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City Speaks: Artistic Director Tracy Brigden on Ironbound & the American Dream

May 17th, 2017

To cap off our 2016/17 Blog Series, City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden shares an initial analysis of Martyna Majok’s Ironbound, which informed her understanding of the play.

Ironbound is a play about a Polish immigrant making her way in America today. 20th century immigrant narratives often tell a familiar story: fulfillment of the American dream through gritty determination, hard work, adaptation, and faith in the promise of “The Home of the Brave.” 21st century immigrant stories are different—even more so in the last 100 days! Sadly in this new New World, the factories are closed, many cities are too expensive for average folks, minimum wage remains stagnant, and “even the ugly jobs they don’t have no more” as Darja, our protagonist says.The American Dream has become an elusive proposition.

The play is set between 1992-2014, and over the course of those twenty-plus years The American Dream has become an elusive proposition. The playwright, a Polish immigrant herself, has said that she wanted to write her mother’s story. She wanted to see a poor woman’s story on stage—the particular journey of a woman trapped by fate, the economy, and poor choices in a foreign land. Our woman, Darja, is stuck. She is caught in a classic vicious cycle. Every time she starts to get ahead, one tiny—or large—wrong move puts her in crisis again, sometimes to the point that she may fall over the brink into a truly bad situation like homelessness. As we see when she negotiates with her boyfriend Tommy in the first scene, her standards are impossibly low; she has no power to make any demands and must settle for whatever meager portion is allotted. As she says to Maks, her first husband, when he tells her to find her special dream that no one can steal from her, “I can’t think what’s something can’t someone take.” And so we find her at the perfect metaphor for her situation in life: a bus stop. But not just any bus stop—the worst, scariest, grubbiest, darkest, loneliest bus stop ever; a place where anything might lurch out of the darkness to gobble you up. But Darja’s bus never comes; this is her own Polish, Jersey, Waiting for Godot, the perfect image to represent her life. Martyna says in her stage directions, “Stars exist beyond the smog; we can’t see them… this is a world of constant less.” Darja should strive to get out, but looming in her life is the cautionary tale of her coworker at the paper factory who, for one moment, dreamed of not being there and had her arm sliced to ribbons. The lure of a better, happier life as symbolized by Maks and his big dreams is not for Darja.

Rebecca Harris as Darja and JD Taylor as Maks in “Ironbound” at City Theatre.

Everyone else in the play has hopes—aspirations for true love or better days—but Darja can’t move forward or back. Even by the end of the play, her “fuck this bus” is not a cry of rebellion, it is merely an acceptance of things the way they are.

On the play’s title page, Martyna includes a quote from poet Robert Pinsky “…often I cannot tell good fortune from bad. That once had seemed so easy to tell apart.” But I see a ray of hope for Darja. She has held on to the one thing that makes her unique: her son. For him, she is the only one. As she says to Tommy, “This world it have millions peoples like me, millions womens. But is only one me for him. He can’t to throw this away.” When she meets teenager Vic, a metaphoric stand-in for her son whom we never meet, we see how children can take care of mothers as much as mothers nurture children.

During rehearsals, Martyna told me that her mother got to see the play in NY and loved seeing her own story portrayed on stage. I can only imagine how proud she must be of her brilliant daughter and how grateful she must feel for this recognition and tribute to her sacrifices. Perhaps it is this promise—the promise of a better life for the next generation—that is at the heart of the 21st Century American Dream. We can only hope.

Stage preview: ‘Ironbound’ marks actress Rebecca Harris’ 10th play for City Theatre

May 11th, 2017

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By Sharon Eberson
May 11, 2017

“I like her. I would spend time with her… She’s very resilient, she’s funny and strong. I think her sense of humor has kept her afloat.” – Rebecca Harris about her character Darja

<Read the full article at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette>

City Theatre’s 2017-18 season includes Pittsburgh and world premieres and puppetry by PigPen

May 10th, 2017

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By Sharon Eberson
May 10, 2017

“The season embraces all that City Theatre stands for: diverse, entertaining and powerful stories, told by masterful artists in a highly theatrical way,” [Artistic Director Tracy] Brigden said. “All that said, I love each play equally!”

