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CitySpeaks: Finding Home with JFCS Pittsburgh

March 19th, 2018

By Clare Drobot (Director of New Play Development)
& Cori Thomas (Playwright of Citizens Market)

City Theatre, located on Pittsburgh’s South Side is currently producing the world premiere of Cori Thomas’ play Citizens Market directed by Reginald L. Douglas. The play follows five workers in a small neighborhood grocery store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and launches with the interview of Akosua, newly arrived from Ghana and looking to find her footing.

At its core, Citizens Market is about discovering one’s voice in a new home. As we meet the employees of Super Union, we gradually learn about the other character’s individual journeys to America. They come from Sierra Leone, El Salvador and Romania, for different reasons and with different levels of acclimation.

In concert with City Theatre’s production, the company is highlighting the work of Jewish Family and Community Services’ Refugee and Immigrant Services. Through this partnership, playwright Cori Thomas, and director of new play development, Clare Drobot, accompanied Leslie Aizenman, the program’s director, to meet with JFCS clients Damu and Jean Luc in their South Hills home.

Driving up the winding road to their apartment, Aizeman shared the couple’s background. They had arrived in Pittsburgh from the Kakuma Refugee Camp located in Northwestern Kenya. Both Damu and Jean Luc were originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, but were forced to leave during the years of civil unrest.

Damu was born in 1990 and left Congo for Kenya at the age of ten. As Damu shared, “life there, it was difficult, because no food, no water, everything, and it’s too hot. Life here, it is too good to me, because of how I was living there.”

Damu works at Allegheny General Hospital in housekeeping and Jean Luc as a maintenance worker in the development where the couple lives with their two children. Life for Damu revolves around job and family. “I’m working at night. My husband is working in the morning and my kids they are going to school.”

Damu, Cori Thomas, Jean Luc, JFCS

From left to right: Damu, Cori, and Jean Luc.

Playwright Thomas, who is Liberian-American, and Jean Luc traded conversation in French, which she had learned while living in Cameroon and Geneva, Switzerland as a child. As Jean Luc explained, French was his first language, “my kindergarten, up to high school was in French.” He learned English upon arriving in Kenya.

Jean Luc was born in Bukavu, a Congolese city on Lake Kivu, and grew up there with frequent visits to his grandfather’s village outside of town. His father was a businessman, who sold precious minerals, and was killed when Jean Luc was a teenager. After the murder, his family fled to Kenya, although his mother had since returned to Congo.

The pair met in the refugee camp in Kenya in 2007. As Damu described, “we were just neighbors, living on the opposite sides [of the camp] then we went to the same school.” The pair were married and, soon after, Damu had their first child. When asked if they were married in the camp, Damu laughed, explaining there was no need for ceremony in Kakuma, but here “you’re supposed to go to the Church or the court, that’s not marriage. Marriage is between two people.”

JFCS assisted the couple to resettle to the US in 2015. The pair described their move to Pittsburgh saying, “we arrived at night. It was May. We wake up, we don’t see anybody outside. In Africa, everybody is outside.” But within four months it began to feel like home.

And while Pittsburgh may feel like home, they have little time for getting to know the town outside of work. As Damu describes, “To me, I don’t have any favorite place [in Pittsburgh], because when I come home from work, I do sleep in the morning. Because I work in the night, so I don’t have time and I don’t have a car to go.”

Jean Luc chimed in, “we have only time for some appointments. We don’t have time for nothing. We Congolese, if you see four people, five people who are together, it’s going to be a problem. I like the way American people are living. I am in my place, me and my kids and my wife and that’s it. But we Africans, everyone wants to come over, even without an appointment!”

It was a moment of shared laughter in a long conversation that ranged from discussing cultural differences to where to get African food products in Pittsburgh, as well as covering hopes and dreams. Damu and Jean Luc’s journey shares many touch points with the characters of Citizens Market and during the production run, the theater will collect donations of toiletries to support newly arrived JFCS clients.

As the discussion continued, it grew to be four people sitting around a living room, less an interview and more a conversation—a moment to get to know someone new and trade stories. In our current world, it feels important to do just that and to celebrate the narrative of couples like Damu and Jean Luc.

