Pittsburgh's City Theatre Has Mary's Wedding and Human Error in the Wings

News   Pittsburgh's City Theatre Has Mary's Wedding and Human Error in the Wings
Pittsburgh's City Theatre is prepping two spring productions: Stephen Massicotte's regionally popular Mary's Wedding on the 254-seat mainstage and Keith Reddin's Human Error in the 111-seat Hamburg Studio Theatre.

Mary's Wedding, a "stirring portrayal of love tested during wartime," directed by Stuart Carden, plays March 12-April 5. Opening is March 18.

Human Error, about lives intersecting after a plane crash, is directed by artistic director Tracy Brigden and will play April 2-May 10. Opening is April 8.

According to City Theatre, "In Mary's Wedding, a young bride-to-be dreams one last night of love and war. The young farm boy Charlie Edwards charms Mary with his sweet vulnerability as the couple hides from a summer thunderstorm. With the help of the open beauty of the prairies and the passion of late night horseback rides, Mary's English reserve and Charlie's shyness give way to full-fledged love. But the year is 1914 and the dark clouds of the Great War cast a growing shadow over the world, testing the strength of the young lovers' bond."

Mary will be played by Robin Abramson (Outlying Islands at City Theatre), and Braden Moran (Hamlet at Chicago Shakespeare) will play Charlie.

Mary's Wedding was the winner of the 2000 Alberta Playwriting Competition, the 2002 Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play and the 2003 Alberta Book Award for Drama. The play continues to be produced in English and French throughout Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Massicotte has a BFA in Drama from the University of Calgary. The design team for Mary's Wedding includes Tony Ferreri (scenic), Andrew David Ostrowski (lighting), Susan Tsu (costumes) and Andre Pluess (original music and sound design).

Brigden directed the world premiere of Human Error at New York City's Atlantic Theatre Company. According to City Theatre, the play "tells the story of two National Transit Safety Board investigators, Miranda and Erik, who meet at a plane crash site. Erik, equal parts charm and brashness woos fragile, guarded Miranda into a one night stand which leads to more than either were expecting. When they meet Ron, the lone survivor of the plane crash, the depths of his loss give real dimension to the inherent risks of loving. At once darkly humorous and tender, Reddin's light touch deftly traces their separate paths of lost love and the search for forgiveness."

Miranda will be played by Tasha Lawrence (Bad Dates at City Theatre), and Ray Anthony Thomas (Top Dog/Underdog at City Theatre) reprises the role of Ron from the Atlantic production. Casting for the role of Erik is to be announced.

Reddin is an American actor and playwright. His plays include Life and Limb, Rum and Coke, Highest Standard of Living and But Not for Me, as well as Missionary Position, which received its world premiere at City Theatre.

The design team for Human Error includes Luke Cantarella (scenic), Jeff Croiter (lighting), Ange Vesco (costumes) and Eric Shim (sound design).

City Theatre, one block off Carson at Bingham and 13th Streets, is on Pittsburgh's South Side.

For tickets and information, call (412) 431-CITY (2489) or visit CityTheatreCompany.org.

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