Category: Press Releases

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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PRESS RELEASE: BENJAMIN SCHEUER: Live in Concert

October 10th, 2016

Announcing a CityEvent at City Theatre:

BENJAMIN SCHEUER:
Live in Concert

The star of The Lion returns for three performances only
November 11-13, 2016

“An irresistible winner. Benjamin Scheuer beams charisma.”
— NY Daily News

Pittsburgh, PA (October 10, 2016) – City Theatre is adding a musical CityEvent to the fall production calendar. Benjamin Scheuer, writer and star of the hit show The Lion, returns to Pittsburgh for a series of concerts with his band, featuring drummer Brian Wolfe of Sufjan Stevens and bass player Geoff Kraly of paris_monster. Scheuer, “a mesmerizing guitarist” (The Washington Post), will share brand new songs as well as re-imagined material from The Lion. Scheuer’s album “Songs from THE LION” debuted on the Billboard Top 10. Performances are November 11-13, 2016 on the Main Stage at City Theatre in the South Side.

Scheuer’s The Lion, directed by Sean Daniels, explores the songwriter’s true story of loss, heartbreak, and recovery, and ran at City Theatre earlier this year. Critics and audiences alike praised Scheuer’s keen storytelling skills, “gasp-worthy technique” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), and “enormous charm as a performer” (Pittsburgh City Paper). He is currently performing the show at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, where his musical style has garnered comparisons to Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, and Smiths frontman, Morrissey (San Diego Union Tribune).

“During his run of The Lion last spring, Benjamin deeply connected with Pittsburgh and the City Theatre audiences. He hosted song-writing master classes, visited UPMC Children’s Hospital, met with students, appeared at local open-mic nights, and chatted with each and every patron who wanted to meet him after the show,” said Managing Director James McNeel. “So, we’re thrilled to have him return for this limited concert run—this time with a band and additional songs—and allow the community another unique opportunity to experience his talent and inspiring personal story.”

A limited number of VIP cabaret table seating options are available starting at $100 per ticket and include a post-show reception with the artists. Regular and premium seats start at $35 and $50 respectively; some limited-view seats are available for $25, while supplies last. Tickets are on sale now.

Benjamin Scheuer is the recipient of the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and a 2015 Theatre World Award. The animated music videos for Benjamin’s songs “Weather The Storm, “The Lion,” and “Cookie-tin Banjo” have won prizes at the Annecy Film Festival, British Animation Awards, Encounters Film Festival, Crystal Palace Festival, and Buenos Aires’ ExpoToons Film Festival. The album Songs from THE LION was released on June 3, 2016 (Warner/ADA). With photographer Riya Lerner, Benjamin is co-creator of the art book “Between Two Spaces,” from which 50 percent of proceeds go to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Benjamin has toured with Mary Chapin Carpenter and performed at venues including Royal Albert Hall in London and Lincoln Center Theater in New York. He has been a writer-in-residence at Goodspeed, Weston Playhouse, and the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Workshop, and been commissioned by Williamstown Theatre Festival. Benjamin lives in New York City. The Lion is on tour through February 2017.

WHEN:
Friday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 13 at 7:00 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:
Starting from $25-$100. Current City Theatre subscribers receive $5 off tickets by calling the
box office.

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 Presents the World Premiere of “Feeding the Dragon”

September 30th, 2016

City Theatre Presents the World Premiere of FEEDING THE DRAGON

By Sharon Washington

October 22 – November 20, 2016

Pittsburgh, PA (September 29, 2016) – Fresh on the heels of the raucous comedy, Hand to God, City Theatre turns in a different direction to present Feeding the Dragon, an intimate and magical world premiere by the award-winning stage and screen actress, Sharon Washington. The production marks Washington’s playwriting debut. Feeding the Dragon runs October 22 through November 20, 2016 in the Lester Hamburg Studio at City Theatre, directed by Maria Mileaf.

