Post-Industrial Productions

is creating Socially-relevant theater
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About Post-Industrial Productions

Post-Industrial Productions of Buffalo, Inc. (PIP) is a tax-exempt non-profit theatre company looking to produce theatre that makes a difference in the Buffalo community.

PIP's members are:
Artistic Director/President - Bob Van Valin
Managing Director/Vice-Secretary - Andrea Gollhardt
Marketing Director/Board Member - Josh Robinson
Vice-President - Annise Celano
Treasurer - Jane Cudmore
Secretary - Rachel Macklin Olszewski

Our mission is to produce theatrical performances that attract younger patrons to the theatre by making work that educates about and encourages discussion of important social issues affecting the lives of young people. Our work is designed to appeal to younger people who might not have ever gone to the theatre before and don’t necessarily speak the language of theatre. We will do this by marrying the traditional theatre experience with contemporary art and culture. For example, many of our past shows integrated video projections, including scenes that were shot in a classic film style and projected simultaneously while action was happening on stage. We believe that the language of film can be used to ease new theatre patrons into gaining an understanding of theatre. We will also price our shows competitively with movies, since we believe that theatre shouldn't be a cost-prohibitive art only accessible to the wealthy.
Your donation will help ensure, first and foremost, that the artists who put their time and effort into our productions will get paid. It will also ensure that we can afford to rent good theatrical spaces and have adequate budgets to create really fantastic works of art. The budgeting aspect is especially important because we are targeting our marketing toward non-traditional theatre audiences and that does not come easy or cheap.

The two shows for our 2018-19 season are:

WNY premier by local playwright Bella Poynton
Directed by Maura Nolan
Starring: Diane DiBernardo, Paige Allison Donitelli,
Becky Globus, Brett Klaczyk, & Anna Krempholtz.
January 17-February 2, 2019
At the New Phoenix Theatre on the park, 95 Johnson Park in Buffalo

Medusa Undone is a dramatization of the little-known Medusa origin story. Before she was one of the greatest mythical monsters of all time, Medusa was a kind, beautiful sea-nymph in Athena’s service. Unparalleled in both her beauty and devotion to the Gods, Medusa catches the eye of the charming but narcissistic Poseidon. Interested only in the passions of the spirit, and not the flesh, Medusa has no choice but to reject the greedy God. She not only suffers violence at the hand of Poseidon, but also unknowingly incites a deep-seated jealousy in Athena, with horrific and disturbing consequences. Medusa Undone explores the social problem of rape culture, our tendency to victim blame, and the great injustice suffered by female victims of abuse of all kinds.

By Arthur Miller
A Co-Production with the Subversive Theatre Collective
Directed by Bob Van Valin
March 14-April 6, 2019
At the Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave, Third Floor

After the Fall is Arthur Miller’s controversial semiautobiographical work that shocked audiences when it premiered in 1964. Forefront to the action of the play is Miller’s lasting guilt that he was responsible for the failure of his marriage with Marilyn Monroe and her untimely death. Miller’s protagonist Quentin grapples with the human dilemma of interpersonal culpability, that one’s actions can be responsible for the fate of another. This memory play uses the historical backdrops of post-World War II America and the age of McCarthyism to explore Quentin’s existential question that, in a world full of cruelty, how can anyone forge meaningful and lasting relationships?
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This goal is the starting point for our company. It will ensure we can continue to plan and implement what we have in store for this season and hopefully many more to come.
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