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CitySpeaks: A Nomadic Journey

May 16th, 2018

By Spencer Whale, Directing & Producing Fellow

The path of a new play from conception to production, page to stage, is a long and winding one. As a producer of new plays, City Theatre provides a home for these works, and for the artists who journey with them. Many of those currently collaborating on City’s current production, Nomad Motel, have been on the road with the play for four long years, pouring themselves into what is now a deeply personal piece for all involved.

As the assistant director of our production and one of the newest team members, I’ve striven to learn as much as I can about its uniquely collaborative development process, and how each artist involved has left their mark on the piece.

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Spencer Whale, directing & producing fellow at City Theatre, assistant directed the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of NOMAD MOTEL.

When Carla Ching set out to write a play about a Motel Kid and a Parachute Kid searching for home in the shadow of Disneyland, she drew not only on personal experiences of people she knew, but also from actors she envisioned in the roles. In particular, she tailored the lead role of Mason, a high school student from Hong Kong living alone in the US, to the unique talents of actor Christopher Larkin.

Chris, who has been with the play since its inception, was last seen at City in 2015’s Oblivion. He is an accomplished musician who performs under the name Carry Hatchet, and Carla wrote Mason’s musical aspirations with Chris in mind, making live performance with a loop pedal a vital element of the play.

Pittsburgh audiences will be treated to some of Chris’ original compositions performed live onstage, crafted in collaboration with sound designer and original music composer Florian Staab, who has been with the team since a 2015 O’Neill Playwrights Conference workshop.

The company of NOMAD MOTEL’s O’Neill Playwrights Conference Workshop.

Leading the room in remarkable symbiosis with Carla is director Bart DeLorenzo, who has also been collaborating with her since the first partial drafts of Nomad. The two met in 2013 when Marc Masterson of South Coast Rep paired them up for the premiere of Carla’s play Fast Company.

Though Carla refers to it as “the shotgun wedding” because of how quickly they entered production together, it turned out to be  artistic matchmaking at its best. As Bart puts it, “We have just always agreed. On pretty much everything.” Whereas all instruction to the cast is traditionally filtered through the director, Bart is more than happy to step aside as middleman and let Carla communicate her thoughts directly as they develop their collaborative vision for the play.

For her part, Carla feels a sense of relief knowing that Bart will be on a project, “because I know that he’s going to hold it and protect it and that he’s got it. And I can relax and he always makes everything better.” Also in that production of Fast Company was Nelson Lee, who plays Mason’s father James in Nomad Motel and has worked with Carla on three of her plays.

When an early rewrite eliminated a character from the play (English Lit teacher Mr. Edgerton, whose offstage influence is still felt throughout), Carla replaced him with Oscar, a street-wise dreamer held back by the foster system. Bart suggested casting Shahine Ezell, whom he had directed once while Shahine was an undergraduate at CalArts.

Nelson and Carla connected during South Coast Repertory’s 2013 world premiere production of FAST COMPANY by Carla Ching. From left to right: Emily Kuroda, Jackie Chung, Lawrence Kao, and Nelson Lee. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.


Shahine hadn’t performed onstage in over a decade, but Carla found that he had a “particular affinity” for her language, explaining, “You’re really lucky when you find an actor that just understands your words from the inside and lifts them off the page so they sound better in the air.” She says he embodies Oscar so well that it helps her to better understand the character.

Shahine gets excited thinking about their multi-year collaboration, remembering, “To see Carla take super small things… I would just tell her stories about my life and things that I’ve gone through and things that were personal to me and she just took it and made this super well-rounded character that has gone through so much but didn’t let it break him down.”

This production also comes with a whole slew of Pittsburgh-based artists that Bart calls the “missing piece” of the play. Rounding out the cast are Katie Lynn Esswein of the North Hills as Alix, a Motel Kid who dreams of designing spaces that feel like home, and her flailing but determined mother played by Lisa Velten Smith, last seen on City’s stage as Margery in Hand to God.

