Category: Press Releases

Press Release: City Theatre Springs Forward with THE NEW DO

March 30th, 2018

City Theatre Springs Forward with

THE NEW DO

 The 25th annual benefit evening will honor the recipients of the

Robert M. Frankel Awards.

Friday, April 20, 2018

6:30-11:30 PM

Heinz Field East Club Lounge

Presenting sponsors: Cindy & Murry Gerber

Pittsburgh, PA (March 30, 2018). City Theatre is excited to announce the details of The New Do, a benefit evening for the South Side theatre company, now in its 43rd season. The New Do celebrates all of the lush changes that spring brings, encouraging guests and staff to get into the spirit with a fun and fresh Friday night party. Join Host Committee Co-Chairs Cindy & Murry Gerber, event chairs Melanie Crockard, Laura Penrod Kronk, Nancy Traina, June Yonas, and the City Theatre Board of Directors as we fete the recipients of the 2017-18 Robert M. Frankel Awards: David E. Massaro & the Massaro Family and Robert C.T. Steele over dinner and drinks at the organization’s 25th annual fundraiser.

“We are on the verge of a new era at City Theatre and we thought, let’s celebrate that! So, this year we are shaking up our annual party with a few changes. We have moved it to a Friday night, added the Frankel Awards presentation, found a fabulous design team in Martin Potoczny & Luxe Creative, and are throwing a dance party with DJ Nugget,” said Managing Director James McNeel. “From all of those changes The New Do was born! We’ve been thinking spring, but I hear the theme has inspired a few of our friends to get new haircuts or don a new ‘do, too. I’m looking forward to seeing those who love and support Pittsburgh’s home for new plays.”

THE NEW DO

Friday, April 20 from 6:30 – 11:30 p.m.
This VIP experience includes cocktail hour, dinner, entertainment, award ceremony, silent auction, dessert, and dance party. Tickets are $225 individually or $2000 for a table.

A MINI DO

9:30-11:30 p.m.

An Artists & Friends Dance Party with DJ Nugget, including Dessert Bar, Mystery Bags, Silent Auction, and entertainment. Tickets are $50 and include one complimentary drink.

THE MENU

A modern meal blossoming with fresh flavors by Chef Jason Whitecotton. Your choice of Steak & Sea Bass Duo or Spaghetti Squash & Roasted Mushroom entrées, with wines hand-selected for the table.

THE LOOK

This cheery cocktail party kicks off soiree season with a pop! Let down your hair and show a little leg, spring is in the air.

 

THE GOODS

The Silent Auction table will be buzzing with original art, luxury travel packages, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

THE FUN

Grab a snap in the Laughing Hat Photo Booth, take a chance with a Mystery Bag, enter the $5,000 Henne Jewelers Raffle, and get down on the dance floor with DJ Nugget.

THE SPECIAL GUESTS

Raise a glass to the 2017-18 Robert M. Frankel Awardees: David E. Massaro & the Massaro Family and Robert C.T. Steele.

 

TICKETS

Tickets are on sale now at CityTheatreCompany.org or by calling Dianne Duursma at 412-431-4400 x278.  Parking vouchers will be provided for attendees.

WHERE

Heinz Field East Club Lounge; 100 Art Rooney Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

SPONSORS:

Presenting Sponsors: Cindy & Murry Gerber. Platinum Sponsor: PNC Bank. Gold Sponsors: UPMC Life Changing Medicine, UPMC Health Plan. Silver Sponsors: Vivian & Bill Benter, Huntington Bank, Landesberg Design. Bronze Sponsors: Judy & Michael Cheteyan Educational and Charitable Foundation, Henne Jewelers.

The New Do is produced by Creative Director Martin Potoczny, Founder & CEO of LUXE Creative, a Pittsburgh-based design agency working in the worlds of live music, the arts, large scale events, fashion, and interiors.

 

ABOUT CITY THEATRE:

City Theatre is Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays. Located in the historic South Side, the company produces a season of regional and world premieres, including the upcoming Nomad Motel by Carla Ching. 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.

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PRESS RELEASE: City Theatre explores addiction and recovery with the autobiographical THE WHITE CHIP By Sean Daniels

March 15th, 2018

City Theatre explores addiction and recovery with the autobiographical

THE WHITE CHIP

By Sean Daniels

April 7 – May 6, 2018
Lester Hamburg Studio

“…a candid, self-lacerating, and often funny memoir.” – The Boston Globe

“Fearless, fast-paced and very funny.” — The Nashua Telegraph

“A brave, personal take on the spiral of alcoholism” – The Sun (Lowell)

Pittsburgh, PA (March 15, 2018) – Continuing a run of new works on the South Side, City Theatre is proud to present the second-ever production of The White Chip by Sean Daniels (director of The Lion, City Theatre, 2016; Artistic Director of Merrimack Repertory Theatre). A highly-theatrical and often comic journey through Daniels’ real-life struggles with alcoholism, the play features a cast of three: one actor who plays Sean, and two who represent the various voices of reason—and chaos—in his life. It is directed by Sheryl Kaller (Tony Award Best Director Nominee: Next Fall) and will run in the Lester Hamburg Studio, April 7 – May 6, 2018. Tickets are on sale now.

About The White Chip: Sean is on top of the world: he’s married, has good friends, and is steps away from his dream job running one of the hottest theaters in the country. He also happens to be an alcoholic spinning out of control. The White Chip follows his life from first sip to first love, critical hit to critical care, all the way to rock bottom where he carves an unusual path to sobriety. This highly entertaining autobiographical tale from director Sean Daniels is a wry and wild theatrical journey to recovery.

“My instinct for writing The White Chip was—when I was trying to get sober and worried that I would die if I didn’t find something that would help me—that I couldn’t find anything that felt like it was now, that felt like it was current, that felt like it was funny or had a sense of humor. Everything was very kind of 1920s, very kind of old school AA, and I thought, alright well, if I make it through this, I have to write the thing I can’t find,” said playwright Sean Daniels, speaking to the company at first rehearsal. “And so when I got through it, I thought, well that was the promise I made, now I have to actually do it and began working on it and putting this play together.

“What I am so moved by now, is that it feels like it’s a time when the idea of embracing science is a revolutionary idea—facts are up for debate, which facts we want to believe and which facts we choose not to—and we are doing a play that says ‘No, facts are actually facts, and if you can believe in them, they can actually save your life,’” he continued. “So I’m grateful to be doing this now, because it feels like it is important for me to be able to say to other people: there are many ways in which you don’t have to die… There’s a possibility of embracing the things that we should know in 2018 that aren’t a mystery; that really—with a greater support system and greater knowledge in the world—fewer people have to die.”

