She’s 42 seasons old, yet Pittsburgh’s City Theatre looks as fresh as newly-printed Playbills. Artistic Director Tracy Brigden has half the news for the new season as she reveals that three plays of the six-show 2016-17 season are a trio of exciting Pittsburgh premieres: “Hand to God” by Robert Askins; “Feeding the Dragon” written and performed by Sharon Washington; and “The Royale” by Marco Ramirez. Gushes Brigden: “I am really excited about next season at City Theatre where we have culled the hottest new plays for our Pittsburgh audience. Where else can you find a vivid new voice, a theatrical history lesson, and a rollicking and irreverent Broadway hit all at one theatre? Stay tuned for the next installment of three more new plays, coming soon!”
Some more news on each work
“Hand to God”
In the church basement of 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. This is a thrill ride of a comedy about good and evil, sex and sin, faith, and the filthy mind of one twisted sock puppet.
“Feeding the Dragon”
Award-winning stage and screen actress Sharon Washington 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, the play explores Sharon’s life growing up in the library and the fire she never allowed to fade.
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 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.
Season subscriptions are available now. Customers who subscribe by April 3 will be entered to win a $500 Amazon gift card and will receive a loyalty pin good for one free pre-show drink before each of their scheduled 2016-17 productions (offer good on house wine, beer and soft drinks only). Season ticket holders enjoy 25% or more off single ticket prices, unlimited exchanges and preferred seating. Subscribers may also choose to purchase season-long parking in the City Theatre lot, and will receive exclusive discounts to City Events and special attractions.
Season Subscription Packages:
$168 Tuesday 7 p.m., Wednesday 1 p.m. or 7 p.m., Thursday 8 p.m, Saturday 9 p.m.
$198 Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. or 7 p.m.
$264 Saturday 5:30 p.m., Opening Night 8 p.m. (first Friday of each production)
Flex Packages: Choose your own schedule.
$216 Basic Flex: Six vouchers, good for Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday at 9 p.m. performances.
$276 Premium Flex: Six vouchers, good for any performance.
Call 412.431.2489 or visit citytheatrecompany.org for more information