Category: 2018-2019 Season

City Theatre presents PIPELINE By Dominique Morisseau

September 27th, 2018

City Theatre presents  

PIPELINE

By Dominique Morisseau

October 27 – November 18, 2018

Winner of the 2018 Obie Award for Playwriting

Pipeline is an emotionally harrowing, ethically ambiguous drama that raises barbed questions about class, race, parental duty, and the state of American education.” – Variety

Pittsburgh, PA (September 26, 2018). City Theatre is thrilled to announce the details of the second show of the season: Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau. Pipeline is a powerful and poetic chronicle of injustice that exposes the cracks in our education system. It is directed by City Theatre’s Artistic Producer, Reginald L. Douglas, and will run on the City Theatre Main Stage, October 27 – November 18, 2018. Tickets are on sale now.

Pipeline premiered at the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York City in June 2017 and was heralded as “a powerful, passionate, and intelligent new play” by The Village Voice.

“I am so excited to be directing Pipeline and welcoming the great Dominique Morisseau back to City Theatre and Pittsburgh,” said Mr. Douglas. “Pipeline showcases Dominique’s unique ability to tackle big political questions about race, class, and the school-to-prison pipeline in a deeply personal, poignant way that sparks dialogue and connection. The play asks how does someone hold onto hope in a culture that often seems set out to destroy it, and that question feels especially urgent and timely to me as an African American artist. How do we break down and break through the barriers that divide us to better understand and uplift one another? Our production hopes to spark that conversation, making for a quintessential City Theatre experience.”

Pipeline features an original score written by local students in the 1Hood Media Academy and creative support from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts.

“This project hit home for me,” said Treble NLS of 1Hood Media. “My father is a product of the school to prison pipeline, and that’s the main reason we don’t have the relationship I wish we had. That made catching a vibe really easy when it came to creating cause the vibe came from such a personal place.”

City Theatre deeply believes in theater’s power to foster dialogue and compel audiences to investigate the world around them. In this spirit, every performance of Pipeline will be followed by a 10-minute long conversation. These facilitated conversations will allow audiences of all backgrounds to engage with the themes of the play in a safe space and learn from and listen to one another, in the hope of building connections and community amongst diverse Pittsburghers. Inspired by Dominique Morisseau’s artistic activism and the play’s Black female protagonist, these conversations will be moderated by local Black female community leaders. City Theatre is pleased to announce the following women as moderators for the performances: Anna Hollis, Erin Perry, Tracy Edmunds, Christiane D. Leach, Deesha Philyaw, Dorie Taylor, Edda L. Fields-Black, Heather Hopson, janera solomon, Janis Burley Wilson, Kendra Ross, Keyva Clark, Kilolo Luckett, Lynne Hayes-Freeland, Shaunda McDill, Staycee Pearl, Taliya Allen and Tye Clark (1Hood Media), and Tiffany Sizemore Thompson and Cheryl Kleinman (Education Law Center).

Additionally, in an effort to better serve our community and to eliminate economic barriers to entry, City is continuing Pick-Your-Price-Previews: tickets start at just $5 (plus fees) to all performances October 27 through November 1. See details at CityTheatreCompany.org. This offer may not be combined with discounts.

About Pipeline:
When Omari is suspended from a prestigious – and mostly white – private school for an explosive incident with a teacher, his mother sees her dreams for him vanish before her eyes. Dominique Morisseau (Sunset Baby, 2015) returns to City Theatre with this powerful and poetic chronicle of injustice that exposes the cracks in our education system.

Pipeline is directed by Reginald L. Douglas. The cast includes Khalil Kain, Nambi E. Kelley, Gabriel Lawrence, Sheila McKenna, Carter Redwood, and Krystal Rivera. The production team includes Tony Ferrieri (scenic design), Andrew David Ostrowski (lighting design), Dominique Fawn Hill (costume design), Zachary Beattie-Brown (sound design), 1Hood Media (composer), Adam J. Thompson (Projection Design), Clare Drobot (dramaturg), and Patti Kelly is Production Stage Manager. New York Casting: Pat McCorkle, CSA & Katja Zarolinski, CSA, McCorkle Casting Ltd.

About Dominique Morisseau: Dominique Morisseau was named one of Variety’s Women of Impact in 2017-18. Her work includes Skeleton Crew, Paradise Blue, and Detroit ’67, a three play cycle collectively called The Detroit Project; as well as Sunset Baby. She is the recipient of the Steinberg Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, an Obie award, among others.

 

PIPELINE

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
October 27 – November 18

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and/or 7:00 p.m.

Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m.

Saturdays at 1:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and/or 9:00 p.m.

Sundays at 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

For a complete listing of show times, please visit CityTheatreCompany.org or call 412-431-2489.