City Theatre continues its season-long commitment to community engagement with Familylinks. Patrons are invited to bring donations of art supplies to support the art therapy program at Familylinks and the organization will host a talkback discussion about addiction on Sunday, April 15 following the 2:00 p.m. matinee.

Familylinks provides a continuum of services that address multi-dimensional and complex needs, with the goal of helping individuals and families become whole, strong, independent and productive. Familylinks serves more than 9,000 people annually through its service locations throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The agency delivers a wide array of short- and long-term services that benefit children, youth, adults, seniors and families including alcohol and drug use treatment.

The White Chip is directed by Sheryl Kaller. The cast includes Kyle Cameron as Sean, Daina Michelle Griffith as #1, and Daniel Krell as #2. Hank Bullington is scenic designer, Robert C.T. Steele is costume designer, Andrew David Ostrowski is lighting designer, Leon Rothenberg is sound designer, Julie Felise Dubiner provided original illustrations, and Taylor Meszaros is stage manager; casting by Lauren Port, C.S.A. It is produced in association with Tom Kirdahy, Hunter Arnold & Sally Cade Holmes.

Sean Daniels has had his writing produced and developed at Actors Theatre of Louisville, New York Stage and Film, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, and Dad’s Garage.  He is the Artistic Director of Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He’s previously served as the Artist-At-Large for Geva Theatre Center and spent four years at the Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville as the theatre’s Associate Artistic Director (where he directed 17 productions including five Humana Festivals). Mr. Daniels is the former Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director of the California Shakespeare Theater and before that spent a decade as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Dad’s Garage Theater Company in Atlanta.

THE WHITE CHIP

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
April 7 – May 6, 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, April 13, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

How to Tell your Start-Up Story: On Art, Technology, and the Power of Personal Narrative Sunday, April 8 at 5:00 p.m.
City Theatre, in conjunction with Innovation Works, will host a networking event and panel discussion as part of Inclusive Innovation Week 2018. Panelists will share their individual stories and the ways in which those experiences shaped their career paths, offering audience members insight on how to harness their own narratives for future success across arts & technology fields. 5:00-5:30 p.m.: Networking in the Gordon Lounge; 5:30-6:15 p.m.: Panel Discussion in the Main Stage Theater. Panelists will include playwright Sean Daniels, entrepreneur Jason Wolfe, and more TBA.

Post-Show Talkback with Family Links Sunday April 15, following the 2:00 p.m. performance
Hosted by Director of New Play Development Clare Drobot, this talkback discussion will feature the cast and representatives from community partner Familylinks.

Greenroom: Art & Afterparty Friday, April 20 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, April 21 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.

Post-Show Talkback Sunday April 22, following the 2:00 p.m. performance
Hosted by Director of New Play Development Clare Drobot, post-show talkbacks encourage audiences to engage with the artists behind the performances.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES:
ASL Interpretation Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Open Caption & Audio Description Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:
412.431.CITY (2489) or CityTheatreCompany.org
Tickets start at $38

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 $8, subject to availability.
ABOUT CITY THEATRE:
City Theatre is Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays. Located in the historic South Side, the company produces a season of regional and world premieres, including the upcoming Citizens Market by Cori Thomas and Nomad Motel by Carla Ching. 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.

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CITY THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2018-19 SEASON OF THRILLING, HILARIOUS, AND INNOVATIVE NEW PLAYS

March 5th, 2018

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson — Regional Premiere

Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau — Regional Premiere

Where Did We Sit on the Bus? by Brian Quijada — Regional Premiere

The Roommate by Jen Silverman — Regional Premiere

The Burdens by Matt Schatz — World Premiere

We Are Among Us by Stephen Belber — World Premiere

 

Pittsburgh, PA (March 5, 2018). City Theatre Company, Pittsburgh’s home for new plays, has announced the details of the theatre’s 44th season of new works. Under the leadership of Managing Director James McNeel, and with the artistic team of Artistic Producer Reginald L. Douglas and Director of New Play Development Clare Drobot, the plays represent a diversity of voices and styles, including laugh-out-loud comedies, ripped-from-the-headlines dramas, and fresh explorations of the world around us.

Beginning with the highly-theatrical and historically-inspired comedy The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson, the season will continue with a timely new drama by Dominique Morisseau (Sunset Baby, City Theatre, November 2015), a Drama Desk Award-nominated hip-hop autobiography by Brian Quijada, and a lawless romp through retirement by Jen Silverman. Back-to-back world premieres end the line-up, featuring two more playwrights new to City Theatre audiences: CMU alumnus Matt Schatz and Broadway’s Stephen Belber (Tape, Match, Tectonic Theatre Project’s The Laramie Project).

“Next season, we will present work that is urgent and relatable, artistically diverse, and intellectually and emotionally fulfilling,” said Managing Director James McNeel. “In navigating the selection of these plays, my artistic colleagues were indispensable in providing thoughtful guidance and including the City Theatre staff and stakeholders in every conversation. In a period of great transition—at City Theatre, as well as nationally—our team has collaborated to curate a season of which I am incredibly proud. These writers draw from the world around them, and we are putting them on our stage to inspire, entertain, and excite our very own Pittsburgh audience, while living our organizational values and purpose to produce and develop new plays that matter. These powerful stories most certainly do.”

“What a dream it is to share these powerful new narratives that engage and reflect our changing world with our audiences. Bringing together the best of our nation with the best of our city is what makes City Theatre so special, so vital to Pittsburgh and our national field. This season reflects that sentiment beautifully,” said Artistic Producer Reginald L. Douglas. “I am especially excited to share that all of our creative teams will include diversity of race and gender, and include members of our local community, putting our commitment to equity and our city front and center.”

“What I love about next season is that each play will engage City’s audience in a conversation,” said Director of New Play Development, Clare Drobot. “From Lauren Gunderson’s feminist investigation of history to Stephen Belber’s examination of war’s far reaching ramifications and Matt Schatz’s wry look at the distancing effect of our digitally-connected lives, each playwright is exploring an urgent question. All six productions will feature partnerships designed to foster dialogue and support a more diverse and inclusive community in Pittsburgh and nationally.”

 

CITY THEATRE’S 2018-19 SEASON:

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Jade King Carroll
September 8 – September 30, 2018
Main Stage

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. Lauren Gunderson makes her Pittsburgh debut with this radical and metatheatrical comedy about four badass women out to change the world.

This production will feature an all-female creative team led by Jade King Carroll, director of 2015’s critically acclaimed Sunset Baby.

America’s most produced playwright in 2017, Lauren Gunderson is the author of I and You, The Book of Will, and other plays, as well as co-author of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Margot Melcon. She is the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, among others.

