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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.

Announcing City Theatre’s Next Artistic Director

May 24th, 2018

New Play Pioneer
MARC MASTERSON
Named City Theatre Artistic Director

Nationally recognized arts leader and director
returns to Pittsburgh’s home for new plays

Pittsburgh, PA. (May 24, 2018) Under the leadership of Board President Beth Newbold and Managing Director James McNeel, the City Theatre Board of Directors has concluded an extensive national search, naming Marc Masterson the new Artistic Director of the region’s largest theater dedicated solely to new plays. Masterson brings decades of experience and an award-winning national presence as a champion of new works, having served as the artistic director of South Coast Repertory Theatre (2011-2018) and Actors Theatre of Louisville, home of the internationally acclaimed Humana Festival of New American Plays (2000-2011), two of the most distinguished arts institutions in the nation. He was City Theatre’s producing artistic director from 1981-2000.

Masterson’s field-wide contributions to the contemporary theater landscape reflect City Theatre’s core values: his body of work exemplifies a career-long commitment to diverse programming, robust community engagement and education initiatives, and gender parity across production teams. He will begin his new role at City Theatre on July 1, 2018.

“For decades City Theatre has built a reputation as one of the finest mid-sized theatres in America. I love the audiences in Pittsburgh, the friends and colleagues I have there, as well as the strong sense of community in the city itself,” said Masterson. “I couldn’t be more thrilled about the future.

“Coming into a season that has already been planned by the excellent City Theatre staff, my first task will be to get to know the current organization, the changes that have occurred in Pittsburgh since I left, and to work with James McNeel and the Board on planning for the future. We will continue to build on City’s engagement in the community, working with local artists as well as some of the finest theatre-makers in the country for a vibrantly diverse repertoire,” he concluded.

“Marc has an exemplary track record of artistic excellence, fundraising, community engagement and commitment to new plays,” said City Theatre Board President, Beth Newbold. “We are fortunate that he has chosen to bring his experience and expertise to City Theatre, to lead our organization into a new era. On behalf of the board, I am very excited to welcome Marc to the team, and cannot wait to see the work that emerges from the company with James and him at the helm. It will propel us forward to increased local and national recognition as a leader in new play development.”

“The appointment of Marc Masterson at City Theatre is tremendous news for the arts and for the city as a whole. It’s partly a homecoming to celebrate: during Marc’s first stint at City, he was an artistic force—not only a champion of the theatre, but an important leader in our cultural community,” said Janet Sarbaugh, Vice President, Creativity Programs, The Heinz Endowments. “But this is more than a homecoming; given the breadth of Marc’s career since Pittsburgh, his national profile, and his knowledge of American theatre, we are lucky indeed to have attracted him back to Pittsburgh.”

“I think City Theatre has made an inspired choice to have Marc back to the organization. He has consistently been an adventurous artistic leader, programming successful seasons at some of our nation’s most high profile theatres; seasons that have been truly diverse and exciting in the rich array of artists represented in making groundbreaking, important work,” said Michael John Garcés, Artistic Director of LA’s Cornerstone Theater Company and Vice President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

“When I say diverse, I mean it in every sense of the word: aesthetically diverse work that challenges audiences to see a wide range of plays that bridge disciplines and subvert expectations, and that represents the work of all Americans, reflecting the true richness of our nation,” continued Garcés. “And he’s a terrific artist himself, willing to take real risks, and succeeding in those risks far more often than not.  I count him as a mentor and a friend, and look forward to seeing what City does in this new chapter!”

As artistic director at South Coast Repertory, Masterson has produced dozens of world premieres, including A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath, Vietgone by Qui Nguyen, Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph, and Office Hour by Julia Cho. As artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville, he produced the world premieres of Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler, Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison, and Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo, and many others. Masterson has developed hundreds of new works, many of which have transferred to some of the leading theatres in the country, including the Public Theater (New York), Manhattan Theatre Club, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and The Goodman, as well as Off-Broadway and Broadway. Recent directing credits include Shakespeare in Love, All the Way, Going to a Place Where You Already Are, Zealot, Death of a Salesman, Eurydice, and Elemeno Pea at South Coast Rep; Hand to God at the Alliance Theatre; Byhalia, Mississippi by Evan Linder at the Contemporary American Theater Festival; As You Like It for the Houston Shakespeare Festival; and The Kite Runner at Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Cleveland Play House.

