All Quiet on the Western Front

Location: New Hazlett Theatre. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Company: Prime Stage Theatre

Destroyed by the War

“This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.”

― Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

This show, produced by Prime Stage Theatre in November of 2017, set out to both show the effect the war had on individuals, but also the entire generation. Projections worked throughout the show to propel the cast and the audience through time and space, traveling across the western front and throughout the war form 1914 through to 1918.



The utter arbitrariness of war is a recurring theme. There are no playing favorites on the battlefield. The town’s champion gymnast, Franz, almost immediately loses a leg and dies slowly post-amputation. Projection designer Joe Spinogatti thoughtfully utilizes subtle projections of a wartime hospital floor in the background. They remind us that while we trace Franz’s story, he is one in a sea of many.

PGH in the Round

It was like an immersive experience; you felt like you were there. Everything had to be timed perfectly – the projections, the sounds, the action… Joe Spinogatti did the projection design. Phenomenal. Really, really good.

PA Theatre Guide

The most difficult trope to evoke artistically is sincerity. Miss by just a little and you slip precipitously into sentimentality. It’s the difference between Shakespeare, and a Subaru commercial.

Prime Stage Theatre Company’s production of All Quiet on the Western Front is sincere, and never slips. The show, based on Robin Kingsland’s artful 2006 adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 novel, commemorates the 100th anniversary of America entering World War I, and is part of the company’s Humanity in the Face of Adversity season.

This is a tremendous ensemble effort, with most of the actors playing several parts, as well as switching genders. It’s demanding, it’s chaotic, and it works.

PGH City Paper


Based on the novel by

Erich Maria Remarque

Adapted by

Robin Kingsland


Scott Calhoon


Scenic Design

Johnmichael Bohach

Costume Design

Kim Brown

Lighting Design

JR Shaw

Sound Design

Angela Baughman

Projection Design

Joe Spinogatti for Joe Spinogatti Designs


Projection Design

Joe Spinogatti