The Muckle Man was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, described by Variety as representing a new breed of young playwright. In addition to his work for the stage, Aguirre-Sacasa writes the monthly adventures of The Sensational Spider-Man for Marvel Comics and is developing his play Dark Matters into a horror screenplay for Warner Brothers.
The production features two South Side Slopes residents, Robin Walsh and Tami Dixon as Marina and Dora.
The Muckle Man is set around the deep waters of isolated Conception Bay in Newfoundland, where marine biologist Addison Clark (James Lloyd Reynolds) and his assistant Gilbert Messenger (Brett Mack) have come to search for Architeuthis, the elusive giant squid. The lives of the scientist and his family – wife Marina (Robin Walsh), their two young sons Harvey and Malcolm (Joe Bender and C.J. Ketchum), and Marina's sister Dora (Tami Dixon) – change drastically while at this stormy outpost.
When Marina rescues a man who emerges naked from the ocean (Nathan Blew), the natural world suddenly starts to go off balance. Currents of pop culture, contemporary science, and ancient folklore run through this eerie thriller.
The Muckle Man is the first of City Theatre's New American Trio, an innovative series of three brand-new plays plus a constellation of activities being produced at City Theatre. Sponsored by Eden Hall Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and Pittsburgh City Paper, the events surrounding the New American Trio are designed to give City Theatre's audience a unique behind-the-scenes look into the new play process.
Aguirre-Sacasa will be in residence at City Theatre during rehearsals of The Muckle Man in January. On Friday, January 26 at 6:30 pm, he will give the pre-show talk “Stageplays and Superheros,” which is free and open to the public.
Tickets are $15 to $45. Students and age 25 and younger can reserve $15 tickets in advance. Senior rush (age 60 and older) begins at the box office two hours before showtime.
Tickets are available at 412-431-CITY (2489) or CityTheatreCompany.org