Rules of Amour, According to a Ghost, Are Outlined in 13th of Paris Premiere in PA

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Paris is magical — literally — in Mat Smart's new romantic comedy, The 13th of Paris, getting its world premiere Jan. 24 in a production by City Theatre in Pittsburgh.
Mat Smart
Mat Smart

In the six-actor play, according to the resident Equity company, "28-year-old Vincent (Matthew Dellapina) is confused about his relationship. On impulse, he stands up his girlfriend Annie (Theo Allyn) and takes off for an apartment he's inherited in the 13th arrondissement [municipal borough] of Paris. There he meets Jacques (Edmond Genest), the ghost of his grandfather, who appears in a pinstripe suit. The dapper Jacques is appalled when Vincent describes the manners of modern couples. So, through his romance with Chloe (Bridget Connors), Jacques shows Vincent the proper way to woo a woman. They are interrupted by the arrival of Annie’s wacky friend Jessica (Jenny Wales) and her new husband William (Gregory Johnstone), who have their own lovey-dovey approach to marriage."

Obie Award winner Melia Bensussen, currently the producing director of Emerson Stage in Boston, directs the production, to play to Feb 17 at City Theatre's 272-seat mainstage.

The 13th of Paris recently received an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award and was workshopped at City Theatre's MOMENTUM 07: new plays at different stages.

The design team for The 13th of Paris includes Judy Gailen (scenic), Pei-Chi Su (costumes), Andrew David Ostrowski (lighting) and Joe Pino (sound). Patti Kelly is the production stage manager, and Don Wadsworth is the dialect coach.

Smart is the author of nine full-length plays. In 2005 the world premiere of his play The Hopper Collection was produced by the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. In 2006 it ran at Huntington Theatre in Boston. At 26, he became the youngest playwright ever produced on Huntington's mainstage. A graduate of the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN, he holds an MFA in playwriting from the University of California – San Diego and now lives in Brooklyn. Opening night is Jan. 30. City Theatre, one block off Carson at Bingham and 13th Streets, is located in Pittsburgh's South Side.

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