GRIEVE HARD (one-person piece) by Katie Mack. Presented by off the WALL productions. March 15 – 16.
Off the WALL productions, a leader in Pittsburgh’s alternative theater scene, is hosting a series of one-person shows by performers from across the country. Katie Mack’s Grieve Hard comes with an implicit trigger warning. This one is about death. But the piece also comes recommended, because New York-based Mack is a singularly dynamic writer and performer. As an actor she has played an astounding variety of parts—from Sally Bowles, the female lead in Cabaret, to the title role in Shakespeare’s Richard III. Her podcast F*cking Sober: The First 90 Days provides amusing and informative listening for anyone interested in recovery. Grieve Hard is a new piece, commissioned by off the WALL. In part, it summons the voice of Mack’s friend Eric Anthamatten, a philosophy professor and writer who died tragically last year. Mack bills Grieve Hard as “an interactive performance with death” that invites audience members “to stare into the abyss, and see if the abyss stares back.” Join Katie Mack at Carnegie Stage. 8 p.m. 25 W. Main St., Carnegie.