We are a country of immigrants and a heroine or hero for any story can hail from Pittsburgh, Congo, or any point in between.

There are only seven more chances to catch Cori’s play, Citizens Market, on City Theatre’s Main Stage. Get your tickets here!

Three Awesome Facts about Arts Advocacy Day 2018

March 16th, 2018

By Ryan Ferrebee
Development Officer – Institutional Funding
March 16, 2018

I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Washington, DC, where I represented City Theatre at National Arts Advocacy Day organized by Americans for the Arts.

Over the course of two days, advocates underwent training and took to the Capitol urging elected officials to take actions on arts policy. These ranged from very public issues like funding the National Endowment for the Arts, and enacting a universal charitable deduction for all taxpayers, down to including tool replacement grants under FEMA for self-employed artists effected by disasters–under current policy, for example, a self-employed potter whose kiln is destroyed during a hurricane is ineligible to receive a tool replacement grant from FEMA.

Looking forward to Capitol Hill

On top of all that learning, we had really great meetings with legislative teams from across Pennsylvania. I felt listened to and supported by our legislators and—most importantly–I feel like they understood just how important the arts are for the residents and the economy of our region. In total, the Pennsylvania delegation stumped for 18 arts-related issues to 13 of our elected legislators. It was, quite literally, all in a day’s work.

I learned a lot during the training sessions and my visits. Another Pennsylvania advocate said trying to take in all the information was “like trying to drink from a fire hose,” which I totally agree with. Since I can’t list them all, here are my top three favorite things I learned while repping City Theatre at Arts Advocacy Day 2018:

3) Arts Advocates are Fierce.

Rest assured, the people who go to DC for arts advocacy day take it very seriously! Many of them are spending their own money and using vacation days to spend 20 hours training and advocating for your arts organizations. More than 700 advocates from 49 states (where were you, Montana?!) and DC showed up, trained hard, and pounded the pavement and hallowed halls of Capitol Hill for the arts.

Ryan in front of the office for Representative Michael Doyle.

Me? I logged over 10,000 steps in 6 hours going from meeting to meeting. That’s a lot of walking!

2) The Arts Are Great for the Economy.

Pop Quiz!

In the last recorded year, what industry added four times more to the U.S. economy than the agricultural sector and $200 Billion dollars more than the transportation sector?

Answer? The Arts!

The arts sector is a huge boon to the economy. Locally, according to the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, City Theatre’s economic impact was $3.7 million last year. That includes $905,362 in audience direct spending on food, beverage, parking, lodging, babysitting, and other associated expenses. That breaks down to about $30.64 per person per visit, much of which goes to local businesses like Streets on Carson and The Urban Tap.

Let’s look at it another way—everything you buy on top of your ticket when you come to the theatre amounts to supporting 28 full-time, local jobs.

Great work! Celebrate by ordering yourself another round next time you visit us.

1) The Arts Are Bipartisan.

A lot of people today feel like the arts are a one party issue based solely in spending philosophy. Conservatives would rather cut the NEA to save the country money while Democrats want to expand arts funding at the risk of increasing the deficit, right?


It’s not that black and white. People on both sides of the aisle understand the value of and support the arts! 161 out of 435 members of the House of Representative and are members of the Congressional Arts Caucus and 33 Senators are in the Senate Cultural Caucus—they span the whole political spectrum. It’s important to remember that our legislators are real, three-dimensional people, elected to represent the interests of all of their constituents. I may not agree with a certain legislator on all their policy issues, but I can still meet them, learn where they stand on what’s important to me, and provide them the strong information on why it should be important to them.

I met with Democrats and Republicans. It may have taken different strategies to get everyone on the same page, but within 15 minutes—whether through discussing economics, veterans affairs, or education—it was clear that each one of them saw the value of the arts sector for their districts and were willing to help ensure their constituents had the access to the arts that they deserve.

The arts are a big part of our economy and our identity as a nation. They help everyone—from children in community programs to veterans suffering from PTSD (both of which are NEA-funded projects, by the way).   Nearly everyone has had a life-changing experience with the arts at some point, and those are the stories we tried to tell.