Sharon Washington (String of Pearls, City Theatre ‘03) returns to City Theatre in her own heartfelt coming-of-age story. Deep in the bowels of a New York Public Library lies a dragon: the monstrous coal furnace that Sharon’s father, the live-in custodian, must feed every night. This moving examination of family secrets, forgiveness, and the power of language, explores Sharon’s
life growing up in the library and the fire she never allowed to fade.

“I think there’s a natural progression for an artist who has been doing something as long as I have,” said writer and performer Sharon Washington. “To continue to grow, you have to challenge yourself. Using my body as a creative tool to help the playwright tell their story—it’s where I feel the most alive as an artist. The difference is, this time it’s my story.”

“I was mesmerized by the script when Tracy [Brigden] shared it with me. City is giving us the time and space to figure out how to tell her story in the most simple and compelling way,” said director Maria Mileaf. “I really love narrative and Sharon is a great story teller. She is effortlessly chameleon-like; she is super smart and genuinely funny. That’s a perfect storm in a collaborator.”

In partnership with Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Washington will be speaking on Thursday, September 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the Second Floor International Poetry Room at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main. This event is part of Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures free reading and discussion series, Made Local. To RSVP, please visit PittsburghLectures.org.

In partnership with the Alumni Theatre Company, August Wilson Monologue Project, and Hope Academy, Washington will host an acting workshop at City Theatre for select young artists on November 5. This event is by invitation only.

In partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, there will be a talkback with Washington and Mary Frances Cooper, President and Director of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Saturday, November 19, following the 1 p.m. performance. Throughout the run of Feeding the Dragon, a curated list of Sharon Washington’s Favorite Books will be on display at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and at City Theatre. Washington will also be included in the library’s reading campaign, #PGHReads in the coming weeks.

Sharon Washington has been a professional actress for over 25 years. She made her Broadway debut in The Scottsboro Boys, the last collaboration of the legendary team of Kander & Ebb, in the role she originated Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theater. She most recently appeared Off-Broadway at the Vineyard in the world premiere of Dot by Tony Award nominee Colman Domingo. Other Off-Broadway credits include While I Yet Live by Tony Award winner Billy Porter at Primary Stages; Luce by JC Lee at Lincoln Center Theater (LCT3); and Wild With Happy, also by Colman Domingo, at the Public Theater, for which she received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination and an Audelco Award. Sharon’s most recent film appearance was playing opposite Danny DeVito in the Todd Solondz film Weiner Dog. Other film and television credits include roles in Gotham, Blue Bloods, The Blacklist, Golden Boy, White Collar, Taking Chance, Royal Pains, Damages, Mistress America, Torn, The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton, Rocksteady, Freedomland, The School of Rock, Half Nelson, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Malcolm X, Die Hard With A Vengeance, Law & Order, Law & Order: CI, Law & Order: SVU and the webseries Hustling for which she received a 2015 Indie Series Award for Best Supporting Actress – Drama.

Feeding the Dragon is directed by Maria Mileaf. The production team includes Tony Ferrieri (scenic design), Stephanie Shaw (costume design), Ann G. Wrightson (lighting design), Lindsay Jones (sound designer), Clare Drobot (dramaturg), and Taylor Meszaros (production stage manager).

FEEDING THE DRAGON
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
October 22 – November 20, 2016

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, October 28 at 8:00 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Sipping Sunday – Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Sample wines specially chosen to complement the production.

Sunday Talkbacks – Oct. 30 and Nov. 6
Conversation with the artists immediately following the 2:00 p.m. performances, moderated by City Theatre Artistic Staff.

Greenroom Young Professionals Night – Friday, Nov. 4 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.

Pay-What-You-Want – Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1:00 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 18 at 8:00 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.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE DATES:
ASL Interpretation Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Open Captioning and Audio Description Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2:00 p.m.
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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.
Season subscriptions are still available and three-show packages 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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PRESS RELEASE: Broadway Hit Comedy “Hand to God” to Open City Theatre Season

September 2nd, 2016

City Theatre Opens 2016-2017 Season with the
Heretical & Hilarious Broadway Hit Comedy 
HAND TO GOD by Robert Askins

September 24 – October 16, 2016

“Wickedly funny… Sesame Street meets The Exorcist.