PRESS & OPENING NIGHT
Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Pick-Your-Price-Previews Performances October 27 – November 1
Tickets starting at just $5 online, plus fees; purchase tickets in advance at CityTheatreCompany.org, by calling 412-431-2489, or in-person at the box office. Subject to availability.

Post-Show Talkbacks Sunday, November 4 & 11, following the 2:00 p.m. performances
Hosted by Director of New Play Development Clare Drobot, this talkback discussion will feature the cast in conversation about the play’s themes.

Greenroom: Art & Afterparty Friday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Join the cast and artistic team for a party in the Gordon Lounge following the performance. Complimentary house wine, Penn Brewery beer, and light snacks will be provided. Tickets are just $30 for the evening with promocode GREENROOM.

Pay-What-You-Want Saturday, November 10 at 1:00 p.m.
A block of tickets is reserved for audience members to name their own price at this performance. Call the box office to check on availability.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES:
ASL Interpretation Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Open Caption & Audio Description Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:
412.431.CITY (2489) or CityTheatreCompany.org
Tickets start at $29

 

DISCOUNTS:
Under 30: Reserve $15 tickets in advance for performances except Opening Night and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.; rush tickets may be available at those performances. Must present ID to receive Under 30 pricing.
Seniors age 62 and older: $24 rush tickets may be purchased at the box office beginning two hours before curtain, based on availability.
Groups of ten or more: Contact Joel Ambrose at 412.431.4400 x286.

WHERE:
1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
Port Authority bus routes: 48, 51, 54, 81, 83

PARKING:
Patron parking is available in the lot across from the City Theatre entrances for $9, subject to availability.

ABOUT CITY THEATRE:

Founded in 1975, City Theatre enters its 44th season as Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays. Located in the historic South Side on its four-building cultural campus, the company produces a season of regional and world premieres, including the upcoming The Burdens by Matt Schatz and We Are Among Us by Stephen Belber; its renowned Young Playwrights Festival; a season-long reading series of new works in progress; and the annual Momentum Festival. City Theatre’s mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience. With an annual average operating budget of $2.75 million, City is the largest performing arts organization not located in Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District and is a constituent and core member of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and the National New Play Network (NNPN). Marc Masterson returned as Artistic Director in July, after a 18 year absence, to join Managing Director James McNeel as     co-leaders of the organization.

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City Theatre begins 44th Season with historical comedy THE REVOLUTIONISTS

August 21st, 2018

City Theatre to begin 44th season with a historical comedy from America’s most produced contemporary playwright:

THE REVOLUTIONISTS
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Jade King Carroll
September 8 – 30, 2018 City Theatre Main Stage

“Women’s stories are stripped of myth and misogyny and portrayed honestly and with electrifying truth.” DC THEATRE SCENE

Pittsburgh, PA (August 20, 2018) – City Theatre launches its new season with an all female cast and creative team for the Pittsburgh premiere of America’s most produced playwright from 2017, Lauren Gunderson, and her hysterical and historical comedy, The Revolutionists. While set during France’s Reign of Terror (1793-94), it is a timely treatise for the United States today as it celebrates four badass women out to change the world.

“Over these past few years Lauren Gundersdon has become a red hot voice in the American Theatre,” said City’s newly appointed Artistic Director Marc Masterson. “We are thrilled to introduce her to Pittsburgh with this wildly theatrical, smart, and funny take on ‘badass women’ of the French Revolution. The play speaks to our own historical moment with insight and relevance, fun and frenzy.” Masterson commissioned Ms. Gunderson’s first nationally renowned play, I and You, while at South Coast Repertory.

About The Revolutionists:

Liberté, égalité… sororité! It’s the French Revolution and heads will roll – including playwright Olympe de Gouges’ and her muses: assassin Charlotte Corday, Caribbean freedom fighter Marianne Angelle, and the one-and-only Marie “Let Them Eat Cake” Antoinette. In this irreverent comedy, these women hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked play is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. It’s a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection…that ends in a song and a scaffold.

The Revolutionists is a play that time travels but lands solidly in this very moment; and I couldn’t be more honored and excited to have this story at this time at City Theatre,” said playwright Lauren Gunderson. “For a play about art, voice, crisis, protest, women, humanism, and friendship to get the kind of riveting, vivid production only City Theatre can offer is a dream for me. I think the historical figures my characters are based would be pretty damn proud too.”

