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A Marriage Minuet opening at City Theatre


April 22, 2008

Helena Ruoti and Douglas Rees in A Marriage Minuet

City Theatre will present the contemporary sex farce A Marriage Minuet, written by David Wiltse and directed by Tracy Brigden, from May 1 – 25, 2008 on City Theatre's 272-seat Mainstage. 

In A Marriage Minuet, Douglas (Douglas Rees) is a college professor and the writer of earnest books that don't sell. His wife Lily (Helena Ruoti) is his best friend. Rex (Ross Bickell), a womanizer who writes best-selling potboilers, is married to Violet (Deirdre Madigan). When the couples change partners, the result is a dizzy dance complicated by a variety of young women, all played by Tami Dixon.

The author of 12 novels, David Wiltse is a lover of witty and erudite language. But sometimes in A Marriage Minuet he cuts right to the chase, allowing his characters to speak their thoughts in hilarious shorthand and share their opinions directly with the audience. His clever comedy skewers love and the literary life with playful sophistication and an insider's perspective.

The design team for A Marriage Minuet is Jeff Cowie (scenic), Markas Henry (costumes), Howell Binkley (lighting), Ryan Rumery (composer), and Peter Pucci (choreography). Patti Kelly is the production stage manager.

Ms. Brigden first directed A Marriage Minuet last summer at Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut, where Mr. Wiltse is currently the Playwright-in-Residence. City Theatre's production includes the whole Westport design team, two of the original actors (Ms. Madigan and Mr. Rees), and a new draft of the script.

Mr. Wiltse will be in Pittsburgh from April 7 – 13 to workshop his newest play, Scramble!, a farce set in the office of a golf magazine. Ms. Brigden will direct Scramble! at Westport this summer, running July 8 – 26.

 Tickets for A Marriage Minuet are available at 412-431-CITY (2489) or CityTheatre


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