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City Theatre will present Elemeno Pea


City Theatre continues its 40th anniversary season with a witty “have and have-nots” comedy, Elemeno Pea, by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, will run on the Mainstage February 28 – March 22, 2015.

In Elemeno Pea, Blue-collar Buffalo, New York meets beachfront splendor when Devon visits the sprawling Martha’s Vineyard estate where her sister Simone is employed as a personal assistant. Simone’s new gig is complete with a six-figure salary, a preppy boyfriend with a yacht, and a handsome clothing allowance—all courtesy of trophy wife Michaela, her boss. But when Michaela crashes the sisters’ weekend, Devon learns the price for the pampered life.

“I selected Elemeno Pea for this season because it’s so relatable,” says Ms. Brigden. “Molly’s writing is sharply funny one second, then incredibly human in the next. The play brings to life the ‘ninety-nine versus one percent’ conversation that is happening all around us.”

In addition to Elemeno Pea (South Coast Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival), Ms. Metzler is the author of Close Up Space (Manhattan Theatre Club, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Carve (Tristan Bates Theatre-London), Training Wisteria (Cherry Lane Mentor Project, The Kennedy Center KCACTF) and her newest play, The May Queen (Chautauqua Theatre Company). She is currently under commission at South Coast Rep, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, and Manhattan Theatre Club.

Elemeno Pea features Ariel Woodiwiss, Anthony Comis, and Tony Chiroldes, each making their City Theatre debuts. Also featured are Pittsburgh actors Kimberly Parker Green, who appeared in last season’s MOMENTUM festival at City Theatre, and Robin Abramson, who most recently was seen in Tribes and Hope and Gravity at City.

Tickets are $36 to $61 and are available at the City Theatre Box Office, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203; by calling 412-431-CITY (2489); or at


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