Carlow University Theatre Turns Back the Clock to 1929 with a Production of Abie’s Irish Rose

Abie’s Irish Rose, the longest running play on Broadway in the 1920s, will be performed by Carlow University Theatre to mark the 90th Anniversary of Carlow University on September 24-28 at 7 pm, and a matinee at 2 pm on September 28.

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Long-running Broadway Hit from 1922 Was Playing in Pittsburgh on the Day the University Opened

Pittsburgh, Pa, –Carlow University Theatre will mark the 90thanniversary of the founding of Carlow University (first known as Mount Mercy College) on September 24, 2019, with a performance of the long-running Broadway hit from the 1920’s, Abie’s Irish Rose.

Carlow University Theatre will perform the comedy on September 24 – 28, 2019 at 7 p.m. each day and with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, September 28. Performances will take place in the Rosemary Heyl Theatre, located in Antonian Hall, on the university campus.   Abie’s Irish Rose was playing in Pittsburgh on September 24, 1929, the day the university first held classes.

Abie’s Irish Rose was a popular comedy written by Anne Nichols that told the story of an Irish Catholic girl and a young Jewish man who marry over the objection of their families.  The play opened on Broadway in  May 1922 and ran for 2,327 performances until October 1927. At the time, it was the longest running play in Broadway theatre history, nearly doubling the previous record.  It is still the 32nd longest running play in the history of Broadway.

In addition to the performances, Carlow University Theatre will present Time Capsule 1929, which will provide a look into what the world was like in that historic month.  There will be information about how Mount Mercy was founded, what the reaction was in the press, what Oakland looked like then, and what was popular in Pittsburgh at that time.  Exhibitions will include memorabilia, press clippings, archival material, old photos, and other ephemera.  And even though Prohibition was in full force in 1929, there might even be a chance to experience a Speakeasy just like it might have looked back then.

Exhibitions open at 6 p.m. in the theatre lobby.  The play begins at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $15, $12 for Seniors and Students.  For tickets or more information, please call Producer/Artistic Director Steve Fatla at (412) 578-6685 or via email at


About Carlow University

Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curricula, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in four colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, Learning and Innovation, and Professional Studies. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change.  Carlow’s 13 athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.

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