Pittsburgh's City Theatre Will Premiere Mat Smart's 13th of Paris in 2008

News   Pittsburgh's City Theatre Will Premiere Mat Smart's 13th of Paris in 2008
City Theatre in Pittsburgh will stage a world premiere and a U.S. premiere in its 2007-08 season, artistic director Tracy Brigden recently announced.

The season at the two-venue not-for-profit starts Oct. 4 with Coram Boy playwright Helen Edmundson's Mother Teresa Is Dead, about the disappearance of a wife in India. Edmundson's The Clearing was produced at City Theatre, and her Coram Boy was a hit at the National Theatre in Great Britain, and is currently on Broadway.

Mother Teresa Is Dead concerns Jane, whose husband Mark "finds her in India under the roof of British expatriate Frances, and under the sway of Srinivas, the charismatic organizer of a children's shelter," according to City Theatre. "Jane is pulled between love, duty, and her desire to change the world in this tense drama of excess and idealism."

Mat Smart's The 13th of Paris will get its world premiere Jan. 24, 2008. "In this charming and theatrical romantic comedy, Vincent travels to an apartment in Paris carrying only a suitcase filled with the surprising love letters of his late grandparents," City Theatre announced. "When he begins receiving romantic advice from a dapper ghost in a pinstripe suit, Vincent wonders if the love he imagines is possible, even in the 13th of Paris."

The six-play City Theatre subscription series includes Jeffrey Hatcher's Florida-set dark comedy about seniors, Murderers, Nov. 8-Dec. 16; Charlayne Woodard's story-filled play with music, Flight, about Savannah plantation slaves, March 13–April 6, 2008; Bust, a solo show by writer-performer Lauren Weedman (a former "Daily Show" correspondent), "who contrasts her volunteer work helping female inmates at the Los Angeles County Jail with her experience in beauty-obsessed Hollywood," April 3-May 11, 2008; and David Wiltse's A Marriage Minuet, May 1-25, 2008, about two couples who change partners.

City Theatre's special engagements in the coming year include The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? by Robert Dubac; Sister's Christmas Catechism by Maripat Donovan; a Young Playwrights Festival; and MOMENTUM 08: new plays at different stages — a festival of staged readings, workshops, and festivities — in June 2008. City Theatre presents in the 272-seat mainstage and the 111-seat Lester Hamburg Studio, located on Pittsburgh's South Side.

For more information, call (412) 431-CITY or visit www.CityTheatreCompany.org.

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