EQT Young Playwrights Festival

Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
Public Performances December 3-4
Student Matinees November 30-December 9

City Theatre is thrilled to again showcase the incredibly talented work of our local middle and high school students in the EQT Young Playwrights Festival 2016. This year’s finalists tackle topics ranging from lost love to unlikely friendships, anthropomorphized books to animals on the brink of extinction, with a little magic, sunshine, and fun in between. Join us for a family-friendly weekend of new works by emerging young artists!


City Theatre closes the 2016-17 season with Momentum 17: New Plays at Different Stages, bringing some of the most talented artists working today to Pittsburgh for a weekend of workshops, readings, and events. Meet the playwrights, be an active part of the page-to-stage process, and get a sneak peek at two of the 2017-18 productions at this year’s festival. Momentum 17 is free and open to the public, though reservations are suggested.


By Robert Askins
Directed by Tracy Brigden

September 24 – October 16, 2016

In a church basement in a little town in Texas, something evil is afoot. Or, well — at hand. A rogue puppet named Tyrone has hijacked the hand of timid teen Jason and there’s nothing his classmates, his mother, or the pastor can do to exorcise this foul-mouthed demon. Hand to God is a thrill ride of a comedy about good and evil, sex and sin, faith, and the filthy mind of one twisted puppet.


Written and Performed by Sharon Washington
Directed by Maria Mileaf

October 22 – November 20, 2016

Award-winning stage and screen actress Sharon Washington returns to City Theatre in this heartfelt coming-of-age story. Deep in the bowels of a New York Public Library lies a dragon: the monstrous coal furnace that Sharon’s father, the live-in custodian, must feed every night. A moving examination of family secrets, forgiveness, and the power of language, Feeding the Dragon explores Sharon’s life growing up in the library and the fire she never allowed to fade.


By Marco Ramirez
Directed by Stuart Carden

January 21 – February 12, 2017

Jay “The Sport” Jackson is a legend in the making. He has his eyes set on becoming the heavyweight champion of the world, but the Jim Crow reality of 1905 America might just be his fiercest opponent yet. This thrilling drama by Marco Ramirez (Netflix’s Daredevil, Orange is the New Black) goes ringside for the fight of the century. Inspired by the true story of trail-blazing boxer Jack Johnson, The Royale follows one man’s quest for victory against all odds.


By Jessica Dickey
Directed by Tracy Brigden

March 11 – April 2, 2017

A new play by City Theatre favorite Jessica Dickey. When dedicated museum guard Henry dares to truly connect with the paintings he proudly protects, he sets into motion a time-bending journey where art intersects with life. Inspired by Rembrandt’s “Aristotle with a Bust of Homer,” The Guard embraces the idea of carpe diem in (and at) any age, and takes audiences on a spellbinding theatrical exploration of the power of human connection.


By Colman Domingo
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas

April 8 – May 7, 2017

When struggling actor Gil returns home to bury his mother, he learns what a funny thing grief can be. Gil searches for a way to send her off in style, while his outrageous (and overbearing) Aunt Glo, hilarious best friend Mo, and an intriguing new-age funeral director do their best to derail his plans. This bright new comedy by Fear the Walking Dead star Colman Domingo will transport audiences from the church to the Magic Kingdom, with a whole lotta fabulous in between.


By Martyna Majok
Directed by Tracy Brigden

May 13 – June 4, 2017

So much of Darja’s life has been spent waiting: for love, for her break in life, and for the bus she relies on to get to and from cleaning jobs in blue-collar New Jersey. Hailed as “vivid, perceptive and quietly gripping” by The New York Times, Ironbound is a riveting portrait of an independent Polish immigrant searching for the American Dream. This gritty new play by rising star Martyna Majok depicts life on the economic margins and the hope that sustains us all.