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12 Peers Theater
Artistic Director: Vince Ventura 
Producing Artistic Director: Sara Fisher 
412.-626-6784 | [email protected]

12 Peers Theater 2017 Main Stage Season

Thom Pain (based on nothing)    performs June 1- 18

Location: Studio Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning.

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play performs August 3-20
Location: Studio Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning.

Thom Pain (based on nothing)
by Will Eno

Directed by Vince Ventura

Featuring Matt Henderson

June 1 - 18, 2017

A moving solo show and Pulitzer Prize Finalist

He's just like you, except worse. He is trying to save his life, to save your life—in that order. In his quest for salvation, he'll stop at nothing, be distracted by nothing, except maybe a piece of lint, or the woman in the second row. Thom Pain (based on nothing) is one man's attempt to mythologize the loss of innocence we all experience when we shift, sometimes in a single moment, from child to adult.


Mr. Burns, a post-electric play
by Anne Washburn 

Direceted by Vince Ventura

August 3 - 20, 2017

A “pop culture comedy” in post-apocalyptic America

After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of "The Simpsons" episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. Mr. Burns, a post-electric play turns an eye to the communal creation of myth by exploring a post-apocalyptic landscape where yesterday's pop culture (an episode of "The Simpsons" pieced together entirely from memory) is rehashed as a myth of perseverance.

Directions to The University of Pittsburgh
Studio Theatre

Enter the main entrance of the Cathedral on Bigelow Blvd and walk straight until you see the elevators.  You will press the B button for basement and follow the instructions as to which elevator to board.  Once off the elevator, you will make a left and the theatre is the first door on your left. 

Parking is available on Bigelow Blvd, across the street on Forbes Ave and Schenley Drive Extension, in the lot on S. Bouquet Street and in the Soldiers and Sailors Hall parking lot.

2017 Special Events

The Special Benefit Performance of 

White Rabbit Red Rabbit is March 27, 2017 Location: Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre 


Squeeze My Cans

performs May 3 - 7

Location: Studio Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning.


Mythburgh tickets are always Name Your Own Price


White Rabbit Red Rabbit
by Nassim Soleimanpour
Featuring Monteze Freeland

Last year’s hit production by experimential playwright Nassim Soleimanpour returns for One Night Only as a Special Benefit Performance for 12 Peers Theater

Imagine being 29 years old and unable to leave your country. Iranian Nassim Soleimanpour is a conscientious objector who refused to take part in military service, mandatory for all Iranian men. Soleimanpour turned his isolation to his advantage with a wild, utterly original play, an absurdist adventure that blends comedy and drama. In White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, he distills the experience of an entire generation born amid the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war—computer-literate, well-informed young people who have never known an Iran other than the Islamic Republic.

Squeeze My Cans
Cathy Schenkelberg

Directed by Shirley Anderson

May 3 - 7, 2017

Squeeze My Cans has hit theaters in Chicago and Los Angeles to critical and popular acclaim, selling-out houses and inspiring crowds who often stick around after, curious about the journey in and out of Scientology. Using only a chair, a stool, projections, lighting and nearly a million dollars, this show rockets your audience through this roller-coaster ride of the heart... but with aliens.

Cathy Schenkelberg’s journey as a Nebraska Catholic girl from a family of ten, through the rabbit hole of this infamous and unbelievable cult, represents an everywoman’s story of a young adult searching for her place and purpose in life which is moving, hilarious, heart-breaking and redemptive.


Throughout 2017

Locations and Dates TBA

Telling the stories that make Pittsburgh unique, online and in person

MYTHBURGH finds myth and inspiration in the creepy, epic, weird, and truly Pittsburgh stories, told by Pittsburghers and adapted by local playwrights into short plays and digital content. Featuring a recurring cast of characters with their own online lives and a site-specific location, Mythburgh will push the limits of live theatre and engage audiences online and in person.

Playwrights: Brian Edward, Molly Rice, Matt Henderson, Amy Hartman, 
Gayle Pazerski, and Mark Clayton Southers
Directors: Nick Mitchell, Rusty Thelin, Matt Henderson, Amy Hartman, 
Vince Ventura, and Mark Clayton Southers

Mythburgh is a 21 and over event.


Available on and iTunes

Live play readings on demand

12 Peers Theater continues its groundbreaking year-round podcast featuring readings of mythic new plays and exclusive interviews with the playwrights. The Modern Myths Podcast brings live theatre to you on demand and features some of the most exciting playwrights from across the country.