Global Responsibility Examined in U.S. Premiere of Mother Teresa in Pittsburgh

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City Theatre in Pittsburgh begins its 33rd season Oct. 4 with the U.S. premiere of British playwright Helen Edmundson's Mother Teresa is Dead, directed by City Theatre artistic director Tracy Brigden.

The drama, through Oct. 28 on City Theatre's 272-seat Mainstage, "revolves around Jane (Rebecca Harris), who at a crisis point leaves her family in England and flees to India. When the play begins, Jane's husband, Mark (Sam Redford), has found her in a village near Madras. She has been taken in by a British artist (Kristen Griffith), and has been helping at a children's shelter run by Srinivas (Nehal Joshi), an Oxford-educated Indian man. Why did Jane run away and what's in the bag she won't let anyone touch? These suspenseful questions drive the fast-paced action. Along the way, deeper inquiries are made into family dynamics, Western entitlement, and the obligations of rich countries to Third World nations. Ultimately, Mother Teresa is Dead asks: Who will be responsible? This powerful play is sure to be remembered and discussed."

The design team includes Tony Ferrieri (scenic), Angela M. Vesco (costumes), Andrew David Ostrowski (lights) and Elizabeth Atkinson (sound). The production stage manager is Patti Kelly.

City Theatre saw Edmundson's The Clearing in 2001. More recently, Edmundson's adaptation of Coram Boy ran on Broadway and at London's National Theatre. Edmundson often works with the British company Shared Experience, which has debuted many of her adaptations, including Orestes, Gone to Earth, War and Peace, Mill on the Floss and Anna Karenina. Born in Liverpool, England, in 1964, she has received the Time Out Award, Theatre Manager's Association Award and the John Whiting Award, among others.

Opening night is Oct. 10.

City Theatre is located at 1300 Bingham and 13th Streets, on Pittsburgh's South Side. For more information call (412) 431-CITY (2489) or visit

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