Tami Dixon Will Tell South Side Stories in World Premiere Play at Pittsburgh's City Theatre
By Michael Gioia
City Theatre will present the world premiere of South Side Stories, described as "a vibrant, hometown adventure" written and performed by Tami Dixon, beginning Nov. 10, prior to an official opening Nov. 16, at the company's Hamburg Studio Theatre.
Directed by Matt M. Morrow, the limited engagement will continue through Dec. 16 in Pittsburgh.
The one-woman show, according to City Theatre, "portrays the dynamism of a neighborhood. Embedded in the concrete of South Side's city steps are testimonials of teenage mischief, steel mill toil, and townie haunts. This is a neighborhood where parking chairs and bar stools mark territory, where 'paradise' is just one turn off of 26th Street. So we ask, 'Are yinz ready for some stories 'bout the 'burgh?'"
Actor and playwright Dixon adds, "I am interested in stories of survival. For over 100 years the South Side was cast in the shadow of The Jones and Laughlin steel mill. The steel helped to build our country, and the mill defined this region, its people, and the culture. Now, with barely a trace of the mammoth structure left behind, the South Side continues to be home to families that descended from this industrial past. Living in the Slopes, I became curious about the neighborhood's transition. I could feel the mill's history burning beneath my feet. I could see it in the faces of my neighbors. The stories in this play are theirs — vivid, funny, poignant, and true."
Dixon has also been seen in Metamorphoses with Pittsburgh Public Theater and Every Tongue Confess with The August Wilson Center Theatre Ensemble, among others.
The creative team for South Side Stories includes Tony Ferrieri (scenic), Sylvianne Shurman (costume), Andrew David Ostrowski (lighting), Nathan Leigh (sound), David Pohl (projection), Carlyn Aquiline (dramaturgy) and Sheila McKenna (dialect).
Now in its 38th season, City Theatre's mission is to "provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience."
The City Theatre is located at 1300 Bingham Street in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information and tickets, call (412) 431-2489 or visit CityTheatreCompany.org.
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