Marc’s community-focused new play development initiatives include the creation of the DIALOGUE/DIÁLOGOS project at South Coast Rep, a two-year bilingual theatre project to gather and tell the stories of the Santa Ana Latino community, as well as the ongoing CrossRoads Commissioning Project, which brings playwrights to Orange County to engage with the area’s diverse communities through exploratory residencies. City Theatre’s current world premiere production of Nomad Motel by Carla Ching was originally a CrossRoads Commission issued by Masterson.

In 2017, Masterson was honored with the 2017 Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater Outstanding Leadership Award, for his commitment to creating a programming stream that reflected the diverse populations of Southern California.

He served as producing artistic director of City Theatre in Pittsburgh for 20 years and was co-founder of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance (now known as the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, or GPAC).

City Theatre’s search for a new artistic director was conducted over six months, with a seven member committee comprised of board members, community leaders, McNeel, and led by Newbold. Stephen Richard of Management Consultants for the Arts provided counsel.

ABOUT CITY THEATRE:
Now completing its 43rd season, 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, this year, Citizens Market by Cori Thomas and an NNPN rolling World Premiere 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. Operating with an annual budget of $2.8 million, City is a constituent member of Theatre Communications Groups (TCG) and the League of Resident Theatres (LORT).

The 2018-19 season was curated by Artistic Producer Reginald L. Douglas and Director of New Play Development Clare Drobot. It begins on September 8, 2018 with The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson.

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Press Release: City Theatre Announces Details of MOMENTUM ‘18 New Plays at Different Stages May 31 – June 3, 2018

May 11th, 2018

City Theatre Announces Details of

MOMENTUM ‘18
New Plays at Different Stages

May 31 – June 3, 2018

Annual festival creates links to local & national talents:
Singer-Songwriter Jill Sobule, CMU Alum Matt Schatz,
an EQT Young Playwrights Festival winner, and more.

Pittsburgh, PA (May 10, 2018). The annual Momentum Festival of New Plays at Different Stages will close the 2017-18 City Theatre season with four days of cutting-edge drama, hilarious comedy, music-fueled storytelling, and a chilling new thriller. Opportunities to connect with local and national writers abound, with a Friday night event—New Play Speed Dating—as well as post-show conversations with the artists after each program. Supported by The Fine Foundation, the festival runs May 31 – June 3, 2018, and is free and open to the public, though reservations are strongly suggested as seating is limited. Reservations may be made at CityTheatreCompany.org or by calling the box office at 412-431-CITY (2489). Event schedule and project descriptions below.

“We’ve expanded our new play development activities this season, and City’s annual Momentum Festival is the culmination of that effort. I’m thrilled to share the scope of the work that we do: from projects in their earliest stages to a sneak peek at our 2018-19 world premiere of The Burdens by Matt Schatz,” said Clare Drobot, Director of New Play Development. “It’s especially exciting to have the festival happen in conjunction with the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Carla Ching’s Nomad Motel.

“We’re celebrating diverse artistic voices and exploring everything from a wry take on the trauma of middle school to the blurred lines between love and art, to a satirical look at cultural appropriation through the lens of reality television,” continued Ms. Drobot. “The festival allows us to showcase the tremendous artistic talent in Pittsburgh and to place our community in conversation with national artists.”

Projects include three public play readings: The Burdens by Matt Schatz (which receives its world premiere at City Theatre in April 2019), P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, and The Haunted by Claire Keichel, plus a private reading of Threads by EQT Young Playwrights Festival alum Mehrnaz Tiv. In collaboration with the regional chapter of the Dramatists Guild, In Their Own Voices will feature local playwrights reading excerpts of unproduced work, as well as a piece by Dramatists Guild Fellow Eric Micha Holmes (Momentum ’18 Playwright in Residence). Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule will perform a concert version of a solo show in development called #Fuck7thGrade, with additional text created by playwright Liza Birkenmeier.