A handful of actresses had read Alix over the years, but when it came time to cast the tricky, crucial role, Bart says Katie “woke Carla and I up. She kind of just came in and took the role. We just sort of knew she was the right one.” Carla responded to the spunk and toughness she brings to the role, elaborating that “it really changes the part because the way that Katie plays it, she’s never a victim, and so that changes the play.”

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Lisa Velten Smith (Fiona) and Katie Lynn Esswein (Alix) in City Theatre’s production of NOMAD MOTEL.


As for Lisa, Carla admired her performance alongside Chris in Oblivion, and calls her a “ferocious and intelligent actor,” both “emotionally available and attuned.”

Featuring the design talents of local favorites Gianni Downs (Scenic), Robert C.T. Steele (Costume), and Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting), our production also marks the first time Nomad will be brought into full, three-dimensional life. Excitement abounds at the chance to finally share a production with audiences, and the construction of Gianni’s ambitious set has made that reality all the more immediate.

With a new play, there is no precedent on how to bring the script to physical life, and Bart admitted that he and Carla “didn’t know how to do the play” before this production. With its many shifting locations and simultaneous action, the script presents unique challenges, but over the course of the long design process, the shape of the set “grew organically in Gianni’s mind.”

The final design allows three spaces to exist simultaneously, with plenty of tricks and theatre magic used to transform each location from scene to scene. On the accomplishment of the design, Bart muses, “I think he’s solved it sort of iconically, so that I don’t know future productions will be able to do it differently.”

Reflecting on what all this means to her and to the Nomad family, Carla explained that, “We’ve music stand-ed this in readings across the country for so many years and literally we couldn’t go any further with it; it would have gone in a desk drawer had City not decided to produce it.”

The play has found a home, but Pittsburgh is not the end of the road: City Theatre was instrumental in securing Nomad Motel as a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, which guarantees that the play will have at least two more productions over the next year at Unicorn Theatre (Missouri) and Horizon Theater (Georgia), providing Carla further opportunity to refine the text and to invite new artists and audiences into its world. I, for one, cannot wait to follow its journey.

Nomad Motel runs at City Theatre now through June 3rd. Tickets are available here!

Press Release: City Theatre Announces Details of MOMENTUM ‘18 New Plays at Different Stages May 31 – June 3, 2018

May 11th, 2018

City Theatre Announces Details of

New Plays at Different Stages

May 31 – June 3, 2018

Annual festival creates links to local & national talents:
Singer-Songwriter Jill Sobule, CMU Alum Matt Schatz,
an EQT Young Playwrights Festival winner, and more.

Pittsburgh, PA (May 10, 2018). The annual Momentum Festival of New Plays at Different Stages will close the 2017-18 City Theatre season with four days of cutting-edge drama, hilarious comedy, music-fueled storytelling, and a chilling new thriller. Opportunities to connect with local and national writers abound, with a Friday night event—New Play Speed Dating—as well as post-show conversations with the artists after each program. Supported by The Fine Foundation, the festival runs May 31 – June 3, 2018, and is free and open to the public, though reservations are strongly suggested as seating is limited. Reservations may be made at or by calling the box office at 412-431-CITY (2489). Event schedule and project descriptions below.

“We’ve expanded our new play development activities this season, and City’s annual Momentum Festival is the culmination of that effort. I’m thrilled to share the scope of the work that we do: from projects in their earliest stages to a sneak peek at our 2018-19 world premiere of The Burdens by Matt Schatz,” said Clare Drobot, Director of New Play Development. “It’s especially exciting to have the festival happen in conjunction with the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Carla Ching’s Nomad Motel.

“We’re celebrating diverse artistic voices and exploring everything from a wry take on the trauma of middle school to the blurred lines between love and art, to a satirical look at cultural appropriation through the lens of reality television,” continued Ms. Drobot. “The festival allows us to showcase the tremendous artistic talent in Pittsburgh and to place our community in conversation with national artists.”

