Thursday, May 29 – Sunday, June 1, 2014

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 events take place at City Theatre.

Thursday, May 29
7:00 pm   Reading: The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

Friday, May 30
6:30 pm   Playwrights and Directors Panel
8:00 pm   Reading: The Unbuilt City

Saturday, May 31
2:00 pm   Workshop: Writing Across Dramatic Mediums
4:00 pm   Reading: Halftime with Don
6:00 pm   Momentum Party
8:00 pm   Reading: Mr. Joy

Sunday, June 1
2:00 pm   Reading: The Unbuilt City


The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence
by Madeleine George
Directed by Sheila McKenna
Featuring Harry Bouvy, Rebecca Harris

Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love. These four constant companions become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people—and machines—upon which we all depend.

The Unbuilt City
by Keith Bunin
Directed by Tracy Brigden
Featuring Brett Mack and Mary Rawson

Still residing in the Brooklyn Heights townhouse in which she grew up, Claudia has lived a life of luxury and loneliness. Now as her health is failing, and her money is drying up, a representative from an archive visits with an opportunity. Hoping to persuade Claudia to sell her famously secret collection, Jonah uncovers mysteries surrounding the nature of her legacy and the untold history of New York City.

Halftime with Don
by Ken Weitzman
Directed by Christian Parker
Featuring Tom Atkins, Kimberly Parker Green, Daina Michelle Griffith, and Cameron Knight

Retired NFL player Don Devers has had more surgeries than he can count, experiences violent outbursts, and relies on Post-It notes to offset his struggle with traumatic brain injury. Just as he’s ready to throw in the towel, super fan Ed Ryan knocks on his door. With the help of Don’s daughter Stephanie and Ed’s wife Sarah, both pregnant and plotting from the sidelines, the fan and his hero find new resolve to get back in the game.

Mr. Joy
by Daniel Beaty
Featuring Bria Walker

What happened to Mr. Joy? A Harlem community is disrupted when the Chinese immigrant’s shoe repair shop, a neighborhood pillar for decades, does not open its doors. Nine customers, ranging from 11-year-old Clarissa, a budding shoe designer, to Bessie, a “gangsta granny,” reflect on the shop owner’s impact in this moving exploration of one community’s efforts to heal in order to dream again.


Playwrights and Directors Panel
Participating artists join together for an insightful panel about the festival’s featured plays.

Workshop: Writing Across Dramatic Mediums
Instructor: Keith Bunin
Today’s well-rounded dramatist must be able to work across multiple storytelling mediums. To have a successful career, you want to be the master of as many mediums as possible. So what are the story principles common among plays, movies, and novels adapted for film? And what makes each form different from the next? Join playwright and screenwriter Keith Bunin, who will lay out the similarities and differences, and share what he’s learned while working across mediums. Bunin is currently writing screenplays for Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, CBS Films, Fox Searchlight, and Likely Story/Mandalay Films, among others.

Ticket Pricing


$20 four-day pass
$5 per reading
Free panel/workshop



Season subscribers receive FREE access to all festival events. Call 412.431.2489 for details and complimentary passes.



For more information about MOMENTUM, please contact Becky Krall, Company Manager & Artistic Assistant, by email or by calling 412.431.4400 x241.