OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, SMART BLONDE & More Set for City Theatre's 40th Anniversary Season
City Theatre announces the six-play lineup for its 40th anniversary season, including a wistful Broadway comedy; a music-filled portrait of actress Judy Holliday; a poignant exploration of a Harlem community; a wild "have and have-nots" comedy set in Martha's Vineyard; an irreverent comic-drama about family, art, and inspiration; and an adventure- and song-filled romp through Edinburgh.
"City Theatre's 2014-2015 season is branded 'UP CLOSE' because each play magnifies the power of the human spirit-often in very comical ways," says Tracy Brigden, City Theatre's Artistic Director. "We open the season with Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley. In the same vein as Shanley's award-winning film Moonstruck, this Irish comedy is a funny, unconventional love story with a magical twist. Next up is Smart Blonde, a City Theatre-commissioned world premiere about Judy Holliday. This brand new work by Willy Holtzman is a warm and often surprising portrayal of a Hollywood actress whose public persona as a 'dumb blonde' starkly contrasted her true intelligence and upbringing. From there, we launch into Mr. Joy, a moving world premiere about how a Harlem community comes together in crisis. The script features playwright Daniel Beaty's unique blend of comedy, poetry, music, and multi-character storytelling. Next, we'll produce Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler. Set on a posh estate in Martha's Vineyard, this hilarious play is a heightened portrayal of class distinctions. Then, Oblivion; in this sharp play by Carly Mensch, a budding filmmaker helps a Brooklyn couple and their obstinate teenage daughter view their differences through a new lens. We close the season with Midsummer (a play with songs) by David Greig, the Scottish playwright who gave us 2012's very special The Monster in the Hall. This gritty comedy, interspersed with song, is the rare rom-com that appeals to both sexes with its bawdy humor, crazy plot twists, and unsentimental love story."
CITY THEATRE 2014-2015 SEASON
by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Tracy Brigden
October 11 - November 2, 2014 (Mainstage)
A Broadway comedy from the Pulitzer, Oscar, and Tony-winning author of Doubt and Moonstruck
Tony Reilly is getting old. With his wife dead and gone and his own time approaching, he threatens to leave the family's cattle farm to an American nephew instead of his own son and namesake, Anthony. That is, until neighbor Rosemary steps in with a long-held family secret to change Anthony's fate-and her own. Set in the Irish countryside, this is the wistful story of Anthony and Rosemary-loners going on 40, eccentric souls, and, perhaps, just right for each other.
by Willy Holtzman
Directed by Peter Flynn
World premiere commissioned by City Theatre
November 15 - December 21, 2014 (Hamburg Studio)
A music-filled portrait from the author of The Morini Strad
New York City, 1964. The tape is rolling when Born Yesterday star Judy Holliday lays down a series of tracks about her rise to fame amidst the politics of the 1950s. Memory and song converge as the "dumb blonde" with a genius IQ charts her experiences from Greenwich Village to Broadway and beyond with notable show business alums, including Leonard Bernstein and Marilyn Monroe.
by Daniel Beaty
January 24 - February 15, 2015 (Mainstage)
A poignant solo show from the creator of Through the Night and Breath & Imagination
What happened to Mr. Joy? A Harlem community is disrupted when the Chinese immigrant's shoe repair shop, a neighborhood pillar for decades, does not open its doors. Nine customers, ranging from 11-year-old Clarissa, a budding shoe designer, to Bessie, a "gangsta granny," reflect on the shop owner's impact in this moving exploration of one community's efforts to heal in order to dream again.
Blue-collar Buffalo meets beachfront splendor when Devon visits the sprawling Martha's Vineyard estate where her sister Simone is employed as a personal assistant. Simone's new gig is complete with a six-figure salary, a preppy boyfriend with a yacht, and a handsome clothing allowance-all courtesy of trophy wife Michaela, her boss. But when Michaela crashes sisters' weekend, Devon learns the price for the pampered life.
by Carly Mensch
Directed by Stuart Carden
March 21 - April 26, 2015 (Hamburg Studio)
An irreverent comedy from one of the writers of "Weeds"
Uber-hip Brooklynites Pam and Dixon take pride in their progressive approach to parenting. But when their 16-year-old daughter Julie lies about where she spent the weekend, their cool façade crumbles. With the help of Julie's friend Bernard, a filmmaker in the making, this smart comedy takes a humorous look at Nietzsche, famed film critic Pauline Kael, and what it means to fight for the ones you love.
Midsummer in Edinburgh turns into a weekend of wild abandon when divorce lawyer Helena meets small-time crook Bob in a wine bar. With a wad of ill-gotten cash in hand and a local gangster on their heels, the unlikely pair goes on an alcohol- and adventure-filled romp, discovering that there are second chances at life-and love.
City Theatre's annual series of limited engagement special presentations
THE PAJAMA MEN
Created and performed by Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez
August 27 - September 7, 2014 (Mainstage)
Critically-acclaimed comedy duo The Pajama Men bring their trademark style of blink-of-an-eye character switches and sidesplitting humor to Pittsburgh! Originally from Albuquerque, the sketch comedians and masters of improv have become stars of the international comedy circuit, earning five stars from the London Times and comparisons to comic luminaries including Abbott and Costello, Monty Python, and "South Park."
LATE NITE CATECHISM LAS VEGAS: SISTER ROLLS THE DICE
by Maripat Donovan
Directed and performed by Kimberly Richards
September 3-14, 2014 (Hamburg Studio)
The convent needs a new roof, so the order has decided that Sister (with her extensive gambling experience running the church bingo for the last 25 years) will organize a Las Vegas night. The irrepressible Kimberly Richards returns as Sister to tackle topics ranging from show girls and live animal acts to the dangers of drive-through marriage chapels. Don't forget-what happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but God sees everything!
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