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UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion presents



Hearts On


created and performed by theatriQ


March 17-18, 2018

KST's Alloy Studios | 5530 Penn Avenue 


Program Viewing Guide


Each year, Dreams of Hope launches an original production created and performed by its theatriQ Youth Ensemble. The Ensemble’s latest play, Hearts On Hold, shows us how responding to gentrification can bring communities together, and is also a story of connection and belonging between two unlikely characters. Two former childhood rivals must dig up the history of their town in order to save it.  As the community begins to form stronger bonds and solidarity, these two follow along in the footsteps of their predecessors, to surprising results. Hearts On Hold shines a light on the love, sorrow, and day-to-day lives of queer young people today as well as the past.

Promotional graphics designed by Sarica Feng, 2018. 

Video Credits: Louis Cappa and Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 2018.

theatriQ is supported by The UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion, a residency at the Alloy Studios through the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, The Heinz Endowments, Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Cooper-Siegel Family Foundation, Dollar Bank, The Fine Foundation, The Gouge Family Foundation, Hillman Family Foundations, The John J. McDonnell and Margaret T. O'Brien Foundation, MUKTI Fund, off the WALL Charitable Foundation, Opportunity Fund, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Brooks Foundation of PNC Charitable Trusts, and Black Radish Kitchen.

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