City Theatre 2020 – 2021 Season


Join us for our 46th Season where the only thing to expect is the unexpected. We have six amazing new plays including: a visually innovative twist on a classic, a show that just closed on Broadway, and two world premiere productions - one so new that it doesn't even have a title yet!



FRANKENSTEIN by Manual Cinema

City Theatre Main Stage
September 19 – October 11, 2020

Expect the astonishing. 
A new take on a classic gothic tale, the internationally renowned multi-media company, Manuel Cinema, stitches together Mary Shelley’s biography with her beloved story of Frankenstein. This highly-acclaimed production deploys cinematic techniques and a live orchestra to capture an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation.



Paradise Blue

PARADISE BLUE by Dominique Morisseau

City Theatre Main Stage
November 7 – November 29, 2020

Expect the love supreme. 
Returning to City Theatre for a third time, Dominque Morisseau (Pipeline, Sunset Baby) takes us to the Blackbottom neighborhood of a gentrifying Detroit. It’s 1949 and club-owner and trumpeter Blue battles his demons while confronting the human cost of losing what we know as home. An exquisite and haunting drama laced with jazz and intrigue, this new play from the MacArthur Genius Grant Award winner meditates on the strains of community change in the name of urban renewal. 



The Sound Inside


City Theatre Main Stage
January 16 - February 7, 2021

Expect the unexplored.
Bella is a 53-year-old literature professor at Yale who receives life-altering news at the same time that she meets her brilliant, yet peculiar, student Christopher. Adam Rapp makes his long-awaited return to City Theatre in this gripping and provocative new play that explores how little we know about the people around us, what we choose to share, and what we ask of each other. 




VIETGONE by Qui Nguyen

City Theatre Main Stage
March 6 - March 28, 2021

Expect a wild ride.
Highly theatrical, irreverent, and sexy, Vietgone is an all-American love story about two very new Americans. The year is 1975 and Saigon has fallen. Qui Nguyen’s comedy turns convention upside down in his fast-paced, hip-hop infused trip across America that makes us re-think everything we thought we knew—and know—about our history. 



The Garbologists

THE GARBOLOGISTS by Lindsay Joelle

Lester Hamburg Studio
April 10 - May 16, 2021

Expect unlikely friendships.
This unconventional buddy comedy follows two sanitation workers as they navigate the dirty streets of New York City. First-timer Marlowe and lifer Danny could not be more different. But thrown together in the cab of a 19-ton garbage truck and tasked with picking up what the world has discarded, they learn that some things are easier to toss than others. 



Title TBA

TITLE TBA by James McManus

Directed by Michael John Garces
City Theatre Main Stage
May 15 - June 6, 2021

Expect a community.
This homegrown new play features stories of immigration in Pittsburgh. Inspired by story circles and real-life experiences spanning the past, present, and future of the city, this community-engaged and community-curated work reflects the countless origin stories Pittsburgh has to offer. Playwright James McManus, a native of Western Pennsylvania, weaves together the many ways that people have come here to be home. This project received a RADical ImPAct Grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) allowing City Theatre to commission this world premiere. Created in conjunction with Cornerstone Theater Company and community partners All for All, ARYSE, Global Minds, Literacy Pittsburgh, and the World Affairs Council. 



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