Press Release: April 9, 2013

April 19th, 2013 / Posted in Uncategorized

For Immediate Release:


The thrilling next chapter of a theatrical legend

From one of the writers of Marvel Comics, “Glee,” and “Big Love”

Directed by Tracy Brigden

May 4 – 26, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 9, 2013)—City Theatre ends its 2012-2013 season with Abigail/1702, a juicy sequel about The Crucible’s scandalous stage legend, Abigail Williams. Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by Tracy Brigden, Abigail/1702 runs on City Theatre’s Mainstage from May 4 – 26, 2013, with an Opening Night performance on Friday, May 10 at 8pm.

Whatever happened to Abigail Williams? It’s 1702, a decade after The Crucible’s infamous seductress danced with the devil in Salem. Now, the devil returns for a visit, the blood on the gallows is dry, and Abigail hides behind a changed name in a new town. Imagining the destiny of the immortal stage villain who cried “Witch!,” this suspenseful drama reveals the accuser’s unforeseen fate.

“In 2007, we produced Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s The Muckle Man, a riveting thriller that introduced Pittsburgh audiences to Roberto’s supernatural sensibility,” says Tracy Brigden, City Theatre’s Artistic Director. “His work effortlessly flirts with the dark side, and his new play Abigail/1702 is a rich drama that boldly imagines what happens to Arthur Miller’s fiery troublemaker Abigail Williams ten years after the Salem witch trials. The Crucible includes a footnote, alluding to a legend that Abigail became a prostitute in Boston after fleeing from Salem. Roberto’s version takes Abigail—and audiences—in a new direction. The devil comes to town, and, as you can imagine, the plot gets pretty juicy from there.”

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. His plays include: Doctor Cerberus (South Coast Rep, LA Theatre Works), an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (Roundhouse Theatre), King of Shadows (The Working Theatre), Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf, 2econd Stage Theatre, the O’Neill), Based on a Totally True Story (MTC), The Mystery Plays (2econd Stage, Yale Rep, Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award), The Velvet Sky (Woolly Mammoth Theatre), The Muckle Man (City Theatre), Dark Matters (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, the O’Neill), Rough Magic (Hangar Theatre), The Weird (Dad’s Garage Theatre), and the GLAAD Media Award-nominated comedies, Golden Age and Say You Love Satan. Upcoming projects include: The Dracula Cycle at Dallas Theatre Center and a musical adaption of Bret Easton Ellis’s controversial satire American Psycho. He is the co-book writer of Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway, and he wrote a new book for the classic musical It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman! In addition to his playwriting, Mr. Aguirre-Sacasa is a writer on the Golden Globe-winning FOX comedy “Glee,” and is also known for his work for Marvel Comics and the Emmy-nominated HBO series “Big Love.”

Abigail/1702 features Diane Davis, John Feltch, Deirdre Madigan (A Marriage Minuet, City Theatre, 2008), Zachary Spicer, Kylan Bjornson, and Nels Bjornson. The design team includes Tony Ferrieri (Scenic), Pei Chi Su (Costume), Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting), and Eric Shimelonis (Sound).


By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Tracy Brigden

When: May 4 – 26, 2013

Preview Schedule
Saturday, May 4 at 5:30pm
Sunday, May 5 at 7pm
Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8 at 7pm
Thursday, May 9 at 8pm

Friday, May 10 at 8pm

Regular Run Schedule
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7pm
Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 5:30 and 9pm
Sundays at 2pm

Weekday matinees will be performed on Wednesday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 22 at 1pm.

There will be no evening performance on Wednesday, May 22.

Where: City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)

Tickets: $35 to $55

Box Office: 412.431.CITY (2489) or

Audiences under 30 may reserve $15 tickets in advance for all performances except Fridays 8pm and Saturdays 5:30pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, tickets are available two hours prior to show time and based on availability.

Seniors age 62 and older may purchase $22 rush tickets at the Box Office beginning two hours before show time.

Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounts.  Call Kari Shaffer at 412.431.4400 x286.

City Theatre is now in its 38th season.  Located on Pittsburgh’s historic South Side, City Theatre specializes in new plays, commissioning and producing work by playwrights including Adam Rapp, Jeffrey Hatcher, Theresa Rebeck, and Christopher Durang. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, Managing Director Mark R. Power, and a 45-member Board of Directors, City Theatre’s mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience.