Seton Hill University's Theatre and Dance Program will present the world premiere of “Running in Traffic” from April 27-May 5. Denise Pullen, associate professor, theatre and dance, is the playwright. Tickets are $16, with student and group rates available. Call the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center Box Office for tickets at 724-552-2929 or purchase tickets online at

Performances: April 27 and 28: 8 p.m.; April 29: 2 p.m.; May 2: 10:30 a.m.; May 3, 4 and 5: 8 p.m.

Lost and frightened, a young man with autism finds refuge on a traffic island when Stevie, a girl in a sandwich suit, pulls him from speeding traffic. While his family tackles traffic to find him, Bolton fights to continue to his destination and Officer Edwards speeds to the scene of an alleged assault on a sandwich. Told with humor and compassion, this new play attempts to understand the mysteries of the autistic mind and give voice to the voices held hostage within it.

The Seton Hill student cast of “Running in Traffic” includes Jimmy Amor of New Holland, Pa., Kristy Bissell of Canonsburg, Pa., BreAnna Connell of Connellsville, Pa., Megan Henderson of Columbia, Md., Dom Jungling of Gibsonia, Pa., Matt Leslie of Butler, Pa., Kaylin Martin of McAlisterville, Pa., Anderson Parker of Indianapolis, Ind., and Emily Urbaniak of Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Seton Hill student technical staff includes Layne Bailey of Wexford, Pa., make up stylist, Gretchen Cullison of Sparks, Md., wardrobe mistress, Brendan Duffy of North Huntingdon, Pa., house manager, Farrah Felten of Schellsburg, Pa., stage manager, Katie Hicks of Oil City, Pa., props manager, Anna McDunn of Allison Park, Pa., dresser, Patrick McMahon of Gibsonia, Pa., assistant stage manager, Andy Meholick of Reynoldsville, Pa., dramaturge and assistant stage manager, Maggie Ozzello of Jeannette, Pa., dresser, Laura Scott of Lehighton, Pa., lighting designer, Sienna Sears of St. Louis, Mo., sound board operator, Peggy Ann Shaffer of Latrobe, Pa., light board operator, Bill Smolter of Glenshaw, Pa., assistant stage manager, and Emily Stroble of St. Louis, Mo., costume designer.

Seton Hill Theatre’s production of “Running in Traffic” is directed by Kellee Van Aken, assistant professor, theatre and dance, and program director, theatre. Professional artistic staff for the production includes Norman Beck, adjunct instructor, theatre, sound designer, Ken Clothier, assistant professor, theatre, technical director, Matthew Donaldson, assistant professor, art, projection designer, Julie Allardice-Ray, adjunct instructor, theatre, set designer, Susan O’Neill, instructor, theatre, costume director, and Denise Pullen, associate professor, theatre and dance, playwright.

Venue Information: All Seton Hill Theatre and Dance performances are held in the William Granger Ryan Theatre in Seton Hill University's Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa. The Performing Arts Center is a fully accessible and climate-controlled facility. Parking is available in four nearby Greensburg parking areas: the Bell Parking Garage on North Otterman Street (across the street from the Performing Arts Center), the Hellman-Ghrist lot on North Main Street, the Albert Grillo lot on Seton Hill Drive, and the Wib Albright lot off West Otterman Street.
Ticket Information: Single admission tickets are $16. Seton Hill students (with valid ID) can purchase tickets for $5. Non-Seton Hill students (with a valid school ID) can purchase advance tickets for $13. Students from any school can purchase rush tickets five minutes before curtain, subject to availability, for $5 (with valid school ID). Groups of 16 or more can purchase tickets at a rate of $12 each with a reservation and advance payment. Order tickets online, by phone at 724-552-2929, or by mail at SHUPAC Theatre Box Office, Seton Hill University, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, Pa. 15601-1599. Box Office Hours, by telephone: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours on performance days: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday.

Seton Hill University's Performing Arts Center is 73,000 square feet of everything a performing arts major needs to move from student to professional. The Center houses two dedicated, flexible performance spaces, the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall and the William Granger Ryan Theatre. The Center also includes a performance studio, new classrooms, rehearsal rooms and technical areas that include the best equipment for learning and performing, from Steinway pianos to the latest in lighting, sound, video and acoustics. The Center is located in downtown Greensburg, putting it squarely in the middle of the city’s cultural district yet still only minutes from Seton Hill’s main hilltop campus.

The Seton Hill University Theatre and Dance Program has a long history of educating performing arts majors for professional careers while playing a vital role in the educational life of the campus. Seton Hill’s Theatre and Dance Program offers four full-length productions (as well as a number of shorter works) and one dance production each year that generate audiences of over 3,500 and speak to topics addressed in courses across Seton Hill’s curriculum.