FEEDING THE DRAGON

Written and Performed by Sharon Washington
Directed by Maria Mileaf

October 22 – November 20, 2016

Award-winning stage and screen actress Sharon Washington returns to City Theatre in this heartfelt coming-of-age story. Deep in the bowels of a New York Public Library lies a dragon: the monstrous coal furnace that Sharon’s father, the live-in custodian, must feed every night. A moving examination of family secrets, forgiveness, and the power of language, Feeding the Dragon explores Sharon’s life growing up in the library and the fire she never allowed to fade.

VIDEO

CRITICS LOVE FEEDING THE DRAGON

FEEDING THE DRAGON AT CITY THEATRE

PHOTOS

Feeding the Dragon

Photos Taken By Kristi Jan Hoover

PLAYWRIGHT

SHARON WASHINGTON

Sharon Washington

MADE LOCAL

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PITTSBURGH ARTS & LECTURES AND CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF PITTSBURGH

Join playwright and actress Sharon Washington for an intimate conversation about her autobiographical play, Feeding the Dragon. Learn about Sharon’s experience of turning the true story of growing up living inside of the New York Public Library into a unique theatrical event and her playwriting debut. Sharon will also read an excerpt of the script, offering audiences a rare glimpse into the new play development process. An audience question and answer session will follow the presentation. Seating is limited, RSVP online.

PRESS

Growing up in the hidden apartments of New York City's libraries

CBC Radio Canada 
Nov. 4, 2016

Feeding the Dragon at City Theatre

Pittsburgh City Paper | By Ted Hoover
Nov. 2, 2016

Stage review: Actress gets real about family life in a library

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | by Sharon Eberson
Nov. 1, 2016

REVIEW: “Feeding the Dragon” at City Theatre

Pittsburgh Tatler | By Wendy Arons
Oct. 31, 2016

REVIEW: Feeding the Dragon

PGH in the Round | By Victor C. Leroi
Oct. 31, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Feeding the Dragon’ at City Theatre

PA Theatre Guide | By Joanna Chaney
Oct. 30, 2016

REVIEW: "Feeding the Dragon" - A Modern Day Fairy Tale

Pittsburgh Owl Scribe | By Dave Zuchowski
Oct. 30, 2016

PREVIEW: Follow the journey from childhood in a library to a life on a stage

TribLIVE.com | By Alice Carter
Oct. 26, 2016

To many people — particularly book lovers — Sharon Washington’s childhood sounded like a fairy tale.

PREVIEW - World premiere production: Feeding the Dragon roars at City Theatre

NEXTpittsburgh | by Jennifer Baron
Oct. 25, 2016

Taking on the symbolic character of a “fire-breathing, insatiable dragon,” the gigantic library furnace becomes a metaphor for a captivating play that explores family secrets, forgiveness, language, childhood, storytelling, and more.

FEATURE: Actress who grew up in city libraries is ready to tell her story

New York Post | by Isabel Vincent
Oct. 23, 2016

Sharon Washington spent most of her childhood worried about feeding the dragon.

Stage preview: The girl who lived in a library tells her story at City Theatre

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By Sharon Eberson
Oct. 20, 2016

It sounds like such a great title for a children’s book: “The Girl Who Lived in a Library.” Sharon Washington was that girl.

CAST

SHARON WASHINGTON

CREATIVE TEAM

MARIA MILEAF
Director
TONY FERRIERI
Scenic Designer
STEPHANIE SHAW
Costume Designer
ANN WRIGHTSON
Lighting Designer
LINDSAY JONES
Sound Designer
TAYLOR MESZAROS
Production Stage Manager

IMPORTANT DATES

SUN, OCT 23 | 7:00 PM
Sipping Sunday

FRI, OCT 28 | 8:00 PM
Opening Night

SUN, OCT 30 | 2:00 PM
Post-Show Talkback

FRI, NOV 4 | 8:00 PM
Greenroom

SUN, NOV 6 | 2:00 PM
Post-Show Talkback

TUES, NOV 15 | 7:00 PM
ASL Interpretation

SUN, NOV 20 | 2:00 PM
Open Captioning & Audio Description

ADDITIONAL INFO

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

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Illustrations by curt-merlo-logo

TICKETS

REGULAR ADMISSION

Starting at $37.50.

PERSONS UNDER 30

$15 advance tickets, excluding Fridays 8pm/Saturdays 5:30pm.

$15 rush tickets at the Box Office beginning two hours prior to show.

Tickets will be held at Will Call. Must present valid ID. One ticket per ID.

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT

A limited number of “Pay-What-You-Want” tickets will be available two hours before the 1 p.m. performance on Saturday, November 5th. Please call the box office in advance to check on availability. Mention “Pay-What-You-Want” pricing when purchasing.

SENIORS AGE 62 AND OLDER

$22 rush tickets at the Box Office beginning two hours prior to show.

GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE

Save when you bring a group! For pricing, contact Joel Ambrose, Box Office Manager, by email or at: 412.431.4400 x286.

MILITARY FAMILIES

As a participating Blue Star Theatre, City Theatre is happy to offer 25% off to military personnel and their families. More info >

MEDIA SPONSORS

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