March 6, 2020

Wilde Thing: The Tull Family Theater, Front Porch Theatricals Collaborate Around Oscar

WHAT: A film screening that stokes patrons for a theatrical production is the first collaborative effort of The Tull Family Theater and Front Porch Theatricals. The initiative focuses on the wit, wisdom and life of Irishman Oscar Wilde, the “rock star” playwright and poet of the Victorian Era.

On Thursday, March 12, the Theater will screen The Importance of Being Earnest (PG-2002), with Reese Witherspoon, Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Judi Dench. The film’s appeal to all ages is evidenced by its nominations as an AARP Movies for Grownups Award as well as a Teen Choice Award.

“This vintage bubbly hasn’t lost its fizz,” declares Rolling Stone.

Before this special screening, Bruce E.G. Smith, producer of Front Porch Theatricals, will provide a 10-minute introduction about Wilde. This icon’s persona serves as the basis for the first show of Front Porch’s 10th anniversary season, A Man of No Importance, written by acclaimed Broadway songwriting team Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahres (Ragtime, Anastasia, Once on this Island). A Pittsburgh professional premiere, this production will have eight performances, Friday, May 22, through Sunday, May 31, at the New Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh’s Northside.

WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Tull Family Theater, 418 Walnut St., Sewickley.

PARKING: Free on the street and in the Green Street municipal lot steps away from the Theater after 6 p.m.

TICKETS: $11 general admission; $8.75 for seniors 65+, children 10 and younger, college students and military with IDs, and groups of 10 or more at the box office or online,

WHY: Both The Tull Family Theater and Front Porch Theatricals are nonprofit colleagues supported through the Allegheny Regional Asset District. The mission of Front Porch Theatricals is to provide the region with professional, high-quality, socially relevant musical theater productions featuring Pittsburgh’s diverse actor, artistic and technical talent base. The nonprofit also emphasizes mentoring youth through internship and apprenticeship programs as it creates high-level vehicles for directors and artists to realize their visions.  The Tull Family Theater’s mission is to strengthen cultural, educational and entertainment experiences northwest of Pittsburgh.

INFORMATION: Details on the Front Porch Theatricals’ 2020 season is available at The Tull Family Theater’s spring special programming is online at

About Front Porch Theatricals
FRONT PORCH THEATRICALS is a Pittsburgh-based musical theater company recognized for producing high quality, professional musicals embracing meaningful subjects using Pittsburgh’s tremendous talent base. The Company, an IRS §501(c)(3) charitable organization that in 2016 proudly became an Allegheny Regional Asset District asset, produced Only Me in 2009; Next to Normal and In the Heights in 2012 and 2013 in association with Carnivale Theatrics; Parade in 2014; The Last Five Years and The Light in the Piazza in 2015; The Spitfire Grill and Floyd Collins in 2016; Violet and Big Fish (sold out run) in 2017, A New Brain and Grey Gardens (sold out run) in 2018, and Bright Star and Fun Home in 2019 (largest season audience in our history). The Company’s mission is to provide our region with professional, high-quality socially relevant musical theater productions featuring Pittsburgh’s diverse actor, artistic and technical talent base. Emphasis is also placed on mentoring youth through our intern and apprenticeship programs and in hiring local artistic and technical talent to create a high-level professional vehicle for directors and artists to realize their visions. Front Porch emphasizes shows addressing serious social, cultural and moral issues and is deeply committed to inclusiveness and utilizing local performers and production team members.

For more information on the 2020 season or Front Porch Theatricals, please contact Nancy D. Zionts at 412.491.6648 ( or Zhiwei Ma at 412.352.2075 (

About The Tull Family Theater
The Tull Family Theater, a 501(c) (3) Pennsylvania nonprofit, is a film-based arts organization created to strengthen cultural, educational and entertainment experiences in the region northwest of Pittsburgh. Supported by diverse private, public, corporate and foundation revenue streams, the Theater counts among its donors Allegheny Regional Asset District, Huntington Bank, and more than 1,000 individuals and its patrons. Their support sustains and expands programming at this independent cinema in Sewickley offering two screens and an event/performance space.

Contact: Karen Ferrick-Roman,, Cell 412.671.1456