<Read the full article at Pitsburgh Post-Gazette>

City Paper Short List: May 11-18

May 10th, 2017

Pittsburgh City Paper | By City Paper Staff
May 10, 2017

The Polish-immigrant cleaning woman in Ironbound isn’t comic relief, nor is she there to sagely advise the play’s hero; rather, in Martyna Majok’s 2016 drama, Darja herself is the protagonist, struggling to make ends meet, find love, or simply catch a bus in working-class Newark, N.J.

<Read the full article at Pittsburgh City Paper>

Behind the Scenes at City: Our Biggest Disney Fan

May 9th, 2017

Meet John Michael Brucker, City Theatre Carpenter and Disney World Mega-Fan.

John Michael Brucker, pictured in the City Theatre scene shop.

Our hit production of Wild With Happy closes on Saturday, May 13. This bright comedy by Colman Domingo is full of magic and wonder with quick costume changes, hidden set pieces, and transformative performances—just like the famed Disney World park in Florida that gave Adelaide so much joy. John Michael Brucker is a shop carpenter responsible for bringing our beautiful sets to life. He also happens to be City Theatre’s resident expert on all things Disney World. We chatted recently about his fandom.

So where did it all begin? How did you become a Disney Mega-Fan?

I remember my parents buying all of the Disney classics in the plastic boxes and watching them as a little kid including Beauty and the Beast, which was my favorite. I watched it so much as a little kid that I broke the cassette tape! So they had to buy me another one. I think that’s where I started my love of Disney.

Then the two influential people who got me into theater also love Disney World as much as I do, and they go every year. David and Christy Lesinsky were the technical director (and his wife) of Woodland Hills High School theater department. That’s also where I started stage crew my freshman year. I loved it and he taught me a lot of what I know and do now as a shop carpenter.

That’s awesome! So what makes Disney World so important to you now?

Disney is special because I asked my wife to marry me while we were down there. Then we had our honeymoon there. It’s just this place where you can feel the magic, more than any other place I can think of really!

Tell me about the engagement trip. Was that your first trip to Disney together?

Yes! That was her first trip ever to Disney. I actually went as a senior in high school and then I went every year for a while. But when Megan and I started dating, I couldn’t always get the funds together or work came up and things like that.

How did you propose?

So there’s a ride in Disney Springs called Characters in Flight. It’s a hot air balloon and its tethered, so you go up 400 feet and you can see the different parks. I asked her while we were up in the air.

That’s so cute! Where any of the Disney characters in on the action?

I didn’t ask anyone, but when we got down from the ride, they found out what we did and they gave us—there’s a packet and photo you can buy in front of the hot air balloon—and they gave it to us for free!

Megan and John Brucker with Chef Mickey in Disney World during their Honeymoon trip.

Do you guys have a favorite ride?

I wouldn’t say a favorite ride, but I have a favorite park: Epcot. It’s the world showcase where you can learn about the cultures of the other countries, and the fireworks show there in the evening is my favorite. The Magic Kingdom has a lot of magic in it and that’s my wife’s favorite park, but I like Epcot for the variety of things you can do.

Did you do anything special on the Honeymoon trip?

We had an extra three days that time. We only had enough money to do a five day trip when I asked her to marry me, so we were running around. We took a red eye flight, got to Disney and to the Magic Kingdom and then we did the Halloween party, so we didn’t sleep for 22 hours. This time, we got down there and spent a whole day just getting situated and had a whole day to explore Disney World, around the parks, and we planned to have a rest day in between our park trips.

Have you ever seen the Cinderella Suite?

I have not. I would love to, but it’s a special giveaway that Disney does, just as a sweepstakes or a make a wish foundation request. It’s like winning the lottery

Have you ever tried to enter a sweepstakes to win a trip like Gil’s mom, Adelaide?

[laughs] Yes…

Good luck! We also heard there’s some very exciting news in your household. A sequel perhaps?

We’re expecting a baby girl in August! We announced it with a picture of a little Mickey hat — in pink! We’re excited to bring a bundle of joy into the world.

John and Megan are welcoming a baby girl in August, 2017. We’ll let you know if they name her Minnie.

City Theatre ends 2016-17 season of new plays with IRONBOUND

May 3rd, 2017

City Theatre ends 2016-17 season of new plays with


By Martyna Majok

May 13 – June 4, 2017

Riveting drama hailed as “vivid, perceptive, and quietly gripping,”
by The New York Times.