Projects include three public play readings: The Burdens by Matt Schatz (which receives its world premiere at City Theatre in April 2019), P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, and The Haunted by Claire Keichel, plus a private reading of Threads by EQT Young Playwrights Festival alum Mehrnaz Tiv. In collaboration with the regional chapter of the Dramatists Guild, In Their Own Voices will feature local playwrights reading excerpts of unproduced work, as well as a piece by Dramatists Guild Fellow Eric Micha Holmes (Momentum ’18 Playwright in Residence). Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule will perform a concert version of a solo show in development called #Fuck7thGrade, with additional text created by playwright Liza Birkenmeier.





By Mehrnaz Tiv
Directed by Maggie Sulka

Private Play Reading
Lester Hamburg Studio

A new play about a female owned threading salon in California that investigates the immigrant experience. Written by EQT Young Playwrights Festival 2016 alum and current NYU student, Mehrnaz Tiv.

Cast & Creative Team: Heather Irwin (Karen), Serena El-Khatib (Delara), Jalina McClarin (Leyla), and Tammy Tsai (Meryam); Kristen Link (Director of Education & Accessibility) and Jillian Bradshaw (Artistic Assistant).


5:00-7:00 p.m.

Momentum Happy Hour
Gordon Lounge

Enjoy drink specials and mingle with the playwrights and artists.

Sign up for New Play Speed Dating at 6:00 p.m.: A panel of playwrights, directors, actors, and City Theatre staff will be set up in the lobby for brief and casual one-on-one conversations about their work.

7:00 p.m.

P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle
By Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas

Play Reading, Lester Hamburg Studio

In this whip-smart send up of reality TV culture,an up-and-coming black rap duo called P.Y.G. are tasked with lending some street cred to white pop idol, Dorian Belle. The rappers quickly begin to question the politics of their roles as the play delves head first into a hilarious and disturbing look at the ins and outs of cultural appropriation.

Cast & Creative Team: Lamar K. Cheston (Blacky Blackerson), LaTrea Rembert (Alexan Da Great), and Quinn Patrick Shannon (Dorian Belle); Gabrielle Kogut (Stage Directions), Megan Monaghan Rivas (Dramaturg), and Taylor Meszaros (Stage Manager).


1:00 p.m.

Nomad Motel
By Carla Ching
Directed by Bart DeLorenzo

Performance & Talkback, Main Stage

Following the 1:00 p.m. performance of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Nomad Motel, playwright Carla Ching will be joined by the cast and Director of New Play Development Clare Drobot to answer audience questions and discuss the new play development process.

About Nomad Motel: In the not-so-sunny side of California, Alix bounces between motel rooms, taking care of her brothers for her mostly MIA mother. Her classmate Mason is a budding songwriter trying to keep off the radar of his absent father’s Hong Kong mafia friends. Together, they must learn to scrape by without giving up their dreams. This world premiere is a coming-of-age tale about making something out of nothing in the land of plenty. On stage through June 3.

Note: A ticket is required to attend the performance at 1:00 p.m., and can be purchased at or at the box office. Talkback will begin at approximately 3:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

4:00 p.m.

In Their Own Voices
Presented in Partnership with The Dramatists Guild
Hosted by Gab Cody and Spencer Whale

Excerpted Readings, Lester Hamburg Studio

Newly added to the Momentum Festival, this continued partnership with the Dramatists Guild celebrates the vibrant Pittsburgh playwriting community. Local writers and national Dramatists Guild Fellow Eric Micha Holmes (Momentum ’18 Playwright in Residence) will read excerpts of their own work out loud. Co-hosted by City Theatre Directing/Producing Fellow Spencer Whale and regional Dramatists Guild representative, Gab Cody.

