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Midsummer at City Theatre May 9

 

Randy Redd and Carey Van Driest

City Theatre continues its 40th anniversary season with Midsummer (a play with songs), on the Mainstage May 9 – 31.

The play is written by David Greig and singer-songwriter Gordon McIntyre, and is directed by City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden.

Edinburgh turns into a weekend of wild abandon in Midsummer when divorce lawyer Helena meets small-time crook Bob in a wine bar. With a wad of ill-gotten cash in hand and a local gangster on their heels, the unlikely pair goes on an alcohol and adventure-filled romp, discovering that there are second chances at life-and love.

"Midsummer is all about new beginnings," says Ms. Brigden. "David has given us a wonderfully truthful script with characters we can identify with, but he skillfully avoids the sappiness present in most of today's 'rom-coms'. This play is also enormously theatrical – the designers, our cast, and I really get a chance to flex our creative muscles!"

In addition to Midsummer (Traverse Theatre, Clurman Theater), Mr. Greig is the author of The Monster in the Hall (City Theatre, 2011), Outlying Islands (City Theatre, 2004), The Events (New York Theatre Workshop), and Dunsinane (Hampstead Theatre). Greig also served as the first dramaturg for the National Theatre of Scotland following its establishment in 2006, and wrote an adaptation of Euripides' The Bacchae for them. Gordon McIntyre is a founding member of the Scottish indie band Ballboy.

Midsummer features Randy Redd and Carey Van Driest, each making their City Theatre debuts.

Tickets are available by calling 412.431.CITY (2489), visiting the City Theatre Box Office, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 or at citytheatrecompany.org.

 

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