An extension of City’s annual Momentum Festival, this newly launched reading series highlights our dedication to supporting new plays at all stages of development, as well as sharing the work of America’s hottest writers with our community. Join us for four public presentations of plays-in-process throughout the 2017-18 season. All readings will be followed by post-show discussions, allowing audiences to engage firsthand with the new play development process.

As part of City’s commitment to empowering Pittsburgh’s next generation of theater artists, senior theater students from Point Park University will participate in the series as staged directions readers and producing assistants. City is thrilled to partner with Point Park to offer these outstanding students the chance to engage with professional theater artists and learn more about the professional new play development process.”

The Momentum Reading Series is free and open to the public, though space may be limited. Click here to reserve your seats.

Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7 p.m.

jason&julia by Jenny Rachel Weiner
Directed by Ellie Heyman

Filled with music, humor, and hope, jason&julia follows the touching and transformative journey of one couple’s relationship from first kiss to bittersweet goodbye.

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7 p.m.

And All the Dead Lie Down by Harrison David Rivers
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas

An unexpected phone call, a surprise breakup, and a hidden family secret swirl in Harrison David Rivers’ poignant exploration of love, lust, and the bonds that sustain Alvin & Foss’ comfortable St.Paul existence.

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Amerikin by Chisa Hutchinson
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas

When new father Jeff takes a genetic test as part of his initiation into a white supremacist organization, the results are anything but what he expected. A dark comedy about the origins of hate, Amerikin is a searing exploration of race, family, and what it means to be an American today.

Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7 p.m.

You Are What You by Mora V. Harris
Directed by Rachel Stevens

Competitive eater Francie is desperate to find a way to help her younger sister Trisha eat. When celebrity chef Medea Sinclair arrives on their doorstep, she thinks she may have found just the thing to set Trisha on the road to recovery. But nothing comes easy for the pair in this quirky tale of family, ambition, and pot roasts.



Support for the Momentum Reading Series provided by The Opportunity Fund.