Playwrights: D.T. Burns, Mariah Franklin, Yona Harvey, Matt Henderson, Eric Micha Holmes, Anya Martin, Maureen McGranaghan, Seanan Palmero, Kelsey Robinson, Tammy Ryan, Ayne Terceira, Arlene Weiner, and TJ Young.

Music: Morgan Erina; Artistic Assistant: Gabrielle Kogut.

7:00 p.m.

The Burdens
By Matt Schatz
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas

Play Reading, 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 dark comedy for the digital age, The Burdens explores pop culture, connection, and the value of actual face time.

Get a sneak peek: The Burdens receives its world premiere at City in April 2019.

Cast & Creative Team: Robin Abramson (Jane) and Alec Silberblatt (Mordy); Morgan Erina (Music), Catherine Kolos (Stage Manager), and Jillian Bradshaw (Artistic Assistant).

9:30 p.m.

By Jill Sobule
With additional text by Liza Birkenmeier
Dramaturgy by Clare Drobot

Concert/Solo Show Work in Progress, Lester Hamburg Studio

Hear the songs and stories that warrant the hashtag. Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule—whose 1990s hit tracks include “Supermodel” and “I Kissed a Girl”—takes a tongue-in-cheek view of middle school trauma in #Fuck7thGrade. In a City Theatre-led collaboration with playwright Liza Birkenmeier (Radio Island, Momentum 2016), Sobule is exploring turning her life into a solo show.

Cast & Creative Team: Jill Sobule; Sarah Powell (artistic assistant)


New Play Circle Brunch
By invitation only

Lester Hamburg Studio

An engaged and exciting group of influential theater lovers support City Theatre; their donations help to build sets, design costumes, house actors, and develop new plays by writers at the forefront of the theatre industry. The New Play Circle recognizes some of City’s most generous contributors with an intimate send off to the 2017-18 season. Contact Dianne Duursma for details: 412-431-4400 x278

1:00 p.m.

The Haunted
By Claire Keichel
Directed by Caitlin Sullivan

Play Reading, Lester Hamburg Studio

Sleek and sexy, this eerie play explores the tricky truths of marriage through the eyes of a video performance artist and her older, grounded husband. Something’s amiss in the newlywed’s apartment, but is it the ghosts of past tenants or a more ominous presence? The Haunted asks what we sacrifice of our individual selves in service of love.

Cast & Creative Team: Kelsey Robinson (Jayne) and Sam Turich (Leo); Cassandra Clark (Artistic Assistant) and Claire Landuyt (Stage Manager).

Momentum ’18 is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; reservations are suggested.
412.431.CITY (2489) or

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.

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 Citizens Market by Cori Thomas and an NNPN rolling World Premiere 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.



Stage preview: ‘Nomad Motel’ debuts at City Theatre before moving on

May 10th, 2018

Pittsburgh Post Gazette | By Sharon Eberson
May 10, 2018

“She’s so tough, but she’s still a kid dealing with really adult problems. She’s trying to literally survive each day — making sure she has enough food to eat, that she has a place to sleep at night. But also, she’s a dreamer, and she wants something larger for herself and create a life that is more than just day-to-day.” -Katie Lynn Esswein

<Read the full article at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette>

Q&A: ‘Nomad Motel’ Playwright Carla Ching on Creating Responsible, Thoughtful, and Human Art

May 9th, 2018

Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents | By Sue Kerr
May 8, 2018

“We need to address as a nation… how we help young people who have a shattered or unhealthy home situation. Where do we lend support? How do we help them find a new home, traditional or not.” -Carla Ching

<Read the full article at Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents>

Don’t miss Carla Ching’s Nomad Motel at City Theatre Company

May 9th, 2018

NEXTpittsburgh | By Jennifer Baron
May 8, 2018

“Directed by LA-based artist Bart DeLorenzo, “Nomad Motel” depicts a “family consumed by California’s crippling housing crisis and the life of a ‘parachute kid,’ sent to live alone in America while his father remains in Hong Kong.” Featuring live music, the coming-of-age tale explores concepts of family, survival and home, while chronicling the lives of two determined teenagers.”

