City Theatre launches the New American Trio series


September 12, 2006

Playwright Keith Reddin

Conceived by City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, the New American Trio is a series of three brand-new plays and a constellation of activities that will be produced throughout City Theatre's 2006/07 season.

The events surrounding the New American Trio are designed to allow the City Theatre audience to have a hand in the creation of a new play. The New American Trio is sponsored by The Eden Hall Foundation.

The New American Trio plays include The Muckle Man (Jan. 25-Feb. 18) by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; the world premiere of Mezzulah, 1946 (March 8-April 1) by Michele Lowe; and the world premiere of The Missionary Position (April 12 – May 13), a sharp-edged comedy commissioned by City Theatre from playwright Keith Reddin.

City Theatre will launch the New American Trio at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18 with Setting the Stage/Play in Progress 1. This event features the very first reading of The Missionary Position, followed by an audience discussion with playwright Keith Reddin. This kick-off event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming New American Trio Events at City Theatre:

Stage Directions. Monday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Tracy Brigden and City Theatre Artistic Associate Kellee Van Aken will talk about casting and directing a work in progress.

Political Strategy. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, time to be announced. Keith Reddin leads a playwriting workshop on creating plays that are political but not agit-prop.

Play in Progress 2. Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, 7 p.m. Second reading and discussion of The Missionary Position with Keith Reddin.

Stageplays and Superheroes. Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, 6:30 p.m. Q&A with author Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, playwright by night and comic book writer by day.

Time:/Place: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, 7 p.m. Author Michele Lowe leads a playwriting workshop on a play's journey and how it relates to place.

Behind the Scenes. Sunday, March 4, 2007, time to be announced. Attend a technical rehearsal for Mezzulah, 1946.

Technically Speaking. Sunday, March 25, 2007. Post-matinee. Designers discuss their role in new play development and the design challenges of the New American Trio.

Act of Creation/Between the Lines. Sunday, April 1, 2007, time to be announced. Attend rehearsal for The Missionary Position, followed by a discussion with City Theatre's Literary Manager and Dramaturg Carlyn Aquiline on new script development.

State of Play. Sunday, April 29, 2007. Post-matinee. The Trio wraps up with a discussion among experts on new American playwriting.

The New American Trio events are free and open to the public

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Announce New Member Screening

The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) will hold a screening for new members this September. All artists working in any media and living within a 150 mile radius of Pittsburgh are eligible to apply.

There are two ways to apply for membership: with documentation only (slides, digital images, video, etc.), or with documentation as well as submitting three examples of actual work (different from those presented in slides) the day of the screening.

Note that when possible, viewing actual work allows the jurors to make a more informed decision. Acceptable formats for documentation are slides, digital images and video. Application materials must be in AAP office by Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 at 4 p.m. Screening of actual works takes place on Sunday, Sept. 24.

For more information or an application, go to AAP's Website at, or call Membership Chair Terri Perpich at 724-845-2476.


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