 

Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
October 27 – November 18, 2018
Main Stage

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) returns to City Theatre with this powerful and poetic chronicle of injustice that exposes the cracks in our education system and the power of a mother’s love.

Directed by City Theatre’s Artistic Producer Reginald L. Douglas, Pipeline will include partnerships with Carnegie Mellon University and Point Park University; 1Hood Media will write an original score for the production.

Dominique Morrisseau 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.

 

Where Did We Sit on the Bus? by Brian Quijada
Directed by Chay Yew
January 19 – February 24, 2019
Lester Hamburg Studio

With pulsing rhythms and original rhymes set to a live, looped soundtrack, Brian Quijada stages a hip-hop autobiography about falling in love with performance, the power of family, and growing up Latino in a world that categorizes everyone in black and white.  “An explosion of energy, raw emotion, and irresistible storytelling.” –The Chicago Sun Times.

Chay Yew, Artistic Director of Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater, is an award winning director and playwright. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and specializes in new work, having directed world premieres by Jose Rivera, Naomi Iizuke, Julia Cho, and more. He was born in Singapore.

Brian Quijada is an actor, playwright, educator, and musician whose work explores the Latinx experience in America. Where Did We Sit on the Bus? was originally produced at Teatro Vista/Victory Gardens in Chicago, directed by Chay Yew; the Off-Broadway run at Ensemble Studio Theatre was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards in 2017.

 

The Roommate by Jen Silverman
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
March 2 – 24, 2019
Main Stage

Retired and recently divorced, Sharon needs a roommate for a little extra cash and some much-needed company in her Iowa home. When new-age New Yorker Robyn moves into the spare room, the pair of unlikely pals bond in this laugh-out-loud play about leaning into friendship, new beginnings, and maybe just a touch of breaking the law.

Jen Silverman is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Her work has been produced Off-Broadway, internationally, and regionally, and includes the plays Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, The Moors, and Dangerous House, which premieres this summer at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

 

The Burdens by Matt Schatz
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
April 6 – May 12, 2019
Lester Hamburg Studio

Siblings Mordy and Jane communicate like proper millennials: primarily through text message and loaded with sarcasm. Their lives flailing on opposite coasts, they hatch an outrageous plan to relieve their mother of the burden of Zad-Zad, their centenarian – and particularly prickly – grandfather. A world premiere dark comedy for the digital age, The Burdens explores pop culture, connection, and the value of actual face time.

Tyne Rafaeli has directed Off-Broadway and regionally, including the world premieres of Michael Yates Crowley’s The Rape of the Sabine Woman by Grace B. Matthias and Anna Ziegler’s Actually, as well as the west coast premiere of Ironbound by Martyna Majok at the Geffen Playhouse.

CMU Alum Matt Schatz writes for the stage and screen, including projects developed for Fox Television Studios, USA, and TBS. His original musical, An Untitled New Play by Justin Timberlake, will be developed at the CLO’s SPARK Festival of New Musicals later this spring. 

We Are Among Us by Stephen Belber
Director TBA
May 11 – June 2, 2019
Main Stage

With her military contractor career firmly behind her, single mother Laura finally has her son front-and-center in her life. But when a reporter appears demanding answers to a covered-up, decade-old story from her time in Afghanistan, the murky events of a single night resurface, revealing untold truths and painful consequences. From the writer of the Tony Award-nominated play Match comes a world premiere that investigates the personal cost of war and what it means to survive.

Stephen Belber’s plays have been produced on Broadway and in over 25 countries. They include Match, Tape, and The Death of Frank, among many others. He was a member of the Tectonic Theatre Project under Moises Kaufman, and was an associate writer on The Laramie Project.

 

Also announcing this two-night-only City Event, on sale now for 2018-19 subscribers only:

Kooman & Dimond Holiday Cabaret
November 30 & December 1, 2018
Main Stage

Pittsburgh’s own Michael Kooman & Christopher Dimond, the award-winning musical duo behind Dani Girl and Disney’s Vampirina, bring some Broadway friends home for the holidays. Line-up TBA.

Titles, directors, and dates subject to change. Subscription packages are on sale now and may be purchased by calling or visiting the City Theatre Box Office.

TICKET INFORMATION

Three ways to subscribe:
On-site: City Theatre Box Office, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh PA 15203
By phone: 412-431-CITY (2489)
Online: Beginning June 1. Visit www.citytheatrecompany.org

Season Subscription Packages:

$150 Saturday 1:00 p.m., Greenroom 8:00 p.m. (Friday Art & Afterparty series)
$171 Tuesday 7:00 p.m., Wednesday 1:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m., Thursday 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 p.m., Sunday 7:00 p.m.
$198 Friday 8:00 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m.
$276 Saturday 5:30 p.m., Opening Night 8:00 p.m. (First Friday of each production)

Flex Packages: Choose your own schedule.

$216 Basic Flex: Six vouchers, good for Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday at 1:00 p.m., Saturday at 9:00 p.m., and Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
$276 Premium Flex: Six vouchers, good for any performance.

Single tickets for the 2018-19 season will go on sale Monday, July 30. An exclusive pre-sale for The Revolutionists will begin Friday, July 27, open only to CityM@il subscribers. Sign up to receive CityM@il at www.citytheatrecompany.org.

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City Theatre to continue 43rd season with the world premiere of: CITIZENS MARKET By Cori Thomas March 3 – 25, 2018 City Theatre Main Stage

February 6th, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA (February 6, 2018) – City Theatre’s season of bold new work progresses with the world premiere of Citizens Market by Cori Thomas, which explores the lives and complications of a group of immigrants as they find their footing in America. Thomas’s work was last seen at City Theatre with the world premiere of When January Feels Like Summer, winner of the 2011 Osborne New Play Award. Directed by Artistic Producer Reginald L. Douglas, Citizens Market runs on the Main Stage March 3 – 25, 2018. Tickets are on sale now.

“What a treat it is to have Cori Thomas back in Pittsburgh!” said City Theatre Artistic Producer, Reginald L. Douglas. “Cori has a unique ability to explore the complexities of our world through heartfelt characters, honesty, and humor; and Citizens Market is a great example of her special talents. By showcasing the rich diversity of our country, the play reminds us how love, laughter, and the pursuit of one’s dreams against the odds ultimately unite us all. It is a quintessential City Theatre play: engaging, thought-provoking, timely, and above all else, an entertaining night at the theater.”

“I am so excited to return to City Theatre with this play, which—like When January Feels Like Summer—has a mix of the everyday people who make up most cities in America,” said Playwright Cori Thomas. “Pittsburgh and City Theatre embraced me the first time around, and I feel privileged to get to share this new play with these audiences for its first outing.