So, what’s next? Advocacy, much like the seasons, is cyclical. Now my job is to keep the arts at the top of our legislators’ minds by calling, writing letters, scheduling more meetings, and (most importantly) thanking them when they take action that positively impacts the arts. Want in on the action? Pick a day in April, call your representative, and let them know that you would support their decision to fund the NEA at $155 million for the 2019 fiscal year!

Thanks for reading!

Ryan Ferrebee is the Development Officer—Institutional Funding for City Theatre. In his six years as a fundraising professional, Ryan has raised over $5.5 million to support programming at nonprofit theatres. He lives in Swissvale where he spends his free time renovating his 90-year old house and trying to provide the best lives possible for his two rescue dogs, Dottie Mae and Boomer Ray, his cat, Freddie Purr-cury, and his husband, Kevin.

On Stage at City: Citizens Market by Cori Thomas. A “moving, funny, and ultimately uplifting” world premiere about a group of hopeful immigrants finding their way in the city that doesn’t sleep. On stage through March 25.

Coming soon: The White Chip by Sean Daniels. TED Talks meets AA — and a healthy dose of theater — as we follow Sean’s life from first sip to rock bottom, where he comes to grips with his addiction. Called “Fearless, fast-paced, and very funny!” by The Nashua Telegraph.

Review: Citizens Market

March 14th, 2018

Pittsburgh in the Round | By Yvonne Hudson
March 13, 2018

“For all the laughter and tears sprinkled throughout Citizens Market, there’s no sugar coating here. Thomas reminds us that all that Americans are never ‘from here’–regardless how long your family has ‘been here.’”

<Read the full article at Pittsburgh in the Round>

Stage review: Moving immigrant stories propel world premiere of ‘Citizens Market’

March 13th, 2018

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By Sharon Eberson
March 12, 2018

“The moving, funny and ultimately uplifting work offers a peek on the other side of the counter, into the break room and upstairs manager’s office, where the American Dream is tantalizingly within reach one moment, and elusive the next.”

<Read the full article at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette>

City Theatre narrows search for artistic leader as it names six-play season for 2018-19

March 5th, 2018

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By Sharon Eberson
March 5, 2018

The season marks the return of writer Dominique Morisseau, who follows up “Sunset Baby” with “Pipeline,” and kicks off with “The Revolutionists,” a raucous comedy about female iconoclasts during France’s Reign of Terror. The play is by Lauren Gunderson, the most produced playwright (excluding Shakespeare) in the United States during the current season. She finished far ahead of August Wilson, who edged her out as No. 1 the previous year, yet her work is just now making its Pittsburgh debut via City Theatre.


<Read the full article at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette>


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.”



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.


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

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


City Theatre puts new play ‘Citizens Market’ on the map

March 1st, 2018

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By Sharon Eberson
March 1,  2018

“Our human instinct is to band together and to help, and do better by each other, and try to create a village wherever you go, even if you are a fish out of water… And that’s the thing that really appealed to me. This ‘Citizens Market’ is Akosua’s version of the village that she’s trying to create.” – Ngozi Anyanwu

<Read the full article at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette>

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, which does work with former male child soldiers in Liberia, West Africa.


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 or call 412-431-2489.

Friday, March 9, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.


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.

ASL Interpretation Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Open Caption & Audio Description Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m.

412.431.CITY (2489) or
Tickets start at $38

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.

1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
Port Authority bus routes: 48, 51, 54, 81, 83

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:

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.



A greater appreciation for ‘what life is like for young people’

January 31st, 2018

New Pittsburgh Courier | By Denise Johnson
January 31, 2018

“I believe that we leave the theater after witnessing this story with a greater appreciation and understanding of what life is like for young people and, for that matter, anyone who is considered different.” – Keith Randolph Smith

<Read the full article at New Pittsburgh Courier>

Review: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey at City Theatre

January 31st, 2018

Pittsburgh City Paper | By Ted Hoover
January 31, 2018

“Lecesne has written this one-man, one-act show with heart firmly attached to sleeve, and there’s much to enjoy.”

<Read the full review at Pittsburgh City Paper>