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"Citizens Market" by Cori Thomas, at City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh in 2018. Pictured: Shamika Cotton, Juan Francisco, Ngozi Anyanwu, Ann Talman, and Jeff Howell.

City Theatre Company Announces 2018-19 Season

The season will feature the world premiere of ‘The Burdens’ by Matt Schatz.

PITTSBURGH: City Theatre Company has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring seven productions.

“What a dream it is to share these powerful new narratives that engage and reflect our changing world with our audiences,” said artistic producer Reginald L. Douglas in a statement.  “Bringing together the best of our nation with the best of our city is what makes City Theatre so special, so vital to Pittsburgh and our national field. This season reflects that sentiment beautifully. I am especially excited to share that all of our creative teams will include diversity of race and gender, and include members of our local community, putting our commitment to equity and our city front and center.”

The season will kick off with Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists (Sept. 8-30), a metaheatrical comedy about playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, Caribbean freedom fighter Marianne Angelle, and Marie Antoinette, who band together to plot a murder during the French Revolution. Jade King Carroll will direct.

Next up will be Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline (Oct. 27-Nov. 18), featuring music by 1Hood Media, about a mother and son as they navigate the issues of the school-to-prison pipeline in the American education system. Douglas will direct.

Just in time for the holidays will be Kooman & Dimond Holiday Cabaret (Nov. 30-Dec. 1), starring Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond.

Following will be Where Did We Sit on the Bus? (Jan. 19-Feb. 24, 2019), by Brian Quijada, an autobiography about growing up Latino that features rhymes set to a live, looped soundtrack. Chay Yew will direct.

The season will continue with Jen Silverman’s The Roommate (March 2-24, 2019), about the unlikely friendship that forms between a recently divorced woman living in Iowa and the wild roommate she takes in for extra cash. Douglas will direct.

Next will be the world premiere of Matt Schatz’s The Burdens (April 6-May 12, 2019), about two millennial siblings living on opposite coasts who create a plan via social media to relieve the burden of their aging grandfather from their mother. Tyne Rafaeli will direct.

The season will conclude with Stephen Belber’s We Are Among Us (May 11-June 2, 2019), about a former military contractor who must confront the past when a reporter demands answers to a covered-up story from her time in Afghanistan.

City Theatre Company, founded in 1975, is committed to developing and producing new plays.

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