“As a first generation American—a child of two immigrants—and as a diplomat’s child, who lived in the many countries where my father was posted, I’ve always been aware of what it is to be new, to have to try to find your rhythm in a new place so that you can fit in,” she continued.

“I wrote this play as an exploration of that experience: so that I could celebrate my parents coming to a new land and choosing to start their family there. It is timely in this political climate, in a different way from when I first began writing it; then, we had a President who was the child of an immigrant who embraced and celebrated that fact with pride. I am hopeful the audience will take away from my play that America without everyone is not an America we want to live in.”

About Citizens Market: A good New York City supermarket has everything its neighborhood needs, including a charming cast of characters behind the counter. Citizens Market, the latest from City Theatre favorite Cori Thomas, follows a hopeful group of immigrants as they form an unlikely family, working to master the ups and downs of language, love, and staying afloat in the city that never sleeps. Full of laughter and life, this world premiere celebrates an ever-shifting and eclectic America.

City Theatre continues its season-long community engagement initiative, City Connects, with this production, featuring an opportunity to learn more about Jewish Family & Community Services at a Happy Hour on Wednesday, March 7 from 5:30 -7:00 p.m. Patrons are invited to bring donations of toiletries throughout the run to benefit clients of JFCS’s Immigrant Services and Refugee Resettlement Program.

Citizens Market is directed by Reginald L. Douglas. The cast includes Ngozi Anyanwu as Akosua, Juan Francisco Villa as Jesus, Jeff Howell as Bogdan, Ann Talman as Morfina, and Shamika Cotton as Ciata. Tony Ferrieri is scenic designer, Karen Perry is costume designer, Andrew David Ostrowski is lighting designer, Zachary Beattie Brown is sound designer, and Patti Kelly is stage manager.

Cori Thomas’s writing credits include When January Feels Like Summer; Pa’s Hat; Citizens Market; The Ballad of Ella May; My Secret Language of WishesThe Princess, The Breast, and, The Lizard; The Unusual Love Life of Bedbugs and Other Creatures; Flight 109; The Hair Play; Waking Up; His Daddy; our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.  Cori’s plays have been developed and produced at Sundance Theatre Institute; City Theatre Company, Goodman Theater, New Dramatists, Page 73, Playwrights Horizons, Lark Play Development Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Going To The River, Pillsbury House Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Mosaic Theatre Co; Central Square Theatre; Penumbra Theatre, Passage Theatre, The Working Theater, The Playwrights Realm, New Federal Theatre, New Georges, The New Black Fest, and The Black Rep. She has been commissioned by South Coast Rep Theatre, Sloan Foundation, Pillsbury House Theatre; Central Square Theatre; Ensemble Studio Theatre; Rattlestick Theatre; New Black Fest; The Working Theater. Cori is a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists. She has been a two time Sundance Fellow, a MacDowell Fellow. Her upcoming residencies include the Bogliasco Foundation and Baryshnikov Center. Awards and Honors: (When January feels Like Summer) American Theater Critics Association Osborn Award, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. 2016 Finalist for The Horton Foote Playwriting Prize, two time Theodore Ward Prize Winner. Publications: When January Feels Like Summer at Dramatic Publishing. Cori is a co-founder of the nonprofit organization pashatfoundation.org, which does work with former male child soldiers in Liberia, West Africa.

CITIZENS MARKET

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
March 3 – 25, 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, March 9, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

An Evening with Cori Thomas and Osama Alomar Sunday, February 18 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
In partnership with City of Asylum
Join City Theatre and City of Asylum for an intimate conversation between these two dynamic international writers. Enjoy a sneak peek excerpt of Cori Thomas’ Citizens Market and get an exclusive tour of our three-level set before performances begin on March 3rd. Tickets to this event are $20 and include complimentary hors d’oeuvres; cash bar.

City Connects Happy Hour Wednesday, March 7 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Meet the City Connects partners for the 2017-18 season and learn more about how to get involved with your community by bridging art and activism. Enjoy drink specials and mingling in the Gordon Lounge beginning at 5:30 p.m. A brief introduction to the Jewish Family and Community Service – featured City Connects partner for the evening – will take place on the stage immediately before the performance.

Post-Show Talkbacks Sundays March 11 and 18, 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, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Join the cast and artistic team for a party in the Gordon Lounge following the performance, with a special post-show activity hosted by the Children’s Museum.  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, March 17 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, March 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Open Caption & Audio Description Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:
412.431.CITY (2489) or CityTheatreCompany.org
Tickets start at $38

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 $8, subject to availability.
South Side Nite Rider: Friday and Saturday evenings only. Patrons may park for free at the Second Avenue Parking Plaza and use a shuttle with drop off at nearby Bedford Square. Details: ssniterider.com.

ABOUT CITY THEATRE:
City Theatre is Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays. Located in the historic South Side, the company produces a season of regional and world premieres, including the upcoming Citizens Market by Cori Thomas and Nomad Motel by Carla Ching. 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.

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Press Release: City Theatre presents WILD WITH HAPPY

March 23rd, 2017

City Theatre presents:

WILD WITH HAPPY

By Colman Domingo

April 8 – May 7, 2017

“Sweet, funny, and cartoon bright!” – The New York Times

 

Pittsburgh, PA (March 23, 2017) – For the penultimate show of the 2016-17 season, City Theatre presents Wild With Happy by Colman Domingo, a magical and madcap comedy about death that will give you life. Directed by City Theatre Artistic Producer Reginald L. Douglas, Wild With Happy marks his Main Season directorial debut, as well as the Pittsburgh premiere of the Off-Broadway hit. It is also the first of any work by playwright Colman Domingo (star of Fear the Walking Dead) at City Theatre. The play runs April 8 – May 7, 2017 in the Lester Hamburg Studio; tickets are on sale now.

About Wild With Happy: 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. Overflowing with love and laughter, this bright new comedy will transport audiences from the church to the Magic Kingdom, with a whole lotta fabulous in between.

“I am thrilled for City Theatre to share Wild With Happy with Pittsburgh audiences,” says Playwright Colman Domingo. “I am excited that this show can be included in a season with Sharon Washington [playwright and performer of Feeding the Dragon], who created the roles of Aunt Glo/Adelaide from its inception, and for it to be at the brand new artistic hands of Reginald and his company of artists who will shape and give new life to this fractured fairy tale.”

