Press Release: October 23, 2012

October 23rd, 2012 / Posted in Press Releases

For Immediate Release:


A vibrant, hometown adventure born from over 100 interviews with South Side residents

Directed by Matt M. Morrow

November 10 – December 16, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 23, 2012)—City Theatre presents the World Premiere of South Side Stories, a vibrant, hometown adventure written and performed by Tami Dixon. Directed by Matt M. Morrow, South Side Stories runs from November 10 to December 16, 2012 in City Theatre’s Hamburg Studio Theatre, with an Opening Night performance on Friday, November 16 at 8pm.

This one-woman show portrays the dynamism of a neighborhood. Embedded in the concrete of South Side’s city steps are testimonials of teenage mischief, steel mill toil, and townie haunts. This is a neighborhood where parking chairs and bar stools mark territory, where “paradise” is just one turn off of 26th Street. So we ask, “Are yinz ready for some stories ’bout the ’burgh?”

“I am interested in stories of survival,” says actor and playwright Tami Dixon. “For over 100 years the South Side was cast in the shadow of The Jones and Laughlin steel mill. The steel helped to build our country, and the mill defined this region, its people, and the culture. Now, with barely a trace of the mammoth structure left behind, the South Side continues to be home to families that descended from this industrial past. Living in the Slopes, I became curious about the neighborhood’s transition. I could feel the mill’s history burning beneath my feet. I could see it in the faces of my neighbors. The stories in this play are theirs—vivid, funny, poignant, and true.”

Tami Dixon’s local acting credits include The Clockmaker, Marriage Minuet, The Missionary Position, and The Muckle Man with City Theatre; The Hothouse, Celebration, and Rock n Roll with Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre; The Task and El Paso Blue with Quantum Theatre; The Chicken Snake with The Rep; Metamorphoses with Pittsburgh Public Theater; Every Tongue Confess with The August Wilson Center Theatre Ensemble; Midnight Radio, STRATA, Dutchman, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, and Key to the Field with Bricolage Production Company. Ms. Dixon is in her 7th season as Producing Artistic Director for Bricolage Production Company, which she runs alongside her husband, Jeffrey Carpenter. She is a member of The August Wilson Center Theatre Ensemble and a recipient of a TCG/Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship. Tami lives in the South Side Slopes, and South Side Stories marks her playwriting debut.

The creative team for South Side Stories includes Tony Ferrieri (Scenic), Sylvianne Shurman (Costume), Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting), Nathan Leigh (Sound), David Pohl (Projection), Carlyn Aquiline (Dramaturgy), and Sheila McKenna (Dialect).


South Side Stories
Written and performed by Tami Dixon
Directed by Matt M. Morrow

When: November 10 – December 16, 2012

Community Preview Party
FREE! Enjoy local bites and beer and meet Tami Dixon
Thursday, November 1 from 5:30 to 7pm
City Theatre’s Gordon Lounge

Preview Schedule
Saturday, November 10 at 5:30pm
Sunday, November 11 at 7pm
Tuesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm
Thursday, November 15 at 8pm

Friday, November 16 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, November 28 and Wednesday, December 5 at 1pm.

There will be no performances on Wednesday, November 21 and Thursday, November 22.

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

$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 and has brought to Pittsburgh playwrights at the forefront of the industry, including Adam Rapp, Christopher Durang, Eric Simonson, and Jeffrey Hatcher. 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.