‘A Play, a Pie and a Pint’ was first launched at Oran Mor in Glasgow in 2004 as a response to the drastic cuts in Arts funding. Now in their 7th year with over 250 plays under their belt, the project has become a Scottish success story. British writers including Simon Stephens, David Harrower and Marie Jones have been produced there and it is no surprise that the work has transferred to London, Edinburgh and beyond.
As award winners in the Knight Arts Challenge (and with the support of our Scottish counterparts) we launched ‘a Play, a Pie and a Pint’ here in Philadelphia in October 2011. Thanks to you all, our first season played to sell-out audiences and critical acclaim. Demand proved so great that in November we took one of the plays to Fergies Pub in center city for a ‘second helping’. For our second season in March we worked alongside Inis Nua Theatre Company and Iron Age Theatre Company and the many actors, playwrights and directors who are the ‘brilliant’ part of our brilliantly casual theatre concept.
What the evening involves is a one act play that is produced by one of Philadelphia's leading theatre companies, served up at happy hour alongside a pint (or drink of choice) and a pie (a slice of pizza). We call it 'brilliantly casual theatre.' You get all the quality of the best theatre in town, but we don't charge the moon (just $15 for play, pie and a pint) and you'll be out the door again at 7.30. It's a great opportunity to experience some of the work of Philadelphia's best companies, actors and directors and some brilliant writing from the UK, US and Philadelphia. It's also a lot of fun!
(For further information on the Glasgow project visit www.playpiepint.com).