Colman Domingo is the author of the produced works Dot, Wild With Happy, A Boy and His Soul, and Up Jumped Springtime. His work has won the OBIE, Lucille Lortel, GLAAD, Connecticut Critics Circle, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, and Internet Theater Bloggers awards. As an actor, Mr. Domingo has starred on Broadway in Wild With Happy, Passing Strange, Chicago, Well, and The Scottsboro Boys and has co-starred in films such as The Butler, Lincoln, Red Hook Summer, Passing Strange, Miracle at St. Ana, King of the Bingo Game, Selma, and Newlyweeds, among others. He currently stars on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, recurs on The Knick as Dr. Russell Daniels, and guest starred on Lucifer.

Wild With Happy is a celebration of life, family, and the power of dreaming without ceasing,” says Director Reginald L. Douglas. “Colman has created a fun and fabulous world that embraces the unique magic of the theater and the steadfast joy of the African-American experience. I am thrilled to be bringing it to life with this talented cast and crew, and can’t wait for Pittsburgh audiences to experience this poignant new play filled with music and laughter.

Reginald L. Douglas line-produces and directs City Theatre productions, the Momentum Festival of new plays, and the Young Playwrights Festival; oversees casting operations and artistic initiatives; administers City’s Directing Observership program; and builds community and artistic partnerships locally and nationally. He directs throughout the country, including TheaterWorks Hartford, Playwrights Center, McCarter, Luna Stage, and Harlem Stage. He has lectured at the National Theatre Institute and Point Park University, where he recently directed Big Love. Named “One of Top 10 People to Meet” by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Reginald’s work has been hailed by The New York TimesThe Village Voice, and more. He joined City Theatre in March 2015.

The cast of Wild With Happy includes Corey Jones as Gil, Jason Shavers as Terry/Church Nurse, Monteze Freeland as Mo/Elder Bovane, and C. Kelly Wright as Adelaide/Aunt Glo. Tony Ferrieri is scenic designer, Karen Perry is costume designer, Andrew David Ostrowski is lighting designer, and Zachary Beattie-Brown is sound designer.

City Connects/LOVE with Proud Haven is Saturday, April 22, following the 1:00 p.m. matinee. City Connects is a program designed to relate City Theatre plays with relevant community organizations, stimulating conversation and activism through art. City Connects/LOVE will touch on the themes of Wild With Happy in conjunction with Proud Haven’s mission. This panel conversation is moderated by David Brzozowski, Proud Haven Fundraising Chair, and includes Kyle Webster (Proud Haven Board Chair), Lindsay Cashman (Proud Haven Board Vice-Chair), and Alana Fields (Proud Haven Board Member). Up to 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer). Proud Haven’s mission is to provide a safe shelter for homeless LGBTQ+ youth in Pittsburgh and to provide emotional support and resources to help these youth develop the skills necessary to live independently. More information can be found at http://www.proudhaven.org. The performance is pay-what-you-want at the door, beginning two hours before curtain.

WILD WITH HAPPY
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

April 8 – May 7, 2017

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, April 14 at 8:00 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Sipping Sunday – April 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Sample wines specially chosen to complement the production.

Talkbacks – April 19 & 23

A conversation with the artists immediately following the performances, moderated by City Theatre artistic staff.

Greenroom Young Professionals Night – Friday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m.

$25 Greenroom ticket includes complimentary snacks, beer, and wine after the performance, and mingling with the cast. Use code GREENROOM when ordering. Special guest and activity to be announced. Food provided by Nakama.

Pay-What-You-Want – Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m.

A limited number of tickets are reserved for PWYW and go on sale two hours before curtain, walk up sales only. Call the box office in advance to check on availability.

City Connects/LOVE: A Conversation with Proud Haven – Saturday, April 22

Immediately following the 1:00 p.m. performance, a free dialogue with representatives from Proud Haven will take place on the stage.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE DATES:

ASL Interpretation Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Open Captioning and Audio Description Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:

City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)

Patron parking is available in the lot across from the City Theatre entrance for $8.

BOX OFFICE:

412.431.CITY (2489) or citytheatrecompany.org

TICKETS:

Single tickets start at $37.50.

DISCOUNTS:

Audiences under 30 may reserve $15 tickets in advance for all performances except Fridays at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.; on Fridays and Saturdays, rush tickets are available two hours prior to show time and based on availability. Seniors age 62 and older may purchase $22 rush tickets at the Box Office beginning two hours before show time, based on availability. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounts – contact Joel Ambrose at 412.431.4400 x286.


City Theatre
is now in its 42nd season. Located in the historic South Side, City Theatre is Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays, commissioning and producing work by playwrights including Daniel Beaty, Jessica Dickey, Christopher Durang, Michael Hollinger, Willy Holtzman, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Madeleine George. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, Managing Director James McNeel, and the Board of Directors, 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. CityTheatreCompany.org

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Press Release: Announcing City Connects

February 4th, 2017

New Initiative Aims to Unite and Enrich the Community through Art & Partnership

Pittsburgh, PA (February 3, 2017). City Theatre is proud to announce a new community partnership initiative called City Connects. The program builds on the organization’s long-standing commitment to encouraging discussion and engagement beyond the work seen on stage and celebrates City Theatre’s core standing as an institution dedicated to inclusion and building a positive and enlightened world through theater. To advance this goal, City Theatre identifies local and national nonprofit partners who have specialized expertise in addressing the topics and issues inherent in City productions.

“For over 40 years, City Theatre has been presenting theater that affirms the power of live performance to bring people together for a shared experience and cultivate a deeper understanding of our similarities and differences. As artists, we strive to reflect the world we live in and imagine a better future,” stated Artistic Director Tracy Brigden. “I am proud of the goals of City Connects—to use theater as a force for positive change, deeper understanding, and active engagement—and to work closely with these dynamic and critical nonprofits.”

City Connects will highlight four distinct values—Equality, Unity, Love, and Opportunity—which strongly resonate in the remaining shows of the 2016/17 season. With each production, City Theatre has partnered with a different local group to encourage an in-depth exploration of how these values intersect on stage and in the world today. These partnerships will take form through historic and contemporary context and scholarship, panels, curated presentations, and other ways for audiences to delve deeper into the issues at hand, as well as learn more about these vital partners. In the coming months, City Theatre will work closely with the local chapter of the NAACP, the Thomas Merton Center, Proud Haven, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Center for Race and Gender Equity, and the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Pittsburgh, amongst others, to advance these goals.

Partnering organizations will coordinate with City staff to provide a real-world perspective on the plays, while encouraging their own constituents to experience the powerful impact of theatrical storytelling. City Theatre will provide custom-made support for each organization which includes complimentary tickets, lobby and program visibility, and post-show discussion events to generate dialogue amongst a large cross-section of local residents, and provide actionable engagement opportunities for patrons.

