The UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion Presents Hearts on Hold

A new play created and performed by the Dreams of Hope theatriQ Youth Performance Ensemble

Pittsburgh, PA – The UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion presents Hearts on Hold, a new play created and performed by Dreams of Hope's theatriQ Youth Performance Ensemble, the weekend of March 17-18 at the Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh's Friendship neighborhood.

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

Show times are Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Pay what makes you happy for tickets by visiting There will also be a student matinee on Friday morning, March 16, at 10:00. Please send email to Bekezela Mguni, Education Program Director of Dreams of Hope (, for student matinee information. Also, the Saturday evening performance will be webcast live. Anyone who can't make it to the show is welcome to tune in by visiting

"Hearts on Hold shows us how rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods can bring us together to fight the powers that be, and is also a story of connection and belonging between two unlikely characters," says Ali Hoefnagel, Artistic Program Director of Dreams of Hope. "It shines a light on the love, sorrow, and day-to-day lives of queer young people today as well as the past. I am thrilled to be presenting it in my first season with Dreams of Hope. And, as we have traditionally done, the youth performers will engage the audience in a discussion at the conclusion of the show."

theatriQ is in its fifth season in residence at the Alloy Studios. "Our collaboration with the Alloy has made a tremendous impact on our program," said Adil Mansoor, Artistic Director of Dreams of Hope. "It has helped us elevate the artistic level of our work, create larger productions, and involve more young people."

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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Dreams of Hope is Pittsburgh's premier arts-focused organization for LGBTQA+ youth. Through the power of the arts, we provide young people a welcoming environment to grow in confidence, express themselves, develop as leaders, and learn to make positive changes in their communities. In addition to our theater program, we produce in-class and out-of-class artist residencies, professional development workshops for adults who work with young people, art workshops, and drop-by art making events at festivals and other public celebrations.

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