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JASON&JULIA Launches Momentum Reading Series Tonight at City Theatre


JASON&JULIA Launches Momentum Reading Series Tonight at City Theatre

City Theatre is launching a new play reading series tonight with four events scheduled for the 2017-18 season. The readings are free, open to the public, and will be followed by post-show discussions with the cast and playwright. Reservations to guarantee seating may be made online or with the Box Office.

"We are thrilled to launch the Momentum Reading Series and extend the number of developmental opportunities City is able to offer artists," said Director of New Play Development, Clare Drobot. "Utilizing City's campus as a safe space for playwrights and directors to hone a script and involve our audience in that work is at the heart of our dedication to being Pittsburgh's home for new plays. The series also builds on the our work of cross-pollinating locally based artists and national figures, fostering a dialogue with the larger theatrical community and forging new creative partnerships."

As part of City's commitment to empowering Pittsburgh's next generation of theater artists, senior theater students from Point Park University will participate in the series as staged directions readers and producing assistants. City is thrilled to partner with Point Park to offer these outstanding students the chance to engage with professional theater artists and learn more about the professional new play development process.

Momentum Reading Series 2017-18:

jason&julia by Jenny Rachel Weiner
Directed by Ellie Heyman

Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Filled with music, humor, and hope, jason&julia follows the touching and transformative journey of one couple's relationship from first kiss to bittersweet goodbye. Featuring Ethan Saks and Moira Quigley.

And All the Dead Lie Down by Harrison David Rivers
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7 p.m.

An unexpected phone call, a surprise breakup, and a hidden family secret swirl in Harrison David Rivers' poignant exploration of love, lust, and the bonds that sustain Alvin and Foss's comfortable Minneapolis existence.

Amerikin by Chisa Hutchinson
Directed by Jade King Carroll

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7 p.m.

When new father Jeff takes a genetic test as part of his initiation into a white supremacist organization, the results are anything but what he expected. A dark comedy about the origins of hate, Amerikin is a searing exploration of race, family, and what it means to be an American today.

You Are What You by Mora V. Harris
Directed by Rachel Stevens

Monday, March 19, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Competitive Eater Francie is desperate to find a way to help her younger sister Trisha eat. When celebrity chef Medea Sinclair arrives on their doorstep, she thinks she may have found just the thing to set Trisha on the road to recovery. But nothing comes easy for the pair in this quirky tale of family, ambition, and pot roasts.

All performances take place at the Hamburg Studio, City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side). Patron parking is available in the lot across from the City Theatre entrance for $8. Contact the box office at 412.431.CITY (2489) or visit All readings are free and open to the public. Seating may be limited, reservations are suggested.

City Theatre is now in its 43rd season, located in the historic South Side. Called "Pittsburgh's most innovative theater company," by The New York Times, the organization serves a mission to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience.

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