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THANK YOU-- and check out our PRESS on the show!

the project

July 12-16, RealTime Arts (formerly RealTime Interventions) presents the World Premiere of People of Pittsburgh II: The Constellationist— an audio/performance theatrical experience celebrating the life of an extraordinary ordinary Pittsburgher: Mary Helen Carey of Braddock, PA.

For the second installment in our PEOPLE OF PITTSBURGH series, we’ve brought together a core team of award-winning public artists (Arts Commissioner Christine Bethea, Cheryl Capezzuti, and Deavron Dailey) as well as a community devising ensemble of performers from all walks of life– including Mary’s own neighbors, friends and family members– to engage in a unique, live-art performance.

Witness a community in collaboration, gathered to tell the story of one of their own. The Constellationist is part variety show, part listening party, part community gathering– and utterly original.

Your donation will fund a brand-new, Pittsburgh-based work of theater created with the sole purpose of celebrating an extraordinary, ordinary human being. Because everyone, if you look closely enough, is a work of art.

Our Person of Pittsburgh: Mary Carey is a pillar of the Braddock community. An Arts, Culture & Information Facilitator at Braddock Carnegie Library from 2013-2022, she worked to build community through sharing books, art and events. She has helped to create, run, and support numerous Braddock arts and cultural programs both within the library and elsewhere in the community, including the Braddock Community Oven, the Prism Project which showcased art created by prison inmates, and the Braddock Library Art Lending Collection and the Puppet Lending Library. She is on Braddock’s Zoning Board, and continues to tirelessly promote and support cultural and community events throughout the borough.

the steps

There are so many things your donation will help us with! With your help by July 17th we can:

  • Provide transportation to Braddock community members in the show who don't have transportation to and from the performance space every night!
  • Make shuttles possible from Braddock PA to our performance space in Lawrenceville every night of the show, for members of the community who'd like to see the show but who don't have transportation!
  • Pay for equipment and supplies that'll bring more theater magic to the performance!
  • Help subsidize our "pay-what-you-can" tickets for all residents of zip code 15104!
  • Help us pay the large team of interviewees and creative collaborators that created this show together!

why we're doing it

Every community is home to people who deserve to be celebrated. But it often seems as if there isn't "enough" to make it happen: not enough time, not enough energy, not enough money, not enough attention. 

People of Pittsburgh interrupts this sense of scarcity by carving out time and space for performers, artists, and community members to gather under the star of shared creativity and lift up one of their own. 

We imagine that if this could happen more often, our communities might be stronger, our connections to each other might be more vibrant and meaningful, and the individuals who serve as the hearts of our neighborhoods might be more nurtured in the way that they deserve. 

That's what we wish for the Braddock community, and that's the aspiration you are supporting through your gift. 


Final budget


TOTAL RAISED = $2,116.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $63.48

Original budget


Bus transportation: $600

Lighting and effects: $400

Personnel costs: $1,500

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 5% N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee 3% $77.32
TOTAL TO RAISE $2,577.32


We are looking for financial support to provide (free!) transportation access to residents of Braddock, PA to see the show. 

Bus transportation: $600

Lighting and effects: $400

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 5% N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee 3% $30.93
TOTAL TO RAISE $1,030.93

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.



THANK YOU-- and check out our PRESS on the show!

Thank you SO MUCH to our incredible donors. Thanks to you, we are only 25% away from our goal!! We know we can make it, with everyone's help!

And THANK YOU to WESA, City Paper and Onstage Pittsburgh for the fantastic features on The Constellationist and our People of Pittsburgh series. Read and listen here: 

90.5 WESA / By Bill O'Driscoll: "Unique performance series lets community honor 'extraordinary ordinary' Pittsburgher"

City Paper / By Jordana Rosenfeld: The stars align for RealTime Interventions’ The Constellationist

Onstage Pittsburgh / By Sharon Eberson: RealTime Arts Illuminates a Braddock Community Star in ‘The Constellationist’

Tickets are SOLD OUT for tonight, our opening-- but we've got availability Thurs-Sun. Click to purchase tickets, and we'll see you at the theater!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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  • Chad and Dawn Brubaker
  • Megan S.
  • Marilyn R.
  • Elise D'Haene
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  • Hazel Carr Leroy
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