I've known Michael McBurney for years now and in the last few he has become involved in local theatre productions in the Pittsburgh area. Having had the pleasure of seeing him on stage I can say I was overwhelmed by his ability to transform into another person. I've known actors before but not one as passionate as Mike. He always working on something but the latest show, Saving the World, is great so I encourage you to check him out. I've included the press release below.
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Saving the World -- Local Theatre Company Launches Pittsburgh Premier of Controversial Absurdist Comedy
Throughline Theatre Company continues fourth season with Saving the World, by Jason Burkett, September 13, 2013 at the Grey Box Theatre in Lawrenceville. 2013 Season highlights plays focused on "Changing the World."
Pittsburgh, PA, September 13, 2013 - At the Saltwater Research Center in Seattle Washington, a think-tank of the world's leading scientists has made a breakthrough discovery that could end world hunger, but they are split over whether the outcome will be the salvation of the human race or the destruction of our civilization and our planet. Relying on the decision of an initially disinterested third party, the researches debate everything from the impact of mankind on the environment, to what kind of car Satan drives, and the lengths you would go to for a taco.
Previously performed by student companies and local theatre groups around the country, Saving the World is being brought to the Pittsburgh stage for the first time by Throughline Theatre Company as a part of their "Changing the World" season. Based on the ideas of Daniel Quinn, Saving the World is as packed-to-the-gills with pop-culture references as it is with message. This absurdist comedy holds nothing sacred, from religion to its own playwright, and its mad antics will prompt as much laughter as it will discussion. There will be a talk-back with the playwright following the performance on Thursday, September 19.
Saving the World is the third production in Throughline Theatre's fourth season, their second season at The Grey Box Theatre in Lawrenceville, following a wildly successful 2012 season. Pittsburgh City Paper called Throughline's 2012 production of August: Osage County "spellbinding."
Throughline Theatre Company's four-show season focuses on the relationship between past, present, and future by presenting plays from varied time periods and arranging them to highlight their thematic and stylistic similarities.
Saving the World opens Friday, September 13, at 8pm and runs until Saturday, September 21. The opening night performance will be followed by a reception where food and drinks will be provided and audience members can meet the cast. Thursday and Friday performances start at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm. Tickets are $15 or $12 for students and seniors. Tickets for the Opening Night Reception are an additional $10. Tickets are available at the door or in advance online at throughlinge.showclix.com.