Brendan Ryan

Class of 2012


  • School of Drama honors German writer

    Theater is not always about entertainment. The legendary German writer Bertolt Brecht, known for his provocative plays, operas, and poems, strongly believed in the power of theater to produce social change and did not want his audiences to attend his works for sheer entertainment. The School of Drama production Tough Nut Cabaret is a tremendous blend of well-known and lesser-known poems and song...

    Pillbox | April 20, 2009
  • O’Neill’s play comes to Pittsburgh

    Humor, unrequited love, and dreams from the past: These are the main components of one of the world’s great dramas, Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten. Completed in 1943 and premiered to ecstatic audiences in London’s prestigious Old Vic Theatre in 1947, this play is O’Neill’s final work after 32 full-length dramas and 19 one-act plays. Under the critically acclaimed director Pamel...

    Pillbox | April 13, 2009
  • Making waffles, creating community

    “I’ve never seen a place like this!” exclaimed first-year design student Susana Del Castillo at the Waffle Shop’s Grand Reopening on Friday night. With a newly refurbished interior and prime location in a revitalized area of East Liberty, the Waffle Shop displays an eerie resemblance to Edward Hopper’s painting Nighthawks from the outside. Inside, however, is a cheery restaurant and, of all thin...

    Pillbox | March 2, 2009
  • Philharmonic gives powerful performance

    “My time will come.” Those were the words uttered by the great composer Gustav Mahler when confronted with fierce musical criticism during his lifetime. Nearly a century after his death, on the night of Jan. 30 at New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall, Mahler’s assertion seemed particularly accurate as the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by world famous Carnegie Mellon alumnu...

    Pillbox | February 9, 2009
  • Singing on the streets of New York

    Street Scene, produced by the School of Music, is not your common opera. This 1947 show, with music by Kurt Weill, highlights the poetic and ponderous words of the great Langston Hughes as the drama unfolds on the street of a downtown New York tenement. The story is adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Elmer Rice. It is a drama of love, hatred, and jealousy that leads to an explo...

    Pillbox | January 26, 2009