Joan Didion’s The White Album On-Stage Audience Opportunity – Festival of Firsts

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Joan Didion’s The White Album On-Stage Audience Opportunity

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is offering an exciting opportunity to participate in the performances of JOAN DIDION’S THE WHITE ALBUM as part of an on-stage audience. And, as an added benefit and thank you for participating, you will receive two tickets to the performance. There are no rehearsal requirements and there is no previous performance experience required. Participants will be part of an audience that is inside the set onstage for part of the show and seated where you can watch for the rest of the show.

Sign up here for one or more performances.

Hurry – be among the first 25 to respond. The Trust is hoping to fill all slots by 10/1. Instructions will go out during the first week of October on how to reserve your complimentary tickets. These performances are part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.


“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Here’s one: It is 1968, and you arrive at a house party. A band is playing, some people are making out. You drink, you mingle, you dance. The White Album is theater meeting performance art unlike anything Pittsburgh has ever seen. This innovative production brings Joan Didion’s seminal essay to life—performed in its entirety by Obie Award-winning actor Mia Barron—with a glassed-in ‘stage within a stage’ and surprises behind every onstage door. Become a voyeur as you sit in the August Wilson Center auditorium, and watch as social norms and theatrical conventions crumble to the ground.

The White Album episodically traverses the tectonically shifting landscape of the late 1960s in California. Our current era carries eerie shades of the late 60s: the Black Panthers in Black Lives Matter; the Vietnam student protestors and the #NeverAgain movement; Women’s Lib has given way to #MeToo. The struggles continue, amplified through social media feeds, broadcast openly and unfiltered. But there is hope. Our narrative can change, grow, and mature as we find fresh resonance in the stories we tell ourselves again and again.

Learn more about this production.