Further, much of the programming will be affiliated with City’s “Pay-What-You-Want” ticket outreach effort, which allows audiences to pay any amount to see a show. With this logical tie-in, City Connects seeks to ensure no barrier prevents the community from being enriched and entertained by City Theatre programming, and experience the positive impact of its partners.

Current City Connects partnerships include:

The Royale: EQUALITY.

Inspired by the trailblazing boxer Jack Johnson, The Royale tackles themes of racial equity and justice in the face of discrimination and fear. In partnership with the Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP, City Connects: EQUALITY will take place on Saturday, February 4, following the 1 p.m. matinee.

About the Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP: Located on Wiley Avenue in the historic Hill District of Pittsburgh, PA, The NAACP has been in the community for years fighting for equality and civil rights issues.

The Guard: UNITY.

Examining the effects of love and grief, The Guard honors the power of art to heal, unify, and evoke compassion throughout history. In partnership with The Thomas Merton Center, City Connects: UNITY will take place on Saturday, April 1, following the 1 p.m. matinee.

About The Thomas Merton Center: The organization works to build a consciousness of values and to raise the moral questions involved in the issues of war, poverty, racism, classism, economic justice, human rights, and environmental justice. TMC engages people of diverse philosophies and faiths who find common ground in the nonviolent struggle to bring about a more peaceful and just world.

Wild With Happy: LOVE.

Investigating the complex identity of being gay in the Black church community, Wild with Happy celebrates the need for love and diversity in our world. In partnership with Proud Haven, City Connects: LOVE will take place on Saturday, April 22, following the 1 p.m. performance.

About Proud Haven: Up to 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer). Proud Haven’s mission is to provide a safe shelter for homeless LGBTQ+ youth in Pittsburgh and to provide emotional support and resources to help these youth develop the skills necessary to live independently. More information can be found at http://www.proudhaven.org.

Ironbound: OPPORTUNITY. 

Depicting the life of a Polish immigrant woman, Ironbound is a contemporary exploration of the American Dream and existence on the economic margins of society. In partnership with Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Pittsburgh, City Connects: OPPORTUNITY will take place on Sunday, May 21 before and after the 2 p.m. show.

About the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Pittsburgh: An independent 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to help people through life’s changes and challenges by providing psychological, employment and social services. JF&CS is an acknowledged leader in helping immigrants and refugees resettle and successfully build new lives in our community.

SEASON-LONG PARTNER:
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s Center for Race & Gender Equity promotes awareness of equality issues, educates individuals, and advocates for change in communities throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Center supports and promotes the YW’s national advocacy agenda and identifies legislative action (federal, state and local) that advances YWCA’s focus areas of Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women.

The YWCA partnership will be season long and feature a post-performance discussion on Saturday, February 11th following the 1 p.m. performance with YWCA CEO Magdeline (Maggie) Jensen.

City Theatre is now in its 42nd season. Located in the historic South Side, City Theatre is Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays, commissioning and producing work by playwrights including Daniel Beaty, Jessica Dickey, Christopher Durang, Michael Hollinger, Willy Holtzman, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Madeleine George. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, Managing Director James McNeel, and the Board of Directors, 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. CityTheatreCompany.org

 

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PRESS RELEASE: TAMARA TUNIE LEGENDS FROM THE ‘BURGH

November 14th, 2016

Announcing CityEvent:

TAMARA TUNIE: LEGENDS FROM THE ‘BURGH

December 9-10, 2016

“Legends from the Burgh showcases a master craftsman at work and is not to be missed.” – TheaterPizzazz.com

Pittsburgh, PA (November 14, 2016). City Theatre adds to its season of contemporary plays and exciting CityEvents, announcing Tamara Tunie: Legends from the ‘Burgh. Pittsburgh native and Law & Order: SVU star, Tamara Tunie returns to her roots, performing songs by hometown legends. Her band includes Roger Humphries on drums, Jeff Grubbs on bass, and Max Leake conducting and playing piano. Ms. Tunie, a Tony and Drama Desk Award winner has performed Legends from the ‘Burgh on tour and in New York City to packed houses and critical acclaim. Performances are December 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. Tickets are on sale now.

Star of stage and screen Tamara Tunie will enchant audiences with an evening-length cabaret of songs from the wide array of artists that hail from the City of Three Rivers—a star-studded group that includes Lena Horne, Henry Mancini, Phyllis Hyman, and George Benson. Known for her starring roles in film (Flight opposite Denzel Washington), television series, and Broadway shows (Julius Caesar, Dreamgirls), Tunie brings her talents back to her hometown in Legends from the ‘Burgh.

Tamara Tunie starred as Medical Examiner Dr. Melinda Warner on the hit drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Other credits include: Broadway: Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington, Oh Kay with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Dreamgirls (20th Anniversary Benefit Concert), Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. Regional: American Son (Berkshire theatre Award Best Actress in a Drama), Familiar (Obie Award Best Actress in an Off- Broadway Play), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Les Liasons Dangereuse, Tartuffe, Antony and Cleopatra, All’s Well That Ends Well, Troilus and Cressida (New York Shakespeare Festival, Central Park), Loose Knit. Film: FLIGHT, Devil’s Advocate, City Hall, Snake Eyes, Eve’s Bayou, The Caveman’s Valentine. Television: The Red Road, Billions, Alpha House, Survivor’s Remorse, 24 (Season 1), Law and Order, Sex and The City, NYPD Blue, New York Undercover, Chicago Hope, and Jessica Griffin on As The World Turns.

Having studied classical voice, and with a B.F.A. in musical theatre from Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Tunie added jazz to her repertoire several years ago, and has performed at the legendary Allen Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Feinstein’s at The Regency. She has performed with such incomparable musicians as Mike Renzi, Billy Stritch, and Roger Humphries, to name a few, and she has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Penn State University Allegheny County’s Student Scholarship Fund with her performances of All That’s Jazz! She has graced the stage at the beautiful state-of-the-art theatre at Malloy College’s Madison Theatre. She has also performed for the Mabel Mercer Foundation at Town Hall and at Symphony Space, bringing down the house with music from Billie “Lady Day” Holiday to Cole Porter, after which one critic wrote, “Tunie SWINGS, sings great, looks great!”

TAMARA TUNIE
LEGENDS FROM THE ‘BURGH

WHEN:
Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
City Theatre Main Stage, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side) Patron parking is available in the lot across from the City Theatre entrance for $8.

TICKETS: On sale now.
Tiered pricing starts at $20. Cabaret Table Seating is $65 per ticket and includes a post-show reception.
Tickets may be purchased at 412.431.CITY (2489) or citytheatrecompany.org
City Theatre subscribers save $5 by using their season code when ordering.

