Dietz mini-residency at City Theatre
City Theatre will welcome playwright Steven Dietz for a writing residency October 31-November 1.
Launched in the 2015/2016 season, the mini-residency program offers individually tailored space for writers to work on script development. Mr. Dietz will work on two separate projects during the residency, which will culminate in a free public reading of his play This Random World on Tuesday, November 1 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the City Theatre Rehearsal Hall.
Through a swirl of nearly-missed connections, This Random World follows a series of intersecting lives: a mother determined to maintain her independence, a daughter longing for adventure, two sisters seeking common ground, and an internet prank gone awry. At turns warmly humorous and lyrically bittersweet, the story investigates what it is to love, to lose, and to be touched by the myth of serendipity.
The reading of This Random World is directed by Artistic Director Tracy Brigden. The cast includes JD Taylor, Mary Rawson, Tressa Glover, Sharon Washington, Siovhan Christensen, Erika Cuenca, Brett Sullivan Santry, and Billy Hepfinger. It is free and open to the public; reservations are requested through the City Theatre box office or CityTheatreCompany.org.
In addition to the public reading of This Random World, the residency will include an in-house reading of Mr. Dietz’s play Mad Beat Hip & Gone, a love letter to the beat generation. Mr. Dietz and Director Brigden will be joined by the composing duo of Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (Broadway credits include No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot), laying the groundwork for a musical adaptation of the piece.
Mr. Dietz’s 30-plus plays have been seen at more than 100 regional theatres, as well as Off-Broadway, and in over 20 countries internationally. Recent premieres include Bloomsday (2016 Steinberg New Play Award Citation), This Random World (2016 Humana Festival of New American Plays), and On Clover Road (National New Play Network rolling world premiere).
Other widely produced plays include Fiction, Yankee Tavern, Becky’s New Car, Last of the Boys, Lonely Planet, Private Eyes, Still Life with Iris, God’s Country, and The Nina Variations. Mr. Dietz and his family divide their time between Seattle and Austin, where he teaches playwriting and directing at the University of Texas.
City Theatre has previously produced several of Mr. Dietz’s plays, including Shooting Star (2010), Honus and Me (2006), and Fiction (2005). Fulfilling its mission that emphasizes new play development, City Theatre commissions works by diverse writers and produces world premieres, including this season’s Feeding the Dragon, written and performed by Sharon Washington, running October 22 – November 20, and the theatre’s annual Momentum Festival, which showcases new plays at different stages of development in June of every year.
Reservations may be requested at 412.431.CITY (2489) or citytheatrecompany.org.