Thursday, May 30 – Sunday, June 2, 2013
NEW PLAYS AT DIFFERENT STAGES
MOMENTUM is City Theatre’s annual festival of new plays at different stages, a celebration of new theatrical works featuring readings, workshops, panels, and conversation. The festival is a chance for audiences to see works in their earliest incarnations and to glimpse inside the minds of the playwrights.
All readings, classes, and panels take place at City Theatre
1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Thursday, May 30
8:00 pm Reading: Hope and Gravity
Friday, May 31
6:30 pm Playwrights Panel
8:00 pm Reading: Holliday with Mulligan
Saturday, June 1
2:00 pm Pig Iron Master Class
5:30 pm Reading: Variations on a Theme
8:00 pm Reading: Don’t You F*#king Say a Word
9:45 pm Momentum Party
Sunday, June 2
12:00 pm Workshop: Writing from Place
2:00 pm Reading: Holliday with Mulligan
Hope and Gravity
by Michael Hollinger
Directed by Tracy Brigden
Featuring Theo Allyn, John Feltch, Nick Lehane, Robin Walsh, David Whalen
Lives overlap and elevators stop on random floors as ten characters are compellingly revealed in this nonlinear comedy about fate. From a backyard squabble to an unlikely hotel hookup, chance encounters and rocky relationships unfold through nine stories and one momentous leap of faith.
Holliday with Mulligan
by Willy Holtzman
Directed by Peter Flynn
Musical direction by Bob Stillman
Featuring Jeffrey Carpenter, Tami Dixon, Bob Stillman
New York City, 1964. The tape is rolling during an impromptu studio session when Judy Holliday lays down a series of impressionistic tracks about her rise to fame amidst the politics of the 1950s. Memory and song converge as Judy charts her experiences with notable show business alums, including Leonard Bernstein, Marilyn Monroe, and partner and composer Gerry Mulligan.
Variations on a Theme
by Anna Ziegler
Directed by Kim Martin
Featuring Robin Abramson, Ken Bolden, Laurie Klatscher, Nick Lehane
Married at twenty-three and divorced shortly after, April and Josh navigate their twenties in an isolated city. When an apartment ceiling caves in to the floor below and a subway stops in darkness, the couple reads between the lines, finding signs in life’s serendipitous events.
Don’t You F*#king Say a Word
by Andy Bragen
Directed by Matt M. Morrow
Featuring Tami Dixon, Tressa Glover, Cameron Knight, Skyler Sullivan
Two women explore the complexities of their boyfriends’ competitive spirits in this new comic drama about relationships—on and off a downtown Manhattan tennis court. Russ has a temper. Brian has been known to cheat. As the opponents’ weekly tennis sets play out aggressively on stage, girlfriends Kate and Leslie render their amity and rivalry with sharp observation and wit.
Free and open to the public!
Meet the playwrights! All four artists join together for an insightful panel about their writing process and their featured plays.
Pig Iron Master Class:
Something from Nothing: A Workshop in Theatrical Creation
For theatre lovers, theatre makers, novices, and experts alike… learn the process of creating an ensemble-based work. This master class emphasizes generating original material, physicalizing characters and theatrical ideas, and the role music and rhythm play in theatrical creation. Instructor: Charlotte Ford, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Philadelphia.
Writing from Place:
An Exploration of Memory, Landscape and Language
This short workshop will discuss and explore the nexus of location and memory. You will overhear conversations that you were never present for and explore techniques for shifting theatrical space via language, enabling an audience to “see with its ears.” Instructor: playwright Andy Bragen