City Theatre to produce seven plays in South Side as part of new season
Managing Director David Jobin and Artistic Director Tracy Brigden have announced the complete line-up for City Theatre's 29th season. Beginning in October of 2003 and extending through May of 2004, the subscription season will include seven plays to run on City Theatre's 272-seat mainstage and in its 100-seat Hamburg Studio Theatre.
String of Pearls by Michele Lowe. October 9 - November 2, 2003. Mainstage. Eric Simonson will direct the world premiere of this gently comic, wonderfully magical puzzle, about a string of pearls that passes through
the hands of a fascinating collection of women. Led by Helena Ruoti, a cast of four will play numerous characters who covet, steal, give, and lose this necklace, creating a dazzling thread of spellbinding stories.
Lovely Day by Leslie Ayvazian. October 30 - December 7, 2003. Hamburg Studio Theatre. City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden will direct a cast of three in this drama about a family dealing with increasingly discordant political beliefs when the son is forced to register for the draft. Playwright Leslie Ayvazian will also star.
Cafe Puttanesca. Book, Music, and Lyrics by Michael Ogborn. November 20 — December 21, 2003. Mainstage. Well known to City Theatre audiences from her shows Mondo Mangia and La Dolce Vita, Jilline Ringle returns, this time in a mainstage production. In collaboration with Philadelphia's Arden Theatre, Terrence J. Nolen will direct Ringle in this musical, set in 1940's Amsterdam, featuring three ladies of the night and the Cafe Puttanesca bartender.
2.5 Minute Ride. Written and performed by Lisa Kron. January 15 - February 8, 2004. Mainstage. Alternating between her journey to Auschwitz with her Holocaust-survivor father, her family's annual pilgrimage to Cedar Point, and her brother's marriage to his Internet bride, this one-woman show illuminates how easily horror and humor can co-exist in the same moment. Winner of a 1999 Obie Award and L.A. Dramalogue Award.
Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks. March 4 - April 4, 2004. Mainstage. Directed by Brigden, a life-changing game of three-card monte is at the heart of this darkly comic fable about race, brotherhood, and deception. Ray Anthony Thomas, last seen at City Theatre in A Raisin in the Sun, will co-star in this winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Chesapeake by Lee Blessing. April 22 - May 30, 2004. Hamburg Studio Theatre. This thoughtful, funny and suspenseful piece pits a performance artist against the right-wing senator who stripped him of his NEA grant. The senator's Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Lucky, also features prominently in this off-kilter take on America's culture wars. Blessing's other plays include A Walk in the Woods, Thief River, Cobb and Eleemosynary, among others.
Gompers by Adam Rapp. May 6 - May 30, 2004. Mainstage. Commissioned by City Theatre and directed by Brigden, Bingo O'Malley will be part of the large cast in this world premiere. The town of Gompers has been in decline ever since the mill closed. When the prospect of riverboat gambling is announced, however, and a golden greyhound is born under a tree, the citizens of Gompers learn how elusive a true miracle can be. The American premiere of Rapp's play Blackbird was produced at City Theatre.