 

MOMENTUM ’18
SCHEDULE & EVENT DETAILS

 

THURSDAY, MAY 31

Threads
By Mehrnaz Tiv
Directed by Maggie Sulka

Private Play Reading
Lester Hamburg Studio

A new play about a female owned threading salon in California that investigates the immigrant experience. Written by EQT Young Playwrights Festival 2016 alum and current NYU student, Mehrnaz Tiv.

Cast & Creative Team: Heather Irwin (Karen), Serena El-Khatib (Delara), Jalina McClarin (Leyla), and Tammy Tsai (Meryam); Kristen Link (Director of Education & Accessibility) and Jillian Bradshaw (Artistic Assistant).

FRIDAY, JUNE 1

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Momentum Happy Hour
Gordon Lounge

Enjoy drink specials and mingle with the playwrights and artists.

Sign up for New Play Speed Dating at 6:00 p.m.: A panel of playwrights, directors, actors, and City Theatre staff will be set up in the lobby for brief and casual one-on-one conversations about their work.

7:00 p.m.

P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle
By Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas

Play Reading, Lester Hamburg Studio

In this whip-smart send up of reality TV culture,an up-and-coming black rap duo called P.Y.G. are tasked with lending some street cred to white pop idol, Dorian Belle. The rappers quickly begin to question the politics of their roles as the play delves head first into a hilarious and disturbing look at the ins and outs of cultural appropriation.

Cast & Creative Team: Lamar K. Cheston (Blacky Blackerson), LaTrea Rembert (Alexan Da Great), and Quinn Patrick Shannon (Dorian Belle); Gabrielle Kogut (Stage Directions), Megan Monaghan Rivas (Dramaturg), and Taylor Meszaros (Stage Manager).

SATURDAY, JUNE 2

1:00 p.m.

Nomad Motel
By Carla Ching
Directed by Bart DeLorenzo

Performance & Talkback, Main Stage

Following the 1:00 p.m. performance of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Nomad Motel, playwright Carla Ching will be joined by the cast and Director of New Play Development Clare Drobot to answer audience questions and discuss the new play development process.

About Nomad Motel: In the not-so-sunny side of California, Alix bounces between motel rooms, taking care of her brothers for her mostly MIA mother. Her classmate Mason is a budding songwriter trying to keep off the radar of his absent father’s Hong Kong mafia friends. Together, they must learn to scrape by without giving up their dreams. This world premiere is a coming-of-age tale about making something out of nothing in the land of plenty. On stage through June 3.

Note: A ticket is required to attend the performance at 1:00 p.m., and can be purchased at CityTheatreCompany.org or at the box office. Talkback will begin at approximately 3:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

4:00 p.m.

In Their Own Voices
Presented in Partnership with The Dramatists Guild
Hosted by Gab Cody and Spencer Whale

Excerpted Readings, Lester Hamburg Studio

Newly added to the Momentum Festival, this continued partnership with the Dramatists Guild celebrates the vibrant Pittsburgh playwriting community. Local writers and national Dramatists Guild Fellow Eric Micha Holmes (Momentum ’18 Playwright in Residence) will read excerpts of their own work out loud. Co-hosted by City Theatre Directing/Producing Fellow Spencer Whale and regional Dramatists Guild representative, Gab Cody.

Playwrights: D.T. Burns, Mariah Franklin, Yona Harvey, Matt Henderson, Eric Micha Holmes, Anya Martin, Maureen McGranaghan, Seanan Palmero, Kelsey Robinson, Tammy Ryan, Ayne Terceira, Arlene Weiner, and TJ Young.

Music: Morgan Erina; Artistic Assistant: Gabrielle Kogut.

7:00 p.m.

The Burdens
By Matt Schatz
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas

Play Reading, 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 dark comedy for the digital age, The Burdens explores pop culture, connection, and the value of actual face time.

Get a sneak peek: The Burdens receives its world premiere at City in April 2019.