City Theatre is now in its 42nd season. Located in the historic South Side, City Theatre is Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays, commissioning and producing work by playwrights including Daniel Beaty, Jessica Dickey, Christopher Durang, Michael Hollinger, Willy Holtzman, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Madeleine George. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, Managing Director James McNeel, and the Board of Directors, 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. CityTheatreCompany.org

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PRESS RELEASE: EQT YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL 2016

November 9th, 2016

City Theatre Presents

EQT YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL 2016

November 30 – December 9, 2016

Pittsburgh, PA (November 9, 2016). City Theatre is thrilled to again showcase original works by emerging young artists in the EQT Young Playwrights Festival 2016. Under the direction of City Theatre Artistic Producer Reginald L. Douglas, the festival features six professionally-produced world premiere plays written by local middle and high school students. Student matinee performances run November 30-December 9 with public performances December 3-4 in the Lester Hamburg Studio. In partnership with the theater departments at University of Pittsburgh, Seton Hill University, and Point Park University, a reading of three Honorable Mention plays will take place on Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m.

“We have an exceptionally talented group of student playwrights this year who are pushing theatrical boundaries and making bold choices in both style and content,” said Kristen Link, City Theatre’s Director of Education and Accessibility. “This year’s festival promises to be extra exciting with stories ranging from the Salem Witch Trials to anthropomorphized birds and books to heartwarming stories of love, family, and friendship.”
“The Young Playwrights Festival is a highlight of the City Theatre year. It is so inspiring for our actors, designers, and staff to work with these talented and passionate young Pittsburghers on productions of new plays that are full of imagination, craft, and creativity,” said director Reginald L. Douglas.

An ensemble cast will perform all roles across the six plays. The cast includes Charles Beikert, Laura Brennan, Katie Esswein, Parag S. Gohel, Michael Magliocca, Alex Manalo, Becki Toth, and Michael Trimm.

The production team, under director Reginald L. Douglas, includes Hank Bullington (scenic and projection design), Madison Hack (costume design), Alex Stevens (lighting design), Zachary Beattie-Brown (sound design), Kara Sinclair (production manager), Ryan Looke (stage manager), and Mora Harris (script supervisor). A team of dramaturgs and literary professionals led by City Theatre’s Director of New Play Development Clare Drobot have developed the scripts
from submitted drafts to final rehearsal draft. The dramaturgical team consists of Julianne Avolio, Scott Barsotti, Jeanne Drennan, Annie DiMario, Mora Harris, and Tammy Ryan.

EQT YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL 2016

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

ENDANGERED HOPE
by Abigail Over
Keystone Oaks Middle School
A flock of rare Evening Grosbeak birds struggles to survive a harsh winter and encroaching human plans for the forest they inhabit. Thoughtful and compelling, Endangered Hope explores family, perseverance, and the dangers of climate change from a feathered perspective.

THE MAGIC PENCIL
by Julia Garhart & Brenna Sposito
Sharpsville Middle School
Can a curse be inherited? Ellison and Nicolette are best friends and classmates, but when a unique gift from Nicolette’s aunt precipitates a series of strange occurrences, their bond is tested. The girls soon come face to face with a shared history that stretches back to the Salem Witch Trials in this taut, suspenseful play.

RUNNING FROM GRIEF
by Jacob Voelker
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Ryan, an all-star cross-country runner, begins volunteering at a local nursing home in hopes of
bolstering his chances of admittance to the college of his dreams. He is assigned to work with the cantankerous Henry and the pair forge an unlikely bond in this heartwarming story about the
power of friendship.

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

DISCOUNT SHELF
by Cavan Bonner
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
The Discount Shelf is the last stop for unwanted used books. In this funny, imaginative play we meet a host of novels—from a text book to a crime fiction paperback—vying to make it off the shelf and into the hands of a new reader.

SIGNED, SEALED, NEVER DELIVERED
by Mehrnaz Tiv
North Allegheny Senior High School
A lively romantic comedy set in San Francisco, Signed, Sealed, Never Delivered introduces us to neighbors Adam Truth and Alex Truth (no relation). Adam, a struggling writer, and Alex, a gallery curator on the rise, are always getting (and reading) each other’s mail. This leads to a series of mix-ups, mistaken identities, and missed connections, with a climatic finish at Alex’s hot new exhibit.
THE SUNFLOWER
by Katrina Kudla
Moon Area High School
Julien is desperate to prove himself to his future mother in law, Basha. In an attempt to curry favor, he arrives at her pierogi shop offering assistance with the hopes of some culinary bonding. This heartfelt, entertaining play explores the meaning of family and the price of assimilation in one tiny Pittsburgh kitchen.

HONORABLE MENTION SELECTIONS

LIFE OUT OF THE SEA
by Megan Stafford
Fox Chapel Area High School

PUZZLED
by Olivia Wright
Lakeview High School

THE VEINS OF CREATION
By Sarah Tomko Bentworth High School

PUBLIC PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION:
Saturday, December 3 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION:
Saturday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 at 1:00 p.m.

HONORABLE MENTIONS READING:
Friday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.
This is a free event.

STUDENT MATINEE PERFORMANCES:
For information on Student Matinee availability, please contact Kristen Link: klink@citytheatrecompany.org or 412-431-4400 x 225.

WHERE:
Hamburg Studio, City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
Patron parking is available in the lot across from the City Theatre entrance for $8.

BOX OFFICE:
412.431.CITY (2489) or citytheatrecompany.org

TICKETS:
Single tickets start at $15.00. Audiences under 18 may reserve $10 tickets in advance for all performances.

City Theatre is now in its 42nd season. Located in the historic South Side, City Theatre is Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays, commissioning and producing work by playwrights including Daniel Beaty, Jessica Dickey, Christopher Durang, Michael Hollinger, Willy Holtzman, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Madeleine George. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, Managing Director James McNeel, and the Board of Directors, 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. CityTheatreCompany.org

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PRESS RELEASE: Playwright Steven Dietz Mini Residency

October 21st, 2016

City Theatre Welcomes Playwright Steven Dietz

Mini-residency begins October 31, 2016

Pittsburgh, PA (October 21, 2016) – City Theatre is excited to welcome playwright Steven Dietz for a writing residency October 31-November 1, 2016. Launched in the 2015/2016 season, the mini-residency program offers individually tailored space for writers to work on script development. Dietz will work on two separate projects during the residency, which will culminate in a free public reading of his play This Random World on Tuesday, November 1st from 4 – 6 p.m. in the City Theatre Rehearsal Hall.

Through a swirl of nearly-missed connections, This Random World follows a series of intersecting lives: a mother determined to maintain her independence, a daughter longing for adventure, two sisters seeking common ground, and an internet prank gone awry. At turns warmly humorous and lyrically bittersweet, the story investigates what it is to love, to lose, and to be touched by the myth of serendipity.