<See the full article at NEXTpittsburgh>

City Theatre closes 2017-18 season with NOMAD MOTEL By Carla Ching

April 27th, 2018

City Theatre closes 2017-18 season with
By Carla Ching
May 12 – June 3, 2018

A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

Pittsburgh, PA (April 26, 2018). City Theatre is thrilled to announce the details of the final production of the 2017-18 season: Nomad Motel by Carla Ching. Originally commissioned as part of South Coast Repertory Theatre’s CrossRoads initiative (Marc Masterson, Artistic Director) the play explores a family consumed by California’s crippling housing crisis and the life of a “parachute kid,” sent to live alone in America while his father remains in Hong Kong. It is directed by LA-based artist Bart DeLorenzo, and will run on the City Theatre Main Stage, May 12-June 3, 2018. Tickets are on sale now.

Nomad Motel – a 2017 Kilroys List play – is the first work by playwright Carla Ching to be produced in Pittsburgh. It also marks a new play development milestone for City Theatre: Nomad Motel is produced at City Theatre as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere; other partnering theaters include Horizon Theater in Atlanta, Georgia, and Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more about the Rolling World Premiere program at

“Carla and I have been involved with this project – with many of these artists – for 3 or 4 years now. It grew out of this special initiative to explore real stories from people who live in Orange County – people whose stories typically aren’t told. And among all those projects, Carla found a unique way to examine home and family in this very strange time that we’re living in,” said director Bart DeLorenzo to the staff and production team at first rehearsal. “I think there is a lot that is transforming in this country, and this play really examines the way that families are changing and transforming. I like to think of what Alix says in the play when she’s asked ‘Well, what are we going to do?’ She says, ‘You flail. And then you figure it out.’”

City Theatre is continuing its season-long City Connects partnership with Allies for Health + Wellbeing. Patrons may drop off donations of Port Authority Connect Cards and non-perishable items for Allies’ food pantries. Allies for Health + Wellbeing envisions a healthier community whereby all individuals can access integrated medical care and supportive human services in a respectful setting, free of stigma and discrimination. The final City Connects Happy Hour of the season will highlight the partnership on Wednesday, May 16 at 5:30 PM in the Gordon Lounge.

Additionally, in an effort to better serve our community and to eliminate economic barriers to entry, City is opening up the Pay What You Want model beyond walk up sales at a single performance. With Nomad Motel, City is introducing Pick Your Price Previews: tickets may be purchased online, starting at just $5 (plus fees) to all performances May 12-17. See details at May not be combined with discounts.

Momentum Festival: New Plays at Different Stages will take place over the closing weekend of Nomad Motel, and includes readings and behind the scenes looks at the play development process. Meet the 2018 Momentum artists on Friday, June 1 at a happy hour from 5:00-7:00 PM. Full schedule and program line-up to be announced.

About Nomad Motel:
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 absent father’s Hong Kong mafia friends. Together, the savvy teens must learn to scrape by without giving up their dreams. This NNPN Rolling World Premiere play by newcomer Carla Ching (Fear the Walking Dead, I Love Dick) is a coming-of-age tale about making something out of nothing in the land of plenty.

Nomad Motel is directed by Bart DeLorenzo. The cast includes Katie Lynn Esswein (EQT Young Playwrights Festival, 2016), Shahine Ezell, Christopher Larkin (The CW’s The 100; Oblivion, City Theatre: 2015), Nelson Lee (Maple and Vine, City Theatre: 2012), and Lisa Velten Smith (Hand to God, City Theatre: 2016; Oblivion, City Theatre: 2015). The production team includes Gianni Downs (scenic design), Andrew David Ostrowski (lighting design), Robert C.T. Steele (costume design), M. Florian Staab (original compositions and sound design), Clare Drobot (dramaturg), Randy Kovitz (fight choreographer), and Patti Kelly is Production Stage Manager.

