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Brookline playwright goes Into the Fire with On the Wing Theatre productions


Steve Sciulli, Amanda Serra, Nancy Mimless and Jim Skiff perform “Into the Fire” as part of Ethnic Night festivities at St. Pius Church in Brookline.

A group of about 75 people enjoyed “Into the Fire” by Brookline playwright Jim Skiff during Ethnic Night festivities at St. Pius Church on May 13.

“It's like the old barnstormers,” said Skiff of ‘On The Wing Theatre,' the traveling theatrical group he founded about a dozen years ago. “Everyone plays multiple roles.”

“Into the Fire” relates the stories of immigrants—eastern Europeans in particular—who settled on the South Side more than 100 years ago. The performance was flush with period costumes and four original, sometimes ruckus songs.

The lively, kid-friendly production was a hit with the younger crowd in attendance at St. Pius, said Nancy Mimless, who has been with the group for a little over two years.

On The Wing Theatre performs historical plays with distinctive, South Pittsburgh themes. “The Girl Who Loved The Sea” is about Rachel Carson; “Stargazer” tells the tale of John Brashear; “Ducks Into Swans” is about the life on Andrew Carnegie; and, “Into the Fire” focuses on South Side glass blowers, Polish widows and homeless street musicians, among others.

In addition to Skiff and Mimless, Amanda Serra and Steve Sciulli round out the cast.

Skiff, a masonry contractor by day, says children especially love the infectious folk melodies in each play. For information on any of On The Wing Theatre's plays, contact Skiff at 412-343-7103.


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