The reading of This Random World  is directed by Artistic Director Tracy Brigden. The cast includes JD Taylor, Mary Rawson, Tressa Glover, Sharon Washington, Siovhan Christensen, Erika Cuenca, Brett Sullivan Santry, and Billy Hepfinger. It is free and open to the public; reservations are requested through the City Theatre box office or CityTheatreCompany.org.

In addition to the public reading of This Random World, the residency will include an in-house reading of Dietz’s play Mad Beat Hip & Gone, a love letter to the beat generation. Dietz and director Brigden will be joined by the composing duo of Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (Broadway credits include No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot), laying the groundwork for a musical adaptation of the piece.

“The mini-residency program is at the heart of City’s commitment to new work,” said Director of New Play Development Clare Drobot. “Each residency offers a playwright space, time, and support from the City’s artistic staff. We are thrilled that our first residency of the 2016/17 season will bring Steven Dietz back to Pittsburgh.”

“City Theatre has provided a generous and supportive home to my work since my first play there—at the old theatre in Oakland, in the late 1980s,” Steven Dietz explained. “Tracy Brigden and her team of world-class collaborators challenge, inspire, provoke, and inform my work in rigorous and lasting ways. I’m delighted to be back.”

Steven Dietz’s thirty-plus plays have been seen at over one hundred regional theatres, as well as Off-Broadway, and in over twenty countries internationally. Recent premieres include Bloomsday (2016 Steinberg New Play Award Citation), This Random World (2016 Humana Festival of New American Plays), and On Clover Road (National New Play Network rolling world premiere). Other widely produced plays include Fiction, Yankee Tavern, Becky’s New Car, Last of the Boys, Lonely Planet, Private Eyes, Still Life with Iris, God’s Country, and The Nina Variations. Mr. Dietz and his family divide their time between Seattle and Austin, where he teaches playwriting and directing at the University of Texas.

City Theatre has previously produced several of Dietz’s plays, including Shooting Star (2010), Honus and Me (2006), and Fiction (2005). Fulfilling its mission that emphasizes new play development, City Theatre commissions works by diverse writers and produces world premieres, including this season’s Feeding the Dragon, written and performed by Sharon Washington, running October 22 – November 20, 2016, and the theatre’s annual Momentum Festival, which showcases new plays at different stages of development in June of every year.

Public Reading:
THIS RANDOM WORLD

WHEN:
Tuesday, November 1 at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:
City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
Patron parking is available in the lot across from the City Theatre entrance for $8.

TICKETS:
Free. Reservations requested at 412.431.CITY (2489) or citytheatrecompany.org

City Theatre is now in its 42nd season. Located in the historic South Side, City Theatre is Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays, commissioning and producing work by playwrights including Daniel Beaty, Jessica Dickey, Christopher Durang, Michael Hollinger, Willy Holtzman, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Madeleine George. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, Managing Director James McNeel, and the Board of Directors, 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. CityTheatreCompany.org

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PRESS RELEASE: City Theatre Announces Extension of Hit Comedy

October 11th, 2016

City Theatre Announces Extension of Hit Comedy

HAND TO GOD
By Robert Askins

Now Running Through
OCTOBER 22, 2016

“Hand to God could send you straight to Hell, but you’ll be laughing the whole way down.”
Pittsburgh City Paper

“Hand to God is like sex, you know? It doesn’t last as long as you wish it would, but it’s great while it does.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“I have to confess, I took a little extra time when I put on my sock this morning… I had to work out a few of my own inner puppet issues with “Socky.”
Audience member I. P., via email

Pittsburgh, PA (October 11, 2016) – With sold-out performances through the planned closing date of October 16, City Theatre is thrilled to announce an extension of the wildly popular Broadway comedy, Hand to God by Robert Askins. Directed by Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, Hand to God features a cast of five local and national performers and nine wayward puppets.

The added performances are Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m., and Thursday, October 20, Friday, October 21, and Saturday October 22, all at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

In a church basement in a little town in Texas, something evil is afoot. Or, well — at hand. The youth group has a monster in its ranks: a rogue puppet named Tyrone. He’s 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 sock puppet. It is the Pittsburgh premiere of the uproarious Tony Award® Nominated Broadway hit The New York Times called “Flat out hilarious.”

Hand to God is directed by Tracy Brigden. Performing the role of Jason/Tyrone is Nick LaMedica in his City Theatre debut. The cast includes Pittsburgh favorites Maggie Carr as Jessica/Jolene, Michael Greer as Timmy, Tim McGeever as Pastor Greg, and Lisa Velten Smith as Margery. The production team includes Tony Ferrieri (scenic designer), Tracy Christiansen (costume designer), Andrew David Ostrowski (lighting designer), Elizabeth Atkinson (sound designer), Stephanie Shaw (puppet designer), Nancy McNulty McGeever (dialect coach), and Diego Villada (fight choreography). Casting is by Caparelliotis Casting/Lauren Port.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: September 24 – October 22, 2016
For a complete listing of show times, please visit CityTheatreCompany.org or call 412-431-2489.

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Felt Up!
A Puppet-making Workshop and Brunch
Saturday, October 15 at 11:30 a.m.
Join City Theatre and the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse at City Theatre’s home in the South Side to make your very own Tyrone!
Enjoy a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa, grab some snacks, and make a one-of-a-kind hand puppet using recycled and repurposed materials from the PCCR. There are only 20 spaces available for the puppet-making workshop and it includes a ticket to the 1:00 p.m. performance of Hand to God.
Tickets are $50.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE DATES:
Open Captioning and Audio Description Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
Patron parking is available in the lot across from the City Theatre entrance for $8.

BOX OFFICE:
412.431.CITY (2489) or citytheatrecompany.org

TICKETS:
Single tickets start at $37.50.
Subscription packages are still available and start at $99.

DISCOUNTS:
Audiences under 30 may reserve $15 tickets in advance for all performances except Fridays at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.; on Fridays and Saturdays, rush tickets are available two hours prior to show time and based on availability. Seniors age 62 and older may purchase $22 rush tickets at the Box Office beginning two hours before show time, based on availability. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounts – contact Joel Ambrose at 412.431.4400 x286.

City Theatre is now in its 42nd season. Located in the historic South Side, City Theatre is Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays, commissioning and producing work by playwrights including Daniel Beaty, Jessica Dickey, Christopher Durang, Michael Hollinger, Willy Holtzman, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Madeleine George. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, Managing Director James McNeel, and the Board of Directors, 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. CityTheatreCompany.org

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