Pittsburgh, PA (May 1, 2017) – City Theatre is wrapping up the 2016-17 season that began with the box-office smash-hit Hand to God by Robert Askins, followed by the world premiere of Sharon Washington’s Feeding the Dragon, and included critically acclaimed plays by Marco Ramirez, Jessica Dickey, and Colman Domingo. Ironbound, a contemporary drama by Polish-American playwright Martyna Majok, is the final play of the current season, before the South Side company takes a summer hiatus. Directed by City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, the play runs May 13 – June 4, 2017 in the Main Stage Theatre; tickets are on sale now.

About Ironbound: So much of Darja’s life has been spent waiting: for love, for her break in life, and for the bus she relies on to get to and from cleaning jobs in blue-collar New Jersey. Ironbound is a riveting portrait of an independent Polish immigrant searching for the American Dream. This gritty new play by rising star Martyna Majok depicts life on the economic margins and the hope that sustains us all.

“I was pulled to write Ironbound the way I did, with a working-class immigrant woman as an intelligent and capable but flawed core of a story, because center stage wasn’t afforded these types of characters in the stories I had access to growing up,” playwright Martyna Majok said in an interview with American Theatre magazine in December 2016. “They were a joke. Their English was a punch line. Or they were some magical janitor that came in for a scene to offer sage advice to the main character about how it’s ‘best to live a simple life.’ It’s about who’s telling the story and who’s seen as the ‘other.’”

“Martyna is a groundbreaking talent to watch. Her unique point of view as the child of Polish immigrants ripples throughout her work. Ironbound is a truly American play—raw and alive from the very first words—and so vital to this moment in time. I’m thrilled to end the 2016-17 season with such a thought-provoking and powerful story,” said director Tracy Brigden. “I’m also pleased to welcome Rebecca Harris back to City for her tenth play on our stages. Pittsburgh audiences have loved her in everything from The 39 Steps to The Missionary Position, and recently on WGN’s Outsiders as Ledda. This play, especially with this outstanding cast, is quintessential City Theatre.”

Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland, and raised in Jersey and Chicago. Her plays have been performed and developed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, LAByrinth Theatre Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Women’s Project Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, New York Stage & Film, Yale Cabaret, The Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, Round House Theatre, Satori Group, Red Tape Theatre, and The LIDA Project, among others. Awards include the inaugural Women’s Invitational Prize at Ashland New Play Festival, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, Marin Theatre’s David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project Prize, National New Play Network’s Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, and The Merage Fellowship for the American Dream.

The cast of Ironbound includes returning artists Rebecca Harris (Hope and Gravity, 2014) as Darja; Rod Brogan (The Night Alive, 2015) as Tommy; JD Taylor (The Last Match, 2016) as Maks; and in his City Theatre debut, Erik Martin as Vic. Anne Mundell is scenic designer, Robert C.T. Steele is costume designer, Andrew David Ostrowski is lighting designer, and Eric Shimelonis is sound designer and composing original music.

City Connects/OPPORTUNITY: A conversation with Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh is Sunday, May 21, following the 2:00 p.m. matinee.

City Theatre will be working in conjunction with Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh as a community partner on the production through the theater’s recently launched City Connects program, which relates City Theatre plays with relevant community organizations, stimulating conversation and activism through art. Throughout the run, City Theatre will accept donations of Walmart gift cards, bus fare cards, and diapers from patrons to benefit clients of JF&CS’s Immigrant Services and Refugee Resettlement program. In addition to the May 21st talkback, they will host pre-show thank you speeches with resettled refugees on Wednesday, May 24th and Tuesday, May 30th. Photographs from Julia Rendleman’s The Last Refugees of Bhutan will be displayed in the lobby throughout the run. For more information and to learn how to get involved with JF&CS please visit




May 13 – June 4, 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 or call 412-431-2489.



Friday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m.



Sipping Sunday – May 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Sample wines specially chosen to complement the production.


Happy Hour – Wednesday, May 17 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy discounted drinks in the Gordon Lounge before the performance, in partnership with the South Side Chamber of Commerce.


Talkback – Wednesday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m.

A conversation with the artists immediately following the performance, moderated by City Theatre artistic staff.


Greenroom Young Professionals Night – Friday, May 26 at 8:00 p.m.

Stay after the performance to mingle with the cast and get some screen time with Steeltown Entertainment Project, who will be on site with an interactive Pittsburgh-themed green screen activity in the lobby. $25 Greenroom ticket includes complimentary post-show snacks, beer, and wine. Authentic Polish food will be provided by Forgotten Taste. Use code GREENROOM when ordering.


