SOME BRIGHTER DISTANCE

By Keith Reddin
Directed By Tracy Brigden
JAN 23 – FEB 14, 2016 (Main Stage)

During the Cold War, German rocket scientist Arthur Rudolph was instrumental in helping America win the Space Race. When he is forced to confront his Nazi history, Rudolph and his wife are cast out of the country he has diligently served for nearly 40 years. Written by award-winning author and City Theatre favorite Keith Reddin (Human ErrorThe Missionary Position), this time-bending play explores the untold (and true) story of “Operation Paperclip” and questions the cost of burying the past in pursuit of the future.

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SOME BRIGHTER DISTANCE

Photos by Kristi Jan Hoover

PLAYWRIGHT

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KEITH REDDIN is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Yale Drama School. His plays include: the Sloane Commission, Some Brighter Distance, Too Much Memory, which won the 2008 outstanding play award in the New York Fringe Festival and was revived at New York Theatre Workshop in December 2008; Life and Limb, Rum and Coke, Big Time, Nebraska, Life During Wartime, Brutality of Fact, Almost BlueAll The Rage, But Not For Me, Frame 312, Human Error, and The Missionary Position. MORE>

 

PRESS AND REVIEWS

BWW Review: SOME BRIGHTER DISTANCE Is a Space Oddity at City Theatre

“Tracy Brigden’s direction of this knotty, weighty work is speedy and well-managed, thanks in no small part to Gianni Downs’s clever set.”

Greg Kerestan, Broadway World
February 4, 2016

Review: City Theatre Cold War drama 'Some Brighter Distance' raises issues but ends ambiguously

“[…] it’s also a play that dwells on the questionable morality of Faustian bargains that people and nations make to achieve their goals.”

Alice Carter, Tribune Review
February 2, 2016

Morality Play: In ‘Some Brighter Distance,’ Who Is Not Guilty?

“But as for the whole thing: Oh yeah, it’s interesting.”
Mike Vargo, Entertainment Central Pittsburgh
February 1, 2016

Rocket Men: A review of SOME BRIGHTER DISTANCE

“[Jonathan] Tindle is a treasure as the analytical and pragmatic [Arthur Rudolph].”

Michael Buzzelli, Burgh Vivant
January 31, 2016

City Theatre Presents World Premiere Of 'Some Brighter Distance'

Essential Pittsburgh
Interview with Keith Reddin and Tracy Brigden by Paul Guggenheimer
Text by Sean Ray

City Theatre staging world premiere of post-WWII space race play

Tribune-Review
Alice Carter
January 22, 2016

Preview: CITY THEATRE PREMIERE EXPLORES THE RACE TO THE MOON

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sharon Eberson
January 21, 2016

NEW PLAY EXPLORES THE ROLE OF EX-NAZIS IN THE US SPACE PROGRAM

Pittsburgh City Paper
Bill O’Driscoll
January 20, 2016

EDGERTON FOUNDATION

City Theatre’s World Premiere production of SOME BRIGHTER DISTANCE is supported in part by the Edgerton Foundation’s New Play Award. Information on past recipients can be found online at the Theatre Communications Group website.

CAST

LEROY MCCLAIN

JONATHAN TINDLE

ELIZABETH RICH

MATTHEW STOCKE

DAVID WHALEN

CREATIVE TEAM

TRACY BRIGDEN
Director

GIANNI DOWNS
Scenic Designer

ROBERT C.T. STEELE
Costume Designer

ANDREW DAVID OSTROWSKI
Lighting Designer

JOE PINO
Sound Designer

JORDAN HARRISON
Media/Video Design

PATTI KELLY
Production Stage Manager

PLAY DESIGN

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IMPORTANT DATES

SUN, JAN 24 | 7:00 PM
Sipping Sunday

FRI, JAN 29 | 8:00 PM
Opening Night

SAT, JAN 30 |  9:00 PM
Pay-What-You-Want

SUN, JAN 31 & FEB 7 | 2:00 PM
Post-show Talkbacks

FRI, FEB 5 | 8:00 PM
GREENROOM

TUES, FEB 9 |7:00 PM
ASL Interpretation

SUN, FEB 14 | 2:00 PM
Open Captioning & Audio Description

 

TICKET PRICING

REGULAR ADMISSION

$36 – $56

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 9 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 30th. 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 >

ADDITIONAL INFO

RUN TIME
80 minutes with no intermission

WARNING
A strobe light is used during this production.

This play describes historical events that may not be appropriate for young children.

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PARTNER EVENTS

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER

21+ Rocket Science
Jan. 15, 2016 at 6 PM
Blast off with 21+ Rocket Science!

Enjoy the Carnegie Science Center with a spaced out drink in hand. See explosive demonstrations and watch a scene from Some Brighter Distance performed live under the stars in the Buhl Planetarium.

PITTSBURGH ARTS AND LECTURES

Writers Live @CLP Main
Jan. 20, 2016 at 6 PM
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Oakland
2nd Floor International Poetry Room

An intimate Q&A with the playwright Keith Reddin.