World Premieres by Hazell, Thomas to Play Pittsburgh City Theatre; Clockmaker Gets U.S. Premiere

News   World Premieres by Hazell, Thomas to Play Pittsburgh City Theatre; Clockmaker Gets U.S. Premiere
 
City Theatre in Pittsburgh will stage two world premieres as part of its eight-show 2009-10 season: When January Feels Like Summer by Cori Thomas and A Kodachrome Christmas by Pat Hazell.

The season also includes Jeffrey Hatcher's small-cast version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, David Harrower's two-character sexual-abuse drama Blackbird, the U.S. premiere of the mystery The Clockmaker by Stephen Massicotte (author of Mary's Wedding), Steven Dietz's Shooting Star and the solo-actress play The Blonde, the Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead by Robert Hewett.

The world premiere of A Kodachrome Christmas (running in December) is listed as a "special event" in the season, as is 'Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3 by Maripat Donovan.

A Kodachrome Christmas (Dec. 5-27, Mainstage) focuses on Earlene Hoople, who "takes us on a fond trip through the holidays of yesteryear on her local cable access show," according to City Theatre. "Remember cranberry sauce with ridges, waking up at 4 AM to open presents, and Dad trying to find that one burned-out bulb? Audience members can submit embarrassing family photos to be shown 'on the air' and one lucky attendee will get to help Earlene bake some very special Christmas cookies!"

Boomer humorist Pat Hazell, "whose signature wit celebrates Americana and pop culture," penned the popular, nostalgic play The Wonder Bread Years.

In When January Feels Like Summer (March 20-April 11, 2010, Mainstage), "homeboys become heroes, a gallant garbage man rescues a shopkeeper in distress, Irfan transforms into Indira with the swipe of a lipstick, and unexpected love heats up the new year in this culture-colliding comic whirlwind." The play was seen at both Momentum 08 and Sundance. The other 2009-10 City Theatre productions are:

'Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3 by Maripat Donovan, the return of the funny fictional nun in a new show about marriage (May 27-July 5, 2009, Hamburg Studio).

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Jeffrey Hatcher, a new version of the Robert Louis Stevenson thriller about two sides of human nature (Oct. 17-Nov. 8, Mainstage).

Blackbird by David Harrower, the Olivier Award-winning play about the reunion of two former lovers years after their scandalous affair (Nov. 7-Dec. 13, 2009, Hamburg Studio).

The Clockmaker by Stephen Massicotte, "a madcap race against time to solve a mysterious puzzle…part comic love story, part murder mystery" (Jan. 23-Feb. 14, 2010, Mainstage).

Shooting Star by Steven Dietz, a reunion of college lovers 25 years after their heyday (April 10-May 16, 2010, Hamburg Studio).

The Blonde, the Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead by Robert Hewett, the comic tale of "the day Rhonda, a desperate housewife, went berserk at the mall in a raging crime of passion," with one actress playing three title characters (May 8-30, 2010, Mainstage).

At City Theatre, Tracy Brigden is artistic director and Greg Quinlan is managing director. For more information, visit citytheatrecompany.org.

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