Cast & Creative Team: Robin Abramson (Jane) and Alec Silberblatt (Mordy); Morgan Erina (Music), Catherine Kolos (Stage Manager), and Jillian Bradshaw (Artistic Assistant).

9:30 p.m.

#Fuck7thGrade
By Jill Sobule
With additional text by Liza Birkenmeier
Dramaturgy by Clare Drobot

Concert/Solo Show Work in Progress, Lester Hamburg Studio

Hear the songs and stories that warrant the hashtag. Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule—whose 1990s hit tracks include “Supermodel” and “I Kissed a Girl”—takes a tongue-in-cheek view of middle school trauma in #Fuck7thGrade. In a City Theatre-led collaboration with playwright Liza Birkenmeier (Radio Island, Momentum 2016), Sobule is exploring turning her life into a solo show.

Cast & Creative Team: Jill Sobule; Sarah Powell (artistic assistant)

SUNDAY, JUNE 3

New Play Circle Brunch
By invitation only

Lester Hamburg Studio

An engaged and exciting group of influential theater lovers support City Theatre; their donations help to build sets, design costumes, house actors, and develop new plays by writers at the forefront of the theatre industry. The New Play Circle recognizes some of City’s most generous contributors with an intimate send off to the 2017-18 season. Contact Dianne Duursma for details: 412-431-4400 x278

1:00 p.m.

The Haunted
By Claire Keichel
Directed by Caitlin Sullivan

Play Reading, Lester Hamburg Studio

Sleek and sexy, this eerie play explores the tricky truths of marriage through the eyes of a video performance artist and her older, grounded husband. Something’s amiss in the newlywed’s apartment, but is it the ghosts of past tenants or a more ominous presence? The Haunted asks what we sacrifice of our individual selves in service of love.

Cast & Creative Team: Kelsey Robinson (Jayne) and Sam Turich (Leo); Cassandra Clark (Artistic Assistant) and Claire Landuyt (Stage Manager).

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:
Momentum ’18 is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; reservations are suggested.
412.431.CITY (2489) or CityTheatreCompany.org

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 Citizens Market by Cori Thomas and an NNPN rolling World Premiere 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 closes 2017-18 season with NOMAD MOTEL By Carla Ching

April 27th, 2018

City Theatre closes 2017-18 season with
NOMAD MOTEL
By Carla Ching
May 12 – June 3, 2018

A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

Pittsburgh, PA (April 26, 2018). City Theatre is thrilled to announce the details of the final production of the 2017-18 season: Nomad Motel by Carla Ching. Originally commissioned as part of South Coast Repertory Theatre’s CrossRoads initiative (Marc Masterson, Artistic Director) the play explores a family consumed by California’s crippling housing crisis and the life of a “parachute kid,” sent to live alone in America while his father remains in Hong Kong. It is directed by LA-based artist Bart DeLorenzo, and will run on the City Theatre Main Stage, May 12-June 3, 2018. Tickets are on sale now.

Nomad Motel – a 2017 Kilroys List play – is the first work by playwright Carla Ching to be produced in Pittsburgh. It also marks a new play development milestone for City Theatre: Nomad Motel is produced at City Theatre as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere; other partnering theaters include Horizon Theater in Atlanta, Georgia, and Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more about the Rolling World Premiere program at NNPN.org.

“Carla and I have been involved with this project – with many of these artists – for 3 or 4 years now. It grew out of this special initiative to explore real stories from people who live in Orange County – people whose stories typically aren’t told. And among all those projects, Carla found a unique way to examine home and family in this very strange time that we’re living in,” said director Bart DeLorenzo to the staff and production team at first rehearsal. “I think there is a lot that is transforming in this country, and this play really examines the way that families are changing and transforming. I like to think of what Alix says in the play when she’s asked ‘Well, what are we going to do?’ She says, ‘You flail. And then you figure it out.’”

City Theatre is continuing its season-long City Connects partnership with Allies for Health + Wellbeing. Patrons may drop off donations of Port Authority Connect Cards and non-perishable items for Allies’ food pantries. Allies for Health + Wellbeing envisions a healthier community whereby all individuals can access integrated medical care and supportive human services in a respectful setting, free of stigma and discrimination. The final City Connects Happy Hour of the season will highlight the partnership on Wednesday, May 16 at 5:30 PM in the Gordon Lounge.

