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City Theatre 2016 – 2017 Season

Six vital stories that are both timeless and of this moment in time.
Six chances to enrich your mind, stretch your imagination, and tickle your fancy.
Six play of style, originality, and resonance.
Six dynamic storytellers examining the world with refreshing immediacy.
Six exceptional productions created by the country's most talented artists.
Six reasons to be a part of Pittsburgh's most innovative theatre company. 
Be here. Now. 


The Night Alive

HAND TO GOD by Robert Askins

Directed by Tracy Brigden
City Theatre Main Stage
September 24 - October 16, 2016


In a church basement in a little town in Texas, something evil is afoot. Or, well — at hand. The youth group has a monster in its ranks: a rogue puppet named Tyrone. He’s hijacked the hand of timid teen Jason and there’s nothing his classmates, his mother, or the pastor can do to exorcise this foul-mouthed demon. Hand to God is a thrill ride of a comedy about good and evil, sex and sin, faith, and the filthy mind of one twisted sock puppet. Don’t miss the Pittsburgh premiere of the uproarious Tony Award® Nominated Broadway hit The New York Times calls “Flat out hilarious.”



Sunset Baby

FEEDING THE DRAGON written and performed by Sharon Washington

Directed by TBA
Lester Hamburg Studio
October 22 - November 20, 2016


Award-winning stage and screen actress Sharon Washington (String of Pearls) returns to City Theatre for her world premiere playwriting debut in this heartfelt coming-of-age story. Deep in the bowels of a New York Public Library lies a dragon: the monstrous coal furnace that Sharon’s father, the live-in custodian, must feed every night. A moving investigation of family secrets, forgiveness, and the power of language, Feeding the Dragon explores Sharon’s life growing up in the library and the fire she never allowed to fade.



Some Brighter Distance

THE ROYALE by Marco Ramirez

Directed by Stuart Carden
City Theatre Main Stage
January 21 - February 12, 2017


Jay “The Sport” Jackson is a legend in the making. He has his eyes set on becoming the heavyweight champion of the world, but the Jim Crow reality of 1905 America might just be his fiercest opponent yet. This thrilling drama by Marco Ramirez (Netflix’s Daredevil, Orange is the New Black) goes ringside for the fight of the century. Inspired by the true story of trail-blazing boxer Jack Johnson, The Royale follows one man’s quest for victory against all odds.



Sex With Strangers

THE GUARD by Jessica Dickey

Directed by Tracy Brigden
City Theatre Main Stage
March 11 - April 2, 2017


A museum guard, Rembrandt, and Homer all walk into a play… by City Theatre favorite, Jessica Dickey (Charles Ives Take me Home, The Amish Project). 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. Drawing inspiration from Rembrandt’s “Aristotle with a Bust of Homer,” this poignantly funny play explores the idea of “carpe diem” in (and at) any age, and takes audiences on a spellbinding theatrical exploration of the power of human connection.



The Last Match

WILD WITH HAPPY by Colman Domingo

Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
Lester Hamburg Studio
April 8 - May 7, 2017


When struggling actor Gil returns home to bury his mother, he learns what a funny thing grief can be. Gil searches for a way to send her off in style, while his outrageous (and overbearing) Aunt Glo, hilarious best friend Mo, and an intriguing new-age funeral director do their best to derail his plans. Overflowing with love and laughter, this bright new comedy by Fear the Walking Dead star, Colman Domingo, will transport audiences from the church to the Magic Kingdom, with a whole lotta fabulous in between..



The Lion

IRONBOUND by Martyna Majok

Directed by Tracy Brigden
City Theatre Main Stage
May 13 - June 4, 2017


So much of Darja’s life has been spent waiting: for love, for her break in life, and for the bus she relies on to get to and from cleaning jobs in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Hailed as “vivid, perceptive and quietly gripping” by the New York Times, Ironbound is a riveting portrait of an independent Polish immigrant on her search for the American Dream. This gritty new play by rising star Martyna Majok explores life on the economic margins and the hope that sustains us all.




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