Let’s put on a play: “Act of Creation/Between the Lines” at City Theatre

An interesting event on April 1 at City Theatre:

As part of its New American Trio programming, City Theatre will open rehearsal of The Missionary Position to the public on Sunday, April 1 from 5:30 to 6 pm.

At 6 pm, engage in a discussion about new play dramaturgy with Carlyn Aquiline, City Theatre’s Literary Manager and Dramaturg.

The event is free, but reservations are necessary. If you would like to attend please RSVP by email or call 412.431.4400 ext. 283 and leave your name.

The Missionary Position, a satiric comedy about politics, was commissioned by City Theatre from playwright Keith Reddin. Directed by Tracy Brigden, it features Tony Bingham, Jeffrey Carpenter, Tami Dixon, and Rebecca Harris. The Missionary Position will run at City Theatre from April 12 – May 20.

This event is part of the theatre’s New American Trio series, “a series of three brand-new plays and a constellation of activities that will be produced throughout the 2006/07 season.” The two other works were The Muckleman and Mezzulah, 1946, and based on that track record I’d say this next play will be well worth seeing.

Note: City Theatre has been kind enough to invite me to attend this season’s productions as a member of the “press,” since I blog about Pittsburgh’s theater scene. This strikes me as in keeping with an overall progressive and experimental attitude — the kind of thinking that brings them to commission and produce three brand new plays, not just in a season, but in a row. It’s good, thoughtful stuff, just a block off East Carson Street, and you should check it out.

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