Pay-What-You-Want – Saturday, May 27 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/OPPORTUNITY: A Conversation with Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh – Sunday,  May 21

Immediately following the 2:00 p.m. performance, a free dialogue with representatives from Jewish Family & Children’s Service will take place on the stage.



ASL Interpretation: Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Open Captioning and Audio Description: Sunday, June 4 at 2:00 p.m.


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.


412.431.CITY (2489) or


Single tickets start at $37.50.


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.



Pittsburgh African Americans encouraged to see the play “Wild With Happy”

May 1st, 2017

New Pittsburgh Courier | By C. Denise Johnson

The cast of four are a spectacle as they assume each role with gusto and then some…. All of these characters are vivid and have plenty of heart, and Reginald L. Douglas somehow manages to keep order in the asylum.

<Read the full article at New Pittsburgh Courier>

Announcing the City Theatre 2017-18 Season

April 25th, 2017

Announcing the City Theatre 2017-18 Season:

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City by Halley Feiffer

The Old Man and The Old Moon: A New Musical Folktale by PigPen Theatre Co.

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne

Citizens Market by Cori Thomas

The White Chip by Sean Daniels

Nomad Motel by Carla Ching

Vibrant storytelling, vital characters, and two world premieres complete City Theatre’s 2017-18 Season, which includes locally-raised PigPen Theatre Co.

Pittsburgh, PA (April 25, 2017) – Artistic Director Tracy Brigden has announced the 2017-18 City Theatre season. Fulfilling the arts organization’s mission to introduce new plays to Pittsburgh, these selections embrace vibrant storytelling and wholly original characters created by visionary contemporary playwrights. Of the six plays, all are Pittsburgh premieres; three are by women; two are world premieres; and one has homegrown roots: PigPen Theatre Co. will present its original fable, The Old Man and The Old Moon: A New Musical Folktale.

The upcoming season marks the South Side company’s 43rd and includes something for everyone, with raucous comedies, suspenseful dramas, and inspiring American tales. Performances begin on September 23, 2017 with Halley Feiffer’s A Funny Thing Happened… and conclude on June 4, 2018 with Nomad Motel, a world premiere by Carla Ching. Other plays include The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lescene, Citizens Market by Cori Thomas, and The White Chip by Sean Daniels, director of the 2016 smash-hit The Lion. Full season listing with dates is included below. Season subscriptions are on sale now, and options for flexible ticket packages are available. Single tickets will go on sale August 14, 2017.

“The 2017-18 season embraces all that City Theatre stands for: diverse, entertaining, and powerful stories, told by masterful artists in a highly theatrical way. Each play takes you on an adventurous journey with a unique point of view, style, and tone,” said Artistic Director Tracy Brigden. “All that said, I love each play equally!”

“I am thrilled we are able to produce two world premieres by exceptional female playwrights. Carla Ching is a writer I have long admired, and her play Nomad Motel is a riveting story that turns the notion of ‘disaffected youth’ on its head. It paints a portrait of some very disaffected parents who have, for all intents and purposes, abandoned their teenage children to raise themselves,” Ms. Brigden continued. “Citizens Market brings Cori Thomas back to City Theatre with her hallmark warmth and humor, and quirky and extremely loveable characters. This time we are in a NYC grocery store, an apt metaphor for the American melting pot—a very timely play, to say the least. I am also excited to welcome Halley Feiffer to City for the first time with her play, A Funny Thing Happened Halley could not be more hot right now in the theatre scene, and when you witness her unique voice and sharp sense of the comedy, you’ll understand why. It’s a meet-cute for millennials and a mother-daughter story for all time.”

“Sean Daniels and I have been friends since we presented The Lion, which he directed. It turns out, he’s a Renaissance man, as now he has written a terrific new play called The White Chip. It’s a very special story told with heart and humor about battling alcoholism. I feel sure many people will be especially moved and maybe even changed by this brave play. The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey left me smiling and laughing and crying all at the same time when I read it. This one-person, multi-character play starts as a detective story but turns into a love fest for a very special boy who marches to his own drummer. A truly theatrical, tour-de-force evening. Finally, I could not be more excited to have arranged to bring the incredible PigPen Theatre Co. back to their college stomping grounds to perform their masterpiece The Old Man and The Old Moon. It’s my favorite kind of play, combining storytelling, music, puppets, acting, movement—basically the kitchen sink—into a gorgeous and mesmerizing night at the theatre! And it’s for any age theatre-goer, which makes it all the more fun.”