About Carla Ching: An L.A. native, Carla stumbled upon the pan-Asian performance collective Peeling at the Asian American Writers Workshop and wrote and performed with them for three years, which she still considers her first theater training. Her plays include Nomad Motel (National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere also at Unicorn Theatre and Horizon Theatre; O’Neill Playwrights Conference, National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays), Fast Company (South Coast Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lyric Stage, and Pork Filled Productions; winner of the Edgerton New American Play Award), The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (Artists at Play and Mu Performing Arts), TBA (2g), and The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theater Company). She’s an alumna of The Women’s Project Lab, the Lark Play Development Center’s Writers Workshop, and Meeting of the Minds, the CTG Writers’ Workshop, and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Former Artistic Director of Asian American Theater Company, 2g. TBA is published in Out of Time and Place. Fast Company is published by Samuel French. She will be working on her Toulmin Commission for The Atlantic Theater Company at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor this summer. BA, Vassar College. MFA, New School for Drama.


May 12 – June 3, 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, May 18, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.


Pick Your Price Previews Performances May 12 – 17, 2018
Tickets starting at just $5 online, plus fees; purchase tickets in advance at Subject to availability.

City Connects Happy Hour Wednesday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Featured partner: Allies for Health + Wellbeing. Meet the season-long City Connects partners and learn how to get involved in your community. Drink specials in the Gordon Lounge; food trucks at 13th & Bingham.

Post-Show Talkbacks Sunday, May 20 & 27, following the 2:00 p.m. performances
Hosted by Director of New Play Development Clare Drobot, this talkback discussion will feature the cast in conversation about the play’s themes.

Greenroom: Art & Afterparty Friday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m.
Join the cast and artistic team for a party in the Gordon Lounge following the performance. Complimentary house wine, Penn Brewery beer, and light snacks by Mallorca Restaurant will be provided. Tickets are just $30 for the evening with promocode GREENROOM.

Pay-What-You-Want Saturday, May 26 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.

Momentum Happy Hour Friday, June 1 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Meet the 2018 Momentum Artists and help kick off our annual new works festival during closing weekend of the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Nomad Motel. Free and open to the public.

ASL Interpretation Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Open Caption & Audio Description Sunday, June 3 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.

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 Citizens Market by Cori Thomas and an NNPN rolling World Premiere 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.


Review: THE WHITE CHIP, City Theatre

April 21st, 2018

Burgh Vivant | By Lonnie The Theatre Lady
April 21, 2018

“It would be fun to see even more than once.” Lonnie The Theatre Lady is mending a broken hand and medicating with champagne – but it hasn’t stopped her from getting out and seeing some of the finest theatrical performances Pittsburgh has to offer.

<See the full review at Burgh Vivant>

The White Chip portrays one man’s struggle with alcoholism

April 18th, 2018

Pittsburgh City Paper | By Harry Kloman
April 18, 2018

“The production is handsomely constructed, making terrific use of myriad sound effects and musical riffs, all impeccably timed.”

<Read the full article at Pittsburgh City Paper>

The White Chip

April 18th, 2018

Pittsburgh in the Round | By Tiffany Raymond
April 18, 2018

“It’s odd to say a play about alcoholism is ultimately life-affirming. Daniels finds levity and never gets preachy without shying away from alcoholism’s bleakness, successfully avoiding the schmaltz of a Lifetime movie”

<Read the full article at Pittsburgh in the Round>

“The White Chip” at City Theatre

April 17th, 2018

Pittsburgh Tatler | By Wendy Arons
April 17, 2018

“That his way did not involve succumbing to a higher power may be the most sobering insight he has to offer, as it points to the ways addiction-recovery programs may fail to serve those who like their solutions evidence-based.”

<Read the full article at Pittsburgh Tatler>