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MOMENTUM:08 features new works at City Theatre from June 12-12

 

June 3, 2008

Daisy Foote author of Him

City Theatre and BNY Mellon will present MOMENTUM:08 from June 12-15.

Come to the South Side theatre to hear a hot musical plus three new play readings and get the inside scoop from a pack of theatre pros during City Theatre's sixth annual festival.

The schedule for MOMENTUM:08 is as follows:

Thursday, June 12

6:30 p.m .: Kickoff Reception. Gordon Lounge.

7:30 p.m .: Reading of the musical Long Story Short. Written by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda. Directed by Tracy Brigden. Mainstage.

Friday, June 13

6:30 p.m .: Playwrights Panel. The MOMENTUM: 08 writers expose the inside scoop on navigating a career in theatre, musical, TV, and film writing. Charles Morris Building.

8:00 p.m .: Reading of Speak American. Written and directed by Eric Simonson. Charles Morris Building.

Saturday, June 14

2:00 p.m .: Reading of Him. Written by Daisy Foote. Directed by Stuart Carden. Charles Morris Building.

4:30 p.m .: New Play Panel: State of the Art. A panel discussion on what's new and exciting in theatres across the nation with Tracy Brigden, artistic director at City Theatre; Christie Evangelisto, director of musical theatre and dramaturg at Playwrights Horizons; Beth Blickers, literary agent at Abrams Artists Agency, and other industry guests. Charles Morris Building.

8:00 p.m .: Reading of Long Story Short. Written by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda. Directed by Tracy Brigden. Mainstage.

Sunday, June 15

2:00 p.m .: Reading of When January Feels Like Summer. Written by Cori Thomas. Directed by Billy Porter. Mainstage.

5:00 p.m .: Writing Workshop: Musicals 101. A workshop on musical theatre writing by the composer and lyricist team of Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda. No experience necessary. Hamburg Studio.

7:00 p.m. Reading of Speak American. Written and directed by Eric Simonson. Charles Morris Building.

About the Plays

Long Story Short. A hip contemporary score is the soundtrack to a couple's musical romance from an inauspicious first date through the unforeseeable ups and downs of a lifelong relationship. See the reading now and the fully staged world premiere production on City Theatre's Mainstage in October 2008. Based on the play An Infinite Ache by David Schulner

Speak American. In 1904 Pittsburgh, immigrant steelworkers struggle to learn the language and ways of a new home and country, while their young English teacher learns a lesson of her own in the dehumanizing tactics of Big Steel. See the reading now and the fully staged world premiere production on City Theatre's Mainstage in May 2009.

Him. Tensions mount in the modern conflict of nature vs human nature when three siblings inherit their distant father's sanctuary, his own secret wilderness reserve.

When January Feels Like Summer. Global warming heats up the new year for two homeboys, a garbage man, an Indian shopkeeper and her transgendered brother surprised by unexpected love connections.

MOMENTUM: 08 will include several actors who have appeared onstage at City Theatre, including: Kevin Brown (Flight), Rebecca Harris (Mother Teresa is Dead), Joshua Reese (Flight), Cary Spear (Fair Game), Sam Redford (Mother Teresa is Dead), Joel Ripka (Mezzulah, 1946), John Shepard (Work Song), and Mark Staley (Work Song). Also appearing are: Purva Bedi, Kyle Beltran, Adam Berry, Benj Pasek, Debargo Sanyal, Chelsey Shannon, and Pearl Sun.

 All MOMENTUM events are free for 07/08 City Theatre Subscribers. For others, readings are $5. A pass, good for all events is available for $10. Seating is on a first come first served basis.

 

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