THE GUARD

By Jessica Dickey
Directed by Tracy Brigden

March 11 – April 2, 2017

A new play by City Theatre favorite Jessica Dickey. When dedicated museum guard Henry dares to truly connect with the paintings he proudly protects, he sets into motion a time-bending journey where art intersects with life. Inspired by Rembrandt’s “Aristotle with a Bust of Homer,” The Guard embraces the idea of carpe diem in (and at) any age, and takes audiences on a spellbinding theatrical exploration of the power of human connection.

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"The Guard" at City Theatre

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The Guard

Photos by Kristi Jan Hoover

City Theatre presents THE GUARD

PLAYWRIGHT

JESSICA DICKEY

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PRESS

Review: “The Guard” at City Theatre

The Pittsburgh Tatler | By Wendy Arons
March 27, 2017

The magic of this play is a quiet one, unfolding in the connections we make between the strivings of the artists whose work has communicated to us across centuries and of the people who find solace, inspiration, and mystery in their work.

Review: The Guard

Pittsburgh in the Round | By Mark Skalski
March 24, 2017

[T]he play does twist dramatically into a very different kind of play at a few points, transforming The Guard’s theme of coming to grips with death into a deeper conversation about the nature of legacy and emotional connection throughout human history.

'The Guard' dazzles on City Theatre stage

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By Christopher Rawson
March 22, 2017

The play’s astonishment, as both actor and character, is Raphael Nash Thompson, who bursts upon us in a monologue you will have to experience to believe, and then in his second character supplies the dark chiaroscuro that is at the heart of Rembrandt’s genius.

The Guard at City Theatre

Pittsburgh City Paper | By Michelle Pilecki
March 22, 2017

Directed by City artistic director Tracy Brigden with her usual panache and a talented design/tech team, The Guard is a banquet for the eye as well as the mind.

City Theatre's 'The Guard' delves into the universal appeal of the 'untouchable'

TribLIVE | By Sally Quinn
March 10, 2017

“I was in a museum in London, at the National Gallery, having an encounter with a painting, just being very moved,” says [Jessica] Dickey, who noticed a guard sitting nearby. “And I realized his job was to watch people like me come in and out and encounter the art. As well, he’s sitting there looking at this painting all day. … And that began the turn key for writing ‘The Guard.’”

Take a seat, and a time-bending journey, with The Guard

NEXTpittsburgh | By Jennifer Baron
March 9, 2017

Described as a “spellbinding theatrical exploration of the power of human connection,” the drama explores that it means to seize the day.

City Theatre's 'The Guard' explores the intersection of art, humanity and grief

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By Sharon Eberson
March 9, 2017

“When you are working on a new play, my main thing is to use my imagination because it’s a world of possibilities,” [Raphael Nash Thompson] said. “

CAST

ANDREW MAY
Henry/Rembrandt

STEPHEN JAMES ANTHONY
Dodger/Titus

MELINDA HELFRICH
Madeline/Henny

BILLY HEPFINGER
Jonny/Martin

RAPHAEL NASH THOMPSON
Simon/Homer

CREATIVE TEAM

TRACY BRIGDEN
Director

NARELLE SISSONS
Scenic Designer

ELIZABETH HOPE CLANCY
Costume Designer

ANDREW DAVID OSTROWSKI
Lighting Designer

ZACHARY BROWN
Sound Designer

ERIC SHIMELONIS
Composer

CAPARELLIOTIS CASTING/LAUREN PORT
Casting

IMPORTANT DATES

SUN, MARCH 12 | 7:00 PM
Sipping Sunday

FRI, MARCH 17 | 8:00 PM
Opening Night

SUN, MARCH 19 | 2:00 PM
Post-Show Talkback

FRI, MARCH 24 | 8:00 PM
Greenroom

SUN, MARCH 26 | 2:00 PM
Post-Show Talkback

TUES, MARCH 28| 7:00 PM
ASL Interpretation

SAT, APRIL 1 | 1:00 PM
City Connects: Unity
With the Thomas Merton Center

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

ADDITIONAL INFO

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 90 minutes; there is 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, March 25th. 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 SPONSOR

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