being shot.
President Kennedy riding in a motorcade through Dallas, TX before being shot.
Credit Walt Cisco / Dallas Morning News

Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Pittsburgh's Prime Stage Theatre is presenting The Kennedy Legacy, a program where audience members can relive the powerful speeches of President John F. Kennedy and share remembrances of that time period.

Prime Stage artistic director Wayne Brinda was 13 years old in 1963. And even though he was just a kid, Brinda remembers exactly where he was when he heard the president had been shot. 

"We were sitting in class and all of a sudden this announcement came on and interrupted Mrs. Wilma Anderson's history class," he recalls "I can tell you the desk I was sitting in, I can tell you that I was wearing a red plaid shirt, I can tell you what Mrs. Anderson looked like, it was like it just froze that moment in time for me and I'll just never forget it."

Kennedy Legacy is part of the 2nd Stage at Prime Stage series, which features local actors, literary works and audience engagement.