Every Brilliant Thing
by Duncan Macmillan (with Jonny Donahoe)
Pittsburgh Premiere directed by Andrew Paul and starring Joel Ripka
Richard E. Rauh Studion Theatre, Oakland
You’re six years old. Mom’s in the hospital. Dad says she ‘s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. 1. Ice cream. 2. Water fights. 3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV. 4. The color yellow…
A comedy about depression, Duncan Macmillan’s hilarious and heart-warming interactive play enlists you (the audience) to form the ensemble and assist in the telling. *Don’t worry – it’s much more fun than you will ever imagine. Despite mature themes this is a play for the whole family.
May 7 – 24, 2020
The Illustrious Invalid
by Simon Bradbury
World Premiere directed by Andrew Paul and starring Simon Bradbury
City Theatre’s Lester Hamburg Studio Theater, South Side
The Illustrious Invalid is set in 1673, when playwriting and acting was risky business. It imagines the final, fitful day in the life of the playwright Molière, as, knowing he is dying, he prepares to put on a performance of his play, The Imaginary Invalid. Molière’s wife tries to dissuade him from performing, and asks him to sign a document renouncing the acting profession in hopes of saving his soul and affording him a Christian burial. A mad, humpbacked priest, quack doctors administering enemas, sassy servants, censorious musketeers, and the Sun King himself all conspire to keep him from the stage in this madcap romp.
Simon Bradbury’s riotous new play, inspired by his many years on the stage in the US, UK, and at Canada’s Shaw and Stratford Festivals, received the Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize in 2017 and receives its world premiere this summer in a high-octane production starring its author as Molière.
July 16 – August 2, 2020
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
by Tony Kushner
Pittsburgh Premiere directed by Andrew Paul and starring Sam Tsoustouvas
City Theatre Mainstage, South Side
Gus Marcantonio, a retired union man and lifelong Communist, feels confused and defeated by the 21st century, and has decided to end his life. He convenes his sister and his three adult children (who in turn bring along spouses, ex-spouses, lovers) to a most unusual reunion at the family’s Brooklyn brownstone. The explosion of reminiscences and recriminations that follow are truly great theatre.
A huge, generous, meaty state-of-the-nation work wrapped in a family drama, Tony Kushner’s amazing follow-up to his award-winning play, Angels in America, wrestles with where we have come from and where we go next.
August 13 – 30, 2020