City Theatre releases first three plays for 2013-2014 season


City Theatre has released the first three titles of its 2013-2014 season: Tribes by Nina Raine, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, and Hope and Gravity by Michael Hollinger.

Tribes by Nina Raine.

Verbal jabs abound in this stirring new play about Billy, a deaf twenty-something who is adept at lip-reading the brash discourse of his hearing family. It’s tough to get a word in edgewise around the dinner table, but when Billy falls for Sylvia, a woman who’s losing her hearing, everyone is forced to learn a lesson about listening.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang.

Vanya and his sister Sonia tolerate the mediocrity of their middle-aged lives in Bucks County, PA until their movie star sister Masha returns for a visit that shakes things up. With her boy toy Spike in tow, Masha incites a madcap family reunion complete with all the comic genius that only Christopher Durang (Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge) can deliver.

Hope and Gravity by Michael Hollinger, author of Opus.

Lives overlap and elevators stop on random floors as ten characters are compellingly revealed in this nonlinear comedy about fate. From a backyard squabble to an unlikely hotel hookup, chance encounters and rocky relationships unfold through nine stories and one momentous leap of faith.

 “City Theatre is planning a truly original, fresh, and entertaining season,” says Tracy Brigden, artistic director of City Theatre. “Our first three titles are all compelling, vivid, new plays with a strong focus on human relationships and communication.

“Tribes by Nina Raine received rave reviews and extended runs in London and Off-Broadway. It incorporates spoken language, sign language, and surtitles to fully immerse the audience in the worlds of both deaf and hearing characters. It’s provocative, it’s lively, and we’re thrilled to produce this new work by one of London’s hottest playwrights.

“Next up is Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, one of my all-time favorite comic writers. This hilarious comedy is a parody of Chekhovian themes. It sold out at Lincoln Center Theater, and is now running on Broadway, so we’ll be one of the first regional theatres to pick it up. City Theatre audiences will remember Durang’s work from 2002 when we produced Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge.

“Finally, we’re announcing Hope and Gravity, a riveting play that tells the story of ten characters whose lives are interconnected by a series of strange occurrences. In the tradition of films like Magnolia and rom-coms like Love Actually, this jigsaw puzzle of a play unfolds in a unique and spellbinding way that leaves you on the edge of your seat until the very final moment.”

Ms. Brigden said they will be announcing the next three titles in about a month.

“Frankly, the next three plays are difficult to choose because I have read so many terrific scripts this season that I would like to produce on our stages; it’s hard to select only six,” she added.

City Theatre will announce the full six-play season, including three more new works and the complete performance calendar, shortly.

Season tickets are now available. Customers who subscribe by March 31 have the chance to win a $500 Apple gift card. Subscribers save 25% or more.

Tickets are available on-site at the City Theatre Box Office, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203; By phone: 412.431.CITY (2489); or with a mail-in order form available at


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