As the season has come together, some themes have emerged and, as always, they speak right to the current zeitgeist. “Love, family, and home can be found in the least likely places,” said Ms. Brigden. “Dreams can come true, so don’t stop believing. We hope the community is excited to join us for a season of fresh new voices and extraordinary new plays.”


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City by Halley Feiffer
September 23 – October 15, 2017

Sparks fly when struggling stand-up Karla meets super-nerd Don after their mothers are assigned to the same room in the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. A wickedly funny tale of finding love—and lust—in the strangest of places, A Funny Thing Happened… is a meet-cute for the modern era written by red-hot playwright Halley Feiffer. Don’t miss the show The New York Times calls “irresistible.”

The Old Man and The Old Moon by PigPen Theatre Co.
November 11 – December 3, 2017

Who keeps the moon shining bright? A mysterious disappearance sends the Old Man charged with that task on an epic adventure in this swirling tale of memory and love, set to a wildly imaginative indie-folk soundtrack performed live. Hailed by critics as a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience, The Old Man and The Old Moon will enchant audiences of all ages with spellbinding storytelling, ingenious puppetry, and the transformational cast of seven Carnegie Mellon alumni who are PigPen Theatre Co.

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne
January 20 – February 18, 2018

Leonard Pelkey is a fourteen-year-old intent on living life out loud while marooned in a sleepy Jersey shore town. When Leonard suddenly vanishes, a hardboiled detective takes the case, unraveling the mystery with the help of a colorful band of locals. Written by Academy Award-winner James Lecesne, this hilarious and heartwarming one-man show celebrates the power of one person to uplift an entire community.

Citizens Market by Cori Thomas
March 3 – 25, 2018

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 (When January Feels Like Summer), follows a hopeful group of immigrants as they form an unlikely family, working together 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.

The White Chip by Sean Daniels
April 7 – May 6, 2018

Sean is on top of the world: he’s married, has good friends, and is steps away from his dream job running one of the hottest theaters in the country. He also happens to be an alcoholic spinning out of control. The White Chip follows his life from first sip to first love, critical hit to critical care, all the way to rock bottom where he carves an unusual path to sobriety. This highly entertaining autobiographical tale from Sean Daniels (director of The Lion), is a wry and wild theatrical journey to recovery.

Nomad Motel by Carla Ching
May 12 – June 3, 2018

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

Momentum Festival ‘17: New Plays at Different Stages, which runs from June 1-4, 2017, will include staged readings of Citizens Market by Cori Thomas and The White Chip by Sean Daniels, as part of the play development process. Momentum ’17 is free and open to the public. Schedule and other readings to be announced.

Also announcing a limited-engagement City Event, on sale now for 2017-18 subscribers only:

Featuring Kimberly Richards
September 7-17, 2017

After nearly seven years, the original Late Nite Catechism returns to City Theatre for a limited engagement in the Hamburg Studio Theatre. If you’ve skipped class all these years, now’s your chance to see the show that started it all! Grab your rosary, spit out your gum, and get ready for Sister’s hilarious mix of comedy, nostalgia, and old school Catholic cool. She’s a hard habit to break.


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:
$171   Tuesday 7:00 p.m., Wednesday 1:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m., Thursday 8:00 p.m.,
Saturday 1:00 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 2017-18 season will go on sale Monday, August 14. An exclusive pre-sale for The Old Man and the Old Moon will begin Friday, August 11, open only to CityM@il subscribers. Sign up to receive CityM@il at

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.



Review: WILD WITH HAPPY, City Theatre

April 24th, 2017

‘Burgh Vivant | Lonnie the Theatre Lady
April 24, 2017

Lonnie The Theatre Lady is in the studio tonight reviewing the hilarious WILD WITH HAPPY, by Colman Domingo, directed by Reginald L. Douglas, at The City Theatre through May 7th, 2017.

<Watch the full video at ‘Burgh Vivant>

“Wild With Happy” at City Theatre

April 22nd, 2017

The Pittsburgh Tatler | By Wendy Arons
April 22, 2017

Monteze Freeland is wondrously inventive as the sashaying, attitude-ful Mo, a character who appears to be all exuberant surface and no depth – until the poignant, fleeting moment when Freeland lets us see the core of hurt and regret Mo uses all that attitude to cover up.

<Read the full article at The Pittsburgh Tatler>