MOMENTUM: new plays at different stages

City Theatre announces four exciting, original plays set for MOMENTUM, the theatre’s annual festival of new plays at different stages, beginning May 31.  Whether the theme is growing old or simply growing up, this selection of works in development engages with universal topics—familial obligation and love; the pursuit of fame; race and relationships; coming of age; and the ever-raging debate between science and religion.

MOMENTUM is a celebration of new theatrical works featuring readings, workshops, panels, and conversation. The festival is a chance for audiences to not only see four new works in their earliest incarnations, but also to get to know the process of creating new plays and to glimpse inside the minds of the playwrights.


My Mother Has Four Noses
A musical play written and performed by Jonatha Brooke
Directed by Tracy Brigden

Nancy Lee Stone is a cancer survivor. She has four prosthetic noses and six names.  She is a published poet and a Christian Scientist. She is Boolie’s mother, and she has Alzheimer ’s disease. In this moving, one-woman show, filled with music, wit, and emotion, acclaimed singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke tells the story of her journey as she guides her mother through the last months of life.

The Shadow Sparrow
By Anton Dudley (book), Charlie Sohne (lyrics), and Keith Gordon (music)
Directed by Matt M. Morrow
Musical Direction by Douglas Levine
Featuring Candy Buckley and Vince Gatton

Edith abandons her only son to chase a pipe-dream singing career in post-war Europe.  With one earring still hanging loosely in her ear, she follows a man who promises fame and fortune into low-down brothels and basements. This lively, new musical envisions the viewpoint of Michel, the son who grew up in a classless Cleveland hotel only to discover a clue that will take the audience on a whirlwind pursuit.

A Swell in the Ground
By Janine Nabers
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
Featuring Daina Griffith, Scotland Newton, Skyler Sullivan, and Bria Walker

Four friends struggle to keep it together in this coming-of-age play about the Millennial Generation. Olivia is coping with her dad’s death in the 9/11 attacks. Nate has to choose between an acting career and a law degree. Charles lives the shallow life of a corporate jetsetter. Abby is a teacher underwhelmed by her students. All is just okay until a marriage dissolves, words are exchanged, paths cross, and life…happens.

Ten Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher about Evolution
By Stephen Massicotte
Directed by Dina Epshteyn
Featuring Robin Abramson, Dan Krell, Sheila McKenna, and Noah Plomgren

How do you teach evolution in a divided America? Raymond has religious tattoos, listens to Christian bands, and has ten questions about evolutionary theory that his Biology teacher Kelly won’t answer. Kelly is an atheist urbanite who is up for review after her first year on the job at a small town high school.  As the student and teacher navigate their roles and religious beliefs, both learn an unexpected lesson.

All readings and workshops take place at City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.

Thursday, May 31
8:00 pm          My Mother Has Four Noses

Friday, June 1
6:30 pm          Playwrights Panel
8:00 pm          The Shadow Sparrow

Saturday, June 2
12:00 pm        Songwriting Workshop with Jonatha Brooke
3:00 pm          My Mother Has Four Noses
5:30 pm          Ten Questions to Ask your Biology Teacher about Evolution
8:00 pm          A Swell in the Ground

Sunday, June 3
12:00 pm        How a City Theatre Season Gets Made:
A Conversation with Tracy Brigden, Artistic Director, and Carlyn Aquiline, Literary Manager & Dramaturg
2:00 pm          The Shadow Sparrow

$20 four-day pass; $5 per show
Available by phone at 412.431.CITY (2489) or online at

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Behind The Scenes of POP!

Get an exclusive behind the scenes look at POP!

Superstars, Brian Charles Rooney (Candy Darling), Courtney Bassett (Edie), Jesse Carrey-Beaver (Gerard), Alyse Alan Louis (Valerie), Paul Victor (Ondine) and Bria Walker (Viva), rehearse “Big Gun”.

Special $20 Mothers Day Ticket. CLICK HERE and use Promo Code WARHOLA to redeem your $20 Mothers Day Ticket.

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Anthony Rapp Discusses POP! A New Musical by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs

Anthony Rapp returns to Pittsburgh this May to play the iconic pop artist, Andy Warhol, in City Theatre’s season finale POP! Anthony took an hour out of his busy rehearsal schedule to paint a picture, no pun intended, of what audiences can expect from POP!. Check out the videos below and stay tuned for more from City Theatre.




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Tigers Be Still at City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh

Tigers Be Still is a comedy from writer Kim Rosenstock, currently writing for the Fox TV series New Girl, and runs from March 31st – May 6th at City Theatre. Variety commends Rosenstock’s “clever comic dialogue in a voice that is too smart to be cute.”    

The Plot:

Sherry’s art therapy degree didn’t launch her dream career, so she moved back into her childhood bedroom. Her mom won’t come downstairs. Her sister won’t leave the couch. Her very first patient won’t stick around for a session. Her boss brings a rifle to work. And an escaped tiger roams the streets … but Sherry’s life is looking up.

The Trailer:

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City Theatre holds Pittsburgh auditions for POP!, the new musical on stage this May

City Theatre held auditions January 23rd for the rock musical POP!, by Maggie Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs. POP! is a classic “who done it” about a Pittsburgh icon.  Who shot Andy Warhol?

This May 5-27, City Theatre takes you back to Warhol’s legendary Factory, where every artist has  talent, ego, and a motive to pull the trigger.

As the Pittsburgh pop icon’s life flashes  before his eyes, he confronts an unforgettable cast of outrageous suspects and  wrestles with the meaning of his own legacy. Variety calls this wild  musical collage “vibrant, hip, fresh, and a hell of a lot of fun.”

See the auditions here.  Can you guess who made the cut?

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Help us welcome Jen Childs to City Theatre!

Jen Childs stars in her hilarious and heartwarming one-woman comedy, Why I’m Scared of Dance.

Help us welcome Jen!

We thought it appropriate to extend her a heartfelt welcome by sharing our own horror stories of dance.  Maybe you have an embarrassing photo or anecdote that you would be willing to share on our Facebook wall?  Just click below to post your photos and stories.

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Two Questions for City Theatre Audiences

“What does it mean to be a man?”

“What gets you through the night?”

City Theatre’s latest play, Through The Night, features Daniel Beaty, one of the most audacious and poetic voices in today’s American theatre. Beaty transforms into many different characters in this inspiring, joyous, and unforgettable one-man-show. The New York Times calls Through the Night “a thing of beauty.”

Six characters … three generations … one extraordinary performer!

Beaty’s kinetic one-man show tells six intersecting tales about what it means to be a black man in America today. Equal parts poetry and soul, this virtuosic feat of acting presents a range of eclectic characters — a precocious 10-year-old boy, an overweight bishop, a college student escaping the projects, and more.

To get at the heart of the play we asked the good people at Bat’s Barbershop to share their opinion on two questions. What does it mean to be a man? What gets you through the night?

This is what they had to say…

What do you think it means to be a man?  What gets you through the night?

Submit your answers here to join the conversation.

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