The New Yorker

“A triumph”

The Guardian

  “Run, don’t walk to see Hand to God

 – The New York Times

Pittsburgh, PA (August 29, 2016) – Kicking the 2016-17 season off with a bang, City Theatre presents Hand to God by Robert Askins, September 24 – October 16, 2016 on the Main Stage. Directed by Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, the Pittsburgh premiere of the hit Broadway comedy will feature a cast of five local and national performers and several devious puppets.

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.”

“Bringing the blasphemous new comedy Hand to God to City Theatre is a thrill for me! Where else in Pittsburgh can you see a cadre of puppets committing more than half of the seven deadly sins live on stage each night?” said Director Tracy Brigden. “It isn’t all heresy and dark humor, though. Robert Askins is a fantastic new voice in the American theater. He draws on his own experiences growing up in a tight-knit Lutheran community in Texas in this cock-eyed coming-of-age story that swings from slapstick comedy to tragic reality. It’s a raucous exploration of the human (and puppet) condition, where nothing is sacred.”

Robert Askins was born in Cypress, Texas. His Tony Award®-nominated and Obie Award-winning play Hand to God ran on London’s West End (Olivier Award-nominated for Best New Comedy) after it opened on Broadway in April 2015, following two critically-acclaimed runs at Ensemble Studio Theatre and MCC Theater, where it was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick and called “the most entertaining show of 2014.” His newest play Permission made its world premiere off-Broadway in spring 2015 at MCC Theater. His play Fish Display was part of the 2012 Ojai Playwrights Conference and Permission was part of the 2014 conference. Rob has received two EST/Sloan grants, the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award, and an Arch and Bruce Davis Award for Playwriting. He is an I-73 and Youngblood alum and a graduate of Baylor University and currently at work on two feature film projects and an original comedy series for HBO.

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.

New this season, beginning with Hand to God, City Theatre is introducing Saturday matinee performances. There will be both 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. performances on October 8 and 15.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: September 24 – October 16, 2016

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 30 at 8:00 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Hands Up!
A Happy Hour kick-off for Hand to God
Wednesday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Swing by City Theatre for a pre-show happy hour with wickedly good Wigle Whiskey cocktails and samples, Penn Brewery beer specials, and a preview performance of Hand to God. Join us in the lobby after the show for a live recording of Drinking Partners Podcast with comedians Ed Dailey and Day Bracey and the cast of Hand to God.

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.

Sipping Sunday – Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Sample wines specially chosen to complement the production.

Sunday Talkbacks – Oct. 2 and 9
Conversation with the artists immediately following the 2:00 p.m. performances, moderated by City Theatre Artistic Staff.

Greenroom Young Professionals Night Friday, Oct. 7 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.

Pay-What-You-Want Saturday, Oct. 8 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.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE DATES:
ASL Interpretation
Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m.

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.
Season subscriptions are still available and start at $168.

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: City Theatre Closes Season with “The Lion”

April 10th, 2016

City Theatre Presents the Hit One-Man Musical:

THE LION

Written and Performed by Benjamin Scheuer 

May 14 – June 5, 2016

“An irresistible winner. Benjamin Scheuer beams charisma.”

NY Daily News

“Spellbinding! See it now. See it again. The best musical I’ve seen this year!”

The Huffington Post

Pittsburgh, PA (April 7, 2016) – City Theatre concludes its 41st season with the hit one-man musical, The Lion, written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, on the Main Stage, May 14 – June 5, 2016. The production, directed by Sean Daniels, was named one of the “Top Ten Theatre Performances of 2015” by The Huffington Post, NBC New York, and Manhattan Digest. Currently on tour, The Lion arrives at City Theatre following successful—and sold out—stops in Washington D.C., New Haven, CT, Rochester, N.Y., and Portland, OR. Its original off-Broadway production at the Manhattan Theatre Club earned Mr. Scheuer a 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and a 2015 Theatre World Award, among other nominations.

