Next Friday will be a busy one in Pittsburgh. In addition to the Gist Street Readings and the Pirates playing Chicago Cubs at home (Vintage Cap Night!), there’s this very fun event at City Theatre on the South Side:
Open House at City Theatre
Friday, September 7 from 5 to 10 pm
Behind-the-Scenes Tours – Go back stage, see the costume and paint shops, visit the rehearsal room, hear a set design presentation, meet the artistic staff, and learn how City Theatre’s original plays are made.
Sneak Peek of the Upcoming Season – 2007/08 includes the startling drama Mother Teresa Is Dead, Jeffrey Hatcher’s kooky comedy Murderers, a world premiere of The 13th of Paris, the magical play with music Flight, and much more.
Taste of the South Side – Sample complimentary food from some of our exciting neighborhood restaurants including 17th Street Café, Café Allegro, Gypsy, Folino’s Ristorante, and Mantini’s Woodfired. A cash bar will also be available.
*City at Your Service: Bring a donation of canned food for the Brashear Association and have a beer or soda on us!
Box Office Bonanza – Discover new season packages like the Sipping Sundays Wine Tasting series and Girls Nights Out. Buy tickets for Sister’s Christmas Catechism. Learn about special savings for seniors, students and groups. Make a Date for 07/08!
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
1300 Bingham Street on the South Side
For more details about any of City Theatre’s programming call 412.431.CITY (2489) or visit CityTheatreCompany.org
City Theatre invited me to cover their 2006-2007 season, which included the American Trio series of new plays along with other innovative fare. What I like most about them is that they take seriously their mission to develop and produce contemporary plays for a diverse audience. They don’t shirk from a challenge — consider the risks of producing a comic-tragic mystery about sea creatures off the coast of Newfoundland (The Muckleman) — and they cover a range of styles from broad comedy (The Underpants) to modern drama (Intimate Apparel). They encourage and support new playwrights and contribute to the richness of Pittsburgh’s theater scene. And everyone I’ve met there has been friendly, open to ideas, and just downright nice.
I most enjoy their comedies, so I’m particularly looking forward to the upcoming production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Murderes in November. In the meantime though, this open house will be a fine opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of a terrific regional theater. I hope you’ll stop in.