Additionally, in an effort to better serve our community and to eliminate economic barriers to entry, City is opening up the Pay What You Want model beyond walk up sales at a single performance. With Nomad Motel, City is introducing Pick Your Price Previews: tickets may be purchased online, starting at just $5 (plus fees) to all performances May 12-17. See details at CityTheatreCompany.org. May not be combined with discounts.

Momentum Festival: New Plays at Different Stages will take place over the closing weekend of Nomad Motel, and includes readings and behind the scenes looks at the play development process. Meet the 2018 Momentum artists on Friday, June 1 at a happy hour from 5:00-7:00 PM. Full schedule and program line-up to be announced.

About Nomad Motel:
The not-so-sunny side of California is nothing new to Alix: she’s bouncing between motel rooms taking care of her twin brothers for her mostly MIA mother. Her classmate Mason is a budding songwriter trying to keep off the radar of his absent father’s Hong Kong mafia friends. Together, the savvy teens must learn to scrape by without giving up their dreams. This NNPN Rolling World Premiere play by newcomer Carla Ching (Fear the Walking Dead, I Love Dick) is a coming-of-age tale about making something out of nothing in the land of plenty.

Nomad Motel is directed by Bart DeLorenzo. The cast includes Katie Lynn Esswein (EQT Young Playwrights Festival, 2016), Shahine Ezell, Christopher Larkin (The CW’s The 100; Oblivion, City Theatre: 2015), Nelson Lee (Maple and Vine, City Theatre: 2012), and Lisa Velten Smith (Hand to God, City Theatre: 2016; Oblivion, City Theatre: 2015). The production team includes Gianni Downs (scenic design), Andrew David Ostrowski (lighting design), Robert C.T. Steele (costume design), M. Florian Staab (original compositions and sound design), Clare Drobot (dramaturg), Randy Kovitz (fight choreographer), and Patti Kelly is Production Stage Manager.

About Carla Ching: An L.A. native, Carla stumbled upon the pan-Asian performance collective Peeling at the Asian American Writers Workshop and wrote and performed with them for three years, which she still considers her first theater training. Her plays include Nomad Motel (National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere also at Unicorn Theatre and Horizon Theatre; O’Neill Playwrights Conference, National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays), Fast Company (South Coast Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lyric Stage, and Pork Filled Productions; winner of the Edgerton New American Play Award), The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (Artists at Play and Mu Performing Arts), TBA (2g), and The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theater Company). She’s an alumna of The Women’s Project Lab, the Lark Play Development Center’s Writers Workshop, and Meeting of the Minds, the CTG Writers’ Workshop, and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Former Artistic Director of Asian American Theater Company, 2g. TBA is published in Out of Time and Place. Fast Company is published by Samuel French. She will be working on her Toulmin Commission for The Atlantic Theater Company at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor this summer. BA, Vassar College. MFA, New School for Drama.

NOMAD MOTEL

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
May 12 – June 3, 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, May 18, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Pick Your Price Previews Performances May 12 – 17, 2018
Tickets starting at just $5 online, plus fees; purchase tickets in advance at CityTheatreCompany.org. Subject to availability.

City Connects Happy Hour Wednesday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Featured partner: Allies for Health + Wellbeing. Meet the season-long City Connects partners and learn how to get involved in your community. Drink specials in the Gordon Lounge; food trucks at 13th & Bingham.

Post-Show Talkbacks Sunday, May 20 & 27, 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, May 25 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 by Mallorca Restaurant will be provided. Tickets are just $30 for the evening with promocode GREENROOM.

Pay-What-You-Want Saturday, May 26 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.

Momentum Happy Hour Friday, June 1 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Meet the 2018 Momentum Artists and help kick off our annual new works festival during closing weekend of the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Nomad Motel. Free and open to the public.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES:
ASL Interpretation Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Open Caption & Audio Description Sunday, June 3 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 Citizens Market by Cori Thomas and an NNPN rolling World Premiere 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 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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