NOMAD MOTEL

By Carla Ching
Directed by Bart DeLorenzo

May 12 – June 3, 2018

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.

VIDEO

"Nomad Motel" Must Close June 3rd at City Theatre

"Nomad Motel" at City Theatre

PHOTOS

Nomad Motel

Photos taken by Kristi Jan Hoover.

PLAYWRIGHT

CARLA CHING

PRESS

Review: Nomad Motel

Pittsburgh in the Round | By Eva Phillips
May 25, 2018

Nomad Motel is an engrossing story that deftly balances the intensely personal resentments and sorrows experienced within families and the far less accessible difficulties and hardships experienced by those in situations of nomadic living.”

Advocate’s Experience As A Homeless Child Partly Inspires Play At City Theatre

90.5 WESA | By Bill O’Driscoll
May 22, 2018

One character, a teen-aged girl named Alix, was inspired by a real person Ching interviewed: Jennifer Friend.

'Nomad Motel' explores family, inclusion and understanding

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By Christopher Rawson
May 22, 2018

“What feels freshest is the skillful way the play reveals itself. […] Katie Lynn Esswein… ably combines vulnerable and tough. Christopher Larkin is luminous.”

<Read the full review at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette>

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

CAST

KATIE LYNN ESSWEIN
Alix

SHAHINE EZELL
Oscar

CHRISTOPHER LARKIN
Mason

NELSON LEE
James

LISA VELTEN SMITH
Fiona

CREATIVE TEAM

BART DeLORENZO
Director

GIANNI DOWNS
Scenic Designer

ANDREW DAVID OSTROWSKI
Lighting Designer

ROBERT C.T. STEELE
Costume Designer

FLORIAN STAAB
Sound Designer/Composer

CLARE DROBOT
Dramaturg

IMPORTANT DATES

FRI, MAY 18 | 8:00 PM
Opening Night

SUN, MAY 20 | 2:00 PM
Post-Show Talkback

FRI, MAY 25 | 8:00 PM
Greenroom

SUN, MAY 27 | 2:00 PM
Post-Show Talkback

TUES, MAY 29 | 7:00 PM
ASL Interpretation

SUN, JUN 3 | 2:00 PM
Open Captioning & Audio Description

GRAPHIC DESIGN

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ADDITIONAL INFO

NNPN Rolling World Premiere

Nomad Motel is produced at City Theatre as a part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theaters are Horizon Theater (Georgia), and Unicorn Theatre (Missouri). Click here for more information about NNPN.

RUNNING TIME

Nomad Motel will run approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermisson.

ATTENTION

This production is rated PG-13. An herbal cigarette is smoked on stage during this production

TICKETS

REGULAR ADMISSION

Starting at $38.

PERSONS UNDER 30

$15 advance tickets, excluding Opening Night/Saturdays at 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. Two tickets 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, May 26th. Please call the box office in advance to check on availability. Mention “Pay-What-You-Want” pricing when purchasing.

SENIORS AGE 62 & OLDER

$24 rush tickets available 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, Director of Ticketing & Patron Services, 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 >