The Lion is a mesmerizing musical memoir that candidly illustrates one man’s journey to find his inner roar. Through song and story, we follow musical sensation Benjamin Scheuer as he discovers that scars can fade into gifts, and that a family’s love spans not only decades, but continents. This poignant coming-of-age tale gives us an authentic look at the redemptive power of music.

The Lion is a very special evening of theatre created by an exceptional talent,” said City Theatre Artistic Director, Tracy Brigden. “Ben’s music is catchy, original, funny, and heartbreaking. It moves you in your seat and you will leave the theatre wanting to buy the soundtrack. Ben tells his compelling, insightful, and often hilarious story with great skill and charm. Everyone can relate to this beautifully told tale of family, growing up, and finding your voice.”  

Benjamin Scheuer is the recipient of the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and a 2015 Theatre World Award. The animated music videos for Benjamin’s songs “Weather The Storm, “The Lion,” and “Cookie-tin Banjo” have won prizes at the Annecy Film Festival, British Animation Awards, Encounters Film Festival, Crystal Palace Festival, and Buenos Aires’ ExpoToons Film Festival. The album Songs from THE LION will be released on June 3, 2016 (Warner/ADA). With photographer Riya Lerner, Benjamin is co-creator of the art book “Between Two Spaces,” from which 50 percent of proceeds go to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Benjamin has toured with Mary Chapin Carpenter and performed at venues including Royal Albert Hall in London and Lincoln Center Theater in New York. He has been a writer-in-residence at Goodspeed, Weston Playhouse, and the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Workshop, and been commissioned by Williamstown Theatre Festival. Benjamin lives in New York City. The Lion is on tour through February 2017.

The Lion is directed by Sean Daniels. The production team includes Neil Patel (scenic designer), Ben Stanton (lighting designer), Leon Rothenberg (sound designer), Jennifer Caprio (costume consultant), Dom Ruggiero (production supervisor), technical supervision by Mind the Gap, and management by Maximum Entertainment.

City Theatre is hosting an event with select community partners to kick off the run. The Roar: An Evening with The Lion takes place May 12 and includes a happy hour from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Gordon Lounge, a special preview performance of The Lion on the Main Stage, and a live recording of the podcast, Marta on the Move, featuring interviews with City Theatre staff and performer Benjamin Scheuer, following the performance. Tickets to The Roar are $25 and open for public sale on April 25. Organizations or groups who wish to purchase a block of tickets to this performance before public sales begin may call Box Office Manager Joel Ambrose (412-431-4400 x286) for more details.

PRESS NIGHT:

Saturday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m.

OPENING NIGHT:
Friday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: May 14 – June 5, 2016

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, May 18 and 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, May 25 and June 1 at 1:00 p.m.

Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m.

Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.

Saturdays, May 21 and June 4 at 9:00 p.m.

Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Sipping Sunday – May 15 at 7:00 p.m., includes pre-show wine tasting.

Pay-What-You-Want – May 21 at 9:00 p.m. PWYW Tickets go on sale two hours before curtain, walk up sales only.

Sunday Talkback –  May 22, following the 2:00 p.m. performance.

Greenroom Young Professionals Night – June 3 at 8:00 p.m., $25 Greenroom ticket includes complimentary snacks, beer, and wine after the performance and mingling with Mr. Scheuer.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE DATES:

ASL Interpretation – Tuesday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m.

Open Captioning and Audio Description – Sunday, June 5 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 $7.

BOX OFFICE:

412.431.CITY (2489) or citytheatrecompany.org

TICKETS:

$36 to $66

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. A limited number of Pay-What-You-Want tickets will be available two hours before the performance on Saturday, May 21 at 9:00 p.m. Please call the box office in advance to check 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 41st season. Located on Pittsburgh’s historic South Side, City Theatre specializes in 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 a 37-member 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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