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September 20, 2023

Little Amal and the Ghosts of the Furnace

Wednesday, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Join Real Time Arts and Rivers of Steel for a sunset performance that welcomes Little Amal to the Carrie Blast Furnaces from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20.

About the event

As the sun sets, Amal stumbles upon the Carrie Blast Furnaces, a hulking remnant of Pittsburgh’s steel-forging past. Odd lights flicker and music beckons—are there spirits here? Are they frightening or friendly? Help Amal discover others who once found themselves at the furnace, far from home during this one-hour performance. Admission to the event is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

ghosts of the furnace is written by Molly Rice and directed by Rusty Thelin and Cynthia Croot. The performance features The Happy Lovers, with Mariya Trush & Oleksandr Frazé-Frazénko (recipient of City of Asylum’s Fellowship for Ukrainian Writers), Lovely Lady Lydia & Emily Ruth Barlow, Katy Dement (The Paper Lady), Alison Weisgall as the Ghost Queen and you, the audience as the ghosts of the furnace.

Please come wearing white.


Hours & Admission

Wednesday September 20, 2023,  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

General Admission 

Free; registration required.

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About Little Amal

Little Amal is a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl who has traveled across 13 countries meeting more than a million people, and watched by tens of millions more online. From September 7 through November 5, 2023, Little Amal will journey 6,000 miles across the United States in one of the largest free public festivals ever created. More than 300 artists, museums, local community organizations, and cultural institutions are hosting welcome events in the 37+ towns and cities that Little Amal will visit.

RealTime is thrilled to continue our work with immigrants and refugees by welcoming her in an intimate performance at a towering Pittsburgh landmark: the Carrie Blast Furnaces.

ghosts of the furnace at the Carrie Furnaces is produced by RealTime Arts, in partnership with Rivers of Steel, JFCS, and City of Asylum.

Amal Walks Across America is produced by The Walk Productions in association with the Handspring Puppet Company. U.S. Producing Partner THE OFFICE performing arts+film. Impact + Outreach The Soze Agency. Marketing Cause Lab. PR + Communications DKC.

RealTime’s welcome performance for Little Amal is made possible by generous support from The Pittsburgh Foundation, Opportunity Fund, and Swissvale Borough Council’s “Artist-In-Residence” program.

Amal Walks Across America was made possible through the generosity of the Doris Duke Foundation and the Bezos Family Foundation, with additional support from the Backstage Trust, the Barr Foundation, Sunny Bates, Bloomberg Philanthropies, CARE, Choose Love, The Conrad Prebys Foundation, the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, El-Hibri Foundation, Landry Family Foundation, Ruby Lerner, the McMillan Stewart Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Opportunity Fund, The Shapiro Foundation, Students Rebuild, the Thorne Cox Family Foundation, Barbara Tober in honor of Diane Love, and The W Trust.

Location & Directions

The Carrie Blast Furnaces are located in the communities of Swissvale and Rankin in the Monongahela River Valley.

The address is 801 Carrie Furnace Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15218.

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What to Know Before You Go

As a former industrial site, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure an enjoyable visit.

  • What to wear: This opening reception is outside; please dress for the weather. Additionally, the ground is uneven—sensible shoes are a must. Sneakers or boots are recommended. Open-toed shoes and high heels are prohibited.
  • Restrooms & concessions: The rawness of the site is certainly part of its charm. However, that rawness also limits the creature comforts many of us are accustomed to, like running water. Portable bathrooms and wash stations are available. Food amenities are generally not available (with some exceptions, such as food trucks at festivals).
  • Photography: Photography is permitted. For safety reasons, videography and drones are prohibited.
  • Accessibility: Handicapped parking is available, but the grounds covered during tours are not wheelchair accessible. Contact to discuss alternative options.
  • COVID-19 Policies: Please be advised of our current COVID-19 policies.
  • Liability: All visitors are required to sign a liability waiver and consent to be photographed (PDF).
  • Admission: Site access is limited to guided tours, workshops, and events. Unless otherwise noted, all admissions are ticketed.
  • Duration: This is a drop-in program.
  • Children: Kids of all ages are welcome.

Thank you for following these guidelines. We wish you to have the best visit possible and appreciate your patience as we continue to improve the visitor experience.

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September 20, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Carrie Blast Furnaces
801 Carrie Furnace Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15218 United States
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