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    Posted October 29, 2015 by
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    A re MARK able recovery

    Mark Clayton Southers has produced and directed numerous stage plays over the years, but no fictional drama is more compelling than his own remarkable story. On May 11, 2015, Southers was in a violent car crash which left him at risk of losing his left leg and he was placed in an induced coma for two weeks and in-and-out of consciousness for five weeks. Lucky to be alive and after multiple surgeries, he is working hard toward a full recovery.
    The legacy and spirit of August Wilson continues in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District due to the dedication and devotion of Southers - a protégé of the late playwright. Southers is founder and producing artistic director of the nonprofit Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company (PPTCO) which is located in the Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh. He has produced more than 140 full-length and one-act plays, including Wilson’s complete 10-play Pittsburgh Century Cycle.
    The Hill District is one of Pittsburgh's most historic and scenic neighborhoods, a mixture of regional landmarks and vintage housing stock, but also new homes and commercial development. It’s a community that is culturally at the heart of the city. Some of Pittsburgh’s most notable residents called the Hill District home; Wilson, George S. Kaufman, Teenie Harris, and Roberto Clemente.
    The 100-seat theatre company is home to a racially- and culturally-diverse group of accomplished and promising young artists that hone their craft and find creative opportunities.
    It’s been a mixed bag of emotions for Southers as he regains his physical strength. To maintain his spirits, he meets with the Playwrights team and is focused on the season ahead. He’s determined to fulfill his commitment to PPTCO, the community and direct the Pulitzer-Prize winning play “The Piano Lesson” in November at The August Wilson Center for African American Culture. The first theatrical event at the center since it was rescued from redevelopment by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Heinz Endowments and the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
    The PPTCO’s 2015-2016 season opened in September with “Dulcy by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly. A screwball comedy starring Pittsburgh local Melessie Clark and directed by Cory Rieger a longtime collaborator of Southers.
    Mark, his wife Neicy, two sons and daughter Ashley reside in the Hill District.

    I ALMOST DIED: http://markclaytonsouthers.com/chronicles.html
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