City Theatre’s production of THE REVOLUTIONISTS is directed by Jade King Carroll, who returns to City Theatre after helming the acclaimed Sunset Baby by Dominque Morisseau in 2015.The cast includes local favorites Daina Michelle Griffith (The White Chip, The Last Match at City Theatre), Moira Quigley (City Theatre Main Stage debut), and Drew Leigh Williams (City Theatre Main Stage debut). New York-based Shamika Cotton, recently seen in last year’s Citizens Market, returns to City Theatre. The badass all-woman design team features Anne Mundell (scenic), Susan Tsu (costumes), Nicole Pearce (lighting), and Fan Zhang (sound). City Theatre Director of New Play Development, Clare Drobot, is dramaturg for the production.

About Playwright Lauren Gunderson:

Lauren M. Gunderson is the most produced playwright in America of 2017, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award, the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, she is also a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the U.S. including South Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill, The Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire and more. She co-authored Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Margot Melcon, which was one of the most produced plays in America in 2017. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit Pursued By A Bear, The Taming, and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (The Revolutionists, The Book of Will, Silent Sky, Bauer, Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon was released from Two Lions / Amazon in May 2017. LaurenGunderson.com and @LalaTellsAStory

City Connects Production Partner: Strong Women Strong Girls

In highlighting the play’s themes of women’s leadership, City Theatre will partner with Strong Women, Strong Girls on the production, highlighting their work in the Pittsburgh community. Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) is a multi-generational mentorship organization that connects professional women, college women, and elementary school girls. They champion the aspirations and promote the potential of girls from under-resourced communities through innovative mentorship programming.

Pick-Your-Price-Previews: September 8 -13

After a successful pilot last year, City Theatre continues its new ticketing initiative that ensures that price not serve as a barrier to attendance. During the preview performances of The Revolutionists, patrons can purchase tickets at a price of their choosing online, over the phone, or at the box office. Any price can be named in-person or over the phone (just mention “Pick-Your-Price-Previews”); online sales start at $5 and increase incrementally. Subject to availability; phone and online fees apply.

MORE ABOUT ‘THE REVOLUTIONISTS’

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: September 8 – September 30, 2018
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and/or 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 1:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and/or 9:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.
For a complete listing of show times, please visit CityTheatreCompany.org or call 412-431-2489.

PRESS & OPENING NIGHT
Friday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Post-Show Talkbacks: Sundays, September 16 and 23, following the 2:00 p.m. performances. Hosted by Director of New Play Development, Clare Drobot, post-show talkbacks encourage audiences to engage with the artists behind the performances.

Greenroom: Art & Afterparty: Friday, September 21 at 8:00 p.m. Join the cast and artistic team for a party in the Gordon Lounge following the performance featuring special guests, free beer and light bites. Tickets are just $30 for the evening with promocode GREENROOM.

Pay-What-You-Want: Saturday, September 22 at 1:00 p.m. A block of tickets is reserved for audience members to name their own price at this performance. Walk up sales only, beginning two hours before curtain. Call the box office to check on availability.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES:
ASL Interpretation
Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Open Caption & Audio Description Sunday, September 30 at 2:00 p.m.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:
412.431.CITY (2489) or CityTheatreCompany.org
Single Tickets start at $29.
Six-play subscriptions still available and start at $150.

DISCOUNTS:
Under 30:
Reserve $15 tickets in advance for performances except Opening Night and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.; rush tickets may be available at those performances. Must present ID to receive Under 30 pricing.
Seniors age 62 and older: $24 rush tickets may be purchased at the box office beginning two hours before curtain, based on availability.
Groups of ten or more: Contact Joel Ambrose at 412.431.4400 x286.

WHERE:
1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side) Port Authority bus routes: 48, 51, 54, 81, 83

PARKING:
Patron parking is available in the lot across from the City Theatre entrances for $9, subject to availability. Additional metered parking is available surrounding the theater (note: meters now extend until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays).

10TH STREET BRIDGE DISRUPTION
Work continues on the 10th Street Bridge, which is closed to traffic heading south from downtown (outbound) requiring alternate routes to the South Side, including Second Avenue and Forbes Avenue to the Birmingham Bridge, Second Avenue to the Hot Metal Bridge, and Smithfield Street Bridge to West Carson Street. Allow for additional travel time as there is no late seating at City Theatre due to the nature of the venues.

ABOUT CITY THEATRE:
Founded in 1975, City Theatre enters its 44th season as Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays. Located in the historic South Side on its four-building cultural campus, the company produces a season of regional and world premieres, including the upcoming The Burdens by Matt Schatz and We Are Among Us by Stephen Belber; its renowned Young Playwrights Festival; a season-long reading series of new works in progress; and the annual Momentum Festival. City Theatre’s mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience. With an annual average operating budget of $2.75 million, City is the largest performing arts organization not located in Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District and is a constituent and core member of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and the National New Play Network (NNPN). Marc Masterson returned as Artistic Director in July, after a 19 year absence, to join Managing